Monday, September 17, 2012

Converted Seebattalion Maxim Guns

As I've mentioned in a previous post, I like the 28mm Boxer Wars German Seebattalion miniatures from Old Glory. They fit well with the RAFM Space:1889 miniatures, they're nicely animated, and they have good detail.  Regrettably, they don't come with much support, aside from a mixed bag of sailors as gunners; the Old Glory Boxer line doesn't feature Seebattalion maxim gunners.

So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across German maxim gunners in Old Glory's Spanish-American War line.

What's this?

There's a "fantasy pack" of German maxim gunners, secreted amongst the Cubans. Why they are not cross-linked to the OG Boxer line is a mystery to me. Apparently, Spanish soldiers would lie awake at night while deployed in Cuba, dreaming of German maxim gunners.  To each his own, I suppose.

Anyway, the uniform was similar, aside from a soft bush hat which was more-or-less easy to fix with some head swaps from extra German marines in sun helmets, and so a conversion was born. Trying to match the field-drab-grey of the Osprey illos was a bit more difficult, and required a base coat repaint.

Also, the Old Glory text is unclear about quantity - there are two gun teams of three, with a gun each, per package.

Animation: 5
Detail: 4
Proportions: 5
Variety: 4

Overall: 4.5 out of 5

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