New and in stock: Expeditionary Force Zulu War British Landing Parties

Naval Brigade in Alexandria 1882

Now in stock are the latest releases from Expeditionary Force of Singapore: three sets devoted to British Naval Brigades of the Zulu War .

royal-navy-gatling bookHistorical Background

In numerous campaigns of their colonial wars of conquest, the British military fielded naval landing forces in support of their regular army units. The addition of temporary “Naval Brigades,” formed by removing Royal Marines and ordinary sailors from the local fleet offshore, bolstered the power of the fighting force and offered, in several instances, the opportunity of fielding artillery units not to be found in the regular army.

Seamen were trained in land operations at the gunnery school at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth, and that effort paid off, as naval landing parties took part in sixteen different campaigns from 1810 through 1900, including the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny, the Zulu War, the Sudan Campaign, the Boer War and the Boxer Rebellion.

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The artillery in these units ranged from elephant-drawn heavy siege guns, as seen in the Indian Mutiny, to the powerful Gatling Gun batteries brought along for the Zulu War and Sudan Campaign.

The new Expeditionary Force Naval Brigade figures

Expeditionary Force’s three units of naval combat troops include one of the only Gatling Gun batteries ever produced in plastic.

EXPZBR06g British Naval Gatling Gun Team - Late 19th Century

EXPZBR06g British Naval Gatling Gun Team – view/purchase on our website

EXPBR06g – Naval Gatling Gun Set
This set includes two magazine-fed Gatling Guns, the predecessor of the modern machine gun. Manned by a well-trained crew, the Gatling was capable of firing 400 rounds per minute. Its effectiveness was shown in the Zulu War at the battle of Ulundi, and in the Sudan at El Teb. The set includes two Gatlings and nine crewmen. A wide selection of spare parts allows for considerable customization of the figures. Assembly required.

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EXPZBR06s Naval Landing Party – Flat Caps – view/purchase on our website

EXPBR06s – Naval Landing Party in Flat Caps
This set includes nine sailors in action, wearing standard-issue naval head gear. A wide selection of spare parts allows for considerable customization of the figures. Assembly required.

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EXPZBR06h Naval Landing Party – Sennett Hats – view/purchase on our website

EXPBR06h – Naval Landing Party in Straw “Sennett” Caps
This set includes nine sailors in action, wearing the straw caps which helped ward off the heat and glare of the sun. A wide selection of spare parts allows for considerable customization of the figures. Assembly required.

 

Owner Jamie Delson appears on Fox Business TV Show ‘Strange Inheritance’

The Fox Business show ‘Strange Inheritance’ interviewed The Toy Soldier Company owner Jamie Delson for an episode involving a widow who inherits a large collection of toy soldiers. Airing in March 2017, the episode is entitled ‘Toy Soldier Story 2’:

View the trailer for the episode ‘Toy Soldier Story 2’

 

Mars Expands 54mm Plastic Vietnam Era Range with NVA Regulars

Long-awaited N.V.A. Regulars!

Mars of Ukraine has just released a set of N.V.A. Regulars, expanding their range of Vietnam Era 54mm plastic toy soldiers. The set includes 15 figures in 8 poses, armed with AK47 pattern rifles, WWII Era Mosin-Nagant Soviet surplus rifles, RPG7 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and an officer with a pistol and binoculars.

The Vietnam range now numbers four sets: Vietcong, U.S. Marines, U.S. Infantry, and now N.V.A. Regulars.

View all of Mars of Ukraine 54mm figures on our website here.

New Metal Figures from History Works/Del Prado

We continue to expand our range of Del Prado models, supplied by History Works, which bought the company last year. Here is a group of  figures that span the history of warfare from the Ancient World through World War II.

HWICBH023 Ancient Assyrian Horse Archer - 850 BCE

HWICBH023 Ancient Assyrian Horse Archer – 850 BCE

Ancient Assyrian Horse Archer – 850 BCE (HWICBH023) Although their heavy chariot arm was a devastating assault force, the Assyrians also fielded mounted horse archers. This light missile contingent was emulated for the next 2,000 years as one of the major arms of such conquering armies as the Mongols, the Huns and other steppe peoples, as well as the mobile forces of many near-eastern and middle-eastern hosts. View/purchase on our website.

HWISRM014 Ancient Samnite Infantryman - 1st Century BCE

HWISRM014 Ancient Samnite Infantryman – 1st Century BCE

Ancient Samnite Infantryman – 1st Century BCE (HWISRM014) The Samnites were an ancient Italic people who lived in south-central Italy. They became involved in several losing wars against the still-fledgling Roman Republic until the 1st century BC. Although beaten by the Romans, they rose up to ally themselves with Hannibal when he invaded Italy. Eventually, they were all-but annihilated by Rome after choosing the wrong side in the civil war of 82BC. View/purchase on our website.

HWICBH018 Armored Chinese Cavalryman - AD 300

HWICBH018 Armored Chinese Cavalryman – AD 300

Armored Chinese Cavalryman – AD 300 (HWICBH018) Although heavily armored, and carrying the full-contact weapon of a spear, this unit is also equipped with a recurved bow. Another descendant unit of the Assyrian shown above. View/purchase on our website.

HWISRM020 Ancient Sassanid Nobleman - 3rd-7th Centuries AD

HWISRM020 Ancient Sassanid Nobleman – 3rd-7th Centuries AD

Ancient Sassanid Nobleman – 3rd-7th Centuries AD (HWISRM020) The Sasanian Empire was the last imperial dynasty in Persia (Iran) before the rise of Islam, from 224 to 651 AD.  It was recognized as one of the leading world powers alongside its neighboring arch-rival the Roman (later Byzantine) Empire for a period of more than 400 years. View/purchase on our website.

HWISME035 Roland at The Battle of Roncevaux - 77D AD

HWISME035 Roland at The Battle of Roncevaux – 77D AD

Roland at The Battle of Roncevaux – 778 AD (HWISME035) Roland was a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne, responsible for defending Francia’s frontier against the Bretons. The story of Roland’s death at Roncevaux Pass (fighting this time against the Spanish Muslims) was embellished in later medieval and Renaissance literature, in which he became the chief paladin of the emperor Charlemagne and a central figure in the legendary material surrounding him, collectively known as the ‘Matter of France.” The first and most famous of these epic treatments was the Old French “Chanson de Roland” of the eleventh century, which makes great reading if you are into legendary battles! View/purchase on our website.

HWISME044 Charles Martel - Battle of Tours AD 732

HWISME044 Charles Martel – Battle of Tours AD 732

Charles Martel – Battle of Tours AD 732 (HWISME044) Charles Martel (c. 686 – 22 October 741) was a Frankish statesman and military leader who was de facto ruler of Francia from 718 until his death. His greatest achievement was winning the great battle of Tours in 732 against the Muslim army. This victory ended the last of the great Arab invasions of France. View/purchase on our website.

HWISME003 Wiliam the Conqueror - Hastings 1066

HWISME003 Wiliam the Conqueror – Hastings 1066

William the Conqueror – Hastings 1066 (HWISME003) During the Battle of Hastings rumors swept through the Norman forces that the duke had been killed, but William succeeded in rallying his troops by lifting the visor of his helmet to show he was still alive. This is the moment captured in this toy soldier’s pose. View/purchase on our website.

HWISME020 Timurid Empire - Tarkhan Warrior 1400 AD

HWISME020 Timurid Empire – Tarkhan Warrior 1400 AD

Timurid Empire – Tarkhan Warrior 1400 AD ((HWISME020) This Tarkhan warrior is armed and armored as a super-heavy cataphract cavalryman. Both the rider and the horse wear heavy armor and this type of cavalry dominated Asian and European battlefields for centuries.  View/purchase on our website.

HWISAM031 Japanese Samurai Kanabou Musya

HWISAM031 Japanese Samurai Kanabou Musya

Japanese Samurai Kanabou Musya ((HWISAM031) This legendary Samurai warrior is fighting with a war club. View/purchase on our website.

HWISNC029 Napoleonic Marshal Kutusov - Borodino 1812

HWISNC029 Napoleonic Marshal Kutusov – Borodino 1812

Napoleonic Marshal Kutusov – Borodino 1812 ((HWISNC029) Kutusov’s  military career was closely associated with the rising period of Russia from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. Kutuzov is considered to have been one of the best Russian generals for his defensive battle fought at Borodino, outside Moscow, in 1812. He fought Napoleon’s Grand Armee for a day, and saved the bulk of his army, which pursued and annihilated the French and their allies during their retreat from Russia that winter. View/purchase on our website.

HWISNC036 Napoleonic British King's Light Dragoon 1812

HWISNC036 Napoleonic British King’s Light Dragoon 1812

Napoleonic British King’s Light Dragoon 1812 (HWISNC036) The regiment fought under Wellington throughout the Peninsula Campaign, and was later transferred to America where they took part in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, fighting dismounted! View/purchase on our website.

HWICBH029 Foreign Legion Mounted Co. Sergeant 1930s

HWICBH029 Foreign Legion Mounted Co. Sergeant 1930s

Foreign Legion Mounted Co. Sergeant 1930s (HWICBH029) In authentic desert issue tan uniform, with white kepi hat, flag. View/purchase on our website.

HWINWW014 WWII German Afrika Korps Officer 1941

HWINWW014 WWII German Afrika Korps Officer 1941

WWII German Afrika Korps Officer 1941 (HWINWW014) In authentic desert issue uniform, with MP40 Schmeisser submachine gun. View/purchase on our website.

Including these new additions, our History Works online listings now number 36. View them all on our website here.

New from Expeditionary Force: Persian Army Range Expanded

Expeditionary Force has started off the new year with three one-of-a-kind sets for their Persian Army range. These supplementary units expand the Persian host’s defensive capabilities in ways that never been explored in either plastic or metal figures.

EXPPSN09 Ancient Persian Pavisiers and Archers - Sparabara

EXPPSN09 Ancient Persian Pavisiers and Archers – Sparabara

First is their “Sparabara” Unit (EXPPSN09). This set includes an officer, four Persian archers and four infantrymen who hold up huge wicker shields to protect the bowmen from counter-fire. Like many history buffs, I was aware of the Medieval Pavissiers, crossbowmen who sheltered behind large shields in order to afford themselves some protection from counter-fire while they reloaded, but this ancient version of the unit was new to me.  View/purchase set on our website here.

EXPPSN10 Ancient Persian Royal Guards

EXPPSN10 Ancient Persian Royal Guards

Next comes the Persian Royal Guard (EXPPSN10). The Great King’s personal protection set includes 8 spearmen, and a standard bearer who can also be equipped as an officer. This set features separate weapons, and includes “Hoplon” shields, the huge bronze discs originally carried by heavy Greek hoplite infantry. View/purchase set on our website here.

EXPPSN11 Ancient Persian Artillery with Bolt Shooters

EXPPSN11 Ancient Persian Artillery with Bolt Shooters

Finally – and the best one saved for last – is a set of ancient-era torsion-powered light artillery (EXPPSN11). To my knowledge, this is the first set of its kind ever offered in plastic! It includes an officer, four Persian artillerymen and four infantrymen who hold up huge wicker shields to protect the crewmen from counter-fire. The centerpiece of the set is a group of two torsion-powered bolt-throwers, whose missiles could reach out and decimate oncoming enemies at a great distance. A third bolt thrower is included as a spare.  I knew the Romans used this type of weapon to reinforce their defensive lines, but had never heard of such weapons being employed by the Persians. What a great addition to the Expeditionary Force range, which now numbers over 90 sets! View/purchase set on our website here.

All sets are cast in tan-colored plastic and are in perfect scale to Expeditionary Force’s Greeks, as well as Toy Soldiers of San Diego’s and Fencibles’ ancient-era figures. Each set comes with separate interchangeable weapons. All must be assembled, but because they all come with extra parts, the possibilities for customization are enormous.

View the entire range of Expeditionary Force of Singapore on our website here.

W Britains Limited Edition Series: The Battle of Bushy Run – now in stock

W. Britain Toy Soldiers and Model Figures has released a new Limited Edition series of three sets based on the painting of ‘The Battle of Bushy Run’ by the historical painter Don Troiani.

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The 1763 Battle of Bushy Run was the climax of Pontiac’s
Rebellion. In this engagement, troops of the 42nd (Royal Highland))
Regiment defeated a coalition of Native American Warriors
from the Delaware, Shawnee, Mingo and Huron tribes. These
limited edition sets, used along with other figures from the Clash
of Empires collection, can create a stunning display. Each box is
adorned with a representation of the original Troiani art work and
is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. These sets are
strictly limited to a run of 350 and will not be reproduced.

The figures are also suitable for action from the French and Indian War through the American Revolution.

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The three Limited Edition sets retail for $125 each and are now in stock. Click on any image to view/order on our website:

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Battle of Bushy Run No. 1

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BRC16039 Battle of Bushy Run No. 2 – Figure 1 of 3

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BRC16040 Battle of Bushy Run No. 2 – Figure 2 of 3

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BRC16040 Battle of Bushy Run No. 2 – Figure 3 of 3

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BRC16041 Battle of Bushy Run No. 3 – Figure 1 of 2

Battle of Bushy Run No. 3 - Figure 2 of 2

BRC16041 Battle of Bushy Run No. 3 – Figure 2 of 2

These figures from the Clash of Empires series  complement the Limited Edition sets:

16042 Prone Native Warriors

BRC16042 Prone Native Warriors

BRC16047 British 42nd Highlander Standing Firing #1

BRC16047 British 42nd Highlander Standing Firing #1

BRC16048 British 42nd Highlander Standing Ramming

BRC16048 British 42nd Highlander Standing Ramming

BRC16049 British 42nd Highlander Kneeling Firing #1

BRC16049 British 42nd Highlander Kneeling Firing #1

BRC16050 British 42nd Highlander Grenadier Stand/Firing #1

BRC16050 British 42nd Highlander Grenadier Stand/Firing #1

 

 

Christmas Gift Ideas: History Works Metal Toy Soldiers – great value!

Priced at just $13 for foot figures and $20 for mounted, these beautifully sculpted and superbly painted 54mm metal figures represent a real value in today’s market.

View all our current offerings from History Works on our website here

Here are some examples:

12-Pounder Field Piece...$13

12-Pounder Field Piece…$13 view/order

WWII German Sniper, 1944 - Scharfschutzen...$13.00

WWII German Sniper, 1944 – Scharfschutzen…$13.00  view/order

 

Japanese Daimyo Motonari, Battle of Miyajima 1551...$19.50

Japanese Daimyo Motonari, Battle of Miyajima 1551…$19.50  view/order

Viking Warrior...$13.00

Viking Warrior…$13.00  view/order

Napoleonic Polish Lancer, 1813...$20.00

Napoleonic Polish Lancer, 1813…$20.00  view/order

Napoleonic Officer, The Empress Dragoons, 1812...$20.00

Napoleonic Officer, The Empress Dragoons, 1812…$20.00  view/order

Owned and operated by Richard Walker, the former general manager of Britains, History Works is new to the market for 2016. Formerly known as Del Prado, which pioneered budget-conscious soldiers for novice as well as experienced collectors. Because History Works’ many ranges cover a wide variety of historical periods, most collectors will be able to find something to suit their taste.

View all our current offerings of History Works figures on our website here.