Sunday, 19 January 2014

15mm Tlaxcallan Army

Here's my Tlaxcallan army. Originally for DBM (Ancients/Medieval), but also used for DBR (Renaissance) then DBMM,  FOG and so on. Fairly versatile and fairly huge at 380 figures! Not Napoleonics - but similar in prettiness and complexity of the painting! The figures are from Black Hat Miniatures, but were originally made by Gladiator Miniatures.

The Tlaxcallans were the enemies of the Aztecs, and allied with the Spanish to defeat them. They were highly organised, sharing leadership among 4 high lords rather than having a single king. Unlike the Aztecs they favoured the bow. The red and white headband was a sign of Tlaxcallan national identity. 

I'm taking some pictures as I will be putting them on e-bay or similar sometime soon. Let me know if you are interested!

EDIT: These have now been sold, thanks.

For reference material on the history of these and other colourful South American armies I recommend Osprey Military Men-At Arms series "Aztec, Mixtec and Zapotec Armies" by John Pohl. Illustrator: Angus McBride. Here's a plate from it showing some of the Tlaxcallan troops, and it contains many high quality images like this. 


  1. Looking at this from my dashboard without particularly noticing whose blogspot this was, I was thinking - Cripes, these look uncommon like Mark's paint jobs!' Similar style, similar palette - then I glanced at the banner. Yep! The usual high standard of work, yet still making it all look like a war games army: altogether very attractive to the eye.

    Just curious: what happened to all those plastic Aztec-type dudes you used to have?


  2. That's a great looking army, very colored and unusual for me...

  3. Great looking and unique army. I'd have a hard time selling it id it were mine!

  4. Thanks guys! And yes Ion, still have all the plastics ones too! Not sure about selling them yet, will keep at least a few.

  5. When will you auction it on ebay?

    1. Hi thanks for the interest Lorenzo, I'll probably put them up at the end of the week.

    2. I like that army. Can you tell me the price?

    3. Hi Lorenzo, this is now up for sale at this e-bay link:
      Thanks for the interest!

  6. Very nice army, alot of effort has obviously gone into painting it, I would have a hard time parting with it, but im sure it will make someone very happy!