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ciaphas09 Jan 2022 11:49 a.m. PST

We are starting a new project for the new year. We have playd Patriots and Rebels for a while.
Does any use these rules for Spainish-American, if so how have you classisfied the troops? Some of the Spanish troops have newer smokeless rounds – do you take this into account?Rough Riders compared to regular units. Auxilluary units on both sides.

cheers in advance

Col Durnford09 Jan 2022 2:57 p.m. PST

Great period to game, as long as you let the Spanish fight to win. I use The Sword and The Flame with my own modifications for troop types.

ciaphas10 Jan 2022 8:49 a.m. PST

Col. Durnford, while TSTF is different what mods do you use as this might get us pointed in the right direction? Could you clarify what you mean by "let the Spanish fight to win"?


Col Durnford10 Jan 2022 12:36 p.m. PST

My mods are a break out of troop types. US regulars, Rough Riders, and Spanish regulars are all very good troops. US volunteers, Spanish sailors, and elite Cuban all middle of the road. Spanish contras and most Cubans are militia at best.

The Spanish never really played the game to win. Any war gamer would play them far more aggressively. In the first action the US cavalry walked into an ambush and were only saved by the Spanish retreating. San Juan hill was only lightly garrisoned (I believe the Spanish were more worried about the Cubans to the west than the Americans in front of them).

Even the original beach landing by the Americans was unopposed.

ciaphas10 Jan 2022 1:31 p.m. PST

Ah, thanks alot it gives me a great place to work from.
I thought you were talking about wargaming play to win not the actual Spainish tactics. Trying to suppress an uprising.

thanks again

Col Durnford10 Jan 2022 2:33 p.m. PST

If you find them, "The Rough Riders" by Greg Novak in a two volume magazine format is well worth the cost. It's listed as a Volley, Bayonet, & Glory Supplement. It has history, maps, and order of battle as well as a few scenarios.

I got my copies from Old Glory years ago.

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