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11 May 2018 5:16 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Oct 2017 6:47 p.m. PST

In my DNA article – TMP link – I said I would start a wargaming project to honor my DNA heritage. Which project would you like to see me do?

The Maximilian Adventure – During the American Civil War, France took advantage of the power vacuum and invaded Mexico, creating the Second Mexican Empire ruled by Maximilian Ferdinand. Other than the Battle of Camerone, I'll admit ignorance of this period and its feasibility for wargaming. Pits my Europe West lineage against my Native American lineage!

The Mexican-American War – This would certain pit the American and Mexican sides of my heritage against each other, and also tie in with my adopted lineage (three of my ancestors went to Mexico for the war, but they were not soldiers just capitalists!).

The Pancho Villa Expedition/The Punitive Expedition – General Pershing's pursuit of Pancho Villa in northern Mexico around 1917. Innovative use of new technologies, and asymmetrical warfare. Again, pits Mexicans against Americans.

Conquistadors – Opportunity to paint some colorful Ancient American armies. Pits Iberian Peninsula versus Native American.

Vikings in the New World – The failed colonization attempt by Vikings in the 10th Century.

Or add your own suggestion!

abelp0110 Oct 2017 7:11 p.m. PST


skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2017 7:55 p.m. PST

Definitely Pancho Villa with German advisors, The Wild Bunch, Stutz Bearcats, Telly Savalas. Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Miguelito Loveless and his Ladies, Early Biplanes etc.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2017 8:32 p.m. PST

Villa's attack on Columbus Nm is a fun scenario.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2017 10:55 p.m. PST

Aztecs capturing and eating their neighbors.

nsolomon9911 Oct 2017 12:00 a.m. PST

DNA can fight now!? Shish, the marvels of the technological age!

Rakkasan11 Oct 2017 12:07 a.m. PST

The Vikings in the New World would not require a lot of figures for either side. It also can morph into Viking raids in Europe and Natives vs early colonial settlers up to the French and Indian War.
The Maximilian Adventure includes the Foreign Legion colorful mounted forces on both sides. It can also include US Civil War figures either painted as historical belligerents or for un-historical USA/CSA intervention. Add some Apaches and other Southwest Natives for added fun.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 4:27 a.m. PST

Vikings vs Aztecs

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member11 Oct 2017 5:23 a.m. PST

"Gattaca! Gattaca!"

Or was that a different movie?

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 6:41 a.m. PST

Pancho Villa. Be sure to play the Tom Russell CD "Tonight We Ride".

Actually there is a cowboy in the Rosebud Creek country of Montana who does a better job than Tom Russell.


WarWizard11 Oct 2017 7:11 a.m. PST

What scale are you doing this in?

Legion 411 Oct 2017 7:55 a.m. PST

The Maximilian Adventure includes the Foreign Legion
Camerone ! thumbs up

I've been thinking about getting a DNA test … Hope I don't find out I've got any Klingon in me … or … well maybe not !

Bill you are quite an eclectic mix ! I'm sure many are surprised to find that out. AFAIK, my DNA only has 1 ethnicity … rumors are maybe French & Austrian too … huh?

The Angry Piper Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 9:35 a.m. PST

I vote for Orcs! Can't go wrong with Orcs!

(Guess who doesn't do historical gaming?)


BrianW11 Oct 2017 11:59 a.m. PST

I've ordered Gone to See the Elephant from TVAG so I can finally do Mexican/American War. I've wanted to do this era since the early 1990s, but never found the right set of rules. Hopefully these will be the one.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2017 8:42 a.m. PST


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Oct 2017 3:51 p.m. PST

What scale are you doing this in?

Haven't decided yet.

kcabai24 Oct 2017 6:35 a.m. PST

How far back do you go for this

Dashetal24 Oct 2017 10:23 a.m. PST

Pancho. In 28mm it's a nice visual. Also you can get by with fewer figures than the other periods. Raids and skirmishes were part and parcel of that period.

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