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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2018 10:52 p.m. PST

Could I ask the colour of the rifle slings of Egyptian infantry?

Also, I have some Newline figures – great- but the officers come with sashes. Any idea what colour to paint these?

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2018 5:07 a.m. PST

Ochoin, not my period (although I've a gamer friend who
runs great Sudan games in which I love to play) but I did
find this blog which has some painted Egyptian figures.

The rifle slings appear to be a dark brown – hope that
helps a bit.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2018 5:25 a.m. PST

Nice blog.

Thanks, Ed. Looks like a dark leather should do.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2018 6:48 a.m. PST

Unfortunately, I don't think there are straight forward answers to your questions. I've seen references indicating that straps and belts on ALL equipment was black. However, I've also read that Egyptian soldiers often retained older or locally produced or self-made equipment instead of that officially issued because the latter didn't function properly. I imagine rifle slings would wear out and break frequently under the conditions encountered in the Sudan. I've seen illustrations featuring both black and brown slings. I've read one instance indicating that the Egyptian Remington rolling block rifle was issued with a black sling. This particular rifle was widely used by the EA throughout the late 1870's and early to mid 1880's. However, I've seen photos of a British manufactured Martini-Henry issued to the EA in the Omdurman timeframe and the sling for that rifle was brown.
Likewise, with sashes worn by officers, many artists portray them as red
but I've also seen references to some being white. Like officers in many contemporary armies, I'm sure some Egyptian officers wore sashes of their own choosing.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jul 2018 9:34 a.m. PST

Complete data on the New Egyptian Army, uniforms, kit, and weapons may be found in these: link


Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2018 1:23 p.m. PST

Thanks, Ragbones. I'll go for a bit of mix n' match. They look a bit smart & this should help to give a little bit of 'campaign weariness'.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2018 2:20 p.m. PST

I hit a purple patch & finished them.

The officers were given a red sash with some gold shot through the weave. Looks very good.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2018 5:34 p.m. PST


Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2018 7:53 p.m. PST

In August, we're staging our annual 'mega game' at a local Train & hobby show.

This year, it's the Sudan. I'll have a plethora of photos for you then.

Thanks for all your help.

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