Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The 'Egyptian' Battalion First Battle of El Teb 1884



After about five months I have finally been able to paint a few figures for myself, admittedly I have completed a few small projects in regards to terrain but painting alas no. So the lads I have just finished this morning are part of my Sudan collection and are painted to represent the 'Egyptian' Battalion recruited in Cairo for Lt Gen Valentine Barkers ill fated expedition to the Port of Suakin, Eastern Sudan, in 1884.


The lads apparently were not that keen on drill or in that matter doing much at all and it was reported that they mutinied for a brief period and then at the first battle of El Teb they were severely routed losing 16 Officers and 352 men out of 429 men....I don't think they did much after that. However I was keen to add a little more colour and flare to my Egyptian Army and these guys took my fancy.


On figures are yet available, which represent the 'Egyptian' Battalion so I purchased a few Wargames Foundry ACW Zouaves and to stiffen the line a command pack from the Perry Miniatures Sudan range. I could have done a few little conversions but felt I needed to paint the figures first and see how they look....A little ACW but I think with the Egyptian commands the figures will do nicely.



This is the image I used from the Perry's 'Go Strong into the Desert' as inspiration and a painting guide. My guys are a little more in full dress then the above fellow.





15 comments:

Robert Hingley said...

Excellent work. Great looking unit.

Samuli S said...

Excellent work! Especially on the skintone

Grigork said...

Very effective and as you say add a nice bit of colour to the Egyptians.

Phil said...

Amazing paint job!!

Carlo Pagano said...

Beautiful as always Nathan.

Stuart S said...

A great addition, lets just hope they stand.
Regards
Stuart

Vinnie said...

Thank you all for the great comments. I just had to paint these guys as they looked so good in the book.

All the best

Vinnie

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

They look great Vinnie and a good choice in using the Perry Zouaves to reflect these troops.

Christopher

Jon F said...

Nice work, Vinnie.

A J said...

Really nice work, they're a colourful unit.

DeanM said...

Great looking Egyptians.

Juan MancheƱo said...

Fantastic painting work; they are very nice in their new uniforms!

Vinnie said...

Thanks again for the comments guys. Hopefully the lads might see the table top soon and test their morale against some charging Beya

Regards

Vinnie

DAVE DOCHERTY said...

They do they job nicely.. Grand stuff.

Syl said...

Great job!