Wednesday, July 29, 2020

More about the WSS range

As some of you do already know, we at Minairons are preparing a new range of War of Spanish Succession 20mm metal figures, to be sculpted by Leonid Primachenko. We're going to start the range with a couple of Austro-Catalan Mountain Fusilier sets - perhaps better known as they were nicknamed, Miquelets (or Migueletes in Spanish).

The first set will consist of 4 soldiers in campaign dress and heavily armed with musket and a couple of pistols in a side apron, all showing different skirmishing poses:

The second set will comprise an officer, an NCO and a horn blower. While showing a commanding pose, the officer is armed just as his men with musket and pistols. The NCO is calmly looking forward while smoking on pipe, with the musket at his side. As per Charles Habsburg's regulations, Mountain Fusiliers regiments were not supposed to have flags, but it can't be discarded that some units carried a standard to their colonel's taste (especially if irregular, volunteer units). If following Catalan folk-lore, these might likely be all black flags, St. George's crosses or double-headed eagles. So the NCO could be easily converted into a standard bearer if desired.

As for the horn blower (or should I say 'sea shell blower' for once?), please notice his hat is crowned by a side feather - usually blue. He's shown while blowing the sea shell. Such unusual instrument is attributed to the medieval Almogavars heritage Mountain Fusiliers alleged - one of the features sustaining their strong esprit de corps.

We expect to release those first sets over this Autumn - although we might make them available earlier as pre-order, if asked to. I can't give a quotation for them so soon, but a price of €4.95 for a 4 figure set (or €3.95 for a 3 figure one) seems quite likely right now.

2 comments:

Lorenzo Fourth said...

Hi what would you say the scale is? 1/72 or 1/87 or something else. I know many people group 20mm into 25mm and anything in between. Its a bit like 28mm now means a figure ranging from 25 to 32mm.

Soldadets said...

Please take a look at the first picture above.
There is a camparison shot between one of my figures and another one from Zvezda. So they're definitely 1:72nd scale to my opinion.