Archive for November, 2015

New Britain’s December Arrivals

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Battle of Waterloo, 1815

Battle of Waterloo, 1815

Battle of the Somme

Battle of the Somme

Wrath of the Norseman

Wrath of the Norseman

Rorke’s Drift

Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version

New Britain’s November Arrivals – In Stock Now

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

American Civil War

American Civil War

WWI German Forces 1916 -1918

WWI German Forces 1916 -1918

New Thomas Gunn November Releases!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

WWII German

WWII German forces

WWII Japanese

WWII Pacific


World War One

Napoleonic Wars –
Prussian Landwehr

Raised by a Royal Edict in 1813 calling for all men aged between 18 and 45 to bear arms as and when needed in the defence of the country, the Landwehr were an integral part of the Prussian military during the Napoleonic wars.

The performance of the Landwehr in combat varied mainly due to poor discipline and a lack of training. They stampeded on several occasions but also had some splendid actions. Digby-Smith wrote: ‘The Prussian Landwehr received their baptism of fire at Lowenberg, the Schweidnitz Battalion braved canister fire and threw the enemy back at the point of the bayonet.

They were only taken out of the line when they ran out of ammunition, when they marched past Yorck, he had his line regiments present arms to them’.

Blucher wrote: ‘At first it was only so-so with the Landwehr battalions, but now that they’ve had a good taste of powder, they’re as good as the line battalions.’ Napoleon, however, had a very different opinion of them. When he saw some captured Landwehr, he wrote: ”The enemy infantry is absolutely wretched; this encourages me.” However by 1815 at the battle of Ligny, the II Btn. of 1.Westphalian Landwehr formed a square on top of a hill near Brye. The Landwehr were charged three times by the French cavalry and each time the Landwehr musket volley repelled the French, obviously this sort of defence would not have encouraged Napoleon! We have 2 versions of Landwehr infantry for you to collect in this first release, the (A version) Silesian Landwehr wearing yellow collars and cuffs and the (B Version) Westphalian’s wearing green collars and cuffs. Very much an action packed release we plan to add a Command Group in 2016 to complement these first figures. These figures are slightly smaller than our WW2 figures and will fit in with Britain’s and K&C Napoleonic’s.


John Jenkins November Releases!

Monday, November 9th, 2015

War of the Roses

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

French & Indian Wars – Provincial Regiments

The 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot, better known under its later name, The King’s Royal Rifle Corps, has long been associated with Canada. After Braddock’s defeat by the French and Indians in 1755, authority was granted to raise a regiment of four battalions to be recruited in Germany and from German colonists in North America. The regiment was named the 62nd, or Royal American, Regiment of Foot; but it was re-designated the 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot in February 1757. Recruiting for the Royal Americans in North America was disappointing, and more than half its strength was drafted from men rejected by British regiments in Ireland. From this unlikely collection of foreigners and cast-offs was fashioned one of the most renowned corps of the British Army.

Provincial Regiments 1759

WWI – British

British Forces

WWI – French

Chemical weapons in World War I were primarily used to demoralize, injure, and kill entrenched defenders, against whom the indiscriminate and generally slow-moving or static nature of gas clouds would be most effective. The types of weapons employed ranged from disabling chemicals, such as tear gas and the severe mustard gas, to lethal agents like phosgene and chlorine. This chemical warfare was a major component of the first global war and first total war of the 20th century. The killing capacity of gas was limited, with four percent of combat deaths caused by gas. Gas was unlike most other weapons of the period because it was possible to develop effective countermeasures, such as gas masks. In the later stages of the war, as the use of gas increased, its overall effectiveness diminished

The use of poison gas performed by all major belligerents throughout World War I constituted war crimes as its use violated the 1899 Hague Declaration Concerning Asphyxiating Gases and the 1907 Hague Convention on Land Warfare, which prohibited the use of “poison or poisoned weapons” in warfare.

French Army

WWI – German

The STURMPANZER A7V was a tank introduced by Germany in 1918, during World War I. One hundred chassis were ordered in early 1917, ten to be finished as fighting vehicles with armoured bodies, and the remainder as cargo carriers. The number to be armoured was later increased to 20. They were used in action from March to October of that year, and were the only tanks produced by Germany in World War I to be used in operations.

Unlike modern tanks, the A7V has no turret. Instead, it has a cupola for the commander and driver, and its main gun, a 57mm Maxim-Nordenfelt, is carried in a mounting in the front, allowing limited traverse. Six Maxim 08 machine guns are carried in mountings, two on each side and two to the rear.

The crew normally consisted of up to seventeen soldiers and one officer: commander (officer, typically a lieutenant), driver, mechanic, mechanic/signaller, twelve infantrymen (six machine gunners, six loaders), and two artillerymen (main gunner and loader).

Sturmpanzer A7V, named “Mephisto”, and numbered 506, was originally a 1st Lot, standard-production model produced by the Rochling factory, and was initially a female tank, only armed with machine guns. It was to be converted to a “buck-mount” male, and is today the only original A7V tank to survive.

In April 1918, the tank was issued to Abt.3, and was repainted and named “Mephisto”, with its upper left prow decorated just before the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, with the emblem of a red devil running with a snatched British rhomboid tank.

It was to participate in the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, but after a successful advance, which saw it take a large number of prisoners, it became disabled as it plunged into a large shell hole. The crew abandoned the tank, and went on to fight as an assault party.

Initially the tank remained inside the German lines, but was too close to the frontline for recovery. During this time it was hit by at least one shell in the forward fighting compartment, and Australian reports also claim that the tank was used as a strongpoint by German infantry.

The 26th Battalion of the 7th Brigade, mostly from Queensland, hatched a plan to capture it. In July 1918, under cover of an artillery barrage, the Australian infantry and two British vehicles (either Gun Carriers or Mark IV tanks) moved forward and dragged it back to their lines; the Germans were still in sight of the tank and firing at them. They had to don gas masks after poison gas was deployed.

The soldiers who captured Mephisto later hammered their names into the front armour: “TANK BOYS \ H. WILLIAMS, J. BYFORD, A. MCFARLANE, J. PICKLES, H. DUTTON, T. HUGHES

The tank was then graffitied by Australian troops, with a painting of the AIF rising sun emblem. Machinations began to take the tank back to Australia, but the British wanted to keep it for the Imperial War Museum. It was quickly put on a ship destined for Sydney with the Australian infantry that captured it. The ship was supposed to deliver it to Sydney, with plans for it to go to the war memorial in Canberra’s display, but it was diverted to Brisbane and unloaded there. Two steam traction engines moved it from the ship to the Queensland Museum, dragging it on its tracks.

German Army


Turkish hand grenades found on the Galliploi battlefield were usually simple hollow iron spheres filled with explosives. This was the standard type of grenade used by the Turkish Army at Gallipoli during the First World War. The matchhead was struck on an abrasive igniter carried by each bomber, which lit the five-second fuze. Initially, ten-second fuzes were used, but these sometimes allowed the British and Australian troops to return the bomb to the Turkish trenches.

“A feature of the fighting at Quinn’s was the bombing. In the early days the advantage here lay with the Turks as the Anzacs possessed no grenades while the Turks had a seemingly endless supply of cricket-ball shaped bombs.”

Battle of Gallipoli 1915

King & Country November Releases Part 1.

Monday, November 9th, 2015

King & Country 2016 Calendar

Yes it that time of year again, and the announcement of the new 2016 calendar. If you would like one let us know, for our regular King & Country customers we will be including one in your shipment. For new customers we will be pleased to include one, just for you. The calendar is also available to order on-line.

King & Country Calendar

“Flight Into Egypt”

This latest “Life of Jesus” release returns to an earlier time…just after the Nativity when, under threat of death from King Herod, Mary and Joseph and their small baby fled into Egypt where they remained until Herod’s death.

Life of Jesus

“Where Are All The Good Little Girls & Boys..?”

For our Annual Yuletide release we have another delightful and merry little set…Here, we see Santa with his magnifying glass in one hand and his little book of “Who’s been good and Who’s been naughty this year” in the other…Studying a globe of the world and planning his Christmas Eve departure route.

Christmas – Limited Edition

Pike & Musket

”Pike & Musket” is a series that encompasses the Wars of the early-mid 17th Century and extends from English Civil War to the Thirty Years War and even into the fictional lives of such legendary characters as D’Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos and all points between! Here is just a small taste of the vitality and versatility of this colourful and exciting series.

  • PnM039 — The Cardinal – Cardinal Richlieu, the “Red Eminence”, and the power behind King Louis XIII. Often known as the King’s “First Minister” he wielded enormous power and influence not just in France but throughout Europe at that time.He is also a leading character in Alexander Dumas’ “Three Musketeers” and the Musketeers main antagonist.We show him at the height of his power…sword drawn and wearing a suit of armour always prepared to defend what he believes is in France’s best interest.
  • PnM050 — Standing Ironside Trooper– A dismounted Parliamentary cavalryman…arms folded.
  • PnM051 — Le Comte De Rochefort– The Comte (or Count) de Rochefort is another villainous character from the Dumas novel and is an accomplice of the Cardinal and an ally to the beautiful but deadly Milady de Winter. A skilled swordsman and a ruthless adversary he can be recognized by his eye patch and a long scar across his cheek.

English Civil War – Pike & Musket

King and Country November Releases Part 2

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Napoleon’s Gunners

It’s sometimes forgotten that Napoleon Bonaparte began his military career as a humble officer of Artillery. And, throughout his life he took a great interest in the development and use of artillery on the battlefield. To that end, here at K&C, we also have a great fondness for guns and gunners…Here are some of our latest French Foot Artillery additions…

French Artillery, Infantry, and Dragoons.

World of Dickens

Christmas and Dickens seem to go together very well and this year they go even better with a family of carol singers.

World of Dickens


Four additional releases to add to our Imperial Japanese Forces during WW2 in the Pacific and South East Asia.

  • JN011 — Imperial Navy Officer-of-the-Watch – Dressed in tropical whites and clutching his binoculars this officer is on duty watching his men service the Mitsubishi “Zeroes” as they prepare to fly off their carriers.
  • JN012 — Aircraft Armourers – Holding an aircraft manual in one hand and his tool kit in the other this Petty Officer goes about his duties on the flight deck.
  • JN012 — Deck Crew Petty Officer Mechanic – Holding an aircraft manual in one hand and his tool kit in the other this Petty Officer goes about his duties on the flight deck.
  • JN013 — Aircraft Armourers – A pair of armourers, kneeling and standing carrying belts of machine gun ammunition for their aircraft positioned on the carrier’s flight deck.
  • JN015 — Japanese Infantryman 1942 – The first of an upcoming series of regular Japanese Army infantry…marching with his Arisaka rifle on the shoulder. Based on an actual photograph this soldier is extremely casual in his dress…even by Japanese standards!

World War II Pacific – Tora!Tora!Tora!


  • DD273 — “The Sarge” – Hollywood, both the movies and television, have always loved WW2 and when it comes to portraying the American GI there has been no shortage of great actors
    ready to represent them on the big screen and the little one too…Among those portrayals there is usually the rough, tough and occasionally gruff sergeant who is firm but fair with the men under his command…Think of Sgt. Horvath in “Saving Pvt. Ryan” or Sgt. Rick Saunders in “COMBAT” and you get the idea. Here is our little tribute to the fictional “non-coms” as well as all the real ones! “Tommy Gun” resting on the hip and watching out for his men “The Sarge” is ready for combat!
  • DD274 — The M36 ‘Jackson’ Tank Destroyer – Developed towards the end of WW2 the M36 “Jackson” was the most powerful U.S. tank destroyer of its time mounting a massive 90mm gun. It replaced the much weaker M10 which only carried a 76mm gun. Supplies of the M36 finally began to arrive in the European Theatre of Operations in September 1944 where it immediately proved to be more than a match against any of the heavy tanks of the Germans. It also saw ‘active duty’ in the Korean conflict easily defeating the Russian-supplied armour used by both the North Koreans and the Chinese. Even after Korea, M36’s turned up in the former Yugoslavia and saw action in the 1990’s! Our K&C M36 is painted in typical olive drab finish complete with Allied ‘white star’ and would have certainly took part in The Battle of the Bulge in December ’44 and the drive into Germany in the first 5 months of 1945. Dismounted tank crew figures will be available in a later release.
  • DD275 — Capt. Dale Dye… Weapons Training – A many of you war movie buffs know Capt. Dale Dye USMC ret’d has carved out a unique place for himself in the film world. He has worked both behind and in front of the cameras on such outstanding movies and TV series as “Platoon”…”Born on the Fourth of July”…”Band of Brothers”…”The Pacific” and, of course, “Saving Pvt. Ryan” to name but a handful. He’s also a good friend of myself and K&C and was one of our very special “Guests of Honour” at the last “Texas Toy Soldier Show”. Capt. Dye’s military contribution to making
    many of these films and series more accurate and realistic is considerable and widely praised. Here at K&C we wanted to say “thank you” for Dale’s work in our own small way and here it is…
    We based our figure on several photos taken during the production of “Saving Pvt. Ryan” where Capt. Dye was instructing the main actors and some of the principal extras on the correct use and safe
    handling of real weapons…Including in this case the M1 carbine. Capt. Dye totally immerses himself in all of the productions he gets involved with. In this case, he is dressed as a “Ranger” captain and is wearing the same uniform as the men of Capt. Miller’s squad in the movie.
  • DD276 — Colonel Robert F.Sink – This figure also has a connection with Dale Dye…The actual Col. Sink was the Commanding Officer of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division which of course featured the men of “Easy company” from “Band of Brothers”.Capt. Dye, in addition to training all of the actors and extras for the Television series also played Col. Sink in the series.Our figure shows the ‘real’ Colonel Robert F. Sink in his jump suit delivering orders to his men prior to the D. Day Operation.A regular prewar U.S. Army officer he had a long and distinguished military career and rose to the rank of Lieutenant General before retiring in 1961. He died in 1965.

Gang of Heroes

Wehrmacht In Action

Note: All of the above figures can be used on either Eastern or Western Fronts…as the individual collector prefers.

German Wehrmacht

On The Streets of
Old Berlin

The Nazis were past masters of propaganda publicity and promotion in their rise to power and throughout their 12 years in power. They used every means at their disposal…cinema, radio, very early television and, of course, all kinds of printed materials and posters to get their message across…especially on the public streets of Germany.

  • LAH190 — Vote for Hitler! #1 – A standing “Sturmabteilung” (Stormtrooper) man carries his political “sandwich board” complete with Nazi posters front and back.
  • LAH191 — Vote for Hitler! #2 – A second Stormtrooper stands with his poster of “Der Fuhrer” looking menacing.
  • LAH196 — Tall Poster Column – All over German towns and cities these kind of tall, multi poster displays could be seen advertising all kinds of products, goods and services as well as
    theatres and cinemas. In this case Herr Hitler is front and centre as well as other National Socialist posters.

Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

“Read All About IT!”

A young street vendor enjoys one of his own book collection as he presents a stall-full of “used-books” for his customers to peruse and…hopefully buy!


“A Very Special Man”

WL001 Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) was the first and longest-serving Prime Minister of Singapore after its independence. He was the visionary leader who can rightly be said to be the “father of modern Singapore” and almost single-handedly turned a sleepy, former British colony into one of Asia’s most successful and dynamic city/states.

Our figure shows him delivering a speech during the early days of independence in the mid 1960’s. He is simply dressed in white shirt and white trousers emphasizing that he and his party (the People’s Action Party) are both clean…and honest…a relative rarity in Asian politics.

Singapore Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

“Double Trouble”

By popular demand we are re-releasing this great little set of two Japanese Officers once more…

Fall of Singapore