Friday, September 15, 2017

Painted 1/72 casualties

I'm pleased to show you our 20mm Militia Female Casualties, once painted by the talented artist José A. Bustamante. Enjoy the pictures!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

More Naval Flags released

While awaiting our first 1:600 Age of Sail model ship to come (see picture above), we're making its complementary 17th century Naval Flags range to steadily grow. The first three sheets we released last month are now accompanied by three more sets: those for a Spanish Man o'War, a Catalan Galleon and Thomas Tew's pirate ship.

New sets can be purchased from our website at the price of €2.00 each. As already commented, these 6 first sheets are still to be followed by several more, accordingly to the current schedule shown in this page of Minairons Blog. Also, a lot of possible naval flags sets more are on Minairons' Wishlist page, awaiting your vote to make them see daylight. Join the contest!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

First Naval Flags released

The three first sets of our new 1:600 Age of Sail range are already available. Each consists of a DIN A7 sized paper sheet with several maritime flags and pennant, conceived for a particular ship type and nation. The first three ones just launched are devoted to Spanish and Portuguese trans-atlantic galleons as well as a generic French Indiaman, and will be shortly followed by other sets; for it's our purpose to have a consistently large collection of flags at disposal of users at the time of releasing the first ship models.

Flags have been designed as a first instance to serve as ensign the largest, as complementary or alternative mast flags the medium sized ones, and a likely jack if needed the smallest one. I think it's also worth to advance that medium sized flags will be designed so that some can be used as ensign for smaller ships. Others will be interchangable from one set to another, so as to serve as (likely if not purely historical) rank flags or other purposes; I'm thinking of English Squadron mast flags, for instance. You will see what I mean as collection grows.

It's probable that many users aren't going to hoist all these flags on a single ship, or aren't going to use them as conceived at start --but we thought it good to give the maximum number of choices in such a small sheet. And last but not least, despite conceived to complement our upcoming range of ships (scaled to 1:600, as said), our flags will perfectly fit onto models from other makes --even those nominally larger such as Peter Pig's 1:450 scale ships, as my own experience as a gamer can attest.

New sets can be acquired from our website at the price of €2.00 each. As already commented, they'll be shortly followed by some flag sheets else, accordingly to the current schedule shown in this page of Minairons Blog --and several more awaiting a chance in Minairons' Wishlist page.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Naval Flags Poll Results

The poll we placed some weeks ago, with the aim to know our readers opinion on a future Naval Flags range priorities, is over now. Let's analize its results and make a few first decisions:

Periods poll Poll consisted of two linked questions; the first one asked what period would users like better we started with. As it can be seen by the image attached at left, results here are straightforward: we are required to start with 17th century (17 votes, against 10 for 18th century). However, the number of votes requesting a development of both periods is significant enough to make us think that, despite giving higher priority to the period having won, the second one shouldn't be put aside. Somehow, we'd better to start developing this latter shortly after having started the first period.

Nations poll As for the second poll, this one asked for users priorities among diverse seafaring nations --where several responses were allowed. Results here are fairly clear, with English men-of-war flags an absolute winner with 20 votes! Other options can be grouped into three groups: those closely following the winner (14 to 12 votes), those not prioritary but inspiring some curiosity (8 to 5 votes) and the not so favoured queue (4 votes or less).

SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH THIS?

First of all, results have been inserted into Minairons Wishlist, so as to allow you to still influence scores and priorities (no matter if you already voted in the poll; what I'd like to foresee now is amount requests). Thanks to this, everyone can also request another projects not listed in the poll --just as I've done myself by adding Emanuel Wynn pirate, Jerusalem trucial trader, Russian man-of-war or Papacy ships!

As already explained in a previous post, we already projected another 10 flag designs besides of those in the poll. All them were inserted in pipeline prior to the poll, and even a few have already been printed. These 10 designs fall into two categories: flag sheets belonging to Iberian Peninsula nations (that aren't going to be affected by the poll results), and French and Ottoman sheets (whose releasing will be alternated with those best scoring in the poll; so in the next few days, pipeline will be modified with the insertion of English man-of-war flags and will start their production too).

Q - And what about 18th century naval flags?
A - Soon, news about them coming soon too; I'm not going to forget these.

sample

Thursday, July 27, 2017

New Militia Female Casualties, and more

I'm delighted to show you our latest 20mm SCW figures release, the Militia Female Casualties to be sold in blister. This is a small set consisting of 4 delicately sculpted figures of dying, injured or exhausted militawomen. Worth to point out that figures and stands have been separately cast, just as previewed shortly ago. Please click over each picture to see it larger:

Besides, we've launched two new website categories, the one within 1:72 category while the other in 1:100 listings, that are intended to offer just what their 'Bits and Spare parts' label suggests: spare weapons, gun barrels, wheels, turrets and other accessories alike.

RENEWED CATALOGUE

Consequently, our product listings have been updated right today in accordance. You can find these as either in full coloured PDF version, or as a simpler Excel listing that might also be used as an order form.

Monday, July 17, 2017

1/600 Spanish Galleon last steps

Unless something starts going seriously wrong, I expect this will be my last update on our Spanish galleon designing project, before we plunge into the process of tooling it for production.

After all, as you can see by the image above, we have designed the model with two alternative bows and sterns, to reflect the design changes suffered by the ship over the centuries. Thanks to this artifice, we shall be able to launch not just one but two different galleons (sharing a central hull, but with interchangeable bow and stern pieces, in order to facilitate the construction of hybrid models).

In the end, this is the shape our upcoming 03NAV001 Early Galleon is going to take:

And this is what the 03NAV006 Late Galleon following afterward is going to look like:

That's not all though, because we have also designed each mast in two different configurations: with either fully unfolded and partially furled sails. As both kits' masts will be interchangeable too, this will allow for even more customization and variations.

Worth to confirm that ultimate model kits will be waterline (despite drawings above are showing hulls complete to keel).

POLL REMINDER

As already announced, we shall start releasing soon a collection of naval flags suitable for this upcoming ships range. Our first releases are to comprise ensigns, jacks and pennants for Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French and Ottoman ships (either men-of-war and merchants/privateers); but we've also set recently a poll to help determine real priorities in this matter among users. Please help us decide by answering it!

Monday, July 10, 2017

New XI International Brigade flags

We've just released a new sheet of Spanish Civil War flags, this time devoted to the 11th International Brigade. The new set comprises the flags flown by three battalions once belonging to it: Thälmann, Commune de Paris and Edgar André. Once again, it has been released at 1:100th, 1:72nd and 1:56th scales simultaneously. They can be found on our wbsite under labels 15GEC915, 20GEC915 and 28GEC915, respectively.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

1:600 Naval Flags project, and Poll

Now that our Spanish Galleon project is closing to a hopefully happy end (whose results will be shown soon), it comes the time to start thinking of a 1:600 scale accessories range, that in my mind should unavoidably begin with an appropriate set of 17th and 18th centuries Naval Flags --so as to allow each one to further customize and decorate his/her ships --either those we're gradually going to release, or from other brands as Peter Pig's 1:450 sailing ships range for instance.

Consistently to the already existing collections of SCW 1:100, 1:72 and 1:56 flags, this new range will be printed as separate DIN A7 paper sheets, each one devoted to one particular ship type and nation. Each sheet will include one ensign, two alternative (or complementary) mast flags, one bow jack and one triangular or swallow-tailed pennant, following the general pattern shown below (using a fictional sample, BTW):

Sample

According to Minairons commitment toward Iberian Peninsula nations History, we have already designed and printed some first sheets devoted to Spanish and Portuguese galleons (such name deliberately standing for either merchantmen o privateering ships), as well as for a French Indiaman --not an Iberian nation, certainly, but one whose history is inextricably tied to those.

We are now completing the series with some sheets else devoted to warships of the above mentioned nations, as well as to both civilian and military galleons of Catalonia and the Ottoman Empire --another powerful nation whose naval history must be taken into account. Please have a look at what the first three sheets look like:

Samples

THE POLL

Beyond our commitment with Iberian History though, we believe that our highest priority must be given to your own will, so as to allow you decide what maritime nations flag sheets should be designed next. In the end, it's you who are going to game this or that setting, so that we must comply your wishes and/or needs!

This is why I've decided to place a complete poll consisting of two related questions, which I invite you to answer. While the first question pretends to know your preferred period (thus allowing only one answer), the second one is aimed to establish a priority order among several nations --thus allowing multiple answers. As it's always possible that some user would suggest an additional option, I don't discard to set a further poll to accomodate to such eventual suggestions.

Poll will remain open all long July month. After this, results will be published and printers will start working hard!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mailing List, July edition

I just come from having e-mailed our newsletter, which is addressed to a list of subscribers willing to be regularly acknowledged about Minairons' current projects, works and upcoming releases.

Such newsletter is always sent on a monthly basis, usually accompanied with some sample pictures, drawings or designs; also, it provides the links for downloading an updated catalogue, in PDF or Excel format at choice.

If eventually interested or just curious, you can check a PDF copy of our latest issue by clicking here.

Also, if wishing to be added to the newsletter mailing list, please fill up the form below:

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Website fully restored

I'm still awaiting a complete report from the team who've been working on the www.minairons.eu malfunctions detected recently. Anyway, according to a talk with them I held yesterday, only website's "friendly URL" creation tool was affected (thus masking product pages URLs, as if they didn't exist anymore).

They were skeptic whether this odd malfunction had been caused by any eventual hacking (not so I am), but the good news is that database itself is intact. No illegal accesses recorded.

Friday, June 23, 2017

New British Battalion flags!

Some time ago, we placed a poll in order to let users decide which new SCW International Brigades flag set we should release first. Following poll results, this resulted to be 15th IB, British Battalion, and now we are happy to release them --at 1:100, 1:72 and 1:56 scales altogether!

You can already find them at our website following the links below:
1:56 flags collection
1:72 flags collection
1:100 flags collection

Accordingly to poll results too, our next release will be that of 11th IB, or Thälmann Brigade. Once this is done, we're going to place a new poll to further develop the range.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Website status update

Well, not everything has been fixed yet, but at least I can confirm you now that our www.minairons.eu website is able again to take and process orders normally.

Website was hacked last weekend in a quite odd, insidious way: all product pages were masked so as not to be accessible from their respective category/subcategory listings. That is, website was apparently normal to a first sight, provided the user was just browsing through the various folders and sub-folders hosted in it. All them showed normally.

However, if user wished to check in detail one precise item before purchasing (red arrow on picture above), in order to watch sample pictures, or to learn kit composition, or to read some historic briefing on the real thing, the website link unfailingly failed as if that product page didn't exist anymore (404 message below).

As said, the good thing is that if user dispenses with accessing product pages, he/she can still add items to his/her cart from the respective category/subcategory page (green arrow on picture below). I mean, a full cart filling up and checking out process can still be performed normally in our website, despite individual product pages aren't accessible yet.

I understand these explanations are going to be little help to first time users, who'd be logically willing to know what kind of stuff we're selling; but regular customers who already know our products high quality can be confident their orders will be taken and processed undisturbed.

A technical team is currently working hard to fix the problem; as soon as website functionalities are fully restored, I'll let you know.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Website wreck

At an undetermined point of this weekend, our www.minairons.eu website has ceased to work, due to an apparently serious internal damage. Right now, Sunday night, it's still impossible for me to know the damage degree, or the working time it will take to our technical support team to fix the error cause.

Those eventually willing (or in the need) to get in touch with us, whatever the reason for, can still write to any of our e-mail addresses (info[at]minairons[dot]eu or lvilalta[at]minairons[dot]eu for instance), because they're fully active and working. We can of course take eventual orders using e-mail, too. And last, those among you accustomed to using eBay portal will perhaps greet to know that Minairons does run an eBay store comprising a great deal of our own products, whose URL is stores.ebay.es/Minairons-miniatures.

Believe me I'm consternated and so sorry for the eventual inconveniences this unexpected event might cause. I'll do all my best to restore Minairons website as soon as possible.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

1/72 Female casualties preview

Some time ago, I started musing on further developing the SCW 20mm figures range by giving higher priority to accessory small sets, besides of just making large fighting troops sets. One of the accessory sets I had in mind was a small range of casualty figures, covering most (if not all) the troops types already produced. The first such set I commissioned had to be devoted to dead/injured Militia women --a commission that in my mind compulsorily had to be taken by the same artist who sculpted the Militiawomen, so as to preserve an alike feeling and look.

Well, the matter is that I've been delivered right today some pictures on the ultimate sculpts by Angel Terol; please take a glance on them and feel free to post your comments at regard:

As you can see, set is to comprise 4 figures in different, quite dramatical poses. Two of them are meant to lie dead or unconscious, while the other two are showing a lighter wound level.

After some talk with the sculptor, we agreed the figures to be made with their stand apart, so as to allow him to sculpt the figures entirely from all around. Stands are quite thin actually, and enjoy small fitting holes so as to allow figures easy fixing to them. I guess this will also please you users!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

1/72 Landesa tank released

We've just made available another 1/72 scale tracked fighting vehicle --the little known Landesa tank, one the first Spanish attempts to produce a tank of their own, back in the late 1920s.

As usual among us, ultimate model kit is quite simple, easy to build --for it just consists of three main resin parts, complemented by a hard plastic MG. It has been priced at €10.95 and can be already found in the Interwar page of our webstore. As you can see thorugh the image below, this model shared chassis and running gear with the Landesa tractor it was based on, as well as with the later Trubia-Naval tank.

Perhaps some of you might wonder why we have labeled this AFV as an Interwar one, instead of SCW. The fact is that, despite up to two of them fought in the first stages of war (around Oviedo town, one on each side), it had been used in action before --during the 1934 Asturias Revolution, to be precise.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

1/72 Painted Requeté Militia

I'm pleased to show you some eye candy on a sample of our 20GEF025 Requeté Militia 20mm figure set, as masterly painted by José A. Bustamante:

Wish you like them as much as I do!

Monday, May 15, 2017

1/72 Wine Cellar update

Our upcoming 1/72 Wine Cellar is getting close to a release deadline. Please watch some pictures on the painting work in progress started on a first sample recently cast:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

SCW Basic Painting Guide 05: Requeté Militias

We've got available a new painting guide sheet, this time devoted to Requeté Carlist militias. As with previous 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 hobbyist like you --not aimed at obtaining masterly but just decent enough results. Please find it at our website free downloads section.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spanish galleon update

Apologies to all those interested on our announced range of 1/600 scale sailing ships for the silence we've kept on the matter lately. We've had to re-design thoroughly some features of model --nearly from the start. However, we can now consider its hull as completed --except for one side feature I'm going to explain below. But let's take a glance on the galleon's hull before.

As you can see, ship model shows two apparently odd features. First of all, we have decided to design two alternative bows under form of separate parts, so as to help give to the ultimate ship an earlier or later appearance. Following that same 'customizing friendly' core idea, we have also deviced two alternative sterns --a more archaic one with long open balconies, and another one more baroque-styled, with windowed galleries.

Now we are about to start masts design; most probably, we're going to draw two versions of each mast --the one with fully unfolded sails, the other one with partially folded rigging. So many variants and alternative parts are not intended for one single kit, naturally (it would be a real waste to produce a model with only one hull and a pair of every other part there!). Otherwise, the idea behind is being able to make two different model kits (let's say, an "Early Galleon" and a "Late Galleon"), with interchangeable parts so as to allow the building of 'hybrid' models, or allowing to customize an entire fleet of all slightly different ships, just from two different kits.

I am aware that so many comes and goes are slowing down the project, and I apologize to those among you with less patience. However, I honestly believe all these turns around are to be for good. Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

1/100 IGC Sadurní tank, released!

I'm glad to announce the ultimate release by Minairons of a new Spanish Civil War AFV at 1/100 scale. This is IGC Sadurní Catalan tank, a beautiful little piece of armour we have launched in a 2-tanks boxed set also including a decals sheet at the price of €16.95.

As usual, model itself is quite easy to build; for it consists of just three resin main parts, besides of a hard plastic MG. One can build it in a few minutes, then.

here you have one such Sadurní tanks, built and superbly painted by Rubén Torregrosa aka HeresyBrush, that has been depicted between an UNL-35 armoured car and a Pz.Kpfw I ausf. A modificado tank.