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.

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Monday, 11 November 2019

Baron Petrochemicoli limited edition new free game insert for Flintloque

Alternative Armies has a range of limited edition miniatures for the World of Valon, that being the game systems Flintloque and Slaughterloo. While most of these can be found in our Rarest Tin booklet not all can. It was recently brought to our attention that LE043 Baron Petrochemicoli of the Todoroni did not have a full set of rules in one place. We are delighted to today to present, updated, a one page insert for this miniature. Go HERE or read on for more. 


LE043 Baron Petrochemicoli 
The richest of the Todoroni and the virtual owner of the Cotechino Guarda regiment. The Baron is a flamboyant and inspiring noble who takes to the battlefield to lead his troops. One 28mm scale metal miniature. This code is limited to 1000 Numbered Packs only and then the molds will be destroyed. Go HERE

 
A one page free download hosted on our website which gives you background and rules for the Baron for Flintloque and for Slaughterloo along with uniform and possible uses in play. Click to DOWNLOAD. It is also hosted on our FREE DOWNLOADS page which has over 300mb of free material for our game systems to read. 


The Baron is loaded with cash and basically has his own regiment. See 56540 Cotechino Guarda on our website as a unit or skirmish pack or trooper booster. All of the miniatures in this article were sculpted by Rob Alderman. 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Friday, 8 November 2019

Elf 15mm Spearmen on offer and results of poll on next HOT Army sculpted

In our last miniature announcement before the Winter Mega Event 2019 begins on 18th November we would like to tell you the result of the recent Alternative Armies poll on our Facebook Group.  The poll concerned which next 15mm scale army we would expand or begin from scratch.  We have also re-molded HOT10 Elf Spearmen and have new images of these popular figures plus a wee deal on them too.  Go HERE or read on for more.


HOT10 Elf Spearmen
This pack contains sixteen 15mm scale miniatures in metal.  Four different poses of armoured High Elves armed with spears.  Great as single character or the pack can rank up intro four rows of four as a block of spears due to their poses (the pack contains four of each pose).  The miniatures require no assembly.  As with all our HOT packs you can also choose a 'sampler' option with just one of each pose which is excellent for fantasy skirmish.  Go HERE.


The recent HOT 15mm Fantasy poll on our Facebook Group gave the option of either a large expansion to our existing High Elf Army or the creation of a Lizardman Army from scratch.  The final result was close but the Elves too the victory!  As a result of this we now announce that in 2020 we will release at least twenty five new poses in packs with sampler option included.  With feedback there will be Heroes, Champions, Archers, Guard Infantry, Beasts and Flyers.  We thank everyone who took part. Design work is under way now!


We have a fine array of pointy ears already which you can see on our website in a special refined range search HERE or browse if you wish.  Here is a list of the codes.

HOT117 Elf Hero on Griffin
HOT118 Elf Hero on Wyvern
HOT116 Elf Mounted Command
HOT8 Elf Command
HOT9 Elf Mounted Sword Knights
HOT42 Elf Mounted Lancer Knights
HOT43 Elf Mounted Spear Knights
HOT10 Elf Spearmen
HOT11 Elf Archers
HOT20 Elf Chariot
HOT69 Elf Crossbows
HOT70 Elf Crew with Bolt Thrower
HOT71 Elf Mattocks
HOT72 Elf Blades
HOT73 Elf Axes


We also have two HOTT 24AP Army Packs for Elves which come with all needed miniatures and element bases included for free.  These are HOTT1001 High Elf and HOTT1012 Imperial Elves which you can see HERE.  These armies can also be had painted and based out of the box (as shown above).

Thank you for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Retained Knights 28mm painted by Stone Cold Lead

I will admit to being in somewhat in a state of awe at the brush stroke talents of Simon Bradley known online as 'Stonecoldlead' and we were fortunate enough for him to put paint to metal on some of our miniatures. You can check out his work in full on his Facebook PAGE if you want to see more. 


The Ion Age exists within Alternative Armies in two scales those being 15mm and 28mm.  These wonderful paint works were done on three of the 28mm scale miniatures taken from the more than two hundred poses we have.  Taken from three different packs (all the miniatures are in packs and can be had as singles within the pack on the page) IA018 Retained Esquire, IAF106 Retained Noblesse and IAF073 Retained Assaulter.  


Now that is some remarkable brush work. The range is great for use with our own Ion Age Game Systems or with any other space opera tabletop system and they mix well with our Alternate Stars range too.  The range is in two parts and can be seen HERE.  The Prydian Precinct which is Nobles, Barons, Retained, Muster and Planetary Militia. The Khanate Empire which is Legionaries, Betrayers, Pioneers, Warlords and Malig Goblins.  Great value top miniatures.  



There are also great value saver platoon packs which each contains additional miniatures for free.  All on the range page.


Count Valdimir Kustosov the Vampire is free in every order placed and shipped out during November 2019 at Alternative Armies.  Learn more on our BLOG or on the WEBSITE. You can of course purchase this figure too if you wish.  Long term players of Flintloque may recognise this classic 1998 miniature which has been out of production for nearly twenty years.  It has a new code and new...life...re-mastered and on the website.  We also have updates and specials on our DEALS AND OFFERS page suitable for spooky season.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

VNT17 The Griffin in 28mm scale returns to Alternative Armies

Among our new releases in our ranges Alternative Armies is also constantly re-molding existing models and bringing in print runs of existing titles.  Typically we do not tell you all about this as it is ongoing.  But every now and again a code will also be re-mastered (meaning its design is tweaked or tightened for easier casting or production) and it gets a new paint scheme or other improvement.  These we like to share.  This time it is a 28mm scale model which has not been in production for the VNT range (haunt of the Undead and Monsters) for a great many years.  The Griffin returns!


VNT17 The Griffin
This code contains one five part metal model in 28mm scale.  Easy to assemble it consists of a body with head and tail, a pair of wings and two sets of claws.  Re-mastered from the original 1990's sculpt by Steve Trickett this monster is great for any high fantasy setting of system.  It measures 50mm from foot to head and is 80mm from claw tip to end of tail.  Imposing the Griffin is a hunter of men.  A legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts, and the eagle the king of the birds, by the Middle Ages the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Since classical antiquity, griffins were known for guarding treasures and priceless possessions.  Go HERE.



A suitable foe for your Knights to take on in a quest or with a bit of conversion work you could mount a saddle upon it.  In the pictures of this article we show our Knights from FL12 Men at Arms and FL15 Men at Arms II.


Count Valdimir Kustosov the Vampire is free in every order placed and shipped out during November 2019 at Alternative Armies.  Learn more on our BLOG or see the WEBSITE. You can of course purchase this figure too if you wish.  Long term players of Flintloque may recognise this classic 1998 miniature which has been out of production for nearly twenty years. It has a new code and new...life...re-mastered and on the website.  We also have updates and specials on our DEALS AND OFFERS page suitable for spooky season.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 4 November 2019

Alternative Armies new Forum is up and running

Some of you will know the entity Yahoo Groups has been in decline and is now about to meet its demise ceasing to function before being taken offline. Our own Notables group has run from March 2007 to October 2019. It was an honour and privilege to speak to wargamers on Yahoo Groups and to give them happiness in the hobby for more than a decade. We are losing the message history but we have all of the files uploaded here with us. But it is not the end..oh no.


We now have a new place for a forum and we would like you to join us there if you are interested in wargaming and Alternative Armies. From Flintloque to Fantasy to Science Fiction and Historical in scales of 28mm, 15mm and 6mm plus Ganesha Games and other ranges we produce and stock. We will continue to chat and to put news and offers and free material in this new place from now on. Here is our ProBoards address:


Go along and join. We look forward to seeing you.  A forum is a nice way to organise content and conversations.  It has been running now for two weeks and while still in its infancy it is developing.

Thank you!

Gavin Syme (GBS)

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Tabletop Games UK impartial review of Doom Squad solo rules

The chaps over at Tabletop Games UK site are building up a reputation as bring on the ball when it comes to impartial reviews and excellent content for wargamers and it is my pleasure to present to you a great independent review by Adam of Doom Squad solo play rules.  Go HERE for the review.


There are some interesting ideas put forward to using Doom Squad in the Flintloque setting and also with our Festive Range too.  It is a very adaptable scale and setting book of rules covering 300 years of special forces warfare.


The book can be had in PRINT or immediately at twenty percent less as a paid DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.  Have a look.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 1 November 2019

Free Vampire Count in every November order plus deals on packs this month

I want to begin by thanking everyone for the wonderful response to the Witch Carline and it makes me smile to know that this hag is now all over the world in gamers collections.  It is now November and you know what that means...the Winter Mega Event is coming.  It is not far away and this will be the most release and news packed month since the spring.  We will give you full details in a couple of weeks but for now its time to show you what you will be getting free automatically in your order this month and some new deals only for November too.  Go HERE or read on for more.


55017 Count Valdimir Kustosov
The former overlord of the tomb city of Czarlingrad is a scheming and manipulative maker of plans who prefers to be far from the fight but that does not mean he is defenceless..far from it.  Armed with a finely wrought blade made in the lands of Aegypt he is debonair until it is time for the fangs to come forth!  One 28mm scale metal miniature. Count Valdimir Kustosov is great for any setting and game system including Flintloque and Slaughterloo leading Undead forces.  Go HERE.


Now re-mastered and in new molds this 1998 miniature which was part of the Czarlingrad novella pack (then it was 59001 and the book is still on our Ebay Store Plague Games) is now back in its own right and is free in all orders shipping out worldwide during November 2019 at the rate of one per order.  


During November we have extra on our Deals and Offers page as well as the free Vampire Count.  This page is where you can find all our best value bundles and biggest discounts across several scales and various game systems and ranges such as High Fantasy and Ganesha Games plus Sengoku Japanese and so forth.  Go HERE to browse.  


During this month added we have 28mm scale the 55022 Big Zombie Todoroni as well as 56115 K.G.L Captain Schlager and 52020 Baron Brewswick for Flintloque and Slaughterloo.  We have VNT38 the Big Mouth Beast and DH3 Fnoor the Big'Un for high fantasy.  There are others too!  Lastly the new value pack for 15mm scale HOFP05 Post Apocalyptic Warband chock full of characters.

There is a lot of news coming in the next four or so weeks so keep an eye open for all the new and all the free.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS