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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 1:28 p.m. PST

Tomorrow marks the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, celebrated in the US and Mexico as Cinco de Mayo. That day, in 1862, a rag tag army of Mexicans defeated the flower of the French Army on the slopes of the hills leading up to Forts Loreto and Guadelupe. I presented a wargame in 54mm a couple of years ago at my local library. Unfortunately, it was not well attended, probably because everyone was out celebrating. Here are some photos of the game, with a little help from PhotoShop.







Frederick Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 1:37 p.m. PST

Nice looking game!

Cacique Caribe04 May 2018 2:08 p.m. PST

Beautiful table and layout! I am so jealous.

Funny how Cinco de Mayo is more likely to be "celebrated" by US citizens than by the Mexican nationals themselves at home. And too many Americans of Mexican descent have no clue why they are celebrating it:

YouTube link

That's why we always laugh every time US presidents try to invite all manner of other Latin Americans to the WH on that day. I'm sure that when they get they invite many ask themselves the exact same thing, "What the hell is Cinco de Mayo?"

PS. That church has its bell tower aligned very much like the one in the original The Magnificent Seven.

15th Hussar04 May 2018 2:55 p.m. PST

Beautiful set up, layout and scenery!

Sorry the turnout was sketchy.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 3:05 p.m. PST

Dan, what sharp eyes you have! That IS the church from the Magnificent Seven! I bought it second hand, along with four other buildings and painted Steve Weston Magnificent 7 and bandits. It was made by a pro modeller in the UK and appeared in Wargames Illustrated.

Gone Fishing04 May 2018 3:23 p.m. PST

What a wonderful looking game. And in 54mm, too! You really are an artist: love the look of your table, the figures, the subject…The only shame is that it wasn't very well attended. Still, it's hugely inspiring.

(This might not make much sense, but it makes we want to crack out a Spaghetti Western. Or Magnificent Seven!)

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 4:58 p.m. PST

It is sad that such an excellent effort was not rewarded with the interest it deserved. Viva Zaragoza!

Jeigheff04 May 2018 6:16 p.m. PST

Beautiful game! I would have been honored to have played in it.

Incidentally, a former female coworker from the north had a Yankee (no offense) husband who worked as a construction supervisor here in Austin, Texas. Her husband complained that his hispanic employees wanted not one, but TWO days off to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.


P.S. No meanness or judgement intended. Just another person's observation.

Cyrus the Great04 May 2018 6:18 p.m. PST

A lot of people missed a visual treat!

Lion in the Stars05 May 2018 2:55 a.m. PST


skipper John Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 4:27 a.m. PST


Cacique Caribe05 May 2018 4:53 a.m. PST

Jeff: "his hispanic employees wanted not one, but TWO days off to celebrate Cinco de Mayo"

Makes perfect sense to me! I think all holidays should come with two days off afterwards. :)


14Bore05 May 2018 5:55 a.m. PST

That looks like a fun game, and sometimes one needs 2 days off, 1 to celebrate 1 to recover the hangover.

Legion 405 May 2018 6:33 a.m. PST

Wow !!!! Beautiful models and great game for today ! gold star

My take BTW … wink TMP link

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 11:33 a.m. PST

When I ask some local non-hispanic folks what Cinco de Mayo was about, the usual answer was it was to celebrate when Mexico gained independence, like the USA Cuatro de Julio

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 4:49 p.m. PST

Great looking game, Nick, and the church is exceptional as well.

Sgt Slag07 May 2018 10:02 a.m. PST

I, and two of my adult sons, would drive 100 miles to play in a game such as that… Where and when is the next game being played? >;-) We love gaming in 54mm. Cheers!

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2018 7:40 p.m. PST

Nick my friend, what a beautiful looking game! As others have already said, it's a pity more folks didn't show up to enjoy it but still a treat for the rest of us from this day on, so thanks very much for working on the pics and posting them here! The church is AMAZING and the 54mm cacti look great too -- where did they come from?

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2018 4:36 a.m. PST

That is an excellent-looking game, and thanks for showing us your efforts!

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2018 8:57 a.m. PST

Sgt Slag, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you drive here, I'll put on a game for you. Mad Guru, I got the church and the whole village from the Magnificent Seven second hand. They were built by this guy: link
The best part is that the seller offered free shipping. The shipping boxes filled up my car!
The cacti are from Barzso Playsets. Thanks, all, for your kind words.

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