15mm Figures for America's "Splendid Little War"
"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 cast in lead
free pewter for TVAG by Zombiesmith sold in Packs, mostly of 20 castings each, in
three or more 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 in Florida for lack of adequate transport.)
3) Moros--In Pack #1 are 14
Warriors and a Datu (Chief), five with Rifles the rest with a variety of
characteristic weapons. Pack #2 contains another Datu, 14 Warriors in multiple poses, open handed, with
a wide assortment of weapons and shields.
U.S.--Two of the nominal Guns, and 8 Crew figures, plus Officer and Color Bearer with Guidon.
--Two of the nominal guns, 8 Crew figures, an Officer and two armed supports.
guns of "uncertain" weight/caliber, mounted on old naval trucks, with
six Crew figures 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--A mixed
pack with mounted figures of US Generals Shafter, Wheeler, and Col. Roosevelt, and Spanish General Vara del Rey. Foot figures include
a selection of Spanish Officers, including General Arsenio Linares, and US Officers, Color Bearers, and
NCO's, all in multiple poses.
Casualties--10 to a Pack,
no Command, etc.
Figure Packs and
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.
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
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 each Sims-Dudley "Dynamite Gun" w/three Crew, and 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," 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).
Infantry Prone" come 10 figures w/o Command in a pack.
packs for both sides will contain 10 figures each, w/o command.
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 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 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."