Thursday, November 16, 2017

1:72 Wine Cellar released!

This year, the Alpha-ARES veteran wargaming club has merged its prestigious yearly show into the larger format DAU Barcelona event, that is sponsored by Barcelona municipality to promote gaming habit among population. Historical wargaming will have its room there, next Saturday 18th; and, as it couldn't be otherwise, Minairons Miniatures will be attending to it once again.

Next to our stand, a group of gaming friends from AJJRR Reus town gaming club will hold a gorgeous 1938 Gandesa battle scenario using 1:72 scale (20mm) miniatures from Minairons and other makes. The spectacular scenario shown is going to incorporate the first ever assembled and painted model kit of our long since announced Wine Cellar --a large scenery piece reproducing an architecural feature common to many villages in southern and central Catalonia. Model kit is packaged in a sturdy cardboard box, that also serves as a central core around which the rest of building components are assembled.

As said, this is a large scenery piece, likely to capture watchers' sight not less than a cathedral. The whole boxed kit weighs around 0.59 kg and, once built, building model size is to be 26.5 cm long x 16 cm wide x 16 cm high approximately. It is already available on Minairons website at the price of €59.95 --however, during DAU Barcelona event only we shall retail it at a 15% discount, as a promotion. Don't miss the chance!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

New website Section and Range

Minairons had got so far known primarily for its range of Spanish civil war miniatures, mainly at 1/72nd scale, but also to some extent at 1/100th and 1/56th too. However, I am writing these lines to formally start a completely new range of model kits, dedicated to a totally different period and on a different scale.

So, while a professional artist begins to give color and volume to our first model of such new range (a large Age of Sail transoceanic Renaissance galleon at 1/600th scale, that can be watched in the photo above), please allow me to introduce the new section we have just open on Minairons website:

Awaiting the release date of such first model, our naval collection already consists of a dozen sheets of ensigns and naval flags of XVII and XVIII centuries, complemented by the complete Range 18 from Peter Pig, consisting of sail ships and various accessories (crews, cannons and rowing boats). As you can see from the attached photos below (taken on models from my own collection decorated with Minairons flags), there is a high compatibility between both brands' products:

Our current schedule can be checked on our blog's Pipeline page, while a wide selection of sail ships, as well as 17th and 18th centuries naval flags sets are awaiting adhesions in our website Wishlist page.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Shipping fees drop to UK customers

I'm sad to announce that The Plastic Soldier Company is no longer going to carry and distribute Minairons Miniatures stuff. They haven't formally acknowledged me over yet (something I would have greeted anyway), but all clues and indications do confirm this is irreversible. This circumstance saddens me even more if recalling that I had always taken PSC as a model to follow.

However, setbacks along the way should not make us stop, look back and regret. Nothing is gained like this. This is the reason why, after some thinking, I've chosen to be proactive and decide the following: as while as Minairons Miniatures does not achieve a trade deal with another UK company replacing PSC as distributor or even retailer, I've dropped all order shipping fees to individual British & Irish customers to local rates (the same ones enjoyed by Spanish customers), as if Minairons was based in the UK.

No need to add that every UK & Ireland local shop is warmly invited to get in touch with us and purchase Minairons stuff directly from us, so avoiding intermediaries --as other shops in Spain, EU and USA are already doing. Please find here our general terms for retail.

Monday, October 30, 2017

More XVII Century Naval flags

Timely with our naval range schedule, we have just made available three new sets of 17th Century naval flags, now those devoted to French and Catalan warships, as well as to an Ottoman trade galleon:

After this triple release, our Age of Sail naval flags collection comprises now up to 12 different sets, with many more on the way --as it can be checked on our blog's pipeline page. All them are priced at €2.00 each and can be purchased from our website.

Besides, we're keeping a wide selection of other 17th and 18th centuries naval flags sets awaiting people to adhere to their proposals --in our Wishlist page.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

1:72 L3/33 Carro Veloce tankette

I am pleased to acknowledge you that our projected CV33 Carro Veloce has already entered into production stage. Please watch what its production master model does look like:

Most of this new model parts are to be cast in high quality resin, except for a few --i. e. machine guns. After having evaluated tooling costs, I am now fully persuaded we'll be able to keep for it a pricing right similar to that of previous AFV models from us (honestly, I was a little doubtful about it some weeks ago).

Besides, I am happy to confirm you in advance that the ultimate box set will also include a couple of Italian crewmen, as recently agreed with our usual collaborating sculptor, Juan G. Bautista (Xan Miniatures).

Monday, October 9, 2017

New 1:100th armoured trucks from Peter Pig

Peter Pig has just released up to four new 'tiznao' armoured trucks: MTM Nº2, Hispano Suiza 3T6, Constructora Field and Somua-Naval (from left to right in the picture below).

They're already available on Peter Pig website; besides, I have listed them for pre-order at Minairons site too.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

XVII Century English Naval Flags

Our recently started 1:600 scale Age of Sail Naval Flags range keeps growing, now by the addition of three new sets devoted to the English Navy between 1630 and 1707.

Many of the mast flags chosen are interchangeable to some extent from one Squadron ship to another, while the Royal Standard we've reproduced is that one of Stuart's dynasty. All three are already available at our website, as usual.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Strike End

Not having been issued any slogan for a strike elongation by controlling trade unions (CCOO and UGT), civic associations or political parties of Catalonia (except some minority unions still claiming for an indefinite strike), I am happy to end Minairons strike too.

Therefore, our website will be operational again by midnight of today, Tuesday 3/10/2017. That is, in about half an hour's time.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Minairons on Strike

After the massive, disproportionate, brutal agressions suffered yesterday by hundreds of thousands pacifical, non-violent Catalan citizens at hands of Spanish police and Civil Guard, under excuse of preventing a referendum poll to be performed, the country's main trade unions and social entities have convoked a ONE-DAY STRIKE for tomorrow --a strike subsceptible to become an INDEFINITE GENERAL STRIKE depending on the events to happen in the next few days.

Minairons Miniatures is going to shut doors down too, as a sign of repulse toward the exorbitant repression suffered by citizens regardless of their age or sex (in one case at least, particularly cruel aggressions due precisely to her sex and age). We are plainly unwilling to stand working as if nothing had happened. That of yesterday was enough.

Therefore, we shall stop all professional activity and cease processing orders, responding to customers, traders or suppliers or developing new projects. We honestly hope the strike isn't going to last more than a single day, but are determined to keep doors shut down if a strike elongation is decreed.

We humbly apologize for this to all our friends and beg their comprehension. It's a matter of dignity as citizens of a supposedly western civilized, democratic country that has unmasked itself.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Harley Davidson Flathead

We've already 3D-printed prototypes of the Harley Davidson Flathead motorcycle, at 1:100th and 1:72nd scales altogether --and have even resin cast a handful of both, for the pilot sculptors to have samples at hand. Please watch what they look like:

As for its smaller version, we are now in the process of prospecting a well-known British company to reach some kind of agreement or joint venture production, on the basis that Minairons would furnish the bike prototypes while the other brand would provide for riders. If such agreement was met, bikes and riders would then be cast as a single piece, accordingly to the usual practice of that brand.

Otherwise, riders for its 1:72 version would be cast apart by one of our usual sculptors (Xan or Angel Terol), depending on each one's availability and agenda. Bike itself might be cast as resin or white metal indifferently in this case.

Monday, September 25, 2017

1/144 Breguet Br.XIX progress

After having been halted for longer than desired, we've recently decide to push forward the 1/144 scale version of Breguet Br.XIX, a 2-seat bomber and reconnaissance aircraft that was standard to the Spanish Air Force in the 1920s and early 1930s. Here below you have a caption of a master model of it, at the start of casting process --the other aircaft to its side is a Fiat CR.32 master model, ready for another production batch.

We expect to release it within current year, accompanied by a decals sheet with markings suitable for both SCW sides. We shall price it the same as other aircrafts in the range, most probably.

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.

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