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New Thomas Gunn December Announcements

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

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Spartans

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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.



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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

New Thomas Gunn August Releases!

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

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New Thomas Gunn June Releases!

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Spartans


With the Persian fleet defeated at Salamis, Xerxes ordered all Marines to disembark and fight as conventional infantry. These included Egyptian Marines and our first 3 Egyptians feature these elite troops dressed in their exotic crocodile skin cuirasses, we also have 2 Cypriot Marines with elaborate uniforms and shields to create altogether 5 stunning new figures.

With the Persian fleet defeated at Salamis, Xerxes ordered all Marines to disembark and fight as conventional infantry. These included Egyptian Marines and our first 3 Egyptians feature these elite troops dressed in their exotic crocodile skin cuirasses, we also have 2 Cypriot Marines with elaborate uniforms and shields to create altogether 5 stunning new figures.



Spartans

WWI


One of the greatest aces of his time with 40 aerial victories claimed. Boelcke drew up and inspired tactics that were formalised into the rules of air fighting, which he presented as Dicta Boelcke. Whilst he promulgated rules for individual pilots his main concern was the perfection of fighting formations rather than individual effort. He taught many pilots their craft including Manfred von Richoften.

Boelcke died after having his top wing sheared off by another German pilot Erwin Bohme during an aerial dogfight with Allied pilots in 1916. Although Boelcke’s plane descended at a reasonable rate and crash landed without too much fuss on the German side of the front, Boelcke was killed by the simple fact he had not strapped himself in properly and never wore a flying helmet, he was only 25 years old. With German Jasta formations frequently being moved from one area of the front to another where they were most needed, pilots and mechanics had to make do sometimes with makeshift accommodation including tents. Our portrayal of Boelcke has him taking an early morning shave outside, in preparation for the first patrol of the day.



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WWII German forces

New Thomas Gunn February Releases

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Spartans




Spartans

Glory of Rome




Glory of Rome

New Thomas Gunn January Releases!

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Spartans


More Spartans in a month or two, some great looking enemy figures will be available soon. For those of you waiting for Spartans with cloaks, and armed with Dory’s these will also be on the way soon.

  • SPA002 Thrust & Parry – The second Spartan in our series blocks a Persian sword with his shield and prepares the return thrust as soon as the opportunity arises!
  • SPA003 Waiting Ready – Our third Spartan standing ready with sword in hand
  • SPA004 Spartan Sentry – A useful figure standing on guard or waiting in reserve
  • SPA005 Kneeling Ready – Our last Spartan for this month kneeling and waiting to go into action



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WWI – British


  • GW072 The Poet Siegfried Sassoon – The Poet Siegfried Sassoon CBE, MC; One of the nation’s greatest war poets Sassoon became a focal point for dissent within the armed forces after seeing the futility of the continuation of the war in 1917. Awarded the
    Military Cross for bravery under fire and recommended for the Victoria Cross, Sassoon was an inspiration to the men under his command who considered him to lead a charmed existence, oblivious to enemy fire. He was
    admitted to a military psychiatric hospital towards the end of the conflict, after his literary piece ‘A Soldiers Declaration’ was read out in the houses of Parliament by a sympathetic friend. It was in hospital he formed a long
    lasting relationship with Wilfred Owen another war poet. Sassoon eventually returned to the front line but was shot in the head almost immediately by another British soldier who had mistaken him for a German! Sassoon went onto
    survive the war and became an author with some notable successes afterwards. He died in 1967 aged 80 years old. Our depiction of Sassoon has him writing notes perhaps his ‘Soldiers Declaration’ which got him into so much trouble
    with the authorities? Priced at $41/£32 and limited to 100 pieces worldwide.



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Thomas Gunn November Releases!

Monday, November 14th, 2016

New Releases for November!
Spartan


SPA001; A beautifully painted figure from our newest range of Ancients the Spartans. We have made 100 of these figures, if demand warrants it we will make another batch but for the moment this is it. Please note the spear on this figure has been amended and is pointed at both ends now to reflect a traditional style Greek fighting spear. Another 6 Spartans have been sculpted before we start moving onto the enemies of Greece namely the Persian army. This already looks like to be a heart stopping range from the poses and colour schemes that are going to be on offer in the very near future.



Spartans

Glory of Rome


Our Roman series continue to expand with some very useful and flexible additions. Although 2016 has seen some great looking Roman figures we will be adding more to this range in 2017 with a War Elephant, Testudo and Command Tent with Emperor and Praetorian guards as requested by many of you. Auxiliary infantry and cavalry are also in the pipeline as well as the long awaited enemies of Rome. For those of you collecting the black shield variants please note we are nearly out and down to single figures of all these figures and expect to sell out shortly.



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World War One


  • GW069A German infanteer with Pickelhaube headdress  – A classic looking German infanteer with Pickelhaube headdress relaxes with rifle slung over his shoulder. The third figure in our ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Sailor series’
  • GW070A German Naval Ace Friederich Christiansen – German naval ace Friederich Christiansen relaxes with a cup of coffee in between aerial patrols, dressed in traditional naval dress. Christiansen had at least 13 confirmed kills including the Royal Navy airship C27.
  • GW070B German Naval Ace Friederich Christiansen Rear Gunner Bernhard Wladicka  – Christiansen’s rear gunner Bernhard Wladicka smokes a cigarette whilst chatting with Christiansen, interestingly Wladicka wears a naval blazer with the thicker wool army issue trousers!
  • GW073A The Red Baron  – After many requests we have released a pilot preparing to climb into his
    aircraft. This one none other than Manfred Von Richoften the greatest aerial ace of WW1 with 80 kills to his name.
  • GW073B Raymond Collishaw Canadian Ace – Raymond Collishaw a Canadian ace who joined the Royal Navy to become one of its highest scoring aces prepares to climb into his aircraft.


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WWII Allied Forces




WWII Allied Forces


New Thomas Gunn October Releases!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

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Glory of Rome

WWII – German


The Marder was a 3 ton submarine and was considered an improvement over the earlier Neger, but included a flooding tank that allowed the craft to submerge up to a depth of 100ft. Another improvement was the pilot Plexiglas dome being operable from the inside, unlike the Neger where the pilot was locked in from the outside, with no chance of escape should the sub sink!

Germany first fielded this type of weapon in large numbers on the night of the 2nd/3rd August 1944, when 58 mini submarines took part in an operation against Allied shipping off Courseulles-sur-Mer, of the 58 craft involved in the attack only 17 returned to base. However they did manage to sink or damage 1 Liberty ship, a mine sweeper and a Royal Navy destroyer.

The last attack by mini subs in significant numbers was on the night of 16/17 August 1944, when 42 Marder attacked Allied shipping, torpedoing the empty French battleship ‘Courbet’ and 2 other small vessels for the loss of 26 Marder’s.

Our Marder KM005 comes with the 2 Kriegsmarine figures as per the attached pictures, is limited to 100 in number and is priced at $150/£99 inc VAT in the Euro zone. Other craft are scheduled for this series with KM001 Assault boat due for release in December 2016.



WWII German forces

New Thomas Gunn September Release!

Monday, September 5th, 2016

WWII – Allied


  • CAN001 W Commando, Canada – Commando were Canada’s Beach Commandos. They were specially trained Commandos set up to create and maintain order on Normandy’s Juno Beach during the landings. Such was the uncertainty of what they would find, that they were trained for all conceivable contingencies ranging from protection against chemical warfare to clearing obstacles and even driving Sherman tanks! However, their main task was to keep the traffic of men, machines and supplies flowing through the beach area during those crucial early days of the liberation. Our figures show some of Canada’s finest on parade before heading off for France.


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WWII – German


  • LUFT008 The German Footballer: Fritz Walter – Fritz Walter played 61 caps for Germany during his football career, a career which was somewhat rudely interrupted by WW2! He was fortunate to be drafted into a Luftwaffe unit ‘Rote Jager’ under coach Herberger, a unit designed to keep men like Walter out of danger. Walter was captured by the Russians at the end of the war but managed to escape a long term prison sentence. He went back to Germany and captained the team that won Germany’s first football World Cup in 1954.


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WWII – Pacific


  • RS035A Type 1 Ho-Ni – The Type 1 Ho-Ni I was the first self-propelled gun design (SPG) of this type employed by the Japanese army. The design was developed using an existing Type 97 tank chassis and replacing the current revolving turret with a 75mm Type 90 Field Gun mounted on a cut out chassis. The gun mounting gave ten degrees of traverse and -5 to +25 degrees of elevation; it could also traverse 20 degrees to either side, meaning the vehicle did not have to be turned to engage targets. The Type 1 Ho-Ni I carried 54 rounds of ammunition but had no defensive machine gun which made it vulnerable to close combat assault by enemy infantry. We have fielded 2 versions for collectors, RS035A in a 3 tone camouflage scheme and RS035B in a dark green Japanese army paint scheme.
  • RS035B Type 1 Ho-Ni
  • RS044 Australian Sentry – An Australian Sentry who will look absolutely superb in a group parade setting or on his own as a sentry figure.


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WWI


  • GW064A The British Footballer: Albert ‘Ben’ Butler – Albert ‘Ben’ Butler was in the Pals Battalion the 17th Middlesex which was known as the First Footballers Battalion. He played professional for Reading & Queens Park Rangers before enlisting, unfortunately he was wounded by enemy shelling in 1916 and like so many young men died from his wounds. Our figure of Butler denotes him in a relaxed pose with a football, perhaps remembering happier days before he enlisted? Limited to 100 figures.
  • GW064B The Aussie Footballer: Daniel Minogue – Daniel Minogue was an Aussie rules footballer who played for Collingwood prior to enlisting in 1915. He survived the war and went on to coach 5 Clubs, a record that has never since been equalled. In 1996 Minogue was inducted into the Australian football hall of fame. Limited to 100 figures.
  • GW065A Allied Orderly – An Allied clerk takes 2 minutes out from typing out orders as he takes a drag from his cigarette.
  • GW065B German Orderly – A
    German version of GW065 that will look great in an airfield or camp setting.
  • GW066A Muirhead Bone, British War Artist – Muirhead Bone was a Scotsman who was the first official British war artist appointed by the War Office to capture life in France with his pen and paper. He produced some 150 Lithographs with 2 volumes of his work being published. After WW1 Bone was knighted for his services, he then went on to work with the Ministry of Information during WW2 in a similar role. We have made 100 pieces of Bone in relaxed dress sketching an aeroplane as he would have done during the course of his career.
  • GW066B George Lambert, Australian War Artist – George Lambert was an Australian War Artist originally from Russia, but who emigrated to Australia in the late 19th century. He produced several notable works including the charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba in 1917 and the landings at Anzac Cove. His artistic works have made him one of the best known Australian war artists of all time.
  • GW067A Allied Tinker – An Allied soldier repairs some pots and pans behind the lines. A unique set with lots of accessories.
  • GW067B German Tinker
  • GW068A Allied Tailor – An Allied soldier carries out some field repair maintenance on his clothing, comes complete with OXO sewing tin and pencil behind ear!
  • GW068B German Tailor


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