March is over, April is upon us and it’s time to get down to business after our long (and very enjoyable) American trip.
Special greetings to all of our friends (Collectors & Dealers) we met at the WestCoaster… A very big thankyou to Louis, Hans & Larry and even more friends at the recent New York Symposium and, finally, some old friends and a few new ones at our “Merlot & Miniatures” Evening at Kings X in San Antonio.
1. AVAILABLE THIS MONTH…
A. “Remember The
RTA043 “Lying Wounded Texian”
RTA044 “Dead Mexican Soldier”
RTA045 “Kneeling Firing Defender”
RTA046 “Loading Mexican Soldier”
RTA047 “Fighting Duo III”
A wounded defender takes his last shot at an advancing Mexican infantryman.
AVAILABILITY: Mid to Late April
The British have
evacuated their army at
FoB054 “Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein”
Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein takes the salute mounted on his favourite steed “Tambour”.
FoB055 “German Mounted Adjutant”
Captain Helmut Eckhardt, Manstein’s Adjutant, accompanies his General.
This infantry colonel proudly leads his men past the reviewing officers.
A marching officer returns the General’s salute… army style!
FoB058 “Wehrmacht Rifleman”
Still wearing the full battle-order this “soldaten” is weary but happy his battle is over… for a time.
A superb little 2-man vignette… As the young infantry officer stands stiffly to attention a General fastens the ribbon of the Knight’s Cross around his neck.
As the Battle of
France was coming to a close another battle was about to begin… “The
When the Luftwaffe
began to attack the
Here, a young,
arrogant Luftwaffe airman has had his aircraft shot down… over
In this little scene he is closely guarded by an old Army Veteran now in the uniform of the “Home Guard”… Dad’s Army… Standing, notebook in hand, a typical unarmed British “Bobby” is taking down details of the captured pilot… A great little 3-man set… Sorry, though, you need to find your own crashed German aircraft.
In August 1942,
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid a surprise visit to see
the men of the Eighth Army fighting in
During his trip
Churchill inspected many different units of
what he saw… there was a renewed fighting spirit in the men and in
These new figures commemorate that historic visit and honour the men of the Desert Army.
K&C’s first all-new pipe band in 12 years! This twelve-piece group comprises 1x Drum Major, 1x Pipe Major, 3x pipers, 1x big drummer, 2x bass drums and 4 side drummers of the Black Watch, the senior Highland Regiment.
All our band are in “shirt-sleeve” parade order and are wearing the “Royal Stewart” kilts for the pipers and the “Government Black Watch” tartan for the remainder.
Additional pipers and drummers are available as “singles” to increase your band or as individual figures.
EA026(A) “Drum Major”
EA026(B) “Pipe Major”
EA026(D) “Big Drum”
EA026(E) “Bass Drum”
EA026(F) “Side Drum”
Here, the great man himself is perched on the rear of an 8th. Army Humber Staff Car giving his famous 2 finger “V for Victory” salute.
Alongside him are Chief of the Imperial General Staff… Field Marshal Alan Brooke, Churchill’s loyal ally and military supremo.
In front of them is the 8th.Army’s General Montgomery… Driving the vehicle is a Corps of Military Police sergeant.
Just 999 of this great Churchill set are being produced and it is sure to be popular not only with toy soldier collectors but also “Churchilliana” enthusiasts!
On parade for the Prime Ministers’ inspection are the following…
EA032 “Saluting Scottish
An officer of the Gordon Highlanders, swagger stick under one arm, salutes Churchill.
EA033 “Gordon Highlander Presenting Arms”
EA034 “Saluting Gurkha
EA035 “Gurkha Rifleman Standing at Attention”
EA036 “Sikh Regiment Marching
EA037 “Sikh Rifleman Marching”
EA038 “Coldstream Guards Sergeant”
Special Divisional Note:
Our new Pipes & Drums and Gordon Highlanders are from the famous 51st. Highland Division.
K&C’s Gurkhas and Sikhs are from the 4th. Indian Division.
And our Guardsmen are from the Guards Brigade of the 78th. Division.
AVAILABILITY: Mid April!
2. SO, WHAT’S COMING IN MAY
In 1933, Adolf
Hitler purchased a simple Alpine cottage in the Obersalzberg
During that time
the Berghof evolved to become the Fuhrer’s
Southern headquarters of the Third Reich, second only to
Here, for the first
time, is an important addition to the “
often ill-at-ease with people Hitler, a life-long vegetarian, genuinely loved
animals… especially dogs.
Here, he wears his simple field g
By his side is his
faithful German Shepherd… “Blondi”…
Together they would die in his
The majority of the Fuhrer’s staff at the Berghof were drawn from his own personal SS bodyguard regiment “Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler”.
This little set comprises three of his SS waiters… one carrying the Fuhrer’s favourite chocolate cake… another pouring coffee… and the third overseeing the other two.
All three are dressed in white mess jackets with black trousers.
Utilizing actual photos of the Berghof in its heyday K&C has replicated in miniature the tables and chairs seen on the patio of the Berghof in countless photos.
This set comprises one table and four chairs.
photographic evidence of the real building taken before its destruction after
the Second World War K&C has reconstructed this two-piece miniature to port
The front of the Berghof was dominated by a massive picture window facing onto some of the most beautiful vistas of the nearby mountains.
Built in a typical Alpine chalet style our model sits on a spacious patio area that can easily accommodate tables, chairs and any number of standing and sitting figures.
Each two-piece polystone, hand-painted set comes in its own very distinctive box.
Dimensions are as follows:
The Berghof Patio:
AVAILABILITY: Early May
Last month we
introduced our new “
Just as British troops had adapted their uniforms… their equipment… and their tactics since 1914 so had their Imperial German Army opponents.
By 1917 the typical German “Soldaten” was wearing the by now famous “coal-scuttle” steel helmet and a much simpler, more practical uniform. Many had even adopted the cloth leggings called “puttees” from the British troops in preference to their own traditional jackboots.
Their fighting skills however were just as deadly and efficient as before perhaps even improved by three hard years of battlefield experience.
These new K&C First World War Germans are determined to put up a fierce fight even as their British opponents approach their front-line trenches…
Mauser Pistol in hand this officer is frantically calling for reinforcements!
Two man-set complete with plenty of “potato-mashers”.
As the gunner aims his Maxim ’08 Machine Gun his “number-two” brings up extra ammo.
FW053 “Kneeling Firing Rifleman”
FW055 “Standing with Rifle & Bayonet”
Three “coal-scuttle” German artillerymen prepare to fire their field gun at the advancing enemy. Note the splinter camouflage paint scheme.
An alternative 1914 version of the 77 field gun with an early-war 3-man crew to match.
A great add-on figure to command the early-war field gun set.
AVAILABILITY: Mid May
As usual, no
“DISPATCHES” is complete without the latest “Streets of Old
HK174 “Sampan Set #
HK175 “Sampan Set #
Always useful in any scene!
3. BEING RETIRED THIS MONTH…
Quite a large batch of goodies on this month’s retired list… and maybe a couple of surprises… Check them out…
AK038 “Stug III Assault Gun (Afrika Korps Version)”
FJ001-07 “FJ MG34 Machine Gun Team”
FJ002-07 “FJ Mortar Team”
FJ003-07 “Weapons Container”
FJ005-07 “Returning Fire”
FJ006-07 “Prisoner & Escort”
FJ007-07 “Anti-tank Gun Set”
FJ008-07 “FJ Motorcycle Combo”
FJ009-07 “FJ Dispatch Rider”
FoB022 “Walking Rifleman w/ Helmet”
FoB023 “Pointing Sergeant Major”
FoB031 “The French 75 Gun Set”
LAH042 “LAH Headquarter”
LAH043 “LAH Annex”
LAH055 “Motorcycle Escort”
MG014 “Kneeling w/ Umbrella”
MK003 “Foot Knight w/Sword & Crucifix”
MK006 “Foot Soldier w/Spear & Shield”
MK013 “Crossbowman Firing”
MK014 “Knight Fighting w/Axe & Shield”
MK016 “Fighting Bishop”
MK040 “Saracen Casualty”
NA064 “Guard Artillery Set”
And that, as I usually say, is that… I hope you find something you were looking for and something else to look forward to…
Many thanks again for your continued support…and loyalty!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country