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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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Friday, 17 May 2019

Fourteen 15mm Urban Gangers released as pack and singles in HOF Range

“Like minded individuals often gather together for mutual defence of themselves and their turf. It's a strategy that humanity has employed from the early days of recorded history to the industrial work gangs in the mega cities of earth and Alpha Centuari. However colonial gangs are more often than not the first line of defence in case of siege and invasion as they are farmers and families who have gathered together to protect their holdings and claims from aggression. Once a colony has developed beyond a few small farms and a port is established, the gangs still exist, levying control on areas they claimed at the start of the landing. However other inhabitants may take offense to this and start their own gangs to take back these holdings. At other times they are sprung up from perpetually bored teenagers with little common sense and an eye for violence. On occasion they may even become notorious criminals or just a more militant version of the Planet Defence Forces. Their colours are as numerous as they have numbers, and are often used as a conscript force if things do get dire. Lightly armoured but heavily armed with cheap rec-guns and knowledge, their hold on their turf is absolute and can spring ambushes and raid supply convoys before melting back into spider holes to lick their wounds and strike again later. Their morale is often tied to their leader through a cult of personality, if he dies, they will run. But as most find out, they will be back in greater numbers and with more weapons to settle the score. Colonial life is harsh and brutal enough as it is, but these souls have opted for a more difficult life and will carve out their name and colours... or die trying.” 

The brand new release for May 2019 into the HOF 15mm Science Fiction range is a mega pack of 15mm Gangers great for any campaign and setting. Concept by Fred Richards and sculpted by the talented Sean Bullough this pack can be had with all fourteen poses or select poses from it. Above is some setting for these vicious thugs and they are great opponents for your Security Force Alpha patrols or even as Betrayers slaved to the Shia Khan in games of Patrol Angis too. Go HERE for the range or read on for more. 

HOF136 Urban Gang Conscripts 
This pack contains fourteen different 15mm scale white metal one piece miniatures sculpted by Sean Bullough. Human gang members both male and female great for any number of present day or near future campaigns. Our painted set is in the colours of The Wolverines Gang a blight on the honest citizens of Alpha Centauri city seven. You can see that the poses each have a letter next to them. This means you can select single poses in any quantity you wish. Each miniature is approx 13mm to 17mm tall standing or kneeling. 

Female Ganger with long rifle in leather jacker (A) 
Female Ganger with assault rifle and light armour (B) 
Kneeling Ganger with bald head and assault rifle (C) 
Lunging Ganger with automatic shotgun (D) 
Advancing Ganger with laser carbine (E) 
Bald Ganger with heavy assault rifle (F) 
Female Ganger running with carbine (G) 
Ganger with Mohawk with heavy assault rifle (H) 
Ganger with eye covered and machine gun (I) 
Advancing Ganger with long rifle (J) 
Running Ganger with sub machine gun (K) 
Ganger with long hair and heavy shotgun (L) 
Ganger in cap with missile launcher (M) 
Female Ganger with sniper rifle (N) 


If you fancy fighting gang wars then Alternative Armies has a lot to offer you. For example what would happen if your gangers managed to get their hands on a fully functional battlesuit? Now that would liven up the cityscape! Check out the Fire Cat and also the Grease Cat for a couple of choices. The HOF Range has over one hundred twenty different packs. 

Thanks for Reading, 


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Giant Skeleton of the Dead released and news for the Sengoku range

Now released into the Sengoku 15mm Japanese Fantasy range a brand new big monster which is great for 15mm and 28mm uses both Japanese and other fantasy settings.  The Gashadokuro is a feared thing sculpted by John Bell and as well as its release we have some news for you on what else is coming for the Sengoku Range in 2019.  Go HERE for the range or read on for more information.

SGF136 Gashadokuro (Giant Skeleton of the Dishonoured Dead)
This pack contains one white metal monster of Japanese mythology which stands 50mm tall and can be used in most settings.  It is made of bones and features  many human skulls as the joints of its arms and legs.  Gashadokuro are spirits in the form of giant skeletons many times taller than an average person and said to be created from the amassed bones of people who died of starvation or in battle without being buried. They grab lone travellers and bite off their heads to drink their blood. A prime target for Monster Hunters! 

Supplied in one piece without a base (shown on a 40mm round base) and unpainted.  Other figures shown are for scale only and not supplied. Go HERE.

Some pictures of this huge monster taking on Takemito the Sumo with his party and also facing off with Sanada the Yokai Chaser who is also being attacked by three Oni!

The Gashadokuro is a fearsome monster indeed and it is part of the continuing expansion of the Sengoku range which is working towards doubling its size and another book to go alongside Sengoku Monster Hunter (Print or Digital Download).  There are many more releases coming; following up on the Guild Hunters and the Sengoku Buildings and Roadside Shrines.  More than thirty poses are now sculpted and molded including Kitsune, Sohei Monks, Snakemen, Demon Painters, Hermits, Watchmen plus Cavalry on Horses and Shogi player and a Palaquin set.  All sculpted by John Bell.  These will be released as singles as well as value packs and entire set packs from June onwards.

There is a follow up book coming which takes up where Sengoku Monster Hunter ended.  It is going to be called 'Rampage' and will be an expansion to Monster Hunter.  Written by Steve Danes it will feature more content for Monster Hunter and you will need the first book in order to use it.  Many more monsters will be detailed from the 15mm Sengoku range and new sets of encounters allowing for Soba Shops and much more.  There will be new Hunters in profiles and in Hunter types such as shape shifting Yokai and the dreaded Water Shadow Clan.  There will be a new Hunting Ground in the detailed form of Underworld; tunnels, caverns and the sinister Ghost Light too.  Lastly the core feature of the new book the expanded rules for Rampage!  More monsters in play and monsters hunting the hunters too.  Can you avoid them, can you beat them?  Six new scenarios will let you find out.  

At the time of this news article the manuscript for the book is complete and an artist has been taken on to create a new stunning piece of cover art in the same vein as before.  John Bell has provided internal artwork and photos are being taken of the miniatures to include in the pages.  It will be in print and as a digital download.  No confirmed release date just yet but it will be the summer of 2019. 

Thank you for Reading,


Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Ogre Mercenary and Reluctant Brigands released

Alternative Armies presents its 28mm fantasy releases for the month of May 2019 in the form of some of the last of our classic range now re-molded and on the website.  We have an Ogre Mercenary and four different characters who make a living by robbery.  Great for any campaign and for dungeon crawl and roleplaying too.  Go HERE to our Adventurers and Wizards range or read on for more.

Coming in alongside our Wizards Party, Guild Assassins, Adventurer Packs, Wizards Progression and Halfing Walking Party among others these miniatures fit right in and could also be used in some Flintloque games too.

FL25 Ogre Mercenary
With a large axe on his shoulder the Ogre Mercenary is for hire to the highest payer of golden coins.  This 28mm scale white metal miniature is a single piece and stands 38mm tall.  Suitable for any game system and is supplied without a base (shown on a 30mm square base).  Any other miniatures shown are for scale purposes only.  Go HERE.

FL26 Reluctant Brigands
Hard times abound and when it is no longer possible to turn an honest coin with a days labour then those with mouths to feed or the desire turn to gaining coin in other ways.  This 28mm scale white metal pack contains four different miniatures.  Armed with a sword and carrying a small bag is the Sea Captain. Armed with a long bow is the Forester.  Sporting a thick beard and an axe is the Lumberjack. A Half Orc Thief armed with a crossbow. Choose from a pack or select single miniatures from this code.  Suitable for any game system these miniatures are not supplied with bases (shown on 25mm square bases).  Go HERE

Alternative Armies has a huge selection of excellent 28mm fantasy miniatures across several collections which you can check out.  We have something for everyone.

There is more news and further releases to come this month into our HOF 15mm Science Fiction Range, the Sengoku 15mm Japanese Fantasy Range plus classic Torture Chamber sets re-released and a major Flintloque boxed set too.  Each of these will have their own news so make sure you do not miss out.  

Thanks for Reading,


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

The Ion Age returns to Alternative Armies

Please read this major announcement from The Ion Age.  Thank you.

'This galaxy has decided to gorge upon itself, to consume its vitality once more in pointless slaughter that will see those left afterwards little more than mono-planet atom burners.  Well, its not going to happen, not again.  My father, your king, died for the dream that Prydia held dear and in two decades of civil war we here also have nearly lost that promise of freedom we hold equally dear.  We will all have that freedom again mark me, the Barons will pay and those beings not of mankind that are even now forcing open the doors will be thrown back to the Anwnn where they came from.  Prydia will rise once more and I will, with the aid of the Starvaulters, make it happen.'
Princess Daphe Cyon address to the Council of Aeddans 4330IC

Back in July 2013 I was given the chance to take what existed of the space opera setting of The Ion Age and develop it as a free standing entity apart from Alternative Armies.  In the near five years since then I feel that the little team I assembled has achieved some great things including a 15mm range which went from some thirty poses to many hundreds of poses, new factions, many vehicles and a terrain range.  There was also the three books of the Patrol Angis game system.  We also had four years of monthly free special miniatures.  All great stuff.

The world changes as you all will know and I have reached an agreement with Alternative Armies to hand The Ion Age ranges back to the mother company.  The reasons for this are several.  Firstly the ranges have grown to a point where I no longer feel comfortable handling their expansion on my own.  Secondly Alternative Armies has greater resources which I feel are needed as we continue onto a fourth book and more releases.  Thirdly I realise that we are now in an age of social media (so much different from 2013) and that I am the public face of both Alternative Armies and The Ion Age; this tends to cause some confusion for gamers.  With everything in one place this confusion vanishes and The Ion Age will be able also to take part in the big offers that Alternative Armies makes.  Alternative Armies has increased its staff level and technical resources and is a very active company.  It makes sense to have this return happen.

Do not fret.  There are no staff changes and no miniatures will disappear from production.  Alternative Armies and The Ion Age operate out of the same office.

So what will happen and when?  Do you need to do anything?

In essence I will gradually close down The Ion Age website while transferring the miniatures and books to new pages on Alternative Armies.  Across the next four weeks the 15mm range and the 28mm range as well as Publications and Free Downloads will gain their own pages under a main new heading on the Alternative Armies website.  We will also shut down the ability to purchase from The Ion Age once the codes are moved.  The Ion Age blog will remain in place and will continue to give you the latest news and be a source of content.  Once all of the ranges are transferred The Ion Age website will be mothballed and then shut down in coming months. Our email address will remain active going forward and do feel free to contact me with any questions.

A large part of the process of handing over will apply to the 'Reward Points' system powered by SLoyalty on The Ion Age.  We have over one thousand customer accounts and several million points accumulated.  It is vitally important to me and it has been agreed with Alternative Armies, that those reward points will be honoured.  Right at the start of the process of range removal from The Ion Age website the Sloyalty programme will be closed down.  When this occurs all customers will be exported and held in a master document with me.  You will still be able to access your account on the site until the site is closed down.  Here is how to claim your accumulated points.

Contact me (Gavin Syme) on with your name, address and the email address you used with The Ion Age.  I will confirm this with the master document and then reply to you.  I will tell you the amount of points you have, its value in Sterling (GBP) and how to spend it.  You will get the value of these points on anything on the Alternative Armies site (including Ion Age codes) and it can be used on shipping too.  We ask you use it in one order (for my sanity) and it will be done by email with me directly.  There is no time limit upon this offer so if you are reading this long after May 2019 just contact me.

Aside from this to gain your points you need do nothing more. 

Alternative Armies has a lot planned for 2019 and beyond and its agreement with me to take back The Ion Age is only a part of that.  I can tell you that there are more than a dozen new codes in development for the 15mm range as well as the 'Baron' book for Patrol Angis.

Here are links to the new collections for The Ion Age on the Alternative Armies website:

Ion Age Publications
Ion Age Terrain
Ion Age 15mm Miniature Range
Ion Age 28mm Miniature Range
Ion Age Free Resources

I want to take this moment to thank every one of you for the fun four year ride which we have taken.  Its time to get off.  Before we get back on again!

Thanks for Reading,


p.s. The images in this announcement are of a customised Magog mecha belonging to Sam Croes, the lead designer at Alternative Armies, painted in the colours of his baronial force 'Castella'.  It is in his personal collection and we hope you like it.  Contact me if you want to know the pieces used to create it and how you might do the same thing.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Cut a path into May with a Free Scimitar Monster in every 28mm Fantasy Order!

Andrea Sfiligoi the fellow behind Ganesha Games and wonderful rules systems such as Song of Blades and Heroes and Four Against Darkness is a great friend of Alternative Armies. To celebrate the arrival of May we have a special offer on the whole 28mm Ganesha Games miniature range which we manufacture here in Scotland. Andrea has created the new mass battle system Of Armies and Hordes and we are putting a Scimitar Monster (worth 3.50GBP) into all 28mm fantasy orders until 2nd May 2019. Go HERE for the range or read on for more. 

The Ganesha Games range at Alternative Armies contains a hundred different models in 28mm Fantasy and 28mm Science Fiction. If you order one or more of these miniatures we will put DS001 Scimitar Monster (great for encounters) into your package automatically as a gift. It is worth 3.50GBP so this is a great spring offer to welcome May and the sun. We will also give you this creature free if you order any 28mm miniature from our own fantasy ranges such as Crystal Elves, or Dwarven Host or the Goblin and Orc Hordes among many others. You could also have a look at Fantasy Warlord too. Have a browse! 

DS001 Scimitar Monster 
This one piece 28mm scale creature has blades for hands and a vicious bite. It belongs in any dungeon crawl or fantasy game system and will also work across other scales as a giant in 15mm for instance. It stands 32mm to the top of the head. Go HERE

Of Armies and Hordes is an army level wargame using area movement and abstract manoeuvring to simplify play while retaining all the tactical choices and variables required by the genre. The rules are designed for fast, relaxed play among friends, not competitions. Bookkeeping is minimal. A typical large game requires two hours, including setup. Combat is dramatic. Battle-lines clash into each other. Something happens on the table every turn. Troops die quickly. The rules are non-scale specific. You can use any figures in any scale. Use any models you already own, or build dedicated armies. Basing is flexible. Use any system you like. You can even mix basing systems. As long as you can count the units (either the heads of models or the number of stands), you can play. Table size is flexible. As long as you can identify enough areas of the battlefield to provide a good game, you can play on a small kitchen table or on a huge wargaming table. 92 pages and additional material. 

Alternative Armies stocks all manner of miniatures great for (and featuring in) the new 'Of Armies and Hordes' game system by Andrea Sfiligoi but we do NOT stock the game book itself. You can find it HERE on Gumroad as a paid for download and it is a great read indeed. It plays well. 

Thanks for Reading! 


Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Doom Squad solo rules released as a digital download!

Back in March we released Doom Squad in PRINT and now its time for it to come out as a paid DIGITAL DOWNLOAD at twenty percent less than print. Doom Squad is the latest wargame title published by Alternative Armies from the author Steve Danes. You take the role of a small team of special forces soldiers in one of four different historical or present time periods then go up against the game engine in a mission which changes every time. Use any miniatures and play a game in twenty minutes. It is great fun! 

If you play in the era of Horse and Musket, of Napoleon, the colonial wars of the 19th century, the first world war, the second world war or the cold war and ultra modern then Doom Squad will slot right in with your figure and rules collection. 

SDB01 Doom Squad – Go HERE. Digital Download 
Written by Steve Danes a new nerve-shredding game of special forces action that ranges across three hundred years of history. From the time of Napoleon through to the trenches of World War One and right up to special forces operations in the early 21st century. A small team dropped in against the odds. Doom Squad is meant to be played as a solo game system pitting your team against the game engine. You can also opt for a multi-player game of 'co-operation' of two or several players going up against the game. Your troops will be equipped with the latest high-tech weapons and equipment from their historical or current era; which can mean muskets, rifled carbines or assault carbines with red-dot sights. It all depends on which period you pick. Rules are very simple and easy to use and are based around the use of one or more six sided dice to test for firing and close combat. Players will control one or more special forces squads and will be faced with an enemy that can be tough, disciplined, confused, resolute, unsteady and always unpredictable. This title is 44 pages. On our Digital Downloads page and also our Tabletop Gaming Books page if you wish a print copy. Use any miniatures you possess which are suitable in 28mm, 20mm, 15mm scale or 6mm scale. Here is a run down of the contents of the book as well as some page images too. 

Frontis: Page 1 
Contents and Credits: Page 2 

What is Doom Squad? Pages 3-4 
Game Set Up and Deployment: Page 5

Sequence and Actions in Turns:  Pages 6 - 15 
Observation and Enemy Reaction 
Close Combat 
Team Risk 

Time Period Weapons: Pages 16 - 23 
Jager Weapons 
Rifleman Weapons 
Stormtrooper Weapons 
Special Forces Weapons 

The Teams and Additional Assets: Pages 24 - 31 
Jager Doom Squads 
Rifleman Doom Squads 
Stormtrooper Doom Squads 
Special Forces Doom Squads 

Leaders of Doom Squads: Pages 32 - 34 
Doom Squad Formations: Pages 35 -36 

Event Cards and Target Marker: Pages 37 - 40 
Game Play Run Through: Pages 41 - 42 
Doom Squad Missions: Page 43 
Quick Reference Sheet: Page 44 

There are not many game systems out there like Doom Squad. 

Try it out solo or with your friend co-op today! 

Thanks for Reading, 


Monday, 22 April 2019

TAG Channel video review of our 28mm Barricades

Now on his channel on Youtube a new video for Flintloque presented by Talking About Games (TAG). If you missed previous videos then check out our Begin in Flintloque page to learn more or our BLOG for their other Flintloque videos. This time Abraham reviews two of our packs of 28mm terrain pieces.  The Barrels and Kegs plus Boxes barricades.

An enjoyable seven minute video giving great insight into the uses of terrain in wargaming and in roleplaying with miniatures. Abraham, who runs the channel, is a keen wargamer and though we provided the models to him to review his review is impartial and we have no control or influence upon it. Thanks! 

Here is the video.  Watch it on our blog or continue on to Youtube for full screen play. If you enjoyed the videos on the TAG channel then give them a thumbs up and a kindly comment as feedback is always welcome.

Alternative Armies has an excellent range of 28mm Terrain Range. This range is at home in any black power, horse and musket or fantasy setting. Each piece is full of character and there are such things as Abandoned Beer and Goods Wagons, Corpse Piles, Campaign Table, Campfire plus stone wall pieces and now eight different barricades with a value saver set too.  Full of character! Scatter them on your gaming table today. Go HERE. The smaller barricades come two to the pack while the larger ones are single piece to the pack. If you already have our 28mm terrain in your collection you will know just how much detail and attention there is in every model. 

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