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Bayernkini24 Jul 2021 9:22 a.m. PST

My answer is, very small ;)

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jul 2021 10:00 a.m. PST

Since we are looking at only a photo with no size reference we have no idea how small it is?

Russ Dunaway

Bayernkini24 Jul 2021 10:08 a.m. PST

You are right, i should add a pocket rule next time.

The soldiers are 2mm tall

John the OFM24 Jul 2021 10:32 a.m. PST

So, at 2mm, how do you tell Davy Crockett from Catherine the Great? grin

Seriously though, looks great.

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2021 10:47 a.m. PST

This is very well done.

I actually know practically nothing of the battle. From the photos above, it seems that the Texicans were trying to defend much more wall than they had the men for. Were they expecting reinforcements? Or were there civilians or livestock they had to protect? Otherwise, it seems that they should have chosen one compound or the other and demolished the connecting structures. Would like to hear from those who know more.

advocate24 Jul 2021 11:08 a.m. PST

Looks really good, and gives a nice feel for the whole compound.

14Bore24 Jul 2021 12:51 p.m. PST

I like it

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jul 2021 12:52 p.m. PST

Expecting 800- 1000 more men. Still the "fort" was way to large.

Russ Dunaway

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2021 2:21 p.m. PST

They were expecting Col Fanning from Goliad to join, and they were hoping that Houston would send reinforcements. See Travis' letter form the Alamo:


Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jul 2021 4:19 p.m. PST

They were also told/warned by Houston and others to abandon it and head East.

Russ Dunaway

William Warner24 Jul 2021 5:09 p.m. PST

After the Texans captured San Antonio and the Alamo from the Mexicans in December 1835, it was recommend by engineer Green B. Jameson that parts of the Alamo be torn down and the mission reconstructed into a more compact fortification. Unfortunately most of the Texas volunteers dispersed or wandered off with the wild idea of invading Mexico. It was difficult to get the small remaining garrison to exert themselves, and than, surprise, surprise, Santa Anna showed up unexpectedly a little more than two months later. They could only hope in vain for reinforcements.

Personal logo doc mcb Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2021 9:28 a.m. PST

My Alamo games (using my BLOODY DAWN rules) generally see the defenders concentrated in about six bastions, each with artillery and a company of infantry. Most of the perimeter is undefended, so the attackers can get over the wall at several places. But the Texian guns can mostly be rotated to fire inside the compound. Overall the Alamo defense is a bit like that of a castle with scalable walls but towers and citadels that can hold out independently, for a while. But if the Texans attempt a "balloon" style defense it collapses quickly, as they are just too weak to prevent one or more breakthroughs.

Personal logo doc mcb Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2021 9:31 a.m. PST

WW, yes, and in addition it was winter, difficult conditions for digging and other work.

Personal logo doc mcb Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2021 9:36 a.m. PST

One of the alternate scenarios in BLOODY DAWN has Fannin at the Alamo, increasing the garrison to maybe 600 men. The Mexicans also are stronger, with the 1000+ who in real life had gone to Goliad. I assume that the Mexicans choose a longer bombardment; they knew where the weak places were in the walls. The assault is made in daylight, but there are multiple breaches in the walls. The Texans can build hasty works covering the breaches. It makes a different game -- but not THAT different, the Mexicans still win 90% of the time.

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