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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, 21 February 2020

Kitoka Villagers new pack released in the Kitton range

Far from Urop and beyond the Mordredian Wars away from the battle between the Ferach Empire and the alliances against it is a land almost sealed off from the rest of Valon. Sealed by fate and by the tumult caused by the shattering of the bonds of Wylde Magicke.  This land is called Kitton home of the Kitoka.  The Kitoka lived in harmony with the mountainous land around them and under the sway of the strange creatures which inhabited its forests, streams and fields but that was before the great war. Started by the shattering of the laws of Wylde Magicke this war brought chaos to Kitton and great tumult in nature.  This war ended with the titanic battle of Sekimeowara which saw the Kitoka victorious against arrayed magicke creatures.  The war resulted in the rule of the Tiddlesgawa Shogunate.  The feline Kitota live in a rigid society topped by the Daimyo lords then the Samurai warriors, the Ashigaru soldiers below them then the merchants and peasants and the outcast Ronin most lowly of all.  Skirmishes between Daimyo are common as are bandit raids and attacks by monstrous yokai too.  Welcome to Kitton!

Our last news and release for the month is a brand new pack of 28mm Catfolk for the Kitton range.  The first civilians to go with the Ronin, Samurai and Ashigaru already which brings us to twenty five poses.  As promised we have at least one new pack per month and tinkering has begun on an introductory set of rules based on Flintloque.  Go HERE.


58014 Kitoka Villagers
This pack contains four different 28mm scale metal Kitoka Catfolk miniatures of an average height of 23mm.  Villagers populate the land and in many ways suffer the privations of not only roaming yokai and other monsters but also Ronin and cruel Samurai too.  The poses are: (A) Kitoka Youth with water bucket. (B) Kitoka Young Female with fan.  (C) Kitoka villager with bag.  (D) Elder Kitoka leaning on a staff.  Great characters for your table.


These miniatures are supplied with bases and are supplied unpainted. Select your choice from the drop down product menu. Choose from a pack and single miniatures to by letter code. Total choice! Assembly is required with some white metal miniatures. Other miniatures shown for scale only and not supplied.


Sculpted by Sam Croes these fantastical Japanese style miniatures are lovely and as the collection grows we will add more villagers, nobles and even monsters..but more on that in months to come.  Have a browse HERE.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 20 February 2020

54508 Orc Artillery Crew – Flintloque 004

The Flintloque project for 2020 continues with the forth and so far largest freshened pack now updated and back on the website.  Read about this ongoing project in full on our BLOG.  See the FLINTLOQUE tab on the blog to get all these posts in a line up as they proceed.  Now on with the miniatures and there is a wee offer on these codes as well as a treat.


54508 Orc Artillery Crew
The Orcs of Albion are good with all manner of artillery. This code gives you an Orc gun crew with limber horses which go with any Grand Alliance cannon, howitzer, mortar or any other artillery piece.  An officer in bicorne with papers (1), gunner with ball (2) [note pose 2 is repeated in this code], gunner with rammer and bucket (3), gunner pulling holding on shako (4), gunner pulling looking around (5) plus limber horse with saddle (6) and limber horse with blinkers (7).   Find rules for artillery in 5027 Grapeshotte and 5030 Slaughterloo.  Supplied with resin cartouche bases and unpainted.  The average gunner is 28mm tall.  Go HERE.


We have added the choice with this code of purchasing one random gunner and also just a pair of limber horses.  As with all our 'single trooper' booster options you will get a random gunner but if you order several you will get a different one in rotation until all possible poses are used up.  Also if you wish a certain pose, for instance the officer, then all you need do is contact us on sales@alternative-armies.com with your order number and it will be so!


Most of the Army of Albion is in Catalucia. After the débâcle of the Retreat to Kooruna and then the victories in Al-Garvey such as at the massively fortified Lines of Tornandbleedasse turning the Ferach back the Orcs once more marched into Catalucia. The role of the artillery in this advance cannot be overestimated and in the dry scrub plains it does grand work.  

We have a number of artillery pieces which will work with the artillery crews.  Such as the 59528 Grand Alliance Howitzer featured here.  See them all on the website in our artillery park HERE.

This is our last Flintloque miniature news for the month.  There is a free article plus a Kitton release.  Remember our shipping and pricing structure will change from Monday 24th February. Read about this on our BLOG.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Optional Advanced rules for Mortars in Slaughterloo a free article

Boom...Thump...Whizzz....Crack! 

By popular request we present a one page free play tested article for optional additional rules to use Mortars in your games of 5030 Slaughterloo mass battle. These do not replace the 'treat them as you would howitzers' standard rules in print but rather they give more scope for players who choose to use them. For Flintloque you will find all needed rules and types for Mortars in 5027 Grapeshotte expansion book. You can see all our free articles for all game systems (hundreds of articles) on our website HERE. Read on for more. 


The big bore such as our 59520 Mortar Set are not the most common artillery pieces and are mainly used for siege craft as well as long range bombardment rather than on the battlefield...but some armies of Valon make great use of them in the field such as the Von Rotte Dwarves and the Otharmann Empyre. They are open to all armies. Above you see gunners from 54508 Orc Artillery Crew loading fuze shelle into a mortar ready to give the Ferach some fire! 


Mortars in Slaughterloo 
This one page of optional advanced rules can be downloads as a PDF from our online storage by CLICKING HERE. Bolting onto the standard Slaughterloo rules they give more flavour to the masters of indirect bombardment. They also feature a siege mortar artillery piece which is new to the game. 


If you already play Flintloque then you are on your way towards the big battles which Slaughterloo offers. The rules are the largest book Alternative Armies has ever released and contain not only the game but also details of every army on Valon too. It uses the same miniatures, same basing as Flintloque and is a natural progression from skirmishing. Your cannon with crew section or your skirmishers section or your line infantry section becomes a unit in a division of units. Read more about Slaughterloo HERE. The mighty book is in print and a digital download too. 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Spike GNATS Mech 90mm tall released with offer

The USGC (United States GNATS Core) gets a third giant mech with the release of the front like artillery support Spike! This new kit joins the Contender and the Crookback in the HOF 15mm Science Fiction Range.  Great for any game system. Go HERE or read on for more.  

The offer is that this code is 10% off until 1st March 2020; discount is on screen and you need only add to cart. Note this also means if you select the 'Buy Three Save 10%' option on screen it will save you 20% until then!


The 'Giant Neuro Assisted Titanic Soldiers' front line mechs.  With more firepower than several main battle tanks they join Security Force Alpha (SFA) Humanity and its more than a platoon of infantry poses as well as many specialised troops, battlesuits, bikes, portable weapons, light and medium vehicles plus drop pods and drop coffin.  Search 'Security Force Alpha' on the range page 'filter by' if you wish them all collected in front of you.


HOF147 Spike GNATS Mech
This 15mm scale high quality resin kit contains all the pieces needed to assemble the Spike GNATS. Standing at 90mm tall when assembled it has seven pieces which create a durable model made for use on your gaming table. GNATS stands for 'Giant Neuro Assist Titanic Soldiers' and they are the ultimate weapon of battle. The model is easy to assemble. It is supplied unpainted and unassembled without a base. You can purchase ONE kit or select on this page 'BUY THREE SAVE 10%' and you will get ten percent off three on screen.


The Spike is a super heavy artillery support mech armed with two LSMLS Missile Silo Pods as arms which can fire guided munitions of types including 105kg high explosive, 725 grenade scatter rounds, a solid tungsten dark anti GNAT missile as well as other specialised load outs. The 'Large Scale Multiple Launch System' arms are accompanied by a chest mounted auto reloading ripple fire MLS missile bank for medium range engagements plus four upper chest stationed 60kw lasers. It also has a number of point defence lasers for small scale anti-infantry and material tasks both front and rear. It has rocket pods fitted to its rear to allow easy balance and stance regaining. Spikes are secondary front line units in the USGC (United States GNATS Core). It is a tier two GNATS meaning it is a main battle size machine.  Go HERE.

This is our last 15mm science fiction release for the month of February 2020.  

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 17 February 2020

51050 Dark Elf Inquisitor – Flintloque 003

The Flintloque project for 2020 continues with the third freshened pack now updated and back on the website. Following up on the Dismounted Orc Dragoons and Dwarf Camp Followers.  Read about this project in full on our BLOG.  See the FLINTLOQUE tab on the blog to get all these posts in a line up.  Now on with the miniatures and there is a wee offer on these codes as well as a treat.


51050 Dark Elf Inquisitor
The Catatonic Church rules Catalucia with a firmer grip than the arguing Junta's and the army or even the nobles.  Their faith is instilled in the priests and inquisitors who carry out duties all over the land.  Dressed in simple robes and a wide brimmed hat this Dark Elf is excellent to add to your collection or your games.  Sculpted by Dave Toone.  One 28mm scale single piece metal miniature (27mm tall). Miniature supplied unpainted and with resin cartouche base.  


Go HERE.


Faith in Flintloque
You can find full rules for the use of semi magicke characters of the cloth in 5027 Grapeshotte 3rd edition book (page 90).  Use these when playing Flintloque and add these characters to your scenario.  Grapeshotte is a fantastic resources and indeed read as it gives you the armoury and artillery for every nation on Valon and exotic equipment and rules such as faith, vehicles, exploring officers and more. Get this ninety six page book with added templates in print or as a digital download HERE.  Grapeshotte is not a game book rather it bolts right onto War in Catalucia, Death in the Snow or Bier & Bones.


5110 Regimenta del Sanna Annie
Something of a legend in Southern Catalucia is the once magnificent Regimenta Del Sanna Annie, an ancient and venerable regiment of Grenadier quality troops in the personal service of Fernando. Since those glory days the ‘Sannie’ as the Orcs call the battalions has taken part in many battles and survived them all almost intact. Accompanied by a priest on a donkey and gaudy officers along with a veritable train of women and hangers on the Regimenta is a spectacle on the move. It is organised like any other Dark Elf Line battalion with the same equipment. A full set of 28mm scale miniatures giving you a fighting force for Flintloque or Slaughterloo along with characters and an insert with added rules!  See the Dark Elf Army HERE.


If you are new to Flintloque then it is well worth going along to our website HERE for the Begin in Flintloque page of resources, starter set and scenarios.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 14 February 2020

Shangpin 15mm vehicles for the Xin released in six variants for The Ion Age

The Xin Precinct is made up of the eight central star systems along with a number of smaller outposts all contained with a constricted pocket of stellar space that has only now become accessible once more after a thousand years of isolation caused by the detonation of the Aldan Crucible during the first Khanate War.  Contained by Dolorous Clouds that resulted from the detonation which also decimated the Prydian Precinct there is now a slim open passage for navigation by Ancep Drive.  Our knowledge of the Xin comes from archives that are from ancient times and also a more recent  partially successful expedition mounted in 4303IC by the Starvaulters and of course from the Great Trade Fleet dispatched to Prydia in 4327IC.  Commanded by Grand Admiral Hong Tu Quin the hundreds of vessels that make up the fleet have visited a third of the systems in the Precinct thus far. Trading in exotic goods, rarities as well as information and technology they have made allies and some enemies.

While the hegemony maintains its own imperial army and fleet officially under the command of Princess Xin Meiying the grand admiral has his own military that is embarked upon his starships.  Collectively known as the 'Sanbao' the gifts or protectors we refer to them as Trade Fleet Soldiers for the most part.  Refer to other entries in AAT Series 77 for the Sanbao in detail.  These troops are very effective and have aided our regiments in actions against the Khanate Empire.  The Xin hegemony is centred on the three core planets in the central Xin Precinct system of Jinhong.  From the lotus throne on the planet of Wei the princess rules in troubled seclusion while the planets of Zhao and Yan are in an uneasy alliance.  We know of the rebel Prince Tang and his efforts to marry the princess though these actions seem to be taking place in the holdings of all three planets of the Jinhong system outside of the core system.  All three core planets have the other systems in the Xin Precinct split between them.  Refer to other entries in AAT Series 77 for details.

The Council of Addans has deemed the Xin Trade Fleet has a nominal ally though it is up to each Knight General and Marcher Baron to establish their own relations with the vast fleet as it passes through.  As yet Grand Admiral Hong Tu Quin has not responded to the ongoing campaign in the Carmarthen cluster.
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 77, New Glastonbury, 4335IC 

A major release into the 15mm scale Ion Age range with codes for the Xin Trade Fleet.  Designed by Michal Janecek the fine fellow who created the mighty Tohlic Armoured Crawler comes the Shangpin a multiple use vehicle in three types with two different modes of propulsion.  See the Xin part of the range HERE for all the troops and specialist infantry plus the Jade Ape Battlesuit. The Shangpin operates as a cargo carrier as well as an armoured personnel carrier and an armoured fighting vehicle too.  It is a medium vehicle comparable to the Prydian Mullo AFV and the Pugnus and Manus wheeled vehicles of the Shia Khan.


IAF173 Shangpin APC
The Shangpin armoured personnel carrier transports ten Sanbao mercantile troopers of the Xin and is armed with a turreted main gun.  This code comes in two different variants these being either one tracked or one wheeled.  Make your choice and you may also choose three of the same vehicle and save 10% on screen.  A 15mm scale kit made of high quality grey tone resin with a total of five pieces (plus six wheels or two track sections) including a choice of two different weapons.  Once assembled it is 80mm long, 50mm wide and 25mm tall. 


IAF174 Shangpin AFV
The Shangpin armoured fighting vehicle is used for fire support and has a missile pod armament. This code comes in two different variants these being either one tracked or one wheeled.  Make your choice and you may also choose three of the same vehicle and save 10% on screen.  A 15mm scale kit made of high quality grey tone resin with a total of three pieces (plus six wheels or two track sections).  Once assembled it is 80mm long, 50mm wide and 25mm tall. 


IAF175 Shangpin Cargo Carrier
This type of Shangpin moves goods and other materials which the Xin have sold in their business deals. This code comes in two different variants these being either one tracked or one wheeled.  Make your choice and you may also choose three of the same vehicle and save 10% on screen.  A 15mm scale kit made of high quality grey tone resin with a total of three pieces (plus six wheels or two track sections) including a cargo pod which may be attached or left loose.  With this code you may also select to purchase the cargo pod on its own as well. Once assembled the vehicle is 80mm long, 50mm wide and 25mm tall. 



Each of these codes has many images on its page of the website which you can scroll through and enlarge.  The lettering and colours of the Shangpins are very much in keeping with the Xin and their ways. In addition for those seeking a larger force there are a couple of extra options with savings for these vehicles on the website.  You can get one of each type of Shangpin wheeled (three kits) with a 15% saving and the same for tracked variants.  Go HERE. Excellent!


But what of the Xin themselves?


The Xin in Patrol Angis
We have an updated version of the free download article for making use of the Xin Trade Fleet in your games of Patrol Angis.  Seven pages long and fits right into the main game book and Callsign Taranis as well. Get it from our online storage by CLICKING HERE.

Here are some scale shots for you of the Shangpin next to other Xin codes as well as the Khanate main personnel carrier and a tracked Mullo medium vehicle.




Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Kartel Looted Pratley new 6mm by Bradley Miniatures

Now on the Bradley Miniatures 6mm science fiction range page at Alternative Armies the brand new BR033 Kartel Looted Pratley!  Go HERE for the range.


BR033 Kartel Looted Pratley
Half tracked armoured vehicle used by many factions and also often looted by the dreaded Kartel.  A 6mm scale metal vehicle kit which comes in a pack of four or can be selected as a single vehicle too.  Each vehicle is composed of a hull with a separate turret.  Easy to assemble and 20mm long and 13mm wide.  Supplied unassembled..


Here is the render upon which the final highly detailed metal model was based.

No matter which game system you play in 6mm you will find something of interest in the Bradley Miniatures range.  Here is the current list of codes each of which comes as a single model or in a pack from which you can select a single if you wish to tailor your army to exact numbers.  Go HERE.


BR028A Sekmet Assault Rig Walking
BR028B Sekmet Assault Rig Running

BR029 Kuu Patrol Vehicle
BR030 Pilgrim Heavy Tank
BR032 Perscheron Cargo Transporter


BR002 Armadillo APC
BR003 Stalker Missile Tank
BR004 Hunter Battle Tank
BR005 Nemian Assault Tank
BR006 Tiger Walker
BR007 Jet Grenadier Platoon
BR008 Grenadier Platoon
BR009 Grenadier Weapons Platoon
BR010 Stormhunter SPG
BR011 Lionsguard Platoon
BR012 Attack Bike Platoon
BR013 Gryphon Gravscout
BR014 Trencher APC

BR015 Flame APC Caisse
BR016 Tryant SPG Caisse
BR017 Marksman AA Caisse
BR018 T47 Main Battle Tank
BR019 Actium Superheavy Tank 
BR020 Kourian Superheavy Tank
BR021 Calydon Battle Tank
BR022 Tyros Laser Destroyer Tank 
BR023 Lionheart A Battle Tank
BR024 Lionheart B Battle Tank
BR025 Ironclad Superheavy Tank
BR026 Lynx Scout Walker
BR027 Corvo Dropship (Massive 6mm scale Dropship) 

Thanks for Reading,

GBS