Once again I am pretty happy to announce a new book: PaintingWAR: Spanish Civil War. Thanks to the Editor, Quino, and the co-workers (Rafa, Pepe, Nacho and so on) for this new oportunity. If you don’t know the line of books PaintingWAR from Proyecto Cruz, you are missing a very nice source of information. There are foor published books so far, every one focused on an army and war time (WWII and Napolonic Wars at the moment). I have the honor to sign the fifth book of the series, centred on the Spanish Civil War, and covering both the Nationalist and Republican armies.
Following the scheme of the previous issues, you would find inside the book a complete step-by-step guide to understand my painting style (“paint by layers”), plus a number of small painting guides to learn how to paint faces, wood (rifles), blue uniforms (Guardias de asaltos, Falangistas, CNTistas…) and even horses, flags and bases. Furthermore, we have included a guide explaining how to paint an anti-tank gun, where we introduce specific tips to use enamels and oils (in contrast with acrylic paints) in order to simulate weathering effects. And in case you need to know how to identify your NCOs and commands, we have also included a couple of sheets showing all the army badges. And like in my previous issue about the WWII German Army, you could find a painting guide using a small miniature: a 20mm militiawoman from Minairons Miniatures.
In addition, you will find inside #39 different miniatures covering both armies, from moors and asaltos, to militiawomen and Italian soldiers. If you remember the previous issues, every sheet includes ALL the colors from Vallejo that you would need, plus some painting tips and historical insights. Strikingly, two of these “miniatures” are HMG teams, which implies two models and the gun. And more interestingly, there are two anti-tanks guns: Schneider AT gun and 88mm Flak 36 gun with the whole gun crew. These guns are showed in a double page beside a number of tips about how to paint the crews and how to do weathering effects.
The most part of the miniatures are from Empress Miniatures, beside two from NorthStart. Additionally, there are two specific miniatures sculpted for this ocassion. On of them is a German tank driver sculpted by my very talented friend Jose Luis Diez (“Porta”); and the other one is a pilot sculpted in 3D, which can be ordered from the PaintingWar shop (or you can get it for free if you get the pre-order).
I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did when preparing it.