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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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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Midsummer Madness with ten percent off entire website plus free Druidess

"The light of the shore brings the gap between the worlds closer at the middle point of the year when the sun is at its zenith.  The Druidess goes to the land and to the sky and to the shore as a part of the eternal cycle of life, death and re-birth.  It is a time of Midsummer and for some a time for Madness."


The middle of the year is here and with Midsummer comes madness from Alternative Armies in the form of new releases, a free new miniature, free Flintloque scenario and ten percent (10%) off everything on our website.  We will have more details on each of these at the time and we begin with the Druidess and the details of the event.


Until 9am GMT on Friday 29th June 2018 there is 10% off every production in every range on the Alternative Armies website.  All miniatures, all books, all digital downloads and all game packs too; everything.  This blanket discount is already applied on the screen so all you need do is add to cart as normal.  An ideal time to begin an army or to get that pack you have been wanting for ages.  We also have our Events and Bundles page with the biggest savings plus our Slaughterloo Divisions for the greatest deal for fans of the World of Valon.  Go HERE and have a browse.


Every order placed with us during this event will automatically get a brand new miniature for free worth 2.50GBP included.  There is no limit upon the number of orders you can place and each of them will get the FL24-01 Druidess the symbol of Midsummer and great for any game system.  You can of course also purchase this 28mm scale resin female druid miniature if you wish to. Find her on our website HERE.


As well as this discount and the free miniature we have New Releases too all of which are on our website now for you to see HERE.  These will get their own news article but if you are a fan of 15mm fantasy wargaming you should have a peek.  

We have a vast selection on our website for tabletop wargamers who are players of 28mm scale, 15mm scale and 6mm scale in genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Historical too.  Hover over the top sections of our home page for drop down menus and choose what interests you.  How about a few of our most viewed items such as these:


Sengoku Monster Hunter
Sculpted by John Bell this range of miniatures allow you to field a force of mythical Japanese creatures and others suitable for any game system including the game Monster Hunter. The range includes Tengu, Oni, Goblins, Kappa as well as Anime style female School Girls and Spider and Centipede and Snake Monsters along with Ghost and Monks and Miko. Now Cavalry, Tanuki and Spirits!  Also Hunters, Demons and Spirits.  Go HERE and there are reviews of the rules too.


Bradley 6mm Range
Produced in Scotland by Alternative Armies under agreement the Bradley Miniatures 6mm range of science fiction miniatures and vehicles.  Created by Lawrence Bradley Hitze and featuring in kickstarters you can now get these packs on the website HERE.


Begin in Flintloque
So you have heard mention of a tabletop miniatures game called Flintloque that has Elves, Orcs, Zombies, Dwarves, Ogres and many others fighting with muskets, pistols and cannons.  You have come to the right place to make a start with the greatest Fantasy Black Powder in the world.  Starting from nothing we will take you into the World of Valon with our beginners box set '5024 Escape from the Dark Czar'.  Go HERE for the journey into Valon.



HOF Security Force Alpha
All across the core star systems and on Terra itself there is a need for security after, during and even before the high rollers and expensive kit arrives in the battle zone. Security Force Alpha is just that force filling in as police, paramilitaries, mercenaries and planetary militias too. They are the faceless grunts that do the thankless jobs needed by all those who govern, control or enforce. Use them as you will from the near to the far future!   A big range of 15mm scale miniatures featuring resin troopers at tremendous value!  Go HERE for the HOF range.


Furioso the Italian Wars
Furioso is a set of wargames rules that covers European warfare in the sixteenth century. The rules allow players to fight large scale land battles with a simple to use and enjoyable gaming system.  Furioso can be fought using any scale figures from 6mm to 28mm.  The second book expanding into Italy and the inventions of Da Vinci is out now.  See the game HERE as well as our big range of 15mm Renaissance miniatures.


Ganesha Games Fantasy
Alternative Armies manufactures Ganesha Games 28mm scale white metal miniature lines under an official agreement. Miniatures made and shipped from Scotland. Axe and Brimstone Range sees Halflings fighting off Possessed Dwarves with their Dolman stone allies and Fighting Fungi too! Hammer and Forge Range which focuses on the Dwarf race and their allies and enemies. The Fighting Fungi Range of warring plant men and women which began the Ganesha Range.  Go HERE and see all the single miniatures and value packs.


Digital Downloads
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 in one place from across the website.  Just add to your cart.  No shipping, no waiting, just download after payment is completed.  All of our digital paid downloads are always at least 20% cheaper than the print version of the same title would be.  Go HERE.


Monsters and Creatures
Want big and scary?  Want strange and evil?  Want a challenge or a centre piece or pieces for your collection or army?  We have Space Brains, Sandworms, Big Mouth Beast, Wyverns, Giant Troll, Air Squid, Scorpions, Rats, Crustacean Monster, Tree Demon and many more.  Go HERE

Thanks for your time and enjoy the event!

GBS

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Popular Flintloque Casualty packs now in resin and lower in price

Welcome fans of Flintloque and Slaughterloo to this months release for these game systems.  These are not new releases as such but rather a new version of seven popular packs from the range.  Useful for marking the fall of characters in skirmish or on the field of battle from units.  Useful for dioramas and for scenic items too the core casualty blister packs are now being produced in high quality resin rather than white metal.  To that end we have new pictures and also a price reduction on all these packs.  Now you can get double the dead for your money.  Click on the links to go to each pack as they are spread across several different armies.


Each of the following packs contains four 28mm miniatures in resin and is supplied with our resin cartouche style bases.  Each pack is now just 4.00GBP and while some have one pose others have two different poses or even three which are supplied evenly mixed.


56018 Dogman Casualties 
This pack contains a mix of three different Dead Dogmen and can be used for any Confederation of Finklestein state or for the Ostarian Army or Grande Armee du Norde. Go HERE.


52010 Dwarf Casualties
This pack contains a mix of two different Dead Dwarves and can be used for any Confederation of Finklestein state or for the Krautian Army or Grande Armee du Norde. Go HERE.


51030 Elf Casualties 
This pack contains a mix of two different Dead Elves and can be used for the Grande Armee du Norde or any Armorican Armee fighting on Valon. Go HERE.


54028 Orc Casualties
This pack contains a mix of two different Dead Orcs and can be used for those red coats in the service of the Duke of Wheeling-Turn. Go HERE.


56019A Highland Rat Casualties 
This pack contains four identical large dead Ratmen in the service of the Army of Greate Britorcn in Catalucia. Go HERE.


56019B Lowland Rat Casualties
This pack contains a mix of two different dead Lowland Ratmen in the service of the Army of Greate Britorcn in Catalucia. Go HERE.


55507D Zombie Casualties
This pack contains four identical Zombie Piles (each of two corpses) which are former minions of the Dark Czar. Or awaiting reanimation... Go HERE.


This concludes our releases for the World of Valon for June 2018 and our last release before the arrival of Midsummer Madness late on next week. If you want to get into Flintloque then begin with the 5024 Escape the Dark Czar box set and our free resource downloads, videos beginners page and the Alternative Armies Tabletop Gaming group on Facebook.  Feel free to post a question and see you there!



Here at Alternative Armies we have two new week long deals on two entire ranges every week. Each offer is 10% off every code in two entire collections of our website.  Every pack, unit, box, book and so on in the collection is ten percent cheaper than its normal price for seven days.  It changes every week at midnight GMT Sunday so it is well worth a look to see what we have on offer from our vast choice.  Go HERE for the page and it is well worth seeing every Monday what the new deals are.  This week the offers are on The Torture Chamber and the 15mm scale Potomac American Civil War ranges.


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Monday, 21 May 2018

Ten Percent off whole ranges this week Fantasy Warlord and HOTT 24AP Armies

Here at Alternative Armies we have no more new releases in May 2018 but we do have new week long deals on two entire ranges.  Every week Alternative Armies has two week long offers which are 10% off every code in two entire collections of our website.  Every pack, unit, box, book and so on in the collection is ten percent cheaper than its normal price for seven days.  It changes every week at midnight GMT Sunday so it is well worth a look to see what we have on offer from our vast choice.  Go HERE for the page and it is well worth seeing every Monday what the new deals are.


This week until Sunday midnight GMT there is 10% off every miniatures, pack and unit in the whole classic Fantasy Warlord 28mm high fantasy miniature range.  Choose from personalities and infantry as well as weapon and shield packs covering Western and Eastern Humans, Elves, Orcs, Goblins and Dwarves.  The book is long out of print but the miniatures are great for any game system. Click through to see all the codes and the discount is already applied. Go HERE.


This week until Sunday midnight GMT there is 10% off every Army Pack (more than twenty different 24AP Armies) in our HOTT 2nd Edition armies range in 15mm scale.  Made up from miniatures in the HOT and Tabletop and Sengoku ranges these armies are pre-selected and all come with an assembly guide and all the needed element bases too.  Get straight into playing HOTT.  Elves, Orcs, Goblins, Dwarves, Undead, Dragonmen, Chaotic, Dogmen, Celtic Myth and more.  Click through to see all the armies and the discount is already applied. Go HERE.


Later this week we will be sending out a special email to our global mailing list which will have a really corking free offer in it.  If you would like to get this email and sign up for our Mailchimp list which will get you future email from us (we email each time we have a new release or a special offer or free content) please see footer of our website home page or below in this post.

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Seven New Bits codes in 28mm scale now released

Now with nearly thirty different codes to choose from Alternative Armies bits and sprues range expands again with the seven latest.  This is our last release for the month of May 2018 and we hope you like it.  Great for any setting and system these codes were sculpted by Elton Waters and Rob Alderman and give personality to any miniature.  Go HERE for the range or read on for more.  Additionally see the foot of this article for information on our data policy before 25th May 2018.


In addition to the sprues our Battlefield Accessories range also has riding mounts, casualties, campfire and walls as well as dice, pencil topper and pin badges so it is well well a peruse.  Now through allow us to introduce the new and these come in a set or some of them as single choices and are useful for adding to your miniatures or to bases or as scenic interest.  Average price is 1.20GBP per sprue.


BS021 Clay Pots
Four different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Clay Pots are the ubiquitous container of all parts of this world or any world.  Keeping liquids or foods or valuables they are easy to make and all manner of shapes.  HERE.


BS022 Toadstools
Three different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Nature provides food and it provides poisons.  Toadstools can be either but I would not eat these ones! HERE.


BS023 Amphora
Four different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Wine and Song!  Amphora in four sizes for your cellars and stores. HERE.


BS024 Horns and Bugles
Four different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Martial or Civilian horns are used to give notice of the charge or the assemble!  Use these for variety in your games or your scenics or on your miniatures.  Great for any 28mm scale game system or setting. Purchase a sprue of four or get your choice of a single piece in any quantity.  Click on the button you wish:  1. Double Twist.  2. Thick Horn.  3. Thin Horn.  4. Bugle. HERE.


BS025 Trolkin Hand Weapons
Three different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Trolka Weapons or for use with any other Human sized creature.  Use these for variety in your games or your scenics or on your miniatures.  Great for any 28mm scale game system or setting. Purchase a sprue of four or get your choice of a single piece in any quantity.  Click on the button you wish:  1. Hammer.  2. Mace.  3. Winter wrapped Blunderbuss. HERE.


BS026 Labouring Tools
Three different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Farm the land and build the world!  Traditional tools made for labouring.  Use these for variety in your games or your scenics or on your miniatures.  Great for any 28mm scale game system or setting. Purchase a sprue of four or get your choice of a single piece in any quantity.  Click on the button you wish:  1. Pick.  2. Hay Fork.  3. Sythe. HERE.


BS027 Ogre Rifle and Blunderbuss
Two different pieces in 28mm white metal. One Sprue! Black Power Weapons for your big troops.  In Flintloque the Ogres will use these guns but also Bog Orcs, Large Werewolves, Big Todoroni and such. Put them with any larger 28mm scale miniature.  Use these for variety in your games or your scenics or on your miniatures.  Great for any 28mm scale game system or setting. Purchase a sprue of four or get your choice of a single piece in any quantity.  Click on the button you wish:  1. Ogre Rifle (25mm long).  2. Ogre Blunderbuss (20mm long). HERE.

Here is a list of the other Bits and Sprues codes which are all on the range page HERE.

BS028 Carrot Heap
BS20 Flintloque Guns
BS019 Maps and Papers
BS018 Wine Glasses 
BS017 Glass Bottles
BS016 Veg and Fruit
BS015 Canteens 
BS014 Pistols and Swords
BS013 Drum and Standard
BS012 Artillery Crew Gear
BS011 Carrots
BS010 Roasted Dodo Legs
BS009 Cooked Meat
BS008 Cooked Fish
BS007 Feathers
BS006 Perkussion Guns II
BS005 Perkussion Guns
BS004 Black Power Guns
BS003 Tankards
BS002 Exotic Fruit
BS001 Pastry Pies

Thanks for your time but before you go something not wargaming but required reading.


On May 25th 2018 the new General Data Protection Legislation (GDPR) comes into law in the UK and across Europe as well. Over the past weeks we have been becoming compliant in our website and on our email list as well. You might have noticed the changes while you were browsing or updating your settings. We will be sending out a Compliance Email soon to everyone on our Mailchimp List. We ask that if you wish to continue to receive from us the latest news, releases and offers through email please look out for this special email (it will contain details of an email only free offer which is coming) and take half a minute to follow its link and update your settings. We are taking the chance to also do some housework on our mailing list to remove dead emails and such so please do update your settings. If you wish to sign up for our email you can do so (it is GDPR compliant) on our home page of the website through the pop up or by the box at the bottom right of the page.

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GBS

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Article 10 Mounting up my expanding Dark Czar collection by Andy Jefcoate

Mount Up! Andy Jefcoate hits double figures in his articles with the tenth instalment of his adventures in the Witchlands with Flintloque. If you want to catch up with the previous nine articles you can do so by clicking HERE for Andy's tag on the blog.  Last time he added artillery to his force using the Grapeshotte book and the new Ferach Howitzer.  In this article he takes up the mantle to give the minions of the Dark Czar some more 'rotten' muscle. With pictures of his own painted collection and our own site. Read on and enjoy. GBS



Expansion to 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar

For my tenth Flintloque article it's been good  to loop back to where I started with the expansion to the 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar beginners box set. 

My Ferach force has grown around the four Ferach figures in the set. Saindoux  is still my overall force commander, Boell Umfrage is his bodyguard, Ayers is the standardbearer in my Ferach Elf line infantry unit and Hulmutt Jucken is part of my Finklestein Dogmen line infantry unit.

On the other hand Captain Preservovitch and the other five savant zombies in his unit had remained separate from the other units in the Dark Czar's force. Additional Undead and werewolf units have joined the pursuit but the savant zombies have remained as a unit on their own mainly because they look very distinctive in their decorative heavy cavalry uniforms.

It was therefore very good to hear that Alternative Armies would be releasing an expansion to this unit with command figures on foot and mounted figures too!  I just had to have them!

What figures are available
Saindouxs 4 survivors can now be bought on their own as pack 5024A. They are just great figures and as with me they make a good starting point for a Ferach force.


There is pack 5024B Preserovitchs Colour Party which are three new foot figures in metal, consisting of a standard bearer, a drummer and a sergeant. These are very dynamic poses and perfect to join Captain Preseverovitch as command figures to a foot unit.


Pack 5024C is Preserovitchs Infantry which is the Zombies poses from the beginners box. There is the option to buy trooper figures individually to let you build up a bigger unit if you want to go to twenty four for a Slaughterloo line zombie unit. If you are starting out or want a full unit in one code then 5024E is for you this consists of the Colour Party, the officer and eight mixed random savant zombie poses from the 5024 set. 


Then there is the impressive pack 5024D Preserovitchs Cuirassiers, which are mounted versions of Preserovitchs unit. There are five heavy cavalry poses consisting of an officer with a sword (that could be used as a mounted version of Preserovitch himself), a standard bearer, a drummer and two trooper poses with carbine, one of which is firing while other holds his gun aloft. They are metal figures and are mounted on the excellent new resin heavy cavalry horse which has floor length cloth barding and looks very imposing. Single figures can also be purchased from this pack to let you decide on the size of your unit. Pack 5024E which allows you to buy the new resin heavy cavalry horse separately, with an alternative version 5024E1 which includes the big kettle drums that come with the drummer figure and which attach to the sides of the horse.  


Along with the metal command figures I purchased another 15 trooper figures on foot to give me an overall unit of 24 infantry. I also bought a unit of 10 cavalry figures. All the new figures are lovely sculpts and look like the elite units that they are. Both infantry and cavalry will stand out on the tabletop.

Painting the figures
Due to having the six figures from the starter set I had already decided to retain the same colour scheme as the green, red and gold works well. The only difference on the sculpts is that the new figures have their greatcoats rolled rather than wearing them but otherwise their uniforms are the same.




Therefore the only change to my painting scheme was with the rolled greatcoats and I painted them red. This made them stand out against the green jackets and my reasoning was that this is the lining showing. I thought that a green rolled greatcoat over a green jacket just would not stand out and I wanted to do the detail justice on these lovely figures. 

The continuing narrative
Although Captain Preseverovitch and his men have always been part of the pursuit of Saindoux's force they have now received reinforcements. Some of these are other survivors of his initial unit that have finally caught up but the rest are newly raised, lets face it there are lots of bodies around! They also have some heavy cavalry horses to increase the speed and hitting power of their unit.



Still smarting from the fact that Saindoux escaped him and having been replaced in command by Vampyres due to his perceived failure, Preseverovitch is determined that he will have his revenge. He is not just a zombie..........................

Using these figures in my games
The mounted figures are clearly heavy cavalry and I've used them as this in my Flintloque games. They look very imposing too. To match the figures I've armed them with swords and carbines on my section roster which gives more tactical options although shooting isn't the best skill for a savant zombie! Having a ten figure unit it is also perfect to use in Slaughterloo when I get there as this is a full size heavy cavalry count. 

With the twenty four foot figures I have more than enough to use as dismounted cavalry if they lose their mounts in the game but they can also be used as infantry in their own right as they are in the 5024 set. Being savant zombies they are useful as they aren't restricted by having to stay close to a Liche. As they look elite I have used them as Guard Infantry too as set out in the 5027 Grapeshotte book which gives them an additional edge. In Slaughterloo they will be used as superior zombie infantry and a unit of 24 is a good size. 

It is also fun to use the Cuirass special rule which negates the first wound each figure suffers in the game automatically as their steel cuirass takes the brunt of the hit!  See the free scenarios for more on this at the Begin in Flintloque page.

What's next 
As I now have some zombie heavy cavalry, I would like some mortal heavy cavalry for my Ferach force. I'll let you know how I get on.

Thank you for reading.

Andy

Monday, 14 May 2018

Joccian Riding Cows and new Limber Cow now in resin

There were rumours about a while back that Alternative Armies would be continuing the re-mastering of the existing mounts range for Flintloque and also perhaps expanding the Joccian Army as well. It was true! Last week the new 56520 Joccian Light Infantry made its debut and now we have not only replaced the white metal riding Highland Cow with a resin version with a price reduction but we also have a new limber Highland Cow which is with the artillery crew and divisional box too. Go HERE for the Army of Greate Britorcn or read on for all the codes which have been updated. This is our last Valon release and news for the month of May 2018. 


The new resin Highland Cows are identical to the white metal ones except in a change to a high quality grey tone resin for the body (the separate head remains in white metal) so your riders will continue to be ideally suited to their bovine charges. 






Here are pictures of the Highlands Cows showing their parts and sizes. The riding cow has a saddle and works with most 28mm riders who fit wider horses. The new limber cow is fitted with tackle and also has a yoke and also a saddle if you wish to place a rider upon it. You can purchase these creatures in the new 56511L Riding and Limber Cows code selecting either cow in any quantity on the page to add to your forces. There are five codes altered with this news. 


56511 Joccian Greys – New Lower Price 
The famous North Britorcn Cavalry the Joccian Greys. Mounted on shaggy haired Highland Cattle they are a veteran regiment and have served many campaigns all across Valon. They are light cavalry armed with swords. Choose from a single trooper, pack of five or a unit of ten each with a saving. There is an officer, standard bearer and a trooper pose. The riders and cow heads are white metal and the cow bodies are resin. Go HERE


56535 Joccian Command 
The Joccian Command Set gives you four officers on foot and two mounted for all purposes. Use in all Joccian sections and units. Officers are Aggressive, Officer Cowardly, Officer Dastardly and Officer Heroic. The Mounted Colonel is on a Ram and Mounted General on resin Cow. Go HERE


LE028 General Gordon 
The commander of all the Ratmen in Catalucia and right hand of the Lord Wheeling-Turn all the regiments of Joccia are inspired by the sight of Archrat Gordon. Now mounted on a resin cow. Limited to one thousand numbered packs only. Go HERE

56515 Joccian Artillery Crew 
The foundries of Joccia make almost all the cannons used by the Army of Albion so troops have a lot of time to practice at home. They are fine gunners. These Six Big Ratmen are classed as Gun Crew. An Officer and Five Gunners as well as two of the new resin Limber Cows. Add them to your collection. Go HERE

Lastly for those who wish to gain enough miniatures in one box for a dozen different Flintloque sections or an entire force for Slaughterloo while saving 18% off list prices there is the 56500 Joccian Divisional Army Pack which now comes with the new resin cows. Thanks for your attention and here are details of our two week long offers 

This week until Sunday 20th May midnight GMT there is 10% off every miniatures, pack and unit in the whole Goblin Army of Al-Garvey collection for Flintloque and Slaughterloo. Choose from personalities, lizard cavalry, dodo cavalry, light and line infantry as well as artillery and gun crew plus detonation dodos! Click through to see all the codes and the Goblins can be found in 5025 War in Catalucia and 5030 Slaughterloo. 


Ten percent off all the miniatures and units in Alternative Armies 28mm historical range of Jacobites until midnight GMT Sunday 20th May. The Prince, the Piper, Bonnie Flora and many others plus Dancers. Great in any suitable game system. Click through to see them all. 

Thanks for reading and we will be back with a free article from Andy Jefcoate as well as further new releases for Bits and Sprues and Grinning Skull before the end of the month. Additionally our website and email clients are now GDPR compliant as per the implementation date of 25th May 2018. Alternative Armies is happy to assist with any questions on sales@alternative-armies.com and you must now set up an account to place an order and additional confirm to join our mailing list. See our Information page for more. 

GBS