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.