Spanish American War (Philippines)
Zapote Line (Near Manila)
Here is the second scenario I am building for my Jungle Scramble 2020 Campaign. I set this one using my newly made jungle terrain. In this battle, unlike the Tonkin battle posted last month we will introduce some boats. I ran a quick playtest the night before I packed up the board and went down south to play with the CSGA gang. Always a blast going down there. I should also be putting on these two scenarios at my other club meetings, CMH up in Denver. The purpose is to build these scenarios in time for a Campaign start later Spring, through Summer and wrapping it up Late Fall. I am creating at least two more scenarios using other troop and Colonial locations. Going to be exciting having players from Colorado and Florida participating.
I started this blog below showing a little bit on the river build and showing a small gunboat I built for this specific scenario. So let's go to it.
This scenario was influenced by my reading of the Zapote River line near Manila. They featured blockhouses which I converted one I had laying around. This is an American attack on a strategic part of the Zapote River which includes one of those blockhouses controlling the river. It also features a Spanish base of operations where the Spanish Navy has setup defenses. I thought the scenario worked out well using The Men Who Would Be King and the Gunboat & Dhow! rules modified for the TMWWBK rule system.
The battle was set for 8 turns with the Americans trying to penetrate the Spanish defenses. In this battle the Spanish held on for a Marginal victory. It could be seen that with a couple of more turns, or better luck, the Americans might have been swarming over the defenses. But not today.