Events in the Nineteenth Century where much like they are today, with budget and defence cuts. Armies are expensive luxuries, and Britain needed peace so that her commercial interests could prosper. Armies needed bases, bases needed defending and supplying, all these things are expensive and an alternative was to use the Royal Navy.
The Naval Brigade were a hard fighting, skilled bunch able to turn their hands to wielding a rifle or manning a field gun, manhandling the piece through swamp and across veldt. The Naval Brigade were used across Asia, Africa, Central America and the Middle East during the latter half of the century with little change to their uniforms and armament.
My collection of figures are from Perry Miniatures from their Sudan range and their Martini-Henry rifle lasting 30 years in service.
Here are a couple of shots of the figures with a smattering of Officers and NCOs.
Here's a Nordenfelt Gun, its performance was said to be impressive but was eventually outclassed by the invention of the Maxim, shooting a maximum 600 rounds per minute through it's five barrels, it's effective range was about 400 yards.