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.
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Thursday, 17 September 2020

We promise he is just sleeping...56119 Dead Hippo released for Flintloque

A new release for Flintloque and Slaughterloo players today plus anyone else who wants a cute 'sleeping' Hippo on their gaming table.  By customer commission we present a new code for the Todoroni of Nepolise army plus Battlefield Bits range.

56119 Dead Hippo. This pack contains two identical 28mm scale resin dead hippos.  A useful casualty marker in Flintloque and Slaughterloo as well as a battlefield objective.  It is 45mm end to end. This model goes excellently with 56528 Todoroni Hussars and 56529 Todoroni Artillery Crew as well as mounted Todoroni Officers.

If you are a fan of Toadmen or fancy something rather special then have a look at our fantastic Todoroni Generali Bust HERE.

This completes our releases for Flintloque this month.  Remember you get a free Zombie from 5024 Escape the Dark Czar in every order during September; see our BLOG for details.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Battlefield Bits range adds 28mm Horses plus Hippos

By customer request and now added to the Battlefield Bits and More collection on the website are more mounts and limber beasts from the vast World of Valon 28mm range.  Horses and Hippos which can be used by Elves, Todoroni, Orcs or any Human sized rider.  See all there is HERE which is Bits & Sprues as well as many other items to put on your table.

From the Elves of Armorica are five different horses and from the Orcs of Albion four different horses. Then the Todoroni of Nepolise provide two Hippos and the Dogmen of Ostaria present two different horses.  Each of these can be had in any quantity on its page by selecting the one you want on the drop down menu.

We are always happy to hear from players and customers so if you have a suggestion or wish to see something from one of our thousands of codes available as a single piece then contact us.  By email to sales@alternative-armies.com or by any of our social media such as our Facebook Group or Forum.  Alternative Armies will also consider commissions to sculpt new models for a range (a new release this week is one such see 56119).  Ask for details.

Every order this month gets a free 5024 Escape the Dark Czar miniature, a Zombie randomly chosen from the six poses in the beginners set.  Read about this on our BLOG and Begin in Flintloque if adventure interests you....

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

MOTH Ion Age skirmish rules free files and new print run

It is important to note that the creation of the Prydian Army actually contributed greatly to the rise of both Yordan and Canlaster. Before the formation of the Army the Marcher Barons had little room for movement, they could hire mercenaries and police their own worlds but the Starvaulters kept them in check. Taking men and women from the planets of the barons and giving them so much training and weaponry only stoked the fires of civil war. Certainly they put down the rebels for several years but then they became rebels themselves as their loyalty was first to their baron and not the throne. Granted not all of the regiments abandoned the throne but we have very much been the architects of our own demise. We were warned by many but we chose to ignore them all. Kadj Dace got what he wanted, not by the means he planned but by accident of design. Prydia is aflame and none among us can stop it. Lord Turnbull, Glastonbury Tor. 
 

Before Patrol Angis and the titanic expansion of the 15mm Ion Age range there was MOTH the skirmish game system for the more than three hundred poses in the 28mm Ion Age miniature range. MOTH has been out of printed stock for a long time but upon customer request we had a short new run made up! So you can get the book in print or paid digital download (20% less than print) now. MOTH was the starting point for the Prydian Civil War. 
 

Three Prydian Retained in their typical white and red titanium plate. Every miniature can be had as a pack or within the pack as single poses. We also have value sets of whole platoons and lances which give you miniatures for free within them. Retained, Muster, Legion, Betrayers and Malig Goblins. Great for any 28mm game system in space opera style! 
 

There is a free folder of useful files for MOTH which is now on the page for the book with a link. It contains rosters, templates and a starter scenario which ties into the book too. Go HERE for the range or you can CLICK HERE to download the file from our server right now. 
 
Moth lets you to play out anything from a small skirmish with half a dozen miniatures a side right up to a squad level battle with more than a hundred miniatures in play if you so desire. Play with 28mm OR 15mm miniatures from the Ion Age. This is a game that is fast to learn, fast to play and great for younger novice players and experienced tacticians alike. Moth has a clever central mechanic based around the D10 (ten sided dice) and the adaptable Elan Rating system. This, when combined with fluid squad mechanic allows players to add to and remove from their squads in play. Plus unique features such as Break Shots, Degrade Fire, two action choice among many others makes the game flow excellently and combines tension with fun in battle. Use cover, avoid open ground, call on your fellows for support. Win the Prydian Civil War for your noble masters! 
 
 
Lastly if you place an order during September 2020 you will automatically get a free 5024 Dark Czar Zombie (worth 2.50GBP) read about this on our BLOG. If you wish...just ask us (by email to sales@alternative-armies.com) with your order number when you place it and I will personally replace the Zombie with a free 28mm Ion Age miniature. Retained if you order Retained or Malig if you order Malig etc. It is my pleasure. 
 
Thanks for Reading, 
 
GBS

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Concrete Barriers and Barrels new 15mm release

Need a road blocked or a hasty defensive works put in place? Sculpted by Christian Cuello (he who created Barkhoven and Valon Civilians). See FMS06 in our Battlefield Bits range (28mm and 15mm useful things) or in the HOF 15mm Science Fiction Range (where it joins our Tents, Cans and Boxes, Body Bags etc).

FMS06 Concrete Barriers and Barrels.  This code contains six different 15mm resin pieces giving you a series of concrete barriers and barrels.  Just the thing for modern, near future, science fiction and other gaming.  

You can select a set of six pieces or using the menu on the page select any of the pieces (A to F) in any quantity allowing total choice! Go HERE.

As you can see these go really well with Security Force Alpha miniatures (remember he is on a 20mm round base thus the added height).

Enemy is incoming!  Female SFA troopers get ready behind their barricades.

Have you seen HOF122 Media Team?  If you are planning an urban campaign then reporters might well be a cool addition.  All of our non-military 15mm codes in the HOF range can be seen on the CIVILIAN tag for the range.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 14 September 2020

Ferach Elf Catalucia divisional army pack for Slaughterloo and Flintloque

The miniature range for The World of Valon (Flintloque and Slaughterloo and more) is huge and when it comes to mass battle we have a full array of 'DAPs' (Divisional Army Packs) for all of the armies that fight in the Mordredian Wars.  We are in the process of updating the imagery of these DAP's.  The new photos of this division and the units which make it up come from our painting studio which produces many thousands of pro-painted and based miniatures each year to a fine tabletop quality and great price.  This division has already sold but you can see our current painted and ready to ship stock of units, sections, characters, specials and more for the World of Valon HERE (the stock is updated every week).  What you see is what you are buying and most items are a stock level of one.

The leaders of the Ferach Empire, these fine soldiers form the core of all troops under their Tyrant Emperor Mordred.  Some of the fastest and most motivated troops of the Napoleonique Wars of Valon. You can see the full range HERE.

51600 Ferach Elf Catalucia DAP

Line Infantry:

2 Units of 20 Elf Line Infantry includes Officer, Sergeant, Standard Bearer (51504-U)

1 Unit of 20 Elf Line Catalucia includes Officer, Sergeant, Standard Bearer (51519-U)

Light Infantry:

1 Unit of 12 Elf Chasseur Light Infantry includes Officer, Sergeant (51518-U)

Cavalry:

1 Unit of 10 Mounted L'Esprit du Garde includes Officer, Standard (51501-U)

Artillery:

1 Unit of 6 Elf Line Artillery Crew includes 2 Limber Horses (51513)

1 Ferach Cannon includes Limber (59502)

Extras:

1 Mounted Elf General (51507-F)

9 Elf Casualties (51030)

Bases: 87 Infantry Bases 13 Cavalry Bases

When you go to this division you can cycle through all of the new pictures by using the 'left and right arrows' to move among them.  Click on them to make them full size on your screen.

Every painted standard bearer which we sell always has a flag for his unit included.  The flags included free with this division are shown above.

Additionally the digital version of the massive 5030 Slaughterloo book is just 20.00GBP for immediate purchase and reading upon download.  Go HERE.

It is well worth the dedicated Flintloque player to consider the purchase of a Divisional Army Pack as the full units within it can also act as Sections in the skirmish level game.  This is common with players using a full DAP to make up a half dozen large Sections on foot and cavalry as well as a cannon and crew plus officers and casualty markers.  All with a 15% saving on single figure purchases and free bases too.

For the entirety of the month of September a freebie from Alternative Armies with a Dark Czar set Zombie (worth 2.50GBP) included free in every package.  Read this in full on our BLOG. Visit Begin in Flintloque PAGE for articles and video for the game. 

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Traders and Entertainers return to the Torture Chamber range

Now re-mastered and back in the world more classic poses in the 28mm Torture Chamber range.  We have just about brought back every pose and set which was around in the 1980's and later this year we will unveil several codes which were made for this setting but were never released (yes never seen before!).  Today's news gives you characters which go along with the ladies in the Harem set and would go well with The Rack or The Whipping Beam for instance.

Each of these miniatures can be had in the pack or on its own as well.  Go HERE.

TOR15pt3 Harem and Slave Market Pt3 Trader and Entertainers

This classic pack is the third of several to bring you the Slave Market and Harem characters in the Torture Chamber collection. It contains five 28mm scale miniatures as follows. Dancing Girl (1), the Slave Master (2), Harem Eunuch Guard (3), Girl with Fan (4) and Sitting Musician (5). These miniatures are for use in dioramas or dungeon crawl type games and settings. Painted examples shown on 25mm square bases.

The Inquisitor on the Throne.  There is a lot in this range for both fantastical and historical wargaming.  All of the sets can be had as a pack or pieces from them if you wish to craft your own visions of the setting.  Go HERE.

These are all of our 28mm fantasy releases for this month but you can check out the re-mastered and expanded Orc Rock Band just now before we talk about it in a couple of weeks time.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Article 22 The Adventures of Gorgon Lightfoote - Part 4

Andy Jefcoate returns with the twenty second article on Flintloque the forth in the adventurers of Gorgon Lightfoote. 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

The Adventures of Gorgon Lightfoote - The Support Troops

In my last three articles I've introduced you to the core of Gorgon Lightfoote's Britorcn section and explained how I've used them in my games. In this article I'd like to show you the last but by no means least of the current members in his section, although I'm sure that he'll receive reinforcements in the future!

Depending on the scenario you can often gain an advantage by including specialists and Lightfoote is becoming a master at using the Witchlands terrain to his benefit. As his force is light and fast moving, regular artillery is out of the question, but a Mountain gun has rectified the situation and as my scenarios are often created around a raid or ambush a sniper is useful too!  

The Mountain Gunners

Code 56596S gives you a 2lb cannon which is basically the same as a large Ogre Kannonderbuss and enemy troopers certainly don't want to be hit by it. For Roundshotte it hits with 75/10 up to 15cm range, but is still 60/8 up to 38cm and 40/6 up to 75cm which is enough to give a bad day to most enemy troopers, while for Caseshotte you get 80/6 up to 15cm and 55/3 up to 38cm.

You only need two gunners to use a 2lb cannon, mine are from code 56515 Joccian Artillery Crew and have been painted to match the Blacke Watchit troopers as they are part of their unit as close infantry support.

One major advantage of a gun of this size is that you don't need a limber. Two characters can carry it with a 30% reduction in movement and if necessary one character can carry it with a 70% reduction in movement. This means that it can be taken into or though terrain such as woods where you wouldn't normally dream of taking a cannon. It can also be lifted over linear obstacles such as walls or fences!

A Mountain Gun can be useful in attack or defense. I usually use it on the end of a line of infantry to support an attack or help to clear a flank of enemy attackers but it is equally useful for holding an area of terrain. At a cost of only 55 points for the gun plus the cost of two gunners I don't know why more sections don't include one. I've already bought a second one for my Ferach force.

The Sniper 'Old One Shot'

This veteran Rifle Orc was once a member of the 105th Foote in Catalucia but like 'Stab'and 'Grab' he has ended up in Lightfoote's service. He is a loner and probably isn't actually old for an Orc but his time spent out in the wilds gives him a rather disheveled appearance. This and his ability to efficiently take down a target have led to his nickname. 

For this character I've used a figure from the classic pack 50010 Sharke's Rifles 1st edition. He still has his 105th Foote uniform but carries everything he needs on his back so this figure is perfect.

In Flintloque 'Old One Shot' is a Veteran and an Elite Light Trooper, which gives him +15% accuracy, +3 Steady, +3 Discipline and +3 Melee on top of his Orc Racial Statistics of Steady 3, Wounds 3, Discipline +1 and Melee +2. He carries an Orcish Bakur Rifle which is very accurate at closer ranges (80/6 up to 15cm and 65/4 up to 45cm) but also has a maximum range of 75cm and has a bayonet attached to give a further +3 in Melee. The only downside of a Bakur Rifle is that it takes 2 turns to reload so in case he doesn't live up to his name this character also carries  a standard pistol. 

As if 'Old One Shot' wasn't good enough already I have given him the following skills and traits.

- Stealth (5 points) - After all figures have deployed this character can be placed anywhere within cover such as light woods, buildings or behind a wall as long as he is more than 15cm away from all enemy figures.

- Good Shot (2 points) - Further +5% accuracy on all shooting columns.

- Jamminess (3 points) - This character can re-roll one die roll per game.

As you can see, at 72 points although he isn't the cheapest Section Member 'Old One Shot' can be very useful if you need to take out a specific enemy section member or commander, just what you need from a sniper, but he is also pretty impressive in combat as long as he isn't too isolated or massively outnumbered. 

In Conclusion

These troops have been perfect additions to my force for specific scenarios, but the Mountain gun especially could be part of any section as it is so versatile and while not as hard hitting as most artillery it's ability to cope with any terrain and cheap cost more than make up for it in my mind. I think that you should get one today, why wait!

I have had fun with 'Old One Shot' in my games. He has fit in well with Lightfoote's force and has played his part in Ambush scenarios helping to capture a lesser Vampyre, he has fought on the defensive in a firing line with the Blacke Watchit when they have been attacked by Zombiski Cossacks and he has single handedly fought his way through a small section of zombies and a Liche to get back to his comrades after being cut off. Characters like this make the Flintloque game so fun to play as you can invest time in them and create a story! 

 What's next? 

As always I hope that you've enjoyed reading my articles about Gorgon Lightfoote's gallant band and that it has inspired you to try using a different force in your games. He will appear again in the future but for the time being I will be returning to my Ferach and Witchlands armies as there are so many great Flintloque figures to talk about! 

Thank you for reading.

Andy