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barcah200123 Feb 2020 7:00 p.m. PST

I see there is a very nice new set of 10mm figures available now. So what rules to use for a refight of the main battles? I've used Santa Anna but those pretty old. Anything newer and better?

barcah200123 Feb 2020 7:01 p.m. PST

I see there is a very nice new set of 10mm figures available now. So what rules to use for a refight of the main battles? I've used Santa Anna but those pretty old. Anything newer and better?

Prince Alberts Revenge23 Feb 2020 9:19 p.m. PST

I have 10mm Mexican American War (from that very nice set of figures you speak of) and I plan to use Field of Battle for them. I think it will capture the difference in command quality between the two armies. My units are comprised of 4 bases (either 6 infantry per base or 2 cavalry).

colonial nic24 Feb 2020 3:13 a.m. PST

Blackpowder would work perfectly.

Personal logo Buckeye AKA Darryl Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2020 3:52 a.m. PST

There are a number of sets that are suitable, depending on your scope of gaming. A number of years ago I played in a John McConnell game using his own Across the Rio Grande rules. Seemed to capture the flavor well, so in writing him he said I could distro them as a free offering if folks wanted a copy. I reformatted them, and modified them a bit for 18mm figures. Files can be found here:


I have orders of battle organized for them on my blog for Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma:

I also have thought about using Fire and Fury for this period as I believe the regimental version would work very well.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2020 8:13 a.m. PST

Black Powder would certainly work but we have the most experience using Regimental Fire & Fury as noted above

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Feb 2020 11:34 a.m. PST

At the risk of being obvious, "Gone To See The Elephant" is the easily the most comprehensive rules set specifically designed for the Mexican-American War. Some 8 years in development, the rules contain more information on the actual capabilities of the Mexican and North American armies than found anywhere else.

Organizational, tactical, and technical data is included that cannot be found in a dozen separate sources.

And not least of its charms, the rules work without need of changes in mounting for any miniatures sizes (though 54mm would be a stretch for historical actions!).

A full description here is unnecesssary, but may be found via this link

Give it a look and see for yourself!


Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2020 12:55 p.m. PST

Volley and Bayonet works well for the larger actions

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Feb 2020 4:23 p.m. PST

Fire and Fury Regimental should work

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2020 7:50 p.m. PST

Regimental Fire and Fury works very well for the MAW period. The special rules for the period depict the period very well and are reflected clearly on the QRS. It is very well done.

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