The Military Workshop - Military & Collectable Figures, Toy Soldiers, Handpainted Figures, Australian Figures
We stock the following handpainted metal figures : King & Country, Conte, John Jenkins, and Thomas Gunn and ; resin Australian figures by Naked Army and Silent Soldier.
The historical periods include : Ancient Egypt, The Life of Jesus, Medieval, The Jacobite Rebellion, French Indian War, American Revolution, Napoleonics, War of 1812, The Alamo, Crimean War, American Civil War, Zulu War, Sudan, British Empire, World War One, Berlin 1938, World War Two, Imperial China and Streets of Hong Kong and Australian figures from WWI, WWII, Vietnam and modern day.
If you are trying to think of a gift idea please call 07 3855 3566. Note that the King and Country Ancient Egypt and Streets of Hong Kong series contain items that make good gift ideas for ladies (see Gifts for Ladies category).
Note on Collecting Figures :
What to collect ? : The variety of figures and vehicles available to collect is considerable and the potential collector should decide in what way he wishes to collect. Some will stick to one area such as Australian or Napoleonics or Scottish. Some go for a mixture. We have created some categories such as Leaders, Artillery and Musicians etc. to help.
Values and Boxes : Like most items only a limited number are made. There is a very active Ebay market and once an item is no longer available from dealers there is the potential for it's value to go up.
Some older King and Country items have shown good increases in value. One collector I know paid double to get a K&C Ltd Ed that had sold out two months earlier. The first two Thomas Gunn items regularly fetch double and some John Jenkins items have done even better. TG and JJ items have been released in fewer quantities than K&C although there are far more K&C collectors. The potential appreciation has attracted some speculators who will buy multiples of an item in limited release with a view to making a profit of Ebay. I know of a collector who frequently buys two of an item. The second one is for resale to fund future purchases.
Whilst an increase in value is always nice it is by no means guaranteed and the collector should buy what he likes rather than what he thinks might go up in value. Having said that it is nice to know that the item you have bought has risen in value.
A very important point to note is that you should keep the original boxes. One reason is that it makes it easier to pack them if you are moving. The other more important reason is that the resale value will be much less if you do not have the box.
If you build up a good collection it is a good idea that you document it well and let your family know that it is worth something (despite what they might think !). You do not want it going into a garage sale.
To see the story of the best deal a collector ever got from us go to the bottom of this page.
King & Country : K&C has been in business for 26 years and offer the largest variety of handpainted metal figures with over 1,000 items in their range. Their size is 60mm or 1/30 scale. We order in at least three times per month and anything not in stock can be obtained quickly. The home currency of K&C is US$ and our prices are based on the exchange rate of our last shipment.
Our K&C prices on this web page are based on an exchange rate of 0.90 US cents = A$. If the exchange rate changes your price will be charged at the current rate. Prices will be confirmed in the shop or via email when you order through the web page.
King and Country sends out detailed news on the first of each month. This will include news of what is being released in the current month and the next month. However the news to pay attention to is what is being "retired". This means there will be no further production. Some "retired" items can be sold out very quickly so if you see something is being retired and want it do not wait too long otherwise you may miss it. A summary of the news is included in our News and Updates section and the full news and new releases in the King and Country category.
King and Country releases a few Limited Edition items each year. Recent examples have been AK58 Rommel's Taxi (999) and KM10 German Mini Sub (750). These items have special packaging and certificates are very popular and can sell out very quickly. Pre-ordering is usually a good idea. In addition K&C have produced some items in a limited production run. The planes are the most obvious example. The initial run of the first Hurricane was only 400 which sold out very quickly. Another run of 200 was made of a Hurricane with different markings. Only 600 of the Mustang were made. Again pre-ordering is advised.
Conte : Has been in business since the late 90's and is known for its figures being inspired by well known movies. Our first series being stocked is the Zulu War and this will be followed by Romans V Barbarians, Foreign Legion, American Civil War and the Wild West.
John Jenkins : Is a small producer covering North American figures, The Jacobite Rebellion, and more recently Sudan / Khartoum. Their figures have been mainly limited editions which come with certificates. We order twice per month and match US$ price in the same way as King and Country. Jenkins news normally comes out in the second week of the month and is updated as per K&C.
Thomas Gunn : Started buisness in mid 2009 and has so far produced German Paratrooper figures and WWII Germans. Their production runs have ranged from 75 to 225. Due to the limited number we only get one shipment of each new release and as a result you should make up your mind fairly quick if you want an item. They are compatable with King and Country.
Naked Army : These figures are 12" / 310mm tall and are cold cast bronzed resin. They cover Australian soldiers from WWI, WW2, Vietnam and modern day. They are limited edtions of 2,000. The complete production run is not done at one time so there may be periods of time when a figure may not be available as waiting for another run to be made. Each is numbered on the base.
Silent Soldier : These figures are appoximately 10" / 250mm tall and are cold cast bronzed resin. They cover Australian soldiers from WWI and WW2 and are limited edtions of 5,000. They are not as detailed as Naked Army but are good value. Each comes with a certificate.
Collector gets a bargain : A few years ago a mail order collector realised I had some retired items in the shop and was ordering by mail. He then flew up to the shop from Sydney to see what I had. He spent about A$1,200 and picked up a number of retired items that I was still selling for normal retail price. His haul included the polystone Galland ME109, Winter Panther (only 100 made), and original Arnhem and Fallschirmjager sets. During the conversation he happended to mention Ebay which at that time I had not paid much attention to. That night I had a look and realised that what I had sold was worth 3-4 times more. I am sure he was grinning all the way back home. I still laugh about it now (in between the nightmares !).