O.K., as promised here I´m back again (unfortunately I had to work from time to time ……)
Infantry – Use Redbox Chinese Regiment. They also had a loose uniform similar to the Pajamas of the Spanish Colonials and also similar Straw-Hats (perhaps you can do something with the Straw Hats and Green-Stuff? Wider Brims etc.)
Also I plan to use the excellent upcoming British Zulu War Infantry from HÄT as Pith Helmets like this were also worn by the Spanish
Also looking good with a nice paint-Job would be the Austrian Infantry from HÄT (8060) if you cut of the Visor of the Cap………
For Artillery - I´d ordered the Accurate/Revell Union Artillery Teams (and also the Pioneers/Engineers Set), which would do the Job if they are painted properly and perhaps some Caps are trimmed.
Cavalry – Saw also no action in Cuba (perhaps versus the Mambies…..??) and so I decided that I (actually) didn´t need one (also as I´m thinking about the use of the same Miniatures for the 2nd. And 3rd. Rif War and there also don´t need much Cavalry……). But if you want to do them I would recommend (I think you´re from Belgium if I remember right….) recommend a German Miniature Dealer that offers the Confederate Cavalry Set from the Ill-Fated Manufacturer Gulliver for only 1,75€ per box if you buy a package of 10 (I couldn´t resist when I read this….) or (as I see now….) for only 1,50 if you take 24 Sets (360 Mounted Miniatures for 32.-€!!!!! O.K., who needs 360 Confederate Cav….??........should I really buy them now and Store them until 2024…….when my 1890-1925 Program is over and I perhaps switch to ACW???)……think these Miniatures are a suitable base for Spanish Cavalry in a colonial Setting…… you can order them under:
Also these Guys I use as Mambie Cavalry……..
As for the Mambies no real Uniformity was given I plan to use:
Infantry – Revell Cowboys and Strelets Boers made up fine Rebells for nearly everything
The same plan, mixed up with some Redbox- Chinese Regiment that represent the many Katipunam and Aguinaldo-Rebells in the Phillipines that used captured Spanish Uniforms and Equipment.
Also I got the bold Plan to use either Spanish Conquistadores from Revell or 30 Years War Imperial Infantry from Revell mixed with Ceasar Maya Warriors to bolster up my Phillipine Insurgents with some more exotic troops .
Also I´d to scratchbuild some of the homemade Lantaka Cannons used by the Insurgents……
For the Mexican Revolution, which lasted from 1910 to 1920 there are many parties involved wich I will depict als follows:
Porfirista Army (The Army of Mexican Dictator Porfirio Diaz for 1910 to ca. 1914):
Infantry: Strelets Set 024 – Crimean War French Light Infantry (without using the Zouaves…)
Cavalry: Strelets Set 063 – Crimean War Russian Dragoons
Artillery: Strelets Set 065 – Crimean War French Field Artillery
Guardia Rural (a mounted paramilitary Police Corps) : Gulliver Confederate Cav. (I made recently 150 Sombreros out of Green Stuff for these Guys…….)
This Army had to look very old fashioned and with the 50 Year old Equipment this will be achieved easily.
Huertista / Caranzista “Federales” (The Army of Mexican Dictators Huerta and Carranza from 1914-1918)
Infantry: HÄT Set 7002 – British WW1 Infantry or
HÄT Set 8292 – British Expeditionary Force
Also HÄT 8060 – Austro-Hungarian Infantry or
HÄT HÄT 8148 – French Early Infantry (in this set the Hotchkiss Machinegun would be very usefull as it was in widely employment from all factions in this War….)
Cavalry: HÄT Set 8272 – British Cavalry
Gulliver Confederate Cavalry (with Green Stuff Sombreros?) Also the Government Troops used Guerrillias (sometimes former Rurales…..)
Artillery: ?? HÄT Set 8210 – Colonial Artillery (I´m not lucky with this Solution as the Guns are too outdated and, even if Pictures exist, I can´t imagine that Mexican Artillery generally wore Ptih-Helmets…..)
Feel free to add Armored Cars, Armored Trains and Aeroplanes………
In the later years of the Civil War the Equipment and Uniform got a more U.S.-American Style so perhaps you can mix them up with the Sets recommended for the U.S. Army (see later……)
Maderistas (The Insurgents of Francisco Madero from 1910-1913), Zapatistas (the Insurgents of Emilliano Zapata 1911-1919) and Villistas (The Insurgents of “Pancho” Villas “Division del Norte”):
Infantry: Strelets Set 056 Boers
Revell Set 02554 Cowboys
Redbox Set 72028 Civilian Volunteers
Airfix Set 1707 Cowboys
As even the Villistas had sometimes a form of Uniform, use
Cavalry: Gulliver Confederate Cavalry (with Green Stuff Sombreros?)
HÄT Set 8206 Frontier Light Horse (as recommended in a similar Thread by Pedro….)
Artillery: The Maderistas had no real Artillery Arm, scratchbuilt or use some captuered Porfirista Guns
For Zapatistas and Villistas use Scratchbuilt Guns, or HÄT WW1 Guns with conversed (Sombrero?) Crews…….
Sometimes also the Rebells (also Villa in his best Times, used Armored Trains and some Aeroplanes…..)
U.S. Army for Border Forces and the Pershing Expedition
Infantry: Redbox Boxer Rebellion U.S. Infantry
Cavalry: Strelets U.S. Cavalry
Artillery: Airfix Royal Horse Artillery (but you can use also several other Guns as the Expedition was used to test some things. Even Holt-Tractors where used for pulling Guns, the expedition was widely motorized for 1917…….)
Machineguns: From HÄT WW1 U.S. Infantry the Hotchkiss or the Colt Machinegun (with Head swapped Crew…..) also a light Machinegun on Bipod was used (think the same as pictured by the Belgian Heavy Wps. That will be offered by HÄT)
Also I plan to use HÄT 8126 and HÄT 8127 Motorcyclists with swapped Heads as Motorcycles where used by Pershings men. Also Pershings Force will get Armored Cars from Second City and two scratchbuilt Curtiss Jenny´s.
For U.S. Navy Seamen in the Veracruz Incident and U.S. Marines I use Redbox Austro-Hungarian Seamen and U.S. Marines.
O.K., think this will cover the War of 1898 and the Mexican Revolution properly……
Greetings from Germany