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El Chintete17 Jan 2022 4:57 p.m. PST

Hello everybody.

I'm starting a 25 mm Mexican Army project from the Mexican-American War period. I have a couple of questions and would be grateful for any help.

1.- To my understanding, Mexican line infantry formed up in two ranks. Do we know the placement of officers, drummers, and standard bearers in these ranks (at the center, on the sides, etc.)?

2.- What is the difference between the cazador companies each battalion had and the proper light infantry battalions?

3.- On the battlefield, did each company wave its own regimental flag? Meaning that, if there were two companies from the 6th Permanente Regiment, would there be two 6th Regiment flags on the field?

On a side note, does anybody have recommendations for skirmishing Mexicans minis from this period? I'm thinking of using Old Glory's Mexican Infantry Advancing minis for skirmishers because of their dynamic poses. But it would be cool to find minis that are crouching, reloading, etc.

I'd like to upload some pics of my minis when I make more progress.

Thank you.

Prince Alberts Revenge17 Jan 2022 5:42 p.m. PST


First Corps has a decent range that are compatible with Old Glory. They have some of the poses you wanted.

There was some discussion on here regarding the Mexican infantry deployment. I will check the Anton Adams and Hefter books when I get a chance but there are some more learned on the subject that will probably chime in.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2022 8:18 a.m. PST
Major General Stanley18 Jan 2022 11:07 a.m. PST

I'll pass on the first question.

The light infantry battalion was authorized and the uniform designed, but never raised.

No. just battalion flags

Boot Hill makes an excellent pack of cazadores

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2022 8:14 p.m. PST

I am not sure what you are referring to, major general. There were 4 light regiments in service at the start of the war. Are you referring to something else?

OP, the light infantry gave a good account of themselves and could be considered the elite/ shock troops of the Mexican infantry.

El Chintete19 Jan 2022 12:28 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info! I appreciate it. I got myself a couple of 1st Corps minis to try them out.

Those Boot Hill cazadores look amazing. But I'm debating whether I should get them or not. My army is from the MW period while the minis are from the Texas War. From what I've read (perhaps I'm wrong!), the shakos are too big and they're missing their coat lapels. I do realize that in the grand scheme of things these millimetric details are irrelevant. But for some reason I canīt let it go! Haha Maybe I'll get a few as to not be dominated by my own sticklerism.

Thanks for the info 79thPA. I wasn't planning on adding light infantry battalions to my army, but you're description of them piqued my interest! I believe 1st Corps also has some light infantry minis.

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