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.

Friday, April 7, 2017

1/72 Landesa improvised tank preview

I'm happy to show you the new piece of armour we shall release at 1/72 scale. This tank was improvised on Landesa tractor chassis and, despite a couple of them did see some action at Spanish Civil War outbreak, we're going to label it as an Interwar tank (20IGV003), due to having been first used during the 1934 Asturias Revolution. You can see the prototype of it at the picture above, with a Trubia-Naval Basque tank as background.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SCW Requeté Militia, released and shipping!

I'm happy to announce the ultimate release of Requeté Carlist Militia, our latest Spanish Civil War 20mm figure set, which is fully available from our website. Set consists of 18 figures, each of them in a unique pose --no repeated figures there! Please take a look at the complete set:

Hopefully available soon from our main retailers and distributors too.

Friday, March 24, 2017

A load on the way to PSC HQ

British friends of Minairons miniatures will perhaps like to know that a load of our stuff is right now on its way to the HQ of The Plastic Soldier Company --who are our distributors in the UK. Packages include not only a wide selection of 1/100, 1/72 and 1/56 stuff including our latest novelties, as 1/72 BT-5 fast tank for instance, but also a sample of our upcoming 20mm Requeté Militia figure set (which BTW is already available and shipping right now, only that I haven't had time for announcing it yet!).

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Carrying Steel72 model kits

Hi, just a short note with presumably good news for those fond of WW2 gaming --or, at least, for those equally fond of this period and Spanish Civil War altogether!

From now on, Minairons website will start retailing the models from Steel 72, a small company recently founded by Xan along with an associate partner. Incidentally as some of you are already aware, Xan has been so far the main sculptor of Minairons' own range of SCW figures.

Well, the thing is that I'm introducing Steel 72 current list of products into Minairons website database. These fall into two main categories so far: on one side, complete resin model kits with some white metal minor parts and driver; and on the other side, Armourfast model improvement kits --these consisting of an Armourfast sprue complemented by stowage, tank commander and other goodies. Here you can check their product listing.

In the next few days I shall complete this listing by adding Xan's own WW2 figures (Germans and Soviets, currently).

Monday, February 20, 2017

Carlists at the gates!

The boxes for our forthcoming set of SCW 20mm figures have just come from printshop, right today. On his side, our sculptor Xan has kindly shown some pictures on his recent work on our Requeté Militia. A few minor details must still be finished, but otherwise work can be considered virtually complete, so I'm proud to show them:

Carlist Requetés are now almost ready for conquering the tabletops! As soon as greens are handled to foundry, I'll put the set on an available for pre-order status at Minairons website, so that anyone can reserve theirs own in advance.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Spanish Galleon WIP

Just a few words about our 1:600 scale Spanish Galleon, the first one of an announced range of Baroque Era ships: We have kept silent for a long time since our first piece of news at regard --and such persistent silence had a reason why.

Rather unused to ship designing, our 3D designer experienced at first some troubles with the rather organic volumes of a galleon's hull, thus slowing down the project quite dramatically. But now those problems have been sorted out --one learns with practice!!--, so that the basic forms of hull itself are finally close to an end.

In advance to your possible objections after watching the picture: yes model will be waterline! It only happens that designer found it easier to draw hull entirely (a matter of polygons netting, don't ask me why) and, after 3D-printing the ship, to conveniently cut its hull to waterline. It also has the advantage of having the hull ready designed, to be used as a standard for future projects.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Three new SCW 28mm flag sets

Just as announced some weeks ago, we've just launched three new flag sheets at 1/56 scale --that is, for 28mm gaming. This time we've chosen the Spanish Foreign Legion as well as Republican and Nationalist Armies. As usual, each DIN A7 format sheet comprises up to three historical flags each, slightly textured so as to simulate waving effect. After this triple release, our SCW flags collection at this scale has now expanded up to 4 different sets.

As for the poll where I requested users' opinion on a future flags sheet devoted to the International Brigades, it was run between 20th and 30th January with the participation of 37 users. Ultimate results were as follows:

So accordingly to your votes a decision is taken. Our next International Brigades set will be devoted to the 15th IB, British Battalion, followed by the Thälmann 11th IB some time later.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

1:144 Breguet XIX prototype

Prototype of Breguet XIX light bomber and reconaissance aircraft at 1:144 scale is now ready for being brought into moulds. Naturally, there is still a lot of work to do before the ultimate production model is born, such as sculpting its crew, deciding what decals to wear and preparing a couple of samples for artwork. However, I've thought that some of you would like to know what it's starting to look like.

As for what markings to choose for decals, both Spanish Civil War sides are a straightforward option but I'd like to also allow more choices. However, if we do have in mind the large number of countries that employed this aircraft, and the reduced space available in a standard decals sheet, I'm afraid we'll have no other chance that setting a poll to hep decide.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Now stocking Sarissa Precision 1/72 buildings

We at Minairons have just started stocking on a permanent basis the new range of 1/72nd scale MDF building kits made by Sarissa Precision in close partnership with Plastic Soldier Company. Both companies have associated to build a beautiful range of affordable MDF architectural kits, certainly easy to build and paint, that will look certainly great on any 20th century wargame 20mm setting.

The first kits released consist of a Large Factory, Russian Village House #1, a magnificent Château and a Farmhouse. That's not all, though: both companies assure to have a new batch of buildings ready for next month!

Friday, January 20, 2017

13th International Brigade flags, and poll

I'm proud to show you our latest release: a Spanish Civil War flags sheet in all three scales altogether (1/100, 1/72 and 1/56). This means that we've already started reproducing our sheets in this latter scale too, and the unit chosen for such landmark is the XIIIth International Brigade, also known as Dąbrowski Brigade (or Dombrowski, once transliterated into Spanish phonetics). This unit was formed by Polish subjects mainly, but also by volunteers from other Baltic countries and a significant portion of Eastern European Jews. Their flags letterings and mottos used to show a concurrence of Spanish, Polish and Yiddish languages, as you can see below.

BTW, all three sets can already be purchased from our website.

I'd like to take advantage of this new multiple release for starting a poll among our customers and friends: if going to make another set of flags devoted to one particular International Brigade, which one would you like to be first? (see poll at right)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

SCW Basic Painting Guide 04: Left Wing Militias

We've just uploaded a new painting guide sheet onto 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!