EXCERPT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Ross Machine Gun

Don't worry, no one else has ever heard of it either. The Ross Machine Gun was developed by me in 2014, so, no connection with the Ross rifle at all.

The original prototype.
(Archive Shot from 2014)
I have been contemplating how many  40mm MG's I will need for my Great War and trying to recall just why I have been too cowardly to attempt any more since the 2014 prototypes. It was in my mind that it might be best to make  mould of one so I could spit out as many as I need. It would be a very tricky mould to make though and I don't need dozens of MG's so I had a closer look at the old ones.

Toy style MG08's before painting (Archive shot from 2014).

It didn't take long to remember that the original issue was with making the sledge for the MG08. It was fiddly and annoying to make and both are a bit wonky, something sort of hidden by the crew now. The basic Toy Vickers  was relatively easy, it was the seated gunner conversion that was hard. A kneeling crewman will serve just as well for my purposes. As for the MG08, it did come with a  tripod option and the Turks at least used them and I intend to add Turks so, there we are!

Hopefully practice will help, as may some proper dowelling instead of bamboo skewers.

So there we are, one universal, handmade, wonky naive, Toy MG pattern can serve all nations and be made as needed.

Two full, 4 company German battalions attack the now up-to-strength Baluchs.

Time for a game to get the feel. 

15 comments:

  1. Marvellous - reminds me of many a happy an hour at 'constructing'.

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  2. Where would civilisation be without the trusty bamboo skewer?

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  3. A great looking (and surely effective) addition, well done!

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  4. A great machine gun idea which looks very effective. As a boy I poured over the illustrations in the Almark book in your post. I still have it on my bookshelves today.

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    1. It's been kicking around on my bookshelf for since the early 70's.

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  5. Nice modelling ! , I have that Almark to , marvellous set of books

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  6. Thank you for showing how you made the machine guns. I am thinking of doing some conversions (in 15mm), and seeing your figures has me realizing that I have to think out of the box when it comes to making conversions.

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    1. Absolutely. Especially with toy soldiers you need to look past the superficial bits to what's underneath.

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  7. Love it! What sort of rule(s) have you developed to approximate its fire pattern?

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. Absolutely none. Its a high level approach, more Morschauser or Lawford and Young than Grant. There is, however, a firing effectiveness bonus to a company with an MG attached.

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  8. Nice work. Are those home cast figures as well?

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    1. All of the crew are homecast from Zinnbrigade moulds, most converted. The infantry are homecast apart from the marching Jaegers which are OOP Scrubies. The Baluchs are my own sculpts, the rest Zinnbrigade.

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