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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Sunday, 16 May 2021

Mastergunz Paint Worx on our 15mm BearCat Battlesuits

A treat for players and fans of 15mm scale science fiction wargaming now as we present the painting and converting work of Mastergunz on our HOF range battlesuits.  Variants of the BearCat which works alongside Security Force Alpha.  If you would like to see all of these and other mecha in the range go HERE.

We begin with a conversion and paint up of the HOF121A FireCat Battlesuit.  The clear glass of the cockpit was plated in armour and then a vision plate worked in for the pilot.  Lovely stuff!  Here is is from all angles.  The work was done with plasti-card smoothed down and fitted.

There are six (seven if you count the Meerkat Spotter Suit) variants of the BearCat each with its own role. General Use, Anti-Armour, Fire Support, Construction and Artillery. Mastergunz last time painted up two of HOF121 making use of the parts supplied to create his own battlesuit load outs.

Double Chaingun and Missile Pod on the left and Power Drill with machine gun on the right.  The original BearCat comes with everything shown above plus a chainsaw.

In response to gamers requests we released the BearCat Parts Selector page so that you can build your own battlesuit from twenty choices in any quantity.  Go HERE for this.

The HOF Range has more than one hundred and sixty codes suitable for any game system and we look forward to seeing what Mastergunz chooses next to add to his collection.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Isarus 15mm historical on Colonel Campbells blog

With kind permission from Jim Pitt over in the United States of America we are delighted to present some pictures and links to his painted up Isarus miniatures to be used in medieval wargaming.  You can see the range HERE which covers Arabs, Byzantines, Late Romans, Goths, Huns, Sassanids, Sarmations and other nations and lands.

Above are Byzantine heavy cavalry with lance and with bow as well as mounted command from codes BYC3, BYC4 and BYC8.  The figures can be used for any game system of course and these are based for the 'Command and Colours Medieval Rules' as stated on Colonel Cambell's blog. 

Arab Cavalry above making ready to take to the table.  There are three blog posts to look at if you click through.

Cavalry and Infantry – Colonel Campbell

Even More Cavalry – Colonel Campbell

And More Arab Cavalry – Colonel Campbell

If you have pictures of miniatures made by us and wish to show them to the team please make contact on sales@alternative-armies.com and we will be pleased to take a gander.  

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Sotobas, Grave Stones and Stone Marker released Sengoku 15mm range

As well as one hundred and seventy different Humans, Yokai, Creatures, Monsters and more in the Sengoku range there are also scenic elements as well.  These new releases add to that with Stone Marker, Grave Stones and Sotobas for your collection and gaming table. Sculpted by John Bell. Go HERE for the full range to browse.

Great for any setting and game system to which they are suited including playing Monster Hunter.

SGFP50 Graveyard Set: This pack contains twelve mixed models randomly but evenly of stone marker, two different grave stones and two different Sotobas fences.  Great scenery set for your Japanese village or for hunting out bandits or Yokai.  Taken from codes SGF174,175,176 and SGF177.  The pack offers a small saving off purchasing each scenic piece on its own.

Each Human miniature is approx 16mm tall. Miniatures are supplied unassembled and unpainted without a base.  Bases used in the pictures are 20mm round for scale comparison picture. Each of these new miniatures is in the range as a single code as well for maximum choice.  Go HERE.

If you have not checked out Steve Danes excellent solo play set of rules and their expansion which sees you create a Hunter, join a Guild and then seek out and hunt down Yokai and all manner of other Japanese mythic creatures then you are in for a treat.  Begin small and expand in any direction.  The range is always growing and you can get the books in print or as paid digital downloads.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

HOT128 Lizard Ogres released HOT 15mm Fantasy Range

Now added to the new Savage Lizardmen part of the mighty HOT range a new pack of two poses of Lizard Ogres!  This is our sole release in this scale and genre in May. Go HERE to browse the range or read on.

“Arid land of rocks and sand giving nothing for free except pain and misery.  From this land and its caves came the savage tribes of Lizardmen for whom war is constant need of life; for who controls scarce water controlled existence itself.  All would have continued thus but for travellers who, as they were tortured and then consumed, let it be known that richer places lay over the blistering horizon.  Places to be conquered.  Places to be ruled by the tribes.”

HOT128 Lizard Ogres

This code contains two different metal 15mm scale miniatures each is approx 20mm tall.  Lizard Ogres are the hulking brethren of the Savage Lizardmen and are used as muscle against the foe. Lizard Ogre with club in both hands (pose 1) and Lizard Ogre holding a boulder overhead (pose 2). As with all HOT 15mm Fantasy codes you can purchase the pack or you can choose a sampler which in this code allows choice or each of the miniatures as a single; a great way to try or to make skirmish forces with HOT.

All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases (shown on 20mm square bases from our ranges).  Other images give scale comparisons and these codes not supplied.  Go HERE.



We began this new fantasy army last month with three packs of warriors, spears and polearms and it is our intention to expand each month towards a full force of infantry, monsters, cavalry, command and artillery in 2021.  Thank you for your kind words and you can use these miniatures in any suitable rules system.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 10 May 2021

Space Marines 28mm by Asgard new pictures and value pack

Some of the first and finest 28mm scale Space Marines ever made (to us anyway) with a classic style all of their own. We are delighted to announce new improved pictures of the entire SM code series by Asgard.  Single miniatures and a value pack of all of them with a saving.  On top of this we also have a few scaling shots as well and a line up of the restored HA code series of Space Adventurers and Pirates.  See them all HERE.

Originally made in 1980 for the Combat 3000 and then Laserburn rule systems (also coming out in 15mm scale too a bit later) Alternative Armies brought these miniatures back to the world a few years ago.  We had been asked for larger images and now this has happened.  Each miniature has a front and rear view.

There are thirteen different figures from unarmoured Space Troopers and an Energy Mortar to light armoured and then battle armoured Space Marines including one in flight on a pillar of flame.


We are restoring the HA series of Space Adventurers and Pirates and above is what we have thus far to offer.  Also a scale shot alongside SM codes for comparison.

Go along to the website to see all that there is.  In addition to the Asgard range we also have the huge Ion Age 28mm range and the Alternate Stars 28mm range of character miniatures. Not to forget the Loud Ninja Games and Ganesha ranges of 28mm science fiction. Plenty to see and to use with any game system so we have been told.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 6 May 2021

F34 Winged Fiend classic Tabletop Fantasy miniature released

Now returned to the world an excellent fantasy miniature last seen in the 1980's.  The Winged Fiend is suitable for any scale and for lots of game systems too.  You can see it in the gradually expanding classic Tabletop Games 15mm Fantasy range HERE on our website.

F34 Winged Fiend: Summoned to the mortal realms or brought by magic to the lands of reality the Winged Fiend will do your bidding in a pact which will cost you your soul! This code contains one metal miniature supplied in two pieces these being the fiend holding pitchfork and a set of wings.  It is 24mm to the top of the horns. 

While part of the 15mm scale range this creature can be used in any other scale too as our image shows alongside a Medus 15mm Knight and General Saindoux a 28mm scale Elf.  Sculpted by Tony Ackland in the early 1980's.  Go HERE.

Alternative Armies has completed the task of returning the Torture Chamber Range to the world and is now moving on to Collectors Sets (such as the Orc Rock Band and Orc Family Outing) as well as the Science Fiction of Asgard and Tabletop Games.  There are also more 15mm Fantasy Monsters to be restored and we are working on these too.  The Winged Fiend is the first 'F' code of several coming in 2021.  We thank everyone for their support in this legacy effort.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Imperial Commander out of print and RIP Richard Halliwell

In the final hours of our March to War 2021 event the print run of Imperial Commander sold out.  We learned soon afterwards that its author the wargaming legend Richard Halliwell had sadly passed away. We will have the book back in stock hopefully during May and will let you all known when it happens. Go HERE for the Laserburn and Asgard 15mm range. Our thoughts are with Richard Halliwell's family at this sad time and you can read more HERE on ICv2.  

Imperial Commander was published initially in 1981 and deals with a more mass combat in the Laserburn universe rather than character focused skirmishing of the core rules.  Written to stand on their own these rules assumed thirty to fifty miniatures a side.

If you would like a see more about Laserburn there is an excellent video Codex Compliant by Snipe and Wib channel. An eighteen minute look at the Laserburn rule book and the fiction and rules of this classic game.  They may move onto looking at Imperial Commander in the future if asked.

Thank you for your time.

GBS