Friday, February 15, 2019

We're moving!

It's been an unusually long time since our last news update, I must agree. There is a reason for such silence, though --and this is no other than Minairons miniatures moving their headquarters to a more convenient place. No need to hide why we're moving, for a sudden rent raise has persuaded me to choose between accomodating to that increased expense, or enjoying earnings room enough to impulse new projects. That simple. To a passionate of miniature modelling and gaming (as I am indeed), the choice was obvious.

Those of you eventually interested, please note our new address is:

Minairons miniatures
Avinguda U, 139
08794 Les Cabanyes
Catalonia, Spain

The moving process itself will still take me all long February. Both the webshop and my e-mail server will keep up and running at full in the meanwhile; however, it's not unlikely that for this short lapse of time my e-mail responses, or even orders processing, can speed slow down noticeably. Please have a little patience to us in the next few weeks.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

New painting commission taken

This month I've started working on a new painting commission, that is to consist of a dozen and a half of model ships from Peter Pig, split into two opposite fleets (Spanish merchant and Pirate). I've planned to paint them by batches of five models, as got accustomed to lately; and I've chosen to start with the merchant fleet's five small/medium ships (two galleons and three fluyts). Here below you can see the results:

The pattern followed for painting them is the same already explained somewhere before: chocolate brown with a drop of neutral grey for hulls, dark leather brown for masts, pale sand for sails and a mix of iraqui sand and tan yellow for upper decks. Other colours I also use for sails from time to time are sunny skin tone (like one of the ships in this batch), stone grey or neutral grey. Accordingly to the customer's wishes, his merchant fleet had to be dressed as Spanish, and that's what I've done --with some particularities, as you'll see later. Let's go for the galleons first:

The ship at pictures' right has been given regulation merchant flags for the 1701-1785 period (red cross of Burgundy on a white field), but the other one is hoisting an ill-known set of flags (white cross on blue). This odd design first appeared during the War of Spanish Succession (1701-1715)intentionally used by Spanish merchants with the hope to be confused with French from a distance. To get an idea on what they pretended, take a glance on this fluyt belonging to my own collection. Although actively fought by authorities, this practice seemingly continued well into the 1760s. Let's go now for the three fluyts:

Again, some rigging features have been modified, with the ultimate purpose that not two ships of the same type are looking identical. Please note that their flags are smaller than those of the galleons (so as to emphasize ships' own size difference). Once again, here there are some differences in flags too: the ship at the left is flying a Galician ensign, while the one at the right shows a Castilian one (both likely used on coastal waters mainly). The ship in the middle is hoisting a colourful set of Southern Dutch flags.

Monday, January 14, 2019

New 15mm hermitage from Surus

We're proud to share the beautiful hermitage recently released by Surus Creations, that belongs to their 'Belchite' 15mm SCW scenery range.

This new resin model kit consists of just five parts with a detachable roof, as you can see below.

The 15mm 'St. Blaise Hermitage' retails at €15.95 and can be acquired on >Minairons website.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New 1:600 Naval Flags released

We've just made available three new sets of Age of Sail flags, related this time to the Republic of Venice, the Dutch East India Company up to 1660 and the (in)famous pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach --who operated around the Carolinas around 1716 to 1718.

Our Age of Sail flags collection, currently consisting of 22 sheets covering 8 maritime nations, for a period extending from early 17th to late 18th centuries (besides of two ruthless pirates too!), its an outstanding complement not only to our 1/600 scale ships range, but also to similar products from brands such as Skytrex, Peter Pig or the upcoming Firelock's Oak & Iron boxed game.

Such naval products range can be checked in this category of our website.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

WSS flags range launched

Just as announced some weeks ago, a first set of War of Spanish Succession 28mm flags has already been released, devoted to the catalan "Saint Eulalia" Infantry Regiment. This set stands as a DIN A7 sheet comprising both king's and regimental colours for the mentioned unit and can already be acquired from our website. This very same flagsheet has been edited for 15mm and 20mm too --albeit under a 3-months pre-order program. So that, depending on its final results, thse versions will be also paper printed, or otherwise commercialized as PDF files. They can be checked here: 20mm version and 15mm version, respectively.

That's not all though, for a second set is already on the way; this one devoted to the also catalan "General Deputation" Infantry Regiment --one of the senior units in Charles Habsburg's army. Once again, its 28mm version will be directly brought to printers while its smaller sisters have fallen into the above mentioned pre-order program. All them can be checked and eventually pre-ordered from the following links: 28mm version, 20mm version and 15mm version.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Abraham Lincoln Battalion flags

We've just made available a flagsheet containing some flags used by the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, a renowned unit in the 15th International Brigade whose militants were not only US Americans, but Mexicans, Argentinians and Cubans as well. Sheet comprises a battalion and two different company flags.

This new flagsheet has been released simultaneously in 1/56, 1/72 and 1/100 scales. Each one can be checked and eventually purchased following these links: 28mm version, 20mm version, 15mm version.

Friday, November 2, 2018

War of Spanish Succession flags

Those of you fond of 18th c. gaming know that several brands are already offering quite comprehensive ranges of flags in virtually all the scales this period is gamed in. Would it be any room for another one, then? So I think, indeed. The reason why is that very few of the existing collections (if any) do include the armies of the peninsular theatre itself: either the flags own to Philip V and Charles VI, or even the Portuguese ones.

Helping to fill such huge gap is my intended goal. Therefore, following the request of a customer, Minairons is about to start editing a thoroughful range of War of Spanish Succession (1701-1715) military unit flags.

We are planning to produce such flags as small DIN A7 sheets (as customary amongst us) comprising two flag designs --the King's colour and the Regiment's colour of one given unit each. Sets will be designed primarily for 15, 20 and 28mm altogether; with a door open to edit them later for 6 and 10mm too, depending on demand.

Once a given set is designed and edited, its 28mm version will be immediately taken to printshop and made available. Otherwise, the 20 and 15mm versions of it will be put in webshop under pre-order status, awaiting user orders on them; so that a range will be printed when is met a minimum number of requests on the sheets belonging to it. Provisionally, I've set that minimum to hundred (100) units.

If eventually a given range (15 or 20mm) does not meet such minimum after a period of time, then I'll resign taking it to printshop; anyway, I'll make the affected sheets available alike, but as a downloadable PDF instead. Let's suppose provisionally a 3 months' term for doing so.

As already commented above, I'm planning to leave room for reproducing the range in 6 and 10mm too, depending on your requests. On this matter, there are still some decisions around to be taken, affecting product format (printed paper? PDF? 6-10mm versions separate or combined? and so). Let's take some time to keep thinking around, still. Your comments at regard can be decisive.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Resuming SCW figures creation

As some were perhaps already aware, our 20mm SCW figures range experienced a sudden halt some months ago, due to health problems of its sculptor Juan Bautista --wo is also owner of Xan Miniatures and co-owner of Steel72 models. Despite the serious issue this could mean, I liked better to wait until he could get back to normal activity, rather than pushing forward the range using a different sculptor. It was a matter of trust. However, shortly ago Xan announced publicly on TMP to feel recovered enough to retake activity, to happiness of many --not solely that of mine, I dare to venture.

He has consequently started to release new miniatures under his own brand, and has restarted SCW work too. So he has finished the commissioned set of Italian crewmen for our L3/33 Carro Veloce tankette that you can see below:

Also, work has started on a new set that had been waiting for too long now: the 1/72 scale version of the Republican bike riders set that I had been able to make available in 15mm long ago. Here below you can see Xan's work on one of the two dispatch riders that will compose the set: