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New First Legion December Releases

Sunday, 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 First Legion November Releases

Sunday, 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 First Legion October Announcement

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Russia – Vladimirksy Musketeers


The Russian Infantry of the period were renowned for their steadfastness and stoicism under fire. They were well acclimated to the hardships of military campaigns from the terrible cold weather to the scantiest of rations. However, in defending their homeland during the 1812 French invasion of Russia, these characteristics reached new heights and the Russians soldiers were able to outlast their French adversaries even though they had to deal with the same extremes and hardships of a winter campaign in Russia. As part of the Retreat Series, these figures are painted to a very high level and make an excellent addition allowing for a broader range of dioramas such as the Battle of Berezina to begin to take shape.



Retreat from Russia – Vladimirksy Musketeers

King Tiger


First Legion is extremely pleased to present the first set in our Late War German sub range of our WWII figure series.Panzer Abt. 509 was an was an independent tank battalion operating on the Eastern front. It was equipped with King Tiger tanks in December of 1944 and took part in the failed relief attampt of Budapest in January 1945 as part of Operation Konrad III. During this action, the battalion lost some 40 of it’s tanks. The King Tiger was the successor to the Tiger I as Germany’s Heavy Tank and combined the thick armor of the Tiger I with the sloping armor of the Panther along with the firepower of the 8.8 cm KwK 43 L/71 anti-tank cannon. Ours is depicted with the Henschel turret and a superbly detailed “winter whitewash”. This tank is a real beast for sure at 70 tons and our rendition of it is modeled and painted to the very highest standards including additional weathering.



Battle of the Bulge

New First Legion June Releases!

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

New June Releases!
Agincourt – French Knights




Agincourt – French

Wild West – Towns Folk




Wild West

Painted 75mm Connoisseur Figure




Unpainted Metal Kits – Scale 60mm and 75mm

New First Legion March Releases!

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Legio XIIII Gemina Martia Victrix


Legio XIIII Gemina Martia Victrix! The Imperial Roman legions were the backbone of the Roman army constantly engaged across the Empire both defending and expanding her far flung borders in a wide variety of geography and climates. Legio XIIII is our second foray into presenting the Legions of Rome as they would have appeared in colder climates as well as our second legion to be released which took part in, among many other campaigns, the Dacian Wars. The Legion was initially formed in 57 BC by Julius Caesar and participated in the majority of major campaigns between its formation and 198 AD. It earned the name Gemina (“twins”) when it was combined with another heavily reduced strength legion in 31 BC and Martia Victrix (“martial and victorious”) after the victory in Britain in 61 AD. Capricorn was the emblem of the Legion. For these particular figures, very special care was taken in the handed painted elements of the shield to achieve a very specific look that we were after and we could not be more pleased with how the figures came out, certainly the finest shields and overall release we’ve done for the series thus far. Because of the time consuming process of painting on the shields, we have produced fewer of these figures than we did with Legio XXX Ulpia Victrix.

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Glory of Rome – Legio VI Victrix


Mamluk



Mamluks


German Tiger I, 3rd Co 301st Heavy Panzer Battalion


BB007 Tiger “313” from the 3rd Company, 301st Heavy Tank Battalion. The Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. E mounted the very high powered 8.8cm KwK 36 main armament which had a flat trajectory owing to the high muzzle velocity making it extremely accurate at very long ranges. With 100mm of frontal armor it was difficult for allied guns to penetrate. This tank remained in production until August 1944 when it was replaced by the Tiger II. Given its combat history, the “Tiger” is one of the most iconic tanks of the second world war. This variant of our Winter Tiger has been heavily kitted out with additional detail and stowage including jerry cans which are realistically secured to the hull deck, rear turret storage, various bags and equipment making it the most detailed variant of all of the Tigers we’ve produced to this point.



Battle of the Bulge


First Legion – January Releases!

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Romans




Glory of Rome – Legio VI Victrix

German Infantry




Battle of Normandy

Unpainted Metal Kit




Unpainted Metal Kits – Scale 60mm and 75mm

New First Legion October Releases!

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Retreat from Russia


We are extremely pleased to present a wonderful expansion to our Retreat from Russia Series and by far our largest “Vignette”, the Burning of the Eagles! On the late afternoon of November 28th, facing the grim reality of the situation in which the tattered remnant of the Grand Armee found itself, Napoleon ordered the burning of his papers and many of the army’s standards to prevent them from falling into enemy hands. Now, it is very much debated whether or not the standards were actually burned, however, the subject makes for such a wonderful vignette that we felt it was a must add to the series. The Berezina is a battle in particular where Napoleon’s old energy returned to him and the escape of the French Army from a seemingly impossible situation was nothing short of miraculous. We have presented the scene here as inspired by several paintings of the same topic, most notably that by Wojciech Kossak (1857-1942).



Retreat From Russia

Battle of Normandy




Battle of Normandy

Unpainted Metal Kits




Unpainted Metal Kits – Scale 60mm and 75mm

New First Legion Expected September!

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Battle of Normandy


New Expected September!



Battle of Normandy

Greek Hoplites




Greek Hoplites

New First Legion August Releases!

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Samurai



Age of the Samurai

Ottman Empire


The Ottoman Empire was founded in the 13th century in what is modern day turkey and would become a major world power and multilingual and multinational empire over the next several centuries. Crossing into Europe under Mehmed into the Balkans, the Ottomans conquered Constantinople and put an end to the Byzantine Empire. At the height of it’s power under Suleiman the Magnificent, the Empire controlled large parts of Europe, Asia and Africa by the 17th century. This once great Empire was finally brought down during WWI. First Legion has created some 13 different figures as our initial release of the Ottoman Turks and they are the perfect opponent to both our Renaissance Landsknechts and our Polish Winged Hussars as the figures can be used across a wide period of the Empire. With both heavily armored warriors and several “Janissaries”, which were the household troops of the Emperor, interesting and varied displays can be created particularly focused on the sieges of Vienna. These are extremely colorful and visually interesting figures that are rarely covered in such detail by figure makers and we sincerely hope you enjoy them and find them a refreshing change from the norm.



Ottoman Turks

Napoleonic




French Imperial Guard

Battle of the Bulge




Battle of the Bulge

New First Legion June Releases!

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

French Imperial Guard Chasseur


First Legion presents you with one of the most iconic regiments of the Napoleonic Wars, the French Imperial Guard Chasseurs a’ Cheval! Originally constituted as the Guides back in 1796 during Napoleon’s campaign in Italy, the regiment then became part of the Consular Guard and finally the Imperial Guard. It was second in seniority only to the Guard Horse Grenadiers. Among the four squadrons, a select 20-30 man detachment had a special assignment which was to personally escort the Emperor and act as his personal body guard. The regiment took parts in many battles over the course of the Napoleonic Wars including their charges at Eylau and Somosierra, at Wagram among others and in many actions in 1812 where the regiment was decimated taking some 500 casualties throughout the campaign. With few exceptions, where the Emperor was the Guard Chasseurs were also. Those who know these regiment will know that they are among the most ornate and intricately uniformed regiments of the period. In striking green with a red pelisse and fur busby, they make for truly striking figures. Finally, we have presented two options for the Standard, the 1805-1813 and 1815 patterns depending on if you want the figures for the Hundred Days campaign or earlier campaigns of the period.


French Imperial Guard Chasseur

Russian Pavlovksi Grenadier


The Pavlovksi Grenadiers were a unique regiment in the Russian army because following the uniform changes from the period of the early Empire to later Empire, the Pavlovski regiment was allowed to keep their mitre hats as recognition for their distinguished performance at the Battle of Friedland in 1807. Their performance in battle during the 1812 campaign was such that they were made part of the Russian Imperial Guard in 1813, a unique honor bestowed upon them as a line Grenadier regiment. As such, the Pavlovski Grenadier regiment was truly one of the elite regiments of the Napoleonic Russian Army. We have presented them here aggressively advancing and with 17 different figures, a wonderful diorama based display can be formed of the unit engaged at Borodino, Krasne or many other battles of the period.



Russian Pavlovksi Grenadier

Stalingrad Russians




Stalingrad Russians