To say these are ‘difficult times’ we are all living through at present would be more than a minor understatement.
The current Coronavirus epidemic that has spread far and wide will have repercussions that none of us will be able to predict or forecast going forward.
All that I can say is that eventually, sooner or later, the vast majority of us will get through it if we remain sensible, take appropriate and necessary health advice and stay calm.
As many of you already know production and delivery schedules have been affected by all of this however we are still receiving orders from all over the world and still sending out packages to K&C collectors and dealers on our usual regular basis.
Amazingly, we even have some exciting, new items to tell you about and so, without further ado, here’s some good news!
1. APPEARING IN APRIL...
A. ‘Running The Buffalo’
For the Plains Indians, life revolved around two principal elements: ‘Hunting’ and ‘War’. One meant sustenance for the body, the other, honour to warm the soul.
Some tribes planted crops, others traded meant, fur and horses to those same farming Indians for foodstuffs their nomadic ways or horseman’s pride would not allow them to plant and grow for themselves.
Although the ‘hunters’ killed deer, antelope and smaller wild game for meat their greatest dependence was upon the largest walking beast to be found on the North American continent... The Buffalo.
The American Bison, more commonly called the ‘buffalo’ furnished most of the Plains tribes daily necessities; meat, warm robes for winter, skins to cover their tepees, leather for moccasins and leggings as well as coverings for war shields. The buffalo’s bones also provided glue for binding and could be fashioned into cooking and eating utensils, sewing implements and the frames for saddles. Buffalo hair was even woven into ropes or used to stuff saddle pads or any item that required cushioning.
The Indians used virtually everything from the animal... nothing was thrown away!
Once the horse was introduced, hunting became even easier and much more successful especially hunting the buffalo.
Bands of warriors would follow the herds in the Fall each year, carefully selecting which beasts to go after. Their families would follow the hunters, staying well back and downwind. Though the buffalo’s eyesight was poor, its sense of smell was strong.
As the hunters burst upon the grazing animals, the first goal was to make the animals run in a circle, creating what was called a ‘surround’. This confined the ‘kills’ to a limited area, a convenience for the following women who would do most of the butchering of the carcasses.
Every hunter had a special horse or pony that had been trained to ride close to the buffalo so the arrow or lance could be driven accurately into the animal.
When the hunt was complete a signal would be given for the women and followers to move in and begin harvesting the meat.
These latest K&C releases portray the herd under attack by some Sioux and Cheyenne warriors in a most dramatic fashion.
TRW159 “Running Buffalo” Set #1
Three different mighty beasts running at full gallop as they try to escape the Indian arrows and lances.
TRW160 “Fallen Buffalo”
Two buffalo casualties... One lies dead, felled by two of the Indian arrows.
The other buffalo falls head over heels struck down by an expertly aimed arrow.
TRW-S03 ‘The Combined Buffalo Set’
All five individual buffaloes brought together at a valued-added price. AVAILABLE: Early April
B. “I don’t want no teenage queen... All I wants my M fourteen!”
With ‘VIETNAM’ being one of K&C’s most popular modern ranges rarely does a month go by without some addition(s) to this contemporary series. Here is April’s...
VN070 “The M14 Marines In Action Set”
The M14 Battle Rifle, for only a decade, was the principal US Service rifle before being replaced by the lighter, smaller-caliber M16.
During that time however many experts considered the heavier, 7.62mm firing M14 the best rifle to ever see service with the US Military.
Originally designed for war in Europe alongside other battle rifles such as the Belgian / British FN Self Loading Rifle (also using 7.62mm ammunition) the M14 had its ‘Baptism of Fire’ in Vietnam.
Within the US Armed Services the USMC was particularly fond of the rifle because of the Marines high value on marksmanship and battlefield reliability.
All of the Marines that were deployed to Vietnam in 1965 and 1966 were issued with M14’s and found them to be excellent weapons in combat with many fine characteristics even in the most difficult of circumstances and conditions.
Indeed it was, with great reluctance, that many Marines exchanged their tried and tested M14’s with the early M16’s. Many unit quartermasters managed to retain at least some weapons which were then issued to individual snipers and proved, once more, to be both useful and excellent combat weapons.
This first, USMC 4-man ‘Vietnam’ combat set shows a section of 4x Marines in action poses all utilizing their favourite M14’s.
AVAILABLE: Early April
C. ‘On The Autobahn’
Following the Nazis taking power in Germany in 1933 one of their first moves was to enlarge and expand the power and size of the Schutz Staffel (the SS) especially the Fuhrer’s own bodyguard regiment, the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler.
Among the new units created was a company of motorcyclists who could accompany the leader’s motorcades as he journeyed throughout Berlin and the rest of the Third Reich as extra mobile protection.
These additional ‘out-riders’ could also be used as ‘Dispatch Messengers’ to pick up and deliver important papers and instructions on behalf of the Fuhrer himself and the Party.
Here is our latest...
LAH257 “Leibstandarte Motorcyclist”
This black-clad rider is easily identifiable as a member of the LAH ‘Adolf Hitler’ by the white-belted accoutrements only worn by this, the premier regiment of the SS... and his ‘Adolf Hitler’ cuff title.
AVAILABLE: Mid-Late April
D. “The Fighting Fallschirmjager”
Six more add-ons to join our existing Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager in action.
LW073 “Fallschirmjager Sergeant”
Armed with the well-proven MP40 “Schmeisser” Machine Pistol this kneeling FJ sergeant bellows out orders and instructions to his men.
LW074 “FJ MG42 Machine Gunner”
A lying prone MG42 gunner takes careful aim at the enemy.
LW075 “FJ with the FG42 Assault Rifle”
The FG42 was a revolutionary Assault Rifle that was exclusively supplied to the Luftwaffe’s paratroopers. Firing a 7.92mm round it could be fitted with a 10 or 20 round magazine.
It was produced in relatively few numbers and therefore was given to only certain unit members, usually officers and some NCO’S.
LW076 “FJ Sniper”
This standing sniper has a special scope fitted to his KAR 98 rifle.
LW077 “FJ Rifleman”
Stealthily moving forward with his KAR 98 rifle.
LW078 “FJ Rifleman Kneeling ready ”
As above... but kneeling this time.
LW-S01 “The FJ Fire Support Group Set”
All 6 x Fallschirmjagers at a more inclusive price when you buy them together!
AVAILABLE: Mid-Late April
E. “The Palace Guard of Ancient Rome”
Virtually every king, emperor or all-important ruler has felt the need to have a military unit that was expressly loyal to himself and for his and his family’s personal protection... Rome’s rulers were no exception!
The Praetorian Guard (Latin: cohortes praetoriae) was an elite formation of the Roman Army whose soldiers served as the personal body guards and intelligence service for the Roman Emperors.
During the Roman Republic, the Praetorians served as a small escort force for high-ranking officials such as senators or provincial governors.
With the transformation into the Roman Empire the first emperor, Augustus, altered the Guard to become his personal security detail to the exclusion of all their former duties and responsibilities. In this capacity they continued in existence for the next three centuries.
The Guard became famous or perhaps, infamous for their intrigue and interference in Roman politics overthrowing and sometimes even killing their emperors, Caligula being their most notable victim.
The Praetorian Guard, like other Roman Legionaries carried the standard sword and dagger and in the Imperial period, which K&C portray, wear the ‘Lorica Segmentata’ armour over a white tunic. Shields carried were the oval and more robust shape rather than the regular Legion rectangular ones. Their terms of service, food and lodging were much better than other Roman soldiers and only Roman citizens could be recruited to their ranks.
Symbols carried on their shields and banners included stars, crescents and... scorpions.
Here are the first releases...
ROM036 “Praetorian on Guard Duty”
A standing Guardsman complete with oval shield and long Pilum on guard outside the Emperor’s quarters.
ROM037 “Marching Praetorian”
On patrol in the grounds of the Imperial Palace.
ROM038 “Gaius Julius Caesar”
The first of our Roman rulers and probably, the most famous. A Roman statesman and military general, Caesar played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. Among his many achievements were the successful acquisition of Britain and the defeat of Gaul and bridging the Rhine.
As the successful victor of the Roman Civil War he enjoyed unrivalled power and influence and used it to begin a program of social and governmental reforms, including the creation of the Julian Calendar.
He also gave citizenship to many residents of the far regions of the Roman Republic as well as providing land reform and financial support for army veterans.
Although popular with most of Rome’s people he angered many of the city’s elite and in 44 BC was assassinated.
Still, he remains, to this day, Ancient Rome’s most famous ruler. We depict him as he appeared on campaign, leading his army.
ROM039 “The Emperor Augustus”
Caesar’s adopted heir, Gaius Octavius was born into one of Rome’s noblest families and was named by Caesar himself to be his successor.
Upon taking power and renaming himself Augustus the young ruler dramatically enlarged the Empire around the Mediterranean and into Africa. He completed the conquest of Hispania, (present day Spain) and developed a broad network of fine roads connecting the far flung parts of the Empire.
Much of Rome itself was also rebuilt and improved during his reign which included creating a police force and a fire-fighting service.
Augustus died in AD14 at the ripe old age of 75, possibly from natural causes but probably by poison, given to him by his wife Livia to ensure that her son, Tiberius would succeed him.
Such was life (and death) in Ancient Rome!
ROM042 “Praetorian Cohort Standard Bearer”
This Cohort Standard Bearer is wearing the head and pelt of a Grey Wolf. The banner itself features one of the Guard’s favourite symbols... a scorpion.
ROM043 “Praetorian Acquilifer”
The greatest honour that any member of the Guard could have was to carry the unit’s ceremonial gold eagle... presented to the Praetorians by the Emperor himself.
This senior enlisted Praetorian wears the Lion’s head and skin as befits his senior rank and responsibility.
ROM044 “Praetorian Cornicen”
The third and final member of the unit’s ‘Honour Guard’.
AVAILABLE: Mid-Late April
2. BEING RETIRED
Quite a varied and colourful selection that includes some excellent pieces... at some very affordable prices – Check them out!
BBA051 Supplies Trailer (winter)
NA273 Mounted French V Officer Shouting
NA274 Fr. V Flagbearer Advancing
NA275 Fr. V Charging Port Arms
NA276 Fr. V Trumpeter
NA277 Fr. V Advancing Firing
NA278 Fr. V Kneeling Firing
NA279 Fr. V Advancing Loading
NA280 Fr. V Charging with Bayonet
NA281 Fr. V Advancing with Rifle Up
NA282 Fr. V Advancing Pointing
NA354X 3rd Hussar w/ Hat in Hand
NA355X 3rd Hussar w/Sword
NA356 3rd Hussar Guidon Bearer
NA357 Mounted 3rd Hussar
RA027 Red Army General
RA040 Combat Leader
RA043 Kneeling Firing
RA067 Pointing Russki
3. END OF THE RUN REMAINDERS
Here are more items remaining for your selection. Please check out the attached list and complete your collection at very attractive prices! Our loss is your gain!
And that my friends is that... shorter than usual but understandable due to the current circumstances we all find ourselves in.
In the meantime... Stay safe and well and...
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country Ltd.