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, 24 September 2020

Grey Alien Disc Riders new HOF 15mm packs released

Following up on the doubling of the size of the Grey Alien forces in the HOF Range last month with sixteen more infantry poses we now release some more 'mobile' aliens.  Disc Riders!  There are now nearly forty poses in this part of the range. Our thanks to veteran wargamer Fred Richards for his contributions to the new Greys.  Go HERE for the range or read on for more.

Grey Aliens are an enigmatic race of small, bulbous-headed, and highly intelligent aliens, the Greys are primarily scientists rather than soldiers, but sometimes come into conflict with other races when competing for resources, or when seeking to establish possession of a particular site for temporary and mysterious purposes. Their unauthorised experimental activities on live subjects who have usually been abducted can also provoke a hostile military response from races who have been subjected to such intrusions. Indeed, the Greys appear to regard the rest of the universe like their own enormous laboratory. More warlike races despise Grey reluctance to cause casualties, a sign of weakness, but the Greys have been reluctantly forced to train combat teams and actual soldiers as their ability to evade detection is declining. A Grey stands at approximately four feet in height and has light grey skin with black almond eyes and favours uniform suits of a silver and blue colour.

Each of the new packs can be had as a pack or as singles in any amount by choices on the page.  There is also a code to get the Grav Disc's on their own. See GREYS here.

HOF152 Grey Alien Disc Riders

A pack of four different 15mm scale metal miniatures each in two pieces.  Grey Alien with Energy Pistol (A), Grey Alien with support size Energy Weapon (B), Grey Alien with Energy Rifle ready (C) and Grey Alien with Energy Rifle firing (D).  All wear a control helmet to guide the discs.  Four identical discs are included.

HOF157 Grey Alien Disc Rider Command

A pack of four different 15mm scale metal miniatures each in two pieces.  Grey Alien Officer in cloak pointing (A), Grey Alien with Comms Gear (B), Grey Alien with Scanner (C) and Grey Alien with Energy Capture Matrix cannon levelled (D).  All wear a control helmet to guide the discs.  Four identical discs are included.

HOF152A Grav Discs (10)

This sub code gives you a pack of ten identical metal grav discs or the option of single purchase.  The disc is one piece including flight stick and stands 15mm tall.  Its flat top with ridge will accept most 15mm scale Human sized miniatures as riders.  If you wish to have some more 'mobile' troops then this is for you!

Here is a scale picture of a Grey Alien overlord and to a Human trooper of the SFA (Security Force Alpha) either side of the new Grav Disc rider.  These popular codes let you see how tall each is and additionally all of the bases are 20mm round resin from our Bases range.

A very different and special army we are working our way towards the largest selection of almond eyed monotone little aliens you have ever seen.  Thank you for your custom and more releases next month for the Grey Alien Invasion! 

This is our last news of the month. Thanks for Reading!

GBS

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Stone Cold Lead paints for the Dark Czar

It is my pleasure to present a wee update from Simon over at Stone Cold Lead figure painting (he is a very talented brush master) as he tackles some modifications and then painting our Flintloque beginners set.  5024 Escape the Dark Czar.  He maintains a presence of lovely examples of his painting on a Facebook PAGE if you wish to see more.

Thought I'd show some of the little tweaks I made to the Alternative Armies. Flintloque zombies I painted recently. Decided to add a little extra detail and make their coats a bit more dynamic.  I'm not much of a putty pusher but after the first model I soon got the hang of doing what limited 'sculpting' I wanted to do.  Guess I should have taken pics of the backs of the painted models too.  Oh well, I'll do that when the other three models are painted. Prepping more models from the Flintloque Escape from the Dark Czar starter set. Two of the Ferach survivors here.  General de Brigade Hugo Saindoux a rather tubby elf who values his cooking pot and stew, and Captain Boell Umfrage the sole survivor of an ogre regiment.  Bit of green stuff work on them to give their coats a little more shape and dynamism.  Painted another little something for my Flintloque 'project'. This time it's Count Valdimir Kustosov, a vampire. A nice diversion from the green uniformed zombies. - Taken from the Stone Cold Lead page.



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If you would like to learn more about the game and its miniatures then go along to our Begin in Flintloque page for the beginners set, more miniatures including Count Kustosov as well as terrain and some free scenarios to download.  Escape the Dark Czar is the best place to enter the worlds greatest black powder fantasy game.

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. You need do nothing but order and we will include it.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Orc Rock Band 'Spinal Crack' returns with bigger stage

 "The smell of smoke on the rancid air. The hum of power and the flash of lightening. Screams and chants. Be this battle and the sound of slaughter? No its Spinal Crack and their latest album at full volume. An Orc Rock band from the era before music shattered and collapsed into floppy hair and corporate sound bites. These hard rockers will give you bites for real!”

Not everything a wargamer wants has to do with putting troops onto the field. Sometimes something a little different, a bit special makes an appeal to a wargamers nature and says 'I speak to your soul' and the Orc Rock Band is just such a thing. Originally released by Tabletop Games in the early 1980's and now restored to glory with one alteration.  The original stage for the band was in metal and we have replaced it with a resin stage of the same design but twice the size!  

Go HERE.

You can have a complete band with stage or on a new page for this code you can select any part of the band in any amount meaning total customisation of your rockers.  The mono image shows all the pieces and use the drop down box on the 'Build your Band' page to choose what you want.  Here are the pieces:

Orc Drummer on Seat, Centre Drum Set, Side Drum and Cymbal Set, Female Singer, Female Backing Singer, Orc Bass Guitarist, Orc Lead Guitarist, Mike Stand, Speaker, Amp Deck with Controls. The Stage (Resin with Wood Planking Effect) (now 90mm wide, 55mm deep).

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Anti Paladin Cavalry and Foot now in the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range

"We rode north as one. A thousand Men sworn by the mother church to defend the lands against the darkness and perversion that threatened us. Little did we know that the darkness lingers not deep from the surface in some Men. As we rode the voices whispers and shadows lucked in the forests and soon one then another and another fell away until when we came to the snow line there were but four hundred left and we had seen no foe. It was then our faith was splintered as ahead we saw our brother knights but they were not as they had been. Twisted and filled with the bane of life they were now of the darkness. Evil is all the more when once it was good." 
 
 
Our new 15mm fantasy release this month adds cavalry to our Anti Paladins. The evil human knights get mounted versions of themselves riding an armoured barbaric horse! On both foot and horse the poses are evil knight in plate armour bare headed with sword raised and shield, evil knight in full plate and helm with sword and crescent moon shield, evil knight in full plate bone armour and helm with sword lowered and lastly a female evil knight in chain mail with sword and axe. Go HERE for the full range. Great for any game system. 
 

HOT132 Anti Paladin Cavalry 
This pack contains six metal rider and horse in a random evenly mixed of four different poses. As with all HOT 15mm Fantasy codes you can purchase one pack or you can choose a sampler which gives you one of each pose of miniature from this pack; a great way to try or to make skirmish forces with HOT. Go HERE
 

HOT104 Anti Paladins 
This pack contains ten white metal 15mm scale miniatures in a random mix of four different poses. As with all HOT 15mm Fantasy codes you can purchase one pack or you can choose a sampler which gives you one of each pose of miniature from this pack; a great way to try or to make skirmish forces with HOT. Go HERE
 

The HOT100 Ghoul Dragon is a mighty foe indeed and while evil traditionally fights against good it also wars with itself when nothing better takes to the field. 
 
 
Between the two packs you can make a great skirmishing force. Above is a line up of all eight poses across HOT104 and HOT132. 
 
Thanks for Reading, 
 
GBS

Monday, 21 September 2020

Krautian Dwarf 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.  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 Dwarven children of Blooka, the Iron Star God in the person of Artur, the once mighty region of Krautia that ruled over many small states within its borders has had better days.  Embattled by the Ferach Empire and in a long running feud with the Dwarves of the Confederation the troops of Krautia do their best to hold the line.  Stubborn and at times ferocious Krautians are excellent soldiers and their army aids the Grand Alliance where it can in Central Urop. You can see the full range HERE.

52601 Krautian Dwarf Division

Save 15% off list prices.

Line Infantry:

1 Unit of 24 Krautian Dwarf Landwehr includes Officer, Sergeant, Standard Bearer (52504-U)

1 Unit of 20 Krautian Line - Kartoffelburg includes Officer, Sergeant, Standard Bearer (52508-U)

1 Unit of 20 Krautian Dwarf Guard includes Officer, Sergeant, Standard Bearer (52502-U)

Light Infantry:

1 Unit of 12 Krautian Dwarf Jagers includes Officer, Sergeant, Bugler (52509-U)

Cavalry:

1 Unit of 10 Mounted Krautian Uhlan Lancers includes Officer, Standard Bearer (52501-U)

Artillery:

1 Unit of 6 Krautian Dwarf Artillery Crew includes 2 Limber Horses (52510) 1 Alliance Cannon includes Limber (59501)

Extras:

1 Mounted Krautian Dwarf General (52506-F)

9 Dwarf Casualties (52010)

Bases: 87 Infantry Bases 13 Cavalry Bases.

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, 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