And so we come to April...
Before getting into this months latest releases allow me to extend my grateful thanks to all those K&C collectors (and others) I was fortunate enough to meet and talk with on this last visit to The Land of OZ.
Its always encouraging (and for me exciting) to hear their thoughts, comments, suggestions and ideas on the hobby in general and K&C in particular. Lots of great gatherings in each city thanks to the combined efforts of Brett (The Military Workshop) in Brisbane ... Peter & Sven & Leigh (Elite Military Miniatures) in Sydney and Howard (The Toy Soldier Experience) ably assisted by Robin in Adelaide and Melbourne All great blokes and three great toy soldier shops! Thankyou once more.
And now onto the main event ...
1. BEING RELEASED IN APRIL ...
A) Riflemen to the front!
Its been a long time since K&C produced any riflemen to face up to Bonapartes men. Our last British riflemen were actually Kings German Legion and date back to 2005! Over the years there have been more than a few requests by dealers and collectors to produce more and so we have... and here they are ... This time the men of the 95th Rifles.
In 1800, an Experimental Corps of Riflemen was raised from officers and men drawn from the regular line regiments of the British Army.
The recruits selected for this new military experiment were chosen from the fittest and smartest young soldiers of their parent regiments ... They also had to be the best marksmen!
This new formation was to act as scouts and skirmishers in advance of the main army as well as covering the flanks of any larger advancing force.
They had to blend into the countryside as well as move swiftly through it. Not for them the traditional scarlet coat and white crossbelts of the regular British infantry even their military appearance was different ... These new riflemen wore dark green uniforms together with all-black belts, pouches and backpacks.
Importantly, they carried the much more accurate shorter Baker Rifle in place of the more cumbersome Brown Bess musket of the remainder of the army.
After two years of tests, trials and tribulations they were formally brought into the British Army as The 95th Rifles in April 1802.
We are releasing our first 11 officers and men of the 95th in two small batches, this first comprises 6 individual figures which will be sold separately and in a Special 8-Figure Value Added Bonus set
NA376 95th Rifles Officer w / Telescope
Observing the enemy as his men move forward to take up firing positions.
NA377 Lying Sniper
This lying prone 95th Rifleman rests his Baker Rifle on his shako as he takes careful aim. His bandaged head is perhaps the result of a previous violent encounter with the French.
NA378 95th Bugler
Unlike other regular British line regiments the 95th did not employ drummers but instead used bugle calls to transmit instructions across the battlefield.
This man maybe a bugler but he still carries his Baker Rifle.
NA379 Lying Prone Rifleman
A companion piece to NA377, this rifleman adopts the prone position in order to use the countryside as convenient cover and take a better aim on the enemy.
NA380 Advance To Your Front
Rifle held at the high port position this rifleman dashes forward.
NA381 Kneeling Firing
Another favourite firing position while presenting a smaller target to your enemy.
NA-S03 The Rifle Section
A special Value Added Bonus Package of 8 figures which combines all 6 of the above releases together with 2 additional riflemen NA379 + NA381 ... And all at a very special price!
AVAILABLE: Mid April
Special Note : FIVE additional 95th Rifles soldiers are being released this coming June ... Among them will be one more officer (advancing with sword) ... a 95th Rifles Sergeant ... A Chosen Man and two more riflemen in action.
B) On The Eastern Front
When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941 there were many Russians who welcomed the Germans as liberators from the Godless Communists ... Here are the first three Russian Civilians (more to come) giving a guarded welcome to the German invaders ...
FOB139 The Little Apple Seller
A young girl, gaily dressed in traditional peasant costume stands by the roadside with a basket of apples from the local orchard.
FOB140 A Serf with a Scythe
An older peasant stands with his scythe watching a column of Germans pass by.
FOB143 A Russian Orthodox Priest
Offering a blessing, this elderly priest hopes these invaders from the West might get rid of the hated Communists once and for all!
AVAILABLE: Mid April
C) AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NO DRILL
On Sunday morning 7 December 1941, an urgent radiogram went out to all U.S. Navy ships in Hawaiian waters.
The message was sent minutes after Japanese aircraft first started dropping bombs and launching torpedoes on the US Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor.
Caught completely by surprise on that fateful Sunday morning the military response was, at first, slow and painful ... Just a handful of US fighter aircraft managed to get into the air to combat the marauding Japanese Zeroes, Vals and Kates.
Among the pilots who took to the skies over Hawaii were Lieutenants Ken Taylor and George Welch flying their P40 Tomahawks.
Both pilots exploits on 7 December have been portrayed in movies such as TORA! TORA! TORA! (1970) and PEARL HARBOR (2001)
AF041 Pearl Harbor P40 Tomahawk
This is the third version of the CURTISS P-40 Tomahawk that K&C has made. Previous models have included an RAF Desert Air Force one and the classic Flying Tigers version.
The new model is in the standard olive drab and light grey colour scheme typical of US Army Air Corps aircraft at this time. Our model bears the code number 160 of the aircraft 2nd Lieut . George Welch flew on 7 December and belongs to the 15th Pursuit Squadron.
The Air Corps officially credited Lieut. Welch with 4 kills and several others damaged.
This Pearl Harbor P40 comes complete with a standing figure of a US Army Air Corps pilot wearing a non standard Hawaiian shirt over his khakis and carrying a.45 Colt Automatic.
Note: Just 150 of this aircraft are being released.
AVAILABLE: Mid April
D) From Pearl Harbor to Palestine ...
As regular readers of DISPATCHES know K&C likes to move around the globe every month ... at least as far as general releases allow ...
This month is no exception!
Once more we return to Palestine and the exploits of the Australian Light Horse in their campaign against Johnny Turk during the First World War.
However, on this occasion we are in camp... either before or just after the battle .
AL076 Preparing Some Grub
A crouching Light Horse trooper uses his bayonet to hold a billy can full of tea over a little camp fire.
AL077 Enjoying a Brew-Up
Even in the desert heat of Palestine a mug of tea can actually be quite refreshing as these two Diggers know.
AL078 A Drink of Water
This kneeling trooper pours water out of his canteen into his upturned slouch hat for his four-legged mate to enjoy.
AL079 Preparing to Saddle-Up
About to head out on picket duty or a patrol this trooper carries his saddle over to his waiting horse.
AL086 New Zealand Mounted Rifles Officer
Last month we launched the first 3 figures of this New Zealand release. Here, a wee bit later is their Mounted Rifles officer on his charging horse aiming his revolver at the enemy.
AVAILABLE: Early April
E) All Roads Lead to Rome!
To be honest, I dont know who originally said it but in the case of K&C and this release it certainly seems to be true ...
Here are five (5) more great releases to add on to our first four (4) launched earlier.
ROM002 The Tribune
Every Roman Legion was commanded by a Legate, he in turn was assisted by no less than six Tribunes. These were men usually drawn from the Romes upper social class. In camp and on the battlefield they were easily recognized by their more decorative and expensive armour.
Among their many duties were general administration and management of all military camps, forts and other establishments. That also included food supply, overall security and enforcing discipline as well as ordering punishments when required.
Each Tribune in turn had a number of clerical assistants to prepare reports, records and rosters.
Our K&C Mounted Tribune is the perfect companion to ROM001 The Legate.
ROM005 The Optio
This non-commissioned officer was the centurions right-hand man appointed personally by him.
The Optio was in charge of the instruction and training of all new recruits as well as assisting his Centurion in whatever requirements were necessary in the running of the Century.
Optios often wore crested helmets and carried long canes to enforce good order and discipline.
ROM006 The Aquilifer
One of the most important men in the Legion because he carries the Eagle Standard of that particular Legion.
He wears a Lions pelt and head over his scale armour. On his back is the small round shield carried by Aquilifers, Signifiers and some other senior Legion NCOs.
ROM010 Legionary on Guard
For any Roman collector this particular soldier is a must-have. Standing on guard duty, either at a gate or on a wall, he carrier his Pilum in his right hand while his left holds onto his large Legion-issue shield.
ROM011 Standing Legionary w/Marius Mule
This Legionary is preparing to leave his fort or encampment and move to a new location. He carries all of his personal belongings, necessary kit and other items on this baggage pole along with his large and small swords and the Pilum.
His shield might be carried with the baggage train.
AVAILABLE: Early April
F) Desert Pendezvous
Somewhere in the sands of Libya a vehicle patrol of the Long Range Desert Group comes to a halt to check their maps and present location.
EA120 LRDG 30cwt. Chevrolet Truck
An additional vehicle to a very popular range of LRDG / SAS trucks and jeeps issued by K&C over the years.
This 3rd Chevy is painted in a very attractive sand / faded green finish and comes with an Arab head-dressed driver, and armed with the Boyes Anti Tank Rifle on a pindle mount on the rear of the vehicle.
These LRDG vehicles have always been very popular with Desert War collectors and occasionally appear on ebay ... So its good to add an all-new one.
This bearded LRDG desperado is about to either a) help dig the truck out or
b) go for a little walk behind the nearest sand dune to perform a necessary human function ... You decide.
EA122 Dusty Miller
Dusty, map in hand, has acquired, after a few raids and missions, some authentic Afrika Korps souvenirs including the cap, a map case and an MP40 Schmeisser Machine Pistol.
A Scottish member of the patrol, wearing an old Solar Topee sun helmet and carefully scrutinizes the surrounding landscape for any signs of life as well as any approaching Germans or Italians. Can also fit easily onto the rear of the Chevy!
AVAILABLE: Late April
G) On The Streets of Olde London
The Hansom Cab was a single horse-drawn carriage first patented in Britain by Joseph Hansom in 1834.
For many years during the Victorian era they were a familiar sight on the streets of London and other large British cities.
Soon their fame and use travelled far and wide ... First to Europe and finally on to New York. They continued to be widely used until the advent of the motor car when they were superseded. By the early 1920s they had all but disappeared from Londons streets.
Their popularity and appeal today however has been mainly through films and television ... No self respecting Victorian street scene is rarely complete without the familiar clip-clop sound of at least one or two Hansom Cabs.
WOD058-1 Hansom Cab (Yellow)
The first of our two Standing Horse cabs is decorated in a golden yellow and black paint scheme and comes with the seated driver.
WOD058-2 Hansom Cab (Red)
The second version sports a Wine Red finish and again has a driver on the
AVAILABLE: Late April
Two additional versions of these cabs will be available later with Walking Horses.
And that my friends is that for the month of April ... Except, of course, for some retirements ... Now read on ...
2. BEING RETIRED ...
NE045 Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson
NE046 R.N. First Lieutenant
NE047 R.N. Midshipman w/Union Jack
WS251 German Officer Prisoner
WS262 Red Cross Nurse
With Best Wishes,
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country Hong Kong