quarta-feira, 20 de abril de 2011

Spanish Civil War & Locomotives Series nº 6 - by Carlos Briz

(Class 4021 locomotive - Madrid-Saragoza-Alicante Railways)

What is this? Two more outstanding dioramas related to the Spanish civil war?
You really do not have to answer that.
This is what "they" call rethorical questions...

The Soviet Union poured a lot of hardware into the Republican side, during the Spanish civil war, but it never seemed enough to go around

The I-15, with soviet pilots, was a good asset to the Republican airforce, when confronted with the Fiat CR-32.

(Class 4021 locomotive - Madrid-Saragoza-Alicante Railways)

The R-5 was used in bombing operations mainly because there were not many options available on that matter.

The BT-5 was a large tank, by the standard of the Spanish civil war, and (as with the T-26) it's capture was much prized and sought after by the Nationalist forces


terça-feira, 19 de abril de 2011

Spanish Civil War & Locomotives Series nº 5 - by Carlos Briz

(Class 4021 locomotive - Madrid-Zaragoza-Alicante Railways)

Here you have two more dioramas related to the Spanish civil war, this time devoted to the Nationalist side, who undoubtedly had the best war materiel and supplies, who on top of that were available on a regular basis.

The Republicans had mostly grit on their side...

The Fiat CR-32 was sturdy and manouverable and made a relevant contribution during this conflict
At the start of WWII, however, the Hurricane and the Spitfire proved it's vulnerability

The Fiat G-50 served with the Aviazzione Legionaria during 1938, although in small numbers

There were some G-50's sent to Belgium during the Battle of Britain, who were hoplessly outgunned and outclassed by modern British fighters


segunda-feira, 18 de abril de 2011

Spanish Civil War & Locomotives Series nº 4 - by Carlos Briz

(Class 4021 locomotive - Madrid-Saragoza-Alicante Railways)

French airplanes on the Republican side and French armour on the Nationalist side!
As you all know, this bitter conflict was used by  the major powers at the time as a testing ground for their brand new "war toys".

To the best of my knowledge, the D.510 was not used in relevant numbers against the fighters used by the Nationalist side, like the Bf 109B-1 or the Fiat C.R. 32. 

The WWI vintage Renault FT 17 was produced and exported by France and widely used by many countries, since it was cheap and suited for mass production.

In the beginnig of WWII France had over 500 of these machines still in operational service


quarta-feira, 13 de abril de 2011

American Civil War & Locomotives Series nº 3 - by Carlos Briz

This dinamic diorama gives us a good combination of medical services associated with this conflict.

If you want to take a look at some outstanding pics related to the ACW, check out this site:

Here we have an earlier example of self-propelled artillery.

In the next few days we will bring you a new set of pics, related to another civil war, from the seemingly inexhaustible Carlos Briz diorama factory.


terça-feira, 12 de abril de 2011

The "Best General" poll (12)

Well guys, this poll is set to be a showdown between Alexander and Napoleon that are, without a shadow of a doubt, two of the most appealing characters in the history of warfare.
The truth is that they had a very similar and effective kind of leadership, that managed to bring out the absolute best from the "rank and file".
For instance, both of them had a prodigious memory and remebered many individual names of their best soldiers. 
Both of them distributed generous rewards to simple soldiers that proved their valour in combat. 
Before a battle, Alexander rode through the front line of his troops, calling out loud the names of his bravest soldiers, inciting the rest to emulate them.

For a brief moment I became serioulsy worried about the chances of victory of the "Other" guy, who even now has 12% of votes.

In fact, I am very curious to know who the "Other" guy might be! 

I can even understand a few votes in Rommel or Genghis Khan, but in the "Other" guy?

How can the "Other" guy compete with Alexander, I wonder?


segunda-feira, 11 de abril de 2011

American Civil War & Locomotives Series nº 2 - by Carlos Briz

This set of dioramas give us a meaning to the words "eye candy"!
The Confederation could never expect to match the industrial might of the Union and willpower alone was a poor substitute for a set of rifled Parrotts

Ulysses S. Grant made a name for himself in the Western theater and moved on to the command of the main Union Army


sexta-feira, 8 de abril de 2011

American Civil War & Locomotives Series nº 1 - by Carlos Briz

Did you really think Carlos would miss out on the American Civil War?
Well, think again, since we bring you yet another (!) brand new Series related to the ACW.

There might be more goodies like these coming up in the next few days - stay tunned!


quinta-feira, 7 de abril de 2011

WWI Locomotives & War series nº 15 - by Carlos Briz

Here you have another perspective of a previously published diorama, related to the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps in Flandres, during WWI

We sure need a special "light" around here these days...

And here you have another great diorama.
Green is good!


quarta-feira, 6 de abril de 2011

Spanish Civil War & Locomotives Series nº 3 - by Carlos Briz

(Class 4021 locomotive - Spanish Northern Railways)

After many months of absense, we come back to the Spanish Civil war, to bring you two great dioramas.

(Class 4021 locomotive - Madrid-Saragoza-Alicante Railways)

The portuguese government at the time gave it's support to the nationalist side, mostly of an important logistical nature, allowing the flow of supplies through the port of Lisbon.

However, there was a contingent of about 10.000 portuguese volunteers that actually fought on the nationalist side.


domingo, 3 de abril de 2011

Novo núcleo da BT

No passado Sábado, os novos membros da BT experimentaram as regras Ambush Blitz no modo Skirmish em superfície convencional.
O jogo teve como objectivo testar e aperfeiçoar a mecânica de jogo neste modo, bem como cativar o gosto pelo periodo da WWII e dos jogos de guerra dos novos "recrutas".
A versatibilidade do ABlitz, demonstrou que é possível adaptar, as regras à escala 1/1.
O objectivo desta tarde de jogo foi alcançado, já que o pessoal novo ficou com vontade de regressar ao "combate".

PS: Um agradecimento especial ao Pedro Santiago por ceder o espaço para novos encontros da BT.
Esqª. para a direita
Jorge Faria, Nuno Flor e Pedro Santiago
Enquanto aguardavamos pela chegada do Pedro Casimiro, faziamos um pequeno briefing do jogo.
Uma panorâmica geral.