quarta-feira, 30 de março de 2011

Vietnam War & Locomotives Series nº 3 - by Carlos Briz

(Class GP-20 locomotive - U.S. Army Transportation Corps)

Oh yes! 
Will you just check out this outstanding set of dioramas related to the Vietnam War!
The F-5 "Freedom Fighter" is a case of sucess in avation history, that managed to fly" right into the XXI century!

(Class GP-20 locomotive - U.S. Army Transportation Corps)

The americans sure have a way with naming things. 
"Thunderchief" is a name that has a nice ring to it and fits this fighter-bomber really well.

(Class SD-45 locomotive - U.S. Army Transportation Corps)

The F-4 "Phantom" was able to bring a big payload to any battlefield. The lack of an internal cannon was it's biggest initial defect.

(RM Class locomotive - North-Vietnamese Railways)

Even without the high-tech components of it's adversaries (long range radar and missiles), the Mig 21 proved to be a tough opponent.
I just love that silver outlook...


segunda-feira, 28 de março de 2011

WWII Locomotives & War Series nº 28 - by Carlos Briz

(Class E550 locomotive - Italian State Railways)

(Class E428 locomotive - Italian State Railways)


quinta-feira, 24 de março de 2011

WWI Locomotives & War Series nº 14 - by Carlos Briz

Let's get back to WWI, shall we?
Here you have this outstandig new (and big) diorama, related to the Middle East front, during WWI.


segunda-feira, 21 de março de 2011

WWII Locomotives & War Series nº 27 - by Carlos Briz (Pithead Collection)

(Class Pt31 locomotive - Polish State Railways)

Unfortunately for Poland, it's abundant "horse power" was not enough to stop the German invasion in 1939.

The 7TP tank was one step ahead of the Pz I and Pz II in terms of firepower and armor, but they were just too scarce to make a difference and were defenseless against the Luftwaffe.

The PZL P.11 fighter was not even a match, in terms of speed, to face most German bombers.
What more could they have done against the Bf 109's and Bf 110's ?


sexta-feira, 18 de março de 2011

WWII Locomotives & War Series nº 26 - by Carlos Briz (Pithead Collection)

(Class BR52 locomotive - German State Railways)

The Romanian army made a sizeable contribution for the overall war effort of the axis forces, during WWII and here you can check out some of its lesser known equipment, such as the R2 tank and the IAR 80 fighter.

The R2 tank was of Czech origin (Skoda LT vz. 53), but it's 37 mm main gun did not even bother the T 34's  they had the misfortune to meet in battle. 
The Stalingrad campaign resulted in the obliteration of the Romanian army units using this tank, by the hand of Soviet armour.

The IAR 80 is a very good looking fighter airplane and saw extensive service during Operation Barbarossa. 
It acheived it's best performance at low altitude. However, later in the war (1944) all Romanian fighter squadrons reverted to the Bf 109G's, since this airplane had lost it's edge when confronted with modern allied fighter airplanes.


quinta-feira, 17 de março de 2011

WWII Locomotives & War Series nº 25 - by Carlos Briz (Pithead Collection)

(Class Mikado locomotive - USSR State Railways)

Following the recent trend, here you have another diorama related to WWII

Here you have a fine lend-lease P-40 in soviet service. This model acheived good results against the Bf 109, when well handled, although it's armament was considered rather ineffective for aerial combat.

There is a rather insignificant prize involved if you manage to guess the meaning of the words (in russian) you can see on that locomotive.


segunda-feira, 14 de março de 2011

The "Best General" poll (11)


Why don't we put them all together and see what happens?

That was just what I thought!
Here you have a brand new poll with an extensive list with the Best Generals of all time, where you can stand up for you favourite General.
Yes, I know some of you are already complaining this list is subjective and that there are a lot of names missing. 
I must say that that is not correct. This is a truly objective and comprehensive list on this matter (the only way I will be convinced otherwise is if the "Other" guy wins...).

If we have under 500 votes over here (or if the "Other" guy wins) I will consider this poll a failure, and in this case JMM will have to paint one of my DBA armies.


domingo, 13 de março de 2011

WWII Locomotives & War Series nº 24 - by Carlos Briz (with Peter's Planes)

(Class SU 1-3-1 locomotive - USSR State Railways)

And after a long delay here we are back to WWII, with another coupple of Carlos dioramas, this time displaying some outstanding seaplanes from the Peter's Planes range.

The Beriev Kor-1 was out of his league for his original role as a reconaissance seaplane built for the Soviet Navy.

This seaplane saw it's most relevant active service during the siege of Sevastopol (1941 - July 1942)

(Class FS 650 locomotive - Italian State Railways)

JMM is a big fan of italian wargames models (1/144) and he is already training his forces to the Ambush Blitz tournament scheduled for this year, in Lisbon.
Too bad his forces are destined to take a thorough beating...

JMM: do not take this the wrong way.
It might still be possible for you to make a few points in the tournament
(I am just saying this because he is lending me a lot of stuff for my DAK army...)

You can check the range of Peter's Planes here: http://petersplanes.com/main%20index.htm 


quinta-feira, 10 de março de 2011

Germany (1946) & Locomotives Series nº 2 - by Carlos Briz

Well guys, you can go ahead and feast your eyes on this!

Another landmark has been crossed this time Carlos!

What you see there is a small dampflokomotive (steam locomotive) used for urban transport.


quarta-feira, 9 de março de 2011

Germany (1946) & Locomotives Series nº 1 - by Carlos Briz

Yes, it is true: here you have another brand new Series!
Most guys just do not care what happens after the last shot has been fired. But that's not Carlos way!

In this outstanding diorama you can see a glimpse of what it took to put things back together, after the war.


segunda-feira, 7 de março de 2011

WWI Locomotives & War Series nº 13 - by Carlos Briz

Here you have the latest batch of Carlos outstanding dioramas, directly from Portugal!

Here you can see the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps trying to light the way ahead, during WWI

The "Whippet" (Medium Mark A) was one of the most sucessful British tanks in this conflict.


quarta-feira, 2 de março de 2011

Casas em 1/144 - 1/144 Buildings

A Brigada Tripeira continua a expandir-se pelo país fora.
Agora tem uma "filial" em Faro graças ao novo elemento do grupo, Mário Laranja.
Um rookie nas andanças dos jogos de guerra, mas que depressa se apaixonou pelo mundo das miniaturas utilizadas no nosso hobby.
Aqui fica a sua apresentação, bem como algumas fotos do seu trabalho original, casario em 1/144.

"Boas, sou o Mário Laranja, 38 anos a residir em Faro, com a paixão do aeromodelismo, modelismo naval, pela manufacturação e por filmes da segunda guerra mundial.
Por este facto iniciei há poucos meses, a aventura pelos wargames, movido não só pelo jogabilidade mas também (e com grande prazer) pela execução de material cénico a escala de 1/144.
Como sou projectista CAD 3D, conjugo com agrado a profissão ao hobby, ao projectar desenhar e executar os meus próprios modelos.

Um abraço.

The Brigada Tripeira continues to expand across the country.
Now it has a "branch" in Faro thanks to a new member of the group, Mário Laranja.
A rookie in the wanderings of the wargames, but that quickly fell in love with the world of miniatures used in our hobby.
Here is their presentation as well as some photos of his original work, houses in 1/144.

"Hi, I'm Mário Laranja, 38 years old and living in Faro, with a passion for model airplanes, model ships, by manufacturing and movies of World War II.
For this reason I started a few months ago, the adventure by wargames, driven not only by gameplay but also (and delighted) by the execution of scenic material scale of 1 / 144.
I'm a 3D CAD designer, I am pleased to conjugate my hobby to profession, the project design and run my own models.


T34/85 da WGS
(Reparem que os telhados podem ser removidos, de forma a possibilitar a colocação de figuras no seu interior!)
(Note that the roof can be removed to enable placement of figures inside!)
Será que assistimos ao nascimento de uma nova marca de acessórios para as nossas mesas de jogo?
Força Mário, continua com entusiasmo o teu ingresso nos jogos de guerra.

Will we witnessed the birth of a new brand of accessories for our gaming tables?
Keep working Mário, continue with enthusiasm in joining on wargames.