May 03, 2014

Product Spotlight: Minairons Spanish Civil War

Just what is a Minairon? Well I'll let them explain...Ours is a recently created Catalan company, whose birth date backs to September 2012 and is aimed at producing multi-scale, fast assembly, quality miniatures for wargaming and collecting --generally in hard plastic, but also in resin. The company has been christened as Minairons Miniatures in behalf of the mysterious faeric beings of that name, who are reported to live in the deepest valleys of the Catalonian and Andorran Pyrenees range. Such legendary minairons are said to be minute, winged beings moving in dense, fearsome swarms. As with a number of similar beings of other cultures, minairons enjoy a dual, ambiguous nature; so that meeting them can mean for you a durable blessing --or a fatal doom, even your death. Such are the creatures we have entrusted our fate on…

Minairons also happens to be a fast growing company focusing on the combatants , vehicles and aircraft of the Spanish Civil War with the Nationalist forces receiving munitions, equipment and soldiers from Nazi Germany it is only logical that the company move into WWII also which it is doing this summer. The Spanish Civil War is represented in three scales, 15mm, 1/72nd (20mm) and 28mm (1/56th). 

Minairons first release of infantry  (in 1/72nd scale) is now available and represent the Spanish Republicans. The pack contains fifteen figures, all in different poses. There are no repeats, most are attacking while some are shooting or reloading. The set consists of thirteen infantry and two NCOs with submachine guns. No LMGs are provided with the set but given the Republicans lack of equipment, this is really not surprising. The infantry were sparsely equipped with some webbing and a variety helmets including Spanish M26 and Adrian helmets. One NCO wears an officer's cap. A second set representing the Republican Headquarters and Weapons contains twelve figures including two LMG teams, one light mortar team, one Maxim HMG team, two officers and a standard bearer is also now available.

The range to date (including announced products) View our listings
MXM-15GEA001 Spanish Civil War: Polikarpov I-15 fighter
MXM-15GEA002 Spanish Civil War: Fiat CR.32 Chirri
MXM-15GEV002 Spanish Civil War: Panzer I Ausf A Tank (5)
MXM-15GEV003 Spanish Civil War: Bilbao Armored Car (4)
MXM-15GEV005 Spanish Civil War: T26A/B Light Tank (5)
MXM-15GEV008 Spanish Civil War: Hispano Suiza MC-36
MXM-15GMV001 WWII German Flakpanzer I Ausf A Tank w/Crew Upcoming release  

1/72nd Scale
MXM-20GEF001 Spanish Civil War: Republican Infantry
MXM-20GEF002 Spanish Civil War: Republican HQ & Weapons
MXM-20GEF006 Spanish Civil War: Nationalist Infantry Upcoming release  
MXM-20GEV001 Spanish Civil War: IGC Sadurni Tank
MXM-20GEV002 Panzer I Ausf A Tank (3) - Spanish Civil War, Early WWII German  
MXM-20GEV003 Spanish Civil War: Bilbao Armoured Car 
MXM-20GEV004 Pz. Befehlswagen I Ausf. B - German, Hungarian, Spanish Nationalist
MXM-20GEV005- T26A/B Light Tank (2) - Soviet, Finnish, Turkish and Spanish
MXM-20GEV008 Spanish Civil War: Hispano Suiza MC-36 Armoured Truck Upcoming  
MXM-20GEV013 Spanish Civil War: IGC Sadurní Carrier & Crew
MXM-20GEV014 Spanish Civil War: Sadurní Tractor & Howitzer

MXM-28GEV008-5608Spanish Civil War: Hispano Suiza MC36 Armored Truck
MXM-28GEV015-5615 Spanish Civil War: Henschel 33 Truck

Republican International Brigadiers at the Battle of Belchite ride on a T-26 tank

The Spanish Civil War was fought from 17 July 1936 to 1 April 1939 between the Republicans, who were loyal to the democratically elected Spanish Republic, and the Nationalists, a rebel group led by General Francisco Franco. The Nationalists prevailed, and Franco ruled Spain for the next 36 years, from 1939 until his death in 1975.

The war began after a pronunciamiento (declaration of opposition) by a group of generals of the Spanish Republican Armed Forces, under the leadership of José Sanjurjo, against the elected government of the Second Spanish Republic, at the time under the leadership of President Manuel Azaña. The rebel coup was supported by a number of conservative groups, including the Spanish Confederation of the Autonomous Right, monarchists such as the religious conservative Carlists, and the Fascist Falange.

The coup was supported by military units in Morocco, Pamplona, Burgos, Valladolid, Cádiz, Cordova, and Seville. However, rebelling units in important cities—such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, and Málaga—were unable to capture their objectives, and those cities remained in control of the government. Spain was thus left militarily and politically divided. The Nationalists, now led by General Francisco Franco, and the Republican government fought for control of the country. The Nationalist forces received munitions and soldiers from Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, while the Soviet Union and Mexico intervened in support of the "Loyalist", or "Republican", side.

The war became notable for the passion and political division it inspired, and for the atrocities committed by both sides. Organized purges occurred in territory captured by Franco's forces to consolidate the future regime. A smaller but significant number of killings took place in areas controlled by the Republicans, normally associated with a breakdown in law and order. The extent to which Republican authorities connived in Republican territory killings varied.

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