The French in Egypt units are mustering into service at an alarming rate. In the last five days two infantry and an artillery unit have entered service.
First is the Third Battalion, 88th Demi-Brigade de Bataille. This demi-brigade, readers may recall, was variously uniformed with either crimson or violet coats. I presented the first battalion in violet and the second in crimson coats. This third battalion I have done with a mix of coat colours, I have also given the officer green trousers for some variety.
The second unit is the First Battalion, 85th Demi-Brigade de Bataille, with brown coats, scarlet collar and yellow cuffs and coat tails. I was a little unsure about the brown coats at first, but now that the unit is completed I like it. The drummer in reversed colours helps to lift the unit (even though yellow is such an awkward colour to use).
The final piece is another 8lb gun and crew for the field artillery, this time in hats and not casques.
This will be the last of the field artillery for the army. A future order will include another four 4lb guns that will be attached to the infantry brigades.
On the painting table at the moment is the 22nd Chasseurs á Cheval and the limber for the 8lb gun above.