New Century Wings Releases

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!

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

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

New Collectors Showcase March Releases

February 19th, 2017



Russian Guards

Napoleonic – Russian Guards



Afrika Korps

WWII Afrika Korps


Masterworks Collection

New John Jenkins March Releases

February 19th, 2017

War of the Roses

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Provincial Regiments

Provincial Regiments 1759

10th Anniversery Sets

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

Provincial Regiments 1759

French Militia

French Militia 1759

Peninsular War 1807-1814

Baron Dominique Jean Larrey served as Surgeon-in-chief of the French Napoleonic armies from Italy in 1797 to Waterloo in 1815. During this time, he implemented the modern method of having an Army Surgery, field hospitals and a system of ambulances. After he had seen the speed with which the carriages of the French artillery managed to maneuver around the battlefields, Larrey adapted a similar system of Ambulances for rapid transportation of the wounded, and also manned them with trained crews of drivers, and litter bearers.

Larrey also increased the mobility and improved the organization of field hospitals, effectively creating a forerunner of the modern MASH units. He established a rule for the triage of war casualties, treating the wounded according to the seriousness of their injuries and urgency of need for medical care, regardless of their rank or nationality. Soldiers of enemy armies, as well as those of the French and their allies, were treated.

Peninsular War 1807-1814

Knights of the Skies

The Fokker D.VII was a German World War I fighter aircraft designed by Reinhold Platz of the Fokker-Flugzeugwerke. Germany produced around 3,300 D.VII aircraft in the second half of 1918.
In service with the Luftstreitkräfte, the D.VII quickly proved itself to be a formidable aircraft. The Armistice ending the war specifically required Germany to surrender all D.VIIs to the Allies.

This aircraft was flown by Wilhelm Leusch and featured a fire breathing dragon on the fuselage inspired by an Unterberg & Helme company advertisement.
Leusch was made commander of Jasta 19 in October 1918 and scored 5 victories. He was only 29 when he died in a glider accident in August 1921.

Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 19 was founded on 25th October 1916, and was designated a “Hunting Group”, (i.e. a fighter squadron)
It flew its first combat patrols five days before Christmas, 1916. The new Jasta drew first blood on 6 April 1917, credit being given to Leutnant Walter Böning. On 2 February 1918, Jasta 19 was detailed into Jagdgeschwader II along with Jasta 12, Jasta 13, and Jasta 15.

The unit would score 92 verified aerial victories, including ten wins over enemy observation balloons. In turn, their casualties for the war would amount to eleven pilots killed in action, four wounded in action, and one taken prisoner of war.
Jasta 19 commander, Lt. Oliver von Beaulieu-Marconnay, was killed in action and superceded by Ltn R Wilhelm Leusch in October 1918. He led Jasta 19 until the end of the war, while the unit was based in Trier.

The overall paint scheme is typical of Jasta 19 markings, when the yellow nose was representative, while the blue fuselage was the Jagdgeschwader II marking. Jagdgeswader II units were Jasta 12 with a white nose, Jasta 13 with a green nose, Jasta 15 with a red nose and the already noted yellow nose of Jasta 19.

At the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914 Crossley Motors moved almost totally to war production. The only model made was the 20/25 which was supplied to the forces in huge numbers with production running at up to 45 a week. The first had been supplied to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) in 1913 and at the outbreak of war they had 56. By the time of the armistice this had risen to over 6000.
Every squadron in the RFC was supposed to be equipped with nine Tenders and one Staff Touring Car but it seems likely that most never had the full complement. Vehicles went to France, Belgium, Mesopotamia, Salonica, Egypt, Russia, India and several parts of Africa.

The 34 cwt Tender had room for eleven men, three in front with the remainder facing each other on bench seats down each side of the rear. Weather protection was by two hoods, one for the front and one for the rear.

After the war the 20/25 continued in use by the RAF for several years and saw service in Iraq, Persia and India. The 20/25 model was also the first vehicle to be supplied to London’s Metropolitan Police Flying Squad in 1920, some of which were fitted with radio equipment.

Knights Of The Skies – WWI

New Thomas Gunn February Releases

February 4th, 2017



Glory of Rome

Glory of Rome

New King & Country February Releases

February 4th, 2017

Beginner Gift Sets

Two new beginner gift sets.

Beginner Gift Sets


This will be a major series for King & Country. King & Country have selected to portray the XX Legion (the 20th Legion) “VALERIA VICTRIX” (Victorious Valeria) of the Imperial Roman Army in the First Century AD.

Originally founded by the Emperor Augustus in 31 BC it fought in Hispania (Spain) from 25-19 BC.

In approx AD9 it marched into Germania to help keep the peace and remained on garrison duty there before joining three other Legions in invading Britain in AD43 under the command of the Emperor Claudius.

It fought and campaigned all over Britain and into the wilds of Caledonia (Scotland) and even helped build the forts and defences known as “Hadrian’s Wall” to help keep the barbaric Picts and Celts out of Romanized Britannia.

Its symbol was the wild running boar which was featured on shields, banners and other items belonging to the Legion.

  • ROM001 Legate – A “Legatus” (anglicized as Legate) was a General of the Roman Army equivalent to a modern general officer. Being of Senatorial rank, his immediate superior was a Proconsul (provincial governor). The Legate outranked all Military Tribunes and was usually appointed by the Emperor himself.The rank carried great prestige and was much sought after by Rome’s noblest families.
    In provinces with only one Legion the Legate might also be the provincial governor.
    In the field the Legate could be distinguished by his elaborate helmet and body armour.

    Our K&C Legate is mounted on a black arab stallion and carries his own purple crested helmet.

  • ROM003 Primus Pilus – The “Primus Pilus” or Primipilus was the most senior centurion of a Roman Legion.In the Legion, the “Cohort” (of which there were between 6 and 10) became the basic tactical unit of each Legion.
    The “Cohort” was then composed of 5 to 8 “Centuries”, each commanded by a Centurion assisted by an “Optio,” a soldier who could read and write.
    The senior Centurion of the Legion and commander of the first Cohort, the Primus Pilus (First Spear) was always, a long-serving soldier and highly experienced advisor to the Legate himself and led the largest century of any particular legion – around 800 soldiers. His command would include cooks, clerks and other non combatants as well as the fighting troops. In modern terms he would be the equivalent of a Major in charge of a large battalion – sized unit.Our K & C “Primus Pilus” is a tough well-decorated veteran of many successful campaigns. His white feathered crest atop his helmet and chest full of victory medallions testify to his senior position and status within the Legion.
  • ROM008 Vexillum Bearer – The “Vexillum” was a small flag-like object used as a military standard for each Legion in the Roman Army.Each vexillum would normally carry the Legion’s number ( in Roman numerals) and the painted or embroidered symbol of that same Legion.

    Unlike the normal Legionaries the Bearer would wear a chain-mail vest or even scale armour rather than the usual overlapping plate armour (the Lorica Segmentata). In addition, the “Vexillum Bearer” would wear an animal skin and head on top of his helmet and equipment.

    Our K&C soldier wears a grey wolf skin pelt and head.

  • ROM012 Marching Legionary – A classic and extremely useful pose this K&C Legionary carries both a large decorated shield and his throwing “Pilus” (Spear). In addition, his side arms included a “Gladius”, the long fighting sword and the shorter “Pugio” (dagger) for use in close combat situations where the sword was impractical to use.As can be seen this regular Roman soldier is wearing the typical Lorica Segmentata armour of the 1st Century AD.


Robin Hood

  • RH022 Sheriff’s Tax CollectorOne of the most hated men in the Shire .. Nottinghamshire that is! This is the man who would come to your village or hovel and demand a substantial share of your income to help fill up the coffers of “The Sheriff” and his liege lord, the dastardly Prince John.Here he sits at his table making a note of everyone’s contribution in either gold, silver or produce.

    On these unwelcome visits he was usually accompanied by several of the Sheriff’s own Men-At-Arms … After all there are plenty of ruffians and cut-throats hiding out in the forest and you can’t be too careful!

  • RH023 Poor Down -Trodden Peasants Set – Alas, where you have “oppressors” you also must have the “oppressed” … Here are two of them … Poor Saxon peasants paying the price of living under cruel and greedy Norman usurpers. In this case evil Prince John and his cruel lackey, “The Sheriff of Nottingham.”In this set the husband hands over a few coins of the realm together with a chicken. His wife supplies a basket of goose eggs and … the pair of geese that laid them!

Robin Hood

Pike & Musket

During the troubled times of the English Civil War (as if there was not enough trouble and strife around) there suddenly and unexpectedly appeared a spate of witchcraft trials and executions. .. mostly in England’s East Anglia.

  • PnM072 Witchfinder General – Mathew Hopkins was a self-appointed witch-hunter whose career flourished during the major upheavals caused by the English Civil War.Although never officially sanctioned by Parliament, he prowled far and wide across East Anglia conducting investigations, trials and executions from 1644-1647.

    More than 300 unfortunate people, mostly women, fell victim to his deadly inquisitions with more being hanged and burned than in all of the previous 100 years!

    Our figure shows him in Parliamentary garb and wearing a black cloak and hat and carrying both a volume of Parish records … and a sword.

    He was memorably played by legendary horror film villain, Vincent Price in “Witchfinder General”, a 1968 British horror movie.

  • PnM073 Cavalier & The Lady – A bold cavalier takes the hand of a pretty young maiden during one of the short interludes between battles and skirmishes.

Pike & Musket Collection

French Hussars

French 7th Hussars

Real West

Although these two grizzled veterans of Texas law enforcement saw more than their fair share of “Indian Fighting” neither, fortunately for them, was at the Little Bighorn on that fateful day in 1976.

Instead, they decided to gather a herd of cattle and, with a few good men, drive them north out of Texas and up to Montana to start a cattle ranch.

Larry McMurtry, the great Texan writer wrote a similar tale and called it “Lonesome Dove” which became a Pulitzer-prize winning novel and a great television series starring Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall as the two retired Texas Rangers.

This is our small tribute to the Texas Rangers and … San Antonio where some of the action takes place.

The Real West

Battle of Little Big Horn

The bloody battle continues between the officers and men of Custer’s 7th Cavalry and the combined forces of Sitting Bull’s Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors on the slopes above the Little Bighorn river

  • TRW099 Buffalo Hump – Riding his favorite war pony this Arapaho warrior brandishes his stone club about to bring it down on the head of some unfortunate 7th Cavalry trooper.
  • TRW100 Eagle’s Wing – Galloping past a group of the hated “Long knives” this Northern Cheyenne dog soldier turns in the saddle to fire his Winchester at one of the enemy.
  • TRW101 Two Moons – A white-faced Lakota Sioux charges past some more of the beleaguered “Bluecoats” fighting for their lives against the thousands of attacking Indians.
  • TRW106 Kneeling Firing – Another version of a trooper making every bullet count.
  • TRW107 Kneeling Ready – Crouching down and seeking out another “damn injun”!

Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.

Australian Light Horse

A desert-camouflaged version of Henry Ford’s classis Model ‘T’ complete with two “Diggers” and a front-mounted Vickers Machine Gun.

In the flat bed back of the vehicle is a spare. 303 Lee Enfield rifle and a folded-up tripod for the Vickers.

Australian Light Horse

Operation Market Garden

Lance Sergeant John Baskeyield was part of the 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, an air landing unit of the British 1st. Airborne Division, that flew into Arnhem on 17 September, 1944 as part of “Operation Market Garden”.

Expecting only light German opposition the British were surprised to find 2 x Waffen SS Panzer Grenadier Divisions in and around the Dutch town which soon put the attackers on the defensive!

L/Sgt. Baskeyfield as an NCO was in charge of 2 x 6pdr. Anti tank guns helping to protect the Division’s main position in Oosterbeek, a small suburb on the outskirts of Arnhem. On 20 September, just after dawn John Baskeyfield and his two guns were in position defending a ‘T’ junction when a major German assault began. Two German tanks and an assault gun, supported by enemy infantry, moved toward the British location.

L/Sgt. Baskeyfield allowed them to get within 100 yards before opening fire and ‘knocking-out’ all three tracked vehicles. British paratroopers in houses alongside the anti tank guns decimated the German infantry with rifle and machine gun fire.

In the course of this action most of the young NCO’s gunners were killed or wounded and he himself badly injured. He refused however to be evacuated to a nearby Aid Station.

Sometime later another German assault began and the L/Sgt. again worked his gun alone – loading, laying and firing it on his own. He fired round after round at the enemy until his own gun was put out of action. Then he crawled over to the other gun whose crew had suffered the same fate as his own. From here, he once more single-handedly opened fire on another German self-propelled gun disabling it. Sadly, when loading the next round into the breech of his gun he was killed by a shell from yet one more German tank.


For his actions, bravery and supreme sacrifice he was awarded Britain’s highest military honor, “The Victoria Cross”.

Part of his citation reads, “The superb gallantry of this NCO is beyond praise … He spurned danger, ignored pain and by his supreme fighting spirit and dogged devotion to duty was a constant inspiration to all ranks who witnessed his actions.”


Our new set portrays the wounded young Lance Sergeant loading his gun with a 6 pdr. Shell. The set also includes the 6pdr. Gun, an ammunition box and 2 x additional shells.

Operation Market Garden

Fields of Battle

  • FoB136 Three City Gents – 3 x well-tailored individual Gentlemen “Civvies” to help populate any city or town street in the 1930’s or 1940’s.
  • FoB137 Good Friends – 2 x young ladies, dressed in typical 1940’s garb walk arm in arm down any wartime street anywhere in occupied Europe or Britain.

Fields of Battle

Streets of Old Hong Kong

No, not the Chris de Burgh song but a Chinese beauty wearing the traditional “Cheongsam” (Long Dress) beloved by generations of very pretty Oriental ladies …


Hudson Allen New Releases Expected February 2017!

January 29th, 2017

Hudson Allen

New Releases Expected February 2017!

Hudson Allen Studio

New Britain’s Winter 2017 Catalog – Available Spring 2017!

January 29th, 2017


When the hero dies in the Old English epic poem Beowulf, we hear; “…Now flames, the blazing fire, must devour the lord of warriors who often endured the iron-tipped arrow shower, when the dark cloud loosed by bow strings broke above the shield wall, quivering; when the eager shaft, with its feather garb, discharged its duty to the barb.”

We know that the Vikings made use of the bow quite extensively both on land and at sea. As to how much the Saxons used archery we cannot be so sure. Certainly they knew of, and used, bows both as weapons of war and for hunting as the longbow was in continuous use in northern Europe ever since the late stone age.

The oldest longbow yet found in England is a yew bow from Somerset and is dated 2,665 BC, and ones even older have been found on the continent. Although fir and elm were known to have been used for bows, the best were made from Scandinavian yew.

Some of these bows were self nocked, others had nocks of horn or iron, some of them sharp enough to use as weapons at close quarters. Typically they were from 66″ to 78″ in length. Many of these bows were bound every few inches with linen or sinew tread; it is not certain whether this was purely decorative or was to help stop the wood from splitting.

A fair number of arrow shafts and hundreds of heads have survived. The shafts are made of hazel, pine or ash. Of the many arrowheads found the majority have been broadheads, with or without bards and were generally tanged, with sockets becoming more common through the ninth to eleventh centuries.

Traces of goose feather fletchings have been found and swan and eagle are also known to be good feathers for fletching. On how the archer was used is really unknown, But it is possible that archers in the period did what later English archers are known to have done; shoot in volleys at long range where the scale of the attack can make up for the lack of accuracy and then pick individual targets at closer range where the accuracy is better.

Wrath of the Norseman

Museum Collection

Museum Collection



Sudan War

The Egyptian army, led by Ahmed Urabi, rebelled in 1882, discontented with Egypt and its close ties to British and French financiers.

The United Kingdom reacted to protect its financial interests in the country, in particular the Suez Canal, and sent a force of 24,000 British and 7,000 Indian troops to quell the revolt.

The main Egyptian force dug in at Tel-el-Kebir, north of Cairo. The defenses were hastily prepared, but included trenches and redoubts and studded with 60 pieces of artillery.

Rather than making an out flanking movement around Urabi’s entrenchments, the British staged a night attack, relying on the element of surprise to secure
the field.

W.Britain captures the savage, close-quarter fighting of this desperate engagement with an offering of 18 dramatic, new figures.

Battle of Tamai March 13, 1884

WWI – British

While not the most effective, gas was certainly the cruelest weapon of World War One. A machine gun could saw you in half, an artillery shell, vaporize you in an instant, but gas…

Depending on which agent was deployed, gas would leave a soldier weeping and wheezing; blind and helpless; make his skin to blister and burn; cause a build-up of fluid in his lungs, ultimately drowning him.

Gas was heavier than air and would fill the trenches, dugouts and shell holes where it had been known to lurk for two or three days. It would permeate to a soldier’s clothing and cling to his equipment. Many of those who suffered exposure were unable to return to the front. Those who did recover were at higher risk of developing cancers later in life.

While gas accounted for less than 1% of the total deaths in WWI, by the end of the conflict, one in four of the artillery shells fired on the Western Front
contained gas.

Battle of the Somme

Zulu War

Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version

New John Jenkins February Releases!

January 21st, 2017

Wars of the Roses

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

JJDesigns 10th Anniversary
Battle of the Plains of Abraham

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

Battle of the Plains of Abraham

Raid on Saint Francis

The Religion, Ceremonies and Beliefs of the Eastern woodland Indian tribes were based on Animism. Animism was a commonly shared doctrine, or belief, of the indigenous people of North America and Canada including the Woodland Indian tribes. Animism is based on the spiritual or religious idea that the universe and all natural objects have souls or spirits. In this religion it is believed that souls or spirits exist not only in humans but also in animals, plants, trees, rocks etc. This belief is also extended to natural phenomena such as thunder storms and rain and geographic features such as mountains, caves or rivers also possess souls or spirits.

There were various ceremonies and festivals relating to the corn crops including the Green Corn festival. These ceremonies and festivals included feasting and music using rattles and drums.

The STOMP Dance is an example of a dance performed by various Eastern Woodland tribes and Native American communities. The term “Stomp Dance” is an English term, which refers to the “shuffle and stomp” movements of the dance.

There were several other ceremonies which were important to the Woodland Indians. Notably the Cry Ceremony. When someone in a Woodland tribe died, the tribe would hold a cry ceremony. To prepare for the ceremony five knots were tied in a piece of milkweed. Milkweed was abundant in the longleaf pine forests and were plants with milky sap and light wind-blown seeds. The chief of the tribe performed dances and sang around a fire. The ceremony lasted five days and on each day one of the knots would be untied.

Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

French Militia

French Militia 1759

Jacobite Rebellion

Jacobite Rebellion 1745