Although it’s a bit difficult to see “The
November is upon us and Christmas, or “The Festive Season” as our politically correct friends like to call it, looms on the horizon. And that translates into a whole big bunch of releases for two of our most popular and best selling ranges—namely Napoleonic and World War Two.
First the “Napoleonics”…
Last year we brought out some French Artillery, now it’s only for fair we bring out their British opposition.
a) Royal Horse Artillery
NA096 RHA MOUNTED OFFICER. An officer rises in his stirrups… all the better to see the “fall of shot” from his gun crew.
NA097 RHA Sergeant w/ Telescope
A standing gunner sergeant observing the action through his telescope.
NA098 RHA Gun & Crew
Four RHA gunners manning their light 6 pounder field piece.
NA099 RHA Corporal w/ Sword
Directing the crew, this artillery NCO goes perfectly with the above set.
b) French Line Infantry “in action”
After retiring our earlier “Voltigeurs”, many K&C collectors (and dealers) have requested more French Infantry.
All of these pieces are based on the 45th Line Infantry Regiment
NA100 “French Sergeant “Advancing”
NA101 “Charging with Bayonet”
NA102 “Advancing with Rifle”
NA103 “Advancing Loading”
NA104 “Advancing Firing”
NA105 “Standing Casualty”
NA106 “Advancing Pointing”
NA107 “Kneeling Firing”
NA108 “Kneeling Helping”
NA109 “Lying Casualty”
NA110 “Standing Firing”
AVAILABLE: Early November
As stated in last month’s “DISPATCHES
” the previous two winters have seen K&C focus their WW2 releases on
one of the most bitterly contested struggles of the Second World War…“The
2006 continues this dramatic series with some of our best conceived and animated releases yet…
Collectors will not be disappointed!
BBA011 “The MIO Tank Destroyer”
This extremely realistic “snow-camouflaged” tank buster boasts lots of fine detail and, as usual, a very authentic battle-worn finish.
Four crew figures are supplied—two “fixed” and two removable plus a .50 calibre machine gun and some great “detailing” on the inside of the turret and the tank tracks!!!
BBA012 “ Enemy in sight!”
A .30calibre machine gun crew with three GI’s trying to stay warm and fight the Krauts off!!
BBA013 “Jes’ make sure he’s dead!”
As one GI carefully inspects a dead German radio operator his buddy provides some extra good advice.
BBA014 “ Mine laying surprise”
One GI digs out a hole in the frozen ground to carefully lay a mine, his buddy covers him. Two Germans, who have stumbled on the scene don’t react quickly enough and are rapidly gunned-down.
BBA015(SL) “GENERAL INSPECTION”
K&C ‘s LATEST “ Strictly Limited” piece and our final one of 2006…and it’s American.
Near the end of 1944 and into ’45 as the Allies entered the Third Reich American tank crews suffered appalling losses at the hands of German anti tank guns and mobile rocket launchers like the “Panzerfaust” and the “Panzerschrek”. Their under- armoured Shermans and Stuarts were destroyed in their hundreds by these hand-held rocket launchers.
To help protect their vehicles and themselves they took to “gaffer rigging” steel frames on their tanks and filling them with sandbags.
Although this did indeed provide added protection and was popular with the crews it was hated by the “top brass”.
The “brass” believed it wore out tank engines “too quickly” and was making crews “less aggressive”. General George S. Patton was particularly offended by “sand-bagging” and vehemently opposed and forbid it in the units under his command.
Here a luckless Sherman M4A3 (with the long 76mm gun) and its crew have been “caught in the act”. A General officer and one of his aides is giving the crew a “dressing down” on their slovenly appearance and their “sand-bagged” tank.
This latest “Strictly Limited” comes with 5 man Sherman crew figures plus the General and his staff officer and, of course, its very own special packaging
AVAILABLE: Late November
BBA016 “M3A1 White Scout Car”. Another great fighting vehicle and one of the rarer ones. This little four-wheeled Scout Car appeared just before the war and served throughout most notably with the Americans and the Russians (lend lease).
Our olive-drab version is in US markings and comes with a driver…radio operator…and standing vehicle commander.
BBA017 “Helping A Buddy”. A badly wounded GI lays sprawled on the ground his buddy, rifle in hand, reaches out to comfort him – a great little vignette.
AVAILABLE: Early November for BBA011- 014, 017
Late November for BBA015(SL) & BBA016
3. COMING IN DECEMBER
Even though it’s December K&C are still “pushing the envelope” with new and exciting releases.
The focus this time moves back to the turbulent time of the Crusades with an amazing (and colourful) range of Moslem Warriors…better known as “The Saracens”! Plus some additional “ Crusaders” and a siege machine!
a) The besieging “ Crusaders” first…
MK021 Wounded Man-at-Arms
MK022 Man-at-Arms w/Sword & Shield
MK023 Attacking w/Axe
MK024 Mounted Knight w/Axe
MK025 “The Catapult set”
A wooden catapult complete with three-man crew.
MK026 “The Ladder Set”
carefully ascend a scaling ladder, ready to fight. These three climbing men can
also be utilized on MK007…The
b) “The Saracens”—An amazing and colourful collection of Islamic Warriors.
The mighty and righteous warrior himself, mounted on a fine Arabian steed directing the battle.
MK028 “Saladin’s Bodyguard
MK029 “Saladin’s Bodyguard Soldier w/Spear”
MK030 “Saracen Drawing Sword”
MK031 “Saracen Crossbow Ready”
MK032 “Saracen Crossbow Loading”
MK033 “Saracen Defending w/Sword & Shield”
MK034 “Saracen Attacking”
MK035 “Saracen Attacking w/Axe”
MK036 “Charging Saracen w/Sword & Shield”
MK037 “Attacking Saracen w/Sword & Shield”
MK038 “Defending Saracen w/Sword &Axe”
MK039 “Saracen Flagbeare”
MK040 “Saracen Casualty”
MK041 “ Wounded Saracen w/Flag”
MK042 “ Saracen Firing Crossbow”
You really have to see the incredible quality and detail on these “Saracens” for yourselves. The value for money is second-to-none.
c)…“And now for something completely different”
IC028 “Crime & Punishment”
One of the Emperor’s chosen guards keeps a watchful eye on a pair of captured bandits. Wearing the “ Caque” or wooden collar it’s unlikely this pair will see many more new moons. Banditry was rife in the old days and justice was swiftly punished…usually with a lethal sentence.
IC029 “Chinese Horse & Carriage”
A beautiful young concubine is esconced inside her richly decorated carriage on her way to visit her master. Set includes horse, carriage, man servant and, of course, the concubine.
AVAILABLE: Early December
“STREETS OF OLD
HK157 “ The Street Barber”
A revisit to a popular but long- retired subject. Street barbers could also perform very basic medical and dental duties as well as barbering
HK158 “The Won Ton Seller”
Selling bowls of
freshly- made noodles on the street can still be seen in
Here a vendor offers his customer a second bowl as his young servant washes the used bowls. Set also includes the special “wonton” stand.
AVAILABLE: Early- Mid December
4. Being Retired
You maybe glad that after October’s “Night of the Long Knives” nothing (absolutely Zilch) is being retired this month.
So that’s the story so far…
Very best wishes and…great sales to one and all!