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

Thomas Gunn November Releases

November 18th, 2018

World War One




World War One

Home Front



Home
Front

WWII – Pacific




WWII Pacific

Romans




Glory of Rome

Ancient Britons




Ancient Briton and Celts

Spartans




Spartans

New King & Country November Releases

November 18th, 2018

King & Country 2019! Calender


The
new King and Country 2019 Calendar includes pictures of their most popular
products and diorama displays from various series.   For King and
Country Order over $200.00, we include a Calendar for Free!  Do not miss
out!



King & Country Calendar

Santa 2018!


The presents are all packed, the heavily-laden ‘Santa Sacks’ are all loaded, onto his sled, the elves are enjoying a well-earned break and Santa is doing a final check of the addresses of all the good little boys and girls he will be visiting on his epic journey around the globe…



Christmas – Limited Edition

Roman-Style Crime & Punishment


The Roman Empire did not take kindly to those of their subject peoples who rebelled against their rule… Those bold enough to take up arms fully realized that they would need huge reserves of courage and fortitude to face up to the cruel and often barbaric punishments they would suffer should they fall into Roman hands…

  • RnB018 Crucifixion of a Tribal Chief – Crucifixion was a method of capital punishment in which the victim was tied and / or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang for several days and nights. Usually the eventual cause of death was exhaustion and asphyxiation.
    Although the crucifixion of Jesus is the most famous example of this form of lethal punishment it was a fairly common execution method for thieves, murderers and rebel chieftains.
  • RnB019 Scourging The Prisoner – Prior to execution it was normal Roman procedure to flog the prisoner… The usual instrument was a short whip with several single or braided leather thongs of various lengths. Into these thongs would be tied small iron balls and sharp pieces of bone at irregular intervals.
    For scourging, the prisoner was stripped of most of his clothing (women were never scourged) and tied to a large wooden or stone post.
    Two Roman soldiers would be on either side of the victim and would take it in turn to flog him. Extreme pain and blood loss would soon follow and it was not uncommon for the prisoner to even die of shock at the post. Should the prisoner survive his ordeal the soldiers would often taunt their victim adding extreme insult to injury!
  • RnB021 Life or Death…? – The fate of captured rank and file rebels was usually decided in the immediate aftermath of a battle… If slaves were required either to be worked to death in the Roman quarries or as ‘gallery-slaves’ they lived (for a time). Similarly, they might to spared to be trained as gladiators to fight in the arenas that had sprung up across the empire and in Rome itself.
    If, alas, they were unsuitable for any of these destinations or were declared “surplus to requirements” a quick sword thrust was usually the end result!
  • RnB023 The Sitting Centurion – Sitting, observing his soldiers go about their duties is this sitting Centurion. As he rests, both hands on his sword, his helmet by his side he ensures that all punishments are carried out with cruel efficiency.



Romans

“Remember The Alamo… Again!”




Mexican Army


Hercule Poirot

This fictional Belgian detective, created by English author, Agatha Christie has appeared in more than 33 novels, several films and television series and on radio.

He has been memorably portrayed by Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, Orson Welles, David Suchet and most recently, Kenneth Branagh.

And now he is immortalized in miniature by King & Country. As you see the dapper and fastidious M. Poirot stands confidently addressing his audience and obviously making a point of, perhaps, declaring who is the murderer or person behind the crime!



World of Dickens

THE ORIGINAL STORMTROOPERS


Although the name ‘Stormtroopers’ has come to be associated with the nickname of Hitler’s ‘Sturmabteilung’ better known as the ‘SA’ or the ‘Brownshirts’ the actual German derivation of ‘Sturmtruppen’ dates back before the Nazis to the latter days of the First World War.

These were among the first ‘Assault Troops’ trained to move swiftly across the battlefield with deadly force using hand grenades, portable machine guns and… plenty of individual initiative!

  • FW232 The Sturmtruppen Set (4 figure set) – Three heavily-armed stormtroopers with an assortment of weapons gather around their officer… Perfect for a pre battle WW1 scene near the frontline trenches OR perhaps a street scenario in revolutionary postwar Munich in the turmoil that follow the 1918 Armistice.
  • FW-S01 Guarding The Tank – This combination set brings together a captured British Mk. IV tank and its brand-new vehicle commander plus a standing Stormtrooper on guard.



France 1917

WINTER COMES


The Sd.Kfz.10 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug or Special Motorized Vehicle) was a WW2 half-track that saw widespread use in all German Theatres of Operations. Its main role was as a prime mover of smaller towed artillery pieces however it could also carry up to 8 infantry troops.

Among its many other uses this vehicle was a ‘battlefield ambulance .’ It had excellent cross country capabilities that allowed it to get right up to the frontlines and help evacuate wounded soldiers back to base hospitals and first aid posts.

Our K&C model has had its original summer camouflage painted over with a coat of winter ‘whitewash’ by its crew but is already showing ‘wear and tear’ through the vehicles constant use in difficult cold weather conditions.

The model includes a seated driver and a removable ‘canvas’ cover.

SPECIAL NOTE: This is a ‘LIMITED RELEASE’ with just 100 vehicles being available on a ‘first-come-first served’ basis.



Battle of the Bulge

Kubelwagen Ambulances


The Kubelwagen was a light military vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen during WW2 for use by the German military (both Wehrmacht and Waffen SS).

Originally conceived in 1938 and called the ‘Kubelsitzwagen’, because it had no doors and bucket seats, it soon went into full production in 1940 and had its name shortened to the VW Kubelwagen.

Although the majority of Kubelwagens were built by Volkswagen other German makers such as Mercedes, Opel and Tatra also produced them.

Over the years K&C has produced quite a few of our own… but never the ‘ambulance’ version until now. Here is the first of three ambulance kubelwagens that will be available

  • WH087 Ambulance Kubelwagen (Mid-Late War) – This particular kubelwagen has had ‘dunkelgelb’ yellow oversprayed in a camouflage pattern on top of the original ‘feldgrau’ field grey.
    A wounded German soldier lies on the stretcher as the driver/ medic prepares to ferry him back to the nearest field dressing station.
    The painting and ‘weathering’ on this vehicle is particularly good!



German Field Hospital

Vietnam


  • VN034 Saigon Embassy Trio – This trio of figures portrays one of the most famous incidents of the entire TET Offensive… In the early hours of January 30, 1968 a Viet Cong guerrilla group attacked the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Blasting holes in the perimeter wall V.C. sappers broke into the embassy compound and took over several outlying buildings but did not actually get into the central multistorey complex.
    Although the V.C. caused severe damage and killed and wounded a number of embassy military policeman and personnel they themselves were, after several hours, all killed, wounded or captured.
    One of the most famous photos of the battle in and around the Embassy shows a young walking wounded V.C. guerrilla being marched outside the compound wall by two American MP’s… I’ve often wondered what happened to him. (3 figure set).
  • VN036 Running For Cover – Meanwhile in Hue City, further north from Saigon, this young ‘Grunt’ sprints for cover, one hand gripping his M16, the other holding onto his steel helmet.
  • VN037 Shouting Instructions – As VN036 sprints for cover his kneeling buddy shouts over to him.
  • VN041 Standing Firing V.C. – oth Marines take shelter as this female Viet Cong guerrilla fires off a fusillade of rounds from her AK47.



Vietnam – Tet’68

Singapore’s Gurkha


Singapore’s Gurkha Contingent plays an important role in helping to keep the island city /state of Singapore safe and secure for ALL its citizens and visitors.

The Contingent’s origins go back many years to even before Singapore became one of Asia’s foremost ‘dragon economies’.

Singapore although primarily a Chinese city has fairly substantial Indian and Malay minorities. One of the main advantages of having the ‘Gurkha Contingent’ is that they are racially impartial and treat all of Singapore’s different peoples fairly and equally. In addition, this paramilitary force is the only unit in Singapore that still has a number of British officers in charge alongside their Singaporean comrades.

Many of the small island state’s most secure areas and facilities are guarded and protected by these Gurkha policeman. They also provide a strong and reliable counter terrorist force that is among the finest in Asia.

On the streets of Singapore they are easily recognized by their traditional Gurkha slouch hats and Kukri fighting knives worn at the rear of their pistol belts.



Singapore