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Blackhorse MP16 Sep 2023 7:03 a.m. PST

I've developed a bit of interest in the 1846-1848 Mexican-American war and was thinking of maybe doing it in 1/72 scale plastics, the soft Airfix-type figures. However looking on Plastic Soldier Review left me disappointed, as they only had one set of figures listed for that war: IMEX American infantry.

Fortunately I'm not a stickler for accuracy when it comes to what would be a very secondary period of interest for me and would be willing to substitute other figures who could stand in for the unavailable US/Mexican troop types.

Was hoping some of you who are far more knowledgeble about the period might be able to make some suggestions for substitutes in 1/72 plastic or maybe even(pretty darn) inexpensive metal figs in 1/72 or 20mm.

Thanks in advance for your input.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2023 7:57 a.m. PST

There's some figures in the Texan War for Independence range.

bobspruster Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2023 8:14 a.m. PST

Going 1/72nd for this period might be more trouble than it's worth (I'm a fan of 1/72nd, so you won't hear me say that often). You could probably do it in 10mm for about the same price, assuming there is a passable 10mm line available.

d88mm194016 Sep 2023 9:38 a.m. PST

In the "old days", I tried using Prussian Napoleonic Landwehr (in caps) for US infantry and British Peninsular Napoleonic infantry for Mexican line troops. Never got very far as conversions at that massive scale was way too tedious.
In 10mm, my preferred scale for this period, the choices are slim. Crackerline Miniatures has folded up because of the passing of one of the great gentlemen of our era. Now you are stuck with proxies. I was fortunate to have purchased enough figures from Bill to do every battle. If I need more, I may go with Pendragon's 1848 Danes (for US infantry). I've already been using OG 10mm Peninsular Brits as Mexican line. With the OG Army Card, the prices are hard to beat.
Next up is 15/18 mm. Here are some excellent figures choices with Old Glory and Eureka Miniatures. Great service from both companies.

Hey You Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2023 10:48 a.m. PST

Eureka has figures in 18mm, if you want to change scale. I favor 1/72 but can't always find what I want.


Tin-Soldier has them in 1/64. That's too large, but I don't know how they are measuring them.


Black Widow Pilot's blog seems to indicate that the Tin-Soldier figures will fit with his 1/72 plastic figures.


Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Sep 2023 11:03 a.m. PST

Whoa! What's this about Crackerline folding up?!?!

I helped them design their Mexican War Range to be the most complete and comprehensive in any scale, and it would truly be a tragedy if that line--and the others!--was spurlos versenkt.

Please fill in this apparently marooned castaway with some details.


FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2023 1:05 p.m. PST

Here's a vendor for the Imex figures.

I've never used them but you sent me searching for stuff I don't need and it came up.

Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2023 1:59 p.m. PST

TVAG, since Bill's passing all photos at the on their web store are broken. The cart still works, the delay notice is gone, but it looks like no one is home anymore. :-(

I had both armies in 18mm Eureka. Great figures. Easy to paint. Sold them several years ago when culling the gaming collection.

The 18mm Blue Moon look very good.

VonBlucher16 Sep 2023 2:21 p.m. PST

Check out the website, as it's still up but not taking orders right now. I think the owner passed away, recently.

d88mm194016 Sep 2023 4:26 p.m. PST

TMP link mourning the loss of a great hobby friend:
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Blackhorse MP17 Sep 2023 10:02 a.m. PST

Doesn't appear to be many options in 1/72. The Eureka 18mm figures are nice, probably too nice, as I would feel obligated to really put in a lot of effort to make things really worthy of the figures. Don't think I want to put in the time and effort, especially when I still have a to-do list for my Ancients, ACW and WW2 collections.

Thanks for the input fellas.thumbs up

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Sep 2023 12:59 p.m. PST

Thanks to all who pointed me to the sad truth of Bill Moreno's passing.

Regarding his amazing lines of 10mm figures, I can only hope someone will make a fair offer to his estate for the rights to keep them available.


khanscom17 Sep 2023 8:00 p.m. PST

Historifigs has the Scruby 25mm figures designed to be compatible with Airfix. Definitely "Old School", but they can turn out pretty well:


Facebook link.

Blaubaer18 Sep 2023 1:36 p.m. PST


What about the Imex Alamo series. They make 5 mexican army sets and 1 set texas alamo defenders. Maybe some of the sets are out of print, but somewhere you may get them.
This soldiers should be fine for any US – Mexican war project.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2023 11:33 a.m. PST

khanscom, Thanks for posting the link. I am collecting mostly 1/72 plastics for the period and have been contemplating adding some of the Scruby figures. I think I will give them a try. Also, the HaT Waterloo Netherlands Militia has the appropriate slighty tapering shako for the 1840s Mexican infantry.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2023 6:30 p.m. PST

The Scruby figures will work. They are only slightly beefier than 1/72. Scruby figs are on a thicker base, so that bumps them up a little bit as well. If it bothers you, a little shim of some kind under the plastic figures should work fine.

Zephyr119 Sep 2023 8:52 p.m. PST

Now if some company could do 1/72 plastic Mexican bandits… ;-)

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2023 3:30 p.m. PST

Zephyr1. I wish. I am using Mexican Irregulars, mounted and on foot, from Jacklex for their sombreros.

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