Over the weekend I started and completed the first mounted unit of the French in Egypt project, the Regiment of Dromedaries.
Formed in April 1799 from picked grenadiers of the various Demi Brigades, absorbing other small camel mounted elements of the 85th and 88th Demi-Brigades de Bataille, and of the 21st Demi Brigade Légere, this in one of the most colourful of all of the French Army in Egypt - the first images of painted figures on the Perry website certainly caught my eye and started me on this project...I am such a sucker for eye candy. One of the drivers for the formation of the regiment was the scarcity of cavalry remounts and camels were an easily available substitute. At its peak the Regiment reached a a strength of 700 men, but by the time of the capitulation the strength had shrunk to 140 officers and men.
These are great little figures from the Perrys to work with, although the white capes were a challenge. The unit appears to have operated chiefly as mounted infantry and I have chosen to do both the mounted and dismounted versions. The dismounted figures are under way and will be completed later this week. The camel holders sometime next month, when the next order arrives.