Friday, April 9, 2021

New 1/600 Xebec

Our Age of Sail range has just been increased with a new model ship, that of a xebec - a kind of medium vessel that populated the Mediterranean sea between 16th and 19th centuries. Although probably born as a humble fishing boat powered by either lateen sails or oars, soon its design was modified and optimized for different purposes, from trade to privateering and pirate fighting. Late 18th century larger war xebecs could reach 680 tons and carry up to 38 guns.

This new boxed kit is that of a small xebec with 12-14 guns, used for either coastguarding or privateering. It comprises a high quality resin hull and white metal rigging and a convenient Barbary corsair flags set. As it can be seen by the picture above, it consists of just eight parts.

Xebecs are usually associated to Barbary privateers, and that's why our boxed set includes an appropriate corsair flag sheet. However, it can be used by virtually any mediterranean nation with similarly warlike purposes.

Here above you can see one of our xebecs, masterly assembled and painted by Minis, My Way youtuber.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Some WSS related news

I've just released a further PDF booklet on the War of the Spanish Succession, this one a little larger than the 1 or 2 pages uniform guides I've been publishing so far. Under the title of "Notes on Philip V's Infantry Flags", this new 6 pages booklet deals with the evolution of Two Crowns' Spanish Infantry Colours since the very early reign of Philip d'Anjou until the end of war. I hope this comprehensive (or so I think?) guide will help WSS aficionados to better understand Spanish flag patterns of this period, so poorly covered elsewhere. It's also intended to share the factual data and hypotheses behind my own reconstructions of them --all this, duely backed by a hopefully useful bibliographical listing.

With time, it's my aim to publish similar booklets on Austrophile Spanish (or Austro-Catalans, name them at will) and Portuguese flags too. Hope this initiative is to be welcome!

I've also taken advantage of this publication for releasing a new set of Two Crowns Spanish Infantry flags --now those of the renowned Castile Infantry Regiment, formerly known as Old Purples Tercio. As usual, those flag sets have been released in 1/100, 1/72 and 1/56 scales altogether. Let me also comment that there are plans for boosting soon the 1/144 scale versions of all our collection too.

As it couldn't be otherwise, these releases above have been accompanied by a PDF painting guide devoted to Castile IR. All my PDF guides can be freely downloaded, as perhaps some of you already know.

And last but not least, our recently started 1/72 scale WSS figure range is going to see further releases quite soon. But let me keep some mystery around for a while...

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Vickers 105/22 howitzer, retooled

Once again, we have spent some time retooling previously existing products. Now we have brought to white metal our 1/72 Vickers 105mm howitzer - so replacing the combined resin/metal production so far. This step also allows us to price the model cheaper than before.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

SCW Moroccan Artillery crew

I'm proud you to show you the latest addition to our 20mm Spanish Civil War figures range - this time, a team of Moroccan artillerymen consisting of three crewmen and a leading officer. New set retails at the same price as existing ones - that is, €4.09 (+VAT where applying).

These artillerymen can be used for manning an AT or infantry gun, as in the sample picture below.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

WSS Valencia Kingdom I.R. flags

Our War of the Spanish Succession flag ranges keep growing at a good pace, now with the flags that belonged to the "Valencia Kingdom" Infantry Regiment, a unit raised in 1706 by valencian authorities in support of Archduke Charles claims to the throne of Spain. This unit was short lived, because of being decimated as a result of Almansa battle (1707). After withdrawing in Catalonia, it was merged into Alicante IR (better known as Richardi's IR).

This new set is available at 1/100, 1/72 and 1/56 scales altogether, as usual. Also, I've released a small guide giving some painting guide and history of the unit, which can be already found on www.minairons.eu website as a PDF file for free download.

Monday, March 8, 2021

WSS Sicily Infantry Regt. flags

I'm happy to show you a brand new set of War of the Spanish Succession flags at 1/56th, 1/72nd and 1/100th scales together as usual. The new set stands for the Spanish "Sicily" Infantry Regiment and comprises both King's and Battalion's colours. This was one of the senior regiments in Spanish Army, whose birth can be traced back to Emperor Charles V.

Also, I've released a small guide giving some orientation on history of uniforms, flags and the unit itself, which is already available on www.minairons.eu website as a PDF file for free download.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Video sneak peek on our upcoming Xebec

Here you have a full video about our upcoming Age of Sail xebec assembly and painting job. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Another WSS infantry flags sample

I'd like to show you today what do look like the 1:100th version of a recently released WSS flags set, held by the appropriate flag bearers kindly provided by Eureka miniatures. These are the flags of a catalan austrophile unit, known as Our Lady of Rosary IR.

According to Archduke Charles regulations of 1706, colonel flags were to be white with an image of Virgin Mary, while design and colour of regimental ones were left to the unit colonel-owner's will.