A poilu with a Chauchat LMG. Brigade Models. I haven't yet added any weathering (i.e. trowelled on copious quantities of mud). I need to finish his #2 teammate first, and then I'll give them a coat of varnish before applying any mud. Helmet is far too dark, though. I intend to repaint it a much lighter shade of blue.
The Chauchat was in fact a forerunner of the assault rifle of later years, and fired the same ammunition as the Lebel rifle used by the rest of the infantry. Must have packed a wollop when fired! You can see- and hear- the Chauchat being used on the YouTube clip on the sidebar.