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The Old Contemptibles

120 mm scale resin kits sculpted by Dan Morton (made in USA).

The “Old Contemptibles” was the title proudly adopted by the regular soldiers or reservists of the First World War British Expeditionary Force who saw service before 22 November 1914.  They derive their title from the famous “Order of the Day” for 19 August, 1914, from Kaiser Wilhelm II:

“It is my Royal and Imperial Command that you concentrate your energies, for the immediate present upon one single purpose, and that is that you address all your skill and all the valor of my soldiers to exterminate first the treacherous English; walk over General French’s contemptible little Army.”   

The precise translation has been debated endlessly, but the irony of the British regular’s choice of title is clear. 

We have chosen this name for our company to honor and celebrate soldiers such as these.

Model

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TOC-01 Tommy, 1915 120-mm scale resin figure kit sculpted by Dan Morton, box art by Roger Newsome.  Figure complete with 2 heads (representing a younger version & an older version).

Tommy's uniform details contain: M1902 khaki field service tunic;   M1902 khaki field service trousers; M1902 khaki putties wound up from ankle to knee and tucked into trouser bottoms.  Hobnailed blackened “ammunition” boots;  on left hip, M1908 khaki haversack, bayonet scabbard, entrenching tool helve attached by straps; on right hip, M1908 entrenching tool head in khaki carrier and 2 pint water bottle covered with khaki cloth and hooked to belt;  M1908 cotton webbing equipment with two sets each left and right of five cartridge pouches, each carrying three five-round charger clips, total of 150 rounds.  The back pack is strapped to the webbing.  The broad waist belt would have a brass elongated buckle, but the buckle is covered by the PH satchel.

Also, Short Magazine Lee Enfield rifle No. 1, Mark III, 0.303 inch caliber with M1908 cotton webbing sling (Sling not included).  Please note this Enfield rifle has been re-cast with expressed written consent from DJ Parkins,  British manufacturer of fine military figure subjects under the Firing Line brand.

The rest of the equipment with Tommy: Phenate hexamine (or PH) type anti-gas hood in small two button satchel on ragged-looking strap with two buttons (buttons buried under other equipment);  furry goat skin vest worn over service tunic and under single-breasted “British Warm” great coat.

Head 1 - M1915 trench cap worn with flaps up, known as the ‘Gor Blimey’, cap badge of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI)

Head 2 – M1915 trench cap worn with flaps down, cap badge of the Grenadier Guards

not available

$39.99

TOC-02 Seaforth Highlander or Black Watch Cobbler 120-mm scale resin figure kit sculpted by Dan Morton, box art by Roger Newsome.  Figure complete with 2 heads to depict figure as either regiment.  the Seaforth is wearing a Tam O’Shanter bonnet with the Seaforth cap badge and the Black Watch is wearing a Glengarry with the Black Watch cap badge
Complete instructions included for assembly and paint guide (including two photos of actual kilts worn by both regiments to insure historically accurate painting).

Kit Description:

• Small canvas haversack for carrying anti-gas PH helmets; Khaki.
• M1914 leather field harness and ammo pouches and belt; Brown leather.
• Canvas haversacks. Khaki
• M1902 khaki putties and brown or blackened leather half boots
• M1908 khaki haversacks and entrenching tool helves; Natural wood.
• M1908 entrenching tool head in carrier; Brown leather.
• 2 pint water bottle covered with khaki cloth and leather webbing
• Wooden crate
• Leather cobbler’s tool satchel
• 15 cobbler’s tools for cutting, shaping, binding, making holes in and stitching boot leather; metal tools with wooden handles.   Separate photo of 15 pc. tool set: (click to enlarge)

$44.99

Sale!

$19

Seaforth Highlander Cobbler:

 

Black Watch Cobbler:

TOC-03

German Landsturm Sentry 120 mm scale resin kit sculpted by Dan Morton, box art and German language assistance by Ulrich Biroth.   The figure represents a middle-aged soldier of the Landsturm, one of the Reserve formations of the German Imperial army ca. 1915.  He is bored and homesick and not really paying much attention to his duty.  The Landsturm were not as well equipped as the first line German troops, making do with mostly obsolete uniforms, equipment and weapons.

Kit Description:

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The head is wearing the black M1813 Landsturm oilcloth Feldmuetze cap.  It has one hand and wrist attached.  Feldmuetze should be painted black with a silver cross and a cockade black, white, black.

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   M1888 8 mm 5 shot magazine Mauser rifle.

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   M1887 Patronentasche, blackened leather ammunition pouch.

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   M1871 Pionierfaschinenmesser bayonet and black bayonet sheath – one side of the bayonet is a blade and the other is a saw-tooth.  On most rifles, bayonets are mounted blade side down.  The Pionierfaschinenmesser bayonet was mounted sideways under the rifle barrel.

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   Metal-studded wooden trench club.  These were often hand-made by the troops.

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   M1893/1910 Feldflasche, aluminum canteen or water bottle with canvas cover (different brown colors possible), and khaki Brotbeutel or bread bag.

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   Stielhandgranate or potato masher grenade.

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   Cloth to cover up the sentry observation window.

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   M1903 Litewka field service coat and blackened leather belt with brass buckle.  The buckle has the Imperial German Army motto, “Gott Mit Uns” or “God is with us!” Color of the Litewka is light-grey. After 1915 the shoulder-straps would have been and can be painted in blue (infantry), scarlet (field artillery), black (pioneers) or yellow (foot artillery).  The collar patches should be painted red or scarlet.

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   M1895 dark gray or black uniform trousers with red stripe.

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   M1906 blackened leather boots.  If you want to show wear on the boots, you could show faded brown leather at wear points, points where the boots flex, etc.

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   Two not quite ripe apples – one with a nervous little worm looking out!  J

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   Half wall and bottom of a sentry observation point.

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   Lead foil to make cloth (not included).  The cloth is meant to cover the sentry observation window when it is not in use.

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   Pipe in one pocket of the Litewka

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  Two signs with German text and font.

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   Large trench base included (plaster)

$69.99

Sale!

$29

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TOC-03A Large Trench base, World War I era, suitable for 120-mm scale (photo shows figure that is not included), actual base differs from photo $19.99

Sale!

$9

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TOC-A01 Lewis MG Disc Ammo Carrier Bag (Four-Pan Carrier) 120-mm scale resin kit sculpted by Dan Morton, product in photo painted by Roger Newsome. $3.99

Sale!

$1.00

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