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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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Asgard FM Fantasy Range 1980s returns third round

Alternative Armies is delighted to restore to the world a range which inspired so many which followed it. At the dawn of the 1980's Asgard Miniatures began their Fantasy Monsters (FM) range. We have worked hard to allow tabletop gamers, collectors and Asgard fans the chance to have these miniatures once more. 

The third round of releases is here.  Large Oriental style Trolls and Ogres (about 40mm tall) as well as Nick Bibby's Dragon Lizard Mount and its Human Rider plus a Chaos Lance from the Barbarian and Chaotic range. These join the two previous rounds of releases meaning just under fifty in total restored codes on the Tabletop Games and Asgard Fantasy Range pages. 

FM22 V1  Oriental Ogre

FM22A V1 Oriental Ogre Standard Bearer (same as FM22V1 with different open hand weapon)


FM22 V2 Oriental Troll

FM22A V2 Oriental Troll Standard Bearer

D7 Dragon Lizard Mount

D8 Dragon Lizard Human Rider (part of kit on page)

AFB10 Chaos Lance

Each miniature is shown in a series of pictures and angles with a total height listed to help you know their size. Total height is from sole of foot to top of highest part of the figure. In the case of long creatures a total length is given the same way.   Note the remastered Storm Giant and the Giant Slug will get their own news later on as they are not quite ready yet...

The Summer Mega Event 2022 is on which means that until 5th September you automatically get 20% off your order at checkout plus a free Alternia miniature worth 2.50GBP included free.  More than 30 new releases and many deals and offers too.  Full details on our BLOG or visit the WEBSITE.

The MPS range has two small sets restored to the world on the Tabletop Games and Asgard Fantasy Range pages.  There is MPS8 Orc Family Outing and MPS9 Wagon Set (see it above).  Each of these sets can be had as a whole or any parts from it in any quantity. 

One of the first classics Alternative Armies restored was the most asked for.  The Orc Rock Band!  Remastered musicians and equipment plus a now resin and twice the size stage.  You can have the whole band with stage HERE or select any of the parts of the set HERE.  We named our Orc Band 'Spinal Crack'!  

We hope you enjoy our efforts to keep such wonderful classics in production and we are continuing with this project and each time we get further codes online we will let you know. 

Thanks for your Time. 

GBS

Friday, 5 August 2022

USEME Prohibition Gangsters released in print and digital download

The fifteenth title in the 'Ultra Simple Engine for Miniature Engagements' has arrived at Alternative Armies written by Robert McAlister and Steve Rysemus it is set in the roaring 1920's and 1930's. UM015 Prohibition Gangsters uses a D6 engine it is fast play and well suited to 15mm scale and other scales of miniatures. Lead your gangsters or police or gmen or others in raids and runs! 
 

The USE ME game system. You will need some miniatures, some terrain and a few six sided dice (D6's) to play the game. This is not much and indeed most of the time everything in play needs only 1D6 roll to make a decision. In the game all miniatures and vehicles are de-marked into of CHARACTERS (from Infantry to Vehicles and everything else) and these into TYPES which allow you to create anything you want from this period with a few tables of TYPES with points costs attached. USE ME is a pocket rule system that does not pretend to be anything else. Its fast, its fun. Here are the contents of UM015. 

Frontis Page 
Introduction & Contents 
Prohibition and Inspiration 
What you Need to Play 
The USE ME Rules 
Advanced Rules 
Civilians in USEME 
Character Creation and Costs 
Historical Units in Play 
Solo Play Rules 
Force Lists 1920's and 1930's 
Free Files for this Game 
The USE ME Series 
 
Go HERE for the USEME Series of titles. They are listed by print editions first followed by digital editions. 
 
 
To get you started we have two free scenarios for Prohibition Gangsters. The Bank Robbery which sees some Gangsters take on the Police in a daring attempt to lift a lot of moola; CLICK HERE to download. The Warehouse Raid in which a Godfather of a gang sees a chance to lift the illegal booze of another gang before it is shipped out; CLICK HERE to download. 
 

The Summer Mega Event 2022 is on which means that until 5th September you automatically get 20% off your order at checkout plus a free Alternia miniature worth 2.50GBP included free. More than 30 new releases and many deals and offers too. Full details on our BLOG or visit the WEBSITE
 

There is no better place to seek out pocket sized fast play rules than the USEME series. Each (with the exception of Support Pack and Valiesk) is self contained with solo play rules too. As well as the game booklets we also have a load of free downloads on the page to enhance with scenarios, extra rules, materials and more you play of USEME. Here are all the titles: 
 
UM001 USE ME Science Fiction 
UM002 USE ME High Fantasy 
UM003 USE ME World War Two 
UM004 USE ME Modern Warfare 
UM005 USE ME American Civil War 
UM006 USE ME Starship Battles 
UM007 USE ME Post Apocalyptic 
UM008 USE ME Wild West 
UM009 USE ME Zombie Dawn 
UM010 USE ME Support Pack (Expansion Title) 
UM011 USE ME Cyberpunk 
UM013 USE ME Eldritch Horror 
UM014 USEME Valiesk (Campaign Setting)
UM015 USEME Prohibition Gangsters 
UM016 USEME 6mm Science Fiction 
 
Thank you for your time, 
 
GBS

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Alternia Beach Huntress eldritch fun free during August in all shipped orders

It is the Summer Mega Event 2022 month with all the awesome and new that entails.  Alongside the over thirty new releases the eighth of twelve brand new Alternia our mascot miniature has arrived.  It is high summer and her moment in the sun is now.  The Beach Huntress is all about the strange and the odd with a hint of eldritch horror.  See her and her sisters HERE.

To get this free 28mm miniature you need do nothing but order and as long as that order is shipped out (no downloads only sorry) the miniature will be included. As many orders as you like all month and if you missed a previous Alternia (ALT000 to ALT007) just ask for it with your order (in the notes box) or using the order number and we will give you that one instead!  Oh and you will get 20% off your order too until 5th September automatically as the event is on.  Details in full of this on our BLOG.

“Someone needs to deal with the things which are not of this world!”

Heading down to the beach dressed for the high summer Alternia takes her arrow headed harpoon but it is not fish she is after.  The Huntress seeks far weirder prey indeed.  From the foam of the sea come Eldritch Horrors of many types and forms.  The Flower of Evil will take the minds of many if not stopped.  Tentacles emerge from the base of the miniature

EH01 Flower of Evil was the first code in the 'EH' range and you can see it next to the Beach Huntress above. It was followed by the sheer oddity of the EH03 Space Brains and the terrifying EH02 Big Space Brain (which makes an excellent overlord for your Grey Aliens in 15mm scale too).  EH04 Gore Worm will grab you and consume!  EH05 Giant Arachnids and EH06 Arachnid Swarm give anyone the creeps in any scale.  Lastly as seen above the weirdness of EH07 Eyetan an orb of massive vision.

Another horror which the Beach Huntress could encounter would be a Sandworm Swarm or a Giant Sandworm too.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 1 August 2022

Summer Mega Event 2022 until 5th September all information

One of the biggest events of the year at Alternative Armies.  Until 9pm GMT Monday 5th September 2022 you will get 20% off every order automatically at checkout, an array of new releases, a free new Alternia Miniature in every package and more.  Full event details are here for you to read. Go to the WEBSITE and have a browse down to the left hand menu and within them sub-menu’s to see what interests you among our thousands of miniatures, bases, books and more.

20% Off Every Order: Once you have put everything into your cart proceed to checkout. Once there our website automatically deducts twenty percent from the cart total on screen before payment is made.  No code needed. You will see the total reduce on screen.  This discount is automatic and applies to everything on the site AND if the product is already discounted on screen (such as a Slaughterloo Divisional Army Pack and everything in our DEALS AND OFFERS) then this discount is on top!  So for example all DIGITAL BOOKS are 20% less than PRINT BOOKS and you will get a further 20% off them during the event. Note you may not use any other manually entered discount code during the event.

Free Shipping, Shipping Rates and European Small Order Rate: You can see all our prices for shipping on our WEBSITE including flat rates for door to door courier shipping and Free Shipping.  The UK and Europe have a 'small order' reduced shipping rate.  Note you must reach this amount AFTER your discount is applied for the free shipping to come into force. Some large orders will be sent out for free shipping by courier and we will inform you of this by email.

Free In Your Package: We like to give our customers a bit more and this applies also during big events. For this entire year there is a different 28mm scale female 'Alternia' our mascot each month which is totally free. For August it is ALT008 Alternia Beach Huntress and as the event ends you will be able at the start of September get the ninth Alternia for free as well as the event discount.  See all our Alternia's on our WEBSITE present and past.  The free miniature changes on the 1st of each month and we will announce this as it happens.

Over Thirty New Releases:  A great number of new codes have appeared for this event.  All of these new codes are now on our website to purchase. See them all (and everything since years start) in NEW RELEASES as well as on direct links here too.  Note they have all got 'place holder' images and these will be replaced as the event moves along with all new releases getting their own announcement.

UM015 USEME Prohibition Gangsters:  “You Dirty Rat!  You killed ma brudda!”.  Written by Robert McAlister and Steve Rysemus you play as police, gmen, gangsters and more in super simple skirmish adventures in the latest USEME title. See it in PRINT or as a paid DIGITAL DOWNLOAD along with two free scenarios on its page. Play in 15mm or other scales.

6mm Terrain Range:  A new part of our website where an entire array of Arid World buildings can be found.  Over thirty choices of singles plus bundles with built in savings.  Great for a desert planet or here on Earth.

Asgard Classic Fantasy:  Round three of the remastered classic 1980's range is now on the website.  Nine more codes including Oriental Ogres, Oriental Trolls, Giant Slug the Frost Giant and the first Nick Bibby sculpts with the Dragon Lizard Mount and Human Rider.  We are working on restoring the entire FM range month by month and there are now over forty restored.

IA212 Banneret Kali Brindle:  Following up on our new Female Retained Knights in 28mm scale for The Ion Age we have a female officer to lead them.

Crystal Outcrops:  Two new pack codes in the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range though HOT147 Crystal Outcrops with seven different pieces can be used for any scale from 6mm to 28mm with ease.  For a whole whack on your table with a built in saving there is HOT147B Crystal Outcrop Saver Bundle.  Sculpted by Andy Gorman.

New 15mm Vehicles:  The HOF 15mm Science Fiction Range expands with three variants of a new up armoured APC as well as an anti-gravity Charger APC variant plus a new SFA Core Army with built in saving.  

HOF166A Bulldog Heavy APC Wheeled

HOF166B Bulldog Heavy APC Tracked

HOF166C Bulldog Heavy APC Anti Grav (with Base)

HOF28D Charger MkII Anti Grav APC (with Base)

HOFA01A Security Force Alpha (Core Army Set)

For Flintloque and Slaughterloo remastered and new Dogmen for the Empire of Ostaria and Confederation of Finklestein.  Now there is a full larger Dogman command element along with troopers.  All the pack codes offer single choice. 

56132 Gulash Colour Party (3)

56010 Gulash Command (3)

56011 16th Ostarian Grenadiers (3)

56012 16th Ostarian Chassuers (3)

56513 Dogmen Grenadiers (Slaughterloo Unit)

56514 Dogmen Chassuers (Slaughterloo Unit)

We have over eighty Deals and Offers which are value bundles, army packs and such from many ranges well worth a look. From 5% to 50% off. We also have several offers only on during the event.  An Erin Hero, Ganesha Games Worm Rider, Giant Skeleton of Sengoku, all the mighty 15mm Taranis Hover Super Heavy Tank variants and the huge Trolka Line Infantry for Flintloque and Slaughterloo.

"From the very dawn of time, the land existed. Invaded, colonised, deserted, invaded once more, and always fighting against the darkness that dwelt in the Northern Seas. The land was rich with Magic, a place for Heroes, Gods and Monsters. This land has been and shall always be Erin. Now sit you down and listen for this tale will fascinate and confound you in equal measure, for what I speak of is no longer vivid life in this world of men...."  Erin our 28mm scale Celtic Mythology Range is unique in the world and is now over 90 single miniatures plus a whole range saver bundle too.

Da Vinci was a fine fellow..that man Cesare Borgia said so!  The classic 15mm Renaissance Range returned to the world and greatly expanded now too.  15th to 17th century with infantry, cavalry, artillery, command and personalities too.  Also buildings, encampments and Da Vinci's Tank! 

The true 15mm scale Brickdust Napoleonic Range returned to the world by Alternative Armies.  Over 400 poses and all major nations plus rocket troops, wagons, partizans, naval landing party and more.  Great for any game system.  Excellent value. 

We accept many forms of payment through our website such as Paypal and Credit Cards plus Google Pay and Apple Pay.  If you would like to speak to us about an order or you have a question please make contact on sales@alternative-armies.com or go to our Facebook Group or MeWe page or our Forum.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

GBS 

Thursday, 28 July 2022

Summer Mega Event begins 1st August read on...

Not long now....

As the month draws towards its close and now that we have made all of our releases and news it is time to hint at what is coming in August. Perhaps you can guess from the picture. Yes...its..Summer Mega Event 2022! For the entire of next month we will be holding one of our few big offer, big releases events each year. 
 

Full details of the event and its releases and news will be published on the 1st alongside the next brand new Alternia monthly free miniature. We will have new releases for Flintloque, for The Ion Age, for High Fantasy, for USEME, for HOF 15mm Sci-fi, HOT 15mm Fantasy and also for Asgard classic fantasy and 6mm scale too. There will be a free full size Flintloque scenario and more. A whole month of tabletop fun with so much awesome you will be sick of hearing from us no doubt....joking! 
 
 
However until then we would like to, in addition of giving advance notice of the event, extend an invitation to make use of the event discount at checkout. We are always fair at Alternative Armies so the event automatic 20% discount is live now and automatic at checkout. Until 1st August the current Deals and Offers stand alongside the New Releases if you wish an early treat for yourself plus ALT007 Alternia Black Powder for free. 
 
As always our team here in Scotland thanks you for your custom, your loyalty and your enthusiasm. 
 
GBS

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Dark Elf Colour Party released and remastered Line and Gunners for Flintloque

“The Catalucian Army is split in two. Since Mordred signed the Treaty of Friendship with Mordred, many imperial regiments have flocked to the Elven banner. However, others still remain loyal to their King, and fight on the side of the now Grand Alliance. Years of neglect have left the Dark Elf army weak and disorganised. The Junta Council struggles to pay them, food is scarce, and but for a few notable exceptions, their training is almost non-existent. Keeping any form of cohesion and discipline within the ranks is near impossible. The Duke of Wheeling-Turn believes the normal Line Infantry to be incapable of standing their ground, and recent performances have provided proof that his belief has a solid foundation. It has to be said though that the Dark Elves have beaten the Ferach on a few occasions and they tie down a lot of Armoricans in tracking them down.”
 
The World of Valon is a huge miniature range encompassing Flintloque as well as Slaughterloo and other titles set in the game world. Alternative Armies mantains not only new releases for the range but also remolding and remastering too across the twenty plus armies of the Mordredian Wars. While we do not tend to publically state this regular process we do on occasion and today is such a day. Alongside four brand new Dark Elves we have re-mastered the original line trooper poses and the gun crew too. Plus a line officer from an original code. The sun is shining here and in Catalucia despite the Ferach Empire. Go to the Dark Elves of Catalucia or read on for this month's entire Flintloque news. 
 
 
For players of Slaughterloo we have 51521 Dark Elf Line with offers a unit of 20 with a saving or a section of 10 plus single trooper option. Composed of the new 51053 pack plus multiples of the troopers in the 51018 pack. As with all World of Valon codes we provide our resin cartouche style bases included for free. 
 
 
The new colour party sculpted by Sam Croes using the same parts as the original 51018 Regimenta del Nino Cisco so that the officer in a dashing pose of pistol and sword (excellent for duelling too) as well as the drummer, standard bearer and sergeant with a nasty halberd fit right in with the re-mastered troopers. Alongside the choice of single poses now in 51018 this is also the case in 51053 Dark Elf Colour Party too. 
 

As many long time customers know we often make new Flintloque releases from our 'asked list' with those things most requested being brought into miniature life ongoing. A command section for the Dark Elf Line was such an ask as was an officer to be used in many roles. 51007C Dark Elf Line Officer is the result. Taken from the original 51007 pack and remastered. 
 
 
51515 Dark Elf Artillery Crew: There is not as much in the way of guns among the Dark Elves as there is for the Army of Albion or the Ferach Empire to be sure but those crews who serve do tend to do so now much more well than before. Learning and surviving has led to nimble gunners. Remastered this artillery crew contains six poses of officer (51007c), gunner with musket plus gunners carrying ball, rammer, trailspike and match. Two limber horses are included. You can choose from the pack or a pair of horses on their own or a single random gunner. 
 
 
Our Summer Mega Event Month is August this year and we will tell you about that later this week. For now remember you get ALT007 Alternia Black Powder free in every order shipped automatically (she makes an excellent Dark Elf Guerilla leader we are told) worth 2.50GBP and we want to say that during August there will be a free full sized (solo and two player) Flintloque scenario. Titled “Led by the Reigns damned by the Hoof” this scenario sees a company of Regimenta Nino Cisco along with a field gun and Orc officer having to fend off a cloud of Elf Dragoons until night and safety arrives. As always it will be a free PDF and we will announce it. 
 

Lastly our current Deals and Offers selection which changes on 1st August contains several excellent codes for Flintloque and Slaughterloo. Get 20% off all the units of Ogre Cavalry such as KGL Dragoons, Hunvarian Lancers, Hunvarian Guard all on Rhinos. Well worth a browse. This is our last release for the month and we thank you for your support. 
 
GBS

Thursday, 21 July 2022

HOF111H Scrofa Hover AFV joins our wide 15mm armour array

A major part of the mighty HOF 15mm Science Fiction Range is Security Force Alpha otherwise known as 'SFA'. With about ninety poses of infantry (command, female, scouts, elite, support and more) alongside bikes, battlesuits, portable weapons and mecha the SFA are perfect for a near future all arms force. 
 

The venerable Charger APC moves the infantry around in a choice of tracked, wheeled or hover propulsion and it falls to the Scrofa AFV to give some more mobile firepower. Now added to the more than one hundred and sixty choices of the HOF range is the variant hover Scrofa.  You see it above next to SFA infantry and our concrete barriers and barrels.
 

HOF111H Scrofa Hover AFV contains the resin parts to assemble one 15mm scale vehicle as a top hatch carrier or turreted variant with hatch open or closed. The Scrofa is the smaller brother of the Charger and is a common military transporter of the Human Colonies and Security Force Alpha. It is at home in any near future or such 15mm scale game system. Parts are: Scrofa Hull with Hover Propulsion (with integrated equipment rolls) Options Sprue (Hatch Top, Turret Top, Hatch SFA Crewman, Closed Crew Hatch). Approx 60mm long, 35mm wide and 20mm tall when assembled. Very easy to assemble.
 

An enemy for the SFA to fight?  There are many possible foes for this generic army but perhaps one out of this world might suit best.  We have a wide selection of packs (with singles an option within them) of HOF 15mm Grey Aliens.  Infantry, Command, Science Team, Capture Teams, Casualties, Disc Riders, Arachnid Soldiers, Human Thralls, Dominator Spheres as well as Hostile World Armour and Flying Saucers.  Take me to your leader!
 
 
Battlesuits are the big boys in an urban fight. HOF121 Bear Cat comes with several build options including (for the right arm mount) a twin rotary cannon, chainsaw and drill; for the top mount a missile pod and machine gun. There are other battlesuits in the range with more specialised missions such as the Hades Battlesuit for longer range missile support. 
 

If you like to drop in unannounced we can sort you right out. Drop Pods in open or closed types and a single occupant Drop Coffin. All as single kits or value bundles of three saving 15% off regular prices. 
 
 
Right now ending with the month of July 2022 on our Deals and Offers page the core SFA Infantry sprues are 20% off alongside nearly eighty other bundles, packs, armies and forces. Well worth a look. 
 
We hope you liked our last 15mm news for the month. Thanks! 
 
GBS