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.
- TYW004 Polish Grand Hetman
- TYW005a Polish Winged Hussar with Grand Standard of Sigismund III
- TYW005b Polish Winged Hussar Battle Standard Bearer
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.
- TYW015 Spanish Tercio Musketeer Loading
- TYW016 Spanish Tercio Musketeer Ready
- TYW017 Spanish Tercio Pikeman #1
- TYW018 Spanish Tercio Musketeer without Musket
- TYW019 Spanish Tercio Pikeman #2
- TYW020 Spanish Tercio Pikeman #3
- TYW021 Spanish Tercio Pikeman #4
- TYW022 Spanish Tercio Pikeman #5
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.
Retreat From Russia