Finally decided what I am going to do with my batch of the new French Early-Mid War boxes.
Originally I wanted to paint them up as one of the Swiss regiments, but I just haven't enjoyed painting them. Today, though, I finally decided what to do with them, and it is very out of the box indeed.
So I've decided to paint them up as the 7th Regiment of the Kingdom of Naples.
Wouldn't be surprised of you guy have no idea what regiment these guys are, so I'll give some info. They were a regiment originally made up of mostly black soldiers* that were originally part of the French army (called "Pioneer Noirs", or the Black Pioneers in english), but was given to Naples after Napoleon conquered it for his brother. They didn't really do much in the war and their most notable battle is the Siege of Danzig in 1813.
*Since no one knows if the regiment got new black soldier replacements or if they just recruited white soldiers, I was thinking of painting both skin colours.
The officers were not all white: Bourgoine, 13th February 1813: “Arriving at the assembly point, we saw a regiment of Negroes which belonged to King Murat in front of his palace. The blacks were a wondrous sight. They stood in a closed column. Even the officers were black. The sappers wore white bearskins”. The Neapolitans saw action in Italy in 1814 & 1815 fighting for both sides alternately.