Yesterday saw the first unit completed for the British in Egypt project.
While I don’t plan to follow a specific order of battle for this project, I do nonetheless plan to create an approximate historical force insomuch as I intend to create a Guards Brigade, Moore’s Brigade as it stood at Abukir Bay, most of the Emigre units will form a command, plus another brigade of three battalions. The Guards and Moore’s brigade will have a historical context, but the rest will just be a collection of battalions that take my fancy and grouped as I like.
The first unit out of the uniform store is the 58th Rutlandshire Regiment. This unit was part of Moore’s Brigade and I chose to do it first for two reasons: first because the facings are black that it made for a useful exercise in figuring out how to paint the cuff lace; second because there is a New Zealand connection.
For this regiment I chose the figures with the round hat, because I like the figures. I am pleased with the unit. The figures a full of character, I am just a little uncertain of how the sergeant with the half pike will survive and the shaft of the half pike is very thin – I have put him in the middle of the stand with the hope that the flanking figures will protect him.
This army will be a mix of round hat and stovepipe shakos and the next unit be in the latter.