Last night I put the finishing touches on my Mexican War figures. It was a fun little project. I know my partners in crime will soon be finished with their little piece of history.
I kept my part simple. Our thinking about the Mexicans is that they weren’t very good. Objectively, we know they had coarse powder that generated a tremendous kick, and they fired from the hip. That’s not something that will improve the accuracy of a Napoleonic era smoothbore musket, so they are bad shooters. They are decent on defense. It’s hard to get them to move. They aren’t as good as U.S. regulars. So I have more Mexicans than Americans. Four line infantry units, two light infantry units, a gun and two light cavalry units or about 32 points worth in Rebels and Patriots
For the Americans, I did fewer figures. Many of my colleagues were interested in doing Americans, and they are better troops. I stuck with the equivalent of four line infantry, one dragoons unit and a gun. Depending on how one rates the units I would guess 26 points or higher.
I try not to get stuck too much on points and prefer designing scenarios, but there you go.
I deliberately decided to avoid painting Mexican units that were too fancy, schmancy. So no Jalisco Lancers or Tulancingo Cavalry. Just the guys you’re mostly likely to see out on the line. Pretty much the same with the Americans. No flying battery or mounted riflemen. They can fit into any scenario.
With my attention spread what seems like a million different places, I’m not likely to add much more, though that isn’t impossible. I’m happy just to have them done.