Friday, 4 December 2015

Highland Command

By chance I spotted these amongst a lot of old Hinchliffe, Minifigs and Prince August highlander figures on ebay. I had never seen the Ros 25mm Highland command set, but took a chance and made a bid. I was rewarded with a complete set of two officers, two drummers and a standard bearer:

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Scots Greys

One of the early cavalry figures to be introduced into the Ros 25mm range was the Scots Grey cavalry man, mounted on the British heavy cavalry horse. These are 1975 originals:

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Polish Infantry

A lucky ebay find was a bunch of Ros 25mm Polish infantry among a group of fat Minfigs figures. I think they are rather nice and represent either light or grenadier company soldiers, given the presence of shako plumes, fringed epaulets and short swords. As far as I am aware this is the only Polish figure in the Ros range; there being no evidence of command figures. The paint job is rather poor and at some point I will get around to tidying them up.


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Austrian Musketeer (Line Infantry)

The Ros Figures Austrian range is limited to just three figures: a Grenadier, a Musketeer and a Jager. So far I have only seen the Musketeer in the flesh. he wears the later Napoleonic uniform, with the shako which has peaks both fore and aft, rather than the earlier crested helmet. He wears gaiters, so I am guessing that he represents a German infantryman, as opposed to his Hungarian cousin. Well, that's how I have painted him!

I have seen pictures of the Austrian Grenadier, but have never seen the Jager and I would welcome any information about that figure. Here is the Musketeer:

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Chasseur a Cheval

This is a figure that I had not seen before and spotted a few weeks back on Ebay. He came with another 8, although some had broken plumes and were rather forlorn. I have given him a new paint job to brighten him up!. The horse is identical to the Line Lancer horse:

Sunday, 19 July 2015

French Napoleonic Cuirassier

At first glance this figure looks like a standard Ros cavalry figure but after closer inspection the seeds of doubt were sown. First off, I could not find any references to a Cuirassier in the Ros range - although I remember buying some back in the 70s. Second; the horse looked a bit odd. Most telling was the lack of reins, common to all other Ros figures that I have. The figure itself looks right though and comparisons with others convince me that he is OK, but that horse? The base of the horse had been filed and was covered in old glue, but I could make out the letters N1 - but not in the Ros style. Here is the figure:

Fortunately I have samples of Ros French heavy cavalry horses and was able to do a comparison. When the two were put together it is clear, that although there are similarities in the pose, that this horse is not made by Ros, noting the size of the tail, larger rump and presence of reins:

After some research on line my conclusion is that my Ros Cuirassier is mounted on a horse probably made by Lamming. Makes you wonder if Ros used the Lamming horse as a model?