July, 2018
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Missed the June 2018 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the July addition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a very hot day here in the Bay Area. We’re grateful that we do not get humidity. Looks like all of the USA is under a massive heat wave, maybe winter will come early. Unfortunately our fire season has arrived 2 months early, with massive wild fires all along the West Coast. Normally this does not startup until late August. So far the Bay Area has not been affected so it’s a great time to visit.

This month for us it is all about displays in the store. The boys have been busy building A War of the Roses display in the front window. We also have Gallipoli, French and Indian Wars, Custer’s Last Stand, Rorke’s Drift amongst MANY others. The boys also build mini displays often taking into account “This Day in History…..” You will find these on our Social Media pages.

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In this newsletter we have the latest Britain's, King and Country,  First Legion and Thomas Gunn announcements.

Hope you enjoy!

Events

Learn To Paint A Toy Soldier - Saturday July 14, 2018 - Los Gatos, CA - 10.00 – 4.00pm

Come and have some fun learning how to paint a Toy Soldier. Designed for Little and Big Kids, Mums most welcome.

Super Sale

Super Sale

This month we are having a very limited sale on a few overstock items from Thomas Gunn, Frontline and a few others. We have reduced the price on these items but only until the end of April, so do not miss out.

Super Sale

Sierra Blog
Events
Sierra Toy Exclusive
Britain's
King & Country
John Jenkins
First Legion
Thomas Gunn
Wings of War

Retail Store

We are open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00pm. Sundays 12.00 - 5.00pm

Just a reminder for those of you living in Northern California, or perhaps just visiting, that our retail store dedicated to toy soldiers is now open 7 days a week. The store is located at 29 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, California 95030. (408) 395 3000 www.sierratoysoldier.com

 

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Check out our latest arrivals, new dioramas and events at our store!

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Sierra Toy Soldier Blog

Check out all the latest announcements. This is updated as soon as there is a new announcement.

Sierra Toy Soldier Blog

Collectors Corner

Occasionally we get a rare opportunity to acquire individual items and complete collections for collectors that are thinning out their collection or from other dealers. These pieces are items that we do not normally stock. All are in mint condition or and in their original boxes, unless specified in the description. Please note these may have been on display.

So these are ideal pages to view if you are looking for that missing piece in your collection or just looking to find some very unique pieces that are not normally available.

Collectors Corner

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive with King & Country.
Wojtek the Bear - Available Now! - Final Sets Remaining!

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive with King & Country. First Edition of 300!

Monte Cassino

Britain's

New Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Set - Expected 2018!


Zulu Storehouse Attack

The fifth release in the Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Range. With this set we wanted to continue to add to our mini series Zulu Storehouse Attack.

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Britain's

Britain's New June / July Arrivals! - In Stock Now!

Wrath of the Norseman

Wrath of the Norseman

American Civil War

American Civil War

Sudan War

Battle of Tamai March 13, 1884

Zulu War

Rorke's Drift - Matte Version

King & Country

King & Country July 2018 Releases!

Romans

  • - When the Roman Legion took over an area of conquered land they built forts and garrisoned them with troops, who in some cases, might stay there for years. Often in such circumstances and depending on the local conditions they might find ‘wives’ among a few of the native population. Here, one such soldier prepares to go on duty as his wife and child look on.
  • - Less amicable relations with the local population can be seen in this 2-man set... A recently-captured prisoner, hands tied behind his back, is made to kneel by his Roman captor.
  • - A different prisoner... a different Roman soldier. As the captured warrior is made to lie prostrate under him the Roman Legionary appears to be waiting for instructions from a superior as to the prisoner’s fate. In general, warrior prisoners of Rome could expect either ‘a life as a galley-slave’... ‘a brutal and bloody future in the Arena’... or perhaps ‘a relatively swift end’. None of the options pleasant!

Romans

Musketeers of the Guard

Alexander Dumas’ historical adventure novel recounts the many adventures of a young D’Artagnan as he travels to Paris to join the Musketeers of the King’s Guard. Along the way he befriends the three most formidable members of the Musketeers and finds himself involved in great affairs of the state and the court.

Among the great and the not-so-good he and his ‘Three Musketeers’ encounter are both the fictional and historical characters that inhabit the novel...

Here are three of the actual historical personages that feature in the story...

  • - George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, was a handsome and charismatic man used to getting his own way and not too particular about how he achieved that. He thinks nothing of beginning a war between England and France for his own personal convenience and advantage. He is also, quite dangerously, the lover of Anne of Austria... now the Queen of France. Anne of Austria followed the long tradition of cementing military and political alliances between Catholic countries with royal marriages. Her marriage to Louis was only briefly happy and the King’s frequent absences often kept them apart which might also explain her attachment to George Villiers (The Duke of Buckingham). She did however eventually give birth to a son, Louis XIV, the future ‘Sun King’.
  • - As portrayed by Dumas in the novel Louis XIII is a weak and indecisive monarch easily manipulated by his chief minister, Cardinal Richlieu. In reality Louis was more taciturn and suspicious by nature however he did rely heavily on his ministers, particularly ‘The Red Eminence’, Richlieu. During and after his life there were strong rumours about Louis XIII’s sexual preferences which, if true, might explain his wife’s attraction to the Duke of Buckingham.

Musketeers of the Guard

French Imperial Guard

Armies for many centuries have always attracted ‘Camp Followers’... Females willing to follow a soldier, his flag and the drum in exchange for regular food... a free bed... and a degree of protection against the trials and tribulations of both other men and a hard, brutal civilian life.

Of course, a pretty face and a comely figure also helps as we can see here...

  • - Here, we see one such lass... partly dressed in the uniform of one of Napoleon’s own Imperial Guard Infantry... How well she might fight... who can say...? But she would certainly keep you warm at night!

French Imperial Guard

Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers

Just that one word could spread fear and loathing among anyone who ever had to fight them!

Cunning, resourceful and highly skilled guerilla fighters the Apaches proved to be one of the most formidable enemies the U.S. Army ever had to face.

Just as the Apaches themselves expected little or no mercy from their Mexican and American foes so they too showed the same disregard for their opponents... or indeed anyone who had the misfortune to fall into their hands alive...

  • - As his Apache captor patiently looks on this poor, unfortunate Cavalryman is in for a slow, lingering and painful death as he is ‘staked-out’ under a blazing sun. As an additional torture the Apaches liked to smear a captive’s face and mouth with sugar or molasses to attract all kinds of insects onto the scene...
  • - Moving stealthily forward this warrior silently approaches the enemy.
  • - Among the Indian tribes that faced the American Army during the Indian Wars after 1865 the Apaches were often considered to be the best ‘shots’.

Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers

Joust

Throughout history warriors have always engaged in military games both to prepare for war itself and to perfect their skill-at-arms for pure enjoyment.

From the 10th Century onwards tournaments were an integral part of a knight’s life... and sometimes death. Tournaments and jousting in particular could be a deadly and dangerous pastime.

The image however of armoured and surcoated knights on their charging horses racing towards each other remains the epitome of the chivalric ideal.

Here are two additional versions of K&C’s own colourful jousting scene...

  • - Sir William also known as ‘The Red Knight’ at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. A native of Cumberland in the North West of England he had friends and enemies on both sides of the border between England and Scotland and was an avid jousting participant.
  • - Sir William’s opponent, Sir John Ross of Galloway hails from the south west part of Scotland and was an early supporter of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots from 1306-1329. Sir John’s heraldry includes both the ‘Lion Rampant’ and ‘The Ship’, much favoured by Scottish knights of that time.
  • - This colourful ‘BONUS SET’ combines both knights together with the ‘Jousting Barrier’ that separates them at a very favorable price!

Joust

Poland 1939

In August 1939, the ‘German-Soviet Pact’ was signed which among other points stated, in secret, that Poland was to be partitioned between the two countries. This enabled Germany to attack Poland on September 1, 1939, with no fear of any Soviet intervention.

On September 17, just over two weeks later the Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland and within days met up with their advancing German ‘partners-in-crime’ from the West. /p>

Instantly Poland was dismembered and a reign of terror began...

  • - A captured Polish infantryman has his pockets and ammunition pouches searched by one of the victorious ‘invaders’... A scene that must have been repeated many thousands of times.
  • - A senior German officer shakes hand with one of his Soviet opposite numbers. Friendly for the moment... in June 1941 all that will change when ‘Operation Barbarossa’ erupts!

Poland 1939

Battle of TARAWA

  • - Originally designed in the 1920’s to meet a demand for a howitzer that could be moved across difficult terrain, the gun and carriage could be broken down and moved by pack animals. In the U.S.M.C. from 1943 onwards, divisional artillery always included three 75mm battalions with 12 guns each. Our new Pack Howitzer comes complete with three Marines manning it.
  • - The price of victory is never cheap! These two Marines prove that... As one Marine falls to the ground his buddy next to him takes a bullet to the chest.

Battle of TARAWA

Vietnam

  • - This ‘GRUNT’ stands poised to go into action his M16 at ‘port arms’.
  • - One more Marine takes careful aim at some enemy soldiers. In the U.S.M.C. it is a tradition that every, single Marine is a ‘trained rifleman’ irrespective of what branch of the Corps he will eventually serve in. Marksmanship is highly-prized in the U.S.M.C. and the Marines specialize in it.
  • - During the Vietnam War Marines carried a variety of different weapons. Among the most effective both in close-quarter jungle conditions and in house-to-house fighting was the shotgun... A number of different makes were employed in the battle to retake HUE... Our Marine carries a ‘Mossberg 500’... Other favoured shotguns include the ‘Winchester Model 1912’ and the ‘Remington Model 870’. Special length barrels could also be ordered as short as 20 inches or as long as 36 inches.
  • - As he peers through his military-issue binos to seek out the enemy this Marine Non Commissioned Officer also carries his M16 and a Colt. M1911 .45cal. semi automatic pistol, the standard U.S. Military sidearm from 1911 until 1986.

Vietnam - Tet'68

First Legion

New July Releases!
Persian Empire

The Persians used War Elephants raised from Indian territories under Persian rule. They were trained by their “Mahout” (driver) who rode them into battle directing their movements. Other than the driver, other men armed with javelins and bows would ride in the tower on the back of the Elephant to launch missiles into enemy troops. As they were such large beasts their primary purpose was to strike fear into the enemy soldiers, most of which would never have seen such an animal. The results of using them in battle were mixed as they were difficult to control when panicked and were just as likely to trample friends as well as enemies. At Gaugamela Darius had 15 such elephants which were placed at the center of the Persian line where they made quite an impression on the Macedonians facings them. We have recreated the war elephant with an absolutely superb level of sculpting and incredibly intricate hand painting, particularly that on the ornate blankets and cloths which cover the elephants sides, head, and rear making this a unique and incredibly high quality piece. This is a limited edition Special Collectors Set of only 110 pieces available worldwide.

Persian Empire

British 17th Lancers

First Legion is extremely pleased present the British 17th Lancers for our Anglo-Zulu War series! One of the most famous regiments of Cavalry in the history of the British Army, the 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own) took part in a variety of engagements including both the Crimean War and the Anglo-Zulu War, particularly famous for the charge of the light brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854. They served in the Natal colony and fought at the Battle of Ulundi in 1879 where they left the square they were sheltering in as the Zulu army was faltering and their charge routed the Zulus from the field. Though we have created them as part of our AZW figure series, these flexible figures can be used in a variety of theaters in which the unit served. With the stunning sculpting and hand painting that is our hallmark, these wonderful new figures can be used in a wide variety of dramatic displays.

British 17th Lancers

Battle of the Bulge

First Legion is extremely pleased to present the next vehicle in our “Battle of the Bulge” series, BB030 the German Sd Kfz 182 Konigstiger as part of the 1st SS Panzer Division. The 1st Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division was broken down into 4 different Kampgruppes for the Ardennes offensive, each named after their respective commander. The most famous of these was Kampfgruppe Peiper which contained all of the division’s tanks and was the tip of the spear of the “Wacht am Rhein” offensive. Our tank is designed to appear as it would have looked at the outset of the battle. The King Tiger was the successor to the Tiger I as Germany's Heavy Tank and combined the thick armor of the Tiger I with the sloping armor of the Panther along with the firepower of the 8.8 cm KwK 43 L/71 anti-tank cannon. Ours is depicted wtih the Henschel turret and soft edged camo as part of the 1st SS Panzer Division's Kampfgruppe Peiper. This tank is a real beast for sure at 70 tons and our rendition of it is modeled and painted to the very highest standards including additional weathering that we haven't done on any previous vehicle

Battle of the Bulge

Painted 75mm Connoisseur

Painted 75mm Connoisseur Figures

Thomas Gunn!

Thomas Gunn July Releases!
Spartans

Spartans

Glory of Rome

Glory of Rome

Enemies of Rome

The Carthaginian republic was one of the oldest and largest states in the Ancient Mediterranean arena. The Carthaginians fought several wars with her neighbour Republican Rome, the third one in 146 BC culminating in their downfall. Prior to that the Carthaginians had fought bravely with Hannibal conducting a 15 year reign of terror on the Roman mainland, but crucially unable to bring Rome to the negotiating table. Scipio Aemilianus was able to launch an all out assault on the capital city Carthage, the final result being the city burnt to the ground and the 50,000 surviving inhabitants sold into slavery. Rumour has it that the soil where the city once stood was sown with salt, as a message to any other rebellious states that this would also be their fate if they sought to take on the might of Rome. Our first Carthaginian piece is a magnificent elephant beautifully decorated, with 3 crew figures and more Carthaginians to follow including Hannibal later on this year.

World War One

The Skoda 30.5 cm Mörser M.11 was a siege howitzer produced by the Skoda Works and used by the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War 1 and by Germany in World War II.

Development began in 1906, when a development contract was placed by the Austro-Hungarian high command with Skoda-Werke in Pilsen to develop a weapon capable of penetrating the concrete fortresses being built in Belgium and Italy. Development work continued until 1909, when the first prototype was finished and in 1910, fired secretly in Hungary.

The weapon was able to penetrate 2 m (6 ft 7 in) of reinforced concrete with its special armour-piercing shell,

The weapon was transported in three sections by a 100-horsepower 15 ton Austro-Daimler road tractor M.12. It broke down into barrel, carriage and firing platform loads, each of which had its own trailer. It could be assembled and readied to fire in around 50 minutes.

The mortar could fire two types of shell, a heavy armour piercing shell with a delayed action fuse weighing 384 kg, and a lighter 287 kg shell fitted with an impact fuse. The light shell was capable of creating a crater 8 metres wide and 8 metres deep, as well as killing exposed infantry up to 400 m (440 yd) away.

The weapon required a crew of 15–17, and could fire 10 to 12 rounds an hour. After firing, it automatically returned to the horizontal loading position

The Ministry for War placed an order for 24 of the new wonder weapons.

Eight Mörsers were loaned to the German Army and they were first fired in action on the Western Front at the start of World War 1. They were used in concert with the Krupp 42 cm howitzer to destroy the rings of Belgian Fortresses around Liege (Battle of Liege), Namur (Fortified Position of Namur) and Antwerp (Forts Koningshooikt, Kessel and Broechem).

In 1915, ten howitzers were used in support of the Austro-Hungarian-German invasion of Serbia under the German General August von Mackensen. By the end of the war, 79 of the weapons of all three types were in service.

In 1939, Germany seized all 17 pieces from Czechoslovakia and repaired the howitzer from the Arsenal Museum, designating them 30.5 cm Mörser (t). In 1941, they obtained five more weapons after the defeat of Yugoslavia and placed them into service as the 30.5 cm Mörser 638(j). They saw service against Poland, France, and the Soviet Union in World War II, where they served with Heavy Artillery Battalions (schwere Artillerie-Abteilungen) 624, 641 and 815 as well as two Heavy Static Artillery Batteries (schwere Artillerie-Batterie bodenstandig) 230 and 779.

Our 1/30 scale Howitzer comes with ammunition trolley, tool box and 2 other spare shells to create a great diorama piece all on its own. The majority of this model is made from resin to save on weight with some metal parts. Barrel will elevate up and down and howitzer will traverse on its base.

We will be releasing crew figures suitable for WW1 and WW2 separately for the howitzer in the near future.

  • - At the beginning of WW1 the German army still adopted a more traditional form of headdress, the artillery version of the Pickelhaube sported a round ball on the top as opposed to a spike worn by the infantry.
  • - ‘Aircraftsman Lawrence’ (of Arabia) as he might have appeared in the 1920’s painting an aircraft. Lawrence a distinguished soldier of the Great War sought anonymity in the newly formed RAF in 1922, he was interviewed by Flying Officer W.E. Johns (The Biggles books author) who rejected Lawrence for using a false name. Lawrence left the recruiting station and returned some time later with an RAF messenger and a mystery hand written note ordering Johns to admit Lawrence to the RAF. Lawrence was enlisted under the name of Ross and by all accounts thoroughly enjoyed his time until he was discharged in 1925 and joined the Tank Corps. Lawrence died in a motor bike crash in 1935 shortly after leaving the army

World War One

WWII Allied Forces

The Moscow victory parade of 1945 held on June24th 1945; just over a month after the defeat of Nazi Germany. The parade consisted of 40,000 Russian soldiers, 1850 military vehicles and other military hardware. Marshal Zukhov led the parade on a white stallion whilst Stalin watched from a podium after reputedly falling from his horse at an earlier parade practice.One of the most famous moments at the end of the troops parade took place when various soldiers carried the banners of Nazi Germany and threw them down next to the National Mausoleum. To this day it remains the largest military parade ever held in Russia.

Our first 2 figures for this series comprise a very sharp looking officer in parade dress and surely the smartest looking WW2 Russians on the market!

A flag bearer and other figures will follow later this year.

  • - General John Charles Meyer (April 3, 1919 – December 2, 1975) was an American World War II flying ace, and later the commander-in-chief of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and director of the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. SAC was the United States' major nuclear deterrent force with bombers, tankers and reconnaissance aircraft, and intercontinental ballistic missiles. The Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff coordinated the nation's nuclear war plans and developed the Single Integrated Operations Plan. Meyer fought on the European front during WW2 and scored 24 aerial victories and another 2 flying Sabres during the Korean war. He retired from military service in 1974 aged 55 but unfortunately died of a heart attack aged 56 years old, he is buried at Arlington cemetery.

WWII Allied Forces

WWII German forces

The German Fallschirmjager were the Luftwaffe's elite infantry arm and took part in several high profile missions including the assault on Eben Emael and Crete in 1941 where they suffered high casualties. Despite these losses Crete was captured but is considered something of a Pyrrhic victory. Generally employed in a ground infantry role after Crete the Fallschirmjager showed tenacity and courage on every front and were respected by the Allied forces as a force second to none. Airborne missions after Crete did continue on a smaller scale and included glider and parachute assaults in the Mediterranean theatre most notably the rescue of Mussolini at Gran Sasso. We have made plenty of action FJ's and so this time we have opted for some marching and sentry style figures which can be used in a variety of dioramas.

  • - The Volkswagen Kübelwagen was a light military vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen during World War II for use by the German military (both Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS). Based heavily on the Volkswagen Beetle, it was prototyped as the Type 62, but eventually became known internally as the Type 82. Full-scale production of the Type 82 Kübelwagen started in February 1940, as soon as the VW factories had become operational. No major changes took place before production ended in 1945, only small modifications were implemented, mostly eliminating unnecessary parts and reinforcing some, which had proved unequal to the task. Prototype versions were assembled with four-wheel-drive (Type 86) and different engines, but none offered a significant increase in performance or capability over the existing Type 82 and the designs were never implemented. As of March 1943, the Kubelwagen received a revised dashboard and the bigger 1,131 cc engine, developed for the Schwimmwagen, this produced more torque and power than the original 985 cc unit. When production ceased at the end of the war, 50,435 Kübelwagen vehicles had been produced, the vehicle had proven itself to be surprisingly useful, reliable, and durable. It was to the Germans what the Willy's Jeep was to the Allies.

WWII German forces

Thomas Gunn Wings of War

Thomas Gunn - Wings of War

New Releases for July!

  • - The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka was a German dive bomber and ground attack aircraft employed by the Luftwaffe during WW2. It first flew in 1935 and made its combat debut in Spain in support of the Nationalists. The Stuka sported a distinctive gull shaped wing design and fixed undercarriage spats, to these was fixed the Jericho trumpet which made a wailing noise as the aircraft descended to attack its target, this noise became synonymous with Blitzkrieg propaganda movies. Employed by the Luftwaffe in all its major campaigns, the Stuka fared well right up until the battle of Britain where it was decimated by the RAF's Hurricanes and Spitfires. However in other theatres the Stuka continued to operate effectively especially in the Balkans and on the Russian front as a tank destroyer. Over 6,500 Stuka's were made during its service career and our new B version is one of the most easily photographed variants of the Desert campaign, sporting a distinctive snake adorning the length of its fuselage.
  • - WOW 201 Mitsubishi Type 100 reconnaissance aircraft (Dinah as known by the Allies) was borne from a request by the Japanese army in December 1937 in their search for a replacement for the Mitsubishi Ki-15 observation aircraft. The new design resulted in a twin engine low wing monoplane with a retractable undercarriage. The fuselage was extremely narrow in order to streamline the design and maximise speed, with the crew separated by a fuel tank placed in the middle of them. Further fuel tanks were situated in the thin wings, both inboard and outboard of the engines, giving a total fuel capacity of 1,490 litres (328 imperial gallons). Initial tests showed the Dinah to be slower than the Army's initial requirement of 600 KMPH, however as the type was still faster than the Army's latest fighter, the Nakajima Ki-43 and the Navy's A6 Zero, an initial production batch was ordered with improvements in speed requested.

Wings of War

Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team - Aidan, Barbara, Christian, Cody, Gary, Howard, and Michael (the Kilted Vampire).

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