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, 20 January 2022

Legion de Nain new Artillery Crews released for Flintloque

“Zay say Nains are moved by only two levers; fear unt self interest.  Vell I would add to that the trail spike of ze guns.  Cannon are moved by the spike unt it is ein lever too.  Cannons make Nains move..on the whole or in ze pieces!”  (Legionaire Gunner Malthe von Vauters, 1st Legion de Nain)

The brand new releases for Flintloque and Slaughterloo this month give the big guns to the Legion de Nain.  Two versions of an artillery crew with limber beasts choosing limber boars or limber pigs.  The gunners with boars are above with 59527 Ferach Grand Howitzer.  The legion now has near seventy poses of Dwarf and you can read all about it on our blog using the Bier Wars TAB. Go HERE for the Confederation of Finklestein on the website where all these miniatures reside.

52527P Legion de Nain Line Artillery

52527B Legion de Nain Line Artillery

On the website you can select the unit pack of crew and beasts of select any single gunner in any amount. 

If you would like to get Pigs and Boars for limber use and for riding on their own to use you can on the website.

We are building towards creating the entire 'army' of the Legion de Nain including all arms of infantry, cavalry, artillery, casualties, command and more.  At this time the goal is in sight with all those arms in place.  Have a browse over the website for all of these Dwarves. Above is 52023 Legion de Nain Staff for example.  All codes allow for single pose choice if you wish to tailor your forces even more.

Manufactured in Scotland we are happy to announce that 5028 Bier and Bones game book and game pack as well as 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar beginners booklet and set have a new print run and are back in stock!  

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

Thank you for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Five returned codes for Flintloque featuring Undead and Elves

Alternative Armies is delighted to present five more returned codes for the World of Valon.  As teased on Orcs in the Webbe before Christmas these five cover a new changed pose in the Elf Column as well as remastered Moskova Volunteers and altered Todoroni Casualty within the 777th Croaked Line.  Follow the links in this article to find these miniatures which have also been given the ability to select single poses on the website page as well as pack or unit.  We have also reduced the price of some poses.

55007 Moskova Volunteers – A classic pack which contains four different skeletons with carbines which has now been remastered with minor pose alterations and strengthening.  The lowest of the low troops for the Dark Czar.  Pack and single pose choice now and also a reduced price per miniature.  

55005 Latrinislav Command – A classic pack with the original command poses for the Undead of the Witchlands.  Great for many uses now in new mold and with single pose choice on the page.

55508 Zombie Line Infantry – Perennial favourites and core of all players who field the Army of the Dark Czar.  Eight different Zombies in great coat with shako and a musket.  New molds and minor pose alterations.  Pack with reduced price or a full twenty eight miniature unit with command element and saving or single miniature choice.

55520 777th Croaked Line – Not all Zombies are formally Elves oh no.  Todoroni marching into the Witchlands and have been turned, by the Graviski Reanimator, into fodder for the Dark Czar.  Nine different poses including the only Todoroni Vampyre and Liche.  New molds and now with single pose choice on page and reduced price on several poses.   Additionally the recently dead or recently risen Todoroni in this code has been altered to make its legs thicker.

5103 Velite Grenadiers de la Garde Mordred -  The mighty Elf Column as painted by Jerry Frazee now has new molds as well as an altered pose (5103B Banner Bearer) now included.  New images and select any one of the twelve poses as a single miniature too.  Central to any Elf player's forces and Slaughterloo divisions.

If you wish to learn more about Flintloque then visit the website or see the Begin in Flintloque page for free resources and the 5024 Escape the Dark Czar beginners set.

Thank you for your time.

GBS

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Flintloque painted by Mark Taylor January 2022

Welcome!  It is our great pleasure to present to fans of Flintloque and Slaughterloo some of the excellently painted miniatures from Mark Taylors collection.  Our thanks to him and enjoy.  On our blog click on the pictures to make them much larger and follow links if you like any of the figures.

We begin with Elves of Armorica the prime movers in the Mordredian Wars.  From left to right an Elf Voltiguer of the original 5001 Flintloque boxed set, a gunner from the 5101 Artillerie Cheval converted to hold a pistol, two Elf cavalry on foot taken from the 5005 Lady Wintermore's Fangs excellent set.  Lastly a veteran Elf of the 5103 Grenadier Garde de la Mordred the 'column' set.

The dead walk...in ranks!  In the frozen Witchlands the re-animated dead fight for the Dark Czar.  55508 Zombie Line carry their muskets and are joined by gunners and the officer from the 55501 Corpseov Artillery Crew.


For the Elves of Armorica light troops are vital in fighting any enemy.  Skirmishing ahead of the marching columns of infantry the 5001 Voltiguers with their tall plumes are led by an officer and sergeant of the 51518 Chassuers.


In the Garde the colours of the battalion are guarded by Elves armed with pikes and with axes such as the soldier from 5103 (pose D).  Dark Elves are enemies of the Ferach and they have some style such as the leader of 51001 Dark Elf Guerillas alongside the 53016 Hob Goblin Miser.  The men, even Elves, will get thirst and hungry so they desire the services of the 51048 Elf Vivandiere or that of the Surgeon from the 51503 Elf Field Hospital.  


Standing firm against the predations of the Ferach Empire the mighty power of Greate Britorcn has legends among its troops.  From the newest 54057 Major Giglamps to the original Captain Sharke and Sergeant Harpy from 5001 Sharkes Rifles.  Lastly a sergeant armed with axe bladed spontoon from 54510 Orc Guard some big lads!


One company in every Orc Battalion is that of the grenadiers.  Typically the meanest Orcs and these 54509 Orc Grenadiers are excellent troops.


Some officers are heroes, some are aggressive or cowardly but this 54506 Orc Command officer is rather dastardly (he is certainly plotting something).  58503 Orc Deserter Infantry is an eclectic mix of soldiers who have defected to Obidiah's Deserter Army and in this case Mark has painted up his one armed artillery orc in his blues.  There are many small packs of Orc Infantry from different regiments of foot and here is a running soldier of 54007 62nd Foote Centre Company.  Rifleorc Tunge a classic from 5001 Sharkes Rifles


Lastly we have one of my favourite miniatures in the whole massive array of Flintloque miniatures a dismounted 54013 Orc Dragoon armed with a pistol; he could be a trooper or an officer.  There are many limited edition miniatures from the original Obidiah to the latest General Koda and Aide this is the VLE08 Orc Chaplin who features in 5027 Grapeshotte rules. 54019 Albion Marines such as those who serve upon the flag ship of Admiral Nelsorc can be asked for their opinions by that rarest of things a literate Orc such as 54502 Orc Camp Followers reporter 'Michal Beorc'. 

We hope you enjoyed this selection from Mark Taylors lovely collection.  We did!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 13 January 2022

FM13 Owl Bear fantasy monster by Asgard returns

The first returned classic of the Fantasy Monster range by Asgard in the 1980's is now on its new range page of the website.  Alongside the Asgard Barbarians and the collectors sets such as the Orc Rock Band and the Orc Family Outing we will be putting everything in the 25mm or 28mm scale returned Tabletop Games and Asgard ranges HERE.  This is our sole fantasy release in this scale in January 2022.  We present to you the Owl Bear!

FM13 Owl Bear: This creature is a single piece remastered metal miniature which is 40mm tall from sole of foot to the top of its head.  A great many uses and a real classic monster.  Supplied unpainted and without a base.  

Painted in our studio you can see it above next to our campfire from the 28mm Terrain Range which has a great many items of use on the battlefield such as barricades and abandoned wagons plus tents and more.

While we have other bear like Owls (VNT8 Grizzy Owls) in our High Fantasy range it is in our Alternate Stars 28mm science fiction range where you will find AS011 Uhul Warrior with Laser Cannon which is our most recent take on the creature.  

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 10 January 2022

MFM17 Flying Reptile with Wraith Rider returns

It is our great delight to reveal the first release of 2022 this January and its the first of a great many returned classics.  Added to the Tabletop Miniatures 15mm Range (which contains both Tabletop Games and Asgard 1980's miniatures) the Flying Reptile with Wraith Rider.  There are now some sixty five miniatures returned in this range which covers Dungeon Adventurers, Dwarves, Undead, Monsters, Creatures and more.  There are also some great value saver skirmish packs.

MFM17 Flying Reptile with Wraith Rider: A denizen of pure evil rides upon a creature that feasts upon the flesh of the dead and living alike.  This code contains one 15mm scale model in three pieces these being the body of the reptile, the wings of the reptile and the sitting wraith in robes.  The assembled model is 60mm long and 40mm wide at longest and widest points.  You can choose from the pack or you can select the creature on its own or the rider on its own.

Supplied unpainted and unassembled.  Sculpted in the early 1980's and an original Asgard code.

The mummified wizard on throne now re-mastered into resin with a lower price is a great 15mm scale piece for your collection.  See it in the Tabletop 15mm Fantasy range.

This is our sole 15mm fantasy release for the month at Alternative Armies.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Alternia the Highlander free in orders this month and whats coming in January

"January is the coldest month here in Scotland and our celtic hearts give out to you Alternia the Highlander!"

Thank you all most kindly for your custom over the festive period.  We hope you all have had a great time.  We estimate it will take us about a week from today to get all of the orders into the mail system.

January is here!  The company is running and shipping again! Welcome to the new year of 2022. The first of a dozen (one each month all year) Alternia miniatures is free in every package shipped out from Scotland to every customer. You need do nothing but place an order which requires to be shipping anywhere in the world (no Digital Download orders only sorry!) of any size and we will automatically include ALT001 Alternia the Highlander.  As many orders as you want and ends 1st February 2021.  You can also order this code in any amount and you will still get the free one. 

As you can see it is a very interesting miniature and would be a great addition to your collection. Read more about Alternia on the website.


Alternative Armies News for January 2022

Following on from the festive break and with us now open once more and shipping globally from today lets have a wee peek at what is coming your way this month.  News on all of this will appear as it happens and there are links here to the pages of the site where the new codes and other items will be. The Erin Celtic Myth range will see a new miniature as the Fir Bolg expand (following up on Streng the Hero) the first female Fir Bolg!  The classic Asgard Fantasy range now has its own page on the site and will have the first returned monster FM13 Owlbear and also a return of the MFM17 Flying Reptile with Wraith Rider in the classic Tabletop 15mm Fantasy range as we kick off getting much more of this great range returned into the world.  For Flintloque and Slaughterloo the Legion de Nain continues its entire army expansion with an artillery crew of six Dwarves and choice of either limber Pummilig Pigs or Limber Boars as with the Legion Cavalry; players who use 5027 Grapeshotte rules will be happy!  Lastly four titles which went out of print during November will return; Patrol Angis, Laserburn, Bier & Bones and beginner booklet Escape from the Dark Czar

As always if you have any questions or would like to make a suggestion or ask if we can restore or release something you are looking for then contact us on sales@alternative-armies.com and we will do our best to assist you. 

Lastly I am delighted to not only invite you to the updated Deals and Offers page where the remolded 15mm Cultists are in a value skirmish pack but also to show you a picture by Kev who goes by @Verbal_Gerbil on Twitter of his painted Sun Warriors (CM14 four poses) from the Erin range to be used in Of Gods and Mortals.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2022 our message

The team at Alternative Armies wishes you the most Merry Christmas and happiest of happy new years.  We realise it has been a very trying year and times are hard.  We appreciate all your custom and your friendships now more than ever before.  We wanted to extend those thanks in this message with gifts and an offer you may like.  We have closed now until the start of the year but we remain online to browse HERE.

From now until Tuesday 4th January 2022 we have a great festive season offer for you.  Twenty percent off (20%) automatically at checkout on all orders placed with us.  You will see the discount appear on screen as you checkout.  There is more though.  

Until the 4th of January you will get four free Spiders (EH06 Arachnid Swarm worth 6.00GBP see in detail on our BLOG which includes our festive closing and shipping dates) which is our December freebie in all orders AND you will get the first of the brand new Alternia our Mascot 28mm female miniature included too (worth 2.50GBP and see her new page on the website) which is free for all of January.  You get the discount and both free codes during this time so that it is fair to everyone.

A wee tease of her outline...  ALT001 Alternia the Highlander!  You will see her on the fourth of January.  As always with us you need do nothing but order and we will handle the rest.  You can of course order her too normally as she is on the site as of now.  2022 is Alternia's year with a dozen versions, one a month, all free in that month.

Our Seasons of Celebration range contains fantastic 28mm Snowmen in plain, fantasy, black powder and sci-fi types as well as many codes of 15mm scale snowmen, trees, monster, presents, gingerbread men and Jack Frost plus a HOTT Army with free bases and a sampler option.

In new molds our classic FL10 The Winter Knight could be seen at the top of this message and has new images on the site too.  Great for any system get the foot and mounted version or either on their own.  Plus it has a wee deal on it too!  See all our other Deals and Offers on their page of the website.

Across December the great Flintloque fan resource website called Orcs in the Webbe runs its annual advent.  Organised and run by Craig Andrews who puts a lot of effort into keeping this site going.  Free articles, scenarios, micro games, word search and more.  See it all HERE.  Included this year are two linked scenarios 'Sharkes Assaying' for Flintloque by Gavin Syme (GBS) and also a wee sneak peek on Christmas Eve of what is coming early next year for the World of Valon so come the date check it out as the site updates and enjoy!

Thanks for Reading and see you all in January!

GBS