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King & Country October 2017 Releases!

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE


This coming 31st October 2017 marks the centenary of the epic charge of the Australian Light Horse to capture the town and water wells of BEERSHEBA in what was then Palestine but is now part of modern-day Israel.

The Australian horsemen, against fierce Turkish opposition, charged the enemy’s lines and frontline trenches scattering their opponents and then galloping on into the town itself to capture the all-important water wells. It proved to be one of the major turning points of the War in the Desert during WW1.

  • AL090 The Morning Snack – Light Horseman were tremendously attached to their horses called Australian Walers, a breed of horse developed in Australia from horses that were brought over from Britain and Ireland in the 19th Century.
    A ‘special’ bond developed between horse and rider that was unique. At the end of the war, however when the Australian horsemen were to be returned to Australia the decision was made to leave their horses behind and for them to be either euthanized or sold off to the local Arabs. Many horsemen themselves preferred to shoot their own mount before leaving it to a far worse fate.
    But in this happier scene a young trooper is feeding his animal an apple as he awaits orders to ‘mount-up’.
  • AL091 The Fond Farewell – A dismounted NCO (non commissioned officer) takes a young nurse into his arms… He is leaving for parts unknown and this maybe their last chance to meet for some time. Are they lovers… or perhaps an older brother and younger sister…? Whichever it is… it makes for a poignant scene.
  • AL092 Skippy the Mascot & His Handler – From time immemorial soldiers and armies have had animal mascots… In Egypt and Palestine, during the First World War, the Australian Light Horse had a kangaroo called “Skippy” as one of their divisional mascots.
    Here, we see him with his personal “handler” having a polite conversation…
  • AL093 Light Horse Bugler – Back a hundred years ago bugle calls ‘ruled’ a soldier’s life from ‘reveille’ first thing in the morning till “lights-out” last thing at night!
    Almost every duty or task a soldier might be ordered to do would and could be announced by the sound of a bugle call. Here is the camp bugler doing what buglers do!

AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE ‘SECOND EDITION’


In December 2009, King & Country launched our very first Australian Light Horse figures to an unsuspecting collecting audience around the world.

We were modestly confident that we would ‘find’ a market for these mounted figures in Australia itself BUT were not so sure about the rest of the collecting world…

Now, eight years later, I am happy to report that the ALH series (Australian Light Horse) has its devoted admirers and collectors all over the globe… and not just in the ‘Land Down Under’! Some of our biggest and most enthusiastic collectors of ALH are in countries as diverse and far apart as Russia… Indonesia… Japan… and the Czech Republic to name but a few.

Not only that but a steady stream of new ALH collectors keep arriving in part, of course, thanks to the hard work and efforts of our three dedicated Aussie Dealers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

As ‘newbies’ arrive they often seek out some of the original, older pieces now long since retired as well as the more current production.

MARKING THE CENTENARY…

To help celebrate the hundred years since the Light Horse’s remarkable charge at Beersheba K&C are issuing a ‘Second Edition’ of 7 the earliest and most popular first releases of ALH with one noticeable change… the horse colours of the individual mounts. This is to ensure that collectors owning the original pieces will know and recognize a ‘First Edition’ piece or … this newer ‘Second Edition’ horse and rider at a glance.

It also allows newer collectors of the series to obtain those extremely useful earlier pieces without having to pay higher costs on the ‘secondary’ market.

Here are the four amended mounted ‘Second Editions’:

  • AL094 Australian Light Horse Officer w/Pistol – Charging to the front, service revolver held firmly in the air.
  • AL095 Australian Light Horse Bugler – – Lee Enfield .303 slung across his back this bugler sounds the ‘charge’!
  • AL096 Australian Light Horse Trooper w/Rifle – Holding his .303 in his left hand this trooper charges forward.
  • AL097 Australian Light Horse Trooper Charging w/Bayonet – The ‘classic’ iconic image of the Light horseman at Beersheba… sword bayonet held forward to the front as horse and rider gallop towards glory!
  • AL098 Turkish Officer with Flag – A very, very popular figure when released BUT had a bad tendency to fall over due to the heavy all-metal Turkish flag!!! Now, the flag is sturdy, light-weight polyresin and the ‘problem’ is a thing of the past. Also, we have repainted the officer with a brand-new Turkish officer’s uniform… Very smart and, I think, better than the original!
  • AL099 Standing Horse #1 – Both of these ‘retired’ empty horses have been much requested by both dealers and collectors because of the number of ALH dismounted figures currently available to make up camp scenes… Obviously if you have dismounted troopers sitting and standing around you must have their unmounted horses nearby.
  • AL100 Standing Horse #2



Australian Light Horse

Invasion of Malaya


Although the Japanese troops that invaded Malaya in December 1941 were outnumbered 2-1 by their British and Empire opponents they were fast-moving and surprisingly innovative… Among the many ways they constantly outflanked and out-paced their opposition was by the use of captured and abandoned functioning military vehicles left behind by the retreating British and Empire troops… and many thousands of bicycles commandeered from the native population and/or hundreds of others strategically left by Japanese merchants along the main roads and routes in the days, weeks and months prior to the outbreak of war.
Here are just a few examples…

  • JN043 Japanese Soldier Carrying His Bicycle – Hard and brutal campaigning was no stranger to the average Japanese soldier in Malaya. Most of them were veterans of the China War and were tough, battle-hardened and resourceful.
  • JN044 Japanese Riding Their Bicycles– TWO of those Army cyclists peddling along as fast as they can go to get closer and closer to their ultimate goal… ‘SINGAPORE’!



Invasion of Malaya

Saving Private Ryan


“SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” is quite simply one of the finest war films ever made. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon it tells the story of a squad of U.S. Army Rangers tasked with finding and bringing back safely the last surviving brother (of four) who is somewhere in Normandy during the days after the D.Day Invasion of June 1944.

Next year marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of this fine motion picture. As a tribute to the men who made ‘SAVING PRIVATE RYAN’ and the real heroes who inspired it K&C are producing no less than TWO sets of the 8-man squad that went searching for PFC James F. Ryan of the 101st Airborne behind the German lines… The first set, is currently available and now we have…



Gang of Heroes

SOMEWHERE ON THE GOLAN HEIGHTS


For many years Syria had fortified and built up their defenses on these heights over-looking the northern flank of Israel. During this time the Syrians had almost constantly shelled Israeli kibbutzes and communities from this elevated position.

When war broke out Israel was determined to capture it and safeguard its northern border from these Syrian attacks.

On the morning of June 9, 1967, three days after the war had begun, Israel attacked. First with sustained air strikes and then with infantry, artillery and armour including their elite paratroopers. The fighting was hard and bloody… but ultimately successful.

Here are 3 more important additions to our new ‘SIX-DAY WAR’ series…

SPECIAL NOTE: A special ‘stand-alone’ figure of PFC James F. Ryan is already in development.

  • IDF011 Prisoner & Escort – An Israeli Para pushes his Syrian prisoner towards the P.O.W. ‘Cage’. On the Para’s back is the Syrian’s AK47 Assault Rifle. The Israeli himself is armed with the ubiquitous ‘UZI’.
  • IDF015 Israeli Para… Pointing – Belgian-made FN rifle held aloft this other Para is indicating in which direction ‘Prisoner & Escort’ should go.
  • IDF017 Israeli M38 Jeep with 106mm Recoilless Rifle – This U.S. made, 1950’s vintage M38 Jeep was very much in evidence in the IDF’s military inventory during and after the ’67 War.
    Our set includes the driver and vehicle commander together with an extra ‘UZI’ for protection. The main vehicle protection however is the jeep-mounted GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) sighted in front of the vehicle passenger position. All in … a great-looking set and a worthy and useful addition to this ‘young’ collection…


Six Day War

Tota Tora!


Note: Only 150 of this “Imperial Japanese Navy A6M ‘Zero’” are being released.

  • JN046 Imperial Japanese Navy A6M “Zero” (Just 150 of this aircraft are being released) – K&C’s first THREE Naval A6M ‘Zeroes’ are long sold out but still we have collectors who ‘want’ that pale grey, black nose ‘classic’ naval aircraft.
    This fourth IJN ‘Zero’ belongs to the IJN Carrier Zuikaku, flown by Petty Officer 1st Class Tetsuzo Iwamoto, as part of the Combat Air Patrol over the Task Force during the Pearl Harbor operation. Petty Officer 1st Class Iwamoto already had fourteen ‘kills’ claimed over China by 7 December 1941 and was ultimately credited with eighty victories by the end of World War Two and flew on ‘Combat Air Patrol’ above the Japanese Fleet as it released all of its attack aircraft on an unsuspecting Pearl Harbor on that fateful morning of 7 December, 1941.
  • JN-S01 Pre Flight Walkaround – Before every flight each pilot performs a 360 degree inspection of his aircraft.
  • JN-S02 Armorers & Mechanics – Each aircraft had its own designated team of armorers under the supervision of a petty officer mechanic.



Tora!Tora!Tora!

Tarawa


  • USMC018 Marine Reloading – A lying ‘Leatherneck’ holds a fresh clip of 8 rounds in his hand as he prepares to reload his M1.
  • USMC020 Crouching Marine Firing Rifle – Staying low to make a smaller target (hopefully) this Marine fires off a few rounds from his M1 ‘Garand’ rifle.
  • USMC022 Kneeling Marine Tommy Gunner – The Thompson Sub Machine Gun was the favored weapon of senior NCO’S (non commissioned officers) and some junior officers… Strong, sturdy, unlikely to jam it had real ‘stopping-power’.



Battle of TARAWA

Rome




Romans

STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG



Orient

STREETS OF OLD BERLIN!

These typical ‘Berlin Poster Drum Columns’ were a familiar sight in the Reich’s capital city… Our first version covered the 1930’s and the Rise of the Third Reich… This new Drum Column reflects a much grimmer, less optimistic outlook typical of the latter days of the war.



Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR…




Christmas – Limited Edition

New King and Country September Releases!

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

BLACKADDER COMPLETE…


Perhaps so, with the addition of the final leading character of the ‘BLACKADDER GOES FORTH’ series that depicted, in very black humour, the absurdities and humour of the trenches in World War One.

  • FW229 Lieutenant George – Lieutenant The Honorable George Colthurst St. Barleigh M.C. is a frontline Infantry Officer, second-in-command to Capt. Edmund Blackadder.In both manner and personality he is a very close relative to P.G. Woodehouse’s Bertie Wooster. George joined the Army on the day war was declared on Germany in 1914.Although lacking any clear military skills, competence or authority as an officer, his upper-class social status and educational background meant he was commissioned immediately with virtually no military training.Among Lieutenant George’s many saving graces… He is always cheerful, exceedingly ‘keen’, generally kind, an inveterate optimist and filled to the brim with the public school ‘tally-ho’ attitude to the horrors of war and death.Superbly played by Hugh Laurie, (later of ‘House’ fame) he is the perfect addition to the ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ collection!



France 1917

ON THE STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG


Hong Kong from its earliest days has been (and is) one of the great trading ports of the world. As such it relies on a veritable army of laborers to transport goods, products and everyday essentials around the city 24 hours a day 365 days a year… Today, of course, that’s mostly done by vehicle but back in the days of ‘Old Hong Kong’ these tasks were performed by legions of “Coolies” of all shapes, sizes and ages. Here is one such figure.

  • HK267M The Vegetable Coolie – In days of long ago there were hundreds of small, independently owned farms all over Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories.Most of the fruit and vegetables consumed in the Colony were grown on these farms and transported on foot by ‘Coolies’ such as this man directly to local markets.Work could be back-breaking and long (at least 12 hours-a-day) but at least it kept you fed!
  • HK267G The Vegetable Coolie


Orient

WORLD OF DICKENS


One of Charles Dickens most famous literary creations was Mr. Wilkins Micawber, a fictional character in his 1850 novel, ‘DAVID COPPERFIELD’. He was modelled on the author’s real father, John Dickens, who like Micawber was put into the ‘Debtors Prison’ after failing to meet his creditors’ demands.
Here we see the nattily attired Micawber in the company of his long-suffering spouse, Emily.

  • WoD050 Mr. & Mrs. Micawber – Another of Dickens most memorable characters along with his patient and loving wife take a stroll on the “Streets of Olde London”.In popular culture, Micawber was famous for his many quotations. Among the most famous is… “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds and six pence, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds naught and six, result misery!”



World of Dickens

WHEN KNIGHTS WERE BOLD…


There are many legends surrounding the events that led Arthur to become King and to eventually establish his castle at Camelot and to form his ‘Knights of the Round Table’.

One of the greatest is Arthur drawing the sword from an unyielding stone thus proving his suitability to become King. In some tales he is still a young boy… In others a Knight’s squire… In another version he is the Knight himself!

Here, Arthur stands four-square behind the sword in the stone, his hands resting on its hilt… He is about to draw the sword out and be acclaimed… King!

Crusaders


  • MK166 Brother-In-Arms – Among the priests who journeyed to ‘The Holy Land’ there were some who in their previous lives, before taking their vows, had been fighting men themselves … even some Knights.This ‘Brother’, from a humble religious order may have taken his vows some time before but he has forgotten none of his military training and skills… Sword in one hand, hand-made cross in the other he is ready to do battle.
  • MK167 Knight Standing Ready – This warrior may look casually-relaxed but he is also ready at a moment’s notice to cut his enemy down.Great house, castles and noblemen have always had the requirement for additional professional roving Men-at-Arms. Travelling bands of mercenary soldiers would often be hired by nobles and great houses to provide extra protection and security.As such they would be dressed in the colours and livery of their ‘master’ or household… as this fellow and his fighting comrades are.
  • MK168 Knight About to Strike – With his large long Norman-style shield protecting the length of his body this fighting Knight is about to strike a deadly blow!
  • MK169 Knight Fighting Double-Handed – One hand is good… two even better to grip your sword handle and ‘parry’ an aggressive enemy.



Crusader – Cross & Crescent

NOTTINGHAM CASTLE ALTERNATIVES


For those ‘Robin Hood’ enthusiasts out there here is a second version of two of the above figures… This time, wearing the colours of the dastardly villainous ‘Sherriff of Nottingham’

  • RH032 Brother-In-Arms (Nottingham Castle) – As those taking ‘Holy Vows’ had, at least, a fair modicum of education and intelligence they were, in addition to their military duties often given the task of tax collecting… record keeping and even educating their ruler’s young sons.
  • RH033 The Sherriffs Man… At The Ready – The same pose as MK167 but somehow more threatening… He is, after all, one of the Sherriff’s ‘enforcers’.



Robin Hood

THE MIGHT OF ROME


  • ROM023 Roman Soldier Throwing Pilum – Holding his shield to the front this Legionary prepares to throw his ‘Pilum’ at the enemy.
  • ROM024 Roman Soldier Kneeling w/Pilum – Preparing to repel an enemy assault this kneeling Legionary has ample protection behind his shield with the ‘Pilum’ sitting forward at a 45∘angle.
  • ROM027 Marching on Guard Duty – On duty inside his Roman Fort or perhaps pacing along the raised walkway behind the fort’s walls this soldiers has no need of a large shield… but he still has his sword and ‘Pilum’.



Romans

BLOODY TARAWA


This is K&C’s Third ‘landing’ of U.S. Marine ‘Leathernecks’ in action.

Our first 2 x releases, back in the late 1990’s and 2005 focused on the epic battle of IWD JIMA, immortalized in both countless books and several major motion pictures.

This time we are producing a ‘prequel’, a battle that was, in its own way, just as bloody and bitterly fought… TARAWA.

The Battle of TARAWA was fought between 20-23 November 1943 and was part of the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands in the central Pacific region.

Although not the first time U.S. forces had met the Japanese in battle it was the first time they had faced serious opposition to an amphibious landing.

On the tiny Tarawa Atoll more than 4,500 Japanese defenders were well-supplied and expertly dug-in and fought virtually to the last man.

Opposing them were the men of the 2nd Marine Division, U.S.M.C., some of America’s toughest and best fighting forces.

Of approximately 12,000 Marines who assaulted Tarawa 3,146 became casualties with almost 1,000 killed and over 2,000 wounded. That was the deadly toll of just 76 hours of bloody, brutal, non-stop combat.

K&C are proud to launch an initial first wave of 7 fighting Marines in dramatic, dynamic action poses many more are on the way including a magnificent looking LVT(A)-1 ‘Alligator’.

All of our ‘Leathernecks’ have shed their backpacks and are equipped with a mixture of weapons… the M1 ‘Garand’ rifle, the Thompson SubMachine Gun the M1 Carbine, the 1911 Colt Automatic Pistol and a Flame Thrower.

  • USMC011 Marine Flame Thrower – The ‘M2 Flamethrower’ was the U.S. made, man-portable backpack flamethrower used in WW2.Although its ‘burn-time’ was just 7 seconds and its range a mere 20-40 yards it was a very useful weapon… especially in close-quarter battle situations such as the ‘island-hopping’ campaign in the Pacific during WW2.The Marines used it extensively against pill-boxes, bunkers and trenches defended by determined, die-hard Japanese.
  • USMC012 Marine Radioman – As this kneeling Marine operator receives instructions on his ‘SCR-300’ portable radio transmitter he cradles his M1Carbine next to him. This back-packed radio was the first to be nicknamed a ‘Walkie-Talkie’.
  • USMC013 Marine Officer w/Tommy Gun – This junior officer is barking out orders as he holds his ‘Tommy Gun’… He also carries a side-arm… The 1911 Colt Automatic Pistol.
  • USMC014 Marine Firing his Garand – The U.S.M.C. has always believed that first and foremost every Marine must also be a ‘Marine Rifleman’. Great value has always been placed on ‘skill and marksmanship’ in the Corps and, in WW2, that was immeasurably assisted by the M1’Garand’ Rifle.A.30 caliber, semi automatic rifle it weighed 9.5 pounds was gas-operated with a rotating bolt, had an effective firing range of 500 yards and was loaded with an 8-round clip. Tough, reliable and accurate it was a Marine’s best friend! Our standing Marine fires off a few rounds at the enemy.
  • USMC015 Marine Grenadier – Holding his M1 ‘Garand’ in one hand, this ‘Leatherneck’ expertly pitches his MK2 Grenade at the opposing Japs.In appearance the Mk2 Grenade had a series of grooves and knobs cast in its casing that gave it the appearance of a ‘Pineapple’. Naturally, that soon became its nickname.
  • USMC016 No Marine Left Behind – A badly wounded, unconscious Marine is dragged to safety by one of his buddies.Whenever possible Marines will always try to rescue a wounded fellow Marine or at least recover his body. There is a strong tradition in the Corps that whenever or wherever Marines are in battle they will always do their level best (and more) to recover their dead and wounded.



Battle of TARAWA

WHERE’S RYAN…


From battles in the PTO (Pacific Theatre of Operations) to other battles elsewhere… In the ETO (European Theatre of Operations) and one particular operation… to save the lone surviving brother of a family called RYAN.

“SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” is a very special war drama film for many of us history movie buffs and especially so for myself and K&C.
Back in 1997, through a Hollywood friend and fellow collector, I heard about a big new D.Day movie that was already being filmed in Britain and Ireland by none other than Steven Spielberg. At the time all we knew was that it featured American paratroopers and U.S. Rangers and was centered around Normandy and Omaha Beach.
And so, K&C produced some of its very first American D.Day soldiers which began our entire D.Day range which continues to this day.

Journey forward quite a few years to when we met Capt. Dale Dye U.S.M.C. ret’d., the military advisor on ‘Ryan’ and countless other great war movies and discussions about doing a special ‘tribute’ to a fantastic movie and the real ‘heroes of D.DAY’.
This 4-figure set (the first of 2) features the perilous journey through the fields and bocage of German-occupied Normandy to try and find PFC James Ryan, 101st Airborne.
Capt. John Millar, 2nd Rangers takes the lead carrying his Thompson sub machine gun.

Backing him up is PFC Reiben with the BAR ( Browning Automatic Rifle). Next to him is Cpl. Upham, not a Ranger but an interpreter borrowed from another unit. The final member of this first 4-man squad is Pvt. Jackson, a left-handed sniper holding his bolt action M1903 Springfield with telescopic sight.
All four men will be joined next month (October) by our second ‘Searching for Pvt. Ryan’ set which includes Sgt. Mike Horvath, Pvt. Mellish, Medic Irwin Wade and PFC Caparzo…

Don’t miss out on a terrific movie and … 2 x outstanding sets of D.Day soldiers!



D-Day ’44

… AND THE POOR BLOODY CIVILIANS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE


  • FoB098 The Refugee Horse & Cart – A wooden, 2-wheel cart is loaded up with the bare essentials as well as a few, treasured family heirlooms… The family horse is between the shafts to hopefully pull the cart and its owner out of harm’s way.
  • FOB099 — Refugee Mother & Son – Carrying a suitcase in one hand this refugee leads her tired old horse and its heavy load down the road.
  • FoB-S02 Refugees On The Road – Combine the horse, the cart and the woman… and you can save yourself a few dollars!



Fields of Battle

VIVE L’EMPEREUR!


  • NA390 Bicorne Grenadier Advancing – Not all of the ‘Old Guard’ wore their famous ‘bearskins’ at the battle… During the ‘100 Days’ Campaign there were many supply shortages and even some of the ‘Old Guard’ were affected.Although he may have lost his ‘Bearskin’ cap… he has not lost any of his fighting spirit.
  • NA393 Wounded Guardsman Shoulder Arms – This Grenadier has suffered a headwound but still advances forward.
  • NA394 Bicorne Grenadier Firing Musket – Another of the Guard, wearing his great coat and the bicorne cap taking aim at the enemy.
  • NA396 Saving His Officer – An ‘Old Guard’ sergeant attempts to pull his seriously wounded officer to safety. These 2 x figures were inspired by a painting showing the same action.
  • NA-S06 Blood, Mud & Dust – The complete 5 x figure set featuring ALL of the above figures at a very affordable and fair price!


French
Imperial Guard

Afrika Korps


Following the success of the most recent “Rommel’s Command Car” set (AK107) featuring the sand / grey camouflaged ‘ADLER’ Sd. Kfz. 251 we have had a large number of requests to extend this particular camouflage scheme to some other Afrika Korps vehicles that were being shipped over to North Africa to supplement the Desert Fox’s meagre armoured force…

  • AK116 Pz. Kpfw. 35R(F) Self-Propelled Gun – Mounted on the tracked chassis of captured French Renault tanks these small SPG’s make a fine addition for Rommel’s Afrika Korps.This particular model mounts a 4.7cm anti tank gun in an open armoured turret to become a tank destroyer… Some were used during “Operation Barbarossa” – the Invasion of Russia in 1941. A few even saw action in Normandy in June 1944.
  • AK117 Panzerjager 1 – Another old favorite but this time with the distinctive 2-colour camo. This set also includes the relaxing Afrika Korps figure.



Afrika Korps

New King and Country August Releases!

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Romans




Romans

Crusaders


  • MK170 Crusader Archer (kneeling) – This English bowman kneels down to let fly an arrow at his Saracen opponents… A large ‘Cross of St. George’ on his surcoat.
  • MK171 Crusader Halberdier – A fighting Man-at-Arms wields his mighty and cruel-looking halberd towards the opposition.
  • MK172 Crusader Archer (standing ready) – Facing the enemy this English bowman is about to open fire.
  • MK173 Richard the Lionheart (mounted) – One of England’s most famous and revered Kings, even today. This mounted figure is dressed in full “Crusader” garb and thrusting his sword skyward.

    The figure itself is modelled on the famous equestrian statue of King Richard that stands proudly outside the Palace of Westminster in London opposite Westminster Abbey.

    Last December, when K&C attended the ‘London Show’ myself and the K&C team saw this statue for the first time and all agreed it would make a fine ‘Royal’ addition to the ‘Crusader & Saracen’ series.


Crusader – Cross & Crescent

Napoleonic – Old Guard



French Imperial Guard

Beginner Gift Sets




Beginner Gift Sets

Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers


  • TRW112 Watching & Signaling – A pair of lying prone Apache warriors observing the approach of a U.S. Cavalry patrol… As one warrior uses a pair of captured (or stolen) binoculars the other signals the rest of the war party using a simple disc of polished metal.
  • TRW112 Chato – As K&C collectors already know… I love movies … ‘war movies’ and ‘westerns’ in particular. This figure is based on a great little movie called “Chato’s Land”, starring the late Charles Bronson. Bronson plays a half-breed Apache and many of the posters for the movie featured this pose… which is a great one for an Apache warrior.
  • TRW114 Sgt. Robert H. Hughes – From a fictional Apache to a factual character from real history … Sergeant Robert Hughes carrying the’ National Flag’ at the Battle of the Little Big Horn on that fateful day in June 1876. Here, holding his Army Colt in one hand and the 36-star flag in the other he reels back from a fatal shot during the battle.
  • TRW126 Errol Flynn’s Custer – And now we mix ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’ with this figure of swashbuckling Errol Flynn as he appeared in the classic 1941 Warner Brothers Movie, “They Died With Their Boots On”. This highly fictionalized life of George Armstrong Custer climaxes at the Battle of the Little Big Horn with Flynn /Custer dressed in his buckskin jacket (and being the last man standing) as the Sioux and Cheyenne warriors prepare to make their final charge. And that’s how we show him.
  • TRW127 The Stranglehold – This is the third installment of this first release of “Buffalo Soldiers”… A black Cavalry Corporal grabs a marauding Apache around the neck as he prepares to use his pistol butt to ‘brain’ the knife wielding warrior! A great little 2-man ‘fighting’ set.



Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers

WWII


  • WS334 Marder III M Tank Destroyer – This little Marder III was based on the Czech Panzer 38 (T) chassis and wheel arrangement. The K&C model is in the same camouflage style and markings (#102) as the Marder III seen in Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Pvt. Ryan” movie. Our model also includes a crew member who can stand outside or inside the vehicle… as you prefer.
  • WS342 Standing Tiger Crewmen – This 2-figure set wears the ‘classic’ short black ‘Panzer’ jacket and trousers and fits well alongside any of K&C’s Tigers or other German armour.
  • WS343 SPG Officer w/Pistol – A single grey-clad Self-Propelled-Gun officer stands cocking his pistol… Virtually all German vehicle commanders carried a side arm and this one is no exception.



Normandy ’44 – Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht

Wehrmacht


  • WH073 Additional Artillery Crew #3 – This 2 x figure set (1 x with short ramming rod plus 1 x shell fuser) goes perfectly with the other previously released artillery gunner sets such as theWH062 The 10.5cm Light Field Howitzer and its crew.


German Wehrmacht

Berlin 1938



Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

New King & Country June Releases!

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Crusaders & Saracens


  • MK163 The Swordsmith Producing top quality ‘weapons of war’ for the Knights and Nobility was always the work of a skilled metal-work craftsman.

    This new figure is hard-at-work at his anvil crafting a strong and sturdy blade while two other examples of his work ‘cool off’ in a nearby pail of water.
    This figure works well in a Crusader Camp… Nottingham Castle… or even deep in Sherwood Forest!

  • MK165 Richard the Lionheart “Richard I”… “Good King Richard”… “Richard Coeur de Lion”, call him what you will, was King of England from 1189 until his death in 1199. He was also Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony and a host of other titles in France.

    Apart from his childhood in England most of his adult life was spent overseas in Aquitaine. When he became King he led the Third Crusade to the Holy Land after the departure of Philip II of France. Although winning many notable victories over his Muslim opponent ‘Saladin’ he never managed to recapture Jerusalem.

    Fondly remembered by his English subjects he in turn thought of them primarily as a useful source of taxes and revenue to pay for his foreign adventures.

    In legend, popular books and movies “Richard the Lionheart” is usually portrayed as a kind, wise and benevolent ruler as opposed to his evil brother Prince John who acted as Regent throughout the King’s long and frequent absences.

    Our standing figure has him dressed in his Royal Red Livery with the symbols ‘Gules, three Lions passant guardant’ on both his chest and shield.

    First adopted by England’s Plantagenet Kings in 1154, they have ever since come to symbolize the nation of England.

    Special Note: Another, brand-new mounted ‘Richard Coeur de Lion’ will be released in a few month’s time.



Crusader – Cross & Crescent

NAPOLEONIC ACTION!


  • NA382 95th Standing Firing – One more extremely useful green-clad 95th Rifleman.
  • NA383 95th Chosen Man
    ‘Chosen Men’ were the Napoleonic eras equivalent of today’s Lance Corporals. Whilst one step below an NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) they were selected to command a squad (6-10 men) for their intelligence, bravery and military
    abilities. The rank was unofficial and used at the discretion of commanding officers. Men selected to be ‘Chosen’ wore a single white armband on their upper right arm. ‘Chosen Men’ often went on to be promoted to NCO rank later. Our
    ‘Chosen Man’ is kneeling, cocking his Baker Rifle.
  • NA384 95th Rifles Sergeant
    Advancing forward, this senior NCO wears his 3 white stripes on his right arm and a crimson red and black sash around his waist. He gestures to the riflemen
    following him
  • NA385 95th Rifleman Kneeling Loading
    – Using his powder horn to prime the firing pan of his Baker Rifle.
  • NA386 95th Rifles Officer w/ Sabre
    – Carrying his curved sabre this young officer is exercising his command
    authority…
  • NA-S04 Rifle Reinforcement Set
    – Combine all of the above releases together and you have another great little
    “Value Added Bonus Set”. 5 figures



95th Rifles

French Imperial Guard


Pierre Jacques Etienne Cambronne was one of the French heroes of Waterloo.

He became a Lieutenant General in Napoleon’s Imperial Guard and led his men into action at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815.

Towards the end of the battle he was wounded as he stood in the midst of one of his battalion’s squares. As the surrounding British called on him to surrender, Cambronne replied tersely, “Merde!”

Other more polite sources say he responded with “The Guard dies it does not surrender!” In French of course.

This new K&C figure portrays the defiant Cambronne, sword in hand and with fierce anger in his eyes… Personally, I think he shouted, “Merde!”


French Imperial Guard

PIKE & MUSKET


Gustav II Adolf (1594-1632) more widely known as Gustavus Adolphus was King of Sweden from 1611-1632 and is credited in making Sweden a great ‘European Power’. He led the country to military supremacy during the Thirty Years War helping to determine the political as well as religious balance of power on the continent at that time.

He was also regarded as a great military innovator especially in the use of ‘combined arms’… the fighting mix of cavalry, infantry and artillery and their practical deployment on the battlefield.

Not only a great tactician he was a brave and fearless soldier often leading his troops ‘from the front’ in many a battle and skirmish.

He was killed at the Battle of Lützen in 1632 leading a cavalry charge.

Today, Gustavus Adolphus is memorialized in statues in several major Swedish cities… Our K&C standing figure is closely modelled on an actual statue in Gothenberg, Sweden.



Musketeers of the Guard

Rome


  • ROM004 Roman Centurion
    – At the launch of this current series we presented our “Primum Pilus”, literally “First Spear”… the top Centurion of a Roman Legion, the equivalent (in British Army terms) to a Regimental Sergeant Major.

    Here now, is the regular Centurion. Most of these men commanded a ‘Century’ of men, usually anywhere between 80-90 Legionaries.

    Centurions were expected to ‘lead from the front’ in battle and it naturally followed that the casualty rate was correspondingly high leading to constant ‘vacancies’!

    Centurions were also easily recognized by the horse hair crest on their helmets usually worn ‘transverse’. Our Centurion wears a chain mail vest as protection rather than the ‘Lorica Segmentata’ armour of his men.

  • ROM007 Roman Standard Bearer
    – A ‘Signifer’ was the standard bearer of a Roman Legion. He carried the ‘Signum’ (standard) for a cohort or century. As each century had its own Signifer that meant there were approximately 59 in a whole Legion.

    The ‘Signum’ had a number of disks or medallions along with other elements mounted on a long pole. The pole itself would often be ‘topped’ with a hand-shaped ‘manus’ denoting the oath of loyalty taken by soldiers when they first enlisted. A wreath of honour world usually surround the ‘manus’ (hand)

    ‘Signifers’ would also carry a small decorated round shield (a buckler) and wore a wolf or bearskin on top of their helmets and body armour.

  • ROM009 Roman Cornifer
    – The ‘Cornu’ or ancient Roman brass instrument was used to communicate orders and signals both in camp and on the battlefield during the glory that was Rome.

    In camp these musical commands might be sounded by just on Cornicen however in battle several or more Cornicens would join together, the better to be heard above the din and destruction of war.

    Our K&C ‘Cornicen’ once again carries the small round decorated shield and wears a grey wolf skin atop his helmet and armour.

  • ROM013 Marching Legionary with Marius Mule
    – A ‘companion piece’ to our standing ‘Legionary w / Marius Mule’. This Roman soldier is probably going out on a long patrol or march and once again is carrying part of his personal kit and belongings on his shoulder.



Romans

APACHES & BUFFALO
SOLDIERS


  • TRW108 Cochise – Cochise was a leader of Chiricahua Apaches. Born in 1804 he was a key war chief during the Apache Wars which began in 1861. Along with his father-in-law, ‘Mangas Coloradas’, he waged a long and often brutal guerrilla campaign against much larger U.S. Army forces all over the Southwest United States.

    Several movies have been made of his exploits including “Broken Arrow” and “The Battle at Apache Pass”.

    Our mounted K&C figure has Cochise on one of his war ponies taking careful aim with his Winchester repeating rifle.

  • TRW109 Taza, Son of Cochise – Taza (1843-1876) succeeded his father as warchief of the Chiricahuas when the latter died in 1874. A brave and resourceful warrior in his own right… He was also a skilled ‘guerrilla leader’ and took part in many successful raids during the Apache Wars.

    The K&C standing figure has him holding a cavalry carbine above his head and a cavalry pistol in his right hand.

Buffalo Soldiers


The 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiment.

These African American soldiers were formed into a regiment in 1866 and saw almost continuous active service from then until the final subjugation of the Apache and Comanche tribes in the 1880’s Led by white officers the 10th fought primarily in the Southwest states and territories of the Union at that time.

Known to the Indians as “Buffalo Soldiers” because of their strong, tightly-curled black hair (similar in Indian eyes to the fur of the buffalo) these soldiers were tough and loyal and earned a hard-won reputation for bravery, winning a large number of Medals of Honor.

K & C are releasing 12x figures in 3x releases in the first schedule… Here are 6 of them, plus a “Special Value Added Bonus set”!


Apaches
and Buffalo Soldiers

FLEET ADMIRAL


One of American’s greatest commanders of WW2, or indeed any of the wars and conflicts the U.S. has fought in during its history. Chester William Nimitz was born in Fredericksburg Texas in 1885 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1905.

When America entered WW2 in December 1941 he was promoted to Commander In Chief, Pacific Fleet with the rank of admiral.

Nimitz controlled the ‘Pacific Ocean Areas’ while General Douglas MacArthur took over the land campaign.

Admiral Nimitz was also present at the Japanese surrender on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

Our figure shows Admiral Nimitz dressed in ‘Khakis’, the everyday wear of U.S. Navy officers in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during WW2.


United
States Navy

World of Dickens/ Streets of Olde London


Street carts and traders abounded on the streets of London among them a fore runner of “Starbucks”!

  • WoD047 The Coffee Cart – Victorian London coffee was almost, but not quite, as popular as Tea! Here, a
    Street Coffee Merchant brews up some fresh coffee for his customers. Look out for lots of great detail in this charming little set… Figure of the coffee Merchant is included.
  • WoD048 The Coffee Couple – A gentleman and his lady enjoy their morning cup.
  • WoD049 The Extra Cup – Customers were usually allowed a ‘second’ cup free of charge at these streetside
    coffee carts.
  • WoD-S01 The Complete Coffee Collection – All of the above at an even tastier price!!!



World of Dickens

SOVIET T34’s IN GERMAN HANDS


Captured T34/76’s were designated as Panzerkampfwagen T-34(r) by the Germans. Large numbers of Soviet T34’s were captured intact and pressed back into service… against their former owners between 1941 and 1943. Here is one such example…

  • WS332 Soviet Panzer – Many hundreds of these captured tanks were returned to service with German Crews after they had undergone some major and minor adjustments. A huge range of colour schemes were utilized and adapted from existing Wehrmacht approved camouflage markings.

    Virtually all models had large German crosses painted on the turrets and hulls to help avoid ‘blue on blue’ incidents and to aid battlefield recognition. Some turret hatches were even painted with swastikas on them to help aircraft recognition… Our model is one of them.

    This Soviet Panzer also has had German-style ‘side skirts’ added.



Russian Front and Berlin 1945

New King & Country April Releases!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Romans!


  • ROM002 The Tribune – Every Roman Legion was commanded by a “Legate”, he in turn was assisted by no less than six “Tribunes”. These were men usually drawn from the Rome’s upper social class. In camp and on the battlefield they were easily recognized by their more decorative and expensive armour.Among their many duties were general administration and management of all military camps, forts and other establishments. That also included food supply, overall security and enforcing discipline as well as ordering punishments when required.Each Tribune in turn had a number of clerical assistants to prepare reports, records and rosters.Our K&C Mounted Tribune is the perfect companion to ROM001 “The Legate”.
  • ROM005 The Optio – This ‘non-commissioned officer’ was the centurion’s right-hand man appointed personally by him.The Optio was in charge of the instruction and training of all new recruits as well as assisting his Centurion in whatever requirements were necessary in the running of the Century.Optios often wore ‘crested’ helmets and carried long canes to enforce good order and discipline.
  • ROM006 Aquilifer – One of the most important men in the Legion because he carries the ‘Eagle Standard’ of that particular Legion.He wears a Lion’s pelt and head over his ‘scale’ armour. On his back is the small round shield carried by Aquilifers, Signifiers and some other senior Legion NCO’s.
  • ROM010 Legionary on Guard – For any Roman collector this particular soldier is a ‘must-have’. Standing on guard duty, either at a gate or on a wall, he carrier his ‘Pilum’ in his right hand while his left holds onto his large Legion-issue shield.
  • ROM011 Standing Legionary w/Marius Mule – This Legionary is preparing to leave his fort or encampment and move to a new location. He carries all of his personal belongings, necessary kit and other items on this baggage pole along with his large and small swords and the Pilum. His shield might be carried with the baggage train.



Romans

Riflemen to the front!


It’s been a long time since K&C produced any riflemen to face up to Bonaparte’s men. Our last ‘British’ riflemen were actually King’s German Legion and date back to 2005! Over the years there have been more than a few requests by dealers and collectors to produce more and so we have… and here they are … This time the men of the 95th Rifles.

In 1800, an “Experimental Corps of Riflemen” was raised from officers and men drawn from the regular line regiments of the British Army.

The ‘recruits’ selected for this new military experiment were chosen from the fittest and smartest young soldiers of their ‘parent regiments’ … They also had to be the best marksmen!

This new formation was to act as scouts and skirmishers in advance of the main army as well as covering the flanks of any larger advancing force.

They had to blend into the countryside as well as move swiftly through it. Not for them the traditional scarlet coat and white crossbelts of the regular British infantry even their military appearance was different … These new riflemen wore dark green uniforms together with all-black belts, pouches and backpacks.

Importantly, they carried the much more accurate shorter Baker Rifle in place of the more cumbersome ‘Brown Bess’ musket of the remainder of the army.

After two years of tests, trials and tribulations they were formally brought into the British Army as “The 95th Rifles” in April 1802.

We are releasing our first 11 officers and men of the 95th in two small batches, this first comprises 6 individual figures which will be sold separately and in a “Special 8-Figure Value Added Bonus set”

  • NA376 95th Rifles Officer w / Telescope – Observing the enemy as his men move forward to take up firing positions.
  • NA377 Lying Sniper – This lying prone 95th Rifleman rests his Baker Rifle on his shako as he takes careful aim. His bandaged head is perhaps the result of a previous violent encounter with the French.
  • NA378 95th Bugler – Unlike other regular British line regiments the 95th did not employ drummers but instead used bugle calls to transmit instructions across the battlefield. This man maybe a bugler but he still carries his Baker Rifle.
  • NA379 Lying Prone Rifleman – A companion piece to NA377, this rifleman adopts the prone position in order to use the countryside as convenient cover and take a better aim on the enemy.
  • NA380 Advance To Your Front – Rifle held at the ‘high port’ position this rifleman dashes forward.
  • NA381 Kneeling Firing – Another favourite firing position while presenting a smaller ‘target’ to your enemy.
  • NA-S03 The Rifle Section – A special ‘Value Added Bonus Package’ of 8 figures which combines all 6 of the above releases together with 2 additional riflemen NA379 + NA381 … And all at a very special price!

Special Note: FIVE additional 95th Rifles soldiers are being released this coming June … Among them will be one more officer (advancing with sword) … a 95th Rifles Sergeant … A ‘Chosen Man’ and two more riflemen in action.



95th Rifles

On The Streets of Olde London


The Hansom Cab was a single horse-drawn carriage first patented in Britain by Joseph Hansom in 1834.

For many years during the Victorian era they were a familiar sight on the streets of London and other large British cities.

Soon their fame and use travelled far and wide … First to Europe and finally on to New York. They continued to be widely used until the advent of the motor car when they were superseded. By the early 1920’s they had all but disappeared from London’s streets.

Their popularity and appeal today however has been mainly through films and television … No self respecting Victorian street scene is rarely complete without the familiar clip-clop sound of at least one or two ‘Hansom Cabs’.

  • WoD058-1 Hansom Cab (Yellow) – The first of our two “Standing Horse” cabs is decorated in a golden yellow and black paint scheme and comes with the seated driver.
  • WoD058-2 Hansom Cab (Red) – The second version sports a “Wine Red” finish and again has a driver on the back seat.



World of Dickens

Middle East


Once more we return to Palestine and the exploits of the Australian Light Horse in their campaign against “Johnny Turk” during the First World War. However, on this occasion we are ‘in camp’… either before or just after the battle .

  • AL076 Preparing Some Grub – A crouching Light Horse trooper uses his bayonet to hold a ‘billy can’ full of tea over a little camp fire.
  • AL077 Enjoying a Brew-Up – Even in the desert heat of Palestine a mug of tea can actually be quite refreshing as these two “Diggers” know.
  • AL078 A Drink of Water – This kneeling trooper pours water out of his canteen into his upturned slouch hat for his four-legged ‘mate’ to enjoy.
  • AL079 Preparing to Saddle-Up – About to head out on picket duty or a patrol this trooper carries his saddle over to his waiting horse.



Middle East

AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NO DRILL


On Sunday morning 7 December 1941, an “urgent” radiogram went out to all U.S. Navy ships in Hawaiian waters.

The message was sent minutes after Japanese aircraft first started dropping bombs and launching torpedoes on the US Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor.

Caught completely by surprise on that fateful Sunday morning the military response was, at first, slow and painful … Just a handful of US fighter aircraft managed to get into the air to combat the marauding Japanese “Zeroes”, “Vals” and “Kates”.

Among the pilots who took to the skies over Hawaii were Lieutenants Ken Taylor and George Welch flying their P40 “Tomahawks”.

Both pilots’ exploits on 7 December have been portrayed in movies such as “TORA! TORA! TORA!” (1970) and “PEARL HARBOR” (2001)

This is the third version of the CURTISS P-40 “Tomahawk” that K&C has made. Previous models have included an RAF “Desert Air Force” one and the classic “Flying Tigers” version.

The new model is in the standard olive drab and light grey colour scheme typical of US Army Air Corps aircraft at this time. Our model bears the code number “160” of the aircraft 2nd Lieut . George Welch flew on 7 December and belongs to the 15th Pursuit Squadron.

The Air Corps officially credited Lieut. Welch with 4 “kills” and several others damaged.

This “Pearl Harbor P40” comes complete with a standing figure of a US Army Air Corps pilot wearing a non standard “Hawaiian” shirt over his khakis and carrying a.45 Colt Automatic.

Note: Just 150 of this aircraft are being released.



Pearl Harbour

Desert Pendezvous


  • EA120 LRDG 30cwt. Chevrolet Truck – An additional vehicle to a very popular range of LRDG / SAS trucks and jeeps issued by K&C over the years.This 3rd “Chevy” is painted in a very attractive sand / faded green finish and comes with an Arab head-dressed driver, and armed with the Boyes Anti Tank Rifle on a pindle mount on the rear of the vehicle.These LRDG vehicles have always been very popular with “Desert War” collectors and occasionally appear on ebay … So it’s good to add an all-new one.
  • EA121 Sandy – This bearded LRDG ‘desperado’ is about to either a) help dig the truck out or b) go for a little walk behind the nearest sand dune to perform a necessary human function … You decide.
  • EA122 Dusty Miller – ‘Dusty’, map in hand, has acquired, after a few raids and missions, some authentic Afrika Korps souvenirs including the cap, a map case and an MP40 ‘Schmeisser’ Machine Pistol.
  • EA123 Jock – A Scottish member of the patrol, wearing an old “Solar Topee” sun helmet and carefully scrutinizes the surrounding landscape for any signs of life as well as any approaching Germans or Italians. Can also fit easily onto the rear of the Chevy!



Montgomery’s 8th Army

Russian Front


When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941 there were many Russians who welcomed the Germans as ‘liberators’ from the Godless Communists … Here are the first three Russian Civilians (more to come) giving a guarded welcome to the German invaders …



Fields of Battle

New King & Country March Releases

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

“Aayo Gurkhali!” (The Gurkha Battlecry)


FOR MORE THAN 200 years, The Gurkha’s, the fighting men from the hills of Nepal, have been loyal and brave soldiers of the British Army.

Originally recruited by the British East India Company in 1815 they were first incorporated into the Indian Army in 1857 after The Great Mutiny.

By the outbreak of WW2 in September 1939, 10 regiments had been formed, each of 2 x battalions. Following the evacuation of Dunkirk and the Fall of France in June 1940 another 15 x battalions were raised and, by the end of the war a total of 43 were in action.


INDIAN INDEPENDENCE

After India gained its independence in 1947 the original 10 Gurkha Regiments were divided between India and Great Britain with the former retaining 6 and the latter 4.


MALAYA 1941 / 42

During the Japanese attack on Malaya and Singapore in 1941 and into 1942, several Gurkha battalions fought stubbornly and bravely in that ill-fated campaign … and suffered accordingly.

After the defeat in Malaya and the fall of Singapore many Indian troops were coopted into the pro Japanese ‘Indian National Army’ … Not one Gurkha however joined them … all remained loyal to their own regiments and the British Crown.


GURKHA’S IN ACTION

King & Country’s newest battlefield figures show a Gurkha patrol taking on the Japanese somewhere on the Malayan peninsula.

6 x Individual fighting Gurkha’s, led by their British officer are available as is one 2-man set where a Gurkha rifleman is about to decapitate a Japanese soldier using his famous “Kukri” knife!

These new additions to the series depicting the war in South East Asia provide even more variety and excitement to an area seldom covered in the world of toy soldiers and military miniatures.

  • FoB144 British / Gurkha Officer firing Tommy Gun – Up until today the majority of Officers in Gurkha Regiments have always been British. Among the most famous officers who served as a Gurkha was Field Marshal Sir William ‘Bill” Slim, who commanded the British 14th Army in Burma during the later part of WW2. Our officer takes careful aim with his Thompson submachine gun.
  • FoB145 Gurkha Standing Firing Rifle – Marksmanship is highly-prized in Gurkha Regiments and Gurkha’s have always been among the very best ‘shots’ in the British Army.
  • FoB146 Gurkha Attacking with Kukri – Having unsheathed his famous fighting knife this Gurkha has to ‘draw blood’ from his enemy … usually fatally!
  • FoB147 Gurkha Kneeling Firing Rifle – This Gurkha adopts the second-most popular firing position.
  • FoB148 Gurkha Lying Prone firing Rifle – The number-one most popular shooting position.
  • FoB149 Gurkha firing Bren Gun – Although not the easiest position to fire the Bren from … Firing from the hip, in an emergency, still results in enemy casualties!>
  • FoB150 Gurkha Killing Japanese – On a man-for-man basis the little Gurkha is more than a match for any ‘Son of Nippon’. Although the Japanese like using their bayonets they were not-so-fond of being on the receiving end of a Gurkha armed with a Kukri.


Gurkas

NOTTINGHAM’s TOP BRASS


  • RH029 The High Sheriff of Nottingham – One of Robin Hood’s most implacable foes and a dangerous man to have as an enemy!
    In movies he has been best portrayed by the late Alan Rickman in “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves” and also Aussie actor, Peter Finch in “The Story of Robin Hood & His Merrie Men”. And now, here’s our interpretation … suave, sophisticated and … decidedly dangerous!
  • RH030 The Bishop of Nottingham – Next to the Sheriff, the second most powerful man in Nottingham and the surrounding shire. Also perhaps, the richest and best fed.
    Here, our portly and prosperous churchman gives up a small portion of his wealth as Robin & His Merrie Men invite him to be a ‘guest’ at one of their forest feasts.


Robin Hood

D’Day


After the D.DAY invasion as Allied troops fought their way off the beaches and into the Norman countryside it was more essential than ever to have good reconnaissance ahead of your advancing forces to help seek out the enemy, their strength and their position.

Specialized recon and scouting units used their own kinds of vehicles to help perform this vital task.

One of the best vehicles used in this role was the Daimler Armoured Car …

This was one of the most successful British military designs of WW2. Conceived in parallel development to the Daimler “Dingo”Scout Car this heavier armoured car mounted a 2 pdr. Quick Firing cannon alongside a coaxial Besa 7.92 machine gun in the turret.

Occasionally a Bren Gun might also be added atop the turret for anti- aircraft defense.

After the success of our “Desert” version K&C decided to produce a second one for Northwest Europe. Produced in typical British olive drab this new version is in the markings of 44 Brigade belonging to XXX Corps which fought all the way from Normandy through France, into Holland and finally all the way up to Northern Germany by war’s end.

Our K& C model comes with an NCO vehicle commander belonging to the famous 11TH Hussars.



D-Day ’44 – British and Canadian

“KIWIS & TURKS”


As many collectors know our K& C series based on the exploits of the Australian Light Horse has been very popular not just in Australia … but all over the world. Fighting alongside the Australians in Palestine, Gallipoli, Egypt and the Western Front were their Antipodean ‘cousins’… The New Zealanders.

Although then as now New Zealand is a relatively small country (in terms of population) it has provided many thousands of fine fighting men in both world wars and other conflicts.

In 1914 it offered its best volunteers to help support the “Mother Country” in its war against Germany. Among those soldiers were the men of their own “Mounted Rifle Regiments” who performed in the same military role as Australia’s Light Horse units.

After arriving in Egypt in 1915 they helped form the very first joint ANZAC * mounted division.

*Australian New Zealand Army Corps

Over the years since we introduced our Light Horse figures we have been requested to design and release some of their Kiwi cousins … and this is them.

  • AL072 Dismounted Rifleman – In appearance the uniform of the NZ Mounted Rifles volunteers was not dissimilar to the Australian Light Horse. Both wore a slouch hat although the ‘Kiwi’ trooper does not have an emu feather in his hat band but instead has the Khaki pugree (hatband) with a forest green stripe in the centre.

    In addition the New Zealanders wore cloth puttees instead of the Aussies leather leggings.
    Our figure is also in ‘shirtsleeve’ order wearing the army blue / grey collarless shirt together with braces and belt holding up his khaki trousers. Across his chest he wears the mounted troops ammunition bandoleer. His rifle is the standard SMLE (Short Magazine Lee Enfield) .303 rifle.

  • AL073 Kiwi Flagbearer – This mounted rifleman carries the National Flag.
  • AL074 Mounted Kiwi Charging w/Rifle – Galloping forward into the charge this soldier has already fixed his bayonet to his rifle.
  • AL075 Mounted Kiwi Charging w/Rifle #2 – A second “Galloper,” rifle and bayonet pointing towards the enemy.
  • AL080 Turkish Officer w/ Pistol & Binos – Looking out for the advancing ANZACS this officer stands ready with his German Naval Luger by his side.
  • AL081 Turkish NCO Aiming Rifle – Wearing a colourful red fez this Turkish non-commissioned officer takes careful aim.
  • AL082 Kneeling Firing Johnny Turk – A kneeling Turkish Soldier with rifle and bayonet fixed.
  • AL083 Turkish Machine Gunner – Sitting behind his Maxim machine gun this soldier opens fire on the enemy.
  • AL084 Turkish Soldier Kneeling Reloading – This kneeling ‘Johnny Turk’ is working the bolt of his rifle … extracting an empty cartridge … chambering a fresh round.
  • AL085 Turkish Soldier Standing Firing – You can never have too many soldiers in your “firing line”
  • AL086 Mounted Officer w /Pistol – Service revolver thrust forward this officer leads his men in the charge.
    *To be released in April. All other New Zealand Mounted Rifles figures available in Mid March.



Middle East

DEUTSCHLAND 1933

On 30 January 1933, Adolf Hitler formally became Chancellor of Germany. Who could or would have predicted the next 12 years … ?

Here, two old soldiers meet for the last time … One, Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg hands over the reins of power to a lowly former corporal … Adolf Hitler … soon to be Führer of all Germany!

  • LAH210 Taking Power – A seemingly humble ex-corporal silently shakes hands with an old general. The General maybe old but he is not senile … he detests and despises the little Austrian corporal … For the moment though the former corporal will play his part and gracefully accept the Chancellorship … but only for the moment.
  • LAH212 Like Father … Like Son – Dressed in their brown shirt uniforms this father and his small son “Sieg Heil” the new Chancellor … and Fuhrer.



Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

“BEHIND THE FRONTLINES”


From the moment “Operation Barbarossa” began it was clear that it would be a war and a campaign fought with ever-increasing barbarity on both sides.

The campaign was driven by the Nazis ideological desire to conquer the Western Soviet Union, drive out the existing population and repopulate it with ethnic Germans. Any remaining locals would be used as ‘slave labour’ and totally expendable. Whether you were you were fighting the invading Germans or trying to live under the occupiers your life was totally at the mercy of these members of the master race …

  • WS330 Do you know this man? – Behind the lines a member of SD (Sicherheitsdienst / Security Service) unit questions a Russian peasant about a portrait of Lenin that has been found during a routine search of the man’s cottage.
  • WS331 The Threat! – Another SD officer points his pistol menacingly at the unfortunate peasant …



Russian Front and Berlin 1945


By January 1945 Russian troops had crossed the River Oder and were just 100 miles from the centre of Berlin! After years of brutal warfare between both sides in Russia itself it was now time for the Soviets to inflict their own brand of death and destruction upon the Reich itself.

  • RA075 The Josef Stalin Tank – The JS-2 was a Soviet designed and built heavy tank with thick armour to counter the deadly effectiveness of the legendary 88mm gun.

    The JS-2’s own 122mm gun was also powerful enough to knock out both the Tiger and Panther tanks of the Germans. It was also a ‘breakthrough’ tank capable of firing a high explosive shell that could easily penetrate and knock-out entrenchments and concrete and steel enforced bunkers.

    The JS-2 first went into service in April 1944 and was used as the armoured spearhead of the Red Army’s final assault on Berlin itself.

    Our K&C model is well and truly battletried and tested and maybe even a little bit battle-weary but it still carries that huge 122mm main gun and comes complete with 2 x crew figures.

  • RA076 Captured! – A solitary, unarmed German soldier is roughly handled by his Red Army captor … He should consider himself lucky he is only being manhandled because he is Wehrmacht … If he was Waffen SS … He would be shot out of hand!



Russian Front and Berlin 1945

New King & Country February Releases

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Beginner Gift Sets


Two new beginner gift sets.



Beginner Gift Sets

Romans


This will be a major series for King & Country. King & Country have selected to portray the XX Legion (the 20th Legion) “VALERIA VICTRIX” (Victorious Valeria) of the Imperial Roman Army in the First Century AD.

Originally founded by the Emperor Augustus in 31 BC it fought in Hispania (Spain) from 25-19 BC.

In approx AD9 it marched into Germania to help keep the peace and remained on garrison duty there before joining three other Legions in invading Britain in AD43 under the command of the Emperor Claudius.

It fought and campaigned all over Britain and into the wilds of Caledonia (Scotland) and even helped build the forts and defences known as “Hadrian’s Wall” to help keep the barbaric Picts and Celts out of Romanized Britannia.

Its symbol was the wild running boar which was featured on shields, banners and other items belonging to the Legion.

  • ROM001 Legate – A “Legatus” (anglicized as Legate) was a General of the Roman Army equivalent to a modern general officer. Being of Senatorial rank, his immediate superior was a Proconsul (provincial governor). The Legate outranked all Military Tribunes and was usually appointed by the Emperor himself.The rank carried great prestige and was much sought after by Rome’s noblest families.
    In provinces with only one Legion the Legate might also be the provincial governor.
    In the field the Legate could be distinguished by his elaborate helmet and body armour.

    Our K&C Legate is mounted on a black arab stallion and carries his own purple crested helmet.

  • ROM003 Primus Pilus – The “Primus Pilus” or Primipilus was the most senior centurion of a Roman Legion.In the Legion, the “Cohort” (of which there were between 6 and 10) became the basic tactical unit of each Legion.
    The “Cohort” was then composed of 5 to 8 “Centuries”, each commanded by a Centurion assisted by an “Optio,” a soldier who could read and write.
    The senior Centurion of the Legion and commander of the first Cohort, the Primus Pilus (First Spear) was always, a long-serving soldier and highly experienced advisor to the Legate himself and led the largest century of any particular legion – around 800 soldiers. His command would include cooks, clerks and other non combatants as well as the fighting troops. In modern terms he would be the equivalent of a Major in charge of a large battalion – sized unit.Our K & C “Primus Pilus” is a tough well-decorated veteran of many successful campaigns. His white feathered crest atop his helmet and chest full of victory medallions testify to his senior position and status within the Legion.
  • ROM008 Vexillum Bearer – The “Vexillum” was a small flag-like object used as a military standard for each Legion in the Roman Army.Each vexillum would normally carry the Legion’s number ( in Roman numerals) and the painted or embroidered symbol of that same Legion.

    Unlike the normal Legionaries the Bearer would wear a chain-mail vest or even scale armour rather than the usual overlapping plate armour (the Lorica Segmentata). In addition, the “Vexillum Bearer” would wear an animal skin and head on top of his helmet and equipment.

    Our K&C soldier wears a grey wolf skin pelt and head.

  • ROM012 Marching Legionary – A classic and extremely useful pose this K&C Legionary carries both a large decorated shield and his throwing “Pilus” (Spear). In addition, his side arms included a “Gladius”, the long fighting sword and the shorter “Pugio” (dagger) for use in close combat situations where the sword was impractical to use.As can be seen this regular Roman soldier is wearing the typical Lorica Segmentata armour of the 1st Century AD.



Romans

Robin Hood


  • RH022 Sheriff’s Tax CollectorOne of the most hated men in the Shire .. Nottinghamshire that is! This is the man who would come to your village or hovel and demand a substantial share of your income to help fill up the coffers of “The Sheriff” and his liege lord, the dastardly Prince John.Here he sits at his table making a note of everyone’s contribution in either gold, silver or produce.

    On these unwelcome visits he was usually accompanied by several of the Sheriff’s own Men-At-Arms … After all there are plenty of ruffians and cut-throats hiding out in the forest and you can’t be too careful!

  • RH023 Poor Down -Trodden Peasants Set – Alas, where you have “oppressors” you also must have the “oppressed” … Here are two of them … Poor Saxon peasants paying the price of living under cruel and greedy Norman usurpers. In this case evil Prince John and his cruel lackey, “The Sheriff of Nottingham.”In this set the husband hands over a few coins of the realm together with a chicken. His wife supplies a basket of goose eggs and … the pair of geese that laid them!


Robin Hood

Pike & Musket


During the troubled times of the English Civil War (as if there was not enough trouble and strife around) there suddenly and unexpectedly appeared a spate of witchcraft trials and executions. .. mostly in England’s East Anglia.

  • PnM072 Witchfinder General – Mathew Hopkins was a self-appointed witch-hunter whose career flourished during the major upheavals caused by the English Civil War.Although never officially sanctioned by Parliament, he prowled far and wide across East Anglia conducting investigations, trials and executions from 1644-1647.

    More than 300 unfortunate people, mostly women, fell victim to his deadly inquisitions with more being hanged and burned than in all of the previous 100 years!

    Our figure shows him in Parliamentary garb and wearing a black cloak and hat and carrying both a volume of Parish records … and a sword.

    He was memorably played by legendary horror film villain, Vincent Price in “Witchfinder General”, a 1968 British horror movie.

  • PnM073 Cavalier & The Lady – A bold cavalier takes the hand of a pretty young maiden during one of the short interludes between battles and skirmishes.


Pike & Musket Collection

French Hussars




French 7th Hussars

Real West


Although these two grizzled veterans of Texas law enforcement saw more than their fair share of “Indian Fighting” neither, fortunately for them, was at the Little Bighorn on that fateful day in 1976.

Instead, they decided to gather a herd of cattle and, with a few good men, drive them north out of Texas and up to Montana to start a cattle ranch.

Larry McMurtry, the great Texan writer wrote a similar tale and called it “Lonesome Dove” which became a Pulitzer-prize winning novel and a great television series starring Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall as the two retired Texas Rangers.

This is our small tribute to the Texas Rangers and … San Antonio where some of the action takes place.


The Real West

Battle of Little Big Horn


The bloody battle continues between the officers and men of Custer’s 7th Cavalry and the combined forces of Sitting Bull’s Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors on the slopes above the Little Bighorn river

  • TRW099 Buffalo Hump – Riding his favorite war pony this Arapaho warrior brandishes his stone club about to bring it down on the head of some unfortunate 7th Cavalry trooper.
  • TRW100 Eagle’s Wing – Galloping past a group of the hated “Long knives” this Northern Cheyenne dog soldier turns in the saddle to fire his Winchester at one of the enemy.
  • TRW101 Two Moons – A white-faced Lakota Sioux charges past some more of the beleaguered “Bluecoats” fighting for their lives against the thousands of attacking Indians.
  • TRW106 Kneeling Firing – Another version of a trooper making every bullet count.
  • TRW107 Kneeling Ready – Crouching down and seeking out another “damn injun”!



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

Australian Light Horse


A desert-camouflaged version of Henry Ford’s classis Model ‘T’ complete with two “Diggers” and a front-mounted Vickers Machine Gun.

In the flat bed back of the vehicle is a spare. 303 Lee Enfield rifle and a folded-up tripod for the Vickers.



Australian Light Horse

Operation Market Garden


Lance Sergeant John Baskeyield was part of the 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, an air landing unit of the British 1st. Airborne Division, that flew into Arnhem on 17 September, 1944 as part of “Operation Market Garden”.

Expecting only light German opposition the British were surprised to find 2 x Waffen SS Panzer Grenadier Divisions in and around the Dutch town which soon put the attackers on the defensive!

L/Sgt. Baskeyfield as an NCO was in charge of 2 x 6pdr. Anti tank guns helping to protect the Division’s main position in Oosterbeek, a small suburb on the outskirts of Arnhem. On 20 September, just after dawn John Baskeyfield and his two guns were in position defending a ‘T’ junction when a major German assault began. Two German tanks and an assault gun, supported by enemy infantry, moved toward the British location.

L/Sgt. Baskeyfield allowed them to get within 100 yards before opening fire and ‘knocking-out’ all three tracked vehicles. British paratroopers in houses alongside the anti tank guns decimated the German infantry with rifle and machine gun fire.

In the course of this action most of the young NCO’s gunners were killed or wounded and he himself badly injured. He refused however to be evacuated to a nearby Aid Station.

Sometime later another German assault began and the L/Sgt. again worked his gun alone – loading, laying and firing it on his own. He fired round after round at the enemy until his own gun was put out of action. Then he crawled over to the other gun whose crew had suffered the same fate as his own. From here, he once more single-handedly opened fire on another German self-propelled gun disabling it. Sadly, when loading the next round into the breech of his gun he was killed by a shell from yet one more German tank.

VICTORIA CROSS

For his actions, bravery and supreme sacrifice he was awarded Britain’s highest military honor, “The Victoria Cross”.

Part of his citation reads, “The superb gallantry of this NCO is beyond praise … He spurned danger, ignored pain and by his supreme fighting spirit and dogged devotion to duty was a constant inspiration to all ranks who witnessed his actions.”

THE K&C SET

Our new set portrays the wounded young Lance Sergeant loading his gun with a 6 pdr. Shell. The set also includes the 6pdr. Gun, an ammunition box and 2 x additional shells.



Operation Market Garden

Fields of Battle


  • FoB136 Three City Gents – 3 x well-tailored individual Gentlemen “Civvies” to help populate any city or town street in the 1930’s or 1940’s.
  • FoB137 Good Friends – 2 x young ladies, dressed in typical 1940’s garb walk arm in arm down any wartime street anywhere in occupied Europe or Britain.



Fields of Battle

Streets of Old Hong Kong


No, not the Chris de Burgh song but a Chinese beauty wearing the traditional “Cheongsam” (Long Dress) beloved by generations of very pretty Oriental ladies …


Orient

New King & Country January Releases!

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Afrika Korps


  • AK111 Soldier Lifting Jerricans – An AK soldier together with a pair of fresh water jerricans.
  • Ak112 Wounded German Soldiers – Two lightly-wounded AK soldiers awaiting transport.
  • AK113 Panzer II Ausf B – One of the mainstays of Rommel’s armoured force the Panzer II could be seen all over the North African battlefields. Lightly armed (as well as armoured) the little Panzer II still had a vital role to play especially in reconnaissance and for outflanking enemy positions.

    Our new K&C version (we produced another one many years ago) is in the markings of the 21st Panzer Division and comes with the vehicle commander.

  • AK114 Afrika Korps Motorcycle – This single seat BMW motorcycle comes complete with the AK Dispatch Rider.



Afrika Korps

Battle of the Bulge – British


  • BBB009 The Piper – To accompany our recently released British / Scots “winter” infantry we decided to add on a kilted bagpiper of the Royal Scots Fusiliers as he would have appeared in late 1944 / early 1945. Although chilled to the bone by the terrible winter weather this ‘hardy soul’ is still brave enough (and sturdy enough too) to wear his regimental kilt!



Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge – German


  • BBG110 SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Otto Skorzeny – One of Hitler’s favourite soldiers… This Waffen SS officer made his reputation rescuing deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from his hidden mountain imprisonment on Gran Sasso. Since then Skorzeny was promoted and given a number of undercover missions to perform before being put in charge of a small unit of English-speaking German soldiers who, dressed in US Army uniforms, and using captured U.S. Vehicles were to infiltrate Allied lines and create panic and confusion in advance of the German attack during the Battle of the Bulge.

    Skorzeny himself never donned US Army uniform but was a well known and easily recognized figure in the Third Reich thanks to Propaganda Chief Goebbel’s publicity machine and won the Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross for his efforts, late in the war, trying to defend Frankfurt.

    After the war he still led a colourful and exciting life … escaping Allied internment … advising foreign governments … and even working with MOSSAD, the Israeli intelligence service !!!

    He died in Spain in 1975 aged 67.

    Our latest Skorzeny figure portrays him during the “Battle of the Bulge” wearing the reversible SS Winter / Autumn camouflage smock / jacket and grey trousers complete with SS “Feldschmutze” (field cap).

  • BBG111 SKODA Radschlepper Ost – On the Eastern Front one of the most urgent German necessities was for a heavy, multi-purpose tractor that could haul supplies and artillery over the very rough Russian road network.

    In late 1941, famed German designer, Ferdinand Porsche proposed a large, four-wheeled drive tractor mounted on huge metal wheels that he believed could fill the requirement.

    He proposed that his design could be built at the Skoda Automobile Plant in German controlled Bohemia and Moravia utilizing its Czech workforce. Work began immediately and by mid 1942 the first samples of Porsche’s design were ready to be tested.

    The results were at best … mixed. However an order was placed for 200 of the now-called “Radschlepper Ost”.

    Although originally meant for service on the Eastern Front, only a handful ever went in that direction. The vast majority served in the West particularly Normandy, the Netherlands and even some during the Ardennes campaign.

    K&C has chosen the snow-camouflaged “winter” version of the vehicle as its first release. Each piece includes a driver, moving wheels and a detachable rear canvas covering.

  • BBG112 KLAUS – Rifle over one shoulder, this soldier wears the Army pattern – “Splinter Camouflage” hooded smock and carries a valuable jerrican of rare gasoline.
  • BBG113 ERICH – A Waffen SS “Chained Dog” (military policeman) indicates the way to some of his advancing comrades. Like Skorzeny, he wears the reversible SS Autumn / Winter Camo Jacket and carries the StG44, the revolutionary German Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle.
  • BBG114 WILLI – By this late stage in the war the sheer variety of uniforms worn by Germany’s soldiers was simply staggering … A few however were still more traditionally dressed and this front-line soldier still wears the long army greatcoat. However he is carrying the “Gewehr 43” the semi automatic rifle developed during the war following riflemen’s actual combat experiences on the battlefield with the existing bolt-action K98. Utilizing a 10 round box magazine the rifle, strangely enough, did not have a bayonet mount!
  • BBG115 Hauptmann Stossel – This Wehrmacht captain is wearing a non regulation fur cap together with his “Splinter Camo” jacket … his steel helmet by his side.
  • BBG116 FRIEDRICH – Our last infantryman of this release has found himself a white “Snow Smock” and carries his K98 with bayonet fixed! He’s also obtained a nice pair of captured binoculars!



Battle of the Bulge

Berlin 1938

  • LAH208 Adolf in Lederhosen – As most of us know the Fuhrer was fond of the great outdoors and, from time to time would take himself away up to the mountains and enjoy the wonders of nature … Here he is, nattily attired, in traditional Bavarian “Lederhosen” for a little jaunt in the woods.
  • LAH209 Lederhosen Heini – Next to the Fuhrer the most likely candidate to accompany Adolf into the woods was his trusted Reichsfuhrer SS, Heinrich Himmler.

    Of all the leading Nazis, Herr Himmler was the one who most enjoyed the long mountain walks in the fresh Alpine air listening to the future plans of the future Fuhrer.



Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

Gang of Heroes


During the 1950’s and 1960’s rarely did a year go by without a “Prisoner of War” movie being released by major British and American film companies.

“Stalag 17” … “The Colditz Story” … “The Wooden Horse” … “ Von Ryan’s Express” … and, of course, “The Great Escape”.

All of these great movies told daring tales of plucky and persistent Allied POW’s who, despite all kinds of privations and problems, used their combined wits, talents and cunning to foil their German captors best efforts to keep them all locked-up and safely contained within the multiple barbwire fences of their prison camps.

This is King & Country’s tribute in miniature to the real men behind the wire and the many fine movies (and some TV series) that told their stories …

  • TGE001 The Great Escapers – Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, immortalized as “Big X” in “The Great Escape” movie … Next to him stands a US Army Air Force officer famed for his insubordinate nature and a persistent escaper … The third member of the trio is also an American, an original member of one of the Royal Air Force’s “Eagle” squadrons, made up of American volunteers who chose to fly for the RAF before America entered the war.

    Like many other POW’s these men decided not to just sit-out the war behind the barbed wire … They were going to do their best (and their worst) to escape and give the Germans a real ‘run for their money!’

  • DD300 Master Sergeant Joe Gunn – Another favorite movie of mine is (was) “SAHARA”, the wartime 1943 film starring Humphrey Bogart and a large General Lee tank called “Lulubelle”. In the dim and distant past K&C produced a Lee tank together with a standing figure of “Lulubelle’s” commander.

    An M3 Lee tank, attached to the British Army in North Africa, has become separated from its unit … Now, its commander, Master Sergeant Joe Gunn has become separated from his tank !!!

    A nice single reminder of one of K&C’s oldest tank sets.



Gang of Heroes

New King & Country January Releases!

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Apaches


When we released our first batch of Apaches in 2016 we had many requests from collectors to provide alternative versions of certain useful figures to add extra numbers to their action diorama scenes.


Apaches

World of Dickens / Ceremonial


A very familiar sight on certain streets of London even today are the mounted soldiers of the Household Cavalry. These men and horses belong to the two most senior cavalry regiments in the British Army, the “Blues and Royals” and the “Life Guards”. While on ceremonial duties in London they are garrisoned at Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge in the heart of the capital.

Here, for the first time, K&C are producing 3 individual mounted figures of the “Life Guards”, resplendent in their red tunics and gleaming silver breastplates surmounted by magnificent gold and silver helmets with white plumes.

All men of the “Life Guards”, with the exception of their trumpeters, are mounted on jet black steeds. Trumpeters ride a white horse.

Their ceremonial uniforms today have not changed since the last quarter of the 19th Century so Sherlock Holmes himself would not have been surprised to see them ride down Baker Street in all their military splendor … either yesterday or today !

  • WoD052 Life Guards Officer
  • WoD053 Life Guards Non Commissioned Officer – The backbone of any great military unit, and the “Life Guards” is no exception, are the Non Commissioned Officers. Cavalry regiments have some unique ranks for NCO’s such as … “Squadron Corporal Major” (Warrant Officer Class 2) and “Corporal of Horse” (Sergeant). These date back to the earliest days of the British Cavalry during the English Civil War.
  • WoD054 Life Guards Trooper – “Trooper” in the cavalry is the equivalent of a “Private” in the infantry and the lowest entry rank to the regiment.All mounted troopers have already completed 14 weeks of basic training before moving onto a further 12 weeks of specific military skill training.For those joining the ceremonial squadrons (cavalry regiments have squadrons, the infantry equivalent is the rifle company) a 12 week “Khaki Ride” which includes stable management, horsemanship and basic riding skills will be taught at Windsor, near London. Then the graduate moves to Hyde Park Barracks in the capital where they will learn to ride wearing the colourful ceremonial uniforms that generations of Household Cavalrymen have worn.Fully trained troopers can expect to spend 18-24 months taking part in traditional daily duties on Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall as well as numerous State Ceremonial occasions throughout the year.



World of Dickens

Streets of Old Hong Kong


In this the ‘Year of the Rooster’ we’re presenting new colourful versions of some old favorites.

  • HK254M Celebrating The New Year – For Chinese families the New Year is a time to come together and meet up and enjoy good food and celebrations. It’s also a time to return to the family home and be with parents and bring them special gifts as well as receiving other gifts in return from the family elders themselves.This beautiful 5-figure set (Mother, Father, Son and Grandparents) comes together with the small table and the beautifully decorated blue and white vase.
  • HK254G Celebrating The New Year
  • HK250M The Tangerine Buyer – Most traditional Chinese homes and houses are decorated for the coming new year with all kinds of floral displays. Among the most popular are the miniature orange trees and bushes which attract good fortune and prospects for the coming Lunar New Year. This house servant carries one of the special “Orange Trees” while another sits at his feet.
  • HK250G The Tangerine Buyer


Orient

King & Country December Releases!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Deep in Sherwood Forest or high on the walls of Nottingham Castle …


Two fine “add-ons” to this relatively new range of medieval figures that are proving to be a ‘bulls-eye’ with collectors around the globe …

  • RH021 “The Duel” – One of my all-time favourite movies is “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, where Errol Flynn fights the famous dueling scene with Basil Rathbone inside Nottingham Castle … This is our small tribute to two great actors and one great movie!
  • RH025 “Mutch” The Miller’s Son – “Mutch” is featured in many of the myths and legends of Robin Hood … although not as famous as Will Scarlett or Little John we felt he should be included among “The Merrie Men”.


Robin Hood

Desert Village




Desert Village

Long Live The King!


When we first released our “Pike & Musket” series one of the most important and popular figures was King Charles I. So, popular in fact that we decided to produce an additional ‘personality figure’ of the doomed English monarch.

  • PnM067 King Charles I – Our earlier Charles figure portrayed the King in “battle order” complete with metal breastplate … Our newest King Charles I shows him in the more colourful court dress of the period.



English Civil War – Pike & Musket

Napoleonic




French Artillery, Infantry, and Dragoons.

Napoleonic – Old Guard


Presenting the 2nd installment of “The Old Guard” at Waterloo.

Of all Napoleon’s army none was more famous or as respected as the Emperor’s Grenadiers of his Imperial Guards. During the time of his reign Napoleon’s Imperial Guard enjoyed many nicknames … “Les Grognards” (the Grumblers) being the most famous.

The Guard enjoyed better pay, rations, quarters and equipment than the rest of the army. That was because they were the ‘chosen few’ … selected from the best and most experienced infantrymen of the army and already veterans of many previous battles and campaigns.

In October / November we released our first batch … Here now are the additional ones to this dramatic collection.


French Imperial Guard

“Up to your neck in mud and bullets!”


Five “cunning” new figures take a slightly different view of “The Great War”. All of these figures were inspired by the classic British TV series, “BLACKADDER GOES FORTH” starring Rowan Atkinson.

Special Note : A sixth figure … “Lieut. George” is currently in development for release in 2017.

  • FW226 Capt. Edmund Blackadder & Pvt. Baldrick – Blackadder is (was) a professional soldier who, until the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, enjoyed a relatively danger-free military career occasionally having to fight, “Two foot tall natives armed with a motley collection of sharpened sticks!”
    Pvt. Baldrick, is his short, scrofulous and profoundly stupid batman (military manservant).
  • FW227 Squadron Commander The Lord Flasheart – Is an arrogant and boisterous Royal Flying Corps ‘ace’ who believes he is “God’s gift to women” and wildly attractive to any female that happens to cross his path. He’s most definitely mad … bad … and dangerous to know!
  • FW228 Gen. Melchett & Capt. Darling – General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett. A loud, childish, incompetent and pompous warmonger whose battle tactics and military knowledge are firmly set somewhere in the Middle Ages! (Blackadder’s brigade commander.)
    Capt. Kevin Darling. General Melchett’s unscrupulous and fawning adjutant. He’s also Blackadder’s bitter rival. While Blackadder is very definitely “up the sharp end,” Captain Darling is comfortably ensconced safely back at General Headquarters (GHQ)… and fully intends staying there!



France 1917