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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

New First Legion May Releases!

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Samurai




Age of the Samurai

Glory of Rome




Glory of Rome – Legio VI Victrix

Polish Winged Hussars




Polish Winged Hussars

Retreat from Russia




Retreat from Russia

Battle of Normandy




Battle of Normandy

New First Legion April Releases !

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Polish Winged Hussars




Polish Winged Hussars

Spanish Tercio



Spanish Tercio

Napoleonic – Prussian Artillery




Prussians

Battle of the Bulge




Battle of the Bulge

Wild West




Wild West

New First Legion February Releases!

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Polish Winged Hussars


The Polish Winged Hussars were a prominent cavalry force in the Polish-Lithuanian Army from the 16th to 18th Centuries. At the very earliest stages, they served as light cavalry but by the middle of the 1500’s they were transformed into heavy shock cavalry as we have presented them here. As the primary tactic of the Polish Army of the period was the heavy cavalry charge, the Winged Hussars played an extremely important role on the battlefield. Made famous the by the “wings” made from wood with feathers from various large birds, they appeared to be much larger and more imposing when issuing their charge. One thing is certain, they were certainly among the beautiful of the horsemen of the period with ornate and colorful uniforms and large battle standards. We have presented them here as they would have appeared from about 1587-1632 under the banners of Sigismund III, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania and they bear his standards of that period.

Please note that while we have coded these figures as TYW simply because they required a code, they are appropriate for not only the Thirty Years War, but also the Renaissance as well, and as such we have placed them in both product categories as many of their enemies are figures that will eventually be placed in the Renaissance figure range.



Polish Winged Hussars

Spanish Tercio


The Thirty Years War was from 1618 to 1648 and was one of the bloodiest, most destructive conflicts in human history. Our initial releases were on the lighter side featuring the Three Musketeers, but now we are evolving the range to cover the military aspects of it and we are starting with the Battle of Rocroi in 1643. The battle was late in the TYW and featured the French decisively defeating the Spanish and marking the beginning of the end of the myth of invincibility of the Spanish Tercio. The Spanish Tercio it should be noted fought gallantly at this battle withstanding repeated infantry and cavalry attacks despite the dissolution of the army around them and were never driven from the field. Rather the French commander, the Duc d’Enghien, offered them surrender terms similar to that of a besieged fortress allowing them to leave the field with their flags and weapons. Fittingly enough, we have started our coverage of Rocroi with the famed Spanish Tercio. Our release is very loosely inspired by the wonderful painting of the battle by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau and features simply wonderful sculpting and hand painting carrying on with the quality level that we set with our earlier Thirty Years War releases. Overall, the Tercio release will feature full command, standards, and wide variety of pikemen and musketeers allowing for a fantastic battle diorama to come to life.



Spanish Tercio

Battle of the Bulge


We are pleased to follow up the release of our Battle of Bulge range with another variant our Sherman tank with set BB002 US 75mm Winter M4 Sherman Tank, this time from the 10th Armored Division. Sherman Tanks from the 10th Armored, specifically Combat Command B and the 21st Tank Battalion, were among the first to arrive at Bastogne and played a key role in the defense of the city earning a Presidential Unit Citation for their actions there. Throughout the encirclement they suffered the same conditions and hardships that are normally attributed only to the 101st Airborne. Though the 4th Armored eventually broke the encirclement just after Christmas, elements of the 10th Armored continued to fight in the area until January 18th. We have changed up the “winter camo” pattern on this tank from a pure whitewash to more of a quick and dirty striped painting pattern that we’ve seen photos of which represents a bit more of a rush in applying the pattern given the circumstances. Like BB001, it also features the advanced superlative weathering of mud and frost on the lower hull and track setup.



Battle of the Bulge

Retreat From Russia




Retreat From Russia

New First Legion January Releases!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Vikings




Vikings

New First Legion January Releases!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

American Civil War


Wadsworth and Cutler take the field at Gettysburg!! We are extremely pleased to present the first of our standard Union Infantry for our American Civil War figure range with sets ACW101-ACW116, the 56th Pennsylvania and 147th New York Volunteers. These figures continue on our established theme of covering Day 1 of the Battle of Gettysburg. The 56th Pennsylvania has an incredible battle history during the war having taken part in countess engagements and having the unique distinction of being the first Union infantry regiment to open fire at the Battle of Gettysburg. To complement the 56th, we have also released the standards for the 147th New York Volunteers to allow for additional variety in your Gettysburg displays. Both regiments served in Cutler’s Brigade of Wadsworth’s Division of the Union 1st Corps and both were heavily engaged in opening acts of the Battle of Gettysburg. Combined with the 7th Wisconsin, First Legion has now released 3 of the 10 Regiments in Wadsworth’s 1st Division and when used with our matching Confederates and Buford’s Cavalry, some wonderful Gettysburg displays can really be brought to life. Of course, though designed with Gettysburg in mind, the figures are perfectly at home in many other settings as well.



Union 56th PA/147th NY Vols

New First Legion January Releases!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Battle of the Bulge


First Legion is very pleased to present our latest sub-range to our WWII The Arms and Armies of the Second World War Series, the Battle of the Bulge!!! That’s right, we are turning our talents towards “Hitler’s Gamble”, the massive, but ultimately doomed, German offensive designed to split the Allied Armies and force them to the negotiating table. Like our Stalingrad, Normandy, and DAK sub- ranges, it will be a full series featuring a wide variety of figures and vehicles from several nationalities. We are launching the series with set BB001 US 75mm M4 Sherman Tank from the 6th Armored Division. The “Super” 6th Armored was heavily engaged in the US counterattack at Bastogne. We have presented it here with 2 x 1/4 crew figures for the opening/closing hatches and given it a spectacular “winter” camo painting scheme, taken to a new level to any winter tank that we have done previously. With the “Fighting Turtle” insignia emblazoned on its side hull, this is a wonderfully detailed tank to kick off what we hope to be a spectacular series of the figures. Enjoy!



Battle of the Bulge