segunda-feira, 9 de março de 2015

WWI Locomotives & War Series - by Carlos Briz

(Class Gt 2x4/4 locomotive - Prussian State Railways)

Long time no see!

That's right, it has been more that a month since we brought you a CB dio.

And there is only one guy to blame for this, as usual: it's JF's fault!

Would you believe this guy only mentioned to me once (or twice...) that we had a post ready to be published, that need a few words? I cannot believe this!

You better get your act together dude, or else we will make you paint even more figures and tanks, for us to wargame with!

We have news to our many British followers (all the 2 or 3 of them...) - some of us are going to London to visit Salute 2015.

Drop us an email, if you want to arrange a meeting!


segunda-feira, 2 de fevereiro de 2015

The true wargamer!

"Alchemists turn lead into gold and make money.

Wargamers make money, then turn their gold into lead."

terça-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2015

WWI Locomotives & War - by Carlos Briz

Figures: Irregular; Magister
(Class 030 locomotive - Belgian State Railways)


That's right guys, there was nothing that the Germans loved more in war than to sit, all cosy and warm, in a big house in an occupied territory, and drink the former owner's wine and eat his food.

What a way to enjoy the pleasures life has to offer!

Of course, there was always the risk that the owner of the house might, sooner or later, come back, maybe accompanied by a returning army, but that was a risk that the Germans were always willing to take...

On the other hand, the Germans never promised to leave an occupied house in the same state they found it in the first place. That would be against the most basic principles of a self-respected invading army...


domingo, 28 de dezembro de 2014

WWII Locomotives & War nº 94 - By Carlos Briz

Submarine Aurora - 1/275
Figures - Pendraken
Veichles - Pendraken, Pithead e Minifigs

(Class C50 locomotive - Japan National Railways)

It's number 94, and counting!

That's right guys, we are coming on the 100 mark real quick, regarding the number of dios made by CB, related to WWII locomotives!

This time we have a Japanese locomotive, couppled with a submarine and a seaplane.

This pic turned out great!

The I-19 is a famous Japanese sub, since during the Guadalcanal campaign it made an attack that turned out to be a tough act to follow: with a single salvo of six torpedoes, it managed to sink a aircraft carrier (USS Wasp), a destroyer (USS O'Brien), and severly damage a battleship (USS North Carolina).

There is also at least one bad record associated with the I-19 crew, since in May 1943, after sinking a merchant ship, these guys surfaced and machine gunned some of the surviving sailors. Their adventures at sea finnaly ended in November 1943, when this sub was sank by the USS Radford.


sexta-feira, 26 de dezembro de 2014

Christmas Presents to the Brigada Tripeira members!

Once again, this year we scheduled a meeting in the city of Coimbra, for the anual lunch between the Brigada Tripeira members, since, as you know, we have guys from several parts of Portugal and it is not easy to get all of us together in one place often. 

And guess what: Santa Claus also came to town!

Thats right guys, once again the members of our group received their anual membership benefit, translated in several outstanding dios, given by our private Santa Claus, a,k.a. Carlos Briz!

And here you have some pics related to the dios that CB offered us: put out your napkins and drool all you want...

This one was JMM's gift

This one is mine, mine, all mine!

JP got this one.

Well, this year JMM did not resort to his usual whining, in order to get his hands on the dio he wanted

My guess is that he is still embarassed by the scene he made last year...


quinta-feira, 4 de dezembro de 2014

WWI Locomotives & War - by Carlos Briz

Figures - Magister Militum
(Class 422 locomotive - Belgian State Railways)

CB is back to WWI!

That's right, and this time he brings us a dio related to a river crossing made in the face of a well entrenched enemy. And as an added bonus, the assaulting troops have a locomotive blocking their exit to the other side.

But on the other hand, who said war was as easy as pie??

In this dio the infantry owns the picture, and in real life this would be a meat grinder, for most, if not all, of those guys.

An interesting description of a sucessfull defense of a river (the Marne) crossing by American troops against the Germans, during WWI, can be found in page 80, of the excelent book "American Voices of World War I - Primary Source Documents, 1917-1920"

Here you can check out a cavalry unit in reserve, just in case...


quinta-feira, 27 de novembro de 2014

domingo, 23 de novembro de 2014

ModelMaia 2014 (2nd Edition)

Battlegroup demo game (15mm).
Fall Of The Reich scenario.

That's right, this year our group was once again invited to attend this fantastic event (modelling exhibition and competition), sponsored by the Maia municipality and Marsigor and organized by our friends from the IMPS-Maia.

Congratulations to all those involved in the organization in this great event!

As usual, our "job" was to promote wargaming, and maybe try to bring to our hobby a few geeks from the modelling business.

We are still using the outstanding Battlegroup rules, related to WWII, for two main reasons:

a) These are really great rules, allowing for realistic wargaming at the tactical level, within a reasonable time frame; and (as important...)

b) JF is still in the mood of buying, painting and lending us all the soldiers, tanks and terrain necessary for wargaming...

You are a SAINT JF!!!

(here you can see our private saint, below, left side)

Aqui podemos ver alguns elementos da Brigada Tripeira a trocar tiros à mesa de jogo.

Fantastic models and fantastic scenarios! Thanks JF!

Aqui podemos ver o PC com o ar preocupado de quem está a levar um enxerto de porrada no jogo...

The built-up areas allowed for a fun and realistic use of infantry units

Check out these two great Churchill tanks!

The game objective

CB brought a lot of his models to this show, as you can see, that were a great addition to the show.

José Brito workshop
(a lot of geeks in one spot...)

Ti-67 tank - 1/35 scale
(JF unfinished diorama)


quinta-feira, 20 de novembro de 2014

USS Olympia - Spanish - American War

USS Olympia  - 1/232 Revell/Encore
Figures - Pendraken
Civil people - Musket Miniatures
Sailors - Rod Langton Miniatures

(Class 1-3-0 T locomotive - Sugar Plantation Railway)

That's right guys, CB is taking a break from the WWI scene, to bring us another FANTASTIC dio!

Who cares about the locomotive?

Check out this outstanding warship!

The USS Olympia was a protected cruiser that saw service in the US Navy from 1895 until 1922, and fought at the battle of Manila Bay (that took place in 1 May 1898), during the Spanish-American War

This ship is still in "active service" nowadays, since it is used as a museum ship (Independence Seaport Museum) in city of Philadelphia (US state of Pennsylvania), although it seems that it needs urgent repairs. 

Keep bringing it CB!