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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

"In 1863 and 1864, historical and political contradictions in the River Plate region led to civil war in Uruguay, creating tensions with neighboring nations in the region. The Brazilian government intervened both politically and militarily in Uruguay to address the interests of ranchers in its province of Rio Grande do Sul, to distract the attention of the Brazilian citizens from domestic problems, and to preserve the political influence of the Empire of Brazil on Uruguay. This action by the Empire clashed with the new Paraguayan policy of political interference in the River Plate region and resulted in the declaration of war against Brazil by Paraguayan dictator Francisco Solano López. This conflict broadened into the Paraguayan War

In the 1840s, D. Pedro II (1840–1889) consolidated the Empire of Brazil as a centralized monarchial state that remained as such under his long reign. The empire's elites soon turned Brazil into a constitutional and parliamentary monarchy in which the principal vote was that of the emperor and the two existing parties, the Conservative and the Liberal, took turns in parliamentary power until 1889, when the Republic was installed by means of a military coup.1 The oligarchies of the southeastern provinces—Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Minas Gerais—enriched by coffee exports, constituted the political core of this empire and enjoyed the support of other provincial oligarchies.

All the provincial elites had great interest in this centralized state because it maintained political stability, worked to preserve slavery by containing rebellions and by resisting the English pressure to end the slave trade from Africa to Brazil, and worked to uphold the unity of the vast territory…"
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Durando03 Aug 2017 1:18 p.m. PST

It's a shame that the couple of 28mm ranges never saw their full potenntial

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2017 11:26 a.m. PST



Personal logo Blake Walker Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member05 Aug 2017 2:36 a.m. PST

I'm tempted to do either the Great Pacific or War of the Triple Alliance. Sapper Joe has the figures in 15mm for this conflict. They remain unpainted. I don't think he'll ever get them finished for gaming. That leaves me to dream about doing a South American conflict in 15mm.

What about the Great Pacific War? Is it really doable in 15mm at 1:50 scale?

Outpost Wargames Service makes figures. I could use they died for glory for rules. I looked at the TO&Es for the Chileans, Bolivians, and Peruvians. The regiments would only be 16 figures each with a 12 battalion Chilean division, 8 battalion Peruvian division, and 3 battalions of Bolivian infanty. I could pick up a monitor or two in 15mm for a naval landing that happened in the beginning of war.


Bindon Blood06 Aug 2017 7:12 a.m. PST

I went for the OWS figures, I really like them. The only negative thing I would say is that they don't do a mounted generals set. Instead I bought some of their FPW French generals. Unfortunately they are a bit smaller, you don't notice when they are next to infantry, but when you put them next to the GPW cavalry….

I haven't bought the warships yet, but I did pick up a couple of Peter Pigs' ACW naval guns for shore batteries.

I also got Maverick Models to do some Chilean flags.

Like you intend Blake, I went with 16 figure battalions on four bases.

I might go back and paint a few skirmishers, but am not sure about those. Plus, I still have a couple of Gatling guns to paint up….

I am going to use the Neil Thomas C19 rules, as I'm getting old. :)

I reckon with the dozen infantry and two cavalry units I have for each side, I can refight Tacna. While this may be a bit of a slugfest, I like the fact it is the last battle with the Bolivian army fighting alongside the Peruvians.

The book published by Caliver on the subject is excellent…

A lot cheaper, the Osprey is a good intro, but the illustrations are nowhere near as good as the Caliver book.


Also, thanks to Armand, I ended up looking up the war on Chilean Google and found some great illustrations (reminiscent of Blandford books).Lots of info out there (although it became apparent on the forums how much a lot of South Americans hate us!).

And of course, Outpost have a very useful guide on their site.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2017 3:36 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)

Not all… (smile)


Bindon Blood07 Aug 2017 6:12 a.m. PST

and your help was appreciated!

true not all. :)

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