New King & Country April Releases!

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

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