Friday, July 19, 2019

A smaller set of WSS flags

Just as promised some time ago, here you have a smaller version of the War of Spanish Succession infantry flag sets we had been releasing at 1/100, 1/72 and 1/56 scales so far. This new range of infantry flags is scaled to 1/144, so suitable directly for 10 to 12mm figures --but it can be used for 6 to 8mm too, if conveniently rescaled.

The new range flags are 12mm high, so that a single DIN A7 sized PDF sheet allows room enough for 6 flags belonging to 3 different regiments of foot (King's and Colonel's colours), that we're selling for just €2.00.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Another WSS flag set

I'm pleased to announce the release of a new War of Spanish Succession infantry flag set, at 1/100, 1/72 and 1/56 scales simultaneously. This time it's been the turn for the flags of another late WSS catalan regiment, that come as DIN A7 sized PDF sheets, for users to download and print at will for just €2.00. Regardless of scale, each sheet comprises two flags preformatted for the intended scale: King's and Regiment's colours.

Also, we have made available a painting guide and data card for the new regiment, that can be downloaded for free.

Monday, June 3, 2019

New 1:100 Trubia-Naval tank

I'm happy to announce the release of a new 1:100 scale tank model for Spanish Civil War 15mm gaming --the Trubia-Naval Basque tank, already released in 1:72 time ago. It's an easy build model consisting of just two parts: one for hull and running gear, and another one for turret. Kit is complemented by two different optional weapon sprues --the one for hull, the other for turret.

Here you can see how does the new tank compare to our plastic Panzers.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Walloon Guards flags sample

Let me show you a printed 15mm sample of our recently released WSS Walloon Guards flags, as fitted on a regiment belonging to my own collection:

The unit only shows the regiment's own colours, due to a customary practice I adopted years ago, when my units were smaller than currently. Then I chose to use the king's colours to decorate generals' stands and special vignettes, so here you can see what this latter flag looks like, once put in place:

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Free booklets & painting guides

Long time before creating the Minairons miniatures brand, I had been running a blog called "Desperta ferro!", from which I shared some of my hobby experiences under form of PDF files for free download; often as a result of a wargaming campaign with my local mates, other times as a product of my personal research after a project in horizon. Perhaps someone here still remembers the first one, a booklet named "Catalonia Stands Alone" devoted to the solitary, hopeless war waged by the principality in the last stages of the War of Spanish Succession. Encouraged by the positive feedbacks earned, I still published a few documents else before having to resign and shutting the blog doors down --mainly due to the difficulties and troubles inherent to creating a miniatures brand.

Now that some of such troubles are seemingly fading away slowly, I have regained much of the hobby time I had been denying to myself for such a long while, so being able to play games again with some regularity, and even to run some new campaigning. This circumstance has allowed me to reconsider making available again some of those titles, either in their past format or under a new concept.

And this is precisely what I've started doing right now from Minairons miniatures website. So I have created there a new Free Downloads section at root level, currently comprising just a handful of free SCW painting guides as well as a PDF product catalogue; and I shall expand it quickly to contain all the free stuff mentioned above. Some of such materials are likely to be uploaded as they were, under form of a PDF booklet; but others will be shared as data cards, following the previous positive experience with the mentioned SCW painting guides.

Some of such WSS data cards have already been uploaded and are available; I would thank sincerely your feedbacks on them. I shall publish and upload more of these on a regular basis --probably with some simultaneity with the 15/20/28mm flag sheets I'm currently releasing.

About the booklets themselves, as said I will be revising them the one after the other, to get ensured about which ones to salvage or to discard (with disregard of the data cards above expansion), and see what must be translated still. For you to get an idea on what I've got ahead, there is an all-in-one booklet, a related WSS campaign, a WWII campaign (that has probably become outdated due to Battlefront's expansion of their Firestorm system) and an 18th c. Caribbean Sea campaign (so some amount of work ahead!).

Thursday, May 9, 2019

WSS Walloon Guards flags

This is our latest addition to the War of Spanish Succession military flags ranges at 1/100, 1/72 and 1/56 scales. As usual, they've been released as DIN A7 sized PDF sheets, for users to download and print at will. Regardless of scale, each sheet comprises two flags preformatted for the intended scale: King's and Regiment's colours.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Painting commission completed

Today I've completed a painting job I was commissioned some months ago, consisting of 17 Peter Pig ships to be painted as either Spanish merchantmen or pirates. Only the two largest ones out of the commission were left, and these are what I'm going to show you now, along with a couple others that I've built for my own collection.

This time I've performed very few modifications on the ships --just replacing their original bowsprits. Both have been dressed as Spanish indiamen, so proudly flying large Burgundy Cross ensigns and mast flags.

One of them has been given a different flag on foremast (a light blue one with the Spanish coat of arms), that was historically used by one admiral in WSS times. I thought it might be useful to the user --for identifying the Treasury Fleet admiral for instance, or a ship commanded by an able Reserve captain perhaps, or for whatever other reason he might need.

As you can see, decks are crowded with Peter Pig crewmen and guns, Minairons lifeboats and some unmanned guns from my spares box.

I've enjoyed this commission intensely, and would like to thank the commissioner for his patience and trust. Hope he likes the result not less than I do.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

1/600 Ship of the Line, almost ready

I'm proud to show you what our upcoming 1/600 Ship of the Line looks like, now that all the 3D printing and prototyping work is over. We intended to make a medium ship of the line, rather than any of those huge 1st or 2nd rates. So we took as a loose model an early 1700s Russian 58-gun warship good for building a 4th rate model from it --or even a small 3rd rate one if imagining it plentiful of bow and stern chaser guns!

The hull you can see in the following pictures is the ultimate production resin one, while masts and rigging are 3D printed prototypes that are to be taken to foundry --so the ultimate ones will be white metal.

Here below you can see the fine detail achieved on hull sides, showing the gun ports open.

We have also designed rigging versions for fully unfurled sails, that we shall most probably sell apart, as optional accessories for ship customization.

Here below, our warship can bee seen together with a race-built galleon from Skytrex, so as to help having a notion about their respective sizes.

We would like to have it released before the start of Summer; however, as is it likely unexpected issues to eventually occur, let's be less optimistics just for cause, and let's say we'll have it ready by late Summer.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

1/72 Bookmobile, available again

I'm happy to announce that, after a compulsory unavailability lapse, our 20GEV024 Ford AA Bookmobile can be found again on our webstore.

Some tooling had to be remade; and we've taken advantage of it for changing a bit the kits' composition, so that it comprises now a slightly smaller number of parts than before. We hope this measure helps users to assemble and paint their model kit with a little more ease.

This remodeling operation is seeking a secondary effect too --no other than making it easier to design and produce a future pickup variant using already created parts. This new model is already on the pipeline, so I'll be able to show WIP on it soon, hopefully.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A new WSS flags set

I'm happy to show you our latest addition to the War of Spanish Succession flags ranges, released at 1/100, 1/72 and 1/56 scales together --under form of a DIN A7 sized PDF sheet, for users to download and print at will. Regardless of scale, each sheet comprises two flags preformatted for the intended scale: King's and Regiment's colours (known in Spain as Coronela and Batallona flags, respectively).

If willing to have an idea on how these flags look like, here below you can see some 15mm samples used on figures belonging to my own private collection (which comprises miniatures from most of the brands currently having a WSS range in their 15mm catalogues, such as Dixon, Essex or Roundway for instance).

And this what the other, already released flag sets, look like at the head of their respective regiments:

We're already working on more of such flag sets, belonging to both WSS sides.

Monday, April 15, 2019

More on the same painting commission

Some ships else added to the current commission. It's been now the turn for the smaller ships in the client's collection, a total of five single-masted sloops --one of which, painted as a Spanish escort warship while the rest have been dressed as pirates.

As it can be seen by the picture above, one of the pirate ships has had a second mast attached to transform it into a lateen sailed tartane. Although own to the Mediterranean Sea, tartanes and other lateen rigged ships were'nt uncommon at all in the Caribbean --manned by French and Spanish crews mainly, but also by Italian or Maghribian sailors in foreign service. I've taken advantage of this for assigning her a red-yellow striped flag, supposedly flown by one Edmund Cooke, but that could also belong to a French or Catalan buccaneer (even it could do for a Barbary pirate!).

The other three pirate sloops show slightly different rigging configurations, making them close to either a 'pure' Bermuda sloop, or to a square course sail cutter instead. All this, with the aim to make every ship unique. Spare parts from brands other than PP have been used for this, as well as some conveniently shaped plasticard pieces.

On its side, the Spanish escort ship follows quite a standard pattern, with no other modification than making the gaff sail a bit smaller. After this batch, the current commission is almost over now --there are left only two large indiamen, that I've already started painting.

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.