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French Foreign Legion Mounted Companies

Without the usual Friday Night Jungle Drums beating throughout the great expanse of the internet this weekend, Le Cafard started slowly setting in. So I thought, "How could I come up with an adequet French Foreign Legion Mounted Company?" using the new Strelets French Foreign Legion Desert Patrol Set 192.

I asked myself if I wanted to use Pack Camels or Pack Mules and I decided - both! The Legion set already comes with Camels, so all I needed were baggage and mules. So ...

Using one or both of Strelets sets Roman Transport 1 and Roman Transport 2, you get 4 mules in each one with a variety of packs to mount on them. Or, trim off the pins for the baggage, and you can make up some riding mules.

Voila! This was a very easy project because I already have a nice collection of Strelets' Roman Imperial Army including the Transport sets and you get Camels with the Desert Patrol Set, so why not make a combined Mounted Company with Mules, Camels, Mounted and Foot Legionnaires!

By the way, combining and converting various Strelets sets to expand your collection is a pretty good way any time to avoid suffering from - The Bug (famously portrayed in the early Beau Geste movies).

"Le Cafard" link:

Re: French Foreign Legion Mounted Companies

Good suggestions.

I decided to use some horse poses from my old HO/00 scale Atlantic 7th Cavalry set - with their long wavy manes trimmed right back, the smaller horses pass for mules, and look good when the larger FFL riders are mounted on them (fit quite well too).

In the event Mr. Strelets later makes a dedicated mule set with accessories, I'll gladly "upgrade" my FFL riders...

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Yes, my hopes too, Strelets should be encouraged to make a dedicated Mounted Companies set. And if in fact they do, my personal hope is that they will sculpt Legionnaires in their fatigues with wide waist sash and Kepi with Neck Curtain and not wearing the famous Blue Capote nor their full-Kit Backpack.

My purpose would be twofold, (1) for them to be manning and fighting from the walls in their Fort (Zinderneuf) under attack by native tribesmen as in the Beau Geste movies, and also (2) to be formed up in a Defensive Square with the animals protected inside, much like the famous British Squares that Strelets new Napoleonic Highlander and Infantry sets will allow to soon do. Both action-fighting scenarios I will recreate using Strelets new fine figurines!

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Yes, and I think we need some artillery too in order to fully recreate some fierce last-stand battles...including wounded and casualty figures...

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Bingo! What a great picture. It portrays all the nice details we'd love to have for FFL last stands (as you say!). In fact back on February 12, 2019 this year Strelets posted a "Teaser Picture" of a cannon and crew for us FFL fans. I almost forgot. Maybe we'll be able to add it to our armies by the Year End Holidays. Here is the link:

Note to Strelets:
Please also make a beautiful set with the same kinds of poses of British Infantry for the Boer War to use "Patrolling" the South African countryside for Commandos!
Thank you.

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GC, Many thanks for remembering and sharing that link - I suppose, and hope, that the FFL arty set will be in the Dec 2019 batch of new releases then! Great!!! :grinning:

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Yes, and I think we need some artillery too in order to fully recreate some fierce last-stand battles...including wounded and casualty figures...

The image is the cover art for one of the DVD versions of "March or Die" with Gene Hackman and Terence Hill, and reflects more the last stand events of the movie rather then any historical event.

For artillery a simple mountain gun like that included in this strelets set from the RTW would work:

it may even be possible to use some of the gunners or convert them to north african gunners(hooded coat)...
You should note that when older accounts refer the use of a "Hotchkiss Gun" its most likely refering to a small gun of this kind or a gatling type ship gun not the famous french MG.

summer 1918 somewhere in N-Africa:
"Pochelu resumed his advance with the legion company(mule company) once more behind the center in reserve.
At perhaps 2.30pm the column came under heavy attack and there was "violent fighting before the units could deploy" and the machine begin to function.
On the right the Senegalese fell back, the legion company moved forward and charged to fill the gap in the fighting front, but tribesmen infiltrated bettween the platoons of Senegalese......."

At first it sounds line any desert battle untill you realise its being fought in dense undergrowth in an extensive North African Oasis!

Source: Our Friends Beneath the Sands, Martin Widrow, Recommended :wink: