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Monday, 18 February 2019

Painted and Scenic Shots of New Bradley 6mm Vehicles

Bradley Miniatures Range second wave is here!  The follow up to the successful Star Legion. The range has been expanded by fleshing out the heavy armoured forces of the Star Legion, as well as introducing the new Colonial Army!  All new 6mm scale vehicles ranging from the reliable M-75 personnel carrier to the behemoth Actium Super-heavy Battle Tank! A total of thirteen new packs each containing one or four kits with the option of single purchase from larger packs too. Great for use in any 6mm scale tabletop wargame system.  Made in Scotland by Alternative Armies in partnership with Bradley Miniatures.  If you missed the main release news see it HERE on our blog.






Until 9am GMT 1st March 2019 if you add 50.00GBP to cart of Bradley 6mm codes we will automatically give you a BR027 Corvo Dropship (worth 20.00GBP) included in your package for free!  

If you order 80.00GBP or more we will ship your order post free anywhere in the world (the cart will show free standard postage; tracked remains 10GBP flat charge if chosen) plus you will get the Corvo Dropship kit and we will add a pack of BR26 Lynx Scout Walkers (four of them worth 8.00GBP) to your package for free!

Go HERE or continue in this article (click to enlarge images on the blog) to see our own painted and scenic shots of some of the new vehicle codes including the massive Corvo Dropship.




The BR003 Stalker Missile Tank is a medium vehicle in the Star Legion and carries two batteries of long range variable load missiles.




The BR005 Nemian Assault Tank is a midway point in armour for the Star Legion and mixes firepower with infantry carrying capacity.




The BR006 Tiger Combat Walker is a main stay of the Star Legion and can be outfitted with missile pods or gatling cannon or anti-material cannons.




The BR018 T47 Main Battle Tank is a constant part of the Colonial Army and comes in seven different marks suitable for all manner of battlefield roles.





The BR025 Ironclad Superheavy Tank is one of the largest armoured vehicles in the Colonial Army and sports an array of cannons in primary and secondary roles; capable of dealing with a dozen main battle tanks with ease.



The BR026 Lynx Scout Walker preforms the role of reconnaissance for the Star Legion ground forces and is capable of defending itself in rough ground.






The BR027 Corvo Dropship is the mammoth lifter which brings Star Legion platoons of power armoured troops, light vehicles or a troop of medium vehicles into the battle space from orbit or intra continental.  

We hope you enjoyed these pictures and check out one of the finest 6mm ranges there is today!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS  

Friday, 15 February 2019

Three new 28mm Barricades released Boxes, Barrels and Long Table

This month Alternative Armies has added three new codes to our excellent range of 28mm Terrain Range. This range, while meant for Flintloque and Slaughterloo is equally at home in any black power, horse and musket or fantasy setting.  Each pierce 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 three new barricades. Scatter them on your gaming table today plus you can purchase them  unpainted or painted and ready to play out of the box. Go HERE or read on for more.


The smaller barricades come two to the pack while the larger one is a 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.


59530 Crate and Box Barricade (2)
Hauled from homes and warehouses as well as dockside and armoury boxes and crates can be stacked to provide a solid defence against an attacker.  As the foe slams into the wooden barricade your troops can take solace in knowing they will be able to strike back once the enemy is worn out!  This pack contains two identical high quality grey tone resin terrain pieces.  Put them on your table as an objective or cover or just for interest.  Each measures 45mm in length, 20mm  deep and 25mm tall.  You can purchase with the buttons on screen one or get three with a saving or get it pro-painted and ready to use.  There are many more images from all angles on the page. Go HERE.


59531 Beer Barrel Barricade (2)
Beer comes in barrels and ale in casks and all manner of fine tipples too.  When the village is under threat and the need comes up for defending between the houses then heaped up barrels and casks provide a ready means of fending off the foe.  Of course it is always better that the liquids within have been drained for the lost of your soldiers is only cast up higher by the loss of your refreshments! This pack contains two identical high quality grey tone resin terrain pieces.  Put them on your table as an objective or cover or just for interest.  Each measures 50mm in length, 20mm  deep and 25mm tall.  You can purchase with the buttons on screen one or get three with a saving or get it pro-painted and ready to use.  There are many more images from all angles on the page. Go HERE.


59533 Long Table Barricade
Home and hearths must give deep when the time of battle comes.  Families will give or it will be taken from them.  All manner of furniture and sacks piled with wooden planks and liberated sacks will stretch across a street allowing weapons to be loosed from behind it.  A solid wooden wall from once fine possessions which might be returned if victory is won!  This pack contains one high quality grey tone resin terrain piece. It measures 100mm in length, 20mm  deep and 25mm tall.  You can purchase with the buttons on screen one or get three with a saving or get it pro-painted and ready to use.  There are many more images from all angles on the page. Go HERE.




The barricade of crates goes really well with our 59524 Abandoned Goods Wagon while the barricade of barrels suits our 59523 Abandoned Beer Wagon down to the ground.  Put our 59525 Campaign Table behind the long table barricade for a fitting scene of command under fire.

We recently played a game of Flintloque with the new 51535 1o Condottierie Light Infantry and these terrain pieces up against 55508 Zombie Line and supported by the 51048 Elf Vivandiere supplying the Wild Elves alongside the 56116 Tap Room Ogre while 55507D Undead Casualties out in front of the barricades.  Check out the linked pages for free downloads too.  Enjoy these pictures from the game.





Here are three pictures of the unadorned resin castings of these terrain pieces.  As they are supplied if purchased unpainted.




If you would like to get into Flintloque you can with the Escape the Dark Czar beginners box set and free content HERE or check out the larger Shilling Starter Packs which contain more miniatures and a full game book each HERE.




We will return next month with more excellent World of Valon releases!  Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Article 17 Crystal Elves in Flintloque part two

Continuing from last time Andy continues in Flintloque with part two of his use of Alternative Armies 28mm high fantasy miniatures in his games. Namely the Crystal Elves and their axe and sword wielding armoured warriors.  Read on for part two of this adventure.  If you missed any of the previous sixteen articles you can see them all for free on the blog by clicking on this TAG.  A variety of adventures in Flintloque mainly set in the Witchlands.  If you would like to Begin in Flintloque visit our website HERE for Escape the Dark Czar and free content and videos.  Enjoy!  GBS


Using Crystal Elves in Flintloque - Part 2 - 
Garde Infantry and Foot Knights 

As you will hopefully have read in my last article I've been looking through the 28mm High Fantasy ranges on the Alternative Armies website as I had the idea of looking to see which figures would fit into my Flintloque sections either with or without conversion. 

Although there were several possibilities in the Crystal Elf ranges, I was initially drawn to set CE22 the Elf Assassins, and talked about them in my last article, but this time I would like to draw your attention to packs CE10 Garde Infantry Command, CE11 Garde Infantry and CE12 Crystal Elf Foot Knights. Their uniforms show their elite status and fit perfectly with Ferach Napoleonique uniforms as lets face it, the Crystal Elves are where it all began with regards to Blacke Powder.


My idea for using these figures was that the Ferach force has become sick of fighting the same foes day after day or night after night as the corpses are just reanimated after being shot. This is not so easy if they have been cut limb from limb, so bands of troops have got together using old style weapons scavenged from old manor houses they pass during their retreat. They are the brain child of Colonel Jean Etienne Folies Bergere who has banded these troops into units nicknamed 'The Levellers' as they level the playing field.


What is available and what did I get
In pack CE10 there are 5 figures including a leader, musician, standard bearer and 2 troopers, one with a halberd and one with a spear, in pack CE11 there are 4 troopers, one with a sword, one with a bow and two with spears, and finally in pack CE12 there are two with 2 handed axes, one with a 2 handed sword, and  one with sword and shield. As ever with Alternative Armies you have the option to buy them as packs or as individual figures which lets you tailor your force to exactly what you want. All of them could easily fit into Flintloque sections in some way.

From the pack CE10 I ordered the leader, plus two of the troopers with spears, from pack CE11 I ordered two of the troopers with sword, and from pack CE12 I ordered all three knights with 2 handed weapons.


How did I paint the figures
As the Garde uniforms are very similar to those of Ferach Flintloque troopers I used the same colour scheme of mid blue, red and white, but used brown for boots and belts to make them stand out from regular Ferach troops and added more gold as the uniforms are quite ornate. 

The Knights feature a lot of plate armour which I have just painted in a dull silver metallic colour to look more functional than ornate, as the wearers are doing a tough dangerous job so value protection over how good they look!


How have I used them in my games
As stated above, as the Ferach force has retreated the troops have soon learned that Zombies can be shot several times and keep coming back so brute force face to face is often the only way to take them down permanently. Some Ferach troopers have therefore returned to their martial skills before Black Powder and many of the creepy old manor houses that they have passed in the Witchlands often have archaic weapons displayed on the walls. 

The leader figure from pack CE11 has been used to represent Colonel Jean Etienne Folies Bergere himself. In my games he is a Veteran / Elite Officer as his unit were originally Garde Infantry. He is armed with a sword of exquisite quality and has the Quick Reflexes and Nerves of Steel character traits. He is therefore useful for leading from the front which suits a section that specialises in close combat.

The rest of the unit are all Elite with half being armed with muskets while the rest have close combat weapons. They have been hand picked by the Colonel so many have close combat orientated skills and traits. This is a useful combined arms section. I've found it best to mix the musket and melee specialist troops across the table so that the muskets can thin down the Dark Czar's forces as they advance and the melee specialists can then charge in backed up by the bayonets of their comrades.

I have also added a couple of special rules according to how the troops are armed and armoured which you could try out if your opponent agrees.

Boar Spear (cost 6 points) - The spears held by the Garde figures are heavy with a big cross guard. They still get a +3 melee modifier like a regular spear but if the Ferach figure armed with a Boar Spear wins a close combat on their own activation against a mortal or zombie opponent they can choose to impale the opponent as well as wounding them. This means that the opponent is held in place so may not move and may not damage anyone within range, if they win a combat this will simply mean that they have broken free of the spear. Likewise the figure armed with the spear may not attack anyone as they are concentrating on hold the opponent in place, but will still count for outnumbering purposes if an allied character attacks the impaled figure. A figure may be impaled by multiple spears at once. 

2-handed Sword or Axe (cost 7 points) - While a regular sword or axe will give a +2 melee modifier, these vicious offensive weapons will give a +4 melee modifier when the character is activated as 'The Levellers' are all trained to use them to the maximum effect against their opponents. This reverts to a +2 melee modifier when being attacked due to an opponents activation as they are less useful in defence.

Plate Armour (cost 6 points) - This gives +1 to the wearers steady rating. In addition when the wearer is required to take a Steady check due to losing a melee or by being shot by a Blacke Powder weapon with an impact of 5 or less he rolls a D10 and avoids the Steady check on a roll of 8, 9 or 10.


How do they fit in with my narrative
As Saindoux's force are the rear guard of the Ferach retreat, Colonel Folies Bergere has been sent to assist. His unit is perfect for this kind of fighting and will hopefully help to permanently thin the zombie ranks and ease the pressure on Saindoux's troops.

The pursuing Vampyres led by Lady Wintermore are aware of 'The Levellers' and determined to prevent them giving the Ferach force the advantage.

What's next 
I hope that you've enjoyed reading my further experiments with using Crystal Elf figures in my Flintloque sections and that I've inspired you to get some. There are also some excellent cavalry figures in the Crystal Elf range but I've concentrated on the infantry as infantry battles are my favourite Flintloque games. 


I haven't finished looking at the Alternative Armies High Fantasy ranges yet, and I'll let you know how I get on in future articles.  Thank you for reading.

Andy