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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Friday, 22 September 2017

HOT59 Stone Wall now released in resin with twelve to the pack

Back at Alternative Armies in the 15mm HOT Range the first of five packs of now in resin 40mm frontage scenics. Excellent for use in 15mm scale in systems such as HOTT for strongholds or outer defences and such or in wargaming in general. Once they were white metal and now they are resin and a dozen to the pack for just 5.00GBP. Superb! 


Go HERE for the HOT Range or read on for more information. 


HOT59 Stone Wall 
This pack contains twelve identical resin pieces each a stone wall which is 40mm long and 15mm tall. You can assemble 480mm of frontage with this pack and they can be used in 15mm or 28mm scale for a head height or knee height structure. Form walls, field enclosures and more. Useful in HOTT 2nd Edition to make a stronghold for your army. Go HERE. 5.00GBP per pack. 



Above is a scale shot showing 15mm Altuos miniatures MR34 based for Furioso and a 28mm Flintloque Elf from 5024 to give you an idea of how the walls look on your gaming table. Also an image of MRX1 with MRX7 cannon and crew using HOT59 (one pack of twelve walls) as a firing position. 


We have a large range of 24AP pre-made armies for HOTT which you can see HERE. All the miniatures and element bases included. 


We have a full range of miniatures and some pre-made armies for Furioso. See them all HERE if you enjoy 15mm scale Renaissance warfare. 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

TOR8 Iron Maiden and TOR9 The Wall packs released!

Alternative Armies continues the re-releasing of the 1980's classic Tabletop Games range called The Torture Chamber (TOR) with two more codes now on the website. These are 25mm scale (and they look fine among 28mm miniatures and furniture) and full of character. Go HERE for the full range or read on for more information. 


Excellent for roleplay, dungeon crawl, dioramas and wargaming you can purchase the packs or parts of them if you just want some of the furniture or the people from them. Thus far we have the following. The Whipping Beam, The Cage, The Rack, The Branding Iron, The High Inquisitor on Throne and The Snake Pit (2017 version). Now these as well! 


TOR8 The Iron Maiden 
When one door closes another...well you get the points! This pack contains the following pieces all in white metal. The body of the Iron Maiden, a separate door of the Maiden with spikes (can be mounted closed all the way to fully open), a hinge and the male victim which goes inside the Maiden (or can be left out for an empty torture device). This pack is 25mm scale and you can choose to purchase one pack or three packs with a saving or parts these being only the Maiden with its Door or the Male Victim only. Go HERE


TOR9 The Wall 
Just hanging around eh...got time to spare! This pack contains the following pieces all in white metal. A stone base with recess, a stone panel of wall with manacles and a male victim in manacled pose as well as a lit torch. You can assemble this pack with or without the victim and with or without the torch. This pack is 25mm scale and you can choose to purchase one pack or three packs with a saving or parts these being the wall with its base, the victim only, the torch only. Go HERE







We will have further TOR releases in October which are being readied now and we thank you for your support in bringing this range back to reality. 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Monday, 18 September 2017

Consolidating my forces in the Witchlands by Andy Jefcoate

Gadzooks! The fourth in a series of linked Flintloque articles by Andy Jefcoate about his forays in the Witchlands. If you missed the first to third articles where he got his starter set and then tried it out followed by a nail biter of a scenario then you can read them on our blog HERE. In this article he adds to his collection with a purpose. With pictures of his own painted collection. Read on and enjoy! GBS 

Consolidating my forces in the Witchlands 


As mentioned in my earlier articles my two forces for the Witchlands Campaign have grown nicely as the fleeing Ferach forces group together for defence and as more of the Dark Czars troops join the pursuit. As I have used the 'Escape from the Dark Czar' starter set and the 'Death in the Snow' Shilling Service Pack as the basis for my initial forces they are a very mixed bag of troops and races. 


While this is great fun and fits the narrative very well, pretty much every individual (especially in the Ferach force) has different statistics and skills. I therefore decided to expand some of the troop types I already had into units which will make them easier to use in the game and make the forces look more like an army. This meant that while I would like to add some cavalry I would stick with infantry for the time being. 

The Ferach Force 
With the Witchlands Dogmen figures it was love at first sight. They are fantastic figures, they are very characterful and their irregular look fits the narrative of an 'army on the run' perfectly. I already had Hulmutt Jucken and 2 troopers so I decided to buy another 9 to give a unit of 12. These consisted of 8 from the Witchlands Dogmen pack 56594 including an officer, sergeant, standard bearer and drummer, and the ninth figure was the Dogman with Blunderbuss from the Valon Civilians pack 54050. Being Witchlands figures they have a varied range of clothing and equipment and look great. In the game they are solid troops and will make a good core for my Ferach force. 


As I already had Colonel Gelure and his 5 Carabinier from the Shilling Service Pack, I decided to add another 4 ordinary troopers to make a section of 10. As they are Ferach Elves they are not the toughest troops but as elite light troops they are fast and good shots, able to snipe at the enemy and take some down from a distance. 

The Dark Czar's Force 
I've found the Werewolf Licantzrop Jagers to be a very useful unit. They are fast moving (as fast as a Ferach Elf) and a mortal unit too, so don't need a Liche. They are great for sweeping round flanks or taking an objective. I already had 7 so bought another 4. With their Vampyre leader this gives a unit of 12 which is much more resilient. 


Captain Preserovitch has already had 4 dismounted Zombiski Cossacks join his troop of Savant Zombies,but I bought another 4 to take this unit up to 14 individuals. All Zombies, even Savant Zombies are better in larger numbers as they can soak up damage and keep on coming. 


Although I already have a Vampyre in the force, I decided to add another from code 55005 the Latrinislav Command pack, and despite not needing one yet I had to add a KGB Liche from pack 55521 as they are integral to the Dark Czars army (and just cool!). 

The Continuing Narrative 
Captain Ludwig Schwarzenbarch is a nephew of Prince Yeltie Schwarzenbarch and wants to make a name for himself in the Witchlands. With the redoutable Sergeant Fetcher he has taken a small section of troopers out from the rearguard to try to find some of his missing troopers but he has also heard there are some Werewolves in the area and wants to face the old foe. He has met with Saindoux many miles from the army rearguard recovering 2 of his troopers who had joined the general, as well as letting Jucken join his section. He has agreed to escort Saindoux back to safety or die trying. 


As elite light troops, sections of Carabinier have also been sent back from the army rearguard to try to stop harassing attacks by Zombiski Cossacks by ambushing them when they least expect it. This has taken its toll on thier numbers which is why only 4 of them have joined Gelure's section but this is also why so many Zombiski Cossacks are in the area on foot as their mounts have been shot from under them. 

The howls of the Werewolves have brought more of their kind into the pursuit, especially as they can sense that Dogmen are near! 

As the number of pursuers grows a further Vampyre has been sent to lead them along with a KGB Liche to insure that the will of the Dark Czar is carried out effectively. As the attacks on the fleeing Ferach Army continue the number of Zombies is growing rapidly as more and more new recruits become available............ 

Next reinforcements 
I've ordered 5 mounted Zombiski Cossacks from pack 55503 and 5 Ferach Elf Witchlands Cavalry from pack 51509 as I feel that both forces need some cavalry. The infantry forces also need to grow with some more regular line infantry on both sides. There are lots of special characters available with Flintloque and I feel that a couple more may soon be involved in my games. 

As always I'll let you know how I get on. 

Thank you for reading. 
Andy

Friday, 15 September 2017

Sandworm codes released with free articles and offer!

Looking at a desert dune or grabbing at things under the silica in a scuttling juice like way will have you discovered by Sandworms!  Introducing a new designer to Alternative Armies we have two new packs by Kieran Billings.  Use them in 15mm, 28mm and 6mm and we have them up on Alternative Armies HERE and on our sister site The Ion Age HERE...why?  Well these are fantasy, current day and science fiction so they work everywhere.  We have a pack of five Sandworms in five different poses and we have a single Greater Sandworm too.  They are resin single piece miniatures and we have an offer on them of 10% off normal price until the end of this month!  Lastly read on for details and for a link to the website for a free article for them in Flintloque and in Patrol Angis too.


Choose your monsters!


VNT35 Greater Sandworm
Seen in stories and legends across the globe you must be fearful when the soil under your feet shivers at its approach.  The Greater Sandworm. This pack contains a single one piece high quality grey tone resin miniature which is around 50mm tall and works in multiple scales for any game setting. Supplied unpainted and without a base (shown on a 40mm round base) with no assembly required. Go HERE.  4.00GBP


VNT36 Sandworm Swarm
The brood, the young or just the typical these Sandworms hunt prey through the sands and dry river beds seeking by the vibration of footsteps.  This pack contains five different one piece high quality grey tone resin miniatures which are between 5mm and 20mm tall.  They are emerging from the soil and then attacking.  Supplied unpainted and without bases (shown on a 20mm round base) with no assembly required.  Go HERE.  5.00GBP

If you are a fan of Flintloque or Patrol Angis (or both of them as I know some of you are) you are in for a treat now.  There are two new official free articles for using the Sandworms in your games. Click on the articles to download them from our websites.  I had great fun writing them.  Enjoy!


In the deep cold of the Witchlands the pursuit of General Hugo Saindoux and his rag tag band continues at the Undead hands of Captain Igor Preserovitch but something else is tracking both mortals and zombies alike.  Sandworms will force the enemies to come together just once to survive an attack that wishes doom upon all of them.  Add Sandworms to your games of Flintloque with surprise attacks and reactions to movement.  Get out of there alive (or still Undead)!  Click HERE to download from our website.


Head on over to The Ion Age BLOG for a post and article on Sandworms in games of Patrol Angis 15mm scale space opera.  On the edge of the Dolo Clouds beyond the Mim stellar system sits the dim star called Ymel around which circles one hot planet; Ymel Prime.  Chasing a solitary Dragon Ship a small contingent of Prydian Army troops crashes on the planet after successfully shooting down the Khanate enemy.  Both sides are now trapped on Ymel Prime in the blazing sun.  A dead world...or is it?  Add Sandworms to Patrol Angis with prey seeking mechanics and solo random appearances.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sulphur two new pack releases 32mm scale Splinters and Skinners

Alternative Armies is delighted to present to you the first brand new releases for Sulphur II.  Two packs of four different 32mm scale infantry to add to your larger and smaller vehicles, characters and of course the mecha.  Sulphur 32mm post-apocalyptic tabletop game of mayhem and creeping mists. Go HERE for the range with all codes plus the game book in print and as a digital download too. Read on for more information.


Superbly detailed 32mm scale resin miniatures and vehicle kits as well as a skirmish rules system with a great setting.  Sulphur II!


SSK2 Skinner Squad II
This high quality grey tone resin 32mm scale pack contains four different infantry miniatures. Excellent for your wasteland gaming!  These models are single piece and made for slotta bases.  Parts are lettered for easy reference.  16.00GBP


SSP2 Splinter Squad II
This high quality grey tone resin 32mm scale pack contains four different infantry miniatures. Excellent for your wasteland gaming!  These models are single piece and made for slotta bases.  Parts are lettered for easy reference.  16.00GBP

Go HERE for the Sulphur 32mm range!  Get into the game with the game book in print and as a digital paid download.


SUL1  Sulphur Game Book
SKIRMISH TABLETOP RULES FOR POST APOCALYPSE MAYHEM
A4 Format.  Colour Covers. 68 Pages

Sulphur is a set of sci-fi skirmish rules with its own extensive range of 32mm miniatures including infantry, vehicles and heroes. Sulphur has a distinctly post-apocalyptic feel to it which creates battles between rusty and improvised looking war wagons, ragged looking infantry squads, menacing heroes and satisfyingly impressive heavy weapons. The rules allow players to customise their war-wagons with their favourite weapons and equipment - and the vehicle miniatures themselves all come with a range of weapon options.  




Armies will be led by a number of heroes, characterful individual warriors with their own profile and special attacks. Infantry are divided into a number of categories such as Light Infantry, Assault Infantry, Warriors and Heavy Weapons. Each infantry squad has a particular function on the battlefield which if used correctly will improve their chances of success. Players need to learn how to use these troops to their best advantage as well as how to combine them with other squads in their force for maximum efficiency and effect. For instance, using light troops to identify targets, using heavy weapons to weaken and suppress the target and then sending in the warriors to finish the enemy off at close quarters. Sounds easy? Not so in practise! This means that it is not just a case of the dude with the biggest gun winning the day (although the game does have plenty of big guns!). The right troops have to be used at the right time in the right way.  And beneath all of this the sinister threat from Sulphur, the insidious creeping mist and shadowy nightmares that lie within it - waiting to terrorise and devour even the bravest souls. It’s the apocalypse folks - and it’s going to get nasty! 


SUL2 Sulphur Game Book Digital Download
Get the book as a paid for digital download from us direct to your device from our website.  Add to cart and get immediate link for download upon payment.  This is the same book as the print version.  As with all Alternative Armies titles this version of the book is 20% cheaper than the print version.

Thank you for your support in bringing this range back to the world with us now with brand new codes!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 11 September 2017

EH01 The Flower of Evil now in resin and price reduction too!

“My right hand gripped the revolver so tightly that the steel pushed achingly into my flesh.  Beyond the door was a thing of nightmare; of dreams, of madness.  It sat upon the bowing wooden floor of the boarding house with its bulbous trunk throbbing and root like tendrils writhing across the bare planks.  Taller than a man and topped with waving fronds which carried more the look of meat than of plant matter it had seen me kick open the peeling blue painted door.  It had seen me with oil black eyes dotted around its upper body and now it undulated a nerve flaying call.  Was it alone or were there more?  The bile rose in my throat and I wanted to scream at the impossibility of it but I knew that if I began to scream I would never stop.  I was a cop and there was a little girl missing somewhere in this misbegotten place.  Taking aim I pulled the trigger again and again and it was that accursed flower of evils turn to scream.”


The Flower of Evil. One of the first sculpts for Alternative Armies by the awesome Sam Croes and now in high quality grey tone resin and reduced in price too.   It is great for many scales and settings. You can use it in 28mm in 15mm or even in 6mm as it sizes its threat to your other miniatures. Horror Games, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Plant Wars (they are Triffic!) and more.  Go HERE or read on to learn and see more. 


EH01 Flower of Evil
This pack contains one resin miniature in a single piece of a monster plant which is 34mm tall and very detailed.  Is it flesh or is it plant matter?  Plays with your mind. Great for many scales and settings you have the choice of purchasing a single miniature or getting five and we will include a sixth free with it.  Excellent value.  3.00GBP.  Go HERE.


The scale shot here shows a 28mm Elf Assassin from our FL range (30mm tall) and a 15mm Rim Merc Trooper (16mm tall) alongside the Flower of Evil.  These are not included in the pack but shown for scale only.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 8 September 2017

A Vast Amount of Free Downloads now online!

There has been a change at Alternative Armies and a new page is on the website where all of our free download files and folders are now situated in one place.  This is over 100mb of articles, magazines, scenarios and more for Flintloque, USEME and other game systems which are ours.  Go HERE for the page or read on for more.  We have also got a new page where all of our paid for digital downloads are located for easy browsing.  See that page HERE.  Thanks!

Free Wargame Downloads from Alternative Armies

Alternative Armies has a huge array of miniatures and game systems. So large in fact that we have decided to concentrate all of the free content for all of the games here on this new page. Not that all of our previous free links on the website and on our blog which went to Dropbox are now defunct and that content is now here and can be downloaded from our website with a click on its link. Additionally it is possible that there are article which exist that are not here; but do not fret.  If you see a reference to a free file elsewhere and cannot get it then please email us on sales@alternative-armies.com and we will be delighted to send it to you by reply and add it.  Go HERE.

We have the Alternative Armies Free Files Stacks which are Five Stacks (each around 18mb) of zipped files which across them contain material from 2007 to 2016.  Stack One (DarkeStorme, Release Articles, Slaughterloo 18mb).  Stack Two (Slaughterloo, D&A, JOV, LE's Flintloque, Flags and Big Single Articles 17mb).  Stack Three (Flintloque 'Lite' free files, 5106 Ram Raiders, 5107 Londinium Coach, 2nd edition Flintloque Scenarios 17mb).  Stack Four (5109 Sharkes Chosen booklet, LEU and other articles, Slaughterloo scenario 20mb).  Stack Five (Trolls of Valon booklet, 2016 Uniformation articles).  More than 300 articles!

We have all of the scenarios and articles created for beginners adventures in Flintloque using 5024 Escape the Dark Czar. We have the Flintloque and Slaughterloo Latest Free Files. Uniformation Articles, Scenarios and More all from from after the 'stacks'. Bundle (18mb). We have the Shilling Starter Pack Sets free inserts for these boxed sets. We have Barking Irons Magazine No 1 of more than forty pages.

For Furioso 15mm Renaissance there is a Starter Scenario and a QRS Sheet.

USEME Free Materials and Scenarios.  Over 30mb of fun!  Bundle One and Bundle Two with over seventy PDF's.

HOF Fire Team.  Free materials for this grid based 15mm scale game.


Paid for Digital Downloads at Alternative Armies

Alternative Armies publishes many wargame books and systems.  Some of these are in a digital download format as paid for PDF's from this website.  We have collected them all from across the website in one page now.  Just add to your cart.  No shipping, no waiting, just download after payment is completed.  All of our digital paid downloads are always 20% cheaper than the print version of the same title would be.  If you have any questions just ask us on sales@alternative-armies.com.  Go HERE.

Furioso, Sulphur II, HOF Fire Team, Age of Might and Steel, 5024 Escape the Dark Czar, 5025 War in Catalucia, 5026 Death in the Snow, 5027 Grapeshotte, 5028 Beir & Bones, 5030 Slaughterloo and USEME titles (UM001 to UM0013) all on this page.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS