Since I had no suitable figures at the time, I painted some of Essex's mules to look more like donkeys. These are much smaller than the Tin Soldier donkeys, and to me would be far too small against Xyston figures.
|Apadana tribute - BM|
Note, camels seems to have been known about in Egypt long before the Romans, since various terracotta and otehr images have been found there. However, these are likely to represent animals used by traders from the East rather than indicating wide use of the animal with Egypt proper. Camel drivers are mentioned in Ptolemaic documents and these do seem to have operated in the country itself rather than in Syria.
There is a nice image of a dromedary being used by Assyrians here.
My pictures don't really do them justice - there is a clearer one on Madaxeman - you'll also find some nicely done Essex dromedaries too
Alain Touller does some nice Bactrian camels with Mongol 'civilians'. They are quite a lot smaller than other companies' offerings though I shall eventually paint them. If and when I do, I'll add them here.
Finally, here is a comparison shot of the three manufacturers: