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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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Friday, 15 December 2017

Adding Cavalry to my Witchlands forces by Andy Jefcoate

Well jingle my bells! The sixth in a series of linked Flintloque articles by Andy Jefcoate about his forays in the Witchlands and in Flintloque. If you missed the first to fifth articles where he got his starter set and then tried it out followed by a nail biter of a scenario and then get his Pug Dogs marching then you can read them on our blog HERE. In this article he expands with more riders. With pictures of his own painted collection. Read on and enjoy! GBS 



Adding Cavalry to my Witchlands forces

As I mentioned a couple of articles back, my Witchlands forces have been very pedestrian and would benefit from adding some cavalry. Not only are these units the fastest and often hardest hitting, they look great too!

Since I started wargaming several decades ago I've always thought that cavalry are great. There's something very dramatic about charging at the enemy on horseback armed only with something sharp (unless you are the one facing the sharp end of course!).

With most historical Napoleonic armies the majority of cavalry was usually fairly light, being used for scouting, seeing off enemy cavalry, attacking isolated units on flanks or pursuing enemies that break. I therefore feel that it should be the same with Flintloque with the majority of cavalry units filling these roles. However there are also some heavy cavalry units used as a hammer to smash a hole in the enemy forces. These are my absolute favourite units and I always like to give them a place in my forces, but that is something for another time after my forces have grown.


Initial cavalry choices
So what did I pick first. Well, as my Witchlands force already had Zombiski Cossacks on foot, I had to have some mounted Zombiski Cossacks. These fit perfectly with the scenario of harassing a fleeing army and appearing where the enemy least expects it. They are interesting models with an irregular look, although I gave them all green jackets to tie the unit together. I initially bought a unit of 5 as my games are still small but I'll expand the unit very soon. Having said that I did buy a mounted Vampyre to lead them. This was mainly because I liked the miniature but it also gives them more tactical options and additional punch in combat. 

For the Ferach force I just had to have Elf Witchlands Cavalry. The background of these is great with remnants of various units banding together to fight back against their pursuers. These irregular cavalry are not quick to paint due to their varied uniforms but look very good and again fit in perfectly with the theme of a fleeing army. I bought a unit of 5 of them too so as not to make them too powerful a unit for a small game. 



Dismounted Cavalry
All shots fired at mounted characters in Flintloque always strike the mount first (unless it is an aimed shot) as mounts are generally larger than their riders. This means that there is a high chance that characters will end up on foot after their mounts are shot from under them, especially if the scenario involves infantry and cavalry. 

This was another reason why I bought the units I did. I already have 8 dismounted Zombiski Cossacks so I have more than enough to use if and when required. At the same time Witchlands Elf Infantry work perfectly with the Elf Witchlands cavalry as many of the poses and uniforms are similar. I therefore bought and painted several infantry figures to match the cavalry, meaning that all options are covered.



Continuing Narrative
This was easy as the Zombiski Cossacks had already been involved on foot, but some of their mounted brothers have now joined the pursuit of Saindoux's forces (despite the attentions of the Pugglesberg Jagers).

Elf Cavalry that are survivors of decimated units have also been drawn towards Saindoux's growing band. They are very welcome as they can scout further afield than the light infantry giving the general a better picture of the surrounding region. They can also help to defend the Ferach force against attacks by enemy cavalry. 

The sought after LE015 Scooby Doom and Raggy limited edition set from the authors collection

Initial games involving cavalry
With Cavalry now being involved I've moved into using the full Flintloque rules as set out in the 'Death in the Snow' game book. My first game was cavalry only, with the Elf Cavalry having to stop the Zombiski Cossacks getting past them. This let me get used to using cavalry while the scenario was very simple.

I've since expanded into infantry and cavalry games with the cavalry operating on the flanks attempting to attack the flank of the opposing infantry while preventing their counterparts doing the same. This is good fun tactically with the games often becoming a swirling melee rather than 2 lines attacking and defending as can often happen with infantry only games.


In Conclusion
It's good to finally have a combined arms force as it gives you many more scenario options and more tactical options during play. It looks great on the tabletop too!

So what's next on the list, I'll let you know in my next installment in the new year.............

Thank you for reading.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

CA8 Flat Doors 28mm one sided for your buildings or dungeons released!

God rest ye merry gentlemen upon these doors you can rely.  From Alternative Armies these will not take you astray and with tidings of comfort and joy we offer you a brand new pack sculpted by Elton Waters.  Three different one sided doors for use against any flat surface in 28mm scale!  Go HERE or read on.  Additionally this is our last release before we cease shipping for Christmas which will occur on the 15th December.


CA8 Flat Doors
Take these portals and add them to any structure with a flat surface.  These doors are great for scratch building, dungeon questing, buildings and more.  Suitable for fantasy and any other pre-industrial setting. The rear side of each door is blank. This code contains three different 28mm scale white metal doors. Here are their sizes running from left to right in the main image. The large door is 45mm tall and 38mm wide. The medium door is 36mm tall and 28mm wide. The small door is 28mm tall and 18mm wide.



These scenic items do not require assembly and are supplied unpainted. Select your choice from the options on the page. Choose from a pack, three packs with a 10% saving applied and single doors in any amount.  Excellent value! The other image shows our 28mm miniatures for scale only and not supplied.  5024 Escape the Dark Czar Elf Officer and VNT31-05 Liche Lord.  Go HERE.


We have a trio of Weekly Deals which run Monday to Sunday each week; current offers are above.  Each week three different offers all at 20% off normal price for a code in that range on all of its options including painted and ready for play as well as whole units if applicable.  We have a Flintloque code deal, a High Fantasy code deal and a 15mm scale code deal.  Get something for your wargaming and check them out every Monday when they change. HERE.  We also have a Latest Releases page where all of our codes from about the last six to ten weeks of releases are sited as well as in their own pages.  If you want to see what Alternative Armies has been doing it is a great place to start.  All of our ranges, all our game systems, 28mm and 15mm.  All HERE.

Merry Cryptmass Everyone from here in Joccia!

GBS

Friday, 1 December 2017

New Chain Gunner Team for Sulphur released!

Now at Alternative Armies a brand new code for Sulphur II in 32mm scale. A pack containing a two woman Chain Gun Team which is now added to the larger and smaller vehicles, characters and of course the mecha in the range. 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 plus a link to download a new free article with rules and scenario for the game. 


SHW3 Chain Gun Team 
This high quality grey tone resin 32mm scale pack contains two different infantry support miniatures. Excellent for your wasteland gaming! These models are single piece and made for slotta bases. Parts are lettered for easy reference. 8.00GBP.  Go HERE.


A Free Article for Sulphur – Sulphur Storm! 
Download a full five page expansion of rules plus a free scenario directly from Alternative Armies written by the authors of Sulphur II. Click HERE and you can find the link on the web page too. 

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!

GBS

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Furioso 16th Century Renaissance rules reviewed in Vae Victis 136



Just arrived in the mail from France the latest issue of Vae Victis magazine (Number #136) which contains a very nice and positive review of our Furioso 16th century Renaissance wargame rules by Steve Danes.  Click on the picture below to see it in readable size.



My French is reasonable and I want to thank them for the review.  The rules work with 6mm, 15mm and 28mm miniatures.  We play in 15mm scale using the Altuos Range of miniatures.


If you are keen on the magazine go HERE and for the rules visit our website where it is in print and as a digital download too.

Excellent!  

GBS

Monday, 27 November 2017

Cyber Monday 2017 at Alternative Armies 25% off all digital downloads 24hrs only

Digital madness at Alternative Armies today and for 24hrs only we have taken 25% off every single digital title in our whole catalogue. All the books can be found on the Digital Downloads page and you get your titles upon completion of check out. Go HERE. Additionally you have until 9am Tuesday 28th November to get free shipping on all physical orders over 15GBP in cart. 


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 the website. We have collected them all in one place. 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. 


We have Flintloque 3rd edition books (War in Catalucia, Death in the Snow, Grapeshotte, Bier & Bones), we have Slaughterloo 2nd Edition, we have Furioso 15mm Renaissance, we have Sulphur post apocalyptic, we have all of the USEME series of titles plus we have HOF Fire-Team and Age of Might and Steel. Go HERE

Twenty Four hours only. Get your order in now!

Here are all of our Six new releases from last week.  Go HERE for them and select the one you like to look at.


Thanks for Reading and for all your support over this mega week long event culminating today. 

 GBS

Friday, 24 November 2017

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017!

The Black Friday mega event is on at Alternative Armies. Automatic Free Worldwide Shipping on all orders over 15GBP of product placed in the cart and six brand new releases too. It is now the weekend of the event, its huge, it will conclude with a 24hrs only Cyber Monday (27th Nov) mega offer on all our digital download books (the other deals are still on during Cyber Monday). Ends 9am GMT Tuesday 28th November. Go HERE



New Releases! 
See the New Releases page for all these now out.


VNT39 Air Squid and Handler (28mm High Fantasy Monster) 


56114 Hunvarian Guard Ogre Cavalry plus Uniformation article (Flintloque and Slaughterloo) 



MP30 Deaths Head Fountain (28mm Torture Chamber) 



RAP037 Ikwen Hardened Fighters (15mm Loud Ninja Games) 



SGF82 Soba Shop (15mm Sengoku Range) 


Black Friday Event Offers! (Save up to 50% on these codes) 
These are on our Events and Bundles page with all the other bundles.





5024 Escape the Dark Czar (Flintloque Beginners Set) 
VLE13 Gnomish Notary (less than 50 numbered sets remain!)





EH01 Flower of Evil (Monster Plant) 
VNT31-05 Liche Lord (28mm Fantasy) 
VNT33 The Wyvern Kildane (28mm Fantasy) 



HOT7 Giant (15mm Fantasy) 
HOT30 War Elephant (15mm Fantasy) 
HOT31 War Mammoth (15mm Fantasy) 



V007 Scythe Jet Copter (15mm Sci-fi) 


ER28 Wolf Hounds (Erin 28mm) 
ER29 Venom Pigs (Erin 28mm) 
ER30 Wolves (Erin 28mm) 

Plus twenty plus more big bundles of 15mm and 28mm fantasy and others including Ganesha Games, Asgard and more. 


Cyber Monday Mega Digital Event! (25% off all our digital download books for 24hrs) 
For one day only we are going to reduce the prices of all our paid for PDF books by twenty five percent on our Digital Downloads page. Flintloque, Slaughterloo, Furioso, Sulphur and all the others. Cyber Monday 27th November only. 

If you have not already done so we urge you to go to our website home page, scroll to the bottom and join our mailing list through the box provided there. We are featuring an email only bonus blister offer which you can find out about if you are on the mailing list. You must be on the list to get it. You will also not miss out on all the new releases and fun as we send out each day's new release and news. 

Lastly if you wish to combine orders with our little sister site The Ion Age then you can and you get access to the offers and free shipping. Send an email to info@theionage.com and list out all the codes you want from both websites along with your address and your paypal email. We will respond and send you an invoice to pay. Easy! 

Thanks for reading and enjoy the biggest event of the year! 

GBS

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Ikwen Hardened Fighters released from Loud Ninja Games

You have been waiting. You have been asking. Now you can be getting! Brand new from Loud Ninja Games a new pack of Ikwen sculpted by Eli Arndt. Go HERE or read on for more. 



"The Ikwen are one side of an asymmetric war against a higher tech, invading enemy. They fight in a less organized, militia style, utilizing acquired weapons, not of their of own manufacture." 


RAP037 Ikwen Hardened Fighters 
Over a generation ago, the planet Kwiell was set upon by aliens bent on exploiting the natural resources of the planet. The planet’s native population, the Ikwen, found themselves suddenly enslaved and their society rocked as they were enslaved, put to work and in many cases hunted and killed. The Ikwen have spent decades in frustrated servitude to these invading overlords. We see them as very much freedom-fighting indigenous life forms, use them as alien invaders, allies, mercenaries or even lower tech indigenous forces for more organized warfare. This pack contains (6) six different 15mm scale white metal miniatures armed with a mix of blades and pistols. Excellent melee soldiers and Ikwen leaders. All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases. 4.00GBP. Go HERE


Eli Arndt -The Making of the Ikwen
I want to share a little gem with you. A video created by the fellow behind LNG Mr Eli Arndt. Its five minutes of information all about the ideas behind some of the most successful sets of miniatures of the Loud Ninja Games range...The Ikwen.  


Loud Ninja Games 
LNG is a small, boutique sized gaming company dedicated to bringing a little bit of fun to the miniatures and gaming community. Great and original 15mm science fiction miniatures and vehicles from wargamers to wargamers. Scotland and the United States of America working as one! The YanDrassi. 15mm Alien Empire. The Ikwen. 15mm Alien Militia. Alien Encounters. 15mm Strange Creatures from the Stars. Wasteland Mutants. 15mm Dangerous Near Future. The Chuhuac. 15mm Space Raptors. Alternative Armies is the official manufacturer and seller of all Loud Ninja Games products. Have a browse. Go HERE


Until 9am GMT Tuesday 28th November the Black Friday mega event is on at Alternative Armies. We have automatic Free Worldwide Shipping on all orders over 15GBP of product placed in the cart and we have SIX brand new releases too during the event. A new release each day from the 18th to the 23rd November leading up to the big weekend itself. All of these releases (minus their images) are now on our Events and Bundles page along with all our other special offers for the event and more. We will feature each new release in its own news article on its day in detail. Its huge and it will end with a Cyber Monday (27th Nov) mega offer on all our digital download books (the other deals are still on during Cyber Monday). Follow the links. 


If you have not already done so we urge you to go to our website home page, scroll to the bottom and join our mailing list through the box provided there. We are featuring an email only bonus blister offer which you can find out about if you are on the mailing list. You will also not miss out on all the new releases and fun. 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Hunvarian Guard Ogre Cavalry released with free article for Flintloque

Big and brutal it is our pleasure to present to you the central Flintloque and Slaughterloo release for this month. An entire unit of new Ogre Cavalry which can act either for Hunvaria or for the Krautian Giant Legion as elite riders. They can also be Hussars for both sides. This new unit is entirely in resin and at a reduced price compared to white metal (along side of our other Ogre cavalry) plus we have a free article for you to download. Choose from a single to a skirmish pack or a full unit of ten plus painted options. 


Go HERE for 56114 Hunvarian Guard Ogre Cavalry or click HERE for a free Uniformation article download with rules and more from our website. Sculpted by Elton Waters. A big unit! 


56114 Hunvarian Guard Ogre Cavalry 
 Hussars of the finest quality who make the lands of Urop tremble with their very step. The veterans of the Guard Ogres can choose to fight for the Emperor Mordred or for Kyng Gorge as part of your Ferach or Alliance armies. This code contains 28mm scale multiple part resin models comprising two poses of body with separate hands which can be made an Officer with pistol, a Standard Bearer with pole, a Musician with bugle or two poses of sword arm. Dressed in hussar uniform with bearskin head gear they are mounted on resin Rhinos. They are easy to assemble and come supplied with our resin cartouche style cavalry base. 


You can choose from a single trooper booster, a skirmish pack of five miniatures or a full unit of ten miniatures with a saving. You can also choose to purchase these miniatures pro-painted and based in Scotland for immediate play out of the box. Note we will supply them in the Hunvarian uniform shown unless you request K.G.L uniform or other uniforms by email with your order number. Go HERE

Uniformation – 56114 Hunvarian Guard Ogre Cavalry 
Download a free Uniformation article which contains fiction, background and rules for Flintloque and Slaughterloo plus images for this miniature as well as details of Ferach and Alliance use. Stats Block for Slaughterloo included! It is hosted on our website and you can get it by clicking HERE. We have a vast amount of free files for you which you can get by going to our FREE DOWNLOADS page. 



Go HERE for War in Catalucia which tells you of the KGL and for Beir & Bones which deals with Hunvaria. Both are in 5030 Slaughterloo. Go HERE for the Ogres of the Confederation and HERE for the Ogres of the Alliance. We have a large range of Ogres from this divided land to choose from and don't forget the new 56115 Captain Schlager of the KGL who is great for your forces too. 


Until 9am GMT Tuesday 28th November the Black Friday mega event is on at Alternative Armies. We have automatic Free Worldwide Shipping on all orders over 15GBP of product placed in the cart and we have SIX brand new releases too during the event. A new release each day from the 18th to the 23rd November leading up to the big weekend itself. All of these releases (minus their images) are now on our Events and Bundles page along with all our other special offers for the event and more. We will feature each new release in its own news article on its day in detail. Its huge and it will end with a Cyber Monday (27th Nov) mega offer on all our digital download books (the other deals are still on during Cyber Monday). Follow the links. 


If you have not already done so we urge you to go to our website home page, scroll to the bottom and join our mailing list through the box provided there. We are featuring an email only bonus blister offer which you can find out about if you are on the mailing list. You will also not miss out on all the new releases and fun. 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS