15mm Figures for America's "Splendid Little War"
After over a year in hiatus, TVAG's original line of figures for
the Spanish-American War in 15mm is once again available.
"Rough 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 are themselves well represented by the troops (as defined by recognizable uniform types) defending the last
outposts of their crumbling Empire.
And as combat with the Spanish ended, new foes 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 Packs, mostly of 20 castings each, in multiple
poses. No two Packs need be alike 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, Color Bearer, and Officer. (All US Cavalry are depicted on foot as those who went to Cuba
were forced to abandon their horses for lack of adequate transport.)
3) Moros--In Pack #1 are 14 Warriors, mixed
weapons, five with Rifles, and 1 Datu (Chief). In Pack #2 there are 15 Warriors, open handed, with weapons and shields on
sprues for greater variety of poses and weapons.
4) Artillery Packs--Three of the nominal
Guns, and 12 Crew figures.
5) Artillery on Mules--One weapon in
component parts (carriage, wheels, barrel), and 5 Mules (3 to carry parts, 2 with Ammunition, etc), but no Crews.
6) Personalities and Command--A mixed bag
with mounted figures of US Generals Shafter, Wheeler, and Col. Roosevelt, with two Spanish Generals. Foot figures include a
selection of Spanish and US Officers, Color Bearers, and NCO's.
7) Casualties--20 to a Pack
Figure Packs and
US Colored Infantry and Cavalry packs (the "24th or 25th Infantry,"
"9th or 10th Cavalry") contain 19 Black Soldiers (including an NCO and Color Bearer), and one White Officer, as per
Spanish units did not carry their Colors in the field, thus
no such figures are provided.
The "Rough Riders Booster Pack" contains two
Sims-Dudley "Dynamite Guns," two Colt Machine Guns, and one 57mm Revolving Hotchkiss Gun, with Crew figures for all.
Save for the latter piece, the other weapons were the exclusive possessions of the US 1st Volunteer Cavalry Regiment.
The "US Volunteer Infantry," and "US
Volunteer Cavalry" packs can be painted to represent several different units (including the 71st New York, and the US
1st Volunteer Cavalry Regiment).
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 as explained above.
TVAG also offers two lines of PDF files of relevant building
models for self-printing on heavy card stock. Easily assembled, these authentic building designs are available in both 15mm
and 25/28mm sizes, and the files are 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 now 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 is 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 Century the "American Century."