|Turcos ready to defend the Second Empire.|
1e Tirailleurs Algerien
|28mm figures from Wargames Foundry|
|Get your fez!|
I get a bit confused by it all, but by 1870 I believe the "Zouaves" were basically "Europeanized" units that retained the super-cool North African-style uniforms. The Tirailleurs Algerien, however, remained as North African troops. Naturally, they also had the super cool North African uniforms, but there were variations on the colours - the Zouaves had darker blue jackets and red pants, while these "turcos" had sky blue jackets and white/canvas coloured pants - although, confusingly, I have also seen them with sky blue pants as well...I opted for a white/canvas legging look.
|As always, the packs feature plenty pans & stowage :)|
|I messed up when mounting the flag - it is too rolled up...now it just looks folded in half. Oh well.|
|The standard bearer is a US civil war Zouave casting...he fits right in!|
|Bring on the Prussians!|
I had wanted firing poses, so went with all-firing poses without thinking it through...once they were all painted and I started to line them up for basing, it was a drag - very hard to get them to line up well. I experimented with different approaches...and in the end it still doesn't look great.
But for all these woes, well, I'm thrilled to have them finished. While all of the little issues listed above were a pain, now that they are firmly in the rear-view mirror, who cares?! It is very exciting to have an iconic and colourful sort of unit such as this one completed and ready for a "Black Powder" game.
In terms of overall progress on my 28mm formed units for the Franco-Prussian War, things are (knock on wood) starting to come together. For the Prussians I have six units of infantry, one unit of cavalry and three batteries of artillery. This is my fourth infantry unit for the French - they also have an artillery battery and mitrailleuse battery to support them. Just need to work on some cavalry for them, I think, and we should be nearly-all-set for a game of some sort...stay tuned for more!