|28mm Zouave infantry from "Eagles of Empire"|
|NCO on square base, regular troops on round bases.|
|Some incredible character on these castings.|
|Unit officer on hex-shaped base...NOTE - I made a mistake in his uniform - I missed the gold trim on the front of his coat - this was corrected subsequent to these photos being taken.|
|I love the fluid nature of this casting! Such elan, such spirit!|
These are 28mm castings from the incredible folks at Eagles of Empire. Soren and the group released these figures back in the summer of 2018. Sculpts from this company have a very unique look and feel - for 28mm figures they are kind of tall, very slender...but SO much character. The Zouave infantry are not only extremely cool, with their super-funky outfits, but they are sporting a heroic amount of pots, pans and tent stakes! Not only are they ready to fight hard, but they can also whip up some soup when the time comes!
As with my other Eagles of Empire figures, I have based these figures on individual bases for skirmish gaming set in the Franco Prussian War.
These castings come with separate head sculpts for you to choose from - you can make the models up as either Zouaves or "Turcos". In this case, as you can see, I went with the Zouave look (stay tuned for more work featuring "Turcos", however). I salute the efforts of the folks at Eagles of Empire for trying their best to offer us gamers flexibility, BUT I do find separate heads can be tricky sometimes - and as you can see, one or two of the fellows are showing the side effects of those challenges - some of the figures look like they are "looking down" instead of forward.
Another small quibble is the bayonets...these miniatures have the incredible sword-style bayonet cast right on to the ends of their Chassepot rifles. But I am not a fan of casting bayonets on to rifles using the thin/slender style of Eagles of Empire - the reason being that they bend off and break during shipping :( That is why you only see 17 finished figures even though I had two boxes - a number of broken bayonets :(
|Group of Zouaves - ready for action.|
|Check out all the stuff on those packs! Ready to fight, AND to cook & camp! Vive la France!!|
|Second group of Zouave infantry - two "squads" of 8 models each.|
But for all these small troubles, these figures were still an absolute pleasure to paint. Just so much fun! The style of sculpting at Eagles of Empire is very different from a lot of other sculptors out there, and I love it, just love it! If you are interested in this period, you need to get some of these figures, just to have the pleasure of painting them yourself!
As Curt's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge approaches for another run, I hope to be posting & sharing more stuff from this period. Thanks for visiting, hope you have a great day!