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Dining Room Battles18 Jan 2021 9:09 a.m. PST


"What do you mean I can't play with it. It's my army."

As I'm working on my project for the Russian-Anglo war in Central Asia and the British Raj using The Men Who Would be King, I envisioned it taking place in my fictional universe sometime between 1895 and 1905 to give me the maximum use of figures that I like for the game. As I mentioned earlier, I am not an expert on the Imperial Russian Army of this time frame and guess what? I bought the wrong Russian Maxim machine gun.


John the OFM18 Jan 2021 9:36 a.m. PST

Cardinal rule of the Pennsylvania Wargaming Militia: "It is what I say it is."
This doesn't mean that I can use an elephant to represent a Tiger tank.
But it does mean that if I have British AWI infantry in the 1768 Warrant uniform, I can use them at Camden or Guilford Courthouse.
The wrong model of Maxim gun? Please.

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 10:04 a.m. PST

That's a galling feeling! I just converted a seated 28mm figure to use the SCR 511 "pogo stick" radio only to find the recon sections (which is what I'm modelling) use the box-like SCR 510 per their TO&E.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 10:11 a.m. PST

That would not stop me from gaming with those great minis!

"No matter what happens, we have got
The Maxim gun – and they have not"

-Hilaire Belloc, The Modern Traveller

Korvessa18 Jan 2021 10:37 a.m. PST

I like John's cardinal rule

Dining Room Battles18 Jan 2021 10:44 a.m. PST

Fear not all! I am using it in my army!

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 11:09 a.m. PST

It would not be very difficult to scratch build the carriage in your photo and to transfer that maxim onto it.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 12:32 p.m. PST

The OFM is quite right. And I am right when I say that these are wargames and not dioramas, and the rules only say "Maxim Gun"--not "1910 Model Maxim Gun." Anyway, I'd say your people have a pre-production model sent to them for field testing.

Isn't there a bit in "Big Jake" where one of the boys has a Model 1917 sidearm and it isn't 1917 yet? And I bet BatJac had a much bigger props budget than you do.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 2:29 p.m. PST

"It's a field modification based on the men's experience with the gun in actual conditions. The alteration and its effectiveness had minor mentions in the dispatches, which eventually resulted in their adoption and adaptation into new models produced."

Or some such easily done flim-flam like that. Hey, who's to say it didn't happen?

Play what you like. And if somebody whines, throw your dice at them. Aim for the nose.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 9:06 p.m. PST

And there I was thinking of a different Maxim entirely, one I used to enjoy in my youth. Actually middle age.

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 11:30 p.m. PST

I'm with The OFM as well. Keep using it.

WillieB19 Jan 2021 2:42 a.m. PST

It looks perfectly alright!

Dining Room Battles19 Jan 2021 10:53 a.m. PST


"It's a field modification based on the men's experience with the gun in actual conditions. The alteration and its effectiveness had minor mentions in the dispatches, which eventually resulted in their adoption and adaptation into new models produced."

That's exactly what they did during the Russo-Japanese War.

AICUSV24 Jan 2021 1:04 p.m. PST

There is no such thing as a "wrong Maxim gun.

Fatehjang09 Jul 2021 6:31 a.m. PST

At the end of the day these are just recognisable stand-ins representing the troop types that YOU specify. The important thing is that YOU have the HMG and they do not! It could be the Porsche or the Model-T version, it matters not. Chances are the ammo is going to run out or cause a jam anyway in the harsh conditions of C Asia…. Having said that, it is nice to get the right kit and I feel your pain but us 15mm'ers are more used to winging it using substitutes and alternates.

42flanker11 Jul 2021 2:31 p.m. PST

What Maxim gun? I must have been dazzled by those buttons..

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