The Alternative Armies Blog

Welcome to the Alternative Armies blog. This blog tells you all about what we are up to and it is where we post our latest tabletop gaming news and articles.
We cover Flintloque and Slaughterloo, High Fantasy, Other Ranges as well as our 15mm scale fantasy, science fiction and historical ranges.
Our game systems and free content such as PDF downloads and reading articles. Enjoy and do dig back in time to see what was going on before now.

Feel free to comment and ask questions. We are always happy to help gamers with their hobby.

Friday, 3 July 2020

New Bases released 50mm square and 100mm rectangle

By request two new sizes of resin cartouche (rounded edges for easy lifting and placement into movement trays etc) bases added to the range.  Great for any game system in any scale you can see all of our bases in resin, metal and plastic HERE.  Read on for more information.


59029 50mm Square Bases (10 per pack resin)
59030 100mm Rectangle Bases (4 per pack resin)

These larger sized bases are great for mounting multiple 28mm or 15mm miniatures or a single larger monster or vehicle.  As with all of our bases you have the option of a single pack or select on screen three packs and save 10%.  Our bases are square, rectangle and circle as well as other more specialised shapes and uses such as flight stands and anti-gravity mounts.


Element Bases for HOTT
We have five types of cartouche style element bases for use with HOTT 2nd Edition or with any other element using wargame system. Produced in high quality grey tone resin these bases all have a 40mm frontage and varying depths. These correspond exactly to the sizes used in HOTT and to the basing table for different troop types in the game; those being Letter A to Letter E. Each pack is priced the same and contains a varying number of the same size base. You can make your selection by clicking on the drop down product menu. Details are below:

A - 15mm by 40mm Rectangle Element Base (10 per pack)
B - 20mm by 40mm Rectangle Element Base (8 per pack)
C - 30mm by 40mm Rectangle Element Base (6 per pack)
D - 40mm by 40mm Square Element Base (4 per pack)
E - 60mm by 40mm Rectangle Element Base (2 per pack)

These bases are also supplied with every one of our HOTT 24AP Armies for free in needed amounts.


IAF077 Troop Element Trays
These bases are made of resin and are 3mm thick each with a different number and size of circular recesses on their ground textured upper surfaces. Each recess is made to fit either a 20mm round base or a 30mm round base.  These are durable and rugged which makes them ideal for your troops to be mounted into on their own bases.  We offer the Troop Element Bases in different sizes which are listed here by sub-code, number of recesses with sizing and number per pack.

IAF077A TE Bases (2 Slot 20mm) (4 per pack) 
IAF077B TE Bases (3 Slot 20mm) (4 per pack) 
IAF077C TE Bases (4 Slot 20mm) (4 per pack)
IAF077D TE Bases (5 Slot 20mm) (4 per pack)
IAF077E TE Bases (8 Slot 20mm) (2 per pack) 
IAF077F TE Bases (10 Slot 20mm) (2 per pack)
IAF077G Portable Weapon (1 Slot 30mm, 2 Slots 20mm) (4 per pack) 
IAF077H Battlesuits and Bikes (3 Slot 30mm) (4 per pack)

See all of our bases and movement trays and element bases HERE on the website.

Thank you for your time.

GBS

Thursday, 2 July 2020

15mm Battlefield Wheels Pack released

Here at Alternative Armies we listen to our customers and we keep lists of requests.  We create the most requested each time new designs are discussed across 28mm and 15mm and all our game systems and ranges.  But sometimes a request just needs some leg work and it is our pleasure to present to you a new 15mm pack which you can have as a pack or as single pairs of wheels.  Go HERE for the our Battlefield Bits and Accessories range or read on for more.


FMS05 15mm Battlefield Wheels Pack
This pack contains 14 metal 15mm scale wheels in seven pairs of two. These are suitable for use with HOT and Altuos miniatures in any historical or fantasy setting. The types of wheels are (1) wooden spokes with iron rims, (2) small wooden spokes with iron rims, (3) very small solid wooden wheel, (4) solid wooden wheel, (5) large wooden wheel with iron banding, (6) wooden wheel with bat, (7) wooden wheel with ugly face. For an idea of scale wheel 1 is neck height on a 15mm Human and wheel 2 is waist height. This code can be bought as a pack or using the drop down menu you can select a pair of wheels for single purchase.


The Battlefield Bits range contains many useful codes such as 28mm wheels, dead animals, live animals, sprues of parts (pies, pistols, feathers, tankards, fruit and many more).  In 15mm scale there are modern tents (above), torn versions of them as well as blank dollies for miniature sculpting.  Go HERE for the range for a browse.

Thanks for your time.

GBS

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Fantasy Warlord range 15% off this month plus July News

July is here and the summer is underway.  Alternative Armies thanks its customers for their continued support and we hope that your hobby time has given you a lot of fun and relaxation.  We like to give a little something extra and this month it is an offer upon the entire 28mm scale classic Fantasy Warlord range. Go HERE or read on for details and news.


At the start of the 1990's the Fantasy Warlord range hit the shelves and we were delighted to bring it back to the world in 2017.  Great for any game system the range includes sixteen character miniatures of heroes, wizards, champions and more from Human, Orc, Goblin, Elf and Dwarf races.  There are ten packs of infantry all open handed to accept any weapon choosing from Humans, Orcs, Goblins, Dwarf and Elfs.  Adding to this are two codes of shields with many choices and five different weapon sets too.  Go HERE.

The offer of 15% off is on screen for every code and sub-code in the whole Fantasy Warlord range.  You just add to cart.  Any other discount code you have during checkout is still valid and the offer ends at 9am GMT 1st August 2020.


News from Alternative Armies for July 2020

While the Corvid 19 lock down is easing in the United Kingdom things are not as yet back to normal.  Our suspension of new and re-stock print titles and book releases is still in effect.  There are now nearly ten titles out of print which we will bring back once we are able. If you wish to be informed of when new and existing titles will appear please contact us on sales@alternative-armies.com and we will let you know. 

This month we have re-mastered 15mm packs in the Isarus (three war elephants for the Blemye, the Selucid and Sassanids) and HOT range (Skeletons and other Undead) to show you.  There are two new sizes of bases being released suitable for large monsters or vehicles in fantasy and science fiction.  A new pack of wheels for 15mm historical and fantasy.  We have a release into the Torture Chamber range for collectors.  Two new scenic pieces for 15mm Science Fiction and a new 28mm Terrain piece adding to those ranges.  There is a brand new character pack for Flintloque following up on the 2nd Heavy Dragoons, along with a Uniformation article on him; plus a re-mastered and expanded version of the Hussars de Jeune as well.  We also have articles on painted Slaughterloo Divisions and a huge expansion to our offerings of pro-painted miniatures on the website.  Lots to look forward to and each will get its announcement.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 26 June 2020

Ten different 28mm Elf Duellists now at Alternative Armies

The new page for En Garde the game of duelling in the Crystal Empire of the Elves is here!  The game itself will be released later in 2020 but now we have put all of the classic now re-mastered Elf duellists onto the website.  Ten single miniatures and two packs with a saving.  Go HERE or read on for more.  Great for any fantasy setting.  Our last news and releases for June 2020.


Duelling in the Crystal Empire at the dusk of Wylde Magick and on the eve of the Elvish Civil War.  In a time just before Flintloque the Skirmish the Elves placed honour above all else.  Each regiment in the armee had its own heroes and they fought to first blood or even to the death.  


This collection of 28mm scale miniatures are all suitable for use in the En Garde game as well as other World of Valon titles as officers or personalities.  Packs and single miniatures for maximum choice.  All Elves shown in 25mm square bases.


CE25 Elf Garde Duellist Pack
The Garde are the new wave of regiments in the Crystal Empire who ally themselves to Crown Prince Mordred ahead of his mother the Empress Morgana.  They feud with the backwards looking Imperials and their regiments.  This code contains five different 28mm metal miniatures approx 28mm average height. Elf duellist with Sword, Elf duellist with Rapier, Elf Officer duellist attacking with Sword, Elf Officer duellist at guard with Sword and Elf Officer duellist lunging with Sword. These miniatures are not supplied with bases and are supplied unpainted.


CE26 Imperial Elf Duellist Pack
The Imperials are the heart of the Crystal Empire and their loyalty is to the Empress Morgana.  They feud with the new wave of Garde regiments and their officers who claim the Crown Prince Mordred as their paragon. This code contains five different 28mm metal miniatures approx 28mm average height. Elf Officer duellist in plate armour lunging with Sword, Elf duellist with twin Swords, Elf duellist attacking with Sword, Female Elf Officer duellist running with Two Handed Sword and Elf Officer duellist with Sword raised. These miniatures are not supplied with bases and are supplied unpainted. 


The Crystal Elf Empire range contains many suitable figures for duelling.  You can see the whole range HERE.  Among these the pack CE18 Crystal Elf Warriors is one of the finest for this.  Above are three figures from CE18 all ready to duel.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 25 June 2020

By Sword the Running Through is Done – Free Flintloque Micro Scenario

You are a lone Ferach Elf officer.  Your patrol was set upon by foul bestial Orcs and now you are all that remains.  Your horse has bolted and it is long gone.  Your pistols are smashed, dropped in the mud and then trodden upon. All you have is your blade, your wits and your skill taught by the Academie.  Can you evade the enemy and make it back to your fellow Armoricans?

This week the popular poses of Elf Duellists return to Alternative Armies. These will get their own news but you can see them HERE before that.  Great for fantasy and for Flintloque in the lead up to the release of the duelling game En Garde.  Micro Scenarios are something we used to do many years ago so here is a new one for free!


By Sword the Running Through is Done
A free one page Flintloque Micro Scenario for two players or solo play.  A single Elf swordsman trying to escape from eight Orcs.  Great on its own or as an insert into a larger skirmish.  Get it from our online storage by CLICKING HERE.


We have hundreds of free files for our game systems which you see see HERE on the website; just scroll down.  You can also get yourself something to read now with our DIGITAL PAID BOOKS range of titles.

Thanks for Reading!

GBS

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Uniformation for 2nd Heavy Dragoons free article

This month we released the unit and pack codes for the 2nd Heavy Dragoons Dismounted which followed on the heels of the 2nd Heavy Dragoons on horses.  A full Orc force for Flintloque and Slaughterloo players.  You can see all of these miniatures HERE.  We now have a free article for you with game rules and more for this force.  You can find all of our free downloads on our website HERE or read on for more.


Uniformation 2nd Heavy Dragoons
A two page free article which gives game statistics and weapon profiles for Flintloque and Slaughterloo used to field the mounted and foot Orcs of the 2nd Dragoons.  It also has a special character officer and uniform details plus large pictures. Hosted on our website you can download it by CLICKING HERE.


We are continuing our ongoing Flintloque project which you can read about in full on our blog using the FLINTLOQUE tab on the blog to get all these posts in a line up as they proceed.  This is a mix of classic codes with new molds as well as new poses expanding those codes and new poses in new codes. Black Blob Crowfoot, Orc Exploring Officer, Major of the 45th Regiment, Dismounted Dragoons, Dark Elf Inquisitor and more such as 5005 Lady Wintermore above.


If you wish to get started in Flintloque then there is no better way than with the excellent 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar beginners set.  It contains core rules, scenarios as well as ten resin 28mm miniatures plus dice and bases.  Allowing you to learn the game and then expand in any direction.  There is also a lot of free downloads and such on our Begin in Flintloque page.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 18 June 2020

New Tents and Scenics added to our 15mm Renaissance range

Now added to the Altuos 15mm Renaissance range seven new codes which will sit well on your table in games of Furioso or any other game system for historical or perhaps high fantasy use.  Sculpted by Andy Gorman they come as singles for maximum choice.  These are our last 15mm releases for the month of June 2020.


Visit the range HERE for the game books for Furioso as well as over one hundred different miniatures of the 15th, 16th and early 17th century on foot and mounted including Ottoman Empire as well as Buildings and other scenic pieces.  Read on for more information.

MRS1 Stone Well
This pack contains one single 15mm metal piece depicting a round stone well with a coil of rope next to it.

MRS2 Campfire
This pack contains one single 15mm metal piece depicting a circle of stones with a wooden fire stack within it. Can be painted up lit or unlit. 

MRS3 Logpile
This pack contains one single 15mm metal piece depicting a double stack of cut logs with a felling axe resting on top.

MRS4 Folded Blankets and Cloth Piles
This pack contains two different one piece 15mm metal models both are folded stacks of cloth or blankets or clothing. 

MRS5 Wedge Tent
This pack contains one single piece grey tone resin model.  A simple wedge tent which is about 22mm long.  

MRS6 Herald Tent
This pack contains one single piece grey tone resin model.  A square herald type tent which is about 35mm at tallest point.  
MRS7 Pavilion Tent
This pack contains one single piece grey tone resin model.  A rounded pavilion tent which is about 35mm wide and 40mm tall.  


Furioso is a set of wargames rules that covers European warfare in the sixteenth century. The rules allow players to fight large scale land battles with a simple to use and enjoyable gaming system. Furioso can be fought using any scale figures from 6mm to 28mm. There is a core rule book with army lists and there is also the Italian Wars expansion title too. See the game books in print and as digital download along with information on the rules plus the 15mm miniature range and starter army packs on our website HERE

Thanks for Reading,

GBS