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Rospaks; The Lost Kingdom

Rospaks! To many old style tabletop wargamers interested in historical scenarios Rospaks says it all. ‘These are some of the best figures ever made’ is what many say, and indeed the Rospaks line consists of very beautiful figures. But the sad story is that Rospaks only produced between December 1981 and October 1982; their kingdom only lasted for 11 months, and their fans are still in mourning!

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Rospaks was produced by the white metal figure firm of Heroics and Ros. It was an experiment in 25mm hard plastic scale. A package of 20 infantry figures or 12 cavalry soldiers only cost 99p (GBP), which was cheaper than metal. The first set was thus introduced in 1981 and the last in 1982. The line was discontinued because of economical reasons, they say.

Besides the figures they also produced decals (waterslide transfers) as shield designs for their Greek City Hoplite (set nr T1), Romans (T2) and Macedonian (T3). A very unique offer and never repeated by any manufacturer since then, as far as I know. There were also painting Instructions for sale: Sheet A for packs AG1 - AG3 and Sheet B for packs AR1 - AR3! Check out this website to download them! And there was even a rule book ‘Warfare in the ancient World’. A very complete offer so to say.

The figures were sold in header-carded polybags. They mostly came with separate shield, arms and spears to make various poses. Something we see more and more in the last years with present manufacturers as well.

Summary Table

Set Name Figures in Set Poses in Set Remarks
Greeks
AG1 - Greek City Hoplites 20 2  
AG2 - Greek Light Infantry [Nov- 1981 to April 1982] 20 2  
AG2a - Thracian Peltasts [from April 1982] 20 1 Same pose as in AG2, just a sales trick
AG2b - Scythian Archers [from April 1982] 20 1 Same pose as in AG2, idem
AG3 - Greek Cavalry 12 2  
AG4 - Macedonian Pikemen/Phalangiter/Palangites 20 2  
Romans
AR1 - Roman Legionaries 21 5 2 inf and 3 command poses
AR2 - Roman Light Infantry [from Feb to April 1982] 20 2  
AR2a - Roman Auxiliary Javelinmen [from April 1982] 20 1 Same pose as in AR2, idem
AR2b - Roman Western Auxiliary Archers [from April 1982] 20 1 Same pose as in AR2, idem
AR3 - Roman Cavalry 12 2  
Totals   17 Unique poses

The Greek Troops

The Greek thus came in 4 sets with 8 poses in total. AG4 is very difficult to find, certainly in a complete bag. It was even long thought that they were never made. Probably they were issued in small quantities only.

The Roman Troops

With AR1: the first two in the row are the infantry poses, the 3 others the command section. These are hard to find in one piece (they are often damaged because of the hard plastic).

More, but never released

In advertisements the following were mentioned:

Persians; AP1 - Persian Archers Kneeling Firing and AP2 - Persian Spearmen (Kardakes). But I never came across them. They were probably never released.

Also announced but for sure never left the barracks: Persian Cavalry, Barbarians (Celts), Napoleonics, Roman Catapult and Crew, Greek Elephant




Marco Bijl, September 2014. Feel free to contact me with suggestions or remarks: marco@nvforest.com

Literature used in this article:

  • Geoff Cooldrey, ‘Rospaks where are they now?’ In One Inch Warrior nr 4.
  • Hugh Walters’ Small Scale World; various posts.
  • Will's Wargames Blog, with nice painted Rospaks armies.
  • Vintage wargaming article. Where you can download the painting instructions and a decal sheet!
  • My own collection.

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