King & Country January Releases!

January 2nd, 2019

Romans and Celt’s

Additional Celts, Britons and Gauls enthusiastically rush forward to come to blows with their Roman invaders… what they lack in military discipline they more than make up with fighting ferocity and fierce, blood-curdling battlecries!

  • RnB030 Victory! – This Gallic Warrior is feeling supremely confident as, sword and shield in hand, he charges towards the enemy!
  • RnB032 Celtic Spearman – Rushing forward one spear in hand, two more held behind his shield.
  • RnB036 Gallic War Chief – This local Chieftain urges his men forward… “You have nothing to fear except death itself!” Brave fighting words indeed.
  • RnB038 Celtic Axeman – Wore betide any Roman soldier who gets within striking distance of this axe-wielding, blood-thirsty savage.
  • RnB040 Death to the Romans – Another Barbarian warrior who, for a brief moment, is content to scream defiantly at the Romans before closing for battle.
  • ROM032 Standing Senior Officer – One of the most senior officers in the Legion as can be seen by his richly-decorated body armour and fine quality uniform. Here he confidently stands observing the antics of his enemies and plotting their destruction.

Romans

Battle of Little Big Horn

These 4 re-releases came about because many new collectors of ‘Custer’s Last Stand’ could no longer find these early-released, now-retired pieces and wanted to add them to their collection. At the same time other existing collectors requested alternative variations to the ‘originals’ to help boost their cavalry numbers! So, to please them (and ourselves) we bring you these new adapted versions…

  • TRW147 The Wounded Bugler – One of Custer’s trumpeters blows a forlorn bugle in the vain hope that either Major Reno or Captain Benteen or perhaps both of them will hear the call and ride with their commands to the rescue of Custer’s besieged and beleaguered troopers.
  • TRW150 Dead Cavalry Horse – Although some of the 7th Cavalry’s mounts were killed in action many were actually shot by their riders in order to provide some kind of ground defence against the Indian assaults.
  • TRW152 Corporal Lying Firing Carbine – This Cavalry NCO hugs the ground to make the smallest target for the Sioux and Cheyenne marksmen… Unfortunately no firing position is completely safe from Indian arrows fired up and down on top of the soldiers defences.
  • TRW153 Taking a Fall – This 7th Cavalry trooper prepares to fight on foot, carbine in hand, as his horse is shot from under him!

Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.

Afrika Korps

  • AK127 Desert Trench Fighters – Five AK infantry ‘half-body’ soldiers taking cover behind their long, sand-bagged trench. Included in this set is the full curved trench itself sand-bagged on all sides. Inside are a section commander observing the approaching enemy through his field glasses… the section ‘Gefreiter’ with his MP40 Schmeisser machine pistol and a firing MG34 machine gunner. Backing them up are two different riflemen aiming their KAR98 rifles towards their 8th Army opponents.
  • AK128 Battlefield Communications – A kneeling AK Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) on the field telephone telling his command centre that the enemy is approaching and, perhaps, requesting artillery support or more reinforcements.
  • AK129 MG42 Gun Support – This 2-man team provides additional machine gun fire to help hold off any British, Australian or American advance.
  • AK130 Attacking AK Combat Team – They say ‘attack is the best form of defence’ and these 4 Afrika Korps soldiers are going on the offensive! As the AK officer cautiously moves forward he aims his pistol at one of the enemy. Joining him are 2 different riflemen, one of whom has just been shot, plus one AK trooper with that famous or infamous, MP40 Schmeisser machine pistol.

Afrika Korps

Luftwaffe

During WW2 German Luftwaffe day and night fighter pilots ‘claimed’ over 70,000 aerial victories over Allied-flown aircraft… Approximately 25,000 were British and American losses and more than 45,000 were Soviet.

Of all those ‘kills’ most were ‘scored’ by ‘aces’, that is pilots who shot down 5 or more enemy aircraft during their aviation career.

It is almost certain that at least 2,500 Luftwaffe airmen achieved ace status between September 1939 and May 1945. Of that number about 500 pilots shot down between 20-40 enemy aircraft.

Another 360 claimed between 40 and 100 ‘victories’ and just 103 destroyed more than 100 Allied opponents.

Major Hermann Graf was a very special member of that exclusive club…

Hermann Graf (1912-1988) served on both the Eastern and Western Fronts during WWII. He became the first pilot in aviation history to claim 200 aerial victories – that is, 200 aerial combat encounters that resulted in the destruction of 200 enemy aircraft.

Graf, a prewar soccer player joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. He was initially selected for transport aviation, flying the legendary Junkers 52 before volunteering and being chosen to join the famous Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG51) in May 1939, just 4 months before the invasion of Poland and the outbreak of the Second World War.

During the so-called ‘Phoney War’ of late 1939 and early 1940 he was stationed on the Franco-German border flying uneventful patrols. He was then posted as a flight instructor to Romania in order to help train that country’s small air force. At the end of this period he even saw a little action in the closing days of the German invasion of Greece at the end of May 1941.

After the beginning of ‘Operation Barbarossa’, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Graf finally claimed his first ‘kill’ in August 1941.

45 victories later Hermann Graf was awarded the prestigious Knights Cross of The Iron Cross in January 1942. By September of that same year his victory score had risen to an incredible 172 for which his honour was upgraded to the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds!

At the time of this presentation this was Nazi Germany’s highest military decoration.

On 26 September 1942 he shot down his 200th enemy plane. Now, a national hero he was withdrawn from combat flying and posted, once more, to a fighter pilot training school.

In November 1943, as British and American bombers and fighters continued to build up their aerial assaults on the Third Reich, Graf, once more returned to combat operations and was appointed Geschwaderkommodore (Wing Commander) of JG11 of the 11th Fighter Wing. It was with this unit that Hermann Graf scored his 212th and final aerial victory on 29 March 1944.

He was severely injured during that final encounter and spent many months recuperating before taking over command of JG52 in early 1945.

He remained in charge of JG52 until Germany’s surrender on 8 May, 1945.

Although Graf and his men surrendered to the Americans he and his men were then handed over to the Russians. Hermann Graf continued in Soviet captivity until 1949.

After his return to Germany Graf lived a fairly quiet life and died in his home town of Engen on 4 November, 1988.

ABOUT THE K&C MODEL

Of all the many aircraft Hermann Graf flew his personal favorite was Willy Messerschmitt’s Bf.109 ‘Gustav’.

Graf himself stated that the ‘Gustav’ was the best fighter aircraft he ever flew even after flying captured British ‘Spitfires’ and American ‘Mustangs’.

Our K&C model depicts just one of several ‘Gustavs’ that Hermann Graf flew during the middle part of the war. It is easily recognized by the red ‘tulip’ nose and the white tail complete with ‘kill’ markings and his Knight’s Cross award.

This model also has a canopy that can open and close. Each aircraft comes in a specially-designed box with a spectacular cover painting and a free full-colour print by noted Australian artist, Ian Hill plus an information card on Graf himself.

Just 300 of this very Special Edition Hermann Graf Bf. 109 ‘Gustav’ are being released.

Luftwaffe

Vietnam

This particular VIETNAM Section of ‘DISPATCHES’ could just as easily (and accurately) been headlined, “NO MARINE LEFT BEHIND”.

The Battle of Hue, during the TET offensive of 1968, has justly gone down in the annals of the U.S. Marine Corps as one of the fiercest and most bloody conflicts of the 20th Century.

Sitting proudly alongside Belleau Wood… Iwo Jima and The Chosin Reservoir the battle clearly illustrates why the Marine Corps can be both your best friend… and your worst enemy!

Many courageous acts of brave marines were on display during the days and weeks that the fighting raged across the city. One however stands as almost a memorial in itself to the bravery of all… The exploits of Gunnery Sgt. John Canley USMC.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Canley served multiple tours in South Vietnam between 1965 and 1970. In January 1968 he was with Alpha Co., 1st Btn., 1st Marine Regt., 1st Marine Division stationed near the old Imperial Capital of Hue in central Vietnam.

While serving as Company Gunnery Sergeant, he was part of the USMC forces sent into Hue to help recapture the city and releave the beleaguered American and South Vietnamese troops then being besieged by the joint NVA and VC offensive which had captured most of the city.

On numerous occasions, despite being wounded himself, ‘Gunny’ Canley ran across fire-swept terrain to rescue and recover other wounded Marines and bring them to safety.

When his own Commanding Officer was seriously wounded and no other officer was available the ‘Gunny’ took command of the company and continued to lead it forward.

For three whole days he continued in command of Alpha and at the same time, led a number of assaults on enemy bunkers and defences often exposing himself to direct enemy fire.

On February 6, 1968, on two separate occasions the Gunnery Sergeant climbed over a wall, in full view of the enemy to pull and carry casualties to a more protected position.

For this kind of inspired and dedicated leadership and courage ‘Gunny’ Canley was at the time awarded the Navy Cross.

Many years later, in 2017, this award was belatedly but well-deservedly upgraded to the Medal of Honor when in 2018 President Donald J. Trump presented John Canley with his medal.

Although a Gunnery Sergeant in Vietnam in 1968, John Canley eventually rose to the rank of Sergeant Major before retiring from the USMC in 1981 after 28 years of loyal and courageous service to his country and his beloved corps.

King & Country is proud and privileged to dedicate this special ‘Vietnam’ figure set to a very special and courageous Marine.

  • VN035 Gunny John Canley
  • VN038 Kneeling Marine Rifleman – Every Marine, regardless of rank and Corps specialty is, first and foremost, a Marine Rifleman! This ‘Grunt’ goes down on one knee to take up a firing position and ‘take-out’ one of the enemy.
  • VN039 Marine Grenadier – Holding his M16 in his right hand and about to throw his M18 Red Smoke Grenade with his left.

Vietnam – Tet’68

John Jenkins January Releases!

December 30th, 2018

Thracians

Thracians were a group of Indo-European tribes inhabiting a large area in Eastern and Southeastern Europe

The Thracians in classical times were broken up into a large number of groups and tribes (over 200), though a number of powerful Thracian states were organized, such as the Odrysian kingdom of Thrace and the Dacian kingdom of Burebista.

In the first decade of the sixth century BC, the Persians conquered Thrace and made it part of their satrapy Skudra. Thracians were forced to join the invasions of European Scythia and Greece. According to Herodotus, the Bithynian Thracians also had to contribute a large contingent to Xerxes’ invasion of Greece in 480 BC.

The Thracians were a warrior people, known as both horsemen, but mainly as lightly armed skirmishers with javelins, which were known as peltasts. They were regarded by other peoples as warlike, ferocious, and bloodthirsty.

The peltast, was a type of soldier of the ancient period, which probably originated in Thrace.

Thracian peltasts were to have a notable influence in Ancient Greece.

A Thracian Peltast carried a crescent-shaped wicker shield and was armed with several javelins (akontia).

The style of fighting used by peltasts probably originated in Thrace and the first peltasts used by Greek armies were recruited from the Greek cities of the Thracian coast.

They are generally depicted on Greek vases and in other images as wearing the typical Thracian costume, which includes the distinctive Phrygian cap made of fox-skin, with ear flaps. They also usually wore a patterned tunic, fawnskin boots and a long cloak, called a zeira, which was decorated with a bright, geometric, pattern.

Peltasts gradually became more important in Greek warfare, in particular during the Peloponnesian War.

They became the main type of Greek mercenary infantry in the 4th century BC. Their equipment was less expensive than that of traditional hoplites and would have been more readily available to poorer members of society.

When faced by hoplites, peltasts operated by throwing javelins at short range.

If the hoplites charged, the peltasts would retreat.

As they carried considerably lighter equipment than the hoplites, they were usually able to evade successfully, especially in difficult terrain.

They would then return to the attack once the pursuit ended, if possible, taking advantage of any disorder created in the hoplites’ ranks.

The Athenian general Iphicrates destroyed a Spartan phalanx in the Battle of Lechaeum in 390 BC, using mostly Thracian peltasts.

In the first decade of the sixth century BC, the Persians conquered Thrace and made it part of their satrapy Skudra. Thracians were forced to join the invasions of European Scythia and Greece

According to Herodotus, the Bithynian Thracians also had to contribute a large contingent to Xerxes’ invasion of Greece in 480 BC.

Later the conquest of the southern part of Thrace by Philip II of Macedon in the fourth century BC made the largest Thracian state, the Odrysian kingdom extinct for several years. After the kingdom had been reestablished, it was a vassal state of Macedon for several decades under generals such as Lysimachus of the Diadochi.

Thracians

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

The Roman army of the mid-Republic (also known as the manipular Roman army or the “Polybian army”), refers to the armed forces deployed by the mid-Roman Republic, from the end of the Samnite Wars (290 BC) to the end of the Social War (88 BC). The first phase of this army, in its manipular structure (290–ca. 130 BC), is described in detail in the Histories of the ancient Greek historian Polybius, writing before 146 BC.

The central feature of the mid-Republican army was the manipular organisation of its battle-line. Instead of a single, large mass (the phalanx) as in the Greek and Early Roman army, the Romans now drew up in three lines (triplex acies) consisting of small units (maniples) of 120 men, arrayed in chessboard fashion, giving much greater tactical strength and flexibility.

The Republican army of this period, like its earlier forebear, did not maintain standing or professional military forces, but levied them, by compulsory conscription, as required for each campaigning season and disbanded thereafter (although formations could be kept in being over winter during major wars). Service in the legions was limited to property-owning Roman citizens, normally those known as iuniores (age 16-46).

For the vast majority of the period of its existence, the Polybian levy was at war. This led to great strains on Roman and Italian manpower, but forged a superb fighting machine. During the Second Punic War, fully two-thirds of Roman iuniores were under arms continuously. In the period after the defeat of Carthage in 201 BC, the army was campaigning exclusively outside Italy, resulting in its men being away from their home plots of land for many years at a stretch. They were assuaged by the large amounts of booty that they shared after victories in the rich eastern theatre. But in Italy, the ever-increasing concentration of public lands in the hands of big landowners, and the consequent displacement of the soldiers’ families, led to great unrest and demands for land redistribution. This was successfully achieved, but resulted in the disaffection of Rome’s Italian allies, who as non-citizens were excluded from the redistribution. This led to the mass revolt of the socii and the Social War (91-88 BC). The result was the grant of Roman citizenship to all Italians and the end of the Polybian army’s dual structure: the alae were abolished and the socii recruited into the legions. The Roman army of the late Republic (88–30 BC) resulted, a transitional phase to the Imperial Roman army (30 BC – AD 284).

Hastati (singular: Hastatus) were a class of infantry employed in the armies of the early and Mid Roman Republic.

They were originally some of the poorest men in the legion, and could afford only modest equipment. Later, the hastati contained the younger men rather than just the poorer, (though most men of their age were relatively poor.) Their usual position was the first battle line.

The hastati were formed into 10 maniples of 120 men each, therefore 1,200 men per legion.

Battles were conducted in a similar fashion; the velites would gather at the front and fling javelins to cover the advance of the hastati. If the hastati failed to break the enemy, they would fall back on the principes.

If the principes could not break the enemy, they would retire behind the triarii, who would then engage.

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Enemies of Rome – Iceni

The Iceni were a Brittonic tribe of eastern Britain during the Iron Age and early Roman era. Their territory included present-day Norfolk and parts of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire,

Julius Caesar does not mention the Iceni in his account of his invasions of Britain in 55 and 54 BC, though they may be related to the Cenimagni, who Caesar notes as living north of the River Thames at that time. The Iceni were a significant power in eastern Britain during Claudius’ conquest of Britain in AD 43, in which they allied with Rome.

Increasing Roman influence on their affairs led to revolt in AD 47, though they remained nominally independent under king Prasutagus until his death around AD 60. Roman encroachment after Prasutagus’ death led his wife Boudica to launch a major revolt from 60–61. Boudica’s uprising seriously endangered Roman rule in Britain and resulted in the burning of Londinium and other cities. The Romans finally crushed the rebellion, and the Iceni were increasingly incorporated into the Roman province.

Enemies of Rome

Aztec

The TZITZIMITL or “Demon of the Dark” War-suit, was worn only by rulers and senior chieftains. It is also depicted in yellow and blue versions.

The Tlacochcalcatl or Captain of the Armoury wore this white tlahuiztli surmounted by a skull helmet with a black wig. The outfit represented the Tzitzimitl, a mythical demon who brought death and destruction to mankind.

Aztec Empire – Conquest of America

American Revolution – 2nd Massachusetts Regiment

2nd Massachusetts Regiment

American Revolution – Brunswick Grenadiers

Brunswick Grenadiers

American Revolution – Hessian Jager Corps

When the American Revolution began, the British Army was too small to overwhelm the rebellious colonies with armed might. Subsequently, United Kingdom entered treaties with a number of German principalities, which provided the British Crown with allied contingents for service in North America in return for monetary subsidies. A mutual aid- and alliance treaty between United Kingdom and Hesse-Hanau was entered in February 1776.

A Jäger corps under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Karl Adolf Christoph von Creutzburg was among the units in the Hesse-Hanau contingent

The Jägers were recruited from state foresters and other professional hunters. They were selected for their marksmanship, and were all volunteers, in contrast with the drafted or pressed soldiers that filled the ranks of the Hesse-Hanau infantry. The pay was higher than for ordinary troops. The British government especially requested Jägers for the American campaign, as they were perceived as better able to endure the North American wilderness.

Hessian Jager Corps

American Revolution

A split-rail fence or log fence (also known as a zigzag fence, worm fence or snake fence historically due to its meandering layout) is a type of fence constructed in the United States and Canada, and is made out of timber logs, usually split lengthwise into rails and typically used for agricultural or decorative fencing. Such fences require much more timber than other types of fences, and so are generally only common in areas where wood is abundant. However, they are very simple in their construction, and can be assembled with few tools even on hard or rocky ground. They also can be built without using any nails or other hardware; such hardware was often scarce in frontier areas. They are particularly popular in very rocky areas where post hole digging is almost impossible. They can even be partially or wholly disassembled if the fence needs to be moved or the wood becomes more useful for other purposes

Drums along the Mohawk

Second World War

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

King & Country December Releases!

December 4th, 2018

ROMANS & BARBARIANS


Go back almost 1900 years and you find yourself battling a different set of invaders… The Romans this time!

Back then both sides believed in “an eye for an eye… a tooth for a tooth!” Well, in this particular case it’s a little more deadly than that…



Romans

Boadicea


Boadicea or Boudica if you prefer was a Queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe who led a major uprising against Roman rule in AD60-61.

Originally Boadicea was the wife of Prasutagus, King of the British Celtic tribe called the Iceni. He ruled as a nominally independent ally of Rome but when he died Rome annexed his kingdom and had his property confiscated.

Prasutagus widow, Boadicea was a strong and skillful leader herself and soon gathered together her own and other tribes angry and rebellious against Roman rule and determined to overthrow it.

Within a short time Boadicea and her armies conquered and sacked several of the most important Roman settlements in Britain… They destroyed Camulodunum (Colchester) and even Londinium (present day London).

An estimated 70-80,000 Romans and their British allies were killed during this brief but bloody reign of terror.

Soon however the Romans regrouped their forces and, despite being heavily outnumbered, defeated Boadicea at the Battle of Watling Street (an ancient trackway between St. Albans and Canterbury). Following her defeat she is said to have taken poison to avoid falling alive into Roman hands.

Much of what is known about this remarkable female warrior comes from Roman historians, “She was tall in appearance with a strong voice, her mane of thick, reddish brown hair fell almost to her hips. In battle, she wore a tunic of divers colours over which there was a richly decorated metal breastplate, in addition she would carry a man’s sword and often a spear too.”

Our first Boadicea has the Queen standing ready to meet the Romans.



Romans

TEXAN DEFENDERS


Here are the first 5 reinforcements for the hard-pressed little garrison defending the old Spanish Mission in San Antonio against the might of Santa Anna’s army during March 1836.

Concerning the actual number of men defending the Alamo most eye witness accounts vary… anywhere from 182-257. Everyone agrees though that they came from all over the then United States and Europe as well as some locally born Tejanos (Texans of Mexican descent).

Most of these volunteers were civilian although some had previous military experience elsewhere. Their general appearance was as mixed and different as their various backgrounds and origins. A few had certain bits of uniforms, weapons and equipment but most wore their everyday clothes and carried their own chosen weaponry. Our first 5 figures display well this lack of uniformity and military formality…



Alamo Defenders

THE REAL WEST


If you are collecting K&C’s ‘THE REAL WEST’ you can never have ‘too many Indians’!!! Especially one as fine as this mounted warrior.



Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.

BUILDING UP THE
ATLANTIC WALL


The Atlantic Wall was an extensive line of coastal defences and fortifications built by the Germans between 1942 and 1944 along the coast of Western Europe and Scandinavia. Its purpose was to defend Nazi-occupied Europe from an attack expected to come from Great Britain.

Although construction began in 1942 by late 1943 it was far from complete and its actual strength and size was greatly exaggerated by German propaganda.

Early in 1944. as an Allied invasion of the Continent became ever more likely, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was put in charge of improving and building up the wall’s defences. Rommel’s main concern however was Allied air power. He had seen in North Africa how the might of the British and American air forces could inflict huge damage on his ground forces and it had left a deep impression.

In Western Europe he also knew that any German counter attacks would be broken up by Allied aircraft long before they reached any invading beachhead. Rommel intended to stop the enemy invaders on the beach itself and to accomplish that many more bunkers, pill boxes and beach obstacles had to be constructed and installed as quickly as possible.

In order to do that plans, designs and models for all of these defences had to be approved by the Fuhrer himself.

This original display set portrays just one of the many meetings where Hitler, the amateur architect, and three of his top generals, including Rommel review some of the latest design models for additional Atlantic Wall fortifications.

The set includes an arms-folded Fuhrer, Field Marshal Rommel, Field Marshal Walter Model on leave from the Eastern Front and SS Oberst-Gruppenfuhrer ‘Sepp’ Dietrich who would go on to command the 1st SS Panzer Corps during the Battle of Normandy following the invasion.

In front of all four figures is a large table on which are displayed a number of different bunker and pill-box design models for Hitler to comment on and, hopefully, approve.

A great little set that helps tells part of a very big and dramatic story!



German Wehrmacht

KUBELWAGENS




German Field Hospital

TALKING OF ITALY…


The successful and daring rescue of deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from the top of the Gran Sasso plateau must go down as one of the most dramatic special forces operations in military history.

Arrested by his own senior officers in July 1943, the former ‘Il Duce’ had been imprisoned in an isolated and well-guarded mountain-top resort in the heart of Italy called Hotel Campo Imperator.

Access to this Hotel could only be by a heavily-guarded cable-car station… or so the Italian captors thought.

An infuriated Adolf Hitler demanded that his old friend and ally be rescued and gave the task to his Paratroop Commander, General der Fallschirmjager Kurt Student to organize.

This, Student did immediately and brilliantly selecting some of his best paratroopers and officers.

For political reasons, an SS detachment, under the command of Haupsturmfuhrer Otto Skorzeny had to be involved, much to the dismay of both Student and his men.

On 12 September 1943, Student’s Fallschirmjagers plus Skorzeny and his small group of Waffen SS mounted their daring glider-borne assault on the Hotel and its most famous imprisoned occupant….

This great-looking four-man set portrays a forlorn-looking Mussolini just a few minutes after his rescue, walking with his hands dug deep into the pockets of his long, black overcoat… On his head a black ‘Fedora’ hat pulled well down a far cry from the proud and strutting, uniformed leader of just a few years before.

By the dictator’s side is the tall, confident figure of Hauptsturmfuhrer Otto Skorzeny, Himmler’s chosen man to accompany the Luftwaffe Fallschirmjagers on this dangerous mission.

Skorzeny, although a Waffen SS officer, is wearing the tropical uniform of a Paratroop Officer. The reason for this is that it was felt that German Luftwaffe airmen would be more ‘acceptable’ to Mussolini’s captors than SS men…!

Flanking both men are TWO actual Fallschirmjagers… One officer and one enlisted man… It’s interesting to note that while the officer carries the well-known Schmeisser MP40 machine pistol, his junior carries the revolutionary FG-42 Assault Rifle. This weapon, built in small numbers, was very advanced for its time but too costly and utilized too many precious metals to be manufactured in great quantities.

Both of our Fallschirmjagers are wearing the ‘Tropical’ versions of their camouflage smocks and the light Khaki, loose-fitting trousers.

This set also comes in its own Labeled box.



Luftwaffe

AUSTRALIAN REINFORCEMENTS


This latest 4-man set comprises four terrific add-on figures to the first five. Leading the way is a kneeling Aboriginal soldier of ‘The Royal Australian Regiment’ holding his M16 in one hand and signalling silently to his mates that the ‘enemy is in sight’.

Another kneeling soldier nearby lifts his L1A1 SLR to his shoulder and prepares to engage the enemy.

Meanwhile the remaining two soldiers move stealthily forward to take up fire positions as they await the remainder of the 9-man patrol to follow up.



Vietnam – Tet’68

New Collectors Showcase December Releases

November 18th, 2018

72nd Pennsylvania




American Civil War


German Train


Limited edition of 200. Each train car comes with a piece of track and a figure. We’ve even added open and closed hatch options.



German WWII


Vietnam


Long range patrol and Green Berets.



Vietnam


Vietnam Diorama


Suitable for use with Collectors Showcase, King & Country and First Legion
figures.



Vietnam


Masterworks


Scale 1/6.



Masterworks Collection


Thomas Gunn December Releases

November 18th, 2018

Glory of Rome


Limited production of 100.



Glory of Rome

Thomas Gunn Club


Limited production of 80.



Thomas Gunn Club

WWII German forces


Limited production of 80.



WWII German forces

New First Legion December Releases

November 18th, 2018

Battle of Lake Peipus


The Battle of Lake Peipus took place in 1242 between the Livonian Branch of the Teutonic Knights and Republic of Novgorod. It was a part of the Northern Crusades of the Catholic Christian Military Orders against the “pagans” of the Eastern European Baltic states. Alternatively named “the battle on the ice” because a large part of it was fought on the surface of a frozen lake, the Battle of Lake Peipus was a significant Crusader defeat at the hands of Alexander Nevsky. Nevsky’s strategy was to feign withdrawal to lure the overconfident Teutonic Knights onto the surface of the Lake. A melee ensued over the course of a few hours and the exhausted Crusaders succumbed to a final attack of the Wings of Nevsky’s army. The ice of the lake began to crack under the strain in some sections and many of the heavily armored Crusaders and Teutonic Knights drowned as a result. Up to now our Crusades series has only covered the Siege of Acre, but this expansion of the range will be given the same detailed treatment with the combatants of both sides well represented allowing for wonderfully detailed dioramas of the famous Battle of Lake Peipus.





Battle of Lake Peipus

Dutch Grenadiers Band


First Legion presents the Old Guard Dutch Grenadiers Tete de Colonne! The band, or Tete de Colonne (literally translated “head of the column”) would lead the regiment during parades or other important occasions such as review by the Emperor. They rarely served in combat, though were present and often assisted with the wounded or other non-combat battlefield tasks. We have presented them here with such that you can setup a full band including the Drum Major, Band Master, Jingling-Johnny, and the various woodwind, percussion, and other instruments.



Dutch Grenadiers Band

Afrika Corps


The SdKfz 251/1 of the 115th Motorized Regiment, 15th Panzer Division! This incredibly detailed vehicle adds to your display options for the 15th Panzer Division particularly when coupled with set DAK038/DAK039 and our various DAK Reconaissance vehicles. These vehicles are truly of superlative quality and are much more hand crafted and hand modelled than they are a simplistic “toy soldier” vehicle.



Das Deutsche Afrika Corps 1941-1943!

Battle of the Bulge


BB032 German Stug IV PzJg Abt 12 – 12th Volksgrenadier Division. The 12th Volksgrenadier Division, reconstituted from the previously destroyed 12th Infantry Division, saw action initially in the Ardennes as the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest. This action was particularly important as the area was to serve as the launching point for “Wacht am Rhein”, the German counterattack which ended the Battle of Hurtgen. It was attached to the 1st SS Panzer Corps, 6th Army for the Ardennes Offensive. When the offensive failed, 6th Panzer Army was transferred to the Eastern Front and the 12th Volksgrenadier Division was left behind to face the advancing Americans. The Sturmgeschütz IV (StuG IV) was an assault gun based on the chassis of the Panzer IV. It performed admirably in it’s role as a tank killer and was typically attached to infantry divisions. It had the same main armament as the German Panzer IV, the 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/48 and a crew of four men. Out variant features opening and closing hatches, raising and lowering gun barrel, and removable side skirts such that you can configure the model as you prefer, with all skirts, no skirts, or a mix them as desired. It truly is a stunning model with extremely detailed weathering and painting which has been produced in very limited quantities.



Battle of the Bulge

New John Jenkins December Releases

November 18th, 2018

Enemies of Rome




Enemies of Rome

Roman Army of the Late Republic




Roman Army of the Late Republic

Aztec Empire


The banner is the Aztec national standard of Quetzalteopamitl, which was an enormous fan of gold and quetzal feathers.



Aztec Empire – Conquest of America

Conquistdor


Wars of the Roses




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Brunswick Grenadiers




Brunswick Grenadiers

Morgans Riflemen




Morgans Riflemen

Knights Of The Skies


** PLEASE NOTE THE ACE-39P PILOT CAN FIT ANY JJD FOKKER DVII MODEL**



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

WWII Aircraft


The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service with both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy in 1940, where it was initially known by the latter as the Martlet.

The F4F was Grumman’s first monoplane fighter design and was to prove to be one of the great naval fighter aircraft of World War 2.

In 1939 Grumman were successful in obtaining a Navy order for 54 F4F-3’s. The RAF also received 81 F4F-3’s which were named the Martlet I.

The initial deliveries to the US navy were in December 1940, with the first of the planes going to the USS Ranger, and USS Wasp.

These were the only carriers which had the F4F-3’s when war broke out.

First used in combat by the British in the North Atlantic, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942; the disappointing Brewster Buffalo was withdrawn in favor of the Wildcat and replaced as units became available. With a top speed of 318 mph (512 km/h), the Wildcat was outperformed by the faster 331 mph (533 km/h), more maneuverable, and longer-ranged Mitsubishi A6M Zero. However, the F4F’s ruggedness, coupled with tactics such as the Thach Weave, resulted in a claimed air combat kill-to-loss ratio of 5.9:1 in 1942 and 6.9:1 for the entire war.

Lessons learned from the Wildcat were later applied to the faster F6F Hellcat. While the Wildcat had better range and maneuverability at low speed, the Hellcat could rely on superior power and high speed performance to outperform the Zero. The Wildcat continued to be built throughout the remainder of the war to serve on escort carriers, where larger and heavier fighters could not be used.

Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare (March 13, 1914 – November 26, 1943) was an American naval aviator of the United States Navy, who on February 20, 1942, became the Navy’s first flying ace when he single-handedly attacked a formation of nine heavy bombers approaching his aircraft carrier. Even though he had a limited amount of ammunition, he managed to shoot down or damage several enemy bombers. On April 21, 1942, he became the first naval recipient of the Medal of Honor in World War II.



JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

RAF Pilot


**PLEASE NOTE THE RAF-01C PILOT FIGURE CAN FIT ANY JJD SPITFIRE MODEL WHICH HAS THE OPENING SIDE DOOR**



JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

New First Legion November Releases

November 18th, 2018

Napoleonic – Prussian


Be it at the battles of Lutzen, Bautzen, Dresden, Leipzig or any of ther other battles in the 1813-1814 campaigns, or all the way through the 100 days atLigny, Wavre, and Waterloo, the Prussian Army was constantly present and bent on revenge for the humilation of the 1807 Treaty at Tilsit. Our first release for the Prussian Army was the Musketeers of the 11th Line (2nd Silesian) Infantry Regiment chosen because they were one of the few regiments which carried their standard with them at Waterloo. With these figures now nearly sold out, we have since added the 2nd Brandenberg Artillery and are pleased to present our latest release, the 3rd Battalion of the Silesian Landwehr. These figures are appropriate for Waterloo and for the 1813 Campaign as well where we have created 4 different standards for them.



Prussian

Unpainted Model Kit


75mm Unpainted Metal Figure Kit for modellers and collectors from the Unpainted Figure Kits



Unpainted Metal Kits – Scale 60mm and 75mm

New Hobby Master April Releases

November 18th, 2018

Air Power Collection


New releases scheduled for April 2019!



Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:48 Scale.

Modern Air Power




Modern Air Power Collection

Wings of War New Releases

November 18th, 2018

Wings of War


These are large birds even at 1/43 scale measuring in with a 12 inch (30 Centimetres) wingspan and an 18 inch (46cm) fuselage length. They are bigger than most of our WW2 1/30 scale fighter models! We have 2 samples available at the moment, in the markings of the ‘Sundowners’ and the ‘Jolly Rogers’ both veterans of the Vietnam war.



Wings of War