Ever since I started the French in Egypt project back in in November last year it has been my intention to include a force from the Ottoman Empire. I do not intended this to be a standalone force, but rather supports for the British.
As a support force this will be relatively small (did I really say that?) and I have decided on a force of six infantry units and three cavalry. I have decided to go with the Brigade Games range, largely because they are they are the only manufacturer of specifically Napoleonic Ottoman troops, but also because they are Paul Hicks designs and a wonderful sculpts.
The first figures arrived a couple of weeks back and had been waiting for the French dragoons to clear the painting table.
The first unit is a regiment of Nazim-i Cedid (sometimes Nizam-i Djedid) infantry supported by their Imam.
Following the humiliating defeat in the Second Russo-Turkish war in the late 1700s Sultan Selim III instituted the Nazim-i-Cedid, or “New Order” to westernise the Ottoman army. He brought in foreign military advisers and organised two training institutions along European lines. He used French drills and instructors. The first test for the new order troops came early in the campaign against the French in 1799 at the Siege of Acre where they performed well.
This regiment is the first of what will be two in this force. The simple uniform is striking as it is simple with red jacket and headgear, and dark blue pants…and let’s face it, how often do you get to paint red shoes on historical wargames figures?