Indivisible & Insignificant Jun 25, 2019 10:27:26 GMT -5 garrisonchisholm, taeven, and 1 more like this
Post by akosjaccik on Jun 25, 2019 10:27:26 GMT -5
To partially repay your kind attention (although I am starting to feel somewhat bad that in this "AAR topic" there is everything but AAR, then again, I "warned" you about this beforehand ), let's take a look at...
An early Austro-Hungarian naval machine gun in three minutes
The AI gave me two battleships currently under construction as part of the legacy setting. I have a feeling that I'll need those ships, since besides those the best gun I can field is a 9"[Q-1], although one can argue that in this period heavy guns actually have a limited impact. Either way, taking a look on these vessels my eyes got caught up on something.
In most other saves I'd go "Oh, that's a bug." (I can't exactly recall, I might have generated the save with 1.02 or 1.03, definitely not 1.04.) Here I was all like "OOOH, lovely!" I could pass this through by saying "this is an experimental installation mainly against torpedoboats, though the mount can pivot up to a fairly high angle due to how the technical solution is implemented. But why would we ever need that, right? Right?"
Now, however, a question arises. As the game will advance (I hope), more and more I'll run out of actual historical basis, and have to rely on my own thinking, with an impression of how I could "A-H-ify" the whole spiel. (Interestingly, though historical, or should I say material reality has "stopped" at one point for the Monarchy, the thinking did not require vast resources, so in a sense, we have an idea about a potential future.) At this point, even before my start, we are writing the date of 1900, in which the A-H not only exists, but there is "no reason why it shouldn't" (Indivisible and all... ). So, maybe it would be prudent to first and foremost take a look at history.
Did the A-H Navy, or at least any organization of the state have a suitable weapon I could use on the Budapest-class?
And this is where the one of the aims of my project came to realization (again): I learned something new!
Turns out, the Habsburg Empire did in fact have an automatic weapon at their disposal, a domestically produced one, and to go even further, the Navy had their hands on them! We are talking about the Salvator-Dormus M1893:
Salvator-Dormus M1893 machine gun [Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna]
At least one of these things went into actual combat according to the sources, when the S.M.S. Zenta cruiser's marines joined the international forces against the Boxer Rebellion. An interesting piece, and a perfect candidate to slap onto the Budapest-class! ...theoretically at least, as the scale doesn't make it practical to dump too much work into it, of course. Still, a quick ten-minute sketching after some sacrilegious "just eyeball it, it will be fine"-process, and we have our very first machine gun, which for the time being is dubbed as "AA-gun".
So, there we have it!
It's fun to bring RtW2's more abstracted elements into just a tad bit more life. I plan to add this interesting piece to a kind-of-sort-of "research and development plus doctire plus equipment"-section, though at this point it might get cluttered, maybe I should divide it.
Also let's not talk about the fact that due to the MG being gravity-fed via a hopper, even a slight upward angle might be detrimential. Nothing a bit of redesign can't handle though!