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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.
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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Seven New Bits codes in 28mm scale now released

Now with nearly thirty different codes to choose from Alternative Armies bits and sprues range expands again with the seven latest.  This is our last release for the month of May 2018 and we hope you like it.  Great for any setting and system these codes were sculpted by Elton Waters and Rob Alderman and give personality to any miniature.  Go HERE for the range or read on for more.  Additionally see the foot of this article for information on our data policy before 25th May 2018.


In addition to the sprues our Battlefield Accessories range also has riding mounts, casualties, campfire and walls as well as dice, pencil topper and pin badges so it is well well a peruse.  Now through allow us to introduce the new and these come in a set or some of them as single choices and are useful for adding to your miniatures or to bases or as scenic interest.  Average price is 1.20GBP per sprue.


BS021 Clay Pots
Four different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Clay Pots are the ubiquitous container of all parts of this world or any world.  Keeping liquids or foods or valuables they are easy to make and all manner of shapes.  HERE.


BS022 Toadstools
Three different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Nature provides food and it provides poisons.  Toadstools can be either but I would not eat these ones! HERE.


BS023 Amphora
Four different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Wine and Song!  Amphora in four sizes for your cellars and stores. HERE.


BS024 Horns and Bugles
Four different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Martial or Civilian horns are used to give notice of the charge or the assemble!  Use these for variety in your games or your scenics or on your miniatures.  Great for any 28mm scale game system or setting. Purchase a sprue of four or get your choice of a single piece in any quantity.  Click on the button you wish:  1. Double Twist.  2. Thick Horn.  3. Thin Horn.  4. Bugle. HERE.


BS025 Trolkin Hand Weapons
Three different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Trolka Weapons or for use with any other Human sized creature.  Use these for variety in your games or your scenics or on your miniatures.  Great for any 28mm scale game system or setting. Purchase a sprue of four or get your choice of a single piece in any quantity.  Click on the button you wish:  1. Hammer.  2. Mace.  3. Winter wrapped Blunderbuss. HERE.


BS026 Labouring Tools
Three different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Farm the land and build the world!  Traditional tools made for labouring.  Use these for variety in your games or your scenics or on your miniatures.  Great for any 28mm scale game system or setting. Purchase a sprue of four or get your choice of a single piece in any quantity.  Click on the button you wish:  1. Pick.  2. Hay Fork.  3. Sythe. HERE.


BS027 Ogre Rifle and Blunderbuss
Two different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Black Power Weapons for your big troops.  In Flintloque the Ogres will use these guns but also Bog Orcs, Large Werewolves, Big Todoroni and such. Put them with any larger 28mm scale miniature.  Use these for variety in your games or your scenics or on your miniatures.  Great for any 28mm scale game system or setting. Purchase a sprue of four or get your choice of a single piece in any quantity.  Click on the button you wish:  1. Ogre Rifle (25mm long).  2. Ogre Blunderbuss (20mm long). HERE.

Here is a list of the other Bits and Sprues codes which are all on the range page HERE.

BS028 Carrot Heap
BS20 Flintloque Guns
BS019 Maps and Papers
BS018 Wine Glasses 
BS017 Glass Bottles
BS016 Veg and Fruit
BS015 Canteens 
BS014 Pistols and Swords
BS013 Drum and Standard
BS012 Artillery Crew Gear
BS011 Carrots
BS010 Roasted Dodo Legs
BS009 Cooked Meat
BS008 Cooked Fish
BS007 Feathers
BS006 Perkussion Guns II
BS005 Perkussion Guns
BS004 Black Power Guns
BS003 Tankards
BS002 Exotic Fruit
BS001 Pastry Pies

Thanks for your time but before you go something not wargaming but required reading.


On May 25th 2018 the new General Data Protection Legislation (GDPR) comes into law in the UK and across Europe as well. Over the past weeks we have been becoming compliant in our website and on our email list as well. You might have noticed the changes while you were browsing or updating your settings. We will be sending out a Compliance Email soon to everyone on our Mailchimp List. We ask that if you wish to continue to receive from us the latest news, releases and offers through email please look out for this special email (it will contain details of an email only free offer which is coming) and take half a minute to follow its link and update your settings. We are taking the chance to also do some housework on our mailing list to remove dead emails and such so please do update your settings. If you wish to sign up for our email you can do so (it is GDPR compliant) on our home page of the website through the pop up or by the box at the bottom right of the page.

Thanks for Reading and enjoy the Article 

GBS

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Article 10 Mounting up my expanding Dark Czar collection by Andy Jefcoate

Mount Up! Andy Jefcoate hits double figures in his articles with the tenth instalment of his adventures in the Witchlands with Flintloque. If you want to catch up with the previous nine articles you can do so by clicking HERE for Andy's tag on the blog.  Last time he added artillery to his force using the Grapeshotte book and the new Ferach Howitzer.  In this article he takes up the mantle to give the minions of the Dark Czar some more 'rotten' muscle. With pictures of his own painted collection and our own site. Read on and enjoy. GBS



Expansion to 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar

For my tenth Flintloque article it's been good  to loop back to where I started with the expansion to the 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar beginners box set. 

My Ferach force has grown around the four Ferach figures in the set. Saindoux  is still my overall force commander, Boell Umfrage is his bodyguard, Ayers is the standardbearer in my Ferach Elf line infantry unit and Hulmutt Jucken is part of my Finklestein Dogmen line infantry unit.

On the other hand Captain Preservovitch and the other five savant zombies in his unit had remained separate from the other units in the Dark Czar's force. Additional Undead and werewolf units have joined the pursuit but the savant zombies have remained as a unit on their own mainly because they look very distinctive in their decorative heavy cavalry uniforms.

It was therefore very good to hear that Alternative Armies would be releasing an expansion to this unit with command figures on foot and mounted figures too!  I just had to have them!

What figures are available
Saindouxs 4 survivors can now be bought on their own as pack 5024A. They are just great figures and as with me they make a good starting point for a Ferach force.


There is pack 5024B Preserovitchs Colour Party which are three new foot figures in metal, consisting of a standard bearer, a drummer and a sergeant. These are very dynamic poses and perfect to join Captain Preseverovitch as command figures to a foot unit.


Pack 5024C is Preserovitchs Infantry which is the Zombies poses from the beginners box. There is the option to buy trooper figures individually to let you build up a bigger unit if you want to go to twenty four for a Slaughterloo line zombie unit. If you are starting out or want a full unit in one code then 5024E is for you this consists of the Colour Party, the officer and eight mixed random savant zombie poses from the 5024 set. 


Then there is the impressive pack 5024D Preserovitchs Cuirassiers, which are mounted versions of Preserovitchs unit. There are five heavy cavalry poses consisting of an officer with a sword (that could be used as a mounted version of Preserovitch himself), a standard bearer, a drummer and two trooper poses with carbine, one of which is firing while other holds his gun aloft. They are metal figures and are mounted on the excellent new resin heavy cavalry horse which has floor length cloth barding and looks very imposing. Single figures can also be purchased from this pack to let you decide on the size of your unit. Pack 5024E which allows you to buy the new resin heavy cavalry horse separately, with an alternative version 5024E1 which includes the big kettle drums that come with the drummer figure and which attach to the sides of the horse.  


Along with the metal command figures I purchased another 15 trooper figures on foot to give me an overall unit of 24 infantry. I also bought a unit of 10 cavalry figures. All the new figures are lovely sculpts and look like the elite units that they are. Both infantry and cavalry will stand out on the tabletop.

Painting the figures
Due to having the six figures from the starter set I had already decided to retain the same colour scheme as the green, red and gold works well. The only difference on the sculpts is that the new figures have their greatcoats rolled rather than wearing them but otherwise their uniforms are the same.




Therefore the only change to my painting scheme was with the rolled greatcoats and I painted them red. This made them stand out against the green jackets and my reasoning was that this is the lining showing. I thought that a green rolled greatcoat over a green jacket just would not stand out and I wanted to do the detail justice on these lovely figures. 

The continuing narrative
Although Captain Preseverovitch and his men have always been part of the pursuit of Saindoux's force they have now received reinforcements. Some of these are other survivors of his initial unit that have finally caught up but the rest are newly raised, lets face it there are lots of bodies around! They also have some heavy cavalry horses to increase the speed and hitting power of their unit.



Still smarting from the fact that Saindoux escaped him and having been replaced in command by Vampyres due to his perceived failure, Preseverovitch is determined that he will have his revenge. He is not just a zombie..........................

Using these figures in my games
The mounted figures are clearly heavy cavalry and I've used them as this in my Flintloque games. They look very imposing too. To match the figures I've armed them with swords and carbines on my section roster which gives more tactical options although shooting isn't the best skill for a savant zombie! Having a ten figure unit it is also perfect to use in Slaughterloo when I get there as this is a full size heavy cavalry count. 

With the twenty four foot figures I have more than enough to use as dismounted cavalry if they lose their mounts in the game but they can also be used as infantry in their own right as they are in the 5024 set. Being savant zombies they are useful as they aren't restricted by having to stay close to a Liche. As they look elite I have used them as Guard Infantry too as set out in the 5027 Grapeshotte book which gives them an additional edge. In Slaughterloo they will be used as superior zombie infantry and a unit of 24 is a good size. 

It is also fun to use the Cuirass special rule which negates the first wound each figure suffers in the game automatically as their steel cuirass takes the brunt of the hit!  See the free scenarios for more on this at the Begin in Flintloque page.

What's next 
As I now have some zombie heavy cavalry, I would like some mortal heavy cavalry for my Ferach force. I'll let you know how I get on.

Thank you for reading.

Andy

Monday, 14 May 2018

Joccian Riding Cows and new Limber Cow now in resin

There were rumours about a while back that Alternative Armies would be continuing the re-mastering of the existing mounts range for Flintloque and also perhaps expanding the Joccian Army as well. It was true! Last week the new 56520 Joccian Light Infantry made its debut and now we have not only replaced the white metal riding Highland Cow with a resin version with a price reduction but we also have a new limber Highland Cow which is with the artillery crew and divisional box too. Go HERE for the Army of Greate Britorcn or read on for all the codes which have been updated. This is our last Valon release and news for the month of May 2018. 


The new resin Highland Cows are identical to the white metal ones except in a change to a high quality grey tone resin for the body (the separate head remains in white metal) so your riders will continue to be ideally suited to their bovine charges. 






Here are pictures of the Highlands Cows showing their parts and sizes. The riding cow has a saddle and works with most 28mm riders who fit wider horses. The new limber cow is fitted with tackle and also has a yoke and also a saddle if you wish to place a rider upon it. You can purchase these creatures in the new 56511L Riding and Limber Cows code selecting either cow in any quantity on the page to add to your forces. There are five codes altered with this news. 


56511 Joccian Greys – New Lower Price 
The famous North Britorcn Cavalry the Joccian Greys. Mounted on shaggy haired Highland Cattle they are a veteran regiment and have served many campaigns all across Valon. They are light cavalry armed with swords. Choose from a single trooper, pack of five or a unit of ten each with a saving. There is an officer, standard bearer and a trooper pose. The riders and cow heads are white metal and the cow bodies are resin. Go HERE


56535 Joccian Command 
The Joccian Command Set gives you four officers on foot and two mounted for all purposes. Use in all Joccian sections and units. Officers are Aggressive, Officer Cowardly, Officer Dastardly and Officer Heroic. The Mounted Colonel is on a Ram and Mounted General on resin Cow. Go HERE


LE028 General Gordon 
The commander of all the Ratmen in Catalucia and right hand of the Lord Wheeling-Turn all the regiments of Joccia are inspired by the sight of Archrat Gordon. Now mounted on a resin cow. Limited to one thousand numbered packs only. Go HERE

56515 Joccian Artillery Crew 
The foundries of Joccia make almost all the cannons used by the Army of Albion so troops have a lot of time to practice at home. They are fine gunners. These Six Big Ratmen are classed as Gun Crew. An Officer and Five Gunners as well as two of the new resin Limber Cows. Add them to your collection. Go HERE

Lastly for those who wish to gain enough miniatures in one box for a dozen different Flintloque sections or an entire force for Slaughterloo while saving 18% off list prices there is the 56500 Joccian Divisional Army Pack which now comes with the new resin cows. Thanks for your attention and here are details of our two week long offers 

This week until Sunday 20th May midnight GMT there is 10% off every miniatures, pack and unit in the whole Goblin Army of Al-Garvey collection for Flintloque and Slaughterloo. Choose from personalities, lizard cavalry, dodo cavalry, light and line infantry as well as artillery and gun crew plus detonation dodos! Click through to see all the codes and the Goblins can be found in 5025 War in Catalucia and 5030 Slaughterloo. 


Ten percent off all the miniatures and units in Alternative Armies 28mm historical range of Jacobites until midnight GMT Sunday 20th May. The Prince, the Piper, Bonnie Flora and many others plus Dancers. Great in any suitable game system. Click through to see them all. 

Thanks for reading and we will be back with a free article from Andy Jefcoate as well as further new releases for Bits and Sprues and Grinning Skull before the end of the month. Additionally our website and email clients are now GDPR compliant as per the implementation date of 25th May 2018. Alternative Armies is happy to assist with any questions on sales@alternative-armies.com and you must now set up an account to place an order and additional confirm to join our mailing list. See our Information page for more. 

GBS

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Free Uniformation download for Joccian Light Infantry

As promised last week upon the release of the excellent new 56520 Joccian Light Infantry codes for Flintloque and Slaughterloo we now bring you a free one page PDF download for them.  Uniformation an additional resource to bolt onto your 5025 War in Catalucia book and 5030 Slaughterloo book.  Go HERE for the new Ratmen.


Uniformation – Joccian Light Infantry
To download this one page article from our website please click HERE.  Containing a short tale, optional rules and uniform details it is laid out for printing and addition to your printed or digital books.



56520 Joccian Light Infantry
This code contains eight different white metal 28mm scale poses of Ratman in light infantry uniforms of the Britorcn Army.  These are an officer sword in hand pointing the attack, a musician with bugle, sergeant in greatcoat and tam o shanter and kneeling trooper with musket raised.  Trooper poses are kneeling with musket level, with musket advancing in greatcoat, firing musket while stepping forward and musket raised wearing tam o shanter.  Very characterful miniatures ideal for skirmishing and supplied in your choice of a unit of twelve (one of each pose plus four additional random and different troopers) or single miniature if you wish to increase your force.  Supplied with our resin cartouche bases. You can also choose to purchase these miniatures painted and based for immediate use.  Go HERE.  Price 24.00GBP per unit.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Talking About Games reviews our Abandoned Beer Wagon

Now on Youtube a brand new five minute in depth review of our 28mm scenic piece 59523 Abandoned Beer Wagon from Talking About Games (TAG) channel. Abraham is a keen wargamer and though we provided the model to him to review his review is impartial and we have no control or influence upon it. Go HERE for our scenic range or watch the video in this article. Thanks! 


TAG channel are using their Abandoned Beer Wagon for terrain to play Flintloque, namely the beginners box set 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar, but you can use the wagon for any horse and musket or fantasy etc setting in your tabletop games. We have a range of terrain including barrels, boxes, campfire, campaign table, corpse pile and abandoned goods wagon too. 


Every week Alternative Armies has two week long offers which are 10% off every code in two entire collections of our website. Every pack, unit, box, book and so on in the collection is ten percent cheaper than its normal price for seven days. It changes every week at midnight GMT Sunday so it is well worth a look to see what we have on offer from our vast choice. Go HERE



This Week our Digital Downloads, paid for PDF's of our rule books, are on offer and our 28mm high fantasy range of Crystal Elves

We will be back later this week with a Uniformation free article for the new 56520 Joccian Light Infantry for Flintloque. 

Thanks for your time. 

 GBS

Friday, 4 May 2018

Bradley Miniatures 6mm Scifi range now at Alternative Armies

You heard rumours and some of you asked and it has been in the works but now we are delighted to unveil the brand new page for Bradley Miniatures at Alternative Armies.  A superb 6mm scale science fiction range of infantry, walkers, bikes, vehicles great for any game system.  Go HERE or read on for more information.


In agreement with Lawrence Bradley Hitze we have taken over production of the Bradley Range here in Scotland and we have begun with the 6mm science fiction which exists.  We will be handling the 15mm range too and also the new codes resulting from the second successful kickstarter campaign which ended in March.  Details on these will come at the appropriate time.



The Star Legion and Colonial Army are now present in these pack codes.

BR002 Armadillo APC (4 Vehicles)
BR003 Stalker Missile Tank (4 Vehicles) 
BR004 Hunter Battle Tank (4 Vehicles) 
BR005 Nemian Assault Tank (4 Vehicles) 
BR006 Tiger Walker (4 Walkers)
BR007 Jet Grenadier Platoon (30 Infantry)
BR008 Grenadier Platoon (30 Infantry)
BR009 Grenadier Weapons Platoon (30 Infantry) 
BR010 Stormhunter SPG (4 Vehicles)
BR011 Lionsguard Platoon (24 Infantry) 
BR012 Attack Bike Platoon (20 Bikes)
BR013 Gryphon Gravscout (4 Flyers) 
BR014 Trencher APC (4 Vehicles)

Here are larger pictures from the gaming table of the creator of these miniatures.  Click on them to see them full size.  They show almost all the codes from the list above.











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Go HERE for the range.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS