Updated BTR-60PB skin

Hi there!

First of all, I hope you are all staying safe from COVID-19 pandemic that is being suffered worldwide.

Here's a little update from our recent developments: The BTR-60PB has been given a brand new skin. Its author, as always, is the one and only gagarin. Take a look at it. The comparison between CSLA 2.0's and CSLA 3.0's skins is provided below.

CSLA 2.0


CSLA 3.0


New buildings and objects

Today we have added a bunch of new objects and buildings to CSLA 3.0. All of them have been developed by our comrade gagarin. The buildings include a new town house (designed taking a World War I - Grabenkrieg in Europe game building as the basis) as well as a new garage and static vehicles. The objects include new billboards, playground equipment or new concrete slabs, among others.

As always, images can be enlarged by clicking on them.







New stuff for our Romanian storyline!

Originally posted by AlexTheDacian at Blitz Srbija.

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Hello there!

Within these past few weeks, being stuck in my own home [not COVID, thank god, just knee pain], I had time to go through a lot of documents regarding the military equipment of not only SR of Romania, but the Moldavian SSR as well and local Soviet troop placements.

And with a healthy dose of luck and a lot of work, I managed to retexture a couple more USSR units and make some proper additions to the upcoming update. This will be a longer post so bear with me, it won't take too long.

I added some new units to the faction along with some Moldavian remnants. Warning! Heavy quantities of lore incoming!  O_o
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After the nukes fell, most of the Moldavian army started deserting and with a healthy group of citizens they started to cross the Prut river into Romania seeking shelter.
The Russian forces seeing this desertion en-masse, started firing on whatever groups they encountered, whenever they were actually going across the river or just reeling from the prospect
of the nuclear rain.


As such, the Provisional Government of the Romanian Republic, started sending whatever troops they had towards the Prut river to help the refugees and the deserting forces. On more than one occasion, brief skirmishes were fought between the Romanian forces [with the help of some Moldavian troops] and the Russian forces culminating with the escalation of conflict all along the border with the Soviet Union.

With most of the Politburo dead, and with no discernible High Command, the local forces comprised of the 14th Guards Army (2 out of 4 divisions capable of fighting), the 32nd Army Corps (257th Tank Regiment and 157th Motor Rifle Division) and the 5th Air Army (with the remnants of the 40th Independent Landing-Assault Brigade) started an incursion into the Romanian territory to prevent further Moldavian troop movements.

With the juggernaut ready to crush any and all oposition, the Romanian forces quickly organized into Combat Groups [Rom.: 'Grupuri de Lupta'] and began the defence of their homeland.

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With this lore dump out of the way, let me introduce to you what I've done these past couple of days:

New units (re-textured from existing units):
[and yeah, I know, there's the 'Remants' thing, I was half asleep when I did those]



Part of the National Air Defense System, these few and precious tactical ballistic missiles survived relatively unscathed during the nuclear rain. The Provisional Government at the plea of the Romanian High Command [what's left of it at this point], agreed to move the launchers closer to the Eastern Carpathians to support the defense of the homeland by striking the known Soviet Airbases in the Bessarabian area across the Prut river.


Most of the deserting Moldavians managed to escape by the use of the MT-LB armored carriers, lightly armored, relatively spacious (11 passengers inside plus some on the roof of the carrier) and capable of crossing the Prut river. This piece of equipment helped in transporting the bulk of the Moldavian Armed Forces and the civilians across the river under fire from Soviet forces until the Romanian Air Force MiG-21s arrived and covered the crossing.


When the bulk of the Moldavian army deserted, they took whatever they could've taken. From armored carriers to tanks to AA missile systems and guns. The most efficient of them all, the 9K35 Strela-10 proved the saving grace as it held off most of the Soviet air attack on the various groups that were converging on the Prut river. The most notable event was at Leuşeni where the bridge was destroyed by the two Mi-24s that were now poised to kill whatever soldier or civilian dared to come close to the former crossing point. One lonely 9K35 managed to trick the helicopters into a hasty retreat after painting with infrared. The SAM system had no ammo, as it left in a hurry from the nearby military base to position itself near the former bridge, and now waited for a truck to bring up the missiles.


As Kishinev burned inside a radioactive mushroom, a surviving group of soldiers on the outskirts of the former capital of the Moldavian SSR climbed their self-propelled howitzers and started the desertion movement by shooting the local commissar's bureau and killing his Soviet guards. By doing this, they inspired the citizens to pack up and find their way towards the Prut river, to the safe heaven of their brothers. This group would be known as 'Anatoly's Hail' after the convoy they were part of was attacked by a Soviet mechanized company. They provided accurate fire support and destroyed most of the incoming BMP-1s.  After the crossing of the Prut they would form the core of the newly organized Independent Moldavian Self-Propelled Artillery Battalion.


Initially, the Moldavian forces didn't had access to advanced armored equipment, but as the deserters began to increase in numbers, a lot of tanks were taken from the military bases, the Soviet crewmen being arrested and thrown into the jail. One of these tanks is the T-64BV, a somewhat advanced tank, an obvious upgrade compared to the old aging T-55 tanks. Most convoys en-route to the Prut river, were escorted by these MBTs, smashing blockades and covering the advance of the soft-skinned vehicles transporting both soldiers and civilians. One notable event can be placed during the dash to Prut river, when a platoon of T-64BV tanks held off a Russian attack on the town of Cahul. The crewmen held the town for two days, giving a chance to almost 20000 civilians and one infantry regiment to cross the river to the relative safety of their neigbouring country.
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As of right now, the unit count for the Romanian faction [with these Moldavian vehicles included] is at a total of 54. They are divided in:
- 6 artillery units (the SCUD-B is considered one)
- 23 auto units
- 4 aviation units
- 3 SPG units (still wondering if the Strela-10 should be considered as AFV or SPG ??? )
- 18 various AFVs ranging from Tanks to IFVs to APCs

Kevin jokingly said:


 "The romanian army will have more units than the czech one 😋"

A lot of these units haven't been shared with you, as I'm not currently too happy with their textures. That's why I'm doing a rework of most of their textures. This consists of textures for broken windows for the wrecks, more dirt and wear for the vehicles, screws for the planes, you name it. To give you a nice example of how it makes them a little more appealing I'll just give you this:


Plus I've started working on the winter textures too because I know there are people who like winter battles:


With the addition of this faction, I saw as necessary to increase the variation of the already existing simple objects. Variation as in: flags, plastic barrel colors, camo tents, you name it.
Here are a couple of them, mostly changed hue and saturation.





Also, before I forget [even now I'm still half-asleep, these meds take their toll on me], I've started testing a new effect with the purpose of enhancing the feel of CSLA. This burning effect will be used for the already destroyed buildings and wrecks to better simulate a warzone. As I want it to be permanent (or at least for an hour or so), I'm still making modifications to it. Here's a screenshot testing it:


Also [this is the 2nd one], I've made some changes to the T-34-85's 85mm gun [don't worry Kevin, I've made a copy of the weapon 😄] as it was firing too fast, considering the cramped interior of the tank and the caliber size. Now it fires slower.
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This is it for now, more stuff will be shared in the coming days. So until then, stay tuned, stay safe and stay happy. 😉

Cheers! 

New SRR units

Originally posted by AlexTheDacian at Blitz Srbija. As always, click on the images to enlarge them.

Added 9K33 OSA to the SRR (retextured from the USSR):


Added Ural-375D series to the SRR (retextured from the USSR):





Added MiG-29 to the SRR (retextured from the USSR):


Cheers! :D

T-80B Updated

Its size was changed to be more accurate, some small details were added to it and its texture was updated.


ČSLA 3.0 . Romanian landscapes

Originally by AlexTheDacian at BlitzSrbija.

Click on the images to enlarge them 😏





ČSLA 3.0 - New Nation Teaser

Originally posted by AlexTheDacian at BlitzSrbija.


[Re-upload] Fixed audio - No more clipping

It's been quite a while since I joined the amazing people of BlitzSrbija forum. One group in particular has done an amazing job. The ČSLA Developer Team has brought Blitzkrieg, from a WWII era to the Cold War and Modern Day, adding numerous modern vehicles and equipment along with some incredible objects and buildings.

With the goal of releasing the future ČSLA 3.0 update, the devs talked me into joining their ranks and making new missions and even perhaps helping in adding a new country to this mod.

As such, here I present to you the teaser for the new nation being added into ČSLA: Romania.

It may not be much, but it's a start. The background song was made using some amazing samples and loops from the Looperman Community, to be more precise:

- minor2go, his strings are just, amazing

- Anubis, the drums and percussion, perfect


More details on the development of Romania in ČSLA can be found here: http://alexthedacian.c1.biz/

So, until next time, stay healthy, stay safe and above else, stay happy.

Cheers! ;)

The Romanian Army joins ČSLA!

The title of this entry summarizes its content but is not enough to show how lucky we are to have AlexTheDacian with us. Alex, welcome to the ČSLA team and thanks for your hard and outstanding work. This is just the beginning, but it looks promising and, more importantly, it sets ČSLA 3.0 closer to being released.

There will be much more to come. I hope 😀

What follows was originally posted at Blitz Srbija by Alex himself.
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Good morning ladies and gents! My name is Alex and today I'll be your host in presenting one of the new additions to the future CSLA 3.0.

First of all, what you're about to see it's not finished, I can't stress this enough. It's still a work-in-progress. It's also a collaboration with Kevin, feldgrau, Joseph_Porta and gagarin.

Let's begin!


THE STRUGGLE

As the flames of the 3rd World War were drawing near all across Europe, the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, announced that the Socialist Republic of Romania would not join it's brethren in the struggle against NATO.


During the early summoned XIV Congress of the year 1987, Ceaușescu declared that the Romanian People's Army would be on high alert and quell the increasing dissent around the country.

With the Timișoara protests of '87 ending in a massacre, and with Ceaușescu condemning the 'uprising', citizens started to rally in the cities around Romania and to take over official buildings in an act of revolt. The majority of the soldiers form the army that were sent to arrest the so called 'fascists', joined the rebellion, with a small part still loyal to Ceaușescu, trying in vain to recapture and arrest the dissenting elements of the population.



As of December 24th, the country was in a state of civil war. The dreaded 'Securitate' officers, in an effort to contain this uprising, started executing people on the streets and in houses.

This brought the anger of the newly reformed Romanian Armed Forces. Elements of the 1st Mechanized Division opened fire on the 'Securitate' officers, and all the hell broke loose.


Die-hard members of the Communist Party of Romania along with the loyalists tried in vain to resist this new development. The executions brought every single man and woman on the streets demanding the resignation of Ceaușescu, and the organization of fair and democratic elections.

Every civilian that could've helped, joined the soldiers in the fight for the capital. From the young to the elders, from the unskilled to the skilled, from the unworthy to the worthy.
Overnight, the whole population of Bucharest rose.




Loyalist elements tried to form blockades and to deny access to the Central Committee of PCR [Romanian Communist Party], where most of the die-hard party members were holed, only to be surprised by the arrival of armored units in front of the headquarters.


The tanks of the 57th Tank Division started rolling down the boulevards of Bucharest en-masse, routing the Loyalists crushing any hope of resistance against the revolution.


As the capital of Romania was secured, and with the loyalists on the run, a new situation was developing 79 km away from Bucharest, that will change the course of this country.
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THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

On the morning of December 30th, Ceaușescu and his wife Elena, were arrested in Târgoviște, while trying to escape the city with an helicopter.

This drastic event, was possible due to the mutiny of the loyalist 2nd Mechanized Division after they learnt of their families demise at the hands of the 'Securitate' officers. In a desperate attempt to avenge their deaths, one company rammed the gates of the 01417 military installation with the MLI-84 IFVs, killed almost all the 'Securitate' officers, and by pure luck, missed the departure of the couple by minutes.


After arriving at the Dâmbovița Court, and climbing in the awaiting Dauphin SA-365, Ceaușescu was one step from escaping the wrath of the mutineer. But fate decided otherwise. An SPAA unit part the 2nd Mechanized Division, received orders to shoot down the helicopter if it tried to leave the city. The pilot, fearing for his life and ignoring Ceaușescu's cries, complied to the request of the commander of the SPAA unit and landed. The couple was quickly arrested and sent to Bucharest in the late hours of that day.

During the early hours of the next day, December 31st, the New Year's Eve, the couple was brought to the Palace of Justice in Bucharest to receive their sentence. In an only 60 minute trial, they were condemned to be executed for their crimes against the people of Romania.

The whole country would see this execution on live TV.


Before he was shot, uttered these final words:

"Trăiască Republica Socialistă România Liberă și Independentă! Moarte trădătorilor! Istoria mă va răzbuna!"
in English, the translation being the following:

"Long Live the Free and Independent Socialist Republic of Romania! Death to the Traitors! History will avenge me!"

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THE LAST DAYS

The Soviet High Command saw the Romanian Revolution as an imminent danger to their rear supply areas. With the new government in power, and with a strong anti-communist sentiment, the Politburo demanded that the former Pact member to be included in the targeted countries in case of a nuclear war.


NATO, after a brief moment of confusion, quickly established a new communication line to this anti-communist government, and removed it from the targeted countries.

Before the ill-fated days of mid-1988, the forces of NATO manged to secure a deal with Romania, and sent two batteries of MIM-104 Patriot.
One was deployed in the area of Northern Moldova, near Roman. The 2nd battery was deployed between Moldova and Dobrogea near the city of Braila.


Mid-1988, the nuclear rain would destroy 8 major cities : Iasi, Constanta, Craiova, Brasov, Sibiu, Campulung, Oradea, Timisoara and the capital, Bucharest. Small cruise missiles were to destroy most of the military installations along the Prut river and some of the airbases all across the country.

In the wake of the nuclear exchange, surviving forces of the Soviet Union crossed the Prut river into the devastated lands of Romania and managed to get up to the Siret River before getting bogged down by the desperate counter-attacks of the Romanian Army.


With almost 60%~70% of the forces destroyed, it's a miracle that the Romanians even managed to bring enough troops together to halt the invasion of their ancestral lands.

The story of the outnumbered and outgunned remnants of the Romanian Armed Forces starts here.

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THE RESISTANCE

With most of their forces wiped out and with no leadership, the remnants of the Romanian Armed Forces started an uphill struggle against the battered but still not broken Soviet juggernaut.

Civilians joined the fight as part of the Patriotic Guards and together with the soldiers started defending their homeland against the invaders. Mobile Taskforces were formed to coordinate in the defence of the Moldavian province.



At first it seemed impossible, but as each day passed, the Soviet forces were slowed more and more until they were completely halted at the Siret River by countless desperate counter-attacks.




With the forces of the Soviet Union bogged down in Moldavia, the surviving civilian population around the country started to mobilize and to arrive en-masse to the Siret frontline.

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This is where the story stops for now, you'll need to pick up the torch and help the Romanians in their journey to defend their ancestral lands and reclaim their long-lost territories.

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First of all, I need to remind you, that this is a work-in-progress, stuff are changing every now and then. Textures, models, you name it. Without any further interruptions here you go, enjoy the sightseeing:

ARO M461


This light vehicle is used by the command units and by the scouts of the Romanian Armed Forces. It's off-road capabilities are good enough for the terrain of Moldavia. It comes in two variants: Open-topped and Covered.

TATRA 813


This Czechoslovakian truck is used by the combat groups of the former Romanian Motorized Divisions. It's also used for resupplying forces in dire need of ammo. It comes in two variants: Open-topped and Covered.

BTR-152 SERIES


This old Soviet Armored Personnel Carrier from the 60s is still being in use today. As the lack of motorized vehicles is being felt, the High Command decided that they should bring back from the stockpile the BTR-152 APCs. Capable of respectable speed while off-road and moderate protection against bullets, they are used by the Patriotic Guard in the defence of the ancestral lands. It comes in three variants: the 'B1' Open-topped, the 'K' Enclosed and 'K' Medical.

BRDM-1


This old Soviet Armored Reconnaissance vehicle from the 60s is used by the Recon units of the Combat Groups. Capable of respectable speed while off-road and with moderate protection against bullets, they are used to scout the enemy positions, helping in coordinating the Combat Groups, or relaying coordinates for the Artillery units.

BRDM-2 - 9P148 KONKURS


This old Soviet Armored Reconnaissance vehicle from the 60s is used by the ATGM units of the Combat Groups. It's armed with a wire-guided 9M113 "Konkurs" system, capable of firing five powerful AT guided missiles at enemy armored units. They are very lightly armored, so they'll need to be set-up behind vegetation or low-height debris in order to conceal the vehicle.

APR-40


This MLRS is actually a BM-21 'Grad' in service of the Romanian Armed Forces. They are quite scarce and valuable, result of the destruction of most of the equipment during the '88 nuclear exchange. Now, whatever pieces remain, are kept near the Command Groups, behind fortified emplacements.


TAB SERIES



TAB is the Romanian military designation of Armoured Personnel Carriers. The TAB APCs were based on the Russian BTR series until the early 1990s, before the nuclear rain, with several improvements, including better diesel engines. They come in three variants:


TAB-71 is the produced variant of BTR-60PB fitted with two more powerful SR-225 gasoline engines, equipped with additional periscopes, a protected sight on the left side of the turret and a front-mounted winch with a capacity of 5.5 tonnes. It was produced in large numbers.


TAB-77 is the domestic improved version of the BTR-70 with the original gasoline engines being replaced with Saviem 797-05M1 132 hp diesel engines for a better performance during both combat and non-combat situations. It was produced in moderate numbers.


TAB Zimbru (B33) is the modified version of the BTR-80 with Model 1240 V8-DTS engine of 268 hp (197 kW), R-1231B radio set and 500 additional rounds of 7.62 mm. It was produced in limited numbers.

CA-95



The CA-95 is a highly mobile, short range, Romanian SPAA System. Initially built on the chassis of the BRDM-2, the SPAA System was then adapted to fit the native-made [CLASSIFIED] vehicle.

MLI-84 IFV


The MLI-84 is a tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicle derived from the chassis of the Soviet BMP-1 but possessing a lengthened hull and a 12.7×108mm DShK 1938/46 heavy machine gun mounted on the roof of the troop compartment. The most important improvement in the MLI-84 was the replacement of the Soviet UTD-20 with the 8V-1240-DT-S 4-stroke liquid-cooled diesel V8 engine developed in Romania. The new engine is more powerful as it develops 355 hp (265 kW) but it is heavier and bigger and because of that the engine compartment had to be rebuilt in order to fit the new engine.

Because of the mentioned modifications and additions, the weight of the vehicle increased to 16.6 tonnes and although the vehicle can still travel across water with little preparation, the amphibious ability was weakened.

T-55AM2


The T-55 is one of the older series of main battle tanks made by the Soviet Union starting as early as the late 1950s, and still used by almost all the Warsaw Pact members. It's outclassed by almost everything in the Soviet forces, but while it can't survive a direct hit from ATGMs to T-72s/T-80s, it's still a respectable tank in the right hands.
It can be used in ambushes and spearheading assaults into relatively moderate fortifications.

MIG-21MF


The MiG-21MF, while an outdated fighter, it's still very useful in the defence of Romania, being capable to support ground units and to interdict enemy bombers into the airspace.
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BATTLE OF BARLAD (work-in-progress)




This is all for now folks! Expect a new update soon.

Also, before I forget, a more compact and more appealing to the eye version of what's above is available here:
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Quick note on Biz.nf, the webpage may be a little buggy, it may arrange some of the images or text sections in a wrong order. Will fix it as soon as I finish getting some sleep.

Cheers!