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New King & Country March Releases!

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

A WINTER WARRIOR

Most armies, given the choice, prefer NOT to fight their wars and battles in wintertime… It’s cold, miserable, damp and the daylight hours can be very short.

All that being said the decision where, and importantly, when armies ‘take to the field’ is usually left for their commanders to decide.

Two of the most uncomfortable locations to fight a winter battle or a campaign in was the Eastern Front between 1942 and 1945 and the Ardennes Forest in December 1944.

As many collectors know the Sturmgeschutz Ⅲ more commonly referred to as the StuGⅢ was Germany’s second most-produced armoured fighting vehicle during World War 2.

Built on the chassis of the already-proven PanzerⅢ, it replaced the Panzer turret with an armoured, fixed superstructure mounting a more powerful 7.5cm main gun. This was originally intended as a mobile assault gun for direct-fire infantry support. Later, the StuGⅢ adopted in addition another role, similar to that of the Jagdpanzer… tank destroyer!

As secondary armament the StuGⅢ mounted the tried and tested MG34 machine gun complete with protective shield.

Approximately 10,000 StuGⅢ’s of various types were built between 1942 and 1945 with the vast majority being supplied to the Wehrmacht. Small numbers were however sold to Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain and Hungary. A few even turned up in Syria and took part in the 1967 Arab / Israeli War.

This “winterized” StuGⅢ has been given by its crew a ‘winter whitewash’ coat of camouflage and could be placed somewhere in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944… or perhaps on the Russian Front in the latter half of WW2.

SPECIAL NOTE: Just 200 of this version are available and each one comes with a well-wrapped up vehicle commander scanning the horizon for any enemy activity.

Battle of the Bulge

ROMANS & BARBARIANS

  • RnB020 Centurion & His Prisoner – This Centurion, sword in hand, is taking no chances with this captured Celtic warrior. Although trussed up in a heavy wooden stock some prisoners are capable of anything even when ‘locked-up’ in this manner.
  • RnB022 Kneel & Obey – A kneeling Gallic prisoner is told to pay attention and watch the fate of other Roman captives as they are being punished.
  • RnB034 Galloping Gaul – Spear held aloft and ready to be thrown at the hated Roman invaders this mounted Gaul is not impressed by the might of Rome.
  • RnB037 Charging Gaul – Totally unafraid this Gaul charges towards the enemy.
  • RnB039 Shouting Celt – Sword in one hand, shield in the other, this red-haired Celt screams defiance at the enemy.

Romans

RETURN TO THE ALAMO

SIX additional reinforcements for the beleaguered garrison still holding off Santa Anna’s army at the little mission in San Antonio, Texas.

  • RTA107 Tennessee Woodsman – One of Davy Crockett’s backwoods volunteers who journeyed with him to Texas to join the fight for Texan independence.
  • RTA108 James Murray Brown – This Pennsylvania native was born in 1800 and moved to Texas in 1835. He took part in the siege of Bexar and became part of the Alamo garrison where he perished on the morning of March 6, 1836.
  • RTA110 The Flagbearer – Micajah Autry, originally from North Carolina was born in 1793 and fought previously in the War of 1812. A well-read and educated man he had been a farmer, teacher and a lawyer before enlisting in the ‘Volunteer Auxiliary Corps of Texas’ in early 1836 just in time to take part in the Alamo struggle. Here he carries one of several flags that are said to have flown over the Alamo itself… This one was the Mexican tricolor complete with ‘1824’ sewn in black in the middle of the tricolour’s white strip. Like all the other defenders he died on the morning of March 6.
  • RTA116 Thomas R. Miller – Tom Millar was a member of the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers. Under the command of Lieut. George C. Kimble and Capt. Albert Martin, Millar and 30 other men successfully passed through Santa Anna’s besieging army and galloped into the Alamo on February 23, 1836 never to leave.
  • RTA117 George Neggan of South Carolina – Another horseman of the Gonzales Ranging Company armed only with a pistol.
  • RTA120 James C. Gwynne – Originally born in England he moved to Texas from Mississippi where he had been a farmer. At the Alamo he was a member of Capt. William Carey’s artillery company. Here, however, he’s taken up his musket to fire at the attacking Mexican infantry.

Remember the Alamo

THE KING’S GERMANS

For 13 years between 1803 and 1816, there was one major British Army unit that primarily consisted of German expatriates… The King’s German Legion.

Under overall British command the Legion earned the unique distinction of being the only German military force to fight without interruption against the French during the Napoleonic Wars!

After the occupation of Hanover by Napoleon’s troops in 1803 many former Hanoverian officers and soldiers fled to Britain where GeorgeⅢ King of Great Britain was also Elector of Hanover.

The King sanctioned a volunteer corps of all arms infantry, artillery and cavalry to be raised and named them, ‘The King’s German Legion’.

Soon, it grew to a strength of 14,000 officers and men and played a vital role in Britain’s defeat of the French emperor.

Among the Legion’s most famous regiments were two Regiments of Light Dragoons. Here, for the first time, are King & Country’s mounted tribute to these fine German horsemen.

  • NA427 KGL Dragoon w/Sabre Down  – Based on a classic illustration of a mounted charging Dragoon of the Napoleonic era this figure looks about to engage an enemy infantryman or perhaps a gunner!
  • NA429 KGL Dragoon Advancing at the Gallup – Based on a classic illustration of a mounted charging Dragoon of the Napoleonic era this figure looks about to engage an enemy infantryman or perhaps a gunner!
  • NA430 KGL Dragoon Charge – You can almost hear the shout as this particular Dragoon charges forward to engage the opposition sabre held menacingly over his head.
  • NA431 KGL Dragoon Moving Forward – This Dragoon rests his sabre on his shoulder as he prepares to change from the gallup to the full charge.

The King’s German Legion

Vietnam

Here are some great-looking USMC reinforcements fighting their way into the old Imperial capital.

  • VN040 The Scout – Cautiously edging forward this ‘Grunt’ takes a look at what is just around the corner…
  • VN043 Hunkered-Down – Another Marine is also interested in seeing what’s just around the next corner.
  • VN044 Wait – One hand stretched back to tell his buddies to halt this Marine is watching and waiting.
  • VN045 Kneeling LAW Gunner – In the close-quarter fighting that took place all over HUE the M72 LAW (Light Anti Tank Weapon) proved invaluable at taking out enemy bunkers, buildings and machine gun ‘nests’… One shot… One kill!
  • VN050 Vietnam War Dog – War dogs could be trained to sniff-out explosives or uncover hidden exits and entrances to underground bunkers and tunnels. This Marine handler and his German Shepherd seem to be on the trail of something… or someone.

Vietnam – Tet’68

Streets of Old Hong Kong

  • HK283 Grain & Grocery Store – This three-level façade is typical of the kind of general food store that used to be found all over Hong Kong and other Chinese cities. On display are various kinds of ‘smoked and cured meats’ as well as large display buckets of different types of rice… the main staple of many Asian diets.
  • HK286M Chinese Grocer – The perfect ‘companion piece’ for HK283, or indeed any of our traditional Chinese Shop / House facades. Our grocer is dressed in the style of a late 19th Century, businessman… prosperous to show that he is successful but not ‘too prosperous’ to reveal that he might be charging too much for his goods and services!!!
  • HK286G Chinese Grocer

Orient

New King & Country February Releases!

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

VIETNAM FIRE SUPPORT!

When American troops first deployed in force to South Vietnam in 1965 they were supported by a number of brand-new airfield and ground installations that required a low altitude defense system.

The anti aircraft system then in operation with U.S. Forces worldwide was provided by HAWK missile batteries… These however proved inadequate in Vietnam and an alternative had to be found and so the U.S. Army began recalling the older M42 ‘Duster’ anti aircraft guns back into service and organizing them into Air Defense Artillery battalions (ADA).

Beginning in the Fall of 1966 three battalions of ‘Dusters’ were operational in Vietnam each consisting of a headquarters battery and four ‘Duster’ batteries, each augmented by one Quad .50 battery and an artillery searchlight battery.

Despite a few early ‘air kills’, a major air threat from North Vietnam never materialized and ADA crews found themselves increasingly involved in ground support missions. Most often those involved point security… convoy escort and / or perimeter defense.

Probably the ‘Duster’s’ finest hour came at the time of the TET Offensive in 1968 when M42’s and their twin 40mm guns made short work of massed VC and NVA infantry attacks and helped knock out enemy bunker and defence positions.

U.S. Army and Marine units came to place a high value on the mobile close artillery support the M42 ‘Duster’ provided time and time again.

Perhaps the Grunts’ own graffiti scrawled on one M42 said it all… “Have Guns Will Travel!”

  • VN033 The M42 DUSTER – During the Korean War (1950-53) the U.S. Army decided it needed a mobile anti aircraft gun that could utilize the existing chassis of the M41 Tank. Since 40mm guns were seen as the most effective twin gun mounting, similar to those on most U.S. Navy ships of that era, they were ‘married’ to a M41 chassis and designated the M42. The first M42’s entered service in late 1953 with production halted in 1960 after some 3,700 vehicles had been produced.These in turn began to be replaced by the HAWK Surface to Air Missile units in the early 1960’s. By 1963 most ‘Dusters’ had been transferred to National Guard units… Until Vietnam! Our King & Country model, made up of over 95 separate parts, is typical of the U.S. Army “Dusters” of the late 1960’s period during the Vietnam War. Two seated Gunners man the twin 40mm ‘Bofors ’ guns and the vehicle also comes with double radio antennas and a side-mounted M60 machine gun. Painted in standard U.S. Army Olive Drab this particular M42 is nicknamed ‘Double Trouble’ and stands ready for action… anytime, anywhere.
  • VN042 Duster Add-On Crew – Two essential add-ons to complete your M42 in action… A kneeling NCO rifleman observes the battle as his buddy prepares to load a ‘clip’ of 40mm shells into one of the guns.
  • VN046 Crouching Marine Firing M72 LAW – The M72 LAW (Light Anti Tank Weapon) was a portable, one-shot, 66mm unguided anti tank weapon first adopted by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps in 1963. Although originally intended for anti armoured vehicle use U.S. ground forces frequently used it against enemy bunker and fixed defence positions especially in urban areas.Our Marine crouches as he aims the weapon at his target… One shot, one hit!
  • VN049 Dead or Alive – M16 pointing directly at the enemy this Marine is taking no chances as he approaches a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) casualty.

Vietnam – Tet 68

SAME MARINES… DIFFERENT WAR

  • USMC051 Softly, Softly – Like his Vietnam counterpart VN049, this WW2 “Leatherneck” cautiously edges forward towards some Japanese dead or perhaps he is moving carefully through a possible minefield… you make the decision.
  • USMC052 Pacific War Dog – During WW2 the Marine Corps trained a small number of ‘War Dogs’ for service in the Pacific. They were first used on Bougainville and Peleliu but saw most active duty on Guam where 60 war dogs and their handlers went ashore and twenty were killed or believed ‘missing-in-action.’ Some other war dogs served as ‘messenger dogs’ while more were used as ‘sentries’ or on the ‘point’ of patrols where their superior animal senses often negated any surprise attack or ambush by the Japanese.Not surprisingly Marine ‘war dogs’ were expert at ‘flushing-out’ hidden enemies and, alas, suffered heavy losses especially on Iwo Jima.‘War Dogs’ were mostly recruited from civilian owners and screened to eliminate high-strung or vicious animals. Mongrels often proved the best adapted to their military duties followed by German Shepherds… Dobermans however turned out to be ‘too nervous’.Our kneeling Marine handler, complete with Winchester Shotgun and holstered M1911 Colt Automatic gets ready for the next operation together with his brown & black cross breed called ‘Sailor’.

Battle of TARAWA

ROME AT WAR

  • ROM031 Pilum Thrower – As this Roman soldier runs forward he protects his body with his shield as he launches his Pilum at the enemy…

Romans – King and Country

THE REAL WEST

Not so long ago several of our ‘Real West’ collectors suggested to us that we should produce different colour variations of a few of ‘Custer’s Last Stand’ figures. And so, after carefully considering their suggestions we selected a few figures on either side that might be perfect candidates for an ‘alternative’ version…

  • TRW148 Single-handed First Aid – Gripping the cloth in his teeth this wounded trooper attempts to bandage his bleeding wrist while still holding his ‘Army’ Colt in one hand.
  • TRW149 Dismounted & Trapped! – With his horse shot from under him and collapsed on top of his left leg this trooper is already doomed. Defiantly, he raises himself to aim his pistol at attacking Indians.
  • TRW151 Dazed & Bleeding – Another forlorn trooper has been struck in the head by an Indian warrior’s club or tomahawk… Partially blinded by his wound he attempts to crawl to safety…
  • TRW154 Medicine Crow – Although most of the hostile Indians Custer faced at the Little Big Horn were Sioux and Cheyenne a number of other tribes were also present… Among them a young warrior chief called ‘Medicine Crow’ seen here letting loose an arrow at the beleaguered ‘Long Knives’.
  • TRW158 Dog Wolf – A kneeling dismounted Cheyenne warrior, ‘Dog Wolf’ takes careful aim with his captured U.S. Cavalry carbine.

Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.

TOMMY ATKINS ESQ. IN ACTION

‘Tommy Atkins’ (often just Tommy) has been slang for a common soldier in the British Army for over two centuries. The origins of the name go as far back as the Napoleonic Wars. One common belief is that the name was chosen by the Duke of Wellington himself after having been inspired by the bravery of one of his private soldiers during the Peninsula War. After one particular battle the Duke came upon a certain severely wounded soldier and asked after his condition. The terribly injured soldier simply replied, “I’m all right sir… All in a day’s work” and died shortly afterwards.

Sometime later the Duke was asked what generic British name should be used on all army forms… He remembered the brave but gravely wounded soldier from his Peninsula days and also his name… ‘Tommy Atkins’.

Here are some welcome British Army infantry of the Napoleonic era that would be proud to bear the name Tommy Atkins.

  • NA417 Colonel of the Regiment – This mounted senior officer bellows out his orders in the heat of battle.
  • NA418 Infantry Captain – As bullet, shot and shell erupt about him this officer remains cool, calm and collected… sword in hand. The epitome of the British ‘stiff upper lip’.
  • NA419 Infantryman with Pike Staff – This private soldier has momentarily put aside his ‘Brown Bess’ Musket to pick up a long pike staff from a dead sergeant… All the better to reach out and stab any attacking French cavalryman.
  • NA420 Drummer Boy – Every Line Company in British infantry regiments had its own ‘Drummer Boy’, some as young as 11 or 12 but usually about 15 years of age. Many of these young lads were orphans of the regiment and had grown up within it when their parents were still alive.
  • NA421 Reaching For A Cartridge – This standing infantryman stands ready to repel the enemy as he reaches back into his ammunition pouch for a fresh cartridge.
  • NA422 Kneeling Cocking His Musket – Weapon fully loaded this kneeling ‘Red Coat’ pulls back the hammer of his musket.
  • NA423 Kneeling Ready – Weapon loaded, bayonet fixed and awaiting further orders.
  • NA424 Lying Prone Firing – Lying on the ground in front of the ranks of his kneeling and standing comrades this ‘Tommy Atkins’ takes careful aim.
  • NA425 Hors de Combat – Out of action due to injury or damage this crawling soldier tries to seek cover in the midst of the action.
  • NA-S07 Blood, Bullets & Cold Steel – A combined ‘Extra Value Added Set’ that brings all of these great figures together and offers them to dealers and collectors at a GREAT PRICE!

British Napoleonic Infantry & Artillery

King & Country January Releases!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Romans and Celt’s

Additional Celts, Britons and Gauls enthusiastically rush forward to come to blows with their Roman invaders… what they lack in military discipline they more than make up with fighting ferocity and fierce, blood-curdling battlecries!

  • RnB030 Victory! – This Gallic Warrior is feeling supremely confident as, sword and shield in hand, he charges towards the enemy!
  • RnB032 Celtic Spearman – Rushing forward one spear in hand, two more held behind his shield.
  • RnB036 Gallic War Chief – This local Chieftain urges his men forward… “You have nothing to fear except death itself!” Brave fighting words indeed.
  • RnB038 Celtic Axeman – Wore betide any Roman soldier who gets within striking distance of this axe-wielding, blood-thirsty savage.
  • RnB040 Death to the Romans – Another Barbarian warrior who, for a brief moment, is content to scream defiantly at the Romans before closing for battle.
  • ROM032 Standing Senior Officer – One of the most senior officers in the Legion as can be seen by his richly-decorated body armour and fine quality uniform. Here he confidently stands observing the antics of his enemies and plotting their destruction.

Romans

Battle of Little Big Horn

These 4 re-releases came about because many new collectors of ‘Custer’s Last Stand’ could no longer find these early-released, now-retired pieces and wanted to add them to their collection. At the same time other existing collectors requested alternative variations to the ‘originals’ to help boost their cavalry numbers! So, to please them (and ourselves) we bring you these new adapted versions…

  • TRW147 The Wounded Bugler – One of Custer’s trumpeters blows a forlorn bugle in the vain hope that either Major Reno or Captain Benteen or perhaps both of them will hear the call and ride with their commands to the rescue of Custer’s besieged and beleaguered troopers.
  • TRW150 Dead Cavalry Horse – Although some of the 7th Cavalry’s mounts were killed in action many were actually shot by their riders in order to provide some kind of ground defence against the Indian assaults.
  • TRW152 Corporal Lying Firing Carbine – This Cavalry NCO hugs the ground to make the smallest target for the Sioux and Cheyenne marksmen… Unfortunately no firing position is completely safe from Indian arrows fired up and down on top of the soldiers defences.
  • TRW153 Taking a Fall – This 7th Cavalry trooper prepares to fight on foot, carbine in hand, as his horse is shot from under him!

Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.

Afrika Korps

  • AK127 Desert Trench Fighters – Five AK infantry ‘half-body’ soldiers taking cover behind their long, sand-bagged trench. Included in this set is the full curved trench itself sand-bagged on all sides. Inside are a section commander observing the approaching enemy through his field glasses… the section ‘Gefreiter’ with his MP40 Schmeisser machine pistol and a firing MG34 machine gunner. Backing them up are two different riflemen aiming their KAR98 rifles towards their 8th Army opponents.
  • AK128 Battlefield Communications – A kneeling AK Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) on the field telephone telling his command centre that the enemy is approaching and, perhaps, requesting artillery support or more reinforcements.
  • AK129 MG42 Gun Support – This 2-man team provides additional machine gun fire to help hold off any British, Australian or American advance.
  • AK130 Attacking AK Combat Team – They say ‘attack is the best form of defence’ and these 4 Afrika Korps soldiers are going on the offensive! As the AK officer cautiously moves forward he aims his pistol at one of the enemy. Joining him are 2 different riflemen, one of whom has just been shot, plus one AK trooper with that famous or infamous, MP40 Schmeisser machine pistol.

Afrika Korps

Luftwaffe

During WW2 German Luftwaffe day and night fighter pilots ‘claimed’ over 70,000 aerial victories over Allied-flown aircraft… Approximately 25,000 were British and American losses and more than 45,000 were Soviet.

Of all those ‘kills’ most were ‘scored’ by ‘aces’, that is pilots who shot down 5 or more enemy aircraft during their aviation career.

It is almost certain that at least 2,500 Luftwaffe airmen achieved ace status between September 1939 and May 1945. Of that number about 500 pilots shot down between 20-40 enemy aircraft.

Another 360 claimed between 40 and 100 ‘victories’ and just 103 destroyed more than 100 Allied opponents.

Major Hermann Graf was a very special member of that exclusive club…

Hermann Graf (1912-1988) served on both the Eastern and Western Fronts during WWII. He became the first pilot in aviation history to claim 200 aerial victories – that is, 200 aerial combat encounters that resulted in the destruction of 200 enemy aircraft.

Graf, a prewar soccer player joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. He was initially selected for transport aviation, flying the legendary Junkers 52 before volunteering and being chosen to join the famous Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG51) in May 1939, just 4 months before the invasion of Poland and the outbreak of the Second World War.

During the so-called ‘Phoney War’ of late 1939 and early 1940 he was stationed on the Franco-German border flying uneventful patrols. He was then posted as a flight instructor to Romania in order to help train that country’s small air force. At the end of this period he even saw a little action in the closing days of the German invasion of Greece at the end of May 1941.

After the beginning of ‘Operation Barbarossa’, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Graf finally claimed his first ‘kill’ in August 1941.

45 victories later Hermann Graf was awarded the prestigious Knights Cross of The Iron Cross in January 1942. By September of that same year his victory score had risen to an incredible 172 for which his honour was upgraded to the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds!

At the time of this presentation this was Nazi Germany’s highest military decoration.

On 26 September 1942 he shot down his 200th enemy plane. Now, a national hero he was withdrawn from combat flying and posted, once more, to a fighter pilot training school.

In November 1943, as British and American bombers and fighters continued to build up their aerial assaults on the Third Reich, Graf, once more returned to combat operations and was appointed Geschwaderkommodore (Wing Commander) of JG11 of the 11th Fighter Wing. It was with this unit that Hermann Graf scored his 212th and final aerial victory on 29 March 1944.

He was severely injured during that final encounter and spent many months recuperating before taking over command of JG52 in early 1945.

He remained in charge of JG52 until Germany’s surrender on 8 May, 1945.

Although Graf and his men surrendered to the Americans he and his men were then handed over to the Russians. Hermann Graf continued in Soviet captivity until 1949.

After his return to Germany Graf lived a fairly quiet life and died in his home town of Engen on 4 November, 1988.

ABOUT THE K&C MODEL

Of all the many aircraft Hermann Graf flew his personal favorite was Willy Messerschmitt’s Bf.109 ‘Gustav’.

Graf himself stated that the ‘Gustav’ was the best fighter aircraft he ever flew even after flying captured British ‘Spitfires’ and American ‘Mustangs’.

Our K&C model depicts just one of several ‘Gustavs’ that Hermann Graf flew during the middle part of the war. It is easily recognized by the red ‘tulip’ nose and the white tail complete with ‘kill’ markings and his Knight’s Cross award.

This model also has a canopy that can open and close. Each aircraft comes in a specially-designed box with a spectacular cover painting and a free full-colour print by noted Australian artist, Ian Hill plus an information card on Graf himself.

Just 300 of this very Special Edition Hermann Graf Bf. 109 ‘Gustav’ are being released.

Luftwaffe

Vietnam

This particular VIETNAM Section of ‘DISPATCHES’ could just as easily (and accurately) been headlined, “NO MARINE LEFT BEHIND”.

The Battle of Hue, during the TET offensive of 1968, has justly gone down in the annals of the U.S. Marine Corps as one of the fiercest and most bloody conflicts of the 20th Century.

Sitting proudly alongside Belleau Wood… Iwo Jima and The Chosin Reservoir the battle clearly illustrates why the Marine Corps can be both your best friend… and your worst enemy!

Many courageous acts of brave marines were on display during the days and weeks that the fighting raged across the city. One however stands as almost a memorial in itself to the bravery of all… The exploits of Gunnery Sgt. John Canley USMC.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Canley served multiple tours in South Vietnam between 1965 and 1970. In January 1968 he was with Alpha Co., 1st Btn., 1st Marine Regt., 1st Marine Division stationed near the old Imperial Capital of Hue in central Vietnam.

While serving as Company Gunnery Sergeant, he was part of the USMC forces sent into Hue to help recapture the city and releave the beleaguered American and South Vietnamese troops then being besieged by the joint NVA and VC offensive which had captured most of the city.

On numerous occasions, despite being wounded himself, ‘Gunny’ Canley ran across fire-swept terrain to rescue and recover other wounded Marines and bring them to safety.

When his own Commanding Officer was seriously wounded and no other officer was available the ‘Gunny’ took command of the company and continued to lead it forward.

For three whole days he continued in command of Alpha and at the same time, led a number of assaults on enemy bunkers and defences often exposing himself to direct enemy fire.

On February 6, 1968, on two separate occasions the Gunnery Sergeant climbed over a wall, in full view of the enemy to pull and carry casualties to a more protected position.

For this kind of inspired and dedicated leadership and courage ‘Gunny’ Canley was at the time awarded the Navy Cross.

Many years later, in 2017, this award was belatedly but well-deservedly upgraded to the Medal of Honor when in 2018 President Donald J. Trump presented John Canley with his medal.

Although a Gunnery Sergeant in Vietnam in 1968, John Canley eventually rose to the rank of Sergeant Major before retiring from the USMC in 1981 after 28 years of loyal and courageous service to his country and his beloved corps.

King & Country is proud and privileged to dedicate this special ‘Vietnam’ figure set to a very special and courageous Marine.

  • VN035 Gunny John Canley
  • VN038 Kneeling Marine Rifleman – Every Marine, regardless of rank and Corps specialty is, first and foremost, a Marine Rifleman! This ‘Grunt’ goes down on one knee to take up a firing position and ‘take-out’ one of the enemy.
  • VN039 Marine Grenadier – Holding his M16 in his right hand and about to throw his M18 Red Smoke Grenade with his left.

Vietnam – Tet’68

King & Country December Releases!

Tuesday, 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 King & Country November Releases

Sunday, 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

New King & Country September Releases!

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Romans and Gauls


In warfare ‘ferocity’ is nothing new… Back in the 1st. Century AD the Romans had their hands full dealing with rebellious tribes all over their empire.

Some of their fiercest enemies could be found in the warlike tribes that inhabited Britannia and Gaul…

  • RnB013 No Mercy – A Roman Legionary pleads for his life to be spared as a tattooed Briton stands over him dagger in hand…
  • RnB014 Mounted Chieftain with The Draco Standard – The ‘Draco Standard’ was originally developed by the mounted nomads of the Steppes. It may have originally been used to determine the wind-direction for horse-archers.
    Roman cavalry units adopted the ‘Draco’ for their own use and here we see one that has fallen into enemy hands and is proudly displayed as a battle trophy by this mounted chief.
  • RnB015 Carnyx Horn Player – The ‘Carnyx’ was an ancient Celtic war trumpet used between 300 BC and 200 AD. The instrument and its player accompanied warriors into battle.
    The mournful sound of this ancient horn was said to both inspire its followers as well as strike fear into its enemies. It was considered a great honour among the warriors to be chosen to both play and carry the richly decorated tribal Carnyx into battle.



Romans

MORE JOHN FORD CAVALRY


  • TRW135 The Stars ‘n’ Stripes Forever – A cavalry sergeant carries the National Flag proudly… This is another in this new range of mounted figures that has the ‘moveable’ head feature.
  • TRW139 Captain Sam Collingwood – Another of the featured characters from John Ford’s ‘FORT APACHE’ (1948), a brother officer of Capt. Kirby York (John Wayne). Here Captain Collingwood scans the horizon for any sign of hostile Indians.
    He also has the ‘moveable’ head.
  • TRW146 5th Cavalry Regimental Flagbearer – A companion piece to TRW135… This sergeant has the colourful Regimental Standard of the 5th U.S. Cavalry… with ‘moveable’ head of course.



John Ford’s Cavalry

SPOILS OF WAR


From ancient times onward victorious soldiers have always collected ‘souvenirs’ from their less fortunate, defeated opponents. During the First World War ordinary soldiers had access to a first-class postal service that allowed them to collect and ship off home all kinds of battlefield mementoes and ‘trophies’ that they had come across (by whatever ways and means) after the fighting was over.

British and Australian soldiers were no exception and here is one of the most famous of the ‘amateur’ collectors…

  • FW230 Private John ‘Barney’ Hines – John ‘Barney’ Hines (1878-1958) was a British-born Australian soldier of The Great War, well-known for his skills and prowess at collecting ‘souvenirs’ from captured German Soldiers.
    A photo of ‘Barney’ depicting him surrounded by his German acquisitions after the Battle of Polygon Wood in 1917 is among the best-known Australian images of the First World War.
    This was the inspiration for our K&C figure which shows ‘Barney’ complete with ‘pickelhaub’ helmet (a much-prized souvenir for WW1 soldiers and collectors) and other bits ‘n’ bobs of German equipment. Our figure also shows ‘Barney’ taking a closer look at some saucy French postcards that he has ‘liberated’ from a German prisoner!



Aussies & Kiwis at War

ARMOUR IN WINTER


  • WH091 The JagdPanzer Pz. Kpfw. IV L/70
    – (Winter Version)
    – Whenever K&C produce a ‘summer’ version of an armoured vehicle (especially German ones) it does not take long before collectors contact us to request the same vehicle in ‘winter garb’ suitable for either ‘Battle of the Bulge’ or the ‘Eastern Front’.
    Well, here is the snow-camouflaged self-propelled gun as requested and there are just 150 of them. So, grab them while you can.
    As noted in our original version the metal mesh side-screens are removable so collectors can choose how they wish to portray the vehicle.



German Wehrmacht

BANZAI


  • JN041 Type 95 ‘Ha-Go Light Tank (2nd Version) – Our first version had the tank commander perched in the open hatch of the vehicle leading the charge… This time around we’ve closed up the hatch and allowed the commander to take cover inside the turret as the tank moves into action.
    This second-version ‘Ha-Go’ is numbered #22 allowing our Japanese opponents to put another armoured vehicle into battle alongside the earlier and now-retired #21.
  • JN045 The Japanese Light Howitzer & Crew – Compared to Allied artillerymen the Japanese Army had only a limited number of Light Field pieces. This particular Light Howitzer was ‘crewed’ by just 3x soldiers and could be ‘broken down’ and man-carried in jungle terrain and then hastily reassembled.
  • JN047 Dead Japanese Set #1 (2 x figs) – No one could deny the bravery of the ordinary Japanese soldier in WW2. Instilled with the spirit of ‘Bushido’ and willing to die for his emperor his Allied opponents could take no chances when encountering this fierce and often fanatical foe… Few Japanese soldiers even considered surrendering even when faced with imminent death or defeat…
    Better to die for the emperor than live as a coward!
  • JN048 Dead Japanese Set #2 – Another pair of dead Japanese soldiers… remnants of a failed ‘Banzai’ charge or just in the wrong place at the wrong time…?
  • JN049X A Rare Surrender (K&C Xclusive) – Towards the end of WW2 a few Japanese soldiers decided it was better to live with the shame of surrender especially when they could see they were fighting for a lost cause and Japan’s defeat was inevitable.
    Allied troops capturing them would usually make them strip down to their loin cloths to ensure they were not hiding any weapons, knives or grenades on their bodies.



Battle of TARAWA

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM


  • VN002 USMC Sniper – During the Vietnam conflict the U.S. Marine Corps used 2 x main ‘Sniper’ rifles… the M40 bolt-action rifle and the Winchester Model 70, also a bolt-action weapon based on the sporting rifle made by Winchester.
    Our K&C Marine sniper has adopted the seated firing position as he takes aim at a distant enemy figure.
  • VN009 Corpsman & Wounded Marine – This Kneeling Navy Corpsman has done his best to bandage up a seriously wounded ‘Grunt’… Now, they’re waiting for the transport to get the injured Marine back to the nearest Aid Station to have his wounds properly seen to.
  • VN012 Marine Lying Prone Firing – While one Marine awaits evacuation from the battlefield another ‘gets down on the deck’ to shoot up some of the opposition!



Vietnam – Tet’68

Viet-Cong


The National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, commonly known as the Viet Cong were locally recruited South Vietnamese peasants and workers that fought against its own government and the United States during the conflict.

The Viet Cong or ‘VC’ was made up of both part-time militia and regular full-time army units. Many of those militia were farmers by day… guerrillas by night… They often had the advantage of knowing the local countryside and area well compared to both the U.S. and ARVN units sent against them. Although the US and ARVIN forces had the firepower and the wealth of military equipment the V.C., or ‘Victor Charlie’ had the element of surprise and the long-term commitment that ultimately led to the collapse of South Vietnam and the victory of the North.

  • VN019 Lying Prone Viet Cong Sniper – In the Viet Cong there was a very strong female element who played an active role in all aspects of the fighting. This lying prone female sniper is ample proof of that as she draws a bead on some distant enemy target with her Czech-made, Soviet supplied SKS rifle.
  • VN021 VC Kneeling firing AK47n – A male comrade of this little VC ‘sniper’prepares to fire off a burst from his AK47. The Soviet-designed AK47 has long been a favorite weapon (and symbol) of guerrilla groups worldwide… Easy to use, difficult to jam and able to withstand all kinds of weathers and conditions it is, quite simply, described by friends and foes alike, to be a superlative Assault Rifle!
  • VN024 Crouching Uncle Ho – Look closely at this older member of the Viet Cong group and you will see that he bears more than a passing resemblance to Ho Chi Minh, the legendary revolutionary leader of North Vietnam.
    Looks aside however, it would seem unlikely that the ‘great leader’ would be operating down south with a small guerrilla band. Our ‘doppelganger’ carriers the ubiquitous SKS rifle.
  • VN026 Dead Viet Cong – Taking the fight to the enemy also comes with a cost… 2 x dead V.C., one male, one female lie sprawled on the ground, their weapons by their side.
  • VN028 Moving Supplies – A female V.C. shoulders a box of supplies while still keeping her rifle close at hand.



Vietnam – Tet’68

Colonial Hong Kong
On Parade!


For 156 years Hong Kong was a British Crown Colony until 30 June, 1997 when it was ceremonially handed back to the People’s Republic of China.

Two years previously, in 1995, a unique military unit held its final parade before being disbanded and ending 143 years of loyal service to the British Crown and the people of, what was originally, a small port city on the southern coast of China – Hong Kong.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (The Volunteers) was a militia formation founded in 1854 and tasked with the defense of the small Colony alongside the regular British Army garrison stationed there.

For many years it would join with other British Forces in taking part in the Queen’s Birthday Parade held annually in the city.

Taking the official salute on behalf of the Queen would be her representative, His Excellency, The Governor, resplendent in his ‘Tropical Whites’ and saluting as the different units marched past.

Here are some great new additions to our fond memories of a Colonial Hong Kong now long gone…

  • CE021 British Guard Box – A once familiar sight outside many Army barracks in Hong Kong and around the world wherever the sun never set on the British Empire… Usually painted either black or green, our K&C model comes in a very fetching ‘British Racing Green’ colour. Can also be utilized with our ‘Ceremonial’ Coldstream Guards figures.
  • CHK006 RHKR Staff Sergeant Present Arms – This smartly-turned out NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) presents arms with his SLR (Self Loading Rifle) and fixed bayonet.
  • CHK007 RHKR Corporal Present Arms – Similar to the previous ‘Volunteer’ but a junior NCO this time… with just 2 x stripes.
  • CHK008 His Excellency, The Hong Kong Governor – Always a trusted and experienced Civil Servant, appointed by the British Prime Minister, the Governor would put on his white tropical uniform only for special occasions, such as the Queen’s Birthday Parade.
  • CHK009 The Governor’s RHKP Aide de Camp – Every regular and volunteer military unit in Hong Kong Provided H.E. The Governor with an ADC, however to avoid any inter service rivalry between the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force the senior ADC was always provided by the Royal Hong Kong Police.
    Here we show the Governor’s RHKP Aide de Camp in all his ceremonial finery including the white ‘Solar Topee’ sun helmet adorned with black feathers.
  • CHK010 Ceremonial Flag Base & British Crown Colony of Hong Kong Flag – The Colonial Hong Kong flag comprised the British Blue Ensign with the Colony’s ‘Coat of Arms’ in a white circle in the fly of the flag. The shield shows two junks upon blue and white stripes representing the sea topped by a lion holding a pearl, a reference to Hong Kong’s nickname as ‘The Pearl of the Orient.’
    The shield as a whole is supported by a British Lion and a Chinese Dragon. The Flag and its staff fit neatly into a sturdy grey stone base.
  • CHK011 RHKR Trooper Present Arms – Same parade position as CHK006 and 007



Ceremonial

ON THE STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG


Still wandering around Hong Kong in ‘The Good Old Days’ we come across a pair of street vendors… In those faroff days before supermarkets virtually anything and everything was sold on the street… and for cash, no credit allowed!

The Hakka people are Han Chinese who originated from the lands bordering the Yellow River who migrated to China’s southern provinces as well as overseas.

During the late Ming and Qing dynasties a substantial proportion moved to what became Hong Kong and took up farming in the less accessible and more hilly areas of the territory. Most of this agricultural work was done by women as their menfolk often took laboring jobs in the nearby urban areas of Kowloon and Hong Kong.

After cultivating and tending their crops it was the women who would journey into the city areas to sell their produce.


Orient

New King & Country June Releases!

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Romans, Gaul’s and Celt’s


At long last, here are the first of a great new range of Celts, Briton & Gauls proud and defiant in their undying hatred of and opposition to Imperial Rome…

  • RnB001 Those Who Are About To Die – A kneeling captured Gallic Warrior awaits his fate as a Roman Legionary stands over him with sword drawn and looks down on him pitilessly… Depending on the whim of the nearest Centurion this rebellious Gaul maybe sentenced to a life as a Galley slave … Or death in the arena… Or even a swift exit right here and now!
  • RnB002 Battle Trophies – Cruelty on the battlefield was not only practiced by the Romans… This Celtic Warrior carries two decapitated heads on his spear both as a warning to his enemies as well as a blood-thirsty trophy to his fighting skills.
  • RnB005 The Mounted Scout – This particular Barbarian warrior shields his eyes as he looks toward a distant Roman patrol marching through his tribal lands.
  • RnB006 Vercingetorix, Chief of the Gauls – Vercingetorix (82BC-46BC) was the chieftain of the Arverni tribe, who united all of the Gallic tribes in a revolt against the Roman armies of Julius Caesar.A born leader and a brave warrior he and his combined forces defeated the mighty Caesar at the Battle of Gergovia in 52BC and forced the Roman general to withdraw… at least for a short time.
    Soon however, Caesar and his Legions returned and, at the Siege of Alesia, Vercingetorix and his Gallic tribes were defeated and the Chieftain himself captured.
    Vercingetorix was later taken to Rome and held captive for 5 years before being paraded in Caesar’s ‘Triumph’ and then, as was the custom of the time, publicly executed.
    The K&C figure is directly based on a magnificent seven-metre-tall statue of the Gallic Chief erected on the orders of Napoleon Ⅲ in 1865 on the supposed site of the Siege of Alesia.
  • RnB007 Caradoc, Chief of the Britons – Caradoc , called “Caractacus” by the Romans was a 1st Century AD British Chieftain of Catuvellauni tribe, who led the British resistance to the Roman conquest. For almost 10 years, he combined ‘guerrilla’ warfare with set-piece battles to fight the might of Rome.
    After his final defeat he was handed over to the Romans and, like Vercingetorix before him was sentenced to death.
    Although a captive in Rome he was allowed to address the Roman senate. His speech made such an impression on the Senators that the Emperor Claudius himself pardoned him and granted him the privilege of living in peace in Rome… a rare honour indeed for a once rebellious leader!
  • RnB009X Roman Legioness (K&C Xclusive) – Something a little different from large, hairy barbarian chieftains!!!
    This foxy little ‘Legioness’ probably would never have marched with the Legionnaries themselves but would have been a welcome distraction in any Roman fort or campsite!


Romans

Robin Hood


Robin Hood and his Merrie Men are always welcoming to new recruits… Here are four such men who have fled to Sherwood Forest to escape the clutches of the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and his cruel Men-At-Arms…

  • RH041 Jack Godwin – A noted archer and an avid poacher of the King’s deer until almost caught-in-the-act by some of the Sheriff’s men.
    Fortunately for Jack he fled into the forest and met up with one of the Merrie Men. Here Jack moves stealthily forward ready to ‘poach’ one of the Sheriff’s men!
  • RH042 Fouke Fitzwilliam – Another good bowman and a fine addition to the ‘Sherwood Forest Archery Club’… Fouke lets loose an arrow at one more of the Sheriff’s scoundrels.
  • RH043 Owen of Oxley – Once a respectable and respected forester Owen has been forced to flee to the woods to avoid the Sheriff’s punitive taxes and to help feed his family… A handy man with an axe and that is his weapon of choice.
  • RH044 Arthur Bow-Bender – Arthur was about to be hung for the theft of a horse and stealing a bushel and a half of oats when he ran faster than the Sheriff’s men and into the depths of nearby Sherwood Forest.



Robin Hood

John Ford’s Cavalry


When we made the decision to ‘open up’ the availability of the original ‘John Ford’s Cavalry’ figure to ALL K&C Authorised Dealers around the world little did we know just how popular that would be … Well, following on from that K&C also received a fair number of requests for more mounted U.S. Cavalrymen to be produced to continue telling the story.

So, here are the first TWO pieces that will soon be joined in the coming months by SIX more.

All of these new figures were inspired by the work of one of Britain’s finest post war comic book illustrators of the 1950’s and 1960’s Denis McLonghlin.

I discovered Denis work in the mid 1950’s when I first saw his illustrations in the ‘Buffalo Bill Wild West Annual’… His attention to detail and knowledge of the Old West and all its myths and legends was second-to-none.

Later, I realized that Denis also obviously loved Western Movies especially John Ford ones! His U.S. Cavalry illustrations were often directly taken from some of Ford’s finest films, “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon”… “Fort Apache”… and “Rio Grande”.

The illustration at the start of this section of “DISPATCHES” shows a cavalry column similar to what K&C is going to be releasing now and over the coming months.

An important feature of these new mounted figures is that the heads of the figures are mounted on a short metal pin that allows them to be swiveled from side-to-side or even exchanged with other similar figures to allow maximum variety and difference. This will enable some fortunate collects to build as big or as long a column as they wish.

Here are the first two figures…

Among the SIX future U.S. Cavalry mounted figures are… One more officer… A Bugler… A “Stars’n’ Stripes” Standard Bearer sergeant… A Regimental Flag Bearer sergeant… Plus, Two different mounted Troopers.

  • TRW133 Halt! – This mounted officer raises his right arm to bring the column to a ‘halt’… Has he seen something in the distance or has his Indian Scout noticed something out of the ordinary…?
  • TRW136 The Guidon Bearer – Every good U.S. Cavalry movie must have at least one of these corporals with the troop or company pennant… In this particular case it belongs to “A” Company, 5th U.S. Cavalry.



John Ford’s Cavalry

Australian Light Horse


One small but cute addition to our Light Horse series…

  • AL101 Australian Light Horseman & Koala – Two iconic and historic symbols of the ‘Land Down Under’ come together to make this little set something unique and special…
    As reported at the time the Australian troops who left for the Middle East at the beginning of the First World War took with them all kinds of animal mascots to become favoured regimental pets, among them was the cuddly Koala… Here our Light Horse trooper gently cradles a small Koala. Several Koalas were brought over to Egypt with the Australian forces and although the animal’s favourite diet of Eucalyptus leaves were in short supply the Koalas were fed the same rations as the men’s horses… and appeared to thrive on it as well!



Australian Light Horse

Poland 1939


Following the release earlier this year of the Polish Cavalry from 1939 we decided to add a small selection of Polish Infantrymen to complement them…

  • FOB165 Polish Infantry Officer – Wearing the traditional peaked, four-pointed Polish military cap this officer takes careful aim with his automatic pistol at the advancing enemy.
  • FOB166 Fighting The Invaders – A 3-man rifle section opens fire on their German opponents… Their rifle is the 7.92mm Mauser 1898, itself of German origin but built under license in Poland. Each infantryman carries at least 90 rounds of ammunition in his six pouches as well as a full backpack with rolled and folded blanket.
  • FOB168 MG08 Machine Gun Team – This 2-man set operates the MG08 or Maschinegewehr 1908 which was originally the German Army’s standard machine gun of WW1.
    After the end of The Great War the fledgling Polish Army inherited much surplus German weaponry including the MG 08 and during the 1920’s and ‘30’s purchased even more. Although heavy and not easily moved around the battlefield these guns were strong, accurate and relatively simple to operate.



Poland 1939

German Wehrmacht




German Wehrmacht

Battle of Tarawa


In addition to our regular U.S.M.C. in the Pacific during WW2 K&C are offering a Limited number of ‘SPECIAL EDITION SETS’ showing our ‘Leathernecks’ wearing a mix of Marine Corps ‘Frogskin’ camouflage jackets and pants with the normal USMC HBT Fatigue Combat Uniforms.

During the Pacific Campaign Marines would often ‘mix’n’ match’ with whatever was clean and available at any given time.

These THREE ‘SPECIAL EDITION’ SETS add an extra degree of authenticity and realism to any USMC collection… Grab’em while you can.

  • USMC048(SE) Burn’ em up! – As one ‘Leatherneck’ blasts away with his Combat Shotgun, An NCO orders his Flame Thrower Marine to let loose at an enemy pillbox.
  • USMC049(SE) We’ll cover you! – A kneeling ‘Tommy-Gunner’ and a standing rifleman provide covering fire as the Marine with the BAR runs forward.
  • USMC050(SE) Eat this you sons of Nippon! – A kneeling BAR gunner fires off a burst as his buddy pitches a grenade at the opposition… the third Marine hits the deck!



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Vietnam


Among the fighting vehicles the Marines brought with them to support their counter attack one of the most useful and important was the small, sturdy M274 “Mule”…

  • VN017 U.S.M.C. M274 MULE – The U.S. Military M274 1/2 Ton, 4×4 Utility Platform Truck was a 4-wheel drive gasoline – powered truck / tractor type of vehicle that could carry up to half a ton of weapons, ammunition or supplies with an off –road capability.
    First introduced in 1956 it saw plenty of action during the Vietnam conflict and remained in service until the 1980’s. As a completely open and exposed vehicle the M274, better known as “The Mule”, offered zero protection to the driver and was mainly operated in an infantry support role as previously stated.
    “Mules” could also be adapted to carry many types of conventional weapon including the M40 106mm Recoilless Rifle… TOW Anti Tank Missiles and even both the M60 and .50 Cal. Machine Guns.
    Our K&C model can carry a wounded Marine and a Navy Corpsman or a load of supplies… The “Mule” itself comes with its driver together with his M16.
  • VN018 Combat Casualty Set – A seriously wounded Marine lies unconscious as a Navy Corpsman does his best to keep him alive and shelter his body from enemy fire… an M16 lies by their side.



Vietnam – Tet’68

New King & Country April Releases!

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Musketeers


Milady de Winter is a fictional character created by Alexandre Dumas for his great novel ‘The Three Musketeers’.

Set in France 1625, Milady is a spy and an assassin of the first order. She is in the pay and employ of Cardinal Richlieu and one of the dominant antagonists of the story.

Described as being uncommonly beautiful, her beauty masks a diabolically ruthless and cunning nature that is totally remorseless and unrepentant for her many misdeeds. She is also an expert swordswoman, a skilled shot and a talented poisoner. In short, a decidedly nasty piece of work!

Milady also turns out to be the former wife of one of the Musketeers!!! She eventually comes to a ‘sticky end’. Here however we see her in a somewhat happier but just as deadly mood…



Musketeers of the Guard

Battle of Little Big Horn




Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.

Buffalo Soldiers


  • TRW129 First Sergeant Rutledge – Another of director John Ford’s classic US Cavalry figures. This black NCO is based on a leading character in Ford’s 1960 Movie “Sergeant Rutledge” starring Woody Strode in the title role.
    Here Rutledge stands ready for action, his US ‘Army’ Colt revolver in hand. He will fit nicely together with the other K&C ‘Buffalo Soldiers’.
  • TRW130 Lieutenant Cantrell – Another character in the movie is a white Cavalry officer portrayed by Jeffrey Hunter.
    The K&C figure leaps into action firing his revolver at some attacking Indians


Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers

Poland 1939


  • FOB160 Polish Cavalry Trumpeter – A dramatic galloping horse and rider in a ‘classic’ cavalry pose… This trumpeter sounds ‘The Charge’ as he rides towards the enemy.
  • FOB163 Stabbing with Lance – Another Polish Lancer thrusts his lance forwards about to ‘skewer’ one of the German invaders… This figure works particularly well with the following
  • FOB164 German Soldaten with Grenade – This figure was actually designed to oppose FoB163 but can also work equally well with other ‘classic’ Wehrmacht infantry.
  • FOB170 The Defiant One – A Polish Cavalry Officer has had his horse shot from under him… Undaunted he gets to his feet sabre in one hand and clutching his pistol in the other… An apt symbol of the courageous fighting spirit of the Polish people.
  • WH084 Breaking The Barrier – Three German soldiers grasp the frontier barrier and attempt to break it… Although it might be easier simply to lift it, these three want to destroy it!
  • WH086 Cutting Down the Polish Road Sign – In another gesture of military vandalism a German soldier takes an axe to cut down the Polish border sign.



Poland 1939

Afrika Korps


Hermann – Bernhard Ramcke (1889-1968) was an outstanding senior officer of German paratroop forces during WW2. He was the rare recipient of the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds… one of just 27 soldiers granted this high honour during WW2.

Under the command of Paratroop General Kurt Student he helped plan the successful but costly airborne invasion of Crete in 1941.

By 1942 he led his brigade of Fallschirmjagers to North Africa to join Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps. There, he and his men saw plenty of action and fought with great valour and distinction at the pivotal battle of El Alamein in late 1942.

Despite their best efforts Ramcke and his command found themselves vastly outnumbered and surrounded. Rather that surrender Ramcke and his paratroopers fought their way out of their encirclement losing almost a quarter of the Brigade. They soon captured a British supply column which provided them with food, fuel, ammunition and transport vehicles that allowed them to ‘battle’ their way west to rejoin the remnants of the Afrika Korps.

Eventually just 600 Fallschirmjagers made it to the safety of the German Lines.

After North Africa Ramcke took command of the 2nd Parachute Division in Italy before being transferred with his division to Normandy in 1944 just in time to fight the invading Allies there. He remained in France leading the defence of the great port of Brest until it surrendered in September 1944.

Our figure shows him in a typical pose in North Africa in 1942.



Afrika Korps

Lili Marleen


This figure is based on one of the most famous songs of WW2, ‘Lili Marleen’ and the character it portrays.

Originally recorded in Germany in 1939 by the singer Lale Andersen it tells the story of the sweetheart of a German soldier who waits for him every evening under the lamp light outside his barracks.

Other interpretations of the ‘sweetheart’ have her waiting under the lamp light for more mercenary reasons and willing to meet any soldier that ventures out of the barracks in the evening!

The song however became very popular with the Afrika Korps and, also crossed the battlefield and enjoyed equal popularity with the men of the British 8th Army.

Over the years it has been recorded by many but perhaps the most famous ‘other’ versions were by Britain’s Vera Lynn and the legendary Marlene Dietrich.

Our pretty little figure can and will happily accompany, either German, British or American soldiers!



Fields of Battle

Russia – German Tank Crew


After releasing these same figures first as ‘Assault Gun Crews’ in feldgrau (field grey) it was always our intention to bring them out in ‘Panzer Black’ for tank enthusiasts.

  • WS346 Dismounted Tank Crew #1 – One of the crew enjoys a mug of hot coffee while talking with his wounded tank commander.
  • WS347 Dismounted Tank Crew #2 – Three more tankers is various relaxed off duty poses.
  • WS348 Obersturmbannfuhrer Max Wunsche – Max Wunsche enjoyed a successful military career in the SS from 1935 until his capture by British troops in Normandy in September 1944. At that time he was commanding the 12th SS Panzer Regt., part of the 12th SS ‘Hitlerjugend’ Division Shortly before his capture he had been wounded in action as you see here. Also of interest is his field jacket which is made up from Italian camouflage material normally utilized by Italy’s paratroopers… The Folgore.
    After his capture he was sent to Scotland as a POW and released in 1948… He died peacefully in Germany in 1995 aged 80.



Russian Front Winter 1941

USMC


  • USMC025 Strecher Party – Four battle-weary ‘Leathernecks’ carry a wounded buddy back to safety and down to the beach where a landing craft will ferry him out to one of the hospital ships lying offshore.
    Five great character-filled figures combine into one special set that is a worthy and necessary addition to our very popular USMC series.



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Israel Defense Force


One of the many great advantages the Israeli Army had over its Arab opponents was its mobility.

Its troops could range over the battlefield rapidly and relatively safely thanks to their ample use of armoured personnel carriers.

In 1967 the bulk of these vehicles were the US-designed and manufactured M3 Halftracks originally built for service in WW2!

These sturdy and reliable vehicles were the ‘workhorses’ of the mobile Israeli infantry during the SIX-DAY WAR and for years afterwards.

In 1967 the majority of Israel’s M3’s came from French Army surplus stocks which in turn had been supplied from US Army surplus stocks after WW2.

The Israelis then dismantled them, re-engined them, added additional armour and ‘up-gunned’ them.

This new K&C model is one such example… and armed to the teeth! On both sides of the vehicle are mounted Belgian-made FN General Purpose Machine Guns firing a 7.62mm round, the same as the combat rifles used by the Israelis at that time. Upfront of the vehicle is the pole-mounted Browning .50 cal. Heavy Machine Gun together with a .30 cal. Light Machine Gun sighted next to the driver in the passenger position.

Other Israeli M3’s mounted 81mm mortars and even 20mm cannon…

Around our vehicle are all kinds of stowage items allowing more space for soldiers riding in the back of the M3. In this model we include a seated driver and three sitting Paratroopers (including a radio operator).

The model itself also sports the broad, black edged, white air recognition stripe found on all Israeli fighting vehicles of this era.

This is a welcome addition to K&C’s previously released M4 ‘Isherman’ tank (IDF002) and the more recent M38 Jeep with the recoilless rifle (IDF017).


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New King & Country March Releases!

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Robin Hood


Two more of the Sherrif of Nottingham’s men that intend to make life miserable for Robin Hood & His Merrie Men… providing that is they can catch them first.
No easy or simple task considering they will have to enter the dark green woods that are Sherwood Forest.



Robin Hood

Life of Jesus


  • LoJ045 Water into Wine – The transformation of water into wine is the first miracle attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John.
    According to the Gospel, Jesus, his mother and the disciples were attending a wedding feast when the wine ran out… Jesus then ordered the servants to fill large jars with water and then serve some to the Chief Steward of the house where the feast was being held.
    Both the Steward and then the guests remarked on how good this ‘new’ wine was. John in his Gospel says, “Jesus did this, the first of his signs, and it revealed his glory and his disciples believed in him.”
    Our small set shows Jesus instructing a young servant to pour water into the large wine jars.
  • LoJ046 Woman & Baby – A young Jewish woman cradles a baby in her arms.
  • LoJ047 The Crippled Beggar – Poverty and sickness were never far away in The Holy Land at this time as this sitting beggar proves. Holding his bowl out this man asks for alms from a passerby.
  • LoJ048 Woman Carrying Bread – A woman makes her way home from the market carrying a tray of freshly-baked bread.



Life of Jesus

French Imperial Guard


  • NA391 Bicorne Guard Advancing (Shoulder Arms) – About to level his musket at the enemy this bicorne-wearing member of the “Old Guard” steadily marches forward into battle.
  • NA392 Bearskin Guard Advancing – Similar position to the figure above but wearing the famous symbol of the “Old Guard”… the tall, imposing bearskin bonnet.
  • NA395 Bearskin Guard Charging – Musket thrust forward this Grenadier takes the fight to the enemy.
  • NA397 Guard Standing Firing – “Ready… Aim… Fire!”
  • NA412 Mounted Saluting Aide de Camp – The Emperor Napoleon was surrounded by Aide de Camps that he would send at a moment’s notice with dispatches and instructions for his Generals. At the same time they would come back to Headquarters with the latest reports from the commanders in the field.
    This officer salutes as he prepares to undertake a mission on behalf of the Emperor.


French Imperial Guard

Saving Private Ryan


When we released the 2 x “Searching For Pvt. Ryan” sets (DD305 and 306) we already knew we had to produce the guy they were searching all over Normandy for…

Private First Class James Francis Ryan is an American paratrooper who served in Baker Company, 1st Battalion 506th P.I.R. of the 101st Airborne Division during the Normandy Invasion.

He was the youngest brother of 4 in the Ryan family. Already his three older brothers have been reported killed in combat when it is decided, back in Washington, to somehow find Ryan and pull him out of action.

In the movie “Saving Pvt. Ryan”, Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) leads a squad of US Army Rangers deep behind the German lines to try to find Ryan.

After several false starts they eventually meet him in a field outside the fictional town of Ramelle in Normandy just after he has destroyed a German halftrack with a bazooka.

This is how we have portrayed him… helmet in one hand, bazooka in the other.



Gang of Heroes

Battle of Britain 1968


Back in the summer of 1968, a major motion picture was being filmed in the UK that would depict the epic battle between Britain’s beleaguered Royal Air Force and Adolf Hitler’s all-conquering Luftwaffe during another summer just 28 years before.

To tell the story the film makers gathered an aerial armada of vintage fighter and bomber aircraft from around the world. Real Spitfires and Hurricanes plus Messerschmitts, Heinkels and Junkers (albeit license built in Spain) took to the air once more to retell this mighty struggle.
It’s fair to say that ‘The Battle of Britain’ movie helped ‘spur’ the general public’s interest in and fascination with the entire ‘WARBIRD’ movement of collecting and flying vintage aircraft which continues to this day.

  • RAF076 Spitfire MKII (Battle of Britain 1968) – To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the making of ‘The Battle of Britain’ film we are replicating a Spitfire Mk.II in the exact markings of one of the leading characters in the movie played by the late, great British actor Robert Shaw… Sqdn. Leader ‘Skipper’.
    In the film, ‘Skipper’ flies Spitfire ‘AIA’, decorated with both his squadron leader’s pennant and 9 x German ‘kill’ markings.
  • RAF077 Squadron Leader ‘Skipper’ – A standing figure of the character played by Robert Shaw… dressed in his No. 2 uniform, ‘Mae West’ life jacket and roll neck sweater.



Royal Airforce

“SEMPER FIDELIS” (Always Faithful)


  • USMC033 Fallen Comrade – A kneeling, pensive looking Marine pays his last respects to the flag-draped body of his buddy…
  • USMC036 Shotgun Marine – Our Marine is firing the Winchester 1897 Trench Gun. Designed by the legendary John Browning this weapon saw action in WW1, WW2, KOREA and even in VIETNAM in the 1960’s.
    Strong, sturdy and reliable it was a great ‘close quarter battle’ weapon as its longevity with the US Military proves!
  • USMC039 Marine Casualty Set – The price of FREEDOM, as the saying goes, never comes FREE! Here two marines have paid the ultimate price…



Battle of TARAWA

BANZAI!




Invasion of Malaya

SIX-DAY WAR OPPOSITION


During the tumultuous upheavals of the June War of 1967 the majority of the enemy troops fighting the Israelis were Egyptian and Syrian… Here we provide the first opposition for our Israeli paratroopers…

As you can see, virtually all their weaponry was supplied by the Warsaw Pact countries and the Soviets. Russian-style helmets were also much in evidence. Uniforms and other personal equipment however were mostly made in the Middle East with a motley mixture of boots, shoes and sandals worn.

Although possessing much modern weaponry the Egyptian and Syrian soldiers suffered from woefully inept leadership at all levels of the military… inadequate training and, importantly, a lack of initiative… Put all of that together and you have all the makings of a great military disaster.

Although individual Arab soldiers fought bravely they could not overcome the inbuilt deficiencies of their own military systems… Especially against an opposition that was skillful, well-trained and highly-motivated!

  • IDF021 Standing Syrian Sniper – Armed with the Czech-made SKS rifle this Syrian Sniper picks out his target.
  • IDF022 Syrian/Egyptian Soldier with AK47 – The Soviets and Warsaw Pact supplied both Egypt and Syria with many thousands of these fine weapons for their infantry… proving once more that you need a lot more than great weapons to make a great fighting force!
  • IDF023 Egyptian/Syrian RPG7 Team – The RPG-7 is a man-portable, reusable, shoulder-launched, anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Its ruggedness, simplicity, low cost and effectiveness made it a perfect weapon for Third World militaries and insurgents.
    In use since the early 1960’s it was widely deployed during the SIX-DAY WAR by the Arab armies… with mixed results. Usually operated by a 2-man team with one soldier carrying and operating the launcher itself while the other carries extra rockets and a rifle.
    Our set shows the team in action.
  • IDF024 Egyptian/Syrian Soldier Advancing – Moving forward with AK47 ready…
  • IDF025 Egyptian/Syrian Soldier Lying Prone – Taking careful aim with his SKS Rifle.
  • IDF026 Looking For Trouble – As you can see this ‘Babe’ is definitely NOT part of the Egyptian /Syrian Army!!!
    As anyone who has studied the Israeli Army in any detail knows there is no shortage of good-looking ladies in the IDF… So, OK, this one is a wee bit more provocative… But c’mon guys who said toy soldiers couldn’t be FUN too…?


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Corner Wall Tower


  • SP108X Corner Wall Tower – This is perfect for connecting our ‘Desert Village’ Wall Sections to extend and develop into a bigger display. Also useful for many other different historical periods.



Diorama and Scenic Building Collection

New King and Country February Releases – In Stock Now!

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

THE FIELD OF WATERLOO


Here are three fine and useful additions to our K&C version of the Old Guard’s last stand at Waterloo…


French Imperial Guard

SADDLE UP!


Another, fine addition to our ‘John Ford Cavalry’ series this one depicts a character from “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon”. As you can see this officer is wearing his cavalry coat and cape and stands ready with both pistol and sword.


Apaches
and Buffalo Soldiers

POLAND 1939


On September 1, 1939 Hitler launched his armies on his neighbor Poland in a dazzling and deadly military display of combined arms that came to be known as “Blitzkrieg” or… ‘Lightning War’.

As vast columns of fast moving German armour smashed across the Polish frontier aerial armadas of ‘Stuka’ dive bombers, Heinkel, Junkers and Dornier bombers backed up by swarms of Messerschmitt fighters roamed and ruled the skies above.

Descending from the clouds the German Luftwaffe bombed and strafed both the Polish military and civilians alike with merciless accuracy and devastating effect. Most of the Polish Air Force was destroyed in the first few days… both in the sky and on the ground. Long columns of civilian refugees were also attacked as they fled causing all kinds of mayhem and delays to the Polish troops attempting to make their way forward to battle the enemy.

One particular part of the Polish Army however was able to avoid much of the confusion and chaos of the roads… Poland’s famed Cavalry.

These mounted regiments and brigades could travel ‘cross country’ and use the woods and forests to provide ample cover from the eagle eyes of the German aviators.

What this meant was that, on some occasions, they had the element of surprise with them when they came upon German armour and infantry that had halted to replenish supplies or had simply gone too far ahead of their support elements.

Time and again Polish Cavalry charged forward with lance and sabre following in the centuries-old tradition of Poland’s famous horsemen. It’s no coincidence that Napoleon himself considered his Polish Lancers among his finest Light Cavalry regiments.

King & Country’s latest mounted figures portray these proud Polish Lancers at their bravest taking the fight to the hated invader…

SPECIAL NOTE:These first four Polish cavalrymen are only the ‘advance guard’… Three more cavalry figures will follow next month.



Poland 1939

AT LAST THE FOLGORE!”


  • IF041 Kneeling Machine Gunner – Crouching behind his ‘Breda M37 machine gun’ this Folgore paratrooper takes careful aim at the enemy.
    It’s an unfair assumption that ALL Italian soldiers during WW2 were badly-led, under-equipped and ill-suited to military life… Among the finest WW2 soldiers of that conflict were the paratroopers of the ‘Folgore’ airborne division. Their ‘esprit de corps’ and fighting abilities were praised and valued by none other than Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who considered them some of the best and most reliable in the Afrika Korps.
  • IF042 Folgore Fire Team (3-man set) – A kneeling NCO firing his Beretta sub machine gun is ably supported by 2 x riflemen… Note the specially designed loose and practical uniforms worn by the Folgore and their Italian paratroop helmets.
  • IF043 Folgore Grenadier – An extra paratrooper prepares to hurl a grenade at the opposition.
  • IF044 The Desert Sahariana – The SPA-Viberti AS.42 Sahariana was the most famous Italian reconnaissance vehicle of WW2. Specially-designed for desert operations it had four-wheel steering and ample space for extra fuel, water and ammunition.
    Its origins go back to requests from Italian forces operating in North Africa for a long range, highly manoeuvrable vehicle able to perform duties and tasks similar to those used by the British ‘Long Range Desert Group’.
    It could be fitted with an array of different weapons… Our K&C model includes a 20mm Breda cannon as well as a German machine gun. Although primarily used in the Desert a number were shipped to the Eastern Front and operated by both Italian and German troops there.



Italian Forces

ON PARADE IN NUREMBURG

If any collector has seen Leni Riefenstahl’s epic documentary film “TRIUMPH OF THE WILL” they will remember the carefully staged scenes of the “Reichsarbeitsdienst” (RAD) Reich Labour Service on parade in the middle of the film.

One of the ways the Nazis helped solve Germany’s huge unemployment problem was to ‘draft’ young men into huge construction and public works battalions to build roads, dams, bridges, buildings and other structures that would serve the state and public alike.

Men would serve between 6 months and 2 years doing this kind of work within a highly regimented and organized units spread the length and breadth of the country… All under the control and auspices of the Nazi Party. After completing their stint in the RAD they were often then inducted into military service.

With the Nazi love for uniforms of all kinds… the RAD had their own unique style of dress and headgear with ceremonial, highly-polished spades and shovels replacing rifles and machine guns!

  • LAH104 Reichsarbeitsführer Konstantin Hierl (Reich labour leader) – Hierl led the RAD almost from its foundation in the early 1930’s and during WW2.
    This particular figure is a re-issue from a previously released one and is perfect to review these new pieces.
  • LAH230 RAD on Parade – Standing ‘at-ease’ with his ceremonial, highly-polished shovel in front you can see the distinctive RAD headgear as well as their brown-shaded uniform.
  • LAH231 RAD Marchpast – Same uniform and accessories as LAH230 but marching past the saluting platform.
  • LAH232 RAD Banner Bearer – A junior RAD leader carrying one of the RAD’s own colourful flags.
  • LAH233 Saluting RAD Leader – One hand holding his RAD ceremonial dagger his other raised in the Nazi salute the senior leader also marches past.



Triumph Of The Will – 1934

ISRAELI REINFORCEMENTS


  • IDF010 Israeli Para w/GPMG – One of the most important weapons in the Israeli armory was the Belgian-designed and manufactured FN General Purpose Machine Gun. Produced and in operation since the early 1960’s this belt-fed, man-carried gun has been used and operated by many of the world’s leading armies.
    Here, our paratrooper walks forward with it ready, if required, to fire ‘from the hip’ if necessary… Great backup for his squad.
  • IDF012 Sitting SniperOne of the most important weapons in the Israeli armory was the Belgian-designed and manufactured FN General Purpose Machine Gun. Produced and in operation since the early 1960’s this belt-fed, man-carried gun has been used and operated by many of the world’s leading armies.
    Here, our paratrooper walks forward with it ready, if required, to fire ‘from the hip’ if necessary… Great backup for his squad.
  • IDF013 Crouching Para – Taking cover but still battle-ready with his FN self-loading rifle.
  • IDF014 Kneeling and Taking Aim
  • IDF018 Moving Forward
  • IDF019 Over Here! – An UZI-armed squad leader directs his men.


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STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG



Orient