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New Thomas Gunn May / June Releases!

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Romans


We have a beautiful all metal Onager with four crew figures that can be used in a variety of settings. Because these legionnaires are not being used in a formation setting we could individualise them a little more than we normally do, hope you like the little touches these figures have. There will be more crew to follow later on in the year please note.



Glory of Rome

Ancient Egyptians


The start of a mini series featuring the Ancient Egyptians in the time of Ramses, a Pharaoh who ruled Egypt around 1300 BC during what is now known as the 19th Dynasty. Ramses is still considered one of the most successful Pharaohs of his time and established Egyptian military control in parts of Canaan, Nubia and most spectacularly at Qadesh where he defeated the Hittite King Muwatallis despite being ambushed, Ramses rescued victory from the jaws of defeat and crushed the Hittites. During the early part of his reign Ramses also defeated the Sea People who were ravaging ships travelling to Egypt and plundering their cargoes. Our first four figures comprise a scene from this historic defeat where the King of the Sea People was executed along with other elite officials. However, his soldiers who had so impressed Ramses during the battle, were pressed into service with the Egyptian army where willing or executed along with their King. Later on in this series we will produce an Egyptian chariot as well as some fighting Egyptians and more enemies of Egypt to combat them.



Enemies of Rome

Pavlovski
Grenadiers


Our first Russian for the Napoleonic wars and also from one of the elite regiments, the Pavlovski Grenadiers. This regiment was one of the few allowed to keep their old style Mitre hats following uniform changes from early to the later empire uniform regulations. After the 1812 campaign they were made part of the Russian Imperial Guard, a great honour for a Line Grenadier Regiment.

NAP045 our first Grenadier will be the first parade style Grenadiers released before we move onto action and fighting poses.

The master for this figure was painted in Russia and we hope the extra cost was worth it for what is a great looking figure. These Russian Napoleonic’s should fit in nicely size-wise with your First legion Russians.



Napoleonic

World War One




World War One

WWII Allied


  • GB009 Bantam Jeep – Mickey Mouse
    Camoflage
  • CLUB024 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery – Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery as he should be done. A fine looking figure with the master for this piece commissioned in Russia. Montgomery as most history buffs willl know commanded the 8th Army to victory at El Alemein and led British forces during the Normandy campaign. He was famous for sporting 2 badges on his beret and we have faithfully captured his unique look in this great looking figure.



WWII Allied Forces

WWII Pacific




WWII Pacific

New Thomas Gunn Wings of War

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Thomas Gunn Wings of War
Soviet Sopwith Snipe


The Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe was a British single-seat biplane fighter of the Royal Air Force (RAF). It was designed and built by the Sopwith Aviation Company during the First World War, and came into squadron service a few weeks before the end of the conflict in late 1918.

The Snipe was not a fast aircraft by the standards of its time, but its excellent climb and manoeuvrability made it a good match for contemporary German fighters. One of the most famous incidents in which the Snipe was involved occurred on 27 October 1918 when Canadian Major William G. Barker attached to No. 201 Squadron RAF flew over the Forêt de Mormal in France.

Barker’s Snipe (No. E8102) had been brought with him for personal evaluation purposes in connection with his UK-based training duties and was therefore operationally a “one-off”. The engagement with enemy aircraft occurred at the end of a two-week posting to renew his combat experience as Barker was returning to the UK. While on his last operation over the battlefields of France, Major Barker attacked a two-seater German aircraft and swiftly shot it down. However, Barker was soon attacked by a formation of at least 15 Fokker D.VIIs, an aircraft widely considered to be the ultimate German fighter design of the First World War. The ensuing melee was observed by many Allied troops. In the engagement, Barker was wounded three times, twice losing consciousness momentarily, but managing to shoot down at least three D.VIIs before making a forced landing on the Allied front lines. Barker was awarded the Victoria Cross for this action. The fuselage of this Snipe is preserved at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.

Following the Armistice with Germany that ended the First World War, Sopwith Snipes formed part of the British Army of Occupation, returning to the United Kingdom in August/September 1919, while Snipes replaced Camels in four home defence squadrons based in the United Kingdom. This force was quickly run down, however, and by the end of 1919, only a single squadron, No 80 was equipped with the Snipe.

  • WOW182 Soviet Sopwith Snipe – In 1919, the Snipe took part in the Allied intervention on the side of the White Russians during the Russian Civil War against the Bolsheviks, twelve Snipes being used by the RAF mission in north Russia. At least one of the RAF Snipes was captured by the Bolsheviks and pressed into service which is also one of our featured models.
    WOW182 One of the best known post-war Snipes was serial number E6351, which was assigned to the 1st Fighter Detachment of the newly formed Soviet Air force. Ace Pilot Grigoriy Stepanovich Sapozhnikov with 5 kills to his credit, had the name “Nelly” painted on the starboard side of the fuselage behind the cockpit, Stepanovich was later killed in a flying accident. This variant of the Snipe comes with a free figure of Lenin as per the pictures attached.



Wings of War

RAF Sopwith Snipe


WOW195 Features a late variant Snipe operating from RAF Hawkinge in 1923 in a colourful post-war silver colour scheme. Comes with free sample of GW085 ‘Aircraftsman Lawrence’ (of Arabia) as he might have appeared in the 1920’s painting an aircraft. Lawrence a distinguished soldier of the Great War sought anonymity in the newly formed RAF in 1922, he was interviewed by Flying Officer W.E. Johns (The Biggles books author) who rejected Lawrence for using a false name. Lawrence left the recruiting station and returned some time later with an RAF messenger and a mystery hand written note ordering Johns to admit Lawrence to the RAF. Lawrence was enlisted under the name of Ross and by all accounts thoroughly enjoyed his time until he was discharged in 1925 and joined the Tank Corps. Lawrence died in a motor bike crash in 1935 shortly after leaving the army. GW085 will be available later this month as a separate figure for those of you who wish to purchase him



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Mitsubishi A5M Navy Type 96 Carrier-based Fighter


The Mitsubishi A5M Navy Type 96 Carrier-based Fighter, company designation Mitsubishi Ka-14, was a Japanese carrier-based fighter aircraft. It was the world’s first monoplane shipboard fighter to enter service and the direct predecessor of the famous Mitsubishi A6M “Zero”. The Allied reporting name was Claude.

The aircraft entered service in early 1937, and soon saw action in aerial battles at the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War, including air-to-air battles with the Republic of China Air Force’s Boeing P-26C Model 281 “Peashooters” in the world’s first aerial dogfighting and kills between monoplane fighters built of mostly metal.

Chinese Nationalist pilots, primarily flying the Curtiss Hawk III, fought against the Japanese, but the A5M was the better of almost every fighter aircraft it encountered. Though armed with only a pair of 7.7 mm machine-guns, the new fighter proved effective and damage-tolerant, with excellent manoeuvrability and robust construction. Later on A5M’s also provided much-needed escorts for the then-modern but vulnerable Mitsubishi G3M bombers. The Mitsubishi team continued to improve the A5M, working through versions until the final A5M4, which carried an external underside drop tank to provide fuel for extended range.

The A5M’s most competitive adversary in the China air war was the Polikarpov I-16, a fast and heavily armed fighter flown by both Chinese Air Force regulars and Soviet volunteers. Air battles in 1938, especially on 18 February and 29 April, ranked among the largest air battles ever fought at the time. The battle of 29 April saw 67 Polikarpov fighters (31 I-16s and 36 I-15 bis) against 18 G3Ms escorted by 27 A5Ms. Each side claimed victory: the Chinese/Soviet side claimed 21 Japanese aircraft (11 fighters and 10 bombers) shot down with 50 Japanese airmen killed and two captured having bailed out while losing 12 aircraft and 5 pilots killed; the Japanese claimed they lost only two G3Ms and two A5Ms shot down with over 40 Chinese aircraft shot down.

Almost all A5Ms had open cockpits. A closed cockpit was tried but found little favor among Navy aviators. All had fixed, non-retractable undercarriage, wheel spats were a feature of standard fighters but not training aircraft.

A5Ms remained in service at the beginning of the Pacific war, US intelligence sources believed the A5M still served as Japan’s primary Navy fighter, when in fact the A6M ‘Zero’ had replaced most of the Claudes on first-line aircraft carriers. However Japanese carriers and Kōkūtai (airgroups) continued to use the A5M until production of the Zero caught up with demand. On 1 February 1942, the US carrier USS Enterprise launched air-strikes at Japanese air & naval bases on Roi and Kwajalein Atolls in the Gilbert Islands. During these actions, Mitsubishi A5Ms shot down three Douglas SBD dive-bombers, including the aircraft of Lt-Cdr Halstead Hopping, CO of VS-6 Squadron. The last combat actions with the A5M as a fighter took place at the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 May 1942, when two A5Ms and four A6Ms of the Japanese carrier Shōhō fought against US aircraft that sank their carrier. In the closing months of the war most remaining A5M airframes were used for kamikaze attacks.

Our 1/30 scale Claudes come in 2 different liveries, WOW192 in the very colourful markings of an aircraft based on the Carrier Soryu during the Pearl Harbour attack and WOW193 in more traditional muted Japanese naval colour scheme, flown by Boatswain Kuniyoshi Tanaka an ace with 17 aerial victories who later went onto fly the A5’s successor, the mighty Zero. Limited to 8 each in number, each model is also supplied with Japanese sentry figure RS053 to add more realism to your diorama.



Wings of War

New Thomas Gunn April Releases!

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Spartans


One more Hoplite to add to your collection, this time wearing a striking Corinthian style helmet and a bronze cuirass. SPA036 Spartan standing ready – can be used as a sentry, on parade or in a group formation. The A version comes with a Spartan Lambda shield, the Greek B version with a Medusa head on a black background and the Greek C version with a Centaur on a red background.



Spartans

Romans


Moving onto the Romans which is by far our most popular series, we have 2 new Imperial Romans for you to add to your collection. Next month should see the release of our Carthaginian elephant with crew and a Roman Velite to tackle it!

A Roman Onager is also set to follow and a few more surprises we hope you will like including some Praetorians.

Our last Roman this month comprises a new sentry ROM091 in scale armour as the last sentry variant now sold out. Scale armour was used throughout the Imperial era as well as chain mail and Sementa armour.

As a test run we have made a small number of these figures in the 1st Minerva and 6th legion variants. If demand warrants we can make more but at present we only have 50 of each of these in stock. If you like these new shield designs let us know and we can add more figures from our Roman range with these unique shield types. For those of you interested in the history, The 1st Minerva were raised in 82 AD by the Emperor Domitian and were based in Germany. They took part in the Dacian wars under Hadrian and are recorded on Trajan’s column. Records still show them being based in Germany in the 4th century but like many units their end is not recorded with the disintegration of the Roman empire. Their shield design featured the Goddess Minerva on a white background, probably our most attractive shield design so far.

The 6th ‘Ironclad’ Legion were raised during Republican times probably in Spain under Pompey and were then based mainly in Judea, where like the 1st Legion their records disappear around 4 AD. The 6th legions shield design featured a Bull on a green background, depicting their Spanish heritage.



Glory of Rome

Persians and Immortals


Some more Persians to add to your army with plenty more to follow soon in fighting poses. This first batch are more of a sentry style or waiting to go into battle. We had help from Thomas Shydler on the technical uniform aspects for these Persians and would like to thank him publically for all his efforts. I have also attached a picture of XE016 sculpt featuring a charging Immortal warrior so you can see what is coming in the near future.
Focussing on this months release we have XE011 a Persian heavy infanteer beautifully attired, possibly from Lydia with scale armour and metal helmet.

The Immortals were a standing force of 10,000 warriors assigned to guarding the Emperor and carrying out military actions at his behest. Should a warrior be killed then he was immediately replaced thereby keeping the units number of 10,000 warriors complete, hence the name ‘Immortals’.

New Thomas Gunn – Wings of War!

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Thomas Gunn – Wings
of War – WWII


Please click on the links for a description of each aircraft.



Wings of War


Thomas Gunn – Wings
of War – WWI


Please click on the links for a description of each aircraft.



Wings of War


New Thomas Gunn – April Releases!

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Spartans


SPA023 features a Spartan in the classic ‘thrust’ pose, comes in 3 shield variants with A version Spartan carrying a bronze patterned Lambda shield, B version Greek Hoplite carrying a shield depicting 2 black horses facing each other on a gold background and the C variant with Medusa on a black background.



Spartans

Romans


ROM083, ROM085 and ROM087 ‘The Engineers’ comprises three figures in different poses hard at work. Will look great in a camp scene or perhaps constructing a fort or defences? All three figures are available separately and each figure comes with two Pilum propping up his shield. Each engineer comes in the normal shield variations, the A with red shield, the B with 30th Legion and the C with the 9th black shield.

ROM083 comprises a Legionnaire bent down shovelling soil into his bucket.

ROM085 features a legionnaire taking a ‘breather’ whilst resting his foot on his pick axe

ROM087 our last legionnaire wipes his brow with a cloth, its hot work being an engineer! Note the helmet strapped to his belt which makes a nice touch.



Glory of Rome

Roman – Raiding
Party


The Raiding Party is a unique three figure set that can either be used as individual figures or in a group combination. Can be used in a variety of settings from an ambush to a group assault waiting for the command to go into action



Glory of Rome

WWII – Pacific


RS040B the army version of our popular naval Japanese radio set released 2 years previous. Comprises army operator with field radio and table. Sentry figure is shown for illustration purposes only, there is a top up order of this sentry figure arriving soon as well as B version of the sentry pictured with helmet. Some marching Japanese also in the pipeline and a mounted officer, now who would have thought that!



WWII Pacific

New Thomas Gunn February Releases!

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Spartans


We are now coming to the end of our Spartans/Greeks for a while as we switch production to the Persian forces. No doubt we will come back to the Spartans later but if you are wondering why we are slowing down now you know why.
The Persian Immortal designs have now been submitted, but for those of you looking for a time frame it will be around 3 months before we see any new enemy for the Spartans to battle with



Spartans

Rome


Picture the scene, the Roman army sends out a scouting party looking for the Barbarians whereabouts, only one man returns to give news to the Emperor, he points to a hurriedly drawn map on the ground showing their location. Tomorrow battle will commence, so long as the Barbarians do not find them first! Makes a fantastic diorama piece and will go well with our Roman tent and other ancillaries to follow later this year



Glory of Rome

Byzantine


Around 286 AD, Diocletian divided the Roman empire into four district administrative entities. The west had capital cities in Milan and Trier, with the east finally settling on Constantinople as its capital. When the Roman Empire in the west collapsed, the territory in the east continued for another thousand years until the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453.

Constantinople was a city designed for defence, it formed a triangular shape with 2 sides on water and the 3rd on the land side. Over time the city was considerably fortified and it withstood multiple sieges during its history, its walls once being breached by the 4th Crusaders in 1204 and then finally by the Turks as previously mentioned. The Romans in the east became popularly known as the Byzantines and were renowned for the beautiful artwork in their churches and opulent clothing. There was a strong tie with the Pope in Rome which worked for and also against the Byzantines.



Enemies of Rome

Napoleonic


The coronation of Napoleon as Emperor of France took place on December 2nd 1804 in Paris. Napoleon had wanted to establish legitimacy of his imperial reign, with a new royal family and new nobility. Therefore he designed a new coronation ceremony that was unlike the ceremony used for the kings of France. In the traditional coronation, the act of the King’s consecration was emphasised, and anointment was conferred by the archbishop of Reims in the Cathedral Notre Dame de Reims. Napoleon’s was a sacred ceremony held in the great cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris in the presence of Pope Pius VII. Napoleon brought together an assortment of different rites and customs, incorporating aspects of Carolingian tradition, the old regime and the French Revolution all presented in sumptuous luxury. According to government tallies, the entire cost was over 8.5 million francs.

Among Napoleon’s motivations for being crowned were to gain prestige in international royalist and Catholic milieux and to lay the foundation for a future family dynasty.



Napoleonic

World War One


Air Commodore Harry Cobby, CBE, DSO, DFC & GM was the leading fighter Ace of the Australian Flying Corps with 29 victories, despite only seeing active service for one year in 1918. After WW1 Harry Cobby transferred to the newly formed Australian Air Force. Leaving the Permanent Air Force for the reserve, he rejoined in 1939 where by the end of WW2 he had risen to the rank of Air Commodore. Cobby survived the war to die some 10 years later in 1955 at the age of 61. Our depiction of Cobby has him in trench coat looking up at the sky, perhaps waiting for a colleague to return?



World War One

World War Two


Following on from our Australian crew release to go with our 6 pounder (ACC PACK 020) last month we are pleased to announce the release of the British variant (GB007), suitable for western Europe 1944 onwards. As a side note but worth mentioning, we found the barrel of the 6 pounder in some cases was prone to pointing upwards rather than horizontal due to the centre of gravity of the shield mounting. To counter this we found if you hold the barrel down in the desired vertical position required and then position GB008 kneeling Sten machine gunner against the back of the gun wheel as per the pictures below, then this will hold barrel in desired position. For this reason GB007 will comprise 3 figures which will include; loader with shell, officer with binoculars and Sten gunner from GB008 plus 6 pounder cannon set at a special reduced price of $179. As you can see when our 6 pounder is also combined with RS048 Bantam Jeep it creates a fantastic looking diorama. For those of you who missed RS048, we will have a new Bantam jeep out very soon in two tone black and green Mickey Mouse camouflage pattern.



WWII Allied Forces

Thomas Gunn Club Figures


CLUB 023 Daniel Daly USMC Boxer Rebellion 1900. Our first Club figure for a while we are proud to introduce Daniel Daly, a hero of the American forces in China where he was awarded the Medal of Honour for single handily defending his position against repeated attacks and inflicting approximately 200 casualties during the Boxer rebellion.

Daly earned a second Medal of Honour for his actions in Haiti during the Battle of Fort Dipitie whilst US forces were engaged against Haitian insurgents. He was also awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the Battle of Belleau Wood in WW1, surrounded by Germans he rallied his fellow Marines by shouting “Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?”

Daly was supposed to have been awarded a third Medal of Honour for this action but it was deemed unacceptable to award one man this award three times. He died in 1937 after having retired from the USMC in 1929 with the rank of Sergeant Major.



Thomas Gunn Club Figures

New Thomas Gunn February Releases!

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Spartan




Spartans

Rome




Glory of Rome

Dacian


The Dacians, a fearsome tribe from Eastern Europe who certainly knew how to give the Romans a lot of trouble! The Dacians were led by Decebalus who was the last king of Dacia. He is famous for fighting three wars, with varying success, against the Roman Empire under two emperors. After raiding south across the Danube, he defeated a Roman invasion in the reign of Domitian, securing a period of independence during which Decebalus consolidated his rule. When Trajan, came to power, his armies invaded Dacia to weaken its threat to the Roman border territories of Moesia. Decebalus was defeated in 102 AD. He remained in power as a client king, but continued to assert his independence, leading to a final and overwhelming Roman invasion North of the Danube in 105 AD. Trajan reduced the Dacian capital Sarmizegetusa in 106 AD to ruins, absorbing some of Dacia into the Empire. Decebalus is reported to have committed suicide to avoid capture by slitting his own throat, just as Roman cavalry were about to overpower and capture him. The final scenes of his death are depicted on Trajan’s column, Decebalus is a national hero in his native Romania where a 40 metre statue of him is carved into the rock near Orosva a town overlooking the Danube river. Our first Dacians feature the last stand in 106 AD as they battle the Romans surrounded by cavalry and legionnaires.



Enemies of Rome

Ancient Britian – Chariot


Features a British chariot with 2 crew in a somewhat terrifying combination – if you were a Roman legionnaire facing them!

Julius Caesar made 2 expeditions to England but did not stay long enough to establish a colony or long term settlement. The main invasion of Britain was carried out some 90 years later in 43 AD. The Romans were unfamiliar with chariots employed as a fighting tool, which must mean they had died out within other parts of the Roman empire as a fighting platform by then? However the Britons in their chariots certainly had an impact on Caesar who wrote the following:

“Their mode of fighting with their chariots is this: firstly they drive about in all directions and throw their weapons and generally break the ranks of the enemy with the very dread of their horses and the noise of their wheels; and when they have worked themselves in between, the troops of horse leap from their chariots and engage on foot. The charioteers in the mean time withdraw some little distance from the battle, and so place themselves with the chariots that, if their masters are overpowered by the number of the enemy, they may have a ready retreat to their own troops. Thus they display in battle the speed of horse, the firmness of infantry; and by daily practice and exercise attain to such expertness that they are accustomed, even on a declining and steep place, to check their horses at full speed, and manage and turn them in an instant and run along the pole, and stand on the yoke, and thence betake themselves with the greatest celerity to their chariots again.”



Enemies of Rome

New Thomas Gunn December Announcements

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Spartans



Spartans

Glory of Rome


Our first Republican Roman for all you fans of the Ceasarian era. The Roman Republic was the age of ancient Roman civilization beginning with the overthrow of the Roman Kingdom, traditionally dated to 509 BC, and ending in 27 BC with the establishment of the Roman Empire. It was during this period that Rome’s control expanded from the city’s immediate surroundings to hegemony over the entire Mediterranean world. During the first two centuries of its existence, the Roman Republic expanded through a combination of conquest and alliance, from central Italy to the entire Italian peninsular. By the following century, it included North Africa, most of the Iberian Peninsula and what is now southern France. Two centuries after that, towards the end of the 1st century BC, it included the rest of modern France, Greece and much of the eastern Mediterranean, internal tensions led to a series of civil wars, culminating with the assassination of Julius Ceaser, which then led to the transition from republic to empire. Our stunning looking Legionnaire stands ready to be called forward to do battle or perhaps on sentry duty – possibly manning the John Jenkins fort wall soon to be launched?



Glory of Rome

WWII Pacific


The Ordnance Quick-Firing 6-pounder 7 cwt, or just 6 pounder, was a British 57 mm gun, serving as a primary anti tank gun of the British Army during WW2, as well as the main armament for a number of armoured fighting vehicles. Although planned before the start of WW2 It did not reach service until the North African campaign in April 1942. This was in part due to the urgent need for re-equipping the British army after Dunkirk with anti-tank weapons, it was estimated that 600 x 2 pounders could be manufactured for 100 x 6 pounders, this and delays with the carriage design meant production with the 2 pounder carried on as an interim measure.

However once introduced it quickly replaced the obsolete 2 pounder in the anti-tank role, allowing the 25 pounder gun to revert to its intended indirect artillery role. The United States Army also adopted the 6 pounder as their primary anti-tank gun under the designation 57 mm Gun M1. The idea of manufacturing the 6 pounder in the US was expressed by the US Army Ordnance in February 1941. At that time, the US Army still favoured the 37mm gun the M3 and production was planned solely for lend lease. The US version, classified as substitute standard under the designation 57 mm Gun M1, was based on the 6 pounder Mark II, two units of which were received from the UK. Production started early in 1942 and continued until 1945. The M1A1 variant used US “Combat” tyres and wheels. The M1A2 introduced the British practice of free traverse, meaning that the gun could be traversed by the crew pushing and pulling on the breech, instead of solely geared traverse, from September 1942. The M1 was made standard issue in the Spring of 1943.



WWII Pacific

New Wings of War December Releases!

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Wings of War


For details on each Aircraft, please click on the individual links. Exclusive hand carved 1/30 scale Mahogany Warbird.

    • WOW155 – AVRO ‘RNAS’ – The Avro 504 was a two seater First World War biplane aircraft made by the Avro aircraft company and under licence by others. Production during the war totalled 8,970 and continued for almost 20 years, making it the most-produced aircraft of any kind that served in WW1, in any military capacity, during that conflict. More than 10,000 were built from 1913 until production ended in 1932.
    • WOW157 – ME262 ‘Trainer’ – The Messerschmitt Me 262, nicknamed Schwalbe (German: “Swallow”) in fighter versions, or Sturmvogel (German: “Storm Bird”) in fighter-bomber versions, was the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but problems with the engines, metallurgy and top-level interference kept this aircraft from operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. The Me 262 was faster and more heavily armed than any Allied fighter, including the British jet-powered Gloster Meteor. One of the most advanced aviation designs in operational use during World War II, the Me 262’s roles included light bomber, reconnaissance and experimental night fighter versions.
    • WOW159 – Nieuport ‘Monkey’ – The Nieuport 11, nicknamed the Bébé, was a French World War I single seat sesquiplane fighter aircraft, designed by Gustave Delage.It was the primary aircraft that ended the Fokker Scourge in 1916 The type saw service with several of France’s allies, and gave rise to the series of “vee-strut” Nieuport fighters that remained in service (latterly as trainers) into the 1920s.
      During the course of the Battle of Verdun in February 1916, the combination of the Nieuport 11s technical advantages and the concentration of the fighters within the first dedicated fighter units allowed the French to establish air superiority, forcing radical changes in German tactics.
      Some Nieuport 11s and 16s were even fitted to fire Le Prieur rockets from the struts for attacks on observation balloons and airships.
    • WOW170 – ARADO ‘Rumanian’– The Arado Ar 196 was a shipboard reconnaissance low-wing monoplane aircraft built by the German firm of Arado originally in 1936, ostensibly for a requirement by the Kriegsmarine for a new aircraft design for its Capital ships. In 1937 it was selected as the winner of this design contest and thereafter became the standard aircraft for the Kriegsmarine throughout World War II.
      The plane was loved by its pilots, who found that it handled well both in the air and on the water. With the loss of the German surface fleet towards the end of the war, the Arado’s were added to coastal squadrons and continued to fly reconnaissance missions and submarine hunts into late 1944.



    Wings of War

New Thomas Gunn September Releases!

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Spartans



Spartans

Romans



Glory of Rome

Byzantines


Around 286 AD, Diocletian divided the Roman empire into four district administrative entities. The west had capital cities in Milan and Trier, with the east finally settling on Constantinople as its capital. When the Roman Empire in the west collapsed, the territory in the east continued for another thousand years until the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453.

Constantinople was a city designed for defence, it formed a triangular shape with 2 sides on water and the 3rd on the land side. Over time the city was considerably fortified and it withstood multiple sieges during its history, its walls once being breached by the 4th Crusaders in 1204 and then finally by the Turks as previously mentioned. The Romans in the east became popularly known as the Byzantines and were renowned for the beautiful artwork in their churches and opulent clothing. There was a strong tie with the Pope in Rome which worked for and also against the Byzantines.

Our first 3 Byzantines will feature an imperial guardsman, Heraclius the Emperor who defeated the Persians at Nineveh and a Byzantine officer, all of these will be suitable for the 7th century era. More Byzantines to follow later in the year as well as some Persians, as we expand this exciting offshoot range of our Romans. Unfortunately we only have the imperial guardsman available this month, but he sure does give a taste of things to come.



Byzantines

WWII


  • ACCPACK004 Parachute Weapons and Accessories set – Parachute Weapons and Accessories set. Brimming with goodies this set comprises 2 x Sten Guns, 2 X Enfield Rifles, 2 different drop canisters, 2 x Webley pistols, 2 airborne style helmets, 1 x wicker basket with removable lid, 1 x Bren gun and 2 x mortar Containers. As you can see it looks great laid out as per a pre-drop inspection or can be dispersed around your battlefield diorama as you see fit. We have only made 100 pieces and this 14 piece set.



WWII Allied Forces