Saturday, January 14, 2017

SCW Basic Painting Guide 04: Left Wing Militias

We've just uploaded a new painting guide sheet onto www.minairons.eu website, this time devoted to generic left wing militias. As with preceding publications of this series, the purpose of such sheet is no other than bringing a number of choices and possibilities to average painters from the humble point of view of another, devoted hobbyist wih some (non-professional) experience --far from any scholarly lesson, then; it's not aimed at obtaining masterly but just decent enough results.

It has also been taken advantage for updating a bit the other three painting guides already published, into a 2.0 version. Nearly all of the updating performed regards only aesthetical or ortographical aspects --so you are presumably losing little if not downloading them again. Anyway, all four painting guides can be downloaded for free using this link. For doing so you must log in the website first, though.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

More on the Wine Cellar

When some days ago we posted some preliminary captions on our forthcoming 1:72 Wine Cellar, someone requested us to post a few pictures else, showing the model along with figures of several scales for comparison, not just 20mm. Well, here they go at last:

In the photos, a Warlord 28mm Tommy, a 20mm German officer from Xan and a 15mm Soviet soldier by Battlefront.

Hope this helps!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

1:72 Wine Cellar WIP

Despite still awaiting a roof to top the thing, I've thought you would like to see what our upcoming modernist styled Catalonian Wine Cellar is starting to look like. Better than trying to explain it in words, let's share a few captions on the prototype:

Please note the main trick we're using to make a relatively lightweight model kit from this otherwise massive building: the thick cardboard box of its packaging is going to be the building main body, on which socles, windows, false towers, terraces and other architectural details are to be fixed, so as to build the ultimate kit.

Such trick will allow us to set an affordable pricing for the model kit, as well as to keep its total weight below 400g --a measure that ought to permit shipping expenses economy too, while still allowing for a durable, tough model building on tabletop.

Two long side terraces will allow for miniatures to be placed on top, so as to help using the building not just as a simple background decoration, but as a terrain element by itself. And last, users will have the choice not to glue the roof on top, thus allowing indoor practicability too.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

1:100 SCW Flags range expands

We've just launched three new SCW flags sets at 1:100th scale --that is, intended for 15mm wargaming. This time it's been the turn for Moroccan Regulars, Catalan Army and Falangist Militia, all them previously released in 1:72nd some weeks ago.

Our Spanish Civil War 15mm flags range now comprises 14 different sets --each consisting of a DIN A7 paper sheeet with three different historical flags.

Range will keep growing next year, along with its sister collection of 1:72nd scale flags, also comprising 13 different sets. Besides, good news are also awaiting 28mm wargamers too!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Upcoming 1/72 scenery range

I believe this will be exciting news for all 20mm SCW wargamers: we at Minairons are about to start a new 1:72 scale scenery range, specifically intended for re-creating the common (and not-so-common) Spanish landscapes of those years.

True that some first timid attempts were performed not long ago, by creating a couple of battlefield scenery pieces (a bailed out command Panzer and a downed I-15 fighter), that have proven to be successful enough to encourage us to try and expand the range with a new series of elements --either large buildings or simple widgets.

So that, taking advantage of the mutual trust arisen after our retailing partnership with Surus Creations (by which we became a vendor of their Belchite 1:100 scale SCW scenery), we alongside met a further agreement with them for a similar 1:72 scale range to be made in exclusive for Minairons, under our own make.

Little afterwards, work started on a first project --under some kind of deliberate news blackout, admittedly: a modernist style Wine Cellar, inspired on the numerous cooperative farming facilities built between 1914 and 1925 by the Commonwealth of Catalonia, a semi-autonomous government institution of these years.

Despite work on masters is well advanced now, so that some preliminary pictures might be already shown, we've preferred to let the whole prototype be finished before sharing with you. Pictures will follow in few days, I promise. meanwhile, I've thought you would like to take a glance on the thing plans, so as to get a first taste on the thing:


Front view


Side view


Architectural detail

Some kit elements (such as chimney, for instance) have been devised as optional, depending on whether the user plans to build an industrial factory in an urban background, or as an oil or wine cellar for his countryside settings instead.

As said above, work on this superb building masters is well advanced now, so that we'll be able to show you pictures of it in not too many days' time.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Three more SCW 1:72 Flag sets

Once again, our range of 1:72 scale flags for 20mm Spanish Civil War gaming has just grown with three new sets: Catalan Army, Falangist militias and Basque Army. As customary, these A7 sized sheets contain three historical flag designs each, all slightly textured so as to simulate waving shadows.

After this addition, the above mentioned range now ascends to 13 different flag sheets, that can be found in this page. Such range will keep growing in the next months at a good pace; as a matter of fact, we are now preparing three new sets in this scale: Foreign Legion (already released for 15mm time ago), XI International Brigade and XIII International Brigade.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1/144 Breguet XIX preview

After a somewhat longer than wished lapse, we've retaken the range of Spanish Civil War aircraft; this time, we wished to place on workbench the Breguet XIX. This two-seat biplane was the Spanish Republic Air Forces standard bomber before the burst of civil war.

We are planning to supply the model kit with a decals sheet including markings for both SCW sides, but had also in mind to supplement it with some early WWII markings. We're thinking of Greek and Polish markings --would you support this choice?

As for model itself, it will be quite easy to build --with no more than 8 parts besides of pilot and gunner.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

More 1:100 SCW flags released

Just as promised last month, we've just made available three new sets of 1:100 scale flags for SCW 15mm gaming. This time it's been the turn for the Republican militia Fifth Regiment, Nationalist Cavalry and Basque Army.

New sets come, as usual, under form of small DIN A7 paper sheets with three historical flag designs each, slightly textured so as to simulate fabric waving under wind effect. Thanks to these new additions, our range of flags at this scale now comprises 11 different sets --and will keep growing all 2017 long, for the most immediate releases we've forecast in 1:100 scale are Falange militia, Catalan Army and Moroccan Regulares. We expect to release these before Christmas.

Regarding our equivalent range of 1:72 scale flags there will be further news soon, too --in one or two weeks' time as late.