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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Friday, 28 June 2013


... more preparations for another Rattle of Dice (ARD). This time a frontal assault against prepared positions. Inspired not just by the pleasure of playing a game with ARD, but also by the long-awaited appearance of The Virtual Armchair General's Span-Am buildings, I broke out my Spanish and US forces:

Above: Spanish infantry in trenches, behind wire, covered by a block house (scratch built).

With a bit of (probably ahistorical) mountain artillery - Spanish general and staff in the background.

And, above and below, a regiment of Guardia. So, two regiments of foot, one battery of mountain guns, and fortified positions.

In the Red, White and Blue corner:

US General staff (or should that be old timer Confederate and US staff?),

and artillery and gatling gun support, think about the task:

Looking tricky, even for four regiments of these boys:

The Spanish are outnumbered more than two to one, but they're dug in and experienced. The US boys are mad keen, but have very poor command and control, and I've an idea about how to add that into ARD...


  1. The boys look ready for a fight and no mistake.

    Here's a bit from my ill spent youth, Perth County Conspiracy, can't think of San Juan without hearing it in my head.


    1. That's cracking, Ross! I learn something everyday - I'd never heard of PCC - just those few years before 'my time', and it might as well have been 500 years before.

  2. great set up and I love the scratch built blockhouse.

    1. Cheers, Alan. It was tricky, is none too robust, and still needs a coupla roof...

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    1. That always makes me think not of the war itself but of the bit in Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid when they are wondering what to do and the crowd outside the hotel are patriotically singing and shouting...'Remember the Maine'. But I've stopped watching moving pictures now, so my head isn't cluttered up with stuff like that. Just other rubbish.

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    1. Now, wait a minute, sir, are you referring to our glorious free press?!