by: Engin Kayral [ ]
about the figure
Ranked as the 9th Hussars from 1971, they were one of the most unusual units of the Prussian army. The Bosniaks were raised for Saxon service by an Albanian jeweller Stephan Serkis, who recruited some lancers in the Ukraine. Unable to enlist to Saxon service, he offered his men to Frederick The Great, who attached a squadron of them to the 5th Hussars in 1745. Increased to five squadrons in 1770, the unit was allocated the number 9 in the list of hussar regiments and increased to 10 squadrons in 1773. It was the only one regiment armed with lance. During the Seven Years war, the Bosnians were attached to the fifth black Hussar regiment.
The figure comes in 125 x 85 x 30 mm.standard Romeo Models light blue cardboard box. The front cover shows a photo of the painted figure from 2 different angles – front and left view for the uniform details and for the details of personal gear.Boxart is painted by Daniele Petrucci and can serve a simple painting guide.
Research of the figure is made by Taucer Brothers and translated to Italian by Riccardo Carrabino. Inside the review sample; there was no information sheet for the figure but as a new service, Romeo Models added a small certificate that you can ask for the missing or damaged parts from the company. This small certificate with the product number is represented in 2 languages; Italian and English.
Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and figure base is placed under the polyfoam not to damage the figure parts.
The figure is sculpted by Maurizio Bruno and made up of 10 white metal parts and there is 2 parts for the figure base. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. There is not much need for a serious clean up, filling or sanding. A fast clean of slightly visible vertical seamlines and brushing using a metal brush and washing will make it ready for priming.
The main part is Torso with legs. He wears a long skirted overcoat or frock coat with a wide folding collar in red color and 3 rows of buttons in front. The front of the coat is richly decorated in white or silver embroidery as the pockets.buttoned skirts on both sides. The details and the embroidery on the coat are very well defined. The tail part of his wig tied with a ribbon is sculpted on the backside of his collar.He carries a wide cloth sash on his waist with big tassels on the left side. He has knee-length long leather boots. There are small holed on the backside of the boots to assembly the spurs given as seperate parts.
Other parts are;
Head : Facial details, moustache and side curls of the wig are well defined. He wears a tall fur hat in black color. The feather for the top of the hat and cockade hanging on the right side are given as seperate parts. Note that the feather will be white with a black part at the bottom.
Right arm : Posed to put his arm on the tree next to the lance. The cloth folds, upper folded sleeves and gloves are well defined. The cigar on his hand is a nice touch.
Left arm : Posed to put his hand on his waist. Both of the arms can be assembled easily with the pins on parts.
Sword : He carries a curved cavalry sabre in richly decorated scabbard . There is a short strap ended with a tassel tied on the handguard of the sword.
Feather of the fur hat
Cockade of the fur hat
Steel spurs – 2 parts
Lance : Bosnians are the only unit of hussars carried lances. The long lance pole with leather straps is given as a single piece with a standard on the top. The standard shows nice decorations.
Figure base : Nice ground texture with different sized big rocks. An old tree adds realism to the base and makes a very good fit to the base.
The following books can be useful when painting this figure;
Osprey Publishing – Men at Arms 236 – Frederick The Great’s Army (1) Cavalry by Philip Haythornthwaite and Bryan Fostan
Another good addition to Napoleonic series figure with great sculpt of Maurizio Bruno and high quality cast of Romeo Models.