October, 2019
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Missed the September Edition 2019 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the October Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a very hot day here in the Bay Area. October is the peak month for wildfires, as we await hopefully the November Rains. This time PG&E are shutting off all electricity to 13 counties here in the Bay Area, because of expected high winds and high temperatures. PG&E Electrical fires were blamed for 2 major wildfires in the last two years. This year they do not want to get blamed, so they are shutting power off to 800,000 residences and business. We got cut off last night at home!

Once again, we survived the Chicago Toy Soldier Show, our 15th year of attending. As always it was a ton of fun and gave us a chance to meet many of you. This year we had a full team of people helping. Cody and Aidan from our store and volunteer customers Kevin Hansen and Eric Fatzinger. They were truly the “Dream Team”.

The annual dinner was a huge success. It was sold out, and our guest speaker Ken Osen of Hudson Allen, did a super job. His focus was on dioramas and sharing his knowledge of how to bring them to life. Julie from Treefrog, Tim Tyler from Troops of Time and us at Sierra are looking forward to hosting our 16th Customer Appreciation Dinner. Do not miss out.

Next year will be the 40th Anniversary of the Chicago Show, being held on the weekend of September 27th, if you have never been to show, or it is awhile since you have been, hope you can come along and enjoy what is a truly fun event.

We did something unusual for the first time in 15 years, after the show we took time off, almost unheard of. We visited South Dakota (highly recommended) and headed off to the Battle of Little Big Horn Memorial. Until you visit and see the size of the battlefield, the terrain and discover that the battle didn’t last a few hours but lasted over 24 hrs, can you really appreciate the history behind the Battle of Little Big Horn or as the Lakota Indians call it the Battle Of Greasy Grass, due to the grass that grows on the side of the hill. If you ever have a chance to visit, you will be fascinated.

Back to work as we start our preparation for Christmas, unbelievable that it is that time of year again already.

Just after we returned, we received a shipment of our Exclusive Zulu sets, from W Britain plus another “Hand to Hand” set. We have written to everyone who preordered these sets to update addresses and payment details. We are shipping them out as fast as we can. If you have not updated or confirmed your current address please do so, so we can get the long-awaited sets to you.

We have some great new releases for you Britain's, King and Country, John Jenkins and First Legion

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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.

Consignment Highlight

This month we have added some Britain's Zulu War Club sets.

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

Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Update - In Stock Now!

Thank you to all of you that waited so patently for this item to be released. Now in stock.

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Britain's

Britain's New Releases

The Zulu War - Rorke's Drift

Hurrah! Finally after 3 years we have the following sets now in stock!

Zulu wars in Matte Finish by Britains

George Washington’s Inauguration

Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States at Federal Hall in New York, then the nation’s capitol.

Famously, Washington was reluctant to accept the presidency and had written that he had given up, "all expectations of private happiness in this world.” But he also knew that this burden of duty was one he could not decline. Washington was keenly aware that everything he did at the swearing-in would set precedent. Even though he had gained his reputation through military service, he chose not to be in uniform. Instead, he wore an American-made brown suit, fashioned from broadcloth, wishing to set a trend. "I hope…it will be unfashionable for a gentleman to appear in any other dress,” he told his friend, the Marquis de Lafayette. As a nod to his martial past, he wore a less ostentatious dress sword on his hip, sheathed in a simple steel scabbard.

Recreated here is that humble and noble scene. The three 1/30 scale figures stand approximately 2½” tall, are cast in white metal and hand painted in stunning detail – all mounted on a sturdy alloy base.

These historically accurate miniatures are sure to inspire and enchant enthusiasts and casual collectors alike.

This is the first in a series of national heroes. Look for additional releases in this National Honor collection in the future.

National Honor Presidents

Britain's Scenic Backdrops

New scenic backdrops.

Diorama Collection

King & Country

King & Country October Releases!

How To Build A Pyramid

First of all find a large, empty space somewhere in Ancient Egypt conveniently if possible, close to the River Nile…

Then... gather together thousands of skilled craftsmen, building workers and slaves. After that, spread out your construction plan on the desert sand and explain to the assembled multitude who is doing what, when and where... and begin work!

Also give them a ‘works deadline’ while, at the same time, informing them of the dire consequences should any or all of them fail to meet your strict building schedule...

And there you have it... how to build a pyramid in one simple lesson!

  • - While the Architects and Engineers are responsible for the overall design of the Pyramid, the Master-of-Works is the man in charge of the building site itself and the workers employed to transform the 2 dimensional plans into 3 dimensional reality.
  • - A strong (by necessity) labourer tasked with carrying the many, many loads of clay bricks up from ground level to the upper work stations as the Pyramid rises up day after day.
  • - Working under the blazing heat of the Egyptian sun, from dawn till dusk, demanded copious amounts of fresh water for the workers. These 2 men are transporting a large stone jar of fresh water to a central point near the Pyramid where the teams of individual female Nubian ‘water carriers’ would gather to fill up their own smaller vessels.
  • - As the Egyptian builders used thousands of slaves on their construction sites they in turn were under the direct control of ‘Overseers’, usually Egyptian but sometimes slaves themselves who had ‘risen up through the ranks’ to the position of ‘overseer’. Most of these ‘Overseers’ would often use physical punishment to ensure both obedience and discipline... Some more than others.

Ancient Egypt

Battle Command Conference

General Walter Model was one of Hitler’s most able and trusted Wehrmacht commanders. A dedicated Nazi and personally loyal to Hitler, Model had more than fulfilled his battlefield duties several times over in Hitler’s eyes on both the Eastern and Western fronts.

  • - Here we see Model, in the greatcoat, together with a senior Panzer commander and one of his infantry officers as they discuss their attack plan during the early stages of the ‘Battle of the Bulge’. These three officers make a welcome addition the other just-previously released BBG sets or indeed any of K&C’s ‘Winter Germans’ currently available.

Battle of the Bulge

More Market Garden

Three extra ARNHEM ’44 sets that provide additional depth and colour to this long-running and very popular King & Country WW2 series of British Airborne figures, vehicles, artillery and aircraft...

  • - A poignant little set of a British paratrooper, Lee Enfield .303 rifle in hand studying an ARNHEM street sign on the outskirts of the famous Dutch town.
  • - A little way forward of MG078 and further into Arnhem, two British paratroopers have already come under fire from the Germans and taken cover. As one Para sits the other kneeling Para cautiously looks out to see where exactly the enemy fire is coming from. There two Paras look great next to a wall or building or perhaps even an abandoned jeep... You make the decision!
  • - Anyone who collects ARNHEM ’44 is sure to know about the classic movie ‘A Bridge Too Far’ (1977) directed by Sir Richard Attenborough that depicted the ill-fated ‘Operation Market Garden’ in general and the Arnhem battle in particular. Among the many great movie stars in this WW2 epic was Michael Caine who depicted Lt. Col. J.O.E. Vandeleur of the Irish Guards in the film. Vandeleur led the front element of the British XXX Corps in his Humber Scout Car and that’s what we have portrayed in this great little set. Lt. Col. Vandeleur (Michael Caine) stands erect in his Humber scout car as his forces attempt to reach Arnhem... just like in the movie!

Operation Market Garden

Another battle... Another time

Journey back in history more than a century before and we’ve landed deep in a European field, somewhere on the continent in the Napoleonic Era.

  • - A brand-new sculpt and painting of an older, long-retired favourite... The Emperor pores over one of his campaign maps as he traces out the positions of his own troops... as well as his enemy’s. Assisting him are a very senior Ordnance officer and one of his ‘Generals de Brigade’
    SPECIAL NOTE: To accompany this great set a new version of the Emperors’ Personal Tent will soon be available complete with Napoleon’s own standard flying over it.
  • - Nearby the above set NA448, is one of Napoleon’s Staff Colonels writing down the Emperor’s orders as well as issuing his instructions ready to be delivered by one of his Aide de Camps to his various Field Commanders.
  • - A couple of months back we released a special ‘personality’ figure of Roustan, the long-serving Mameluke bodyguard and valet to the Emperor. Here we see a ‘dismounted’ Roustan bringing forth a simple tray which holds a bottle of the Emperor’s favourite brandy. Man cannot live by bread alone!
  • - Talking of food and drink... Two of the Emperor’s own personal staff unpack some crockery for a meal before the battle as well as pour some water into a bowl for the emperor to refresh himself. These two green-liveried servants belong to Napoleon’s own household and were often former soldiers themselves. They would follow him on campaign and take care of all his personal requirements and attempt to make his life on the field of battle as comfortable as possible.

French Napoleonic

THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN

THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN in August 1966 has gone down in Australian military history as one of their ‘Finest Hours’ during the Vietnam War.

Company of the 6th Royal Australian Regiment (just 106 men) were patrolling through a rubber plantation not far from their base at Nui Dat, South Vietnam when they were confronted by a much larger combined force of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong infantry of about 1,500 strong.

Led down and vastly outnumbered the Australians fought courageously and held their defensive perimeter against numerous enemy attacks over many hours.

Accurate long-range artillery fire helped the Aussies hold on while a relief force was readied and eventually reached their beleaguered position.

Australian casualties were 18 killed and 24 wounded, Australia’s greatest one-day loss during its involvement in the Vietnam War.

Long Tan is now remembered and honoured as a symbol of Aussie military bravery, endurance and teamwork in a very tough battlefield situation.

King & Country is proud and privileged to portray the Australian soldier in miniature fighting off the enemy in this first 4-man set (with more to follow)...

Vietnam - Tet 68

Santa Comes But Once A Year...

  • - When Santa clambers down a chimney he always hopes for a quiet and peaceful household and, perhaps, a cool glass of milk and a plate of cookies to greet him.
    Well, at least, that’s what I was always told when I was a wee boy back in Bonnie Scotland in the dim and distant past!
    So, you can imagine his surprise to be greeted as he emerged from the empty fireplace with a very suspicious bulldog who has just bit a lump out of Santa’s bright red costume.
    The startled Santa has retreated up a little step ladder as the bulldog waits patiently at the bottom... Santa’s bag of toys (containing some K&C sets) is also included. A great little set.
  • - A long-promised and very attractive little rendering of Mr. Claus’ abode, suitably snow-covered and frosted in all the right places. The perfect backdrop, as you can see, for previous K&C Santas and other Christmas themed accessories.

K&C Christmas

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected October 2019!
Aztec - Talaxcaltecs

Talaxcaltecs

Mid-Republic Romans

Mid-Republic Romans

Thracians

Thracians

THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR (431-404BC)- THE SPARTAN ARMY

The Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC) was an ancient Greek war fought by the Delian League led by Athens against the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta. Historians have traditionally divided the war into three phases. In the first phase, the Archidamian War, Sparta launched repeated invasions of Attica, while Athens took advantage of its naval supremacy to raid the coast of the Peloponnese and attempt to suppress signs of unrest in its empire. This period of the war was concluded in 421 BC, with the signing of the Peace of Nicias. That treaty, however, was soon undermined by renewed fighting in the Peloponnese. In 415 BC, Athens dispatched a massive expeditionary force to attack Syracuse, Sicily; the attack failed disastrously, with the destruction of the entire force in 413 BC. This ushered in the final phase of the war, generally referred to either as the Decelean War, or the Ionian War. In this phase, Sparta, now receiving support from the Achaemenid Empire, supported rebellions in Athens's subject states in the Aegean Sea and Ionia, undermining Athens's empire, and, eventually, depriving the city of naval supremacy. The destruction of Athens's fleet in the Battle of Aegospotami effectively ended the war, and Athens surrendered in the following year. Corinth and Thebes demanded that Athens should be destroyed and all its citizens should be enslaved, but Sparta refused.

The Peloponnesian War reshaped the ancient Greek world. On the level of international relations, Athens, the strongest city-state in Greece prior to the war's beginning, was reduced to a state of near-complete subjection, while Sparta became established as the leading power of Greece. The economic costs of the war were felt all across Greece; poverty became widespread in the Peloponnese, while Athens found itself completely devastated, and never regained its pre-war prosperity.

Ancient Greek warfare, meanwhile, originally a limited and formalized form of conflict, was transformed into an all-out struggle between city-states, complete with atrocities on a large scale. Shattering religious and cultural taboos, devastating vast swathes of countryside, and destroying whole cities, the Peloponnesian War marked the dramatic end to the fifth century BC and the golden age of Greece.

The city of Sparta was just one of the cities located in the ancient Greek state called Lakedaimon. Most of the other cities of Lakedaimon by this time had become subjects of Sparta.

Around the middle of the 5th Century BC the Lakedaimonians started to lighten the equipment of their holpites. The traditional greaves and cuirass were discarded, and the closed Corinthian helmet was replaced by the open-faced “Pilos Helmet”.

A crimson short sleeved tunic, the “exomis” was commonly worn, with the right shoulder unpinned and allowed to fall leaving the right arm and shoulder free for action. In the 4th Century the army of Agesilaos was clad entirely in Crimson. This had become the colour of the soldier and especially of the Lakedaimonian soldier. Apparently the Lakedaimonian soldier was even buried in his crimson robe.

During this period the Lakedaimonians were allowed to grow their hair and beard when on campaign, a style which had fallen out of fashion elsewhere in Greece at this time.

Spartan Army

THE ACHAEMENID PERSIAN EMPIRE 550-330BC

The Achaemenid Empire c. 550–330 BC, also called the First Persian Empire, was an ancient Iranian empire based in Western Asia founded by Cyrus the Great. Ranging at its greatest extent from the Balkans in the west to the Indus Valley in the east, it was larger than any previous empire in history, spanning 5.5 (or 8) million square kilometers. Incorporating various peoples of different origins and faiths, it is notable for its successful model of a centralised, bureaucratic administration (through satraps under the King of Kings), for building infrastructure such as road systems and a postal system, the use of an official language across its territories, and the development of civil services and a large professional army. The empire's successes inspired similar systems in later empires

In the 6th and early part of the 5th century BC Persian horsemen were heavily influenced by the Scythians, were armed with bows and javelins, and fought as light cavalry.

In the second half of the 5th Century there was an increase in armoured cavalry, armed with spears (palta) for thrusting and throwing, and the virtual disappearance of cavalry archers. The change and development can be directly linked to the wars against the Greek armies in the west.

These horsemen usually carried two palta, made from cornel wood. One could be thrown, and the other used for thrusting. The cornel wood spears were also stronger than the Greek spears, and Xenophon describes an encounter between Greek and Persian cavalry in 396BC when the Persians fought successfully with their palta, while the Greek spears broke too easily.

Later developments were to occur, when the Persians faced Alexander the Great’s Macedonian cavalry. The long Macedonian thrusting spear (also made from Cornel wood) had a big advantage over the shorter Persian thrusting spear which is one of the reasons for the Macedonian success at the Graneikos.

Darius III in the preparations for Gaugamela, tried to equip more of his cavalry with longer spears, or Macedonian style lances and adopt much heavier armour, including partial armour for the horses.

ACHAEMENID PERSIAN EMPIRE 550-330BC

ANGLO SAXON/DANISH SHIELDWALL

Age of Arthur

Rhode Island Regiment 1781

Rhode Island Regiment 1781

Drums along the Mohawk

Drums along the Mohawk

Second World War Aircraft Collection

Please note for the main picture, 6 figures can be used in a display to push the JJD Corsair. This is the first of the new BH sets. The rest of the BH and IWA sets should now be available over the next 6-9 months.

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

Knights Of The Skies

Ltn. Werner Voss (13 April 1897 – 23 September 1917) was a World War I German flying ace credited with 48 aerial victories.

Voss, a dyer's son from Krefeld, was a patriotic young man even while still in school. He began his military career in November 1914 as a 17 year old Hussar. After turning to aviation, he proved to be a natural pilot. After flight school and six months in a bomber unit, he joined a newly formed fighter squadron, Jagdstaffel 2 on 21 November 1916. There he befriended Manfred von Richthofen.

By 6 April 1917, Voss had scored 24 victories and awarded Germany's highest award, the Pour le Mérite. The medal's mandatory month's leave removed Voss from the battlefield during Bloody April; in his absence, Richthofen scored 13 victories. Nevertheless, Richthofen regarded Voss as his only possible rival as top scoring ace of the war. Soon after Voss returned from leave, he was at odds with his squadron commander. He was detailed from his squadron to evaluate new fighter aircraft and became enthusiastic about the Fokker Triplane. After transferring through three temporary squadron commands in two months, Voss was given command of Jagdstaffel 10 on 30 July 1917 at Richthofen's request. By now, his victory total was 34. His last stand came on 23 September 1917, just hours after his 48th victory. After he fell in solo opposition to eight British aces, he was described by his preeminent foe, James McCudden, as "the bravest German airman". Werner Voss, during his period with Jasta Boelcke, flew the Albatros DIII, represented by ACE-43.

Whilst the cowling remained grey, the nose on Voss’s plane was painted red, which was common for almost all the planes in Jasta 2.

The plywood fuselage had a red heart , edged white, similar to a Valentine’s Day chocolate box on each side, and later a third heart was painted on the top of the fuselage.

Also on each side of the plane , a white swastika surrounded by an olive wreath was painted. This was considered a sign of good luck or fortune, and was a common symbol which could be found on many planes from almost every nation during WW1.

The figure of ACE-43P is based on a surviving photograph.

Knights Of The Skies - WWI

First Legion

New October Releases!
Retreat from Russia

Retreat from Russia

Wild West

First Legion Wild West

Roman Siege Engines

Roman Siege Engines

Battle of Normandy

NOR091 German Panther Ausf G Early w/Zimmerit - 3rd Co, 12th Pz Regt, 12 SS Hitler Jugend. The Panther tank was certainly one of the finest tanks of the war. While considered a medium tank, its weight was more in line with many of the “heavy” tanks of the war. The Panther’s sloping armor gave it very effective frontal defense and its 75mm main gun had more penetrating power than the Tiger Tanks 88mm gun due to extremely high muzzle velocity. Along with the Tiger tank, the Panther is certainly one of the most iconic tank of the Second World War. Our version is for Normandy is very different than our version that we did for our Bulge Series in that it is an earlier version of the Ausf G. So it has features such as Zimmerit, Side Skirts, no crew compartment heater, the earlier exhaust pipes, etc. that make it an accurate model for June 1944. Please note that the tracks on the turret and the side skirts are removable further increasing display options. This is an incredible model produced in very limited numbers and is a great addition to our Battle of Normandy figures series!

Battle of Normandy

Hudson Allen

Hudson Allen - Scenic Tiled Bases

Hudson Allen have introduced new Scenic 12 x 12 tiles.  There are too many to invidually list them here. You can see the complete collection here.

Hudson Allen Studio

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

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