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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian31 Dec 2018 5:46 p.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Do you game this war on the miniature tabletop?

49% said "no"
21% said "not yet"
15% said "yes, naval only"

Col Durnford31 Dec 2018 6:12 p.m. PST

We true elites do the land action.

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2019 8:06 a.m. PST

The land war in Cuba between the U.S. and Spain seems too 1-sided and short, though I suppose bringing in Cuban guerrillas would allow for the earlier battles with Spanish troops trying to snuff out the rebellion. Add in Filipino guerrillas that can fight the Spanish followed by the Americans in a fairly long war. Finally the U.S. Army and Marines can serve in the Boxer Rebellion.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jan 2019 1:33 p.m. PST

It may have seemed "one-sided," but a fuller appreciation of what happened on the actual battlefields shows it was anything but.

Tactically, the Spanish were far superior to the Yanqui's, and a proper set of dedicated rules can reflect this and make the actual--and certainly any number of "what if"--battles anything but predictable!


Col Durnford02 Jan 2019 7:52 a.m. PST

The land war could be far less one sided that the naval action.

A big part of the problem was that in both cases the Spanish did not have their heart in the fight. Spain against the Cuban rebels can make for an interesting game. I have run Escario's column from Manzanillo as a three battle campaign a few times and it was quite enjoyable.

Brooklyn Wargamer10 Jan 2019 10:56 a.m. PST


What VCarter and TVAG have said about the Spanish is true. Mostly the hesitance was from the command level. Spanish troops mostly had good training, experience and good weapons.

coolyork10 Jan 2019 4:58 p.m. PST

It is true there are only a hand full of actual land battles in Cuba , but at least three of them can be fought in multiple phases . El Caney , San Juan Heights and Guantanamo Bay can be fought in two to three battles each . The Spanish have a much better chance to win then say the Zulu , Sudanese , Egyptians etc… and that dosent stop anyone from gaming that ! ( Put Veteran Spanish troops in the trenches with Mausers at Tel El Kebir and the British have a tougher day for sure!)

marco56 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2019 10:57 a.m. PST

Yes the Spanish were much better than given credit for.

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