John Jenkins March Releases!

The following new releases were announced today, plus an update on the latest Club Set #3

Club Set #3 –
Update February 10, 2010.

  • JJCLUB-SET#3 — Lt. William Dunbar – Battle On The Monongahela 1755

Probably the most requested figure by collectors of the Monongahela series is an officer to command the Grenadiers.

“William Dunbar was a Lieutenant in the 44th Regiment of foot in 1755. He was apparently serving with the grenadier company and fought in the advance party at the Battle on the Monongahela. He was later employed in delivering provisions to the garrison at Fort Oswego in March 1756”

Extract taken from “The Orderly Books Of Major General Edward Braddock” The basic unit of organization in the British regiment was the company. The normal strength of this company would be 40-60 men plus the officers. Typical organization would be:1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant, 1 Ensign, 2 Sergeants, 3 Corporals, 1-4 Musicians (drummers, fifers or pipers) and 30-60 privates.

Final Production Shot

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Preorders will finish on March
3st, 2010. After this period this set will no longer be available.

Collectors Club

Raid on St. Francis

Woodland Indians captives’ were confronted with several fates. Women and children who were a burden, and enemy warriors perceived to be a threat were, usually scalped and killed immediately.

In general, however, prisoners were bound and led back to their captors’ home village. The taking of captives satisfied demographic needs by providing a source of replacements for a tribe’s deceased members. It also fulfilled a spiritual and psychological function by easing grief, by providing a means for coping with death, and by restoring to the community the spiritual strength believed lost through the death of a clan member.

The tribal council would normally assign each prisoner to a family that had lost relatives. In general, women, children, and skilled men were adopted into families. These captives were given the name, title, and position of the person they replaced, and, over time, became integrated into their new family and became loyal to their new tribe. Their capture thus eased the pain of bereavement, maintained the size of family, clan, and tribe, and restored the spiritual strength that the community had lost through the death of a member.

The two female captives depicted in this set could be sisters, from the family of a high ranking British officer?

  • LEX-001 — Longhouse Extension #1
  • LEX-002 — Longhouse Extension #2

Creating some variety to the woodland Indian village, the Longhouse Extension pieces can be added to the existing buildings. These pieces can create interesting variations and add greater realism to the St. Francis village display.

The Extensions fit easily to the ends of either Longhouses.

Raid on St Francis

Jacobite Rebellion, 1745

  • JR-015 — Combat Set #2 – Highlander and Grenadier

Normally the sight of a Highland charge was expected to send the British redcoats streaming to the rear in panic-stricken flight. It was generally reported that at Culloden, Barrell’s Regiment at first bravely stood their ground, which may have been due to previous experience at Falkirk where they were one of the few Regiments to see off a Highland attack.

The new bayonet drill was also to have played a key role.

“The alteration was mightily little, but of the last consequence. Before this, the bayonet man attacked the sword man right fronting him: now the left hand bayonet attacked the sword fronting his next right hand man. He was then covered by the enemy’s shield where open on his left, and the enemy’s right open to him. This manner made an essential difference, staggered the enemy, who were not prepared to alter their way of fighting, and destroyed them in a manner rather to be conceived than told”

Jacobite Rebellion

Battle of Chippewa

  • QB-028 — The 28th Regiment of Foot, Officer with Kings Colours

A Stand of colours is used to describe the 2 regimental infantry flags in the British Army.

In 1747 the new regulations standardized these colours. “The King’s or first colours, of every regiment to be the Great Union. The second colours to be the colour of the facings of the Regiment with the Union in the Upper Canton”

Battle of Chippewa

Gordon at Khartoum

General Gordon arrived at Khartoum on February 18th, and spent his time between that date and the start of the siege of the city on March 12, in evacuating women and children. Two thousand of whom were sent safely through to Egypt, in addition to six hundred soldiers. It was stated by Sir Evelyn Baring (English consul-general to Egypt) that there were fifteen thousand persons in Khartoum who ought to be brought back to Egypt. These included Europeans, civil servants, widows and orphans, and a garrison of one thousand men.

On January 26, Faraz Pasha a Lieutenant in the Egyptian army, opened the gates of the city to the enemy, and one of the most famous sieges in the world’s history came to a close.

It had lasted from March 12 to January 26 – exactly three hundred and twenty days. Two days later the English army of relief reached Khartoum.

This month sees the release of the fourth and final set in the Gordon at Khartoum vignette, which is based on the painting by George William Joy.

Gordon at Khartoum

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