Friday, March 22, 2019

War of Spanish Succession flags sample

I'm happy to share what a sample of our recent WSS flags range looks like, once fitted. Work has been done by I.S., a customer who is building a 28mm Austro-Catalan army and hqas kindly granted me permission to show his pictures.

I know I can't be objective because I'm these flags maker --but don't they look terrific?

Monday, March 18, 2019

Painting commission WIP

Let me show you a second group of ships belonging to the current commission, that consists of all the two masted boats in the commission, all them from Peter Pig. The one in the middle is a 18-008 medium warship or brig, while all the rest are 18-007 small warships --with some variations amongst them, making them look like either a small brig, quetch, schooner or brigantine.

Two of those smaller warships have been painted as Spanish escorts. One of them has been enlargened the stern castle, as well as assigned a lateen sail on mainmast, as if a primitive form of brig or quetch it was. The other one has been dressed as a proper brig with a gaff sail. Both are flying 1701-1785 Spanish war ensigns as well as long commission pennants.

On its side, the larger brig has been given an austere look as a pirate ship, showing flags allegedly belonging to Christopher Moody. Red on red all along the ship!

And last, the other two smaller ships have been built and painted having pirates in mind too. I assume that purple is quite an anachronistic colour for a ship of that era, but if you watch her flags set you'll understand why of such odd choice --for these are the ones that some sources state for the french pirate woman Jacquotte Delayahe. As for the second warship, it shows the flags supposedly flown by another french pirate, Olivier Levasseur.

I've already started working on this commission third batch, that is to consist of all its single masted ships --again, five models. Worth to warn that one of them is going to be assigned a second mast and rigged with lateen sails, with the aim of making a tartane of it. Despite what is commonly believed, lateen sailed boats were quite common in the Caribbean, manned by Mediterranean powers such as France and Spain.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

20mm SCW dispatch riders preview

I'm happy to acknowledge our readers that our upcoming set of 1/72 scale SCW figures is ready now. The set will consist of two Republican dispatch riders along with their Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Unlike their 1/100 scale counterpart shown below (where bike, rider and stand are cast in a single piece, with only handlebar and arms apart), the 1/72 scale version has separate motorcycles, figures, handlebars and stands (so allowing multiple customization chances).

(15mm version)

As you can see, the first figure of this new set shows a man leaning on his right foot, as if he was talking with someone else, or watching something perhaps.

The other one represents a rider seated on his bike --which is obviously supposed to be running.

In the next few days we're going to take them to foundry for production.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

More Spanish Succession flags

Now that the headquarters move is over, we are restarting activity by sharing with our readers the release of a new set of War of Spanish Succession flags --devoted this time to a third Austro-Catalan infantry regiment: that one oficially named "Saint Narcissus", but also known by locals as "German infantry". The set has been released simultaneously in 1/100, 1/72 and 1/56 scales versions altogether, following our purpose to develop all three ranges simultaneously.

This is not all, though. Two former sets, that were put under pre-order some months ago, have now been made ultimately available too. I'm talking about "Saint Eulàlia" and "General Deputation" regiments, already announced in previous posts.

All these sets are now available under form of a DIN A7 format PDF file, that can be downloaded for €2.00 and auto-printed at will --with the only exception of "St. Eulàlia" 28mm version, that had been brought to printshop some time before. This later will be sold as printed paper still for a time, until end of stocks; only afterwards we shall re-release it as a PDF file too.

In the next months we'll keep developing these new, multi-scale PDF ranges focusing on the peninsular armies of WSS (both sides Spanish and Portuguese mainly, but hopefully also from those countries having deployed troops there).

Friday, February 15, 2019

We're moving!

It's been an unusually long time since our last news update, I must agree. There is a reason for such silence, though --and this is no other than Minairons miniatures moving their headquarters to a more convenient place. No need to hide why we're moving, for a sudden rent raise has persuaded me to choose between accomodating to that increased expense, or enjoying earnings room enough to impulse new projects. That simple. To a passionate of miniature modelling and gaming (as I am indeed), the choice was obvious.

Those of you eventually interested, please note our new address is:

Minairons miniatures
Avinguda U, 139
08794 Les Cabanyes
Catalonia, Spain

The moving process itself will still take me all long February. Both the webshop and my e-mail server will keep up and running at full in the meanwhile; however, it's not unlikely that for this short lapse of time my e-mail responses, or even orders processing, can speed slow down noticeably. Please have a little patience to us in the next few weeks.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

New painting commission taken

This month I've started working on a new painting commission, that is to consist of a dozen and a half of model ships from Peter Pig, split into two opposite fleets (Spanish merchant and Pirate). I've planned to paint them by batches of five models, as got accustomed to lately; and I've chosen to start with the merchant fleet's five small/medium ships (two galleons and three fluyts). Here below you can see the results:

The pattern followed for painting them is the same already explained somewhere before: chocolate brown with a drop of neutral grey for hulls, dark leather brown for masts, pale sand for sails and a mix of iraqui sand and tan yellow for upper decks. Other colours I also use for sails from time to time are sunny skin tone (like one of the ships in this batch), stone grey or neutral grey. Accordingly to the customer's wishes, his merchant fleet had to be dressed as Spanish, and that's what I've done --with some particularities, as you'll see later. Let's go for the galleons first:

The ship at pictures' right has been given regulation merchant flags for the 1701-1785 period (red cross of Burgundy on a white field), but the other one is hoisting an ill-known set of flags (white cross on blue). This odd design first appeared during the War of Spanish Succession (1701-1715)intentionally used by Spanish merchants with the hope to be confused with French from a distance. To get an idea on what they pretended, take a glance on this fluyt belonging to my own collection. Although actively fought by authorities, this practice seemingly continued well into the 1760s. Let's go now for the three fluyts:

Again, some rigging features have been modified, with the ultimate purpose that not two ships of the same type are looking identical. Please note that their flags are smaller than those of the galleons (so as to emphasize ships' own size difference). Once again, here there are some differences in flags too: the ship at the left is flying a Galician ensign, while the one at the right shows a Castilian one (both likely used on coastal waters mainly). The ship in the middle is hoisting a colourful set of Southern Dutch flags.

Monday, January 14, 2019

New 15mm hermitage from Surus

We're proud to share the beautiful hermitage recently released by Surus Creations, that belongs to their 'Belchite' 15mm SCW scenery range.

This new resin model kit consists of just five parts with a detachable roof, as you can see below.

The 15mm 'St. Blaise Hermitage' retails at €15.95 and can be acquired on >Minairons website.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New 1:600 Naval Flags released

We've just made available three new sets of Age of Sail flags, related this time to the Republic of Venice, the Dutch East India Company up to 1660 and the (in)famous pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach --who operated around the Carolinas around 1716 to 1718.

Our Age of Sail flags collection, currently consisting of 22 sheets covering 8 maritime nations, for a period extending from early 17th to late 18th centuries (besides of two ruthless pirates too!), its an outstanding complement not only to our 1/600 scale ships range, but also to similar products from brands such as Skytrex, Peter Pig or the upcoming Firelock's Oak & Iron boxed game.

Such naval products range can be checked in this category of our website.