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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.
|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
|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).
• Small canvas haversack for carrying anti-gas PH helmets; Khaki.
|Seaforth Highlander Cobbler:
Black Watch Cobbler:
mm scale resin kit sculpted by Dan Morton, box art and German language
assistance by Ulrich Biroth.
|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
|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
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