Archive for October, 2016

New John Jenkins November Releases!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016


The SPAD S.XIII was a French biplane fighter aircraft of World War I, developed by Société Pour L’Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD) from the earlier highly successful SPAD S.VII. It was one of the most capable fighters of the war, and one of the most-produced, with 8,472 built and orders for around 10,000 more cancelled at the armistice.

Georges Félix Madon (July 28, 1892 – November 11, 1924) was the fourth ranked French ace pilot of the First World War.
Madon was born in Bizerte, Tunisia and was athletic from an early age. He was short but had an erect stance, and was exceptionally strong. He boxed and played football. His desire to fly led him to attempt to become a pilot for the Ottoman Empire. When that failed, he enlisted in the First Engineering Regiment in Versailles, and ended up as a cook.

He repeatedly requested pilot’s training.

Madon was initially assigned to Escadrille BL30, where he flew reconnaissance missions in Bleriots. He also flew some of the first night-time bombing missions of the war. Madon was already a very experienced pilot, and this served him well when he was hit by a 77mm shell on October 30, 1914. He managed to perform a dead stick landing against the wind, but behind the French lines.
He was appointed to command Escadrille Spa38, which was re-equipped with new Spad XIIIs. Although principally a photo reconnaissance unit, Spa38 aggressively defended itself. They lived up to the motto they adopted from their commander: “Whoever rubs against me gets pricked”. They also adopted his black thistle insignia on their planes.

He mentored other pilots who became aces because of his tutelage; among these were Andre Martenot de Cordou, Hector Garaud, and American David Putnam.
By war’s end, he was credited with 41 confirmed victories and 64 probables. About the latter, he once nonchalantly remarked: “The Boche knows his losses.” His score of 41 still ranked him fourth among all French pilots
To make himself more easily identifiable to his men, G. F. Madon painted the fuselage and tail of his aircraft red. One of his SPAD XIII had an all-red fuselage and white radiator cowl.


Knights Of The Skies – WWI

American Expeditionary Forces

Mack AC “Bulldog” haulers are legendary workhorses. During their 20-plus years of production (1916-1939), they were employed in many heavy industries including logging, petroleum, construction, and nearly anywhere a rock-solid chassis cab was needed. They were available with up to a 7.5-ton load capacity. The U.S. military made extensive use of the AC during WWI. Many of them remained in the countries where they served and were put to use by civilians for decades afterward.

Mack delivered over 6,000 trucks, both to the United States and Britain’s military. A legend surfaced that British soldiers would call for Mack Bulldogs to be sent when facing adversity.

Mack Trucks, Inc., is an American truck–manufacturing company and a former manufacturer of buses and trolley buses. Founded in 1900 as the Mack Brothers Company, it manufactured its first truck in 1907 and adopted its present name in 1922.

In 1916 The Mack ACs are introduced and over 40,000 of these trucks were produced.

American Expeditionary Forces




Battle of Gallipoli 1915


Initially, Frances armed forces were designed to fight, fend for, and feed at a company or battalion level. This meant that soldiers who were line infantrymen might also be cooks, laborers, supply clerks and maintenance personnel, with fatigue details being assigned on a rotational basis between the non-specialists. In garrison, or on maneuvers, this worked splendidly. When the day’s work was done, the cooking detail would set up the kitchen area, cook and serve the meal, and everyone was happy.

For emergency use, troops carried an emergency ration, but no one would touch that except in old Legionnaires’ barroom tales of the Legion in ‘wild places’.

While the front lines were still somewhat flexible, field unit based kitchens were becoming less and less feasible. By the time the front froze at the trench line from the channel to the Swiss border, they had become impossible. Many troops would receive fresh ration supplies, but with the trench networks initially only being laid out for close-up combat, no provisions for regular cooking was made.

This meant that troops subsisted on fresh bread, fruit, wine and sausages. Iron rations were limited due to supply shortages, and generally the only warm meal happened if a section or a platoon managed to set up a makeshift kitchen to use the supplies arriving in an irregular fashion before they could spoil. Even then, the best troops could hope for was some sort of soup or stew, or a cup of coffee if they were not so lucky.

The Field ration consisting of an abbreviated menu and was the main ration type scheduled for troops. Traveling kitchens would set up in areas adjacent to the combat zone, and would prepare more-or-less edible and definitely not nutritionally balanced meals, which would then be hauled to the front lines. This detail of being a ‘soup man’ was considered to be a job more hazardous than combat infantryman, as you had to traverse ground generally covered by enemy pre-planned artillery fires, while carrying equipment that made it hard to seek cover, run or hide.

Food that did make it to the front was generally at least cold and of dubious quality, and often times soiled and near inedible, such as bread that was carried without wrappers of any kind, coffee (le jus) transported in open cans etc. Menus consisted of a variety of poorly prepared dishes, which include open rack roasted meats, previously salted (and mostly too salty) fish, various pâtés made of meat scraps, lard and vegetables, rice, and beans of every description, at times just cooked together in more or less edible stews. Luckily, along with these rations came (if at all possible) a serving of ‘pinard’, the cheap wine issued to all French forces. British troops lucky enough to get some eventually combined all French terms like pinard or vin blanc into the ubiquitous (and still current!) term ‘plonk’, describing any cheap wine.

French Army


French Militia 1759


Raid on Saint Francis, 1759


Wars of the Roses 1455-1487


Battle of Monongahela, 1755

First Sudan War 1884 – 1885


First Sudan War 1884 – 1885

New Britain’s October Releases!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Wrath of the Norseman

Wrath of the Norseman

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

New First Legion October Releases!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Retreat from Russia

During Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, the Russian Cossacks were the troops that the French feared the most. Not heavy battlefield cavalry, but rather used effectively as light cavalry, the Russian Cossacks constantly harried the French
forces both during their advance and, as we have portrayed them here, during the Retreat. Operating both in direct support of the main Russian field armies as well as behind the French lines as a very early example of guerrilla troops, the
Cossacks were extremely effective and played a key role in disrupting supply and interrupting communication. Though we have done these figures under the banner of our Retreat from Russia range, they can be used for a much broader selection
of the period. However, as part of the Retreat Series, these figures are painted to an incredibly high level and perfectly match the French Infantry and sledges which we’ve already released and make a wonderful addition to the Retreat from
Russia series of figures.

Retreat from Russia

French Personalities

  • NAP0529 French Marshal Jean-Baptiste Bessieres – Marshal Bessieres was one of those who had served with Napoleon since the very beginning as a captain in Bonapartes Army of Italy and on the Egyptian expedition. At Marengo he served with the Consular Guard and was promoted to Marshal of France in 1804. He participated in all of the major campaigns including the Peninsula until he was killed by a cannonball just a few days after the start of the 1813 campaign. As one of Napoleon’s closest friends, the Emperor took his death very hard and he was yet another example of the dilution through combat losses of the effectiveness of the once great Grande
  • NAP0530 French ADC Orderly Officer to the Emperor – The ADC “d’Ordonnance” was an orderly in the personal service of the Emperor shown here in the 1809-1814 uniform.

French Personalities

British Congreve
Rocket and Crew

British Field Artillery

French Camp Life

  • NAP0562 Sexy French Cantiniere
    – And now for something completely different for us, one of the few female figures we have done for the Napoleon’s Europe figure range, this oozing with
    that certain kind of appeal French Cantiniere! French camp followers often included both wives of officers and a variety of “women of the night” and this
    particular lady dons the Hussar Jacket of the 5th Regiment. However you decide to fit this truly lovely figure into your camp scenes is of course entirely up
    to you!

French Camp Life

New Thomas Gunn October Releases!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Glory of Rome

Glory of Rome

WWII – German

The Marder was a 3 ton submarine and was considered an improvement over the earlier Neger, but included a flooding tank that allowed the craft to submerge up to a depth of 100ft. Another improvement was the pilot Plexiglas dome being operable from the inside, unlike the Neger where the pilot was locked in from the outside, with no chance of escape should the sub sink!

Germany first fielded this type of weapon in large numbers on the night of the 2nd/3rd August 1944, when 58 mini submarines took part in an operation against Allied shipping off Courseulles-sur-Mer, of the 58 craft involved in the attack only 17 returned to base. However they did manage to sink or damage 1 Liberty ship, a mine sweeper and a Royal Navy destroyer.

The last attack by mini subs in significant numbers was on the night of 16/17 August 1944, when 42 Marder attacked Allied shipping, torpedoing the empty French battleship ‘Courbet’ and 2 other small vessels for the loss of 26 Marder’s.

Our Marder KM005 comes with the 2 Kriegsmarine figures as per the attached pictures, is limited to 100 in number and is priced at $150/£99 inc VAT in the Euro zone. Other craft are scheduled for this series with KM001 Assault boat due for release in December 2016.

WWII German forces

New King and Country October Releases!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Ancient Egypt

Here we find two of history’s most famous lovers… and tragic ones too…
Antony & Cleopatra.

  • AE060 Mark Antony – Marcus Antonius, more commonly known in English as Mark or Marc Antony. A powerful Roman politician and general and a staunch ally of Julius Caesar.Following Caesar’s death he was involved in a power struggle with Caesar’s successor Octavian (later to be called Augustus). Although married to Octavian’s sister he carried on an affair with the Egyptian queen Cleopatra who bore him 3 children.Eventually Mark Antony and Octavian’s mutual hostility erupted into Civil War and Antony fled to Egypt after his army was defeated at the Battle of Actium. Shortly thereafter the lovers committed suicide.

    Our figure of Mark Antony in Roman general’s uniform and armour is based on the designs used in the 1963 epic “Cleopatra” starring Elizabeth Taylor with Richard Burton as Mark Antony.

  • AE061 Cleopatra – Cleopatra, the Queen of the Nile and the lover of Mark Antony. She was also the last pharaoh of the Ptolemaic line of Egyptian rulers. These were all descended from Ptolemy, one of Alexander the Great’s generals.Her first Roman paramour was Julius Caesar himself and by him she had a son Caesarion. After Caesar’s assassination she aligned herself with Mark Antony. Following Antony’s suicide she also killed herself.The K&C figure draws on several influences for its design most notably, the 1963 “Cleopatra” movie.
  • AE-S01 Antony & Cleopatra Set
    – Although both figures are available individually there is also a special
    2-figure boxed set.

Ancient Egypt

The Old Guard at

The “Old Guard” (les Vielle Garde) were the elite veteran elements of the Emperor Napoleon’s Imperial Guard. As such they were the most loyal and prestigious formation in Bonaparte’s Grande Armee. Other French soldiers often called them “The Immortals”. Many of the men that made up the Old Guard were veterans of Napoleon’s earlier campaigns and were hand-selected for their courage … military skills and … above average height.

Although disbanded first in 1814 they returned to duty in 1815 when upon Napoleon’s return from exile they reformed to fight at Waterloo. The regiment was tasked with protecting the field position around the Emperor on the day of battle and suffered grievously being the rearguard that allowed Napoleon to flee the field after this final defeat.

This first release of our new K&C figures shows the “Old Guard” as they appeared on that fateful day. More will follow shortly …

  • NA358 Standing Ready
    Although already wounded this veteran guardsman stands his ground ready to repel
    the enemy…
  • NA359 Moving Forward
    Another old soldier moves forward … musket at the ‘high port’ position.
  • NA360 Loading – This hatless
    guardsman reached back into his ammunition pouch for another cartridge.
  • NA361 Still Fighting – This
    soldier has been knocked to the ground (or perhaps wounded) … but still
    engages the enemy.
  • NA362 Thrusting with Bayonet
    – Perhaps out of ammunition this guardsmen is resorting to ‘cold steel’ to
    attack the enemy.
  • NA363 Standing Firing – A
    classic figure in a classic fighting pose.
  • NA364 Standing Firing (hatless)
    – In any extended firing line it helps to have a little variety … and here is
    one … minus his ‘bearskin’ of course.
  • NA365 The Tambour/Drummer
    A fine-looking drummer, oblivious to the noise of battle all around him, beats
    out the orders.
  • NA367 Mounted Officer – This
    mounted ‘Old Guard’ officer wearing the bicorne with drawn sword rallies his
  • NA-S01 The Old Guard Set (NA358 – 364)
    – When you buy all 7 of our “Old Guard” fighting soldiers NA358-NA364 inclusive
    … We provide NA365 “The Drummer” FREE OF CHARGE!


Imperial China

Sun Quan (182-252) was a famous warlord of the Three Kingdoms era in hina.

He was notable for gathering important and honorable men to his side and gained the support of the common people for his fairness and honesty during these turbulent times in China.

He enjoyed a long and successful reign before dying in 252 at the age of 70.

The Imperial Collection

Streets of Old Hong

  • HK256 The TAI PAN’s House – This traditional walled and gated entrance can still be seen in some of Hong Kong’s outlying islands and remoter parts of the New Territories. There are also many fine examples in China itself and other parts of South East Asia where there are large Chinese communities.A great centre piece and an excellent backdrop for all kinds of scenes.
  • HK260M The Fish Seller Set – A colourful second-painted version of this highly popular set.
  • HK260G The Fish Seller Set



everyone knows Santa does not make all those gifts and toys for good little
girls and boys all by himself … He’s gotta have some expert help!

Christmas – Limited Edition


Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

Pike & Musket

very useful 2-man sets for this colourful 17th Century series …

  • PnM064 The King’s Duellists
    – One of King Louis XIII’s Musketeers engages in a duel with one of Cardinal Richelieu’s Bodyguards …Ostensibly both units served the King however there existed a fierce rivalry between the two factions and fighting and duelling often erupted whenever they met in public … or private.
  • PnM065 English Civil War Duellists
    – In England, around the same time, duels between armies took precedence over personal disagreements.Here one of Cromwell’s “Ironsides” fights it out with a dismounted Royalist cavalier.

Pike &
Musket Collection

New King and Country October Releases!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016


With the huge number of armoured vehicles rampaging all across the Western and Eastern Fronts during WW2 it was essential that damaged vehicles be either repaired on the spot … or towed away for repairs and renovation at behind –the-line depots and workshops.

On the German side they made ample use of a limited range of specialized vehicles including the mighty “Bergepanther” …

  • WH067 Bergepanther – Due to the problems of recovering damaged heavy tanks (such as Tigers and Panthers) it was necessary to produce an equally heavy tracked vehicle to perform the task … The Bergepanther was the result.Built on a Panther hull it usually employed a crew of three to operate the vehicle and its special equipment.Our model appears as it would have been seen on both the Western and Eastern Fronts during 1944 and ’45.
  • WH068 Tank Repair Commander – A standing Panzer officer as can be seen by his short black “Panzer Wrap” jacket and black M43 Field Cap.
  • WH069 Tank Repair Crew – A useful little 2-man set of crouching and kneeling Panzer repair crew … Ideal to go with WH067 or indeed any of K&C’S German fighting vehicles or even captured Allied ones!



Even in the last dying days of Hitler’s Third Reich the Fuhrer could still reach
out and punish those who offended him…

  • WS328 The Death of Fegelein
    – Hermann Fegelein’s rise to the higher echelons of the Third Reich was just as spectacular as his fall.A skilled and proficient horseman he joined the SS in 1933 and rose rapidly through the ranks. By the beginning of WW2 he commanded the SS Totenkopf’s Cavalry Regiment first in Poland in 1939 before the French Campaign in 1940.In April 1943 he was promoted to command the entire SS Cavalry Division, “Florian Geyer” before moving on, once more, to Hilter’s Headquarters Staff in Berlin as Himmler’s personal liaison officer during 1944.

    His marriage in June 1944 to Eva Braun’s sister Gretl further solidified his position close to the Fuhrer. Fegelein actively cultivated a kind of friendship with Martin Bormann.

    By April 1945 Germany was on the brink of defeat and Fegelein decided to ‘desert the sinking ship’. Unfortunately for him he was caught at a mistress’s apartment in Berlin and dragged back drunk ‘ to face the music’. Found guilty by a summary court martial he was taken into the bomb shattered remains of the Reich Chancellery … and shot!

    Our little 3-figure set illustrates the disheveled, still drunk Fegelein slumped in a chair and clutching a bottle of champagne about to be dispatched by an SD officer and a Waffen SS soldier of the 33rd “Charlemagne” Division.

Normandy 1944 – German Forces


Following on from the success of our Pearl Harbor Mitsubishi A6M “Zeroes” we
decided to add on another great Japanese warplane that played a major role in
the events of December 7, 1941.

  • JN042 The Aichi D3A1 Val – The AICHI D3A1 “Val” was Japan’s principal dive bomber of WW2. Used exclusively by the Imperial Japanese Navy it took part in virtually every major IJN operation during WW2 including, of course, the attack on Pearl Harbor.Our model is in the markings of a “Val” that flew off the aircraft carrier “AKAGI” on the morning of the Pearl Harbor attack.Note: Just 250 of this aircraft are being released.