Beginner Gift Sets
Two new beginner gift sets.
This will be a major series for King & Country. King & Country have selected to portray the XX Legion (the 20th Legion) “VALERIA VICTRIX” (Victorious Valeria) of the Imperial Roman Army in the First Century AD.
Originally founded by the Emperor Augustus in 31 BC it fought in Hispania (Spain) from 25-19 BC.
In approx AD9 it marched into Germania to help keep the peace and remained on garrison duty there before joining three other Legions in invading Britain in AD43 under the command of the Emperor Claudius.
It fought and campaigned all over Britain and into the wilds of Caledonia (Scotland) and even helped build the forts and defences known as “Hadrian’s Wall” to help keep the barbaric Picts and Celts out of Romanized Britannia.
Its symbol was the wild running boar which was featured on shields, banners and other items belonging to the Legion.
- ROM001 Legate – A “Legatus” (anglicized as Legate) was a General of the Roman Army equivalent to a modern general officer. Being of Senatorial rank, his immediate superior was a Proconsul (provincial governor). The Legate outranked all Military Tribunes and was usually appointed by the Emperor himself.The rank carried great prestige and was much sought after by Rome’s noblest families.
In provinces with only one Legion the Legate might also be the provincial governor.
In the field the Legate could be distinguished by his elaborate helmet and body armour.
Our K&C Legate is mounted on a black arab stallion and carries his own purple crested helmet.
- ROM003 Primus Pilus – The “Primus Pilus” or Primipilus was the most senior centurion of a Roman Legion.In the Legion, the “Cohort” (of which there were between 6 and 10) became the basic tactical unit of each Legion.
The “Cohort” was then composed of 5 to 8 “Centuries”, each commanded by a Centurion assisted by an “Optio,” a soldier who could read and write.
The senior Centurion of the Legion and commander of the first Cohort, the Primus Pilus (First Spear) was always, a long-serving soldier and highly experienced advisor to the Legate himself and led the largest century of any particular legion – around 800 soldiers. His command would include cooks, clerks and other non combatants as well as the fighting troops. In modern terms he would be the equivalent of a Major in charge of a large battalion – sized unit.Our K & C “Primus Pilus” is a tough well-decorated veteran of many successful campaigns. His white feathered crest atop his helmet and chest full of victory medallions testify to his senior position and status within the Legion.
- ROM008 Vexillum Bearer – The “Vexillum” was a small flag-like object used as a military standard for each Legion in the Roman Army.Each vexillum would normally carry the Legion’s number ( in Roman numerals) and the painted or embroidered symbol of that same Legion.
Unlike the normal Legionaries the Bearer would wear a chain-mail vest or even scale armour rather than the usual overlapping plate armour (the Lorica Segmentata). In addition, the “Vexillum Bearer” would wear an animal skin and head on top of his helmet and equipment.
Our K&C soldier wears a grey wolf skin pelt and head.
- ROM012 Marching Legionary – A classic and extremely useful pose this K&C Legionary carries both a large decorated shield and his throwing “Pilus” (Spear). In addition, his side arms included a “Gladius”, the long fighting sword and the shorter “Pugio” (dagger) for use in close combat situations where the sword was impractical to use.As can be seen this regular Roman soldier is wearing the typical Lorica Segmentata armour of the 1st Century AD.
- RH022 Sheriff’s Tax CollectorOne of the most hated men in the Shire .. Nottinghamshire that is! This is the man who would come to your village or hovel and demand a substantial share of your income to help fill up the coffers of “The Sheriff” and his liege lord, the dastardly Prince John.Here he sits at his table making a note of everyone’s contribution in either gold, silver or produce.
On these unwelcome visits he was usually accompanied by several of the Sheriff’s own Men-At-Arms … After all there are plenty of ruffians and cut-throats hiding out in the forest and you can’t be too careful!
- RH023 Poor Down -Trodden Peasants Set – Alas, where you have “oppressors” you also must have the “oppressed” … Here are two of them … Poor Saxon peasants paying the price of living under cruel and greedy Norman usurpers. In this case evil Prince John and his cruel lackey, “The Sheriff of Nottingham.”In this set the husband hands over a few coins of the realm together with a chicken. His wife supplies a basket of goose eggs and … the pair of geese that laid them!
Pike & Musket
During the troubled times of the English Civil War (as if there was not enough trouble and strife around) there suddenly and unexpectedly appeared a spate of witchcraft trials and executions. .. mostly in England’s East Anglia.
- PnM072 Witchfinder General – Mathew Hopkins was a self-appointed witch-hunter whose career flourished during the major upheavals caused by the English Civil War.Although never officially sanctioned by Parliament, he prowled far and wide across East Anglia conducting investigations, trials and executions from 1644-1647.
More than 300 unfortunate people, mostly women, fell victim to his deadly inquisitions with more being hanged and burned than in all of the previous 100 years!
Our figure shows him in Parliamentary garb and wearing a black cloak and hat and carrying both a volume of Parish records … and a sword.
He was memorably played by legendary horror film villain, Vincent Price in “Witchfinder General”, a 1968 British horror movie.
- PnM073 Cavalier & The Lady – A bold cavalier takes the hand of a pretty young maiden during one of the short interludes between battles and skirmishes.
- NA354X Hussar with Hat in Hand – An officer of the 3rd Regiment.
- NA355X Hussar w/Sword – Trooper of the 3rd with sabre unsheathed
- NA356 Hussar Guidon Bearer – A colourful mounted Guidon Bearer of the 3rd.
- NA357 Mounted Hussar – Sitting astride his chestnut-coloured mount and about to go on picket duty or patrol.
Although these two grizzled veterans of Texas law enforcement saw more than their fair share of “Indian Fighting” neither, fortunately for them, was at the Little Bighorn on that fateful day in 1976.
Instead, they decided to gather a herd of cattle and, with a few good men, drive them north out of Texas and up to Montana to start a cattle ranch.
Larry McMurtry, the great Texan writer wrote a similar tale and called it “Lonesome Dove” which became a Pulitzer-prize winning novel and a great television series starring Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall as the two retired Texas Rangers.
This is our small tribute to the Texas Rangers and … San Antonio where some of the action takes place.
Battle of Little Big Horn
The bloody battle continues between the officers and men of Custer’s 7th Cavalry and the combined forces of Sitting Bull’s Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors on the slopes above the Little Bighorn river
- TRW099 Buffalo Hump – Riding his favorite war pony this Arapaho warrior brandishes his stone club about to bring it down on the head of some unfortunate 7th Cavalry trooper.
- TRW100 Eagle’s Wing – Galloping past a group of the hated “Long knives” this Northern Cheyenne dog soldier turns in the saddle to fire his Winchester at one of the enemy.
- TRW101 Two Moons – A white-faced Lakota Sioux charges past some more of the beleaguered “Bluecoats” fighting for their lives against the thousands of attacking Indians.
- TRW106 Kneeling Firing – Another version of a trooper making every bullet count.
- TRW107 Kneeling Ready – Crouching down and seeking out another “damn injun”!
Australian Light Horse
A desert-camouflaged version of Henry Ford’s classis Model ‘T’ complete with two “Diggers” and a front-mounted Vickers Machine Gun.
In the flat bed back of the vehicle is a spare. 303 Lee Enfield rifle and a folded-up tripod for the Vickers.
Operation Market Garden
Lance Sergeant John Baskeyield was part of the 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, an air landing unit of the British 1st. Airborne Division, that flew into Arnhem on 17 September, 1944 as part of “Operation Market Garden”.
Expecting only light German opposition the British were surprised to find 2 x Waffen SS Panzer Grenadier Divisions in and around the Dutch town which soon put the attackers on the defensive!
L/Sgt. Baskeyfield as an NCO was in charge of 2 x 6pdr. Anti tank guns helping to protect the Division’s main position in Oosterbeek, a small suburb on the outskirts of Arnhem. On 20 September, just after dawn John Baskeyfield and his two guns were in position defending a ‘T’ junction when a major German assault began. Two German tanks and an assault gun, supported by enemy infantry, moved toward the British location.
L/Sgt. Baskeyfield allowed them to get within 100 yards before opening fire and ‘knocking-out’ all three tracked vehicles. British paratroopers in houses alongside the anti tank guns decimated the German infantry with rifle and machine gun fire.
In the course of this action most of the young NCO’s gunners were killed or wounded and he himself badly injured. He refused however to be evacuated to a nearby Aid Station.
Sometime later another German assault began and the L/Sgt. again worked his gun alone – loading, laying and firing it on his own. He fired round after round at the enemy until his own gun was put out of action. Then he crawled over to the other gun whose crew had suffered the same fate as his own. From here, he once more single-handedly opened fire on another German self-propelled gun disabling it. Sadly, when loading the next round into the breech of his gun he was killed by a shell from yet one more German tank.
For his actions, bravery and supreme sacrifice he was awarded Britain’s highest military honor, “The Victoria Cross”.
Part of his citation reads, “The superb gallantry of this NCO is beyond praise … He spurned danger, ignored pain and by his supreme fighting spirit and dogged devotion to duty was a constant inspiration to all ranks who witnessed his actions.”
THE K&C SET
Our new set portrays the wounded young Lance Sergeant loading his gun with a 6 pdr. Shell. The set also includes the 6pdr. Gun, an ammunition box and 2 x additional shells.
- MG074(P) L/Sgt. John Baskeyfield V.C.
and his 6 pdr. Anti Tank Gun
- MG075(P) Dead & Wounded Paras – Two dead and wounded 1st Airborne soldiers are joined by a third wounded soldier crawling towards them.
Fields of Battle
- FoB136 Three City Gents – 3 x well-tailored individual Gentlemen “Civvies” to help populate any city or town street in the 1930’s or 1940’s.
- FoB137 Good Friends – 2 x young ladies, dressed in typical 1940’s garb walk arm in arm down any wartime street anywhere in occupied Europe or Britain.
Streets of Old Hong Kong
No, not the Chris de Burgh song but a Chinese beauty wearing the traditional “Cheongsam” (Long Dress) beloved by generations of very pretty Oriental ladies …
- HK257M Shanghai Lady In Red
- HK271M Shanghai Lady In Blue
- HK257G Shanghai Lady In Red
- HK271G Shanghai Lady In Blue