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We cover Flintloque and Slaughterloo, High Fantasy, Other Ranges as well as our 15mm scale fantasy, science fiction and historical ranges.
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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

New 15mm Landsknecht Light Heavy and Armoured Pike

Alternative Armies now expands the Altuos 15mm Renaissance Range with new miniatures added to the 150 poses that already exist.  Sculpted in the same style and to the same fineness as the original range these new Landsknects mean there are now Marching, Middle Rank and Front rank for Light Pike, Heavy Pike and Armoured Pike.  Nine 15mm poses.  Go HERE for the range which covers late 15th century through to the 17th century and look through all the miniatures.

Every miniature in the whole range including 15mm buildings, walls and tents plus horses and artillery as well as cavalry and infantry can be had as a single meaning total control of your army for your chosen game system. We also have the Furioso Renaissance wargame rules with its Italian Wars expansion by Steve Danes.  These books can be had in print or as digital downloads at twenty percent less.

MR118 Landsknect Armoured Pike

MR119 Landsknect Armoured Pike Middle Rank

MR120 Landsknect Armoured Pike Front Rank

MR26 Landsknect Heavy Pike

MR121 Landsknect Heavy Pike Middle Rank

MR122 Landsknect Heavy Pike Front Rank

MR27 Landsknect Light Pike

MR123 Landsknect Light Pike Middle Rank

MR124 Landsknect Light Pike Front Rank


We hope you enjoy these expanded choices for pikes.  Next month in 15mm Renaissance wargaming we will be bringing you further new Renaissance releases in 15mm scale for your Landsknects do not just fight with pikes across Europe.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 26 October 2020

Fuel Tank 01 6mm new at Bradley Miniatures

Our 6mm scale release this month is from Bradley Miniatures who add another code to their growing range.  This time it is the Fuel Tank which provides objectives and visual interest on your battlefield in any game system.  Go HERE for the range or read on for more about this new code and the range.

This liquid storage tank is a typical sight at any aerospace facility across Terranic space. Use it to represent liquid tritium fuel, unstable hydrazine propellant, or whatever your spaceport needs to keep your aerospace ships in the air.

BR034 Fuel Tank 01: A single highly detailed resin model in 6mm scale.  It could be empty or it could contain highly volatile gas or perhaps something even more vital.  The model is 35mm tall and 30mm across.  No assembly required and supplied unpainted.

Here you can see the Fuel Tank flanked by a Tiger Combat Walker and the mighty Sekmet Assault Rig mecha.  Above the Fuel Tank is in play as a Stalker Missile Carrier and Nemian Assault Tank in desert colours make their way past it.

No matter which science fiction or modern game system you play in 6mm you will find something of interest in the Bradley Miniatures range.  Here is the current list of pack codes each of which comes as a single model or in a pack from which you can select a single if you wish to tailor your army to exact numbers.  Go HERE.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 22 October 2020

General Koda and Aide very limited edition released!

Our last release into the World of Valon this month is a very limited edition pack of 250 numbered sets. Inspired by a long time fans of Flintloque and Slaughterloo Bob and Lynn McAlister there are two new Dog Soldiers sculpted by Sam Croes.  Go HERE for our range of Limited Editions or read on for more and for a the free one page insert for VLE14.

VLE14 General Koda and Aide:  The fourteenth VLE (Very Limited Edition) pack contains two metal miniatures in 28mm scale (approx 30mm in height). A male Dogman and a female Dogman.  Light infantry officers of the Saxhunde Army useful there or in any Ostarian or Confederation of Finklestein force. Limited to 250 Numbered Packs only and then the molds will be destroyed. A collectors item.  Supplied with resin cartouche bases.

A two page free download insert for VLE14 which has game rules and background for these characters.  CLICK HERE to get it from our website server for your files.

LE022 Rudolfs Raiders painted by Mark Taylor

Alternative Armies has a wide selection of limited editions which are favoured by collectors.  They depict famous leaders, commanders, odd ball characters as well as seasonal specials and promotional figures.  While none are vital to playing the games they do add interest.  Each is supplied in a pack with its unique number written on its insert.  We also have a 'swop drawer' which contains any sold out limited packs which have been traded back to us or returned from store stock or other places.  This changes weekly but if you are looking for a certain code then contact us on sales@alternative-armies.com and ask.  We sell them at face value compared to other in stock limited codes.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Article 23 Dogmen Engineers in the Witchlands

Andy Jefcoate returns with the twenty third article on Flintloque from his growing adventures. If you missed any of the previous articles you can see them all for free on the blog by clicking on this TAG. If you would like to Begin in Flintloque visit our website for Escape the Dark Czar and free content and videos.  Enjoy!  GBS

Dogmen Engineers

I hope that you have enjoyed my articles about Gorgon Lightfoote and his Flintloque section. He will return in future articles as I've really enjoyed creating his force, but for now I wanted to get back to telling you about my Ferach and Witchlands forces as there are so many great units available. For this article I wanted to tell you about a very useful set......56537 Dogmen Engineers. There are some excellent figures in this group and I've found them useful for several scenarios in the Witchlands.

What's in the set?

There are 8 miniatures in the unit pack consisting of a Dogman Officer on a resin horse, a laden pack horse, 4 Dogmen Engineers on foot and a scenic piece of engineering supplies. Individual figures are available but I bought the whole set as it is such a great price and saves off single pieces.

The Officer figure is pointing and clearly ordering his troops around. As well as commanding the Engineers he could easily be used to command any Dogmen section as he is such a great figure. He also has a fantastic moustache, so is worth buying for this alone!

The four Engineers on foot are very characterful. There is a one eyed NCO figure holding a bomb and pistol, an Engineer digging with a shovel, an Engineer carrying a barrel, and an Engineer carrying some planks and a hammer.

The pack horse is a nice  model, loaded up with supplies, as is the scenic piece containing bombs, quick fuse, box and barrel.

 How did I paint them?

As I wanted to use them with my Finklestein Dogmen they have been given dark blue jackets with yellow facings. Trousers for the officer I did in white but for the regular engineers grubbing around in the mud I thought that grey was more practical! Any boots, hats and equipment are black.  They can be put in any uniform such as white for Ostarians if you want.

How I've used them in my games

This has been a very useful set for various scenarios. You may have already seen the pack horse in my 11th article 'A Call of the Wild!' which I used as the objective for the wolves, and to be defended by it's own side. It is good for all sorts of escape scenarios as my Ferach forces attempt to evade the Undead.

As I suggested above, the officer figure has taken command of my Finklestein Dogmen troops which are becoming a fair sized force. He really is a great figure (did I mention his moustache!) and looks like he is issuing orders in the heat of combat. 

The Engineers figures can also be used as Sappers and are needed for scenarios where something needs to be built or destroyed. Rules for both troop types can be found in the Grapeshotte expansion book. My games usually involve something like a bridge over a frozen river which has to be repaired so that the Ferach forces can cross and then destroyed in another scenario to slow down the pursuit! These scenarios usually involve a force trying to defend the Engineers/Sappers while they undertake the specific task. 

For repairs I set a number of repair points on the bridge and each special repair action taken by an Engineer/Sapper each turn removes one of these points. If a figure is shot at by the enemy in a turn they may not use a repair action that turn as they are too busy keeping their head down. Equally they may not try to make repairs while in hand to hand combat! This makes the player have to be aggressive with his defenders, while balancing out whether to activate his Engineers/Sappers as early in the turn as possible.

For destroying the bridge it is given IRP's (Impact Resistance Points) as outlined in the Grapeshotte book, then the Engineers/Sappers place powder kegs against the structure. Kegs are Small, Medium, Large, Very Large or Huge and have to be carried to the structure, primed, have their fuze set and then lit. The size of the keg indicates how easy it is to carry (which is why I have often drafted in the model of 'the Tap Room Ogre' as a Sapper) but then also dictates the amount of damage caused using the rules for a Howitzer shelle plus 25% rounding up. Again rules for this are all in the Grapeshotte book. You can make the job harder according to the distance the kegs have to be carried and I do this by using one of the great new Beer Barrel barricades as it also looks like a pile of powder kegs. Models have to move between this and the bridge with their kegs while being shot at by the enemy. All I'll say is don't have characters carry them too close together as a stray shot can cause a keg to explode!  

Finally, I feel that the NCO has a slightly wild look about him so could easily be used with negative character traits. Either way, Engineers can use grenades so he is perfect for adding these to your games. You can also use the scenic piece in this set to resupply characters that have used the grenades that they are carrying!

The continuing narrative

Some Engineers have joined the Ferach Scouts ahead of the main army to insure that any logistical problems are overcome before the main body of troops get there. There are many frozen streams and rivers, or broken bridges that need to be crossed as the ice cannot hold the weight of horses or cannon, and exposure to the freezing water could be fatal. There is often only a small amount of time to fix the situation without slowing the retreat.

Some Engineers have also joined the rearguard to attempt to slow up the pursuit. While the Undead are immune to the cold they still have horses and cannon which cannot get across frozen rivers and streams without a bridge. It is often the case that a bridge that is built one day is destroyed a day or two later with troops desperately trying to cross before it is destroyed. There have been several heroic last stands to insure the success of this work.

Wherever they are, Engineers can support troops with their grenades which can sometimes tip the odds in their favour.

Conclusion

I hope that you've enjoyed reading about my Dogmen Engineers and if you haven't already, that I have inspired you to try out Engineers and Sappers in your games. While the Dogmen Engineers set is great, there are Engineer sets available for other races too. The Undead Engineers set with a Vampyre Engineer and Zombie Sappers looks particularly amusing........... 

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Major Giglamps foot and mounted released for Flintloque with free rules insert

Our first of two releases this month into the World of Valon is a character officer.  A special commission for our great friend Mr Bob Minadeo (author of HOF Fire Team and many other wargaming titles) of his favourite commander.  For Flintloque and Slaughterloo and fitting with the our Orc Heavy Dragoons and Coronet Hervorc this new officer is now in Catalucia.

Read about our ongoing project with Flintloque.  See the FLINTLOQUE tab on our blog to get all these posts in a line up as they proceed over time. 

54057 Major Giglamps: A true hero of Albion this Orc rose through the ranks and has travelled the world including stints in Afri and as an Exploring Officer.  Giglamps is possessed of a mighty intellect and humour as well as a unique sword. A character officer for your collection useful in command of a section. This metal and resin pack contains three 28mm miniatures these being a mounted Orc character with Horse and the same Orc character on foot. Represent your character on and off his mount! Choose from a pack or the mounted or foot miniature on its own. Supplied with resin cartouche bases and unpainted.  Go HERE.

Uniformation – Major Giglamps: This free to download two page article tells you more about this character and also gives you game rules and statistics for Flintloque and for Slaughterloo so that you can put him on the table in your army.  CLICK HERE to download and check out our FREE DOWNLOADS page for links to hundreds of articles for our games.

Excellent for skirmishing or mass battle the 2nd Heavy Dragoons are a full cavalry and dismounted cavalry force.  See them plus our new and re-mastered Orc Officers HERE.  Check out our FREE FILES page on the website for game stats on all of these.

Read on our BLOG in full.  Free Tree Demon automatically included in every order shipped during October 2020.  Great for many scales and settings.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Grey Alien Arachnid Suits eight new 15mm releases

Striding across the landscape come the Greys in their six legged suits (spiders on Zeta Reticuli are six legged..we are the odd ones out on Earth).  Towering above their subjects and enemies the speed and terror which Arachnid troops bring make them something to be respected when the death rays start a shooting!  

Two new packs and a special single pose choice list added to the HOF 15mm Science Fiction Range and the Grey Alien Army.  Following up on last months Lift Disc Riders and also the four new packs of infantry the Greys keep on growing.  From the mind of veteran wargamer Fred Richards in partnership with Alternative Armies.  Go HERE for the range or HERE for a narrower result of all the Grey Aliens.

HOF162 Grey Alien Arachnid Soldiers: A pack containing four different metal miniature kits.  Arachnid Suits with six posable legs holding up a Grey Alien with control back pack.  Grey Alien with Neuro Flayer Rifle (A), Grey Alien with support size Death Ray (B), Grey Alien with Energy Rifle held across his chest (C) and Grey Alien with Energy Rifle lowered (D).

HOF163 Grey Alien Arachnid Command: A pack containing four different metal miniature kits.  Arachnid Suits with six posable legs holding up a Grey Alien with control back pack.  Grey Alien with Pistol (A), Grey Alien with Tracker (B), Grey Alien with Comms Gear (C) and Grey Alien with Scanner (D).

HOF1623A Grey Alien Arachnid Singles: Choose from eight different poses of Arachnid Suits using the drop down menu. In any quantity you wish. Each suit is composed of seven pieces and you can pose the legs.  When assembled it stands about 40mm tall.

These are all of our 15mm science fiction releases for this month and we are happy to report that next month there will be further new packs in the range to enjoy.

Read on our BLOG in full.  Free Tree Demon automatically included in every order shipped during October 2020.  Great for many scales and settings.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 12 October 2020

Free Flintloque Micro Scenario for your free Tree Demon this month

“Branches clumped and wend together into arms with reaching wooden fingers.  It towered over the Dogman and as the tree moved its trunk split into an opening mouth.  Van Barkin stumbled as he moved backwards but training took over and he brought his carbine around and aimed at the tree. With a sharp bang and a thump the lead ball smacked into the tree and the other Dogmen woke with a start.”

It is my pleasure to present a micro scenario for Flintloque players that ties into the free model in every order this month from Alternative Armies.

Stick it to the Dogs – Micro Scenario: Becoming lost in the spooky forest a section of Pudigrochumsberg Dogmen awaken to find that a Tree Demon, a monster of Wylde Magicke, has decided to destroy them for entering its domain.  A two page PDF which you can download from our website storage by CLICKING HERE.  See all the free files we have on our FREE DOWNLOADS page.

While it is the 56588 Rache Carabiniers who feature in this scenario it will work well with any small section of troops if you prefer to use Elves or Orcs for instance from your collection.  Monsters are rare during the Mordredian Wars but Valon is a strange world and they do crop up.

Read on our BLOG in full.  Free Tree Demon automatically included in every order shipped during October 2020.  Great for many scales and settings.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS