Thursday, January 3, 2013

Skirmish on the zócalo

Happy New Year!
All is still quiet at the zócalo
I'm kicking off 2013 with a report of the last game of 2012: Skirmish on the zócalo.

The scenario was made by Rob and Marc and since we had troops for the Texian war as well as the Mexican American War ten tears later the game was in a fictional setting. The Texians are attacking a fortified town and had to blow away the gate and get within townwalls  before the sentries could mobilize the complete Mexican garrison.
We used the TFL supplement for Sharp Practice So Far From God to guide us this game. After we settled for some extra rules, troop types and created the game deck (the most annoying part of the game for me, apart from the tiffin card being dealt before your senior officers all the time:) we could fire away.

The battle ended in a draw with the fighting still going on on the zócalo. The four commanding officers were tired of fighting and had to make their way to festive meals and drinking parties later that night.

Lots of pictures but if you still want more go here for all the pics I took during the day.

The objective

Sentries notice the approaching Texians and start to run all over town to wake up the important people.
The Alabama Red Rovers moving in as well. Properly dressed for the time of the year
Marc's excellent command vignette leads the pack

Jacco's Greys, impressive bunch

Moving up the gun to blow away the gate

Disturbed from their cardgame these guys were alerted by the sentries and rushed out
Artillery managed to wake up as well

They positioned themselves quickly on the defensive walls that provided medium cover in the game
The Texians get closer and closer

More help on it's way to the sentries as the dismounted cavalry comes to the rescue. They did not get very far though. With rolls of 2,3 and another 2 for movement and then a couple of cards after the tiffin they did not get very involved...
Panic on the zócalo

As Jacco's Texian Cavalry is about to charge through the shattered gate

Only the artillery still on the walls and the gate blown away. The Texians are about to enter

Fortunately Rob's excellent troops arrived just in time, watched by the supreme upper commander enjoying his cigar on the roof. Thrilled to see some action they forgot to reposition in the cover nearby.
So they got wiped out by the charge of the day.
More and more Texians are entering the zócalo
While Rob's other Mexicans try to make it on time
The situation at the zócalo when we had to stop. It calls for a new game to finish the final skirmish in the streets...


  1. Mike these are wonder figures and scenics. Good photos as well.

  2. Wow what great looking troops and terrain!!! An excellent batrep as well. I've always had a soft spot for the AMW!

  3. everything awesome, I love it. wonderful!

  4. Excellent report, fantastic terrain and figures

  5. That's flat out one great looking table packed full of lovely terrain and figures!


  6. Beautiful looking game Mike! Great photos and report.

  7. Great display of troops, landscape and scenery. The conflict report was good...a draw and a generous round of tequila for everybody!

  8. Mike, great looking troops and terrain! Viva los Mexicanos!

  9. Fabulous pictures! It's always a great pleasure to come here and to look a your wonderful minis...and terrain! Very very nice report Michael!

  10. Brilliant! Everything brilliant!

  11. Some great looking figures there quite a few I haven't seen before well done Michael!

  12. Fantastic figures, terrain and table Mike!

  13. Stunning pictures, look greate !!!

    Best regards Michael

  14. Wow, what a treat! Thanks for sharing lovely setup and report.