15mm Figures for America's "Splendid Little War"
Riders! consists of all troop types actually
sent to Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippine Islands by the United States to
fight the defending Spanish forces.
The Spanish troops themselves are well represented (as defined by recognizable uniform types) defending the last
outposts of their crumbling Empire.
And as combat with the Spanish ended, new foes
for the Yanqui's appeared. Of
these, the most colorful and exotic were Spain's perennial Philippine enemies, the Moros. "Rough Riders!" provides these
fanatical warriors and their lethal weapons in spades.
All figures are sold in labled bags, mostly of 20 figures, in from one
to three poses, and cast in lead free pewter for TVAG by Zombiesmith. No two Packs will necessarily be identical in the
specific poses provided. Pack contents break down as follows:
1) Spanish Infantry & Sailors--19 figures
and an Officer.
2) US Infantry & Cavalry--17 soldiers,
and one each NCO (not necessarily a unique figure), Color Bearer, and Officer. (All US Cavalry are depicted on foot as those
who went to Cuba were forced to abandon their horses in Florida for lack of adequate transport.)
3) Moros--In Pack #1 are 19 Warriors and a Datu
(Chief), five with Rifles the rest with a variety of characteristic weapons. Pack #2 contains another Datu, 19 Warriors
in multiple poses, open handed, with a wide assortment of hand weapons and shields.
4) Artillery Packs--
1) U.S.--Two of the nominal Guns/Gatlings, and 8 Crew figures, plus Officer
and Guidon Bearer.
--Two of the nominal guns, 8 Crew figures, and Officer.
--Two guns of "uncertain" weight/caliber, mounted on old naval trucks, with
six Crew and a "Gun Captain."
5) U.S. Artillery on Mules--One weapon in
component parts (carriage, wheels, barrel), and 5 Mules (3 to carry parts, 2 with Ammunition, etc), without Crews.
6) Personalities and
Command--US: US Gen. Shafter (on his burro), Gen. Joe Wheeler and Col. Roosevelt, on horseback (with TR afoot, also),
2 mounted Staff Officers, 2 Color Bearers (w/flags) and 2 Staff (afoot).
Spanish: Generals Vara del Rey (on horseback) and Arsenio Linares (afoot), 2 Color Bearers (w/flags), and 4 Staff
Casualties--10 to a Pack, no Command, etc.
Miscellaneous Pack Information
Where a mix of poses is provided, no two packs may be quite the same,
though the total number, and the inclusion of Command figures, is standardized.
A. US Colored Infantry and Cavalry packs
(the 24th/25th Infantry," "9th/10th Cavalry") contain 19 Black Soldiers (including an NCO and Color Bearer), and one White
Officer, as per actual practice.
B. Spanish units did not carry their Colors in the field,
thus no such figures are provided.
C. The "Rough Riders Booster Pack" contains
one Sims-Dudley "Dynamite Gun" w/three Crew, and a Colt Machine Gun w/two crew. These were the exclusive possessions of
the US 1st Volunteer Cavalry Regiment in Cuba.
D. The "US Volunteer Infantry" pack can be painted to
represent many different units (including the 71st New York).
E. "U.S. Infantry Prone" come 10 figures w/o Command in a pack.
F. Casualty packs for both sides will contain 10 figures
each, w/o command.
G. Filipino/Cuban Insurectos wore a simple,
practical tropical white uniform cut very much the same as their Spanish opponents. Each pack comes with 19 assorted infantry
poses and an Officer.
TVAG also offers two lines of PDF files of relevant building
models for self-printing on card stock. Easily assembled, these authentic building designs are available in both 15mm
and 25/28mm sizes, with the files delivered post free via E-mail.
For Cuba and the Philippines, the
Rough Riders Blockhouses & Buildings Collection are now available
via the link.
Proper Filipino/Moro Huts and a Moro Fort are also available
on the Native Huts and Longhouses Page.
But, best of all, the original dedicated
rules set (conveniently also named Rough Riders! ) is available on the
War Gaming Rules & Books page.
More To Come!
Moro War Canoes, US/Spanish Gunboats, other Accessories
(and figures!) in support of Rough Riders! are under development.
It remains TVAG's express intention to become the definitive
source for everything you need to explore the history--and countless "what if's"--of this crucial war that made the
20th the "American Century."
Photos of "Rough Riders!" miniatures in play courtesy of their painter, Bryan Lishenskien.