Archive for April, 2016

New First Legion Releases for May!

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Seven Years War – Russian Musketeers


Russian Musketeers of the Seven Years War.    Sets SYW032-SYW045 depict the Apsheronsky Muskeeter regiment in firing line.   With superb sculpting and the extremely high levle painting that is the hallmark of First Legion, these figures make a wonderful addition to our SYW product range.   Of particular note are the two standard bearers.    Russian standards of the period are lovely and we have gone over the top on these both in terms of the sculpting and painting. Because of the realistic nature of the flag folds, we have fully hand painted these extremely complex standards.  We hope you find the effort well worth it! The Prussian 7th Line and Cuirassiers will now have to advance with a bit more caution as the Russian Infantry has taken the field at Kunersdorf!



Russian Apsheronsky Musketeers

Mass Battle


This time the figures and flags represent the 1st Texas as they would have appeared at the Battle of Antietam.



Mass Battle Series Confederate Infantry

WWII


Sorry because of extremly small allocation we are sold out.  But we thought you would like information on the vehicle.


Stalingrad Germans

New John Jenkins May Releases!

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

jjDESIGNS 10th ANNIVERSARY


The second “BOOSTER/STARTER” Set for May will be a set of Beja Casualties, to accompany last months Royal Marine Light Infantry.

John hopes to present 6 new Mahdist casualty figures at the June London show.

This set will only be offered for sale to dealers until the end of MAY, or until stock runs out.


First Sudan War 1884 – 1885


For May we continue the 10th Anniversary celebrations, with the next two “BOOSTER/STARTER” Sets!

Six new FRENCH MILITIA figures will be released over the next few months, and a set of 10 of the older French Marines will be offered as a Booster/Starter set.

Ten of the current FRENCH MARINE figures will be packaged in one box and offered at a special 10th Anniversary Price.

This set will only be offered for sale to dealers until the end of MAY, or until stock runs out



Battle of the Plains of Abraham

Provincial Regiments 1759



Provincial Regiments 1759

French Militia


For the campaign of 1759 the militia companies were amalgamated into 3 brigades by region of origin. They wore the knitted “tuque” or stocking cap typical of the French habitant, in different colours according to their brigade. Red was for Quebec, White for Trois Rivieres, and blue for Montreal.


French Militia 1759

American Civil War


The full dress for enlisted Marines consisted of a dark blue, double breasted frock coat, with two rows of Marine buttons. The high standing collar bore 2 loops of yellow worsted lace, with a small Marine button at the end of each. The collar was edged all around with scarlet trim. The two loop cuff flaps, and pockets in
the rear skirts were also trimmed with scarlet. Brass epaulettes were fixed to each shoulder. Sky blue trousers were worn in cold weather, and white linen in summer. Headgear was a dark blue cap patterned after the French Kepi.


American Civil War, 1861 – 1865

Knights of the Skies


The SPAD S.XIII was a French biplane fighter aircraft of World War I, developed by Société Pour L’Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD) from the earlier highly successful SPAD S.VII. It was one of the most capable fighters of the war, and one of the most-produced, with 8,472 built and orders for around 10,000 more cancelled at the armistice.

The Bleriot-built SPAD XIII was one of several aircraft known to have been flown by Frank Luke during his remarkable two week balloon busting spree, during which at least five fighters were written off by him due to combat damage between 12-16th September 1918.

By September, when he was shot down and killed while flying an Adolphe Bernard-built SPAD XIII S7984, Frank Luke had four enemy aeroplanes and 14 balloons to his credit.

This astounding feat saw him posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honour to be bestowed upon a pilot serving with the US Army Air Service.

Frank Luke Jr. (May 19, 1897 – September 29, 1918) was an American fighter ace, ranking second among U.S. Army Air Service pilots after Captain Eddie Rickenbacker in number of aerial victories during World War I (Rickenbacker was credited with 26 victories, while Luke’s official score was 18). Frank Luke was the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Luke – cite_note-afm-1 Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, a U.S. Air Force pilot training installation since World War II, is named in his honor.

Between September 12 and September 29, Luke was credited with shooting down 14 German balloons and four airplanes: These 18 victories, which Luke earned during just ten sorties in eight days, was a feat unsurpassed by any pilot in World War I

Knights Of The Skies – WWI

American Expeditionary Forces


Mack AC “Bulldog” haulers are legendary workhorses. During their 20-plus years of production (1916-1939), they were employed in many heavy industries including logging, petroleum, construction, and nearly anywhere a rock-solid chassis cab was needed. They were available with up to a 7.5-ton load capacity. The U.S. military made extensive use of the AC during WWI. Many of them remained in the countries where they served and were put to use by civilians for decades afterward.

Mack delivered over 6,000 trucks, both to the United States and Britain’s military. A legend surfaced that British soldiers would call for Mack Bulldogs to be sent when facing adversity.

Mack Trucks, Inc., is an American truck–manufacturing company and a former manufacturer of buses and trolley buses. Founded in 1900 as the Mack Brothers Company, it manufactured its first truck in 1907 and adopted its present name in 1922.

In 1916 The Mack ACs are introduced and over 40,000 of these trucks were produced.



American Expeditionary Forces

WWI – German




German Army

Battle of Gallipoli


The Turkish made “Ball” grenade was used extensively throughout the Gallipoli campaign.

This was the standard type of grenade used by the Turkish Army at Gallipoli during the First World War. The matchhead was struck on an abrasive igniter carried by each bomber, which lit the five-second fuze. Initially, ten-second fuzes were used, but these sometimes allowed the British and Australian troops to return the bomb to the Turkish trenches.”

These were employed by a specific trained unit of soldiers, usually the Pioneers/Engineering companies that existed as a separate branch under the pre-war establishment.

There are photographs showing Turkish grenade soldiers (engineers) using the British designed Leach Trench Catapult (sometimes called a Leach-Gamage Catapult). These had an effective range of 200yds.

Over 150 were made in 1915, and sold by the Gamages department store in Central London.

Copies of the Leach Catapult were also made locally by the Royal Engineers during the Gallipoli Campaign.


Battle of Gallipoli 1915

New Thomas Gunn April Releases!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

New Releases Expected April 2016!
Glory of Rome


The order to repel cavalry by Roman officers brought about a defensive formation, in which the front rank formed a kneeling tight wall of shields with their pila protruding to form a line of spearheads.

Undoubtedly it would be very hard to force a horse to break into such a formation. The most likely occurrence would be that the cavalry would come to a halt of its own accord ahead of the spearheads. It was at that moment that horse and rider would be at their most vulnerable against the rear rank stood behind the first line of infantry, who would then hurl their spears at them. Given the short distance and the training legionaries received, it is likely such halted cavalry, frantically trying to turn their horses around to retreat, whilst colliding with horses following in the charge, would prove very easy prey.

If one further considers the possibility of archers being present, the effect on a cavalry formation could indeed be devastating. For those of you wondering, there are indeed plans to make a high quality Celtic war chariot to run up against our Romans later on in the series.


Glory of Rome

WWII – German


WWII German forces

WWII – Pacific


We have 3 more Allied figures for our RS series which feature the last of our jungle patrol figures, in order that you can complete your diorama



WWII Pacific

Napoleonic


The Kings German Legion’ features a more muddied version of our previous A version release, which has nearly sold out with only a handful of sets left. These 4 charging figures will give you more flexibility should you wish to add to your Napoleonic diorama.



Napoleonic


New King and Country April Releases

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

“Robin Hood’s Fiendish Foes …LAW & ORDER…Nottingham Style”


When we launched our new “Robin Hood” range of medieval figures one of the areas we wanted to explore was “The Baddies”. As you know we recently released the mounted (and villainous) “Guy of Gisborne” one of Robin’s arch enemies. Sir Guy, however, no matter how personally brave or highly skilled a fighter he was could
not hope to do battle with “The Rogue of Sherwood Forest” all on his own. He would definitely need some help… Enter, the Sheriff of Nottingham’s men…

Costume Note : All four of the Sheriff’s men wear “surcoats” in the colour and style adapted from the 1952 “Robin Hood” film starring Richard Todd.. (the first Robin Hood movie I can remember seeing and enjoying as a kid!) ACN


Robin Hood

“FIGHTING FOR MOTHER RUSSIA”


Two important add-ons to our earlier release of WW1 Russian Imperial Infantry.


Imperial Russian Army

“FIGHTING UP LONE PINE”


One of our best “action” range of figures and most popular – 10 all-new figures battling for their lives up on Lone Pine during the “Gallipoli Campaign.”

“Winter is a little late this year”




Battle of the Bulge

WWII – German


  • WH048 — Wehrmacht Sitting Soldiers
    – A set of 4 sitting German riflemen in various poses and suitable for inclusion with many of K&C’s fighting vehicles trucks, tanks and half-tracks or just sitting by the road side.


German Wehrmacht

“FIGHTING FOCKE-WULF 190 ”


One of K&C’s most popular “warbirds” has been the FOCKE-WULF FW190A… the infamous “Butcher Bird” …Since its original release back in 2010. There have been many requests to produce a second version…

A snow – camouflaged FW190 belonging to 1/JG.54 as it would have appeared above the Eastern Front during the winter of 1942-43.

Usually these aircraft were painted with a white-washable paint that began to lose its brightness almost immediately after its application. Our model replicates this style of weathered appearance. A seated pilot figure is included.

PLEASE NOTE: Just 250 of this aircraft are being released.



Luftwaffe

Accessories


As most collectors know a collection of figures looks great but add a few relevant accessories and a display really comes alive…

  • SP019 — Table and Chairs
    Perfect for “Napoleonics”… “WW1”… “WW2” you choose what battle field or campaign works best for you.
  • SP029 — The Jetty – The return, thanks to K&C dealers and collectors, of an old favourite… This works great for our Gallipoli-bound ANZACS… our “Streets of Old Hong Kong”…Even “Dunkirk” Tommies and French Poilus !



Diorama and Scenic Building Collection

“BERLIN ’38 & 45’

  • LAH197 — Himmler & Heydrich… The Deadly Duo – Two of the most dangerous characters in the Nazi Hierarchy… and the most well-known (after Hitler) … Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler and his deputy, SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich. Here we see the
    infamous pair in their pre war black SS uniforms… Himmler, in front saluting, Heydrich following close behind. Between them they led the dark, evil empire that was the SS and Gestapo until Heydrich’s well-deserved assassination by Czech patriots in Prague in 1942.
  • LAH198 — Hitler… Deep in thought – For the Third Reich in the spring of 1945 desperation and defeat were staring them straight in the face… In the West, the Americans, British and Canadians were advancing steadily…In the East the Russians were almost within artillery
    distance of Berlin itself. Hitler had plenty to think about … including his own demise…
  • LAH207 — Himmler & Heydrich… The Deadly Duo (Grey version) – Following the outbreak of hostilities in September 1939 the SS changed over to the “feldgrau” colour of uniform from their traditional all-black, pre war ones. Himmler and Heydrich again step out
    in their long grey greatcoats somewhere in Berlin during the early part of the war.

Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

“Fresh Adaptations!”


Three small releases of previously released figures… with slightly different colour schemes.

“GOOD ‘N’ TASTY ” from “Streets of Old Hong Kong”


A great little set with the female cook and her offerings of traditional buns and dumplings…


Orient

New Britain’s April Releases

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Wrath of the Norseman




Wrath of the Norseman

Clash of Empires




Clash of Empires

Zulu War




Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version

WWII




WWII Collection