if i was going to include the BAR i would've also added the Hotchkiss, and a series of grenade launchers. maybe even a Lewis and a Chauchat too.
while individual infatryman's rifle is used for self defense, a support weapon like the BAR is more like a tactical asset for the entire squad.
also this is set just after 1918 so the BAR is still considered a very special, and modern weapon.
no, in WW2 it was use as a support weapon, in WW1 it was hardly used at all, by 1918 it was only issued to a few select units as an experimental weapon, it was never issued under regular circumstances during its one year service in WW1.
yeah the BAR was a good, robust gun. it's only problems were its open-bolt system, (making it more complicated than it needed to be) its small 20 round magazine, (which made it difficult to put down sustained fire) and its slow rate of fire compared to its contemporaries (they said it was to alleviate its small clip size, but they could've just easily increased its round capacity).
Also there would have been plenty of ex army kit around the U.S in Virgina they had the Blair mountain rising which was the biggest insurrection since the war most of the miners who fought were vets of the Spanish-American War and the Phillipines Campaign the list of stuff confiscated would have been enough to kit out our Irish army!
at first individual states started to rebel, and then the southern states as a whole decided to unite again.
What about the rest of the country, and the world?
How did world war one turnout?
But anyway really like your art, the whole advanced early 20th century theme.
I'm actually creating a similar story.
as for the rest of the world, it's basically like the cold war, lots of proxy wars of varying sizes by the major players trying maintain their balance of power.
the first world war ended in just over a year (1914-1915) with the Germans winning, and it wasn't exactly the first world war as you or i know it, it's more like the Franco-Prussian war in comparison. with this in mind, France basically took a similar turn as postwar Germany did. with their economies crippled, the desperate French people turned to ultra-nationalists to bring the country back on its feet, and just like the real postwar Germany, France's new nationalist government has its sights set on great conquest.
also Russia just emerged from its civil war with the Soviets winning, but with a few twists. Lenin was successfully assassinated and leadership was handed over the Trotsky who then disavowed Stalin and exiled him far from country. Trotsky's new expansionist policies leads to the Soviet Union invading Finland, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.
Nice to see a clean layout of the weaponry of this conflict, neatly arrayed against each other and the American-showmanesqe text at the top really brings it all together but the highlight of the pic for me is the Confederate soldier: incredibly cool looking and has a gritty/down to earth feel to him (I could just be colour blind but the trousers and hood look reddish/brown to me and I think it works great).
Also, regarding the hood: obviously it hides his identity and that combined with the Ultra-Nationalist pic suggests that the Confederates will have to hide themselves to protect their families from Union retilation. A sign of a particularly vicious and merciless second civil war perhaps?
well that's kinda odd 'cause on my end the confederate's hood and pants are a plain dull brown.
well like i've stated previously the gas-hoods commonly found of these confederates is pretty much a lower tech counterpart to all those gasmasks i draw union soldiers wearing, plus the hood's design is similar to the sack hoods worn by white supremacist mobs of old (not to be mistaken as KKK guys). i'm not really sure if they have to hide their identities, since it's pretty much obvious that any civilians in the confederate states are connected to them, since the confederate states have pretty much turned into their very own country. plus with the French cutting the country up, they kinda act as buffers between union and confederate clashes in some areas. the union's law enforcement is currently pretty brutal though, since they're cracking down on spies, arcanists, and post-humans, who are undermining the union's war effort.
glad you find it cool.
the proliferation of German weapons is one of the many themes i put into play to really set the feel of the time period.