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25mm Figures for The "French Adventure" In Mexico

First produced by Richard Houston years ago as part of his unique line of Colonial Era miniatures, this is the most comprehensive line of figures for the war brought on by Napoleon III's efforts to carve another French Empire out of the New World, and further weaken the United States during its Civil War.

Besides French and both Mexican Republican and Imperial troops, the line provides for the several European expeditionary forces which participated with the French to place the Emperor Maximilian on the "Throne of Mexico." Belgian, Austrian, even Sudanese fought in the tropical climate, alongside elements of the French Foreign Legion in famous actions all over Mexico.

Led by their duly elected President, Benito Juarez, the Mexican resistance began as a traditional military campaign, starting with the signal victory of the First Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862, which threw the French back upon Vera Cruz. Wounded pride, and a new resolve to reduce Mexico to a puppet state, energized Napoleon to send a larger force, and in the next year, the Republican field armies were broken and Mexico City occupied. Even as Maximilian took the throne, the Mexican people initiated what became an increasingly bitter guerilla war with skirmishes, ambushes, and atrocities all over the map.

With the conclusion of the American Civil War, a previously cautious US Government immediately dispatched four Corps from the Army of the Potomac to the Rio Grande under the command of Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan. Ready to cross the Rio Grande on President Johnson's orders, the North Americans turned over invaluable artillery, uniforms, and supplies of all kinds, plus those brought in by "filibusters" from the sea, and the Republican Army, reinvigorated and well equipped, began the final drive to throw the invaders out.

Seeing the writing on the wall, Napoleon withdrew his military support from Maximilian, and left him with his own ill prepared (if brilliantly uniformed) Imperial Forces to continue the losing fight.

And after the last bugles blew at Queretaro, the Austrian Emperor of Mexico stood before a firing squad, the military reputation of France was in tatters, and only a few years later Napoleon himself retired in disgrace as France suffered one of it's greatest defeats on its own soil.

Throughout the French Intervention in Mexico, battles were fought, deeds were done, and personalities clashed which if they were not history, would read like Pulp Fiction.

And now, at the best prices on the market, the miniatures you need to experience some of the action--and even melodrama--of that war are available again.

The Figures

All figures are sold in Packs of 20 Infantry and 12 Cavalry, each type complete with Command Figures (Officer, Color Bearer) where available. (Please note that the specific Officer shown might not be the one included in the bag). Gun Crews will come in bags of 9 (2 four-figure crews and a Battery Officer to form a two-gun Section). No cannon were specifically made for this line as--not surprisingly--both sides used "Napoleon" 12-pdr Gun/Howitzers, at least by the end of the war. Early war Mexican Republican Artillery would have been a mixed bag of Napoleonic British Army type 9- and 12-pdrs (single trail carriages), and seriously antiquated Gribeauval pieces from earlier wars. Models of such pieces are readily available in 25mm scale from many manufacturers of Napoleonic, American Civil War figures, and Crimean War lines.

Sculptor Chris Ferree is ready to add more figures to this line if any interest is shown, so let's hear from you!

Note: The photos of painted figures below are generously provided by confirmed Victorian Era war gamer, Mike Frang. Some figures are shown (unpainted) front and back. More examples of his many other war game interests, battles, and collections, may be seen at mikeopolis.blogspot.com .



The Soldiers of Juarez

VJ-001
Mexican Republican Regular Infantry
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJ-002
Mexican Republican Grenadiers of The Supreme Power (w/Repeating Rifles)

$25.00 per pack

PENDING

VJ-003
Mexican Republican Infantry (Late War) w/Rifled Muskets
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJ-004
Mexican Republican Regular Infantry w/Rifled Muskets
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJ-005
Mexican Republican Irregular Infantry w/Rifled Muskets
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJ-006
Mexican Republican Regular Infantry w/Rifled Muskets Advancing
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJ-007
Mexican Republican Regular Infantry Advancing
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJ-008
Mexican Republican Irregular Infantry w/Muskets, Repeating Rifles, & Machetes
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJC-001
Mexican Republican Regular Cavalry w/Lances
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJC-002
Mexican Republican Regular Cavalry w/Swords
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJC-003
Mexican Republican Regular Cavalry w/Carbines
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJC-004
Mexican Republican Irregular Cavalry w/Lances
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJA-001
Mexican Republican Artillery Crew
$10.00 per pack

PENDING


The Followers Of Maximilian

VJI-001
Mexican Imperial Regular Infantry
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJIC-001
Mexican Imperial Regular Cavalry w/Lances
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJIC-002
Mexican Imperial Regular Cavalry w/Swords
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJIC-003
Mexican Imperial Regular Cavalry w/Carbines
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJIC-004
Empress Regiment of Lancers
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJIC-005
Mexican Imperial Contra-Guerillas
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


Napoleon III's Army of Intervention

VJF-001
French Line Infantry/Foreign Legion Advancing
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJF-002
French Infantry in Shell Jacket
$25.00 per pack

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VJF-003
French Line Infantry/Foreign Legion Attacking
$25.00 per pack

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VJF-004
French Line Infantry/Foreign Legion Firing
$25.00 per pack

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VJF-005
French Zouaves
$25.00 per pack

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VJFC-001
French Regular Cavalry w/Swords
$25.00 per pack

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VJFC-002
French Regular Cavalry w/Carbines
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


Allies Of Napoleon & Maximilian

VJA-001
Sudanese Infantry
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJA-002
Austrian Infantry

$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJA-003
Belgian Infantry
$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJAC-001
Austrian Cavalry
(May also be used as the "Red Hussars")

$25.00 per pack

PENDING


VJAG-003
Austrian Gun Crews
$10.00 per pack

PENDING


Additional New Sculpts of Command Figures, Specific Units, Gun Crews, and More Are To Be Added As Soon As Possible!


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Invaluable and exhaustive uniform information for painting your miniatures, plus flags, and other data on all aspects of the war may be found at The Phantom Crown created and updated by another of the hobby's greats, Mr. Tim Peterson.

If you can't find it here, it might not be found elsewhere!

For a great film experience, watch for the 1939 Warner Brothers production of "Juarez!" with Paul Muni in the title role, with wonderful performances by Bette Davis as Carlotta, Brian Aherne as a sympathetic Maximilian, a deliciously oily Claude Rains as Nappy III, and several other top notch character actors in support. You can watch for it on cable's Turner Classic Movies, or buy it inexpensively on DVD from Amazon. "History as it should have been," perhaps, but on the mark for the bizarre facts and personalities in this conflict.


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