Thanks to Paint Table Easter weekend I finished 14 more Mexican infantry for the Alamo. So, added to the six I had already done, I have five out of the eight companies I need for the Matamoros Regiment. Mexican units were split between permanente (regulars) and activo (militia). The Matamoros were regulars so I am using Boot Hill Miniature's marching figures for them. I have three more companies of four started, including the cazadores and the granaderos which will complete the unit.
Next its an Activo unit for which I will use the charging figures. I have also based six out of my first nine cavalry so progress is good on the Mexicans. Today I've ordered my first Texians and a few more Mexican officers. I've also started painting the Alamo! I did a bit more on my Mutton Chop BEF too, so it was my best concentrated painting sessions for a while! Now all I have to do is avoid a foreign trip in three weeks time!
There can be only one choice for the music to accompany this post: Dimitri Tiomkin's rousing score for the Alamo (1960). I have owned the soundtrack CD for some time but it contains some dialogue from the film (I hate it when they do that!) and rather too much cantina music and sickly songs from the first half of the film. Recently, however, I picked up the 3 CD complete score performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic orchestra and very splendid it is too; with significantly more martial content, including fanfares and drum music representing the Mexican army. With an excellent recording it is mostly superior to the old original soundtrack recording, with the odd exception, such as the entr'acte where the fading drums at the end are more haunting than the new version.