Prototype Images (25 SEPT)
Coming in 2017 / 2018.
Roman Fortcoming in 2018
Spartacus coming in 2018
Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator. Little is known about his life before he became one of the slave leaders in the Third Servile War, which was the slave uprising war against the Roman Republic.
Initially Rome did not regard the slave army as a serious force and did not send first line troops against it. Spartacus’ army outmaneuvered and defeated the first four forces it confronted, which led to more slaves joining the rebellion, and at its peak the army was believed to have been 90,000-120,000 strong.
Spartacus advocated crossing the Alps to put distance between the army and Rome and find freedom. One of the leaders, Crixus wanted to attack Rome itself where large numbers of slaves would also join them. This led to Crixus and 30,000 men leaving the main army to raid the countryside, who were eventually defeated and killed.
Spartacus won 3 more engagements and then for unknown reasons turned south instead of crossing the Alps, which threw Rome into a panic. A new Roman force under a competent commander named Marcus Crassus was sent to deal with the rebellious slave army, and after a long period of pursuit and a few engagements, the slave army was defeated near the headwaters of the Siler River in southern Italy.
Spartacus was killed, but his body was never found.
The story of Spartacus has served as inspiration for books, movies and tv series. He has often been made into a symbol for oppressed people rebelling to overturn their society, although he actually never attempted to overthrow Roman society, but just tried to lead his army to safety and freedom.
The Spartacus figure and more enemies of Rome will be available in 2018.
American Revolution (a new series coming in 2018)
Aztecs arriving in December
The first Aztecs will be released in December. For more info on Aztecs and some more images please see Aztec category.
Turks coming soon.
Two man machine gun team, an officer, as well as a Turkish sniper.
The first of these sets should be available in the next few months.
Billy Sing was an elite sniper from Australia and his "duel" with his opposite number from Turkey called Abdul the Terrible, became the basis of Ion Idriess book
"Abdul the Sniper was the pride of the Turkish Army. They named his rifle 'The Mother of Death'. Because, so declared the Ottoman Guard, 'her breech gives birth to bullets which destroy the lives of men'," Idriess wrote.
An equally terrible Australian sniper emerged who day by day killed man after man. The Australian sniper was trooper Billy Sing from Queensland of the 5th Light Horse. Abdul the Terrible was ordered to locate and kill him.
The Australian War Memorial states that the Turkish army immediately retaliated, aiming its heavy artillery at Billy's hiding position and completely destroying it. Fortunately for the Australian sniper and his spotter, they had already evacuated to their unit trenches.
WWI Female Motorcycle rider arriving October
The Great War “Biker Girl”, will be available in October.
The importance of motorbikes during the Great War is all too often overlooked. Motorbikes were used for mounted infantry, scouts, dispatch and courier duties, ammunition carriers, medical supply carriers and casualty evacuation. The versatility of these machines clearly helped them play a hugely significant role in the logistics of the war, far more than the automobile.
It was not only the men who got to ride around on motorbikes. The Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) made extensive use of motorbikes. The initial aim of the WRAF was to provide female mechanics so that men could be free to serve in the armed forces. Thanks to the high number of women volunteers, many also filled driver positions as well.
Corsair (see seperate category for more info and images) coming in 2018
THE WARS OF THE ROSES 1455-1487
These 5 figures will be available in the second half of this year.
The first of several casualty figures, will be the mounted knight on the falling wounded horse.
This period was interesting as it was the domination of the longbow, which led to a major change in medieval warfare tactics.
nights now would only ride their mounts to the battlefield, as it was impossible to fully armour the horses to protect against the arrows, during the actual battle.
Therefore the Battle Of Bosworth Field is fairly unique in that there was a cavalry charge!
As the series progresses Jenkins plans to add a few new retinues.
WW2 German Armour
(PLEASE NOTE MORE PICS OF THIS IN JENKINS WW2 SECTION)
WAD Jenkins Australian 1st Light Car Patrol