Sunday, 29 October 2017

Ros Figures - Stock Check

2017 has been a good year for hunting down those elusive Ros figures, with success in tracking down many of the obscure cavalry figures, artillery sets and command groups. I have taken a look at the most reliable figure list that I have and it seems that I now have examples of the entire Ros Napoleonic range apart from the following:

French:
Engineers

British:
Hussars

Prussian:
Uhlans

Russian:
Grenadiers

Austrian:
Grenadiers (I have seen one of these in the past)
Jaegers

I am guessing that these figures are out there somewhere and if I am as successful as I have been this year, they should turn up.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

French Line Dragoons

These figures are very similar to the French Empress Dragoons, although they lack the shoulder cords and the horse furniture is less elaborate:



Wednesday, 20 September 2017

French Napoleonic Imperial Old Guard Command Set

A set that I had been seeking ever since I strated this blog is the command group for the Old Guard Grenadiers.  I had not seen them before and this group turning up in the last hoard of figures was a really nice surprise.  Once again this command set follows the same pattern as the others in the range; namel,y consisting of two officers, two drummers and a standard bearer.  The officer is in the standard Ros advancing and pointing pose. They are nice clean castings and match the Old Guard Grenadier infantry well:


 The bases are numbered F5/1, F5/2 and F5/3


Friday, 15 September 2017

Prussian Artillery

In a recent acquisition there were a number of new finds including this nice group of Prussian gunners.  Wearing campaign dress, with covered shakos and blanket rolls, these examples follow the standard Ros artillery package, of five figures and a gun. The figures include an officer, a gunner with rammer, another with spike and two standing figures.  The gun appears to be the same as that used in the French sets; namely a French 8 pdr.

Here are some pictures of the crew:






The bases are marked P6/1, P6/2, P6/3, P6/4 and have Ros copyright 1976.
 Here is the complete set:

Saturday, 26 August 2017

A surprising disppointment - Ros 25mm ACW Figures

For a long time I have been seeking out the Ros 25mm American Civil War figures. I was sure that at least a Union and a Confederate advancing figure had been produced, but none could be found.  Well, as luck would have it, at last a pile of these figures have turned up as an ebay lot, mixed up with some Minifigs S Range Confederates. Although happy to find these figures at long last I was disappointed in the figure itself.  To my mind the top half is far too big for the legs. How this happened I cannot imagine as in the Napoleonic range, despite some ugly heads, the anatomy of the figures is usually quite good:




I wasn't sure the were Ros Figures at first, but close inspection of the base revealed the faint wording 'Ros' and it is just about possible to make out 'ACW 2'. I assume that' ACW 1' would be the Union figure.

I will continue to hunt for ACW 1, but if he is as bad as this fellow it will be purely for the records.

Friday, 25 August 2017

French Line Infantry - Full Set

Just for the record and before they are painted, here is a picture of the complete French line infantry set made by Ros. This includes the line grenadier, line fusilier and command set:


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

British Light Dragoons - Painted

I have managed to cobble together enough light dragoons to make up a unit; which I have painted over the last few days. I found four of these by error. I was going through a load of what I thought were Chasseurs a Cheval with broken plumes, wondering what to do with them, when I realised that, despite the way they were painted, they were not French at all. So they joined the other four scruffy figures that had been painted as Prussian dragoons, which were also repainted.

They paint up rather well, I think. To me they have a vey close resemblance to the modern Miniature Figurines light dragoon, in terms of pose and horse designe. I wonder if the sculpter is the same person?


I have recently received another load of figures, with many castings not seen before. I will be reviewing those over the coming days.