Archive for January, 2017

Hudson Allen New Releases Expected February 2017!

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

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New Releases Expected February 2017!



Hudson Allen Studio

New Britain’s Winter 2017 Catalog – Available Spring 2017!

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Vikings


When the hero dies in the Old English epic poem Beowulf, we hear; “…Now flames, the blazing fire, must devour the lord of warriors who often endured the iron-tipped arrow shower, when the dark cloud loosed by bow strings broke above the shield wall, quivering; when the eager shaft, with its feather garb, discharged its duty to the barb.”

We know that the Vikings made use of the bow quite extensively both on land and at sea. As to how much the Saxons used archery we cannot be so sure. Certainly they knew of, and used, bows both as weapons of war and for hunting as the longbow was in continuous use in northern Europe ever since the late stone age.

The oldest longbow yet found in England is a yew bow from Somerset and is dated 2,665 BC, and ones even older have been found on the continent. Although fir and elm were known to have been used for bows, the best were made from Scandinavian yew.

Some of these bows were self nocked, others had nocks of horn or iron, some of them sharp enough to use as weapons at close quarters. Typically they were from 66″ to 78″ in length. Many of these bows were bound every few inches with linen or sinew tread; it is not certain whether this was purely decorative or was to help stop the wood from splitting.

A fair number of arrow shafts and hundreds of heads have survived. The shafts are made of hazel, pine or ash. Of the many arrowheads found the majority have been broadheads, with or without bards and were generally tanged, with sockets becoming more common through the ninth to eleventh centuries.

Traces of goose feather fletchings have been found and swan and eagle are also known to be good feathers for fletching. On how the archer was used is really unknown, But it is possible that archers in the period did what later English archers are known to have done; shoot in volleys at long range where the scale of the attack can make up for the lack of accuracy and then pick individual targets at closer range where the accuracy is better.



Wrath of the Norseman

Museum Collection




Museum Collection

Napoleonic




Brunswickers

Sudan War


The Egyptian army, led by Ahmed Urabi, rebelled in 1882, discontented with Egypt and its close ties to British and French financiers.

The United Kingdom reacted to protect its financial interests in the country, in particular the Suez Canal, and sent a force of 24,000 British and 7,000 Indian troops to quell the revolt.

The main Egyptian force dug in at Tel-el-Kebir, north of Cairo. The defenses were hastily prepared, but included trenches and redoubts and studded with 60 pieces of artillery.

Rather than making an out flanking movement around Urabi’s entrenchments, the British staged a night attack, relying on the element of surprise to secure
the field.

W.Britain captures the savage, close-quarter fighting of this desperate engagement with an offering of 18 dramatic, new figures.



Battle of Tamai March 13, 1884

WWI – British


While not the most effective, gas was certainly the cruelest weapon of World War One. A machine gun could saw you in half, an artillery shell, vaporize you in an instant, but gas…

Depending on which agent was deployed, gas would leave a soldier weeping and wheezing; blind and helpless; make his skin to blister and burn; cause a build-up of fluid in his lungs, ultimately drowning him.

Gas was heavier than air and would fill the trenches, dugouts and shell holes where it had been known to lurk for two or three days. It would permeate to a soldier’s clothing and cling to his equipment. Many of those who suffered exposure were unable to return to the front. Those who did recover were at higher risk of developing cancers later in life.

While gas accounted for less than 1% of the total deaths in WWI, by the end of the conflict, one in four of the artillery shells fired on the Western Front
contained gas.



Battle of the Somme

Zulu War




Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version

New John Jenkins February Releases!

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Wars of the Roses




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

JJDesigns 10th Anniversary
Battle of the Plains of Abraham


These sets will only be offered for sale until the end of FEBRUARY, or until stock runs out.



Battle of the Plains of Abraham

Raid on Saint Francis


The Religion, Ceremonies and Beliefs of the Eastern woodland Indian tribes were based on Animism. Animism was a commonly shared doctrine, or belief, of the indigenous people of North America and Canada including the Woodland Indian tribes. Animism is based on the spiritual or religious idea that the universe and all natural objects have souls or spirits. In this religion it is believed that souls or spirits exist not only in humans but also in animals, plants, trees, rocks etc. This belief is also extended to natural phenomena such as thunder storms and rain and geographic features such as mountains, caves or rivers also possess souls or spirits.

There were various ceremonies and festivals relating to the corn crops including the Green Corn festival. These ceremonies and festivals included feasting and music using rattles and drums.

The STOMP Dance is an example of a dance performed by various Eastern Woodland tribes and Native American communities. The term “Stomp Dance” is an English term, which refers to the “shuffle and stomp” movements of the dance.

There were several other ceremonies which were important to the Woodland Indians. Notably the Cry Ceremony. When someone in a Woodland tribe died, the tribe would hold a cry ceremony. To prepare for the ceremony five knots were tied in a piece of milkweed. Milkweed was abundant in the longleaf pine forests and were plants with milky sap and light wind-blown seeds. The chief of the tribe performed dances and sang around a fire. The ceremony lasted five days and on each day one of the knots would be untied.



Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

French Militia




French Militia 1759

Jacobite Rebellion




Jacobite Rebellion 1745

New John Jenkins February Releases!

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Peninsular War


Caçadores was Portuguese for “huntsmen”, these were the elite light infantry of the Portuguese Army during the Peninsular War. They were referred by Lord Wellington, as the “fighting cocks” of his Anglo-Portuguese Army.

One of the most distinctive features of the Caçadores was their famous brown uniform . The brown uniform was chosen as a form of camouflage, considered more appropriate to the dry lands of the Iberian Peninsula than the traditional green uniforms used by the light infantry of most other countries in Europe.

During the Peninsular War, Caçadores became especially notable in the performance of marksmanship at long distances.

1st and 3rd Cazadores had the highest level of training. They were indoctrinated with British battalions and formed part of the famous “Light Division” of Major General Robert “Black Bob” Craufurd.

Both battalions are unquestionably the most famous Portuguese battalions. They were trained by British officers and were the equivalent of the 95th rifles.

**PLEASE NOTE, AS THE NEWER SETS WILL BE PAINTED WITH BROWN AND WHITE TROUSERS, THESE 3 SETS ARE RE_PAINTS OF THE OLDER SETS**



Peninsular War 1807-1814

Sudan War




First Sudan War 1884 – 1885

Knights Of The Skies


Hans-Joachim Buddecke (22 August 1890 – 10 March 1918) was a German flying ace in World War I, credited with thirteen victories. He was the third ace, after Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke, to earn the Blue Max (Pour le Mérite). He saw combat in three theaters during the First World War: Bulgaria, Turkey, and the Western Front

**More pilots and groundcrew sets will be on their way over the next few months.**



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

WWI – French


The French St. Étienne Mle 1907 (French: Mitrailleuse Mle 1907 T) was a gas operated air-cooled machine gun in 8mm Lebel which was widely used in the early years of the First World War. The “St.Etienne Mle 1907” was not derived from the Hotchkiss machine gun. Instead it was an entirely different gas operated blow-forward design borrowed from the semi-automatic Bang rifle of 1903. This Bang system was first transposed in 1905 to the French Puteaux APX Machine Gun which soon proved to be unsatisfactory. Then, two years later, the Mle 1907 “St-Etienne” machine gun followed as an improved redesign of the “Puteaux” machine gun. However the Mle 1907 “Saint Etienne” was only a partial redesign : the original blow-forward gas piston, rack-and-pinion system, and bolt mechanism of the Mle 1905 ” Puteaux” machine gun had all been kept only slightly modified inside the newer weapon. Eventually a total of over 39,700 “St-Etienne” Mle 1907 machine guns were manufactured between 1908 and late 1917. They were widely used by French infantry during the early part of World War I until their replacement by the distinctly more reliable Hotchkiss M1914 machine-gun.



French Army

JJDesigns 10th Anniversary


The 10th ANNIVERSARY celebrations will be coming to an end in MAY!

To start the second decade of jjDesigns, I am pleased to announce there will be several exciting new series to come throughout 2017. One of which ”The Armies And Enemies Of Ancient Rome”, will be a collaboration between jjD and K&C.

New First Legion February Releases!

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Polish Winged Hussars


The Polish Winged Hussars were a prominent cavalry force in the Polish-Lithuanian Army from the 16th to 18th Centuries. At the very earliest stages, they served as light cavalry but by the middle of the 1500’s they were transformed into heavy shock cavalry as we have presented them here. As the primary tactic of the Polish Army of the period was the heavy cavalry charge, the Winged Hussars played an extremely important role on the battlefield. Made famous the by the “wings” made from wood with feathers from various large birds, they appeared to be much larger and more imposing when issuing their charge. One thing is certain, they were certainly among the beautiful of the horsemen of the period with ornate and colorful uniforms and large battle standards. We have presented them here as they would have appeared from about 1587-1632 under the banners of Sigismund III, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania and they bear his standards of that period.

Please note that while we have coded these figures as TYW simply because they required a code, they are appropriate for not only the Thirty Years War, but also the Renaissance as well, and as such we have placed them in both product categories as many of their enemies are figures that will eventually be placed in the Renaissance figure range.



Polish Winged Hussars

Spanish Tercio


The Thirty Years War was from 1618 to 1648 and was one of the bloodiest, most destructive conflicts in human history. Our initial releases were on the lighter side featuring the Three Musketeers, but now we are evolving the range to cover the military aspects of it and we are starting with the Battle of Rocroi in 1643. The battle was late in the TYW and featured the French decisively defeating the Spanish and marking the beginning of the end of the myth of invincibility of the Spanish Tercio. The Spanish Tercio it should be noted fought gallantly at this battle withstanding repeated infantry and cavalry attacks despite the dissolution of the army around them and were never driven from the field. Rather the French commander, the Duc d’Enghien, offered them surrender terms similar to that of a besieged fortress allowing them to leave the field with their flags and weapons. Fittingly enough, we have started our coverage of Rocroi with the famed Spanish Tercio. Our release is very loosely inspired by the wonderful painting of the battle by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau and features simply wonderful sculpting and hand painting carrying on with the quality level that we set with our earlier Thirty Years War releases. Overall, the Tercio release will feature full command, standards, and wide variety of pikemen and musketeers allowing for a fantastic battle diorama to come to life.



Spanish Tercio

Battle of the Bulge


We are pleased to follow up the release of our Battle of Bulge range with another variant our Sherman tank with set BB002 US 75mm Winter M4 Sherman Tank, this time from the 10th Armored Division. Sherman Tanks from the 10th Armored, specifically Combat Command B and the 21st Tank Battalion, were among the first to arrive at Bastogne and played a key role in the defense of the city earning a Presidential Unit Citation for their actions there. Throughout the encirclement they suffered the same conditions and hardships that are normally attributed only to the 101st Airborne. Though the 4th Armored eventually broke the encirclement just after Christmas, elements of the 10th Armored continued to fight in the area until January 18th. We have changed up the “winter camo” pattern on this tank from a pure whitewash to more of a quick and dirty striped painting pattern that we’ve seen photos of which represents a bit more of a rush in applying the pattern given the circumstances. Like BB001, it also features the advanced superlative weathering of mud and frost on the lower hull and track setup.



Battle of the Bulge

Retreat From Russia




Retreat From Russia

New Britain’s January Releases – In Stock Now!

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

WWII Collection




WWII Collection

American Civil War




American Civil War

Vikings




Wrath of the Norseman

Napoleonic




Napoleonic Collection

New King & Country January Releases!

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Afrika Korps


  • AK111 Soldier Lifting Jerricans – An AK soldier together with a pair of fresh water jerricans.
  • Ak112 Wounded German Soldiers – Two lightly-wounded AK soldiers awaiting transport.
  • AK113 Panzer II Ausf B – One of the mainstays of Rommel’s armoured force the Panzer II could be seen all over the North African battlefields. Lightly armed (as well as armoured) the little Panzer II still had a vital role to play especially in reconnaissance and for outflanking enemy positions.

    Our new K&C version (we produced another one many years ago) is in the markings of the 21st Panzer Division and comes with the vehicle commander.

  • AK114 Afrika Korps Motorcycle – This single seat BMW motorcycle comes complete with the AK Dispatch Rider.



Afrika Korps

Battle of the Bulge – British


  • BBB009 The Piper – To accompany our recently released British / Scots “winter” infantry we decided to add on a kilted bagpiper of the Royal Scots Fusiliers as he would have appeared in late 1944 / early 1945. Although chilled to the bone by the terrible winter weather this ‘hardy soul’ is still brave enough (and sturdy enough too) to wear his regimental kilt!



Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge – German


  • BBG110 SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Otto Skorzeny – One of Hitler’s favourite soldiers… This Waffen SS officer made his reputation rescuing deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from his hidden mountain imprisonment on Gran Sasso. Since then Skorzeny was promoted and given a number of undercover missions to perform before being put in charge of a small unit of English-speaking German soldiers who, dressed in US Army uniforms, and using captured U.S. Vehicles were to infiltrate Allied lines and create panic and confusion in advance of the German attack during the Battle of the Bulge.

    Skorzeny himself never donned US Army uniform but was a well known and easily recognized figure in the Third Reich thanks to Propaganda Chief Goebbel’s publicity machine and won the Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross for his efforts, late in the war, trying to defend Frankfurt.

    After the war he still led a colourful and exciting life … escaping Allied internment … advising foreign governments … and even working with MOSSAD, the Israeli intelligence service !!!

    He died in Spain in 1975 aged 67.

    Our latest Skorzeny figure portrays him during the “Battle of the Bulge” wearing the reversible SS Winter / Autumn camouflage smock / jacket and grey trousers complete with SS “Feldschmutze” (field cap).

  • BBG111 SKODA Radschlepper Ost – On the Eastern Front one of the most urgent German necessities was for a heavy, multi-purpose tractor that could haul supplies and artillery over the very rough Russian road network.

    In late 1941, famed German designer, Ferdinand Porsche proposed a large, four-wheeled drive tractor mounted on huge metal wheels that he believed could fill the requirement.

    He proposed that his design could be built at the Skoda Automobile Plant in German controlled Bohemia and Moravia utilizing its Czech workforce. Work began immediately and by mid 1942 the first samples of Porsche’s design were ready to be tested.

    The results were at best … mixed. However an order was placed for 200 of the now-called “Radschlepper Ost”.

    Although originally meant for service on the Eastern Front, only a handful ever went in that direction. The vast majority served in the West particularly Normandy, the Netherlands and even some during the Ardennes campaign.

    K&C has chosen the snow-camouflaged “winter” version of the vehicle as its first release. Each piece includes a driver, moving wheels and a detachable rear canvas covering.

  • BBG112 KLAUS – Rifle over one shoulder, this soldier wears the Army pattern – “Splinter Camouflage” hooded smock and carries a valuable jerrican of rare gasoline.
  • BBG113 ERICH – A Waffen SS “Chained Dog” (military policeman) indicates the way to some of his advancing comrades. Like Skorzeny, he wears the reversible SS Autumn / Winter Camo Jacket and carries the StG44, the revolutionary German Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle.
  • BBG114 WILLI – By this late stage in the war the sheer variety of uniforms worn by Germany’s soldiers was simply staggering … A few however were still more traditionally dressed and this front-line soldier still wears the long army greatcoat. However he is carrying the “Gewehr 43” the semi automatic rifle developed during the war following riflemen’s actual combat experiences on the battlefield with the existing bolt-action K98. Utilizing a 10 round box magazine the rifle, strangely enough, did not have a bayonet mount!
  • BBG115 Hauptmann Stossel – This Wehrmacht captain is wearing a non regulation fur cap together with his “Splinter Camo” jacket … his steel helmet by his side.
  • BBG116 FRIEDRICH – Our last infantryman of this release has found himself a white “Snow Smock” and carries his K98 with bayonet fixed! He’s also obtained a nice pair of captured binoculars!



Battle of the Bulge

Berlin 1938

  • LAH208 Adolf in Lederhosen – As most of us know the Fuhrer was fond of the great outdoors and, from time to time would take himself away up to the mountains and enjoy the wonders of nature … Here he is, nattily attired, in traditional Bavarian “Lederhosen” for a little jaunt in the woods.
  • LAH209 Lederhosen Heini – Next to the Fuhrer the most likely candidate to accompany Adolf into the woods was his trusted Reichsfuhrer SS, Heinrich Himmler.

    Of all the leading Nazis, Herr Himmler was the one who most enjoyed the long mountain walks in the fresh Alpine air listening to the future plans of the future Fuhrer.



Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

Gang of Heroes


During the 1950’s and 1960’s rarely did a year go by without a “Prisoner of War” movie being released by major British and American film companies.

“Stalag 17” … “The Colditz Story” … “The Wooden Horse” … “ Von Ryan’s Express” … and, of course, “The Great Escape”.

All of these great movies told daring tales of plucky and persistent Allied POW’s who, despite all kinds of privations and problems, used their combined wits, talents and cunning to foil their German captors best efforts to keep them all locked-up and safely contained within the multiple barbwire fences of their prison camps.

This is King & Country’s tribute in miniature to the real men behind the wire and the many fine movies (and some TV series) that told their stories …

  • TGE001 The Great Escapers – Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, immortalized as “Big X” in “The Great Escape” movie … Next to him stands a US Army Air Force officer famed for his insubordinate nature and a persistent escaper … The third member of the trio is also an American, an original member of one of the Royal Air Force’s “Eagle” squadrons, made up of American volunteers who chose to fly for the RAF before America entered the war.

    Like many other POW’s these men decided not to just sit-out the war behind the barbed wire … They were going to do their best (and their worst) to escape and give the Germans a real ‘run for their money!’

  • DD300 Master Sergeant Joe Gunn – Another favorite movie of mine is (was) “SAHARA”, the wartime 1943 film starring Humphrey Bogart and a large General Lee tank called “Lulubelle”. In the dim and distant past K&C produced a Lee tank together with a standing figure of “Lulubelle’s” commander.

    An M3 Lee tank, attached to the British Army in North Africa, has become separated from its unit … Now, its commander, Master Sergeant Joe Gunn has become separated from his tank !!!

    A nice single reminder of one of K&C’s oldest tank sets.



Gang of Heroes

New King & Country January Releases!

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Apaches


When we released our first batch of Apaches in 2016 we had many requests from collectors to provide alternative versions of certain useful figures to add extra numbers to their action diorama scenes.


Apaches

World of Dickens / Ceremonial


A very familiar sight on certain streets of London even today are the mounted soldiers of the Household Cavalry. These men and horses belong to the two most senior cavalry regiments in the British Army, the “Blues and Royals” and the “Life Guards”. While on ceremonial duties in London they are garrisoned at Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge in the heart of the capital.

Here, for the first time, K&C are producing 3 individual mounted figures of the “Life Guards”, resplendent in their red tunics and gleaming silver breastplates surmounted by magnificent gold and silver helmets with white plumes.

All men of the “Life Guards”, with the exception of their trumpeters, are mounted on jet black steeds. Trumpeters ride a white horse.

Their ceremonial uniforms today have not changed since the last quarter of the 19th Century so Sherlock Holmes himself would not have been surprised to see them ride down Baker Street in all their military splendor … either yesterday or today !

  • WoD052 Life Guards Officer
  • WoD053 Life Guards Non Commissioned Officer – The backbone of any great military unit, and the “Life Guards” is no exception, are the Non Commissioned Officers. Cavalry regiments have some unique ranks for NCO’s such as … “Squadron Corporal Major” (Warrant Officer Class 2) and “Corporal of Horse” (Sergeant). These date back to the earliest days of the British Cavalry during the English Civil War.
  • WoD054 Life Guards Trooper – “Trooper” in the cavalry is the equivalent of a “Private” in the infantry and the lowest entry rank to the regiment.All mounted troopers have already completed 14 weeks of basic training before moving onto a further 12 weeks of specific military skill training.For those joining the ceremonial squadrons (cavalry regiments have squadrons, the infantry equivalent is the rifle company) a 12 week “Khaki Ride” which includes stable management, horsemanship and basic riding skills will be taught at Windsor, near London. Then the graduate moves to Hyde Park Barracks in the capital where they will learn to ride wearing the colourful ceremonial uniforms that generations of Household Cavalrymen have worn.Fully trained troopers can expect to spend 18-24 months taking part in traditional daily duties on Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall as well as numerous State Ceremonial occasions throughout the year.



World of Dickens

Streets of Old Hong Kong


In this the ‘Year of the Rooster’ we’re presenting new colourful versions of some old favorites.

  • HK254M Celebrating The New Year – For Chinese families the New Year is a time to come together and meet up and enjoy good food and celebrations. It’s also a time to return to the family home and be with parents and bring them special gifts as well as receiving other gifts in return from the family elders themselves.This beautiful 5-figure set (Mother, Father, Son and Grandparents) comes together with the small table and the beautifully decorated blue and white vase.
  • HK254G Celebrating The New Year
  • HK250M The Tangerine Buyer – Most traditional Chinese homes and houses are decorated for the coming new year with all kinds of floral displays. Among the most popular are the miniature orange trees and bushes which attract good fortune and prospects for the coming Lunar New Year. This house servant carries one of the special “Orange Trees” while another sits at his feet.
  • HK250G The Tangerine Buyer


Orient

New Thomas Gunn January Releases!

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Spartans


More Spartans in a month or two, some great looking enemy figures will be available soon. For those of you waiting for Spartans with cloaks, and armed with Dory’s these will also be on the way soon.

  • SPA002 Thrust & Parry – The second Spartan in our series blocks a Persian sword with his shield and prepares the return thrust as soon as the opportunity arises!
  • SPA003 Waiting Ready – Our third Spartan standing ready with sword in hand
  • SPA004 Spartan Sentry – A useful figure standing on guard or waiting in reserve
  • SPA005 Kneeling Ready – Our last Spartan for this month kneeling and waiting to go into action



Spartans

Glory of Rome




Glory of Rome -Thomas Gunn

WWI – British


  • GW072 The Poet Siegfried Sassoon – The Poet Siegfried Sassoon CBE, MC; One of the nation’s greatest war poets Sassoon became a focal point for dissent within the armed forces after seeing the futility of the continuation of the war in 1917. Awarded the
    Military Cross for bravery under fire and recommended for the Victoria Cross, Sassoon was an inspiration to the men under his command who considered him to lead a charmed existence, oblivious to enemy fire. He was
    admitted to a military psychiatric hospital towards the end of the conflict, after his literary piece ‘A Soldiers Declaration’ was read out in the houses of Parliament by a sympathetic friend. It was in hospital he formed a long
    lasting relationship with Wilfred Owen another war poet. Sassoon eventually returned to the front line but was shot in the head almost immediately by another British soldier who had mistaken him for a German! Sassoon went onto
    survive the war and became an author with some notable successes afterwards. He died in 1967 aged 80 years old. Our depiction of Sassoon has him writing notes perhaps his ‘Soldiers Declaration’ which got him into so much trouble
    with the authorities? Priced at $41/£32 and limited to 100 pieces worldwide.



Thomas-Gunn-World-War-One

WWII – British




Thomas-Gunn-WWII-Europe-Allied