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here's some concept art of some basic variants of American infantrymen from the army and marines.

from left to right
the guys with the most basic kit, usually found guarding, and facilitating, installations behind the lines, or places that are deemed unimportant. they're also found manning emplaced heavy weapons, like machinegun nests, and artillery, when ecountered in combat. they don't have much in the way of self defense on the field since ideally, they should be manning heavy weapons, or guarding places where more effective weapons are withing reach.
they're usually armed with simple Springfield rifles or on some rare occasions Remington 8 semi-automatic rifles, the only serious piece of firepower they have are Flare-Rifles used by their signalers as makeshift grenade launchers in combat.

these are the front line guys they're basically found in the everyday combat situations.
they're usually armed with Springfields and some Remington 8s as they're basic loadout, for assault and CQB some of them are armed with Winchester 97 Trenchguns and rarely Thompson SMGs. they also make use of frag grenades and smoke grenades.

usually found alongside the field troopers, these guys provide basic fire support with sustained small arms fire and some special weapons.
usually encountered with Browning Auto Rifles, more heavily armed units can also be seen with Hotchkiss machine guns, and for some special objectives, they can sometimes be seen utilizing flamethrowers.

basic marine infantryman, generally used as assault troops.
besides the standard issue Springfield rifles, Remington 8 SLRs are much more common, also given Thompsons as regular kit rather than solely for assault loadouts. Browning auto-rifles are preferred over the Hotchkiss for its lighter weight amongst their support teams. for equipment some Flare-Rifles are used, along with frag, smoke, and, incendiary grenades.

they're assault troops that specialize in close combat, like trench raiding, building storming, and room to room combat.
their general fare is the Winchester 97, but Browning Auto 5s are also common for when they need real quick-fire.
for equipment they sometimes use body armor and gasmasks especially. they make use of frag, flash, and gas grenades, and demolition charges, along with specialized ammunition for their shotguns.

basically marine scout snipers
though scoped Remington 8 SLRs are commonly issued many of their snipers still prefer the Springfield for its range accuracy and power.
for equipment they're issued camo smocks and netting, along with a series of sighting equipment such as, artillery spotter scopes, high power scopes and limited infrared optics. they also make use of frag, smoke, and flash grenades, along with specialized ammunition for their sniper rifles.

elite assault troops. you know shits about to go down when they're around
needless to say they pretty much have the entire arsenal of weapons and equipment in their hands, if it's needed to get the job done, they can call it in.
they're usually deployed rappelling down assault zeppelins which also act as close air support for a time being.
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avenger09 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The idea of a world where the Civil war Ended but the State remained divided is an interesting one. I would imagine that he tensions between the two would have been something that bubbled between them for quite a while till WWI came along and reignited the conflict. 
heart-rate0 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I love them and the distinction between marine and soldier. the uniforms are world war I but the camo is more of a world war II with the splotchy green color when WWI was more of a hard lined brown color but aside from that they look awesome and the blue uniforms look awesome. its like he's saying "I don't need to hide here I am" in a very marine fashion
luca0483 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you planing on including rifle-grenades in this timeline?
They are so awesome, include them in an army and suddenly every rifleman is a grenadier!
And the best thing: They predate world war one!
albanianstyle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Man This looks pretty cool 

CQB for me I love a good shotgun are you planing on a comic series for this or just random art :P :D 

Great work(like always)
PictishWarlord13 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Assault class for me. Awesome uniforms, gas masks, and they rappel from FREAKING ZEPPELINS!

(Repels downward)
"For the Union!" 
(bursts through nearby French Zeppelin window in awesome fashion)
NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
thanks, glad you like them :D

i always thought it would look cool seeing old fashioned looking soldiers doing things that would otherwise be considered "modern" things.
PictishWarlord13 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Do you plan to make a story out of these, because TAKE MY MONEY, MAN!
NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
yes, me and a group of writers are fleshing it out as we speak, once the storyline is done we'll be making something of a pen and paper tabletop RPG out of it.
10thdoctorwhooves Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i call sniper class. 
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist
mien gott, I really dig that blue plus camou cloak.
NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
thank you, glad you like them :)
ironsides11 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I like how you kept the sniper's eyes unobstructed. Too often I see ridiculous images where there and archers or riflemen wearing great helms, sallets, or other vision obscuring head protection.

It's good to see some old fashioned doughboys and GI Joes. Great work.
NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
thank you :D

yeah i kinda made it a point to give the sniper as little headgear as possible.
Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
:D I gotta say, these guys look freaking cool as per the norm for your alternate history stuff: I love the distinctive uniforms of Army and Marines, the mix of old blue leatherneck clothing and modern camouflage designs and of course, the gas-masks!

Same compliment for the description of each infantry role and their weaponry, I hope we get to see some 1910s style semi-automatic rifles and assault shotguns as so tantalizingly teased by your stated Remington 8s.

However I would agree with Captain Slow and suggest something to give the elites a bit more distinction, something like, well, what he said: an armband or unit insignia like a devil dog patch or something. Also I had the idea that the technologically inclined USA might have a different flag, a cogwheel and stripes if you will to represent their beliefs but I'm worried it might be a bit too Bioshock Infinite-esqe: what you do think?
NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
thanks, i've been meaning to draw these guys for a while now, had to redraw them a couple of times too.

well i'm glad the description came out alright, writing them up was probably one of the harder parts because i found it all too easy to just write their roles off in just one sentence, i had to find the words to give their descriptions more meat (which as you can see i kinda gave up when it came to the Marine assault troops. since it was getting kinda redundant, repeating the same weapon names over again.).
sorry if this bursts your bubble though, but all the guns i mentioned here (besides the Flare-rifle) are real. the Remington Model 8… was made in 1908, but for some odd reason it simply remained in the civilian market. i'm kinda puzzled as to why they didn't issue such an advanced weapon to the military. same goes for the Browning Auto 5.

to spice things up though i plan on fictionalizing them a bit, like having the military use a different model of the Remington 8, called the Remington 8M2 which i basically a Remington rifle that's been rechambered for the .30-06 Springfield round. and i'll probably come up with an alternate loading system for the Auto 5.

plus i've got quite a number of fictional weapons already, like the MP-13, the predecessor to the real MP-18, which was used during Germany's war with France. or the French Reffye-14 SMG that was manufactured during the war, but rarely issued at the time, and is now a standard issue weapon for France's new army. there are other weapons too that simply HAVE to be fictionalized like RPGs (since those just didn't exist at all at the time).

yeah that's another bone i have to pick with this piece too. as i was writing their descriptions they started to look less impressive than how i wrote them out to be. this is kinda intentional though, i wanted to make them look relatively mundane since i'm saving my more special looking designs for either other more powerful, and specialized units, or to make individualistic variations of these guys.    
Cpt-Slow Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Perhaps a little more distinction between the most elite troops; just to break it up a little.
Nothing massive, just something to pick them out. Think of it this way,it would both inspire troopers nearby and put the fear of god into their enemies, to use a turn of phrase.
Maybe a splash of Mid-tone/bright-red red on the Assault trooper, an armband or unit insignia. Just something to mark them out as truly 'Special' or Elite'.

All in all however, they look good. They evoke the feel of the time and the setting really well, It's obvious where they fit in time and setting just by looking at them. The more modern tactical ideology and trooper division is a nice touch as well.

Just figured I'd chime in a constructive critique.
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