Saturday, 19 May 2018

More British in Egypt...and some French

The latest units in the British in Egypt project are the Corsican Rangers and two 12lb guns and crew. i have also added a couple of French guns.


The rangers were another of the émigré units recruited in the late 1790s. The unit came into British service following the secession of Corsica from the French Republic and the subsequent

Anglo-Corsican Kingdom. But when the Kingdom collapsed and the British withdrew from the island a number of the secessionists fled or were exiled. From this resource a light infantry company known as the "Franc Tireur Corses" was formed at Menorca.


Brought to Gibraltar in 1800 where Abercromby was preparing the Egyptian expedition they were issued with new uniforms and Baker rifles, and placed in Moore's Brigade. After the landing at Aboukir Bay they were re-titled the Corsican Rangers and fought in all of the subsequent actions in the campaign. 


When the campaign ended the unit went to Malta, where it was disbanded.


I like this unit. It is like a precursor for the 95th Rifles with the green jackets and black facings, piped white.


The 12lb guns sets are superb…


…firing the gun and…


…running the gun forward.

The two 4lb light batteries represent the half batteries that were attached directly to fhe demi brigades.


  1. Beautiful job, and these guns and gunners are just superb!

    1. Thank you Phil. I think these artillery sets are some of the best I have seen.

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    1. Thank you Jonathan. Lots more interesting stuff to come in this project.

  3. I really like the rangers but the artillery pieces steal the show!
    Best Iain

    1. You are right Iain, the artillery sets in this range are particularly special and a joy to work with. I can see the "need" to do some more of them.

  4. Very nice, indeed! It is a great range of figures, your work really show them off. battles with these units on the table will look spiffy

    1. I agree. These are great figures and they will make thier first apearance on the table next weekend.

  5. I really like the Corsican Rangers Mark - I believe they went on to take part in the battle of Maida in Italy 1806 -

    British order of battle[7][11] French order of battle[7][12]
    Major General John Stuart (236 officers, 4,960 men)

    Advance Guard: Colonel James Kempt (47 officers, 919 men)
    Combined Light Infantry Battalion (25 officers, 510 men)
    Light companies of 20th, 1/27th, 1/35th, 1/58th, 1/61st, 1/81st, and de Watteville's Swiss
    "Flankers" of 35th Foot (8 officers, 151 men)
    Two companies of Royal Corsican Rangers, one company Royal Sicilian Volunteers (14 officers, 258 men)
    1st Brigade: Colonel Lowry Cole (48 officers, 1,218 men)
    Combined Grenadier Battalion (21 officers, 464 men)
    Grenadier companies of 20th, 1/27th, 1/35th, 1/58th, 1/81st, and de Watteville's Swiss
    1st Battalion, 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot (eight companies, 27 officers, 754 men)
    2nd Brigade: Colonel Wroth Palmer Acland (69 officers, 1,272 men)
    2nd Battalion, 78th (Highland) Regiment of Foot ("Ross-shire Buffs") (eight companies, 36 officers, 702 men)
    1st Battalion, 81st Regiment of Foot (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers) (eight companies, 33 officers, 570 men)
    3rd Brigade: Colonel John Oswald (49 officers, 1,151 men)
    1st Battalion, 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot (eight companies, 22 officers, 554 men)
    De Watteville's Swiss Regiment (four companies, 16 officers, 271 men)
    Detached from 3rd Brigade
    Battalion, 20th (East Devonshire) Regiment of Foot (eight companies, 27 officers, 597 men)
    Royal Horse Artillery: Three 6-pound guns (7 officers, 129 men)

    1. The Corsicans were a different unit. The one in Egypt was disbanded in 1802. To do this battle we would need to organise a few different French units French, in fhe pre-1812 uniforms.

  6. Fantastic work as usual. One of my least favourite things is trying to paint yellow lacing on dark blue coats; the stuff of nightmares, but these look great.

  7. With these I painted the yellow lace on then washed with a blue wash and touched up as required. I have longer term plans for Swedes of the Great Northern War so I suspect in due course I will become an expert on yellow on blue!