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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!



Battle of TARAWA

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.



Battle of TARAWA

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).


Six Day War

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…?


Six Day War

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.


Six Day War

STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG



Orient

King & Country New January Releases

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Medieval Knights


‘Ivanhoe’ was a novel written by Sir Walter Scott and told the story of one of the few remaining Saxon noble families at a time when medieval England was dominated by Norman nobility, descendants of William the Conqueror.

It follows the adventures of Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who has been disowned by his father for his allegiance to the Norman King Richard the Lionheart.

After the failure of the Third Crusade many of the Knights (including Ivanhoe) who had followed Richard to the Holy Land returned home. There they found a land under the cruel hand of the King’s brother, Prince John.

The novel tells the story of Ivanhoe’s return and his struggle to regain his father’s trust, help a Jewish merchant and his daughter and win the hand of his true love, the Lady Rowena.

Along the way there are battles, jousts and duels that Ivanhoe undertakes and wins before he reunites with his father, defeats his enemies and gains the lovely Rowena.

The tale has inspired movies, television series and more books and even helped shape the modern notion of Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws…

  • MK174 Ivanhoe – Our Ivanhoe stands four-square holding his helmet in one hand and his jousting lance in the other.
  • MK175 The Templar (Sir Brian de Bois Guilbert) – A friend of Prince John and a leader of the Knights Templar. In both Scott’s novel and the movies based on it de Bois Guilbert is Ivanhoe’s sworn enemy. He is also in love with Rebecca the daughter of the Jewish merchant, Isaac of York.
  • MK176 The Proclaimer – In medieval times when most of the population were illiterate it fell upon one man, ‘The Proclaimer’ to make all kinds of public statements, news and laws available to the general public. Here the duty has fallen to a “Knight Hospitaller”, easily recognized by the white Maltese cross on a red background on both his surcoat and shield.



Crusader – Cross & Crescent

The Ramcke Brigade


In 1942 among the reinforcements being sent from Germany to Erwin Rommel’s ‘Afrika Korps’ in their assault towards the Suez Canal was a full brigade of Luftwaffe paratroopers (Fallschirmjagers) under the command of General Hermann-Bernhard RAMCKE.

These crack troops (almost 3,000 strong) were attached to the Italian 25th Infantry Division ‘Bologna’ and fought at the Battle of El Alamein. Although incurring heavy losses and surrounded on all sides they managed to break out and capture a huge British supply column. In addition to looting all the much-needed supplies they also utilized the captured vehicles to transport the Brigade’s survivors back to the safety of the Axis lines.

Throughout their service in North Afrika Ramcke’s men were famous for their audacious and bold fighting abilities… often against heavy odds. Their famous and well-deserved reputation and recognition was as much recognized and admired by their British enemy as well as their fellow Afrika Korps comrades.

This is the first of two releases of General Ramcke’s men… in action!

  • AK120 The Fire Support Team – As one lying prone MG34 gunner, keeps the enemy’s heads down his ‘spotter’ (with the binos and pistol) observes the ‘fall of shot’.
  • AK121 Signals Officer – This white-capped FJ officer receives the latest orders from H.Q. via his field telephone.
  • AK122 Kneeling Firing – In any ‘action’ collection a rifleman in this position is a ‘must have’!
  • AK123 Standing Firing – Almost as important and invaluable as the figure above is the standing rifleman… Both men are armed with the standard Mauser K98 carbine / rifle.
  • AK126 Standing Ready – This MP-40 ‘Schmeisser’ – armed Paratrooper is already a veteran of airborne campaigns in Holland, Belgium and Crete… He’s tough, battle-hardened and experienced… Hence he gets the Schmeisser.
  • AK-S01 Ramcke’s Boys (Items AK120-123 and AK126) The Value-Added Set – Buy all of these singles together and you make a fair saving costwise!



Afrika Korps

German Wehrmacht


By the time the 1934 Party Rally in Nuremberg had taken place and been filmed the Nazis had just been in power for less than 20 months…

Just over 10 years later the picture had dramatically changed… The British and Americans were steadily advancing from the West and the Soviet steam roller was smashing all before it from the East.

Germany was throwing all its reserves into the front lines to try to stave off defeat or at least postpone the inevitable in the vain hope that Hitler’s “Wonder Weapons” would soon arrive…

Among the soldiers defending the crumbling borders of the Third Reich were these Panzer Grenadiers…

  • WH076 Standing Ready w/Panzerfaust – A young Panzer Grenadier cautiously looks around a corner for a likely target… In his hands, the small but deadly ‘Panzerfaust’ anti tank rocket launcher.
  • WH077 Machine Gun Team – This 2-man set has the excellent MG42 machine gun lined up and ready to decimate any approaching enemy. This belt-fed machine gun was so well-designed and manufactured that a direct derivation of it is still in use with the German Bundeswehr (Army) today!
  • WH078 Standing Ready Panzer Grenadier – A very useful ‘back-up’ figure to support and cover WH076.
  • WH081 Kneeling Panzer Grenadier – This figure is doing what Grenadiers do… about to throw a grenade!
  • WH083 Sturmgeschutz III – The ‘Stug III’ assault gun was Germany’s most-produced (over 10,000 vehicles) armoured fighting vehicle of WW2. It was built on the chassis of the already-proven Panzer III tank, replacing the turret with an armoured, fixed superstructure mounting a more powerful gun.
    Although originally intended as a mobile assault gun to support infantry it was continually modified and improved to become a tank destroyer. Our latest Ausf. G model is in typical late-war camouflage and mounts a 7.5cm main gun as well as a 7.92 mm MG34 machine gun complete with armoured shield.
    Two crew figures are provided as well an extra machine gun and shield should the collector wish to display the vehicle in a non-fighting mode. 2 x radio antennas are also attached.
  • WH089 Dismounted Assault Gun Crew #1 – Two Assault Gun Crew reflecting on some recent action … As you see one has been wounded while the other enjoys some coffee.
  • WH090 Dismounted Assault Gun Crew #2 – Three very useful crew members preparing to ‘mount-up’ their vehicle and make ready for battle… All three have no bases and can be placed beside or on top of the vehicle.



German Wehrmacht

Berlin’38 Leibstandarte


Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003) was, to say the least, ambitious and talented. In her long and varied career she was a film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, actress, dancer and photographer. She excelled in all of them.

Her world fame however came from just 2 major documentary films…
“Triumph of the Will” (1935) and “Olympia” (1936)… Both important NAZI propaganda films depicting the 1934 Party Rally in Nuremberg and the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin.

Her technical and innovative mastery of film techniques was second-to-none and both motion pictures received much praise not just inside the Third Reich but also far and wide outside it!

Because of her close involvement with the Nazis before and during the war her reputation never fully recovered after 1945 although she continued to work almost up to the time of her death in 2003 at the ripe old age of 101.

  • LAH226 Leni Riefenstahl film-maker Set – A casually-dressed Riefenstahl leans over her cameramen during the filming of one of her epic documentaries. In addition to her civilian crew she could and did make full use of additional film crew from Nazi groups such as the SA (Sturmabteilung), Hitler’s brown shirts.
  • LAH227 Clapper-Board Boy – Another eager young volunteer from the Hitlerjugend this time assists the Riefenstahl film crew.
  • LAH228X Sturmabteilung Minder (Liaison Officer) – Although, for the most part, Riefenstahl was left to her own devices because of her extensive use of SA camera crew SA Leader Ernst Rohm insisted that a ‘Liaison Officer’ was always present… at least for the most important ‘shots’ of the Party Rally at Nuremberg that year.
  • LAH229 Standing Cameraman & Tripod – Another of Riefenstahl’s many cameramen… This time behind the viewfinder of a tripod-mounted Arriflex… at the time one of the most advanced cine cameras in the world.
  • LAH-S01 The Complete Riefenstahl Set (Items LAH226, 227 and 229) – Leni Riefenstahl and her complete crew… LAH 226, 227 and 229 all at a very attractive combined value price!



Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

Battle of TARAWA


  • USMC027 Crouching Marine – Keeping his head down this ‘Leatherneck’ makes his way forward under heavy and sustained enemy fire!
  • USMC030 Running with BAR Marine – Clutching his heavy but reliable B.A.R. (Browning Automatic Rifle) another Marine moves rapidly forward.
  • USMC032 Wounded Marine – Not every Marine makes it safely into cover successfully…! This guy has taken a shot in the leg but he still holds onto his M1 Garand…



Battle of TARAWA

Streets of Hong Kong – Matt


This year Chinese New Year straddles late January and into early February. To help celebrate we are reissuing some past favourites, but in fresh new colours…

  • HK273M Children Firing Fircracker (Matt) – The sound of firecrackers is a familiar sound around Chinese New Year… Here a young girl lights the fuse while her elder brother holds the stick and string of fireworks.
  • HK275M Man with Birdcage (Matt) – Even today in Hong Kong you can still see people taking their pet birds for some fresh air early in the morning. Often a group of owners, usually men, can be seen sitting in local parks discussing their pets, listening to their birdsong and comparing each other’s winged companions.
  • HK276M The Bird Shop Owner (Matt) – Here he is comparing the quality of different cages.
  • HK280 Bird Shop Façade – So, if you’ve already got the previous 3 releases you really need to have the ‘Bird Shop’ to complete the scene and here it is…



Streets of Hong Kong – Matt Finish

Streets of Hong Kong – Gloss




Streets of Hong Kong _ Gloss Finish

New King and Country December Releases!

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

THE U.S. ARMY AT WAR 1944/45


Our 2nd batch of ‘Fighting GI’s’ from the latter days of WW2 add some extra firepower in the shape of TWO MORE Riflemen… a ‘Bazooka Guy’ and a kneeling, shouting ‘Tommy- Gunner’… All dressed for battle in the ETO (European Theatre of Operations) during 1944/45.



D-Day ’44

STREET FIGHTING PANZER GRENADIERS


As the war lengthened and Germany weakened important changes were made to the ‘look’ of the German soldier himself. Due to clothing and material shortages the
German Army began to copy some of the ideas from their enemies… these Panzer Grenadiers are ample proof of that. Gone are the high, traditional jackboots, replaced by short ankle boots and web-style gaiters (copied from the British).
The uniform jacket also became shorter and waistlength (again an influence borrowed from British battledress). These first five Panzer Grenadiers are perfect for any late war street-fighting scenes… A second group of Panzer
Grenadiers will be available shortly…

  • WH075 Kneeling Panzerschrek Grenadier
    – The Germans were pioneers of these rocket-propelled, anti tank grenades and many an Allied vehicle fell victim to their accuracy and lethality.
  • WH079 Kneeling Panzer Grenadier with Schmeisser – Another German favourite… the soldier with the MP40 machine pistol.
  • WH080 Standing Firing Panzer Grenadier
    – This Panzer Grenadier is armed with the standard German rifle of WW2… The Mauser K98, a bolt-action rifle firing the 7.92mm cartridge. First issued in 1935 it saw continuous action until the end of the war in 1945.
  • WH082 The Sniper Team (2 figures) – Our sniper here is firing the “Gewehr 43” a semi automatic rifle that owes some of its development to the earlier Soviet ‘Tokarev SVT-40’. It fired the
    same 7.92mm round as the K98 and had a 10-round box magazine. Kneeling alongside our sniper is his ‘Spotter’ observing the enemy and selecting targets.



German Wehrmacht

ON THE STREETS OF BERLIN

During the 1920’s and into the 1930’s the SA, Hitler’s Brownshirts, were always on show… in demonstrations, parades and rallies the brown-clad, street-brawling,
bully-boys were much in evidence among the most infamous was…

  • SA001 Horst Wessel – A Berlin ‘tough-guy’ and petty criminal… his star rose rapidly in the SA (Sturmabteilung) and he became well-known to the Police, fellow comrades of the
    SA and, of course, to his enemies, the Communists. In February 1930 his enemies caught up with him and he was shot by two left wing assassins. After his death he was promoted by Josef Goebbels, Berlin’s Gauleiter, as a ‘martyr’ to the Nazi
    cause and celebrated in words and music by a specially composed song “The Horst Wessel Lied” which during the Nazi years became almost a second National Anthem to “Deutschland Uber Allies” (Germany Above All). Here, Wessel strides
    confidently forward, right hand adopting the ‘half-Hitler’ salute favoured by some Nazi Leaders and their acolytes.
  • SA002 Marching Flagbearer
  • SA003 Marching SA Man
  • SA004 Marching with Side Glance



Streets of Berlin!

MARINE REINFORCEMENTS


When we launched this ‘TARAWA’ range of U.S. Marines at the recent Chicago Show (September 2017) little did we realize just how popular they would become!!!
They have been a huge success worldwide. So, we decided let’s keep the range fresh and exciting by adding new figures as often as we can. Here are FOUR of our latest… ‘reinforcements’

  • USMC023 LVT(A)-1 “Alligator” – This is the THIRD Amtrack K&C has produced over the years and the FIRST to carry the turret-mounted 37mm gun from the M3 Light Tank. In addition to the
    main gun this amphibious vehicle has TWO Marine-manned .30 caliber machine guns as part of its defensive/ offensive armament.
  • USMC026 Marine Sniper – A sitting (on ammunition crates) Marine taking careful aim with his M1 ‘Garand’ Rifle.
  • USMC028 Kneeling B.A.R. Gunner – With both knees ‘on the deck’ this Leatherneck opens fire with his Browning Automatic Rifle.
  • USMC029 Running Marine – A running Marine sprints for cover as the bullets fly around him.



Battle of TARAWA

THE BATTLE OF HONG KONG 1941


During the Second World War, the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong was destined to be the first place the Canadian Army fought a land battle against the Axis powers.

On December 8, 1941, 2 x battalions of Canadians, The Winnipeg Grenadiers and The Royal Rifles of Canada were an important part of the British garrison defending Hong Kong against a Japanese attack.

Just hours after simultaneous Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor, Malaya, Singapore and the Philippines the enemy struck. Within 5 days they had occupied all of the New Territories (bordering mainland China) and the Kowloon Peninsula. Now they were poised to invade Hong Kong Island itself!


VALOUR & SACRIFICE

There are many tales of bravery and gallantry among the beleaguered and besieged defenders of the small British Colony but one in particular is remembered in this initial release…

On 19 December, the second day of fighting after the Japanese had landed on Hong Kong Island, soldiers of “A” Company, Winnipeg Grenadiers were holding defensive positions in the centre of the Island.

Japanese troops had surrounded the ‘Winnipeggers’ and were lobbing grenades into the Canadian position. On numerous occasions, Company Sergeant Major John Osborn, a WW1 veteran, picked them up and threw them back at the enemy.

When one fell where Osborn could not reach it in time, he shouted a warning to his men and threw himself onto the grenade smothering the explosion. He was killed instantly but his sacrifice saved the lives of many of his men.

CSM Osborn was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military award for bravery in the field.


K&C’s CANADIANS

King & Country is proud to produce a squad of 6 x fighting Canadian infantrymen in two small sets as they appeared in the dark days of December 1941.

Further Reading: A great book on the Battle of Hong Kong is Oliver Lindsay’s “The Lasting Honour”… Highly recommended!

  • FOB154 Taking The Fight To The Enemy – CSM John Osborn V.C. leads 3 of his Winnipeg Grenadiers into battle. In one hand he holds his ‘Tommy-Gun’, in the other a grenade.
    All 3 infantrymen carry the standard British .303 Lee Enfield Rifle.
  • FOB155 Bren Gun Team – As the Bren Gunner moves forward his ‘Number 2’ provides covering fire.



Battle of Hong Kong 1941

Streets of Old Hong Kong



Orient

DOWN AMONG THE PEASANTS


As regular collectors know K&C has produced a great number of Soviet armoured vehicles and Red Army figures. We’ve also, of late, produced several individual
Russian Peasants to help populate any Eastern Front display or diorama. It seemed logical for the next step to be a Russian dwelling of some kind…

  • SP097 The Russian Farm House – This typical wooden structure features TWO different sides to the building allowing collectors to reverse sides to crate alternative displays as well as,
    if you buy 2, to create a small two-building settlement somewhere out on the Russian Steppes.



Diorama and Scenic Building Collection

New King & Country November Releases!

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

King & Country November 2017 Releases!

2018 Calendar


The new KC 2018 Calendar. Available for free with King and Country purchases of $200.00 or more.



King & Country Calendar

Beginners Gift Sets


Three new gift sets, available for a limited time.



Beginner Gift Sets

NOTTINGHAM’S EVIL-DOERS IN ACTION


Although Robin Hood & His Merrie Men may rule the green-leafed glades of Sherwood Forest the dastardly Sherrif of Nottingham and his not-so-merry-men hold considerable sway elsewhere in the Country and Castle that dominates the town of Nottingham itself.
Two more fighting swordsmen and three additional Men-At-Arm’s prepare to join the Sherrif in searching and seeking out the elusive Robin as well as gathering in the taxes for the wicked and equally cruel Prince John…



Robin Hood

Napoleonics


  • NA405 Mounted Aide De Camp – The Emperor employed dozens of these dashing young officers to convey his instructions and orders all over the battlefield and beyond. They would also, on occasion, act as his personal ‘eyes and ears’ reporting on how well officers and
    regiments carried out the instructions and orders carried to them by these
    self-same ADC’s
  • NA410 The Hussar Hussie #1 Monique
    – From ancient times armies have always acquired female ‘camp followers’; women
    who accompanied their men into battle and fed them, tended their wounds,
    sometimes even carried their packs and equipment… as well as providing other
    ‘creature comforts.’ All for the sake of a little protection and safety in a
    distinctly violent and unsettled world. In Napoleonic times the practice
    continued and even increased as Napoleon and his Armies traversed the continent
    and beyond. Different regiments attracted different kinds of female companions.
    The Cavalry being among the smartest turned-out also tended to welcome some of
    the prettiest ladies…
  • NA411 Hussar Hussie #2 Sophie
    – Yet another fetching young lass, ‘Sophie’ is much enamoured with the officers
    of the 3rd Hussars… As they no doubt are with her!
  • NA399 The Old Guard At Rest
    – A standing Grenadier converses with his sitting, pipe-smoking comrade…
  • NA400 Guardsmen at-ease
    It’s fair to say that looking at these 2 x casually-posed Grenadiers on ‘Guard
    Duty’ the enemy must be far-away and certainly nowhere in the close vicinity.



Napoleonic

THE U.S. ARMY AT WAR 1944/45


Now, they’re taking the war into the very heart of the Third Reich with this latest batch of “Fighting GI’s”…
Decked-out in the Olive Green M1943 field jacket these newest ‘Dogfaces’ come in a range of useful battlefield poses reflecting the reality of street fighting in Nazi Germany in the closing months of WW2.
Here is the first group of 5 X GI’s to be released…

  • DD307 Charging Rifleman – As his buddies provide ‘covering fire’ this GI runs forward from one firing position to the next.
  • DD308 Snap Shooter – This next GI is warily moving forward holding his M1 Garand in the ‘ready’ position in case a sudden ‘target of opportunity’ presents itself. Very much a ‘hunting’ pose.
  • DD311 Machine Gun Team – The .30 cal. machine gun was usually not part of the regular rifle platoon weapons list… They were attached to battalions and companies who would then supply them to platoons whenever or wherever it was deemed necessary.
    Our 2-man team would provide a volume of suppressing fire that would allow the riflemen to position themselves best for an attack on the enemy.
  • DD313 Turnning Bar Gunner – The standard U.S. Army Squad Light Machine Gun was the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (the B.A.R.). It used a twenty-round box magazine and performed in a similar squad support role as the British Bren. Our BAR Gunner appears to be looking around a corner to get a better view of the enemy.



D-Day ’44

“THE RATS OF TOBRUK”


This nickname was given in particular by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel to the ‘Diggers’ of the 9th Australian Division (plus one brigade of the 7th) as well as other British, Polish and Indian units defending the besieged Libyan port city of Tobruk.

The siege began in April 1941 and lasted until almost December of that same year.

‘ORIGINS OF THE NAME’

The mainly Australian garrison was extremely adept at utilizing captured enemy equipment and would go out of their way, after every enemy assault, to go forward into the battlefield at night to recover as much as they could that might be reusable.

At the same time the Tobruk defenders dug an extensive network of tunnels and shelters to supplement their trenches… and used them frequently when under heavy bombardment.

‘Lord Haw-Haw’, the British traitor and German propagandist took up Rommel’s description dismissing the garrison as ‘the miserable desert rats of Tobruk’…

The defenders thereafter adopted the title with pride!!!

  • EA124 Trench & Riflemen – Two Australian ’Diggers’ watch over their sand-bagged trench .303 Lee Enfield rifles at the ready.
  • EA125 Trench & Bren Gun Team – As one Aussie scans the horizon for any sign of enemy activity his mate ‘mans’ the trusty Bren Light Machine Gun.
  • EA126 Trench & BOYS Anti-Tank Rifle – One more Australian infantryman together with his ‘BOYS Anti Tank Rifle’ takes aim at an approaching enemy vehicle.
    Although adequate against light tanks and armoured cars in the early part of the war the ‘BOYS’ was ineffective against heavier armour. It was phased out by mid war… but still in use at the time of Tobruk.
  • EA127 Defense Under Fire – Three lying-prone Aussies taking cover from enemy artillery and mortar fire.
  • EA128 Kneeling Rifleman – One more very useful Australian infantryman with his .303 Lee Enfield.



Montgomery’s 8th Army

ACHTUNG TIGER


There’s not a lot to say about the PzKpfw VI, better known as “The Tiger”, that has not been said before… It is, quite simply, the most famous German tank of World War Two… Perhaps, the most famous tank ever and certainly the most popular and the most collected!!!

Given its ‘TIGER’ nickname by its designer Ferdinand Porsche it has been called ‘The most outstanding tank design of its time.’ That it most definitely was BUT it also had some mighty faults… It was over-engineered… it required considerably greater resources of materials and manpower to manufacture it and… its fuel consumption was staggering (at a time when German fuel production was actually dramatically decreasing).

Its heavy armour and mighty ’88 gun were indeed impressive… and did terrify its enemies both on the Eastern and Western Fronts… But its manufacturing cost and its requirement for specially-trained crews meant that it never had the full impact on the Allies that it might have had. Just 1,347 Tigers were actually built between August 1942 and August 1944. After that time production of the Tiger I was phased out in favour of the Tiger II, better known as the ‘King Tiger’.

That all being said its fighting reputation among its opponents spread far and wide and led, in some cases, to almost panic whenever it appeared on the battlefield.

By far the most famous commander and promoter of the ‘Tiger’ legend was a young Waffen SS officer called… Michael Wittmann.

By the winter of 1943, Michael Wittmann had already acquired plenty of battlefield experience with the relatively new Pz. Kpfw. VI “TIGER”.

During the Battle of KURSK in early July, 1943 the young platoon leader had destroyed dozens of Soviet tanks, self-propelled guns and even artillery pieces… He also survived a collision with a burning Red Army tank!

By the Fall and Winter of 1943 he continued to add numerous ‘Kills’ to his tally and was recognized for his achievements by the ‘Top Brass’ with awards and presentations.

One particular ‘presentation’ was special that was when Wittmann and his crew were to meet Jochen Peiper, another noted and popular Waffen SS officer.

For Josef Goebel’s Propaganda Ministry this was a major event to be recorded for posterity… Two Nazi Heroes for the price of one!

These new releases capture the moment…

  • WS344 Wittmann’s Winter Tiger – Although the Tiger’s ‘Winter Whitewash’ is beginning to wear-off the tank stands in all its glory…
    As a ‘Command Tank’, the model sports 3 x Radio Antennas, and 2 x top turret hatches that open and close allowing collectors, if they wish, to place figures in the ‘open’ position or have everything ‘bolted down’ for battle.
    The main gun also elevates and depresses as required. Interestingly, although the tank itself has a battle-worn appearance the ‘kill’ markings on the 88mm gun are brand-new. This was because, for propaganda purposes, it made for a better picture to ‘show the folks back home’ just how successful Michael Wittmann and his crew had been.
    In reality, tank commanders would not have wished to draw even more enemy attention to themselves, their crew and vehicle with such an ostentatious and obvious display.
  • WS345 When Wittman met Peiper – This SIX-FIGURE set portrays the moment when Jochen Peiper, also in black tank uniform, greets the junior officer Michael Wittmann and his crew.
    As you see Peiper gives the almost-casual half ‘Heil Hitler’ salute while the younger Wittmann gives the full, extended right arm salute in reply. Wittmann’s Crew stand-at-attention waiting to be introduced.
  • WS-S01 Wittmann Special Presentation
    Gift Set
    – This combined SET brings together the “WINTER TIGER” and the FULL Six-Figure parade set at a very attractive and affordable combined package price.



Russian Front Winter 1941

Streets of Old Hong Kong


Two hard-working ‘Coolies’ (labourers) enjoy a well-earned rest from their labours and tuck into some simple but nourishing soup and vegetables.


Orient

CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR


Someone, somewhere is dreaming of a White Christmas and this GI has decided to brighten up the drab wartime Yule Tide with a visit to a local orphanage!

Using typical ‘GI ingenuity’ this soldier has found an old Santa / St. Nick costume, ‘borrowed’ a military motorcycle and side car and loaded it up with whatever toys and gifts he and his fellow GI’S could find. They’ve even donated a whole case of a popular, well-known American drink that these kids have never tasted before.

This will be one wartime Christmas they will never forget!



Christmas – Limited Edition


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