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 June 2021

52524 Legion de Nain Grenadiers released and the Bier Wars

“I think that if the peoples of the Krautan League had known what Mordred meant by freedom and liberty they would have tore the ears off any Elf they met.  As it was the agents of Armorica used us Dwarves as willing participants in our own downfall.  Blood followed Krolsberg beer into the rivers and soil as we were divided and fought amongst ourselves. We were all brother regardless of beard length. The Battle of Worstweiser saw two legions face off as mortal enemies.  Liberty said the Elves...a confederation of slaves was the end result of the Bier Wars.” Harold Brekmeister the learned Dwarf  (historian and scholar at Monich University)

The Legion de Nain grows with the second brand new full unit release in the Beir Wars; this time the Legion de Nain Grenadiers!  Every one of these Dwarves is a character in its own right full of personality.  If missed what has already occurred, new Legion de Nain Line,  re-mastered classic and expanded Legion codes and new Pummilig Pig plus Riding Boar you can read about these on our blog on the Beir Wars TAB.  Go HERE for the Confederation of Finklestein on the website where all these miniatures reside.

52524 Legion de Nain Grenadiers: This is the heavy assault company of a legion battalion armed with Blunderbuss and Grenades dressed for all weathers in long coat, boots and the Raupenhelm (caterpillar helmet).  An Officer foot on stone with a war hammer, Banner Bearer with Blunderbuss, Sergeant thrusting with Halberd and a Musician beating the drum.  Four different poses of grenadier trooper these being throwing grenade, lighting grenade, aiming grenade (all with blunderbuss) and firing blunderbuss.  All have packs on their backs and items such as bed rolls and satchels about their persons.

You can choose from a pack of ten miniatures (all eight poses plus two more random troopers) or a unit of twenty (ten more troopers with a saving built in) or a single booster of one pose.  Order the single and you will get one random trooper, order more singles and we will give you different troopers.  If you want a command pose single that is explained the page. Go HERE for 52524 and scroll through the pictures on its page as after the main images there is a front and rear of every pose so that you can see them in great detail.  Check out those beards!

The Legion de Nain Line!  The first new unit code in the Beir Wars project.

As we progress in this year more releases will happen monthly as we expand the Legion de Nain and work towards it as a full force of all arms (the biggest ever expansion to the miniature range for a single army) we will also be slowly putting together a Flintloque campaign book on the Monich Beir War too.  Resident Valonian artist Edward Jackson will once again be creating artwork for this title.  Follow this on the Bier Wars TAG of our blog.

There are now thirty poses in the Legion. Above is General Saindoux an Elf character from 5024 Escape the Dark Czar next to grenadier Dwarves for scale.

If you would like to get into Flintloque in the lands of the Dwarfs then look no further than 5028 Beir and Bones game book.  On its own with full rules in print or as a digital download or as a shilling starter pack with miniatures and scenarios.  Go HERE.

If you have any questions please contact us on sales@alternative-armies.com and ask.

These new chaps are the Bombe!

GBS

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Valon Villagers and Orc Militia for Flintloque

Alternative Armies is delighted to present two further restored codes for the World of Valon in new molds with new images.  These follow up on the Deserter Army of Obidiah and on the twelve classic packs which returned in March too.  

All adding to Flintloque and to Slaughterloo choice for players in the realm of Orcs of Albion and typical folks to be found near battlefields.

58102 Valon Villagers: This returned and expanded pack gives you four different 28mm scale metal miniatures. An Orc wench in dress and bonnet, Elf woodsman or sailor with axe, Orc bandit or hunter with crossbow and lastly Elf villager with short pike.  Very useful in your games.  You can choose the pack or singles from the pack on its page.  Go HERE.

54514 Orc Militia: The Fencibles are the poorest quality Orcish soldiers and often privately raised. Meant only to serve at home in Albion they can sometimes travel to the front lines of the war. This restored code contains seven different poses and can be had as a skirmish pack of eight, a unit of twenty or single poses by choice.  There is a saving in the unit sized choice for Slaughterloo or big games of Flintloque.  Led by an Orc Gentleman who paid to raise them there are three poses of trooper with musket plus a bare headed trooper and a sitting trooper.  Lastly a larger muscular Orc Sergeant.  Make your choices on the page HERE.

We hope you enjoy these restored miniatures and these are most suited to 5025 War in Catalucia and 5020 Slaughterloo which can be had in print or as digital downloads with a saving.

Our next and last news for Flintloque this month will be the brand new release of the next unit in the Legion de Nain this week....

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Sunday, 13 June 2021

Ion Age 28mm Range price increase in July 2021

Alternative Armies has a huge array of miniatures to choose from and we pride ourselves upon offering good service and good prices too.  Sadly we will have to make an increase in the price of the entirety of the two hundred poses of the 28mm Ion Age range.  Prices will increase for packs and for single poses within packs too. The average increase will be from 2.00GBP to 2.50GBP and from 3.00GBP to 3.50GBP and so forth; about 20%.  We have not increased these prices for over five years and it will occur in the first week of July.

There is a lot to choose from in the range from the power armoured Retained Knights to the clam shell armoured Muster troops and the Plantetary Militia.  There are also the Marcher Barons and Errant Knights plus super heavy Desteria Armour kits.  The Khanate Empire has its legionaries and pioneers as well as Drop Troops in powered armour and mighty Warlords. Lastly Betrayer Humans for urban skirmish and the Malig Space Goblins.  See them all HERE.

You will still get two additional free miniatures in every value platoon pack.  That will not change.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Lizardman Behemoth released HOT 15mm Fantasy Range

 “Arrows cannot pierce its hide and the blades of Men make no impact.  The flesh and bones of the warm blooded foes are crushed and torn by its mighty limbs and teeth.  Our horde follows in its wake and the world will be ours.  We hail, you must hail and fear our Behemoth!”

Now added to the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range and increasing the array of Savage Lizardmen a centre point for your army.  The Lizardmen Behemoth!  Go HERE for the range and read on.

HOT133 Lizardman Behemoth

This code contains one metal miniature.  Wearing a belt and a headdress of skulls with a maw of razor sharp teeth and wielding a large wooden club with stone head. A hero or champion or even a god for your evil or Lizardman army.  The miniature is supplied in three pieces (body, upper and lower jaws); it is 40mm tall to top of head and 55mm tall to top of the club it is holding.  Easy to assemble.  Supplied unpainted and unassembled shown on a 50mm square base.  

This is the fifth pack for the Savage Lizardmen as we make our way towards an entire army of all arms.  It is our sole release for 15mm Fantasy this month.




If you are keen on the reptile horde for your table you can now get Savage Lizardmen with Spears, a Warband, Polearms and Lizard Ogres too.  Every pack comes as a sampler or chose a single pose too.  Conquer the World!  Go HERE.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Cesare Borgia on foot and mounted 15mm scale released

Alternative Armies in support of the expanding Renaissance range is delighted to present the first of our 'MRP' series of 15mm scale personalities of the period.  Who better to begin this than with one of the most infamous persons of the age Cesare Borgia.  Go HERE for the range or read on for more information.

Born in 1475 the son of a cardinal in a wealthy and powerful family Cesare Borgia was in his mid twenties when his father became Pope (Alexander VI).  After becoming a cardinal himself he then became Captain General of the Papal Army and married in 1499.  Made Duke of the Valentinois his main task in his new role was to try and restore effective papal control of the Papal States, and at the same time create a base for a Borgia dynasty in the Romagna. He also conquered the duchies of Umbria and Emilia. His conquests were greatly aided by the French, who contributed troops for his conquests of Imola and Forli and his battles in Rimini, Pesaro and Faenza. He also accompanied the French during their 1501 invasion of the kingdom of Naples. Cesare gained a reputation for ruthlessness, demonstrated when he murdered his sister Lucrezia's second husband, illegitimate son of the King of Naples who had become a political embarrassment. In 1503 Alexander died. Cesare had hoped to create a hereditary principality in central Italy, but his illness meant that he was unable to compete with his father's rival Giuliano della Rovere. In 1503 della Rovere became Pope Julius II. Cesare was removed from all of his posts, lost control of his fortresses, and was forced into exile. Cesare died in a fight in 1507.  

Cesare became the model for Machiavelli's Prince, portrayed as a man of brilliant ruthlessness but dubious achievements. He was also a patron of the arts, employing Leonardo de Vinci as an architect, engineer and city planner.

MRP01 Cesare Borgia (Foot and Mounted)

This code contains three miniatures in 15mm scale.  Cesare Borgia on foot and as a rider along with a horse. A personality miniature to use any game system or to add to your collection.  Use him in Furioso!  Supplied unpainted.  Go HERE.

This concludes our 15mm Historical releases for the month of June 2021.

Thank you for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 7 June 2021

Free Rules for Furioso – Leonardo Da Vinci and Handbushen Light Gun

A new one page free download for the Furioso Renaissance Warfare game system.  See the entire range plus both books in print and as digital downloads HERE.

We have also taken the opportunity to update the imagery of our HOT101 Da Vinci Tank and HOT102 Leonardo Da Vinci on foot and mounted.

Furioso - Additional Game Rules: Hosted on our website you can download by CLICKING HERE a one page PDF which has game rules for adding the legendary man of science as well as the light gun known as a Handbushen to your games.  Written by Steve Danes.  You can find many other free files for this game on its page on the website including Ottoman Empire army list and scenarios.


A simply amazing man who can be said to have been one of the great persons to have ever lived.  We present Da Vinci in person and his famous 'Turtle' or 'Tank' for your table in 15mm scale.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 4 June 2021

Magicians and Minor Monsters released Sengoku 15mm range

Now with over one hundred and eighty different miniatures the Sengoku range has expanded again with new models by John Bell for this month. Yokai, Creatures, Monsters, Samurai, Peasants, Scenics and much more.  This time six new single miniatures and a collected pack of them with a saving.  Go HERE for the range.

Great for any setting and game system to which they are suited including playing Monster Hunter.

SGFP51 Magicians and Minor Monsters: This pack contains twelve evenly mixed miniatures.  Two different Onmyoko magicians, an Oni Princess, sleeping Kitsune Fox, Demonic Samurai and Lesser Oni.  A great mix of enemies and allies for your games of Sengoku Monster Hunter.  Taken from codes SGF179,180,181,182,183 and SGF184.  The pack offers a small saving off the single purchase of these codes.

Bases used in the pictures are 20mm round for scale comparison picture. Each of these new miniatures is in the range as a single code as well for maximum choice.  Go HERE.

As the range has expanded we have gathered miniatures into bigger sets such as the first one SGFP1 Sengoku Set 1 which contains goblins, oni, tengu and kappa.  Each of these sets is maximum value with a saving giving an array of models for your table. If you purchase every Set then you have everything which has been released in the range.  We are currently in the midst of ninth push towards a Set.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS