Finally this past weekend I completed my Regiment Tirailleurs Algerien (or Turcos) for my 1870-1871 Republican French army. The Turcos were North African native troops (primarily Algerian) recruited into the French Army of Africa during the middle part of the 19th century. They were very tough fighters.
There were three regiments in the Imperial French Army during the early part of the war but most of them were killed or captured at either Sedan or Metz. During the Republican phase a 'regiment de marche' of Turcos was established from the various depot companies and survivors of the earlier fighting. This regiment is what I'm representing. The figures are Askari Miniatures from Al's 'French Army of Africa' line. They are very well sculpted figures and were fairly easy to paint. They are based for Larry Brom's "Chassepot and Needlegun" Franco-German War rules.
|The 3rd Battalion, Tirailleurs Algerien (minus a battalion guidon)|
|From left - 2nd Battalion, regimental commander, 1st Battalion, and 3rd Battalion|
As a note, the French African forces also included Tirailleurs Senegalais but they weren't involved in the Franco-German War, staying in west Africa.