Monday, June 24, 2024

Retiring, finally

Well, retirement is a river everyone must cross, one day or another - and such day has arrived for me. I am (sad? pleased?) to announce that I'm going to retire from active work next weekend, after reaching 64 years old.

Then, an unavoidable question arises now for sure: what is going to happen to Minairons miniatures, once I am retired? Believe me that I've been asking to myself this very same question for several months now - and I'be been plainly unable to extract an ultimate answer yet.

Ideally, I'd love to see Minairons miniatures perduring in other hands, so I'm stating now my willingness to discuss the matter with any reliable third pary out there, with no preconditions. On the other side, I'm aware to have been cultivating a number of niche settings that not many other brands would happily assume as own. So I well-foundedly presume it as likely to receive few, if any, offers for our existing ranges.

Whatever the case, what I can assure you is that, in the short term, no one will notice the difference. As while as Minairons miniatures keeps staying in my retired man's hands, I'll be running it normally still for as long as necessary. Take it for granted, at least, for all what remains of 2024, with a strong chance for everything to stay the same well into 2025 - unless a convenient agreement with a third party is met first.

Not only this can be granted, but also the continuation of all projects scheduled for a next release (such as the SCW Foreign Legion, for instance), as well as those many already on the workbench.

Besides, both our minairons.eu main site and the affiliated minairons-news blog will be maintained and running normally too - and in fact I strongly recommend to all our friends to bookmark the forementioned blog, where I'll regularly keep posting forecasts, releases and news as usual.

So, despite my own imminent retirement, Minairons miniatures future is assured at a medium term. Stay tuned to minairons-news blog for upcoming, exciting news!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

New 1:100 scale towing van

I'm happy to share the latest addition to our 1:100th scale Interwar range: a Ford AA towing van, which can be also useful for SCW or even WWII settings - may it serve as a pressed into service civilian crane, or simply as a scenery piece.

It's already available at our website, as usual.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Foreign Legion, about to launch!

We've just put under pre-order status our next upcoming SCW 20mm miniatures set --the Spanish Foreign Legion, whose greens are already in foundry while their box art is being created. Unless something really bad happens before, we expect to have them ready and available by the end of June --or maybe early July.

This new boxed set will contain a total of 15 white metal figures: nine riflemen, two LMG crews sporting MG-13 Dreyse machine guns, and two NCOs armed with SMG.

Pre-order your legionaries set while the figure moulds are worked out! They can already be found at our website.

Friday, May 31, 2024

New Age of Sail naval flags

Here you have three fresh additions to our range of age of Sail naval flags, consisting from left to right of: the Dutch East India Company flags from 1630 to 1794 - showing a red upper stripe instead of orange as initially, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth war flags between 1568 and 1643 (when their fleet was destroyed by a Danish surprise attack, and never rebuit) and, last but not least, the Sultanate of Morocco war flags from 1666 until 1912 (when the French occupation put the Moroccan navy to an end).

Funnily enough, the white symbol centered in the Moroccan ensign was systematically misinterpreted by European travelers and port authorities, who always interpreted it to be... a taylor's pair of scissors! It wasn't until 1781 that a clever piedmontese official noted the flag represented two crossed white sabres on a red background. The man also failed to correctly interpret it as the famous zulfiqar two-bladed sword of Ali, but he at least got closer!

Thursday, May 23, 2024

1:100 Barbastro tank released

We've just released the 1:100th version of the Barbastro tank, a handcrafted behemoth locally built in the Aragonese town where the thing borrows the name from, whose 1:72nd scale equivalent is also available from a long since. Unlike its larger sister, this 1:100th Barbastro is DLP 3D-printed in just two parts (main hull and a rotating turret), and it's complemented by two hard plastic machine guns.

Quite large for its poor armament and armour, it was built in very small numbers: only one prototype for sure, and up to three others later, apparently from a slightly improved design. It's uncertain whether any of them saw any fighting at all.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

WSS Valois' Tercio flags

I'm pleased to share a further addition to our War of Spanish Succession flag ranges at 1:100, 1:72 and 1:56 scales altogether. These new sets display the flags of the Valois' Tercio, another Two Crowns' Spanish unit. Along with the flags, I've also released a small PDF guide on the subject for free download, as usual.

Hope you like them!

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Grumman F6F 'Hellcat'

At an admittedly slower pace than their SCW cousins, our collection of 1:144th scale WWII fighters keeps growing nevertheless - now with the Grumman F6F 'Hellcat', a real must for Pacific War gaming.

As usual, this new plane is sold in a box, on which reverse is a brief painting and marking guide. Look for it at minairons.eu.

Hope you like it!

Friday, March 8, 2024

XIV International Brigade flags

I'm happy to share the latest addition to our ranges of Spanish Civil War flags in 1:100th, 1:72nd and 1:56th scales altogether - the flags of several units belonging to the XIV International Brigade, otherwise known as "La Marseillaise" Brigade due to most of their members being French language native speakers.

Worth to mention that I've recently published too a further 1:56th scale set - this one devoted to Anarchist units. Taking advantage of such circumstance, I've also redesigned the 1:100th and 1:72nd scales versions of such set, so as to make all them to share design.

Hope you like them!