Archive for June, 2017

New Thomas Gunn June Releases!

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Spartans


With the Persian fleet defeated at Salamis, Xerxes ordered all Marines to disembark and fight as conventional infantry. These included Egyptian Marines and our first 3 Egyptians feature these elite troops dressed in their exotic crocodile skin cuirasses, we also have 2 Cypriot Marines with elaborate uniforms and shields to create altogether 5 stunning new figures.

With the Persian fleet defeated at Salamis, Xerxes ordered all Marines to disembark and fight as conventional infantry. These included Egyptian Marines and our first 3 Egyptians feature these elite troops dressed in their exotic crocodile skin cuirasses, we also have 2 Cypriot Marines with elaborate uniforms and shields to create altogether 5 stunning new figures.



Spartans

WWI


One of the greatest aces of his time with 40 aerial victories claimed. Boelcke drew up and inspired tactics that were formalised into the rules of air fighting, which he presented as Dicta Boelcke. Whilst he promulgated rules for individual pilots his main concern was the perfection of fighting formations rather than individual effort. He taught many pilots their craft including Manfred von Richoften.

Boelcke died after having his top wing sheared off by another German pilot Erwin Bohme during an aerial dogfight with Allied pilots in 1916. Although Boelcke’s plane descended at a reasonable rate and crash landed without too much fuss on the German side of the front, Boelcke was killed by the simple fact he had not strapped himself in properly and never wore a flying helmet, he was only 25 years old. With German Jasta formations frequently being moved from one area of the front to another where they were most needed, pilots and mechanics had to make do sometimes with makeshift accommodation including tents. Our portrayal of Boelcke has him taking an early morning shave outside, in preparation for the first patrol of the day.



World War One

WWII – Allied




WWII Allied Forces

Rome




Glory of Rome

WWII – German




WWII German forces

New First Legion June Releases!

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

French Imperial Guard Chasseur


First Legion presents you with one of the most iconic regiments of the Napoleonic Wars, the French Imperial Guard Chasseurs a’ Cheval! Originally constituted as the Guides back in 1796 during Napoleon’s campaign in Italy, the regiment then became part of the Consular Guard and finally the Imperial Guard. It was second in seniority only to the Guard Horse Grenadiers. Among the four squadrons, a select 20-30 man detachment had a special assignment which was to personally escort the Emperor and act as his personal body guard. The regiment took parts in many battles over the course of the Napoleonic Wars including their charges at Eylau and Somosierra, at Wagram among others and in many actions in 1812 where the regiment was decimated taking some 500 casualties throughout the campaign. With few exceptions, where the Emperor was the Guard Chasseurs were also. Those who know these regiment will know that they are among the most ornate and intricately uniformed regiments of the period. In striking green with a red pelisse and fur busby, they make for truly striking figures. Finally, we have presented two options for the Standard, the 1805-1813 and 1815 patterns depending on if you want the figures for the Hundred Days campaign or earlier campaigns of the period.


French Imperial Guard Chasseur

Russian Pavlovksi Grenadier


The Pavlovksi Grenadiers were a unique regiment in the Russian army because following the uniform changes from the period of the early Empire to later Empire, the Pavlovski regiment was allowed to keep their mitre hats as recognition for their distinguished performance at the Battle of Friedland in 1807. Their performance in battle during the 1812 campaign was such that they were made part of the Russian Imperial Guard in 1813, a unique honor bestowed upon them as a line Grenadier regiment. As such, the Pavlovski Grenadier regiment was truly one of the elite regiments of the Napoleonic Russian Army. We have presented them here aggressively advancing and with 17 different figures, a wonderful diorama based display can be formed of the unit engaged at Borodino, Krasne or many other battles of the period.



Russian Pavlovksi Grenadier

Stalingrad Russians




Stalingrad Russians

New John Jenkins June Releases!

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Knights of the Skies


The Airco DH.2 was a single-seat biplane “pusher” aircraft which operated as a fighter during the First World War. It was the second pusher design by Geoffrey de Havilland for Airco, based on his earlier DH.1 two-seater. The DH.2 was the first effectively armed British single-seat fighter and enabled Royal Flying Corps (RFC) pilots to counter the “Fokker Scourge” that had given the Germans the advantage in the air in late 1915. Until the British developed a synchronisation gear to match the German system, pushers such as the DH.2 and the F.E.2b carried the burden of fighting and escort duties.

This was the plane flown by Maj. Hawker on 23rd November 1916, when he had his fateful encounter with Ltn Manfred Von Richthofen of Jasta 2.

**PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE STRUCTURAL POSITION OF THE UNDERCARRIAGE THE NORMAL FLIGHT STAND SCREWS AND WASHERS WILL NOT BE SUITABLE. A SPECIAL NEW LONGER SCREW AND WASHER WILL BE INCLUDED IN EACH SET. THESE CAN BE USED WITH ANY OF THE FLIGHT STANDS.**



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

Battle of Gallipoli 1915


In 1914, all infantry battalions, and Mounted Rifles Regiments were equipped with a machine gun section of two guns, which was increased to four in February 1915.

Machine guns inflicted appalling casualties in World War One. Men who went over-the-top in trenches stood little chance when the enemy opened up with their machine guns. Machine guns were one of the main killers in the war and accounted for many thousands of deaths.


Battle of Gallipoli 1915

Raid on St Francis




Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

Provincial Regiments




Provincial Regiments 1759

Jacobite Rebellion 1745




Jacobite Rebellion 1745

War of the Roses


Rhys ap Thomas (1449–1525),is a Welsh name meaning, Rhys son of Thomas, and was a Welsh soldier and landholder who rose to prominence during the Wars of the Roses, and was instrumental in the victory of Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth. He remained a faithful supporter of Henry and was rewarded with lands and offices in South Wales. Some sources claim that he personally delivered the death blow to King Richard III at Bosworth with his poleaxe.

Rhys ap Thomas had declined to support Buckingham’s earlier uprising. In the aftermath, when Richard appointed officers to replace those who had joined the revolt, he made Rhys ap Thomas his principal lieutenant in south west Wales and granted him an annuity for life of 40 marks. Rhys was required to send his son Gruffydd ap Rhys ap Thomas to the King’s court at Nottingham as a hostage, but he excused himself from this obligation by claiming that nothing could bind him to his duty more strongly than his conscience. He is supposed to have taken an oath that
“Whoever ill-affected to the state, shall dare to land in those parts of Wales where I have any employment under your majesty, must resolve with himself to make his entrance and irruption over my belly.”

On 1 August 1485, Henry set sail from Harfleur in France. With fair winds, he landed at Mill Bay near Dale on the north side of Milford Haven, close to his birthplace in Pembroke Castle, with a force of English exiles and French mercenaries. At this point, Rhys should have engaged him. However, Rhys instead joined Henry. Folklore has it that the Bishop of St. David’s offered to absolve him from his previous oath to Richard. The Bishop also suggested that Rhys fulfil the strict letter of his vow by lying down and letting Henry step over him. This undignified procedure might have weakened Rhys’s authority over his men, so instead, Rhys is said to have stood under the Mullock Bridge about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Dale while Henry marched over it.

Henry’s and Rhys’s forces marched separately through Wales, with Rhys recruiting 500 men as he proceeded. They rejoined at Welshpool before crossing into England. Rhys’s Welsh force was described as being large enough to have “annihilated” the rest of Henry’s army. On 22 August, they met Richard’s army near Market Bosworth. In the resulting Battle of Bosworth, Richard launched an attack led by John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk. According to a contemporary ballad, Rhys’s men halted the assault. “Norfolk’s line began to break under pressure from Rhys ap Thomas’s men” and the Duke was killed by an arrow shot. Hoping to turn the tide and win the battle rapidly by killing his rival, Richard and his companion knights charged directly at Henry. The king was unhorsed and surrounded. The poet Guto’r Glyn implies that Rhys himself was responsible for killing Richard, possibly with a poll axe. Referring to Richard’s emblem of a boar, the poet writes that Rhys “killed the boar, shaved his head” (“Lladd y baedd, eilliodd ei ben”). However, this may only mean that one of Rhys’s Welsh halberdiers killed the king, since the Burgundian chronicler Jean Molinet, says that a Welshman, one of Rhys’ men suspected to be Wyllyam Gardynyr, struck the death-blow with a halberd. Guto’r Glyn himself says that Rhys was “like the stars of a shield with the spear in their midst on a great steed” (“A Syr Rys mal sŷr aesaw, Â’r gwayw’n eu mysg ar gnyw mawr”). He was knighted on the field of battle.



Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

New King & Country June Releases!

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Crusaders & Saracens


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Crusader – Cross & Crescent

NAPOLEONIC ACTION!


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



95th Rifles

French Imperial Guard


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

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

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

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

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


French Imperial Guard

PIKE & MUSKET


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

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

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

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

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



Musketeers of the Guard

Rome


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Romans

APACHES & BUFFALO
SOLDIERS


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

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

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

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

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

Buffalo Soldiers


The 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiment.

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

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

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


Apaches
and Buffalo Soldiers

FLEET ADMIRAL


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

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

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

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

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


United
States Navy

World of Dickens/ Streets of Olde London


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

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



World of Dickens

SOVIET T34’s IN GERMAN HANDS


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

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

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

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



Russian Front and Berlin 1945