Archive for March, 2017

John Jenkins's Fokker DVII

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

John Jenkins’s Fokker DVII

We thought you may enjoy 3 paintings inspired by John Jenkins World War One Aircraft. The paintings are by a very talented artist and a great customer Robert Horvath. He was nice enough to share these with us. Hope you enjoy.

My association with John Jenkins and Sierra Toy Soldier Company goes back a number of years. One of the first of John’s AC I purchased was the Nieuport 17. After I received the model I had some email back and forth with John about the plane and told him I was going to use it as my “model” for a few paintings dealing with the Lafayette Escadrille. I prepared sketches for the first painting and sent them along to John. He suggested I write something for his annual about the creation of that painting and I did.

We also discussed German AC with Lozenge Camouflage and he sent me photos of the prototype of Wilhelm Leusch Fokker DVII emblazoned with the dragon. I wanted to do a painting for John and I decided to do this particular Fokker. I started the painting a year and a half ago. In the process of painting it I was preparing to retire, sell our home (with studio) and move. The painting was put on the back burner for a long time and was finally finished last Fall.

I love WWI aviation and the models John is making are really beautiful pieces of art. I have all of WWI aircraft except the Sopwith Camel and I should rectify this.

Bob Horvath

New John Jenkins Future Releases – Announced at the London Show!

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Coming soon, Ancient Celts!

The first wave of Ancient Celts/Gauls will start to be available soon.
I have split the release into two, half the figures (7 pieces) will be previewed at the March London show, with the other 8 figures previewed at the June London show.

Five new prototypes for the Wars of The Roses series were previewed at the March London show.
These will be available in the second half of this year.

The first of several casualty figures, will be the mounted knight on the falling wounded horse.
This period was interesting as it was the domination of the longbow, which led to a major change in medieval warfare tactics. Knights now would only ride their mounts to the battlefield, as it was impossible to fully armour the horses to protect against the arrows, during the actual battle.
Therefore the Battle Of Bosworth Field is fairly unique in that there was a cavalry charge!

Apart from a couple of casualty figures, these will be the final archer figures.

As the series progresses I will plan to add a few new retinues.
This new figure will represent Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk (1443 – 21 May 1524), who was the only son of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk, by his first wife, Katherine Moleyns.

The first three Model T Ford cars with crews were previewed at the London show.

The 1st Light Car Patrol was formed in Melbourne during 1916 as part of the Australian Imperial Force during World War I.
First named the 1st Armoured Car Section, it was also known as the 1st Armoured Car Battery.
The unit fought against the Senussi in the Sudan and Western Desert. The 1st Armoured Car Section became the 1st Light Car Patrol on 3 December.
As their original three armoured car vehicles became worn out from hard use in the Western Desert and were irreparable due to shortages of spare parts, the unit was re-equipped with six model T-Ford light cars.

The cars were given names: Anzac, Billzac, Osatal, Silent Sue, Imshi and Bung.
These were traded in for six new Fords on 11 December 1917.
In May 1917 the unit was redeployed to Palestine by rail, and served throughout the campaign there. Like similar British units of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force it was used to conduct long range reconnaissance and patrol duties, often operating well in advance of forward cavalry units. By November 1918 they had reached Aleppo with the British Indian 5th Cavalry Division, where they were believed to be the furthest advanced Australian unit at the conclusion of the campaign.
The Long Range Desert Group was the brain child of Major Ralph Gagnold, Royal Signal Corps. To understand how the LRDG came about we must go back to 1916.

Italy had occupied Lybia in 1911, and although had been at war with the Senussi, an Islamic Religious sect, with Germany’s help they were able to persuade the Senussi to join the fight against the British.
The Senussi were expert raiders who could seemingly strike from nowhere and then disappear. Their usual method of attack was on camel back, and the Senussi were better fighters on camel back and they knew the desert well than the British camel mounted regiments which were initially formed to combat the Senussi threat.
The senussi camels were however vulnerable to artillery and machine gun fire. But mobility was needed to chase down the raiders.
The answer came from the use of armoured cars, specifically the Rolls-Royce, but they could not keep pace with the fast moving camels, and were quick to bog down in the desert.
What was needed was a lighter more reliable car, that could move swiftly and carry the additional fire power.
This was the modified Ford Model T and gave birth to the Light Car Patrols.

The LCP patrols operated in modified Ford Model T’s armed with Lewis machine guns, had wider tires, radiator condensers, and primitive sun compasses.
By a combination of LCP’s, Rolls Royce armoured cars, camel corps, and BE2 aircraft, the British were able to defeat the Senussi.
With the end of WW1 the LCP was disbanded, however the lessons were not forgotten.


SCALE 1/30
The first WW2 German Tank, by jjDesigns, will be a JAGPANTHER G1(Late Version)
This will have, opening doors and hatches, interior detail, engine detail, and removable/interchangeable side panels.

The Jagdpanther (“hunting panther”) was a tank destroyer built by Germany during World War II based on the chassis of the Panther tank. It entered service late in the war (1944) and saw service on the Eastern and Western Fronts. The Jagdpanther combined the very powerful 8.8 cm KwK 43 cannon of the Tiger II and the characteristically excellent armor and suspension of the Panther chassis

It was manned by a crew of five: a driver, radio-operator, commander, gunner and a loader. Figures will be available separately at a later date.

A total of 415 Jagdpanthers were produced from January 1944 by three manufacturers. MIAG produced 270 from January 1944 until the end of the war. Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen-Hannover (MNH) produced 112 from November 1944. Maschinenbau und Bahnbedarf (MBA) produced 37 vehicles from December 1944. Planned production had been 150 a month, but the disruption to German manufacturing had made this impossible.

Jagdpanthers equipped heavy antitank battalions (schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung) and served mainly on the Eastern Front.
In the West, they were first encountered in very small numbers late in the Battle of Normandy, where the German 654 schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung (“654th Heavy Antitank Battalion”) deployed about 12 Jagdpanthers against British units.
Later, significant numbers were concentrated in the West for the Ardennes Offensive.

New First Legion April Releases !

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Polish Winged Hussars

Polish Winged Hussars

Spanish Tercio

Spanish Tercio

Napoleonic – Prussian Artillery


Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge

Wild West

Wild West

New John Jenkins April Releases!

Saturday, March 25th, 2017


The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. It was the pre-eminent fighter during the period of German aerial dominance known as “Bloody April” 1917.

Early D.IIIs featured a radiator in the center of the upper wing, where it tended to scald the pilot if punctured. From the 290th D.III onward, the radiator was offset to the right, on production machines while others were soon moved to the right as a field modification. Aircraft deployed in Palestine used two wing radiators, to cope with the warmer climate.

Von Richthofen and most other German aces won the majority of their victories on the D.III, and it even turned out to be more successful than its alleged successor, and continued in production for several months after the introduction of the D.V.

Peak service was in November 1917, with 446 aircraft on the Western Front. 1,866 Albatros D.III planes were produced.

The D.III did not disappear with the end of production, however. It remained in frontline service well into 1918.

As late as March 1918, there were still nearly 200 D.IIIs in service on the Western Front, eight months even after the introduction of its successor.

The WW1 German lozenge patterns are some of the most interesting and distinctive camouflage schemes ever devised.

During the early stages of the Great War, the Germans were looking for a way to effectively camouflage the aircraft of the Luftstreitkräfte to inhibit enemy observation of the aircraft while it was in the air as well as when at rest on the ground. Large, irregular blotches with two or three colors were used on the upper surfaces of the wing which led to the development of the Buntfarbenanstrich, the lozenge camouflage made up of repeating patterns of irregularly shaped four-, five- or six-sided polygons. Because painting such a pattern was very time consuming, and the paint added considerably to the weight of the aircraft, the patterns were printed on fabric, and the fabric was then used to cover the aircraft. This printed fabric was used in various forms and colors from late 1916 until the end of the war.

Lozenge camouflage was a German military camouflage scheme in the form of patterned cloth or painted designs, used by some aircraft in the last two years of World War I.

It takes its name from the repeated polygon shapes incorporated in the designs, many of which resembled lozenges.

In Germany it was called Buntfarbenaufdruck (multi-colored print) but this designation includes other camouflage designs such as Splittermuster and Leibermuster, and does not include hand-painted camouflage.

Some modern German sources refer to lozenge camouflage as Lozenge-Tarnung, as tarnung means concealment, cloaking or camouflage.

GEORGES GUYNEMAR ,24 December 1894 – 11 September 1917 missing) was a top fighter ace for France with 54 victories during World War I, and a French national hero.

Guynemer was lionized by the French press and became a national hero. The French government encouraged the publicity to boost morale and take the people’s minds off the terrible losses in the trenches. Guynemer was embarrassed by the attention, but his shyness only increased the public’s appetite to know everything about him.

Guynemer’s death was a profound shock to France; nevertheless, he remained an icon for the duration of the war. Only 22 at his death, he continued to inspire the nation with his advice, “Until one has given all, one has given nothing.”

Guynemer started flying this machine in late July, and went on to score his 53rd victory on 20th August 1917. Unfortunately this was the plane in which Guynemer was to mysteriously go missing in, on 11th September 1917.

Guynemer failed to return from the combat mission on 11 September 1917. At 08:30, with rookie pilot Jean Bozon-Verduraz, Guynemer took off in his Spad XIII S.504 n°2. His mission was to patrol the Langemark area. At 09:25, near Poelkapelle, Guynemer sighted a lone Rumpler, a German observation plane, and dove toward it. Bozon-Verduraz saw several Fokkers above him, and by the time he had shaken them off, his leader was nowhere in sight, so he returned alone. Guynemer never came back.

It was a French journalist who explained to schoolchildren, “Captain Guynemer flew so high he could not come down again.”

Knights Of The Skies – WWI


Peninsular War 1807-1814

Jacobite Rebellion

Jacobite Rebellion 1745

Raid on St Francis

Birch Bark Canoes were the main type and mode of transportation used by the Native American tribes who inhabited the Northeast woodlands, and eastern Canada. The design and style of the birch bark canoes were based on the natural resources that were available to the tribes, in this instance the people made use of the numerous birch trees found in the forests and woodlands of their tribal lands. The tribes built canoes made from the bark of the birch trees over a wooden frame. These canoes were broad enough to float in shallow streams, strong enough to shoot dangerous rapids, and light enough for one man to easily carry a canoe on his back.

The birch bark canoes were built in many different sizes. They could be used by a single person but were usually built for 4 – 6 people. Some of the war canoes could take up to 12 Native Indians

The Huron canoes measured about 21 feet long (7 metres) and 3 feet wide (1 metre) and could carry four or five men and about 200 pounds of cargo (91 kilograms). Their ability to travel long distances was seen as great assets by the French who quickly allied with the Huron to gain an advantage in the lucrative beaver fur trade.





Raid on Saint Francis, 1759


French Militia 1759


Wars of the Roses 1455-1487


Therefore for FEBRUARY we continue the 10th Anniversary celebrations, with THREE more “BOOSTER/STARTER” Sets!

These sets will only be offered for sale until the end of MARCH or until stock runs out.

Australian Imperial Force

New Britain’s March Releases!

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

New Britain’s March Releases – Expected Late March!


Wrath of the Norseman

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

American Civil War

American Civil War

Museum Collection

Museum Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection




New Century Wings Releases

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Century Wings – New Releases for May, 2017!

We have CW-001620 in stock now with 2 new Tomcat’s expected to land in May!

Century Wings

Figarti New March Releases!

Sunday, March 12th, 2017


It has been a while since we have received any new releases from Figart, but the wait has been worthwhile with 2 superb Panther Tanks that have just arrived.
The detail and quality are excellent.  If you are visiting the store make sure you check them out.  The pictures do not do them justice, but we are most impressed.


New King & Country March Releases

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

“Aayo Gurkhali!” (The Gurkha Battlecry)

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

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

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


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

MALAYA 1941 / 42

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

Robin Hood


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

D-Day ’44 – British and Canadian


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

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

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

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

*Australian New Zealand Army Corps

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

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

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

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

Middle East


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

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

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

Berlin’38 Leibstandarte


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

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

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

Russian Front and Berlin 1945

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russian Front and Berlin 1945