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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Monday 15 April 2024

New scatter scenics for Erin Celtic Myth 28mm Range

“The landscape of Ireland is vital to its mythology from the smallest streams to the largest forest and hill. The land is Erin and Erin is the land.  Over millennia the Peoples and Gods who have walked, breathed and died upon this land which is Erin have left something of themselves behind.  Thus is the land covered in markers of conflict and of the past and the dead all lending themselves to the magic that is Erin. Such monuments, markers, stones and more can all influence the journey of a great Hero of Ireland.” - From Erin the game of Celtic Myth (2005)

Three new scatter terrain models are now in the Erin Celtic Myth range for your collecting.  The first of what will become many these items populate your table or your dioramas or even the bases of such monsters as Morc of Chicol or Culach the Lord of the Fomorians.  They have, as with EVERY other code in the range, been added to the All of Erin Bundle which gives you everything in the range with a 5% saving built in.

New codes:

CM32-01 Celtic Stone with Skulls

CM32-02 Celtic Stone with Weapons

CM32-03 Trio of Celtic Stones

These will work excellently with the warbands of Erin be they Fomorian, Sidhe, Firbolg or Milesian; pre-made with a saving built in.  All on the Erin Range page.

The Skull Heap is a gruesome piece for your table and features in our Undead Legions Fantasy Range too.

If you wish to get all there is for this range you can with the All of Erin Bundle which has 5% off and during the Spring Mega Event another 20% off at checkout too.  Such value!


We have the 2005 Erin game book as a digital paid download.  We are working on a new edition but it is a long, long way off being ready as all the new miniature releases are working towards it.  Do not fret though as this 108 page download title will still be valid for your miniatures when it arrives.  Alternative Armies never outlaws previous versions of titles.

Spring Mega Event 2024 is on!  See the ARTICLE for full details but in short automatically 20% off all orders at checkout, 80 new codes and free War Bot II in your package.  Super stuff and applies to everything on the site and any deals discounted on screen the 20% is on top of that.

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Sunday 14 April 2024

Todoroni Giovanile Aide released and free Flintloque rules for Todoroni too

“Who you callin Boy!”  The Todoroni of Nepolise gain another character miniature in their range.  Following the Surgeon, Exploring Officer, Glutton, Opera Singer, Servants and others this time Nikki Chatwin has sculpted a youth for your sections and units.

Allied to the Ferach Empire and serving from Catalucia to the Witchlands the Todoroni are figures of fun but also troops of merit too.  Along with this new release we have the promised updated and complete free PDF article with game rules for all of these new miniatures.  

56139 Todoroni Giovanile Aide: This code contains one single piece metal miniature in 28mm scale with a 34mm total height. This Todoroni youth has been conscripted to act as a runner or messenger for his superiors. With a pistol in one hand and a message in the other he is rather scared! Useful in your Flintloque sections, as a scenario objective or aide. Supplied unpainted with a resin base.

You can choose from a Slaughterloo Divisional Army Pack (saving 15%) down to units of line, militia, grenadiers and others as well as character singles and more in this range.   Find rules for Todoroni in 5030 Slaughterloo and in 5025 War in Catalucia plus unique weapons and more in 5027 Grapeshotte.

Todoroni Notables! A free PDF download on our website giving rules for Flintloque and Slaughterloo for all the Todoroni characters. The Opera Singer, the Servant, the Duellist, the Sapper and the Exploring Officer plus later ones such as the Surgeon.  See our Free Downloads Page for this and a lot more.

To make a start in Flintloque then look no further than 5024 Escape the Dark Czar the beginners set. Miniatures, Bases, Core Rules and Scenario Booklet all in one with three scenarios. See the Beginning in Flintloque page for this plus many free articles. 

Thank you for your time!

Friday 12 April 2024

Warlords of the Shia Khan new big 28mm Ion Age releases and more

It was the appearance of Warlords among the ranks of the Khanate that led to the development of the Duxis and other marks of Battlesuits. Battlesuits are fashioned to be giant humanoids to wage war against actual giant humanoids. A nightmare of giants who could lift a man from the ground and smash him to pieces with ease. The Warlords are flesh and blood but hulking creatures much like a Human in form though standing twice or more the height of a man. They are commonly referred to as ‘Ogres’ and are another Khanate slave race. Warlords are often under the command of Legionaries and are used as the infantry hammer to smash into tough areas for the Khanate. They carry the largest of infantry and support type weapons such as the Maia 12.7mm Chain Cannon which is also found used in Legionary Portable Weapon Platforms. Not possessed of a great deal of intelligence they are, despite this, the most dangerous soldier yet encountered by the Prydian Army. Warlords operate in small groups of two to four or five within Legionary platoons and are never given command of even a force of that level.” - from The Khanate Return.

Big and Brutal it is our pleasure to present news and release for the Warlords of the Shia Khan in the  28mm Ion Age Range.  Now on the website are THREE different 45mm tall miniatures in both metal and now in resin versions too.  Metal for the purist and collector resin for everyone else.  While two of these three are the original 1990’s sculpts in new molds the third one, new IA239, was created by Matt Beauchamp (who has sculpted many miniatures for Flintloque including the Trolka) and fits right in!

Here are the codes which slide right into the more than two hundred and fifty poses of miniatures in the range.  Above you can see a Malig Space Goblin for scale against the Warlords.  You can see them all collected on the MALIG tag within the range.  The cannon fodder of the Khanate.

See everything SHIA KHAN in the range and all WARLORDS on these tags.  It is a big range!


IB36 Khanate Warlords (Three Metal Miniatures with Saving)  (IA136, IA137, IA239) 

IB36R Khanate Warlords (Three Resin Miniatures with Big Saving) (IA136R, IA137R, IA239R) 


IA136 Warlord with Mars 20mm Cannon

IA136R Warlord with Mars 20mm Cannon (Resin)

IA137 Warlord with Juno Laser Cannon

IA137R Warlord with Juno Laser Cannon (Resin)

IA239 Warlord with Atomic Disintegrator

IA239R Warlord with Atomic Disintegrator (Resin)


These are our sole 28mm Ion Age releases during the Spring Mega Event 2024 but have you seen how much the range has grown in the last year?  The Grima Combat Robots as singles, packs and platoon as well as Planetary Militia Support and Scout squads have all been added.  The fearsome Perimeter Borg has also been restored after near 30 years out of the range.  Great for any game system.

Spring Mega Event 2024 is on!  See the ARTICLE for full details but in short automatically 20% off all orders at checkout, 80 new codes and free War Bot II in your package.  Super stuff and applies to everything on the site and any deals discounted on screen the 20% is on top of that.

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Wednesday 10 April 2024

Five new resin slot codes added to our wide array of bases

With the welcoming of Halcyon Miniatures to Alternative Armies we took on our first miniatures without integral bases of their own.  Thus ‘slot bases’ were created by us to be supplied for free with every Halcyon figure; which have ‘tabs’ under them.  We originally had no intention of offering them on their own but you asked and we provide!  

Now on our Bases for Miniatures pages are five sizes in two types of slot bases in resin.  A small 20mm round base ideal for familiars and very small creatures.  A 30mm round base for Human sized miniatures and a 40mm round base for Ogres and other larger miniatures.  The other type is denoted ‘W’ for Wide and comes in 30mm and 40mm round with a wider slot for those miniatures with thicker tabs.  All these can be had in packs of ten or select a single base in any amount on the page.

We have a wide array of resin bases in our range from 20mm round to 100mm round and 20mm square to 50mm square plus others such as Troop Element Trays, Lifter Bases, specialist sized bases and Sengoku Monster Hunter Tokens.

As well as those offerings we have many different sizes of metal bases as well for those who wish weight under their miniatures such as the popular thin 16mm round for 15mm scale miniatures. Also flying bases for bikes and plastic display domes for your painted miniatures.

Our Battlefield Bits Range has loads of things to liven up your table.  Many different mounts such as the shown Highland Cows (riding and limber), Boars, Pigs, Dodo, Lizard, Camel and Horses as well as bits and sprues (fruit, pies, carrots, feathers, weapons etc) of more than twenty choices.  Wheels, Tents and Barrels and other scenics.

Spring Mega Event 2024 is on!  See the ARTICLE for full details but in short automatically 20% off all orders at checkout, 80 new codes and free War Bot II in your package.  Super stuff and applies to everything on the site and any deals discounted on screen the 20% is on top of that.

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Tuesday 9 April 2024

Sitting this one out three new 15mm ECW wounded released

Releases continue to expand our new 17th century for English Civil War in 15mm range which now contains sixty poses.  These three casualties give the sitting wounded of the King or of Parliament to use with any game system including Furioso.  Remember we have pre-made armies with saving and free bases for Furioso English Civil War too.

Ideal for dressing your table or placing on element bases or even dioramas these three add to three walking wounded and six dead poses.  Here are the codes:

MR171 English Sitting Wounded Wide Hat 17thC

MR172 English Sitting Wounded Pot Helmet

MR173 English Sitting Wounded Hat 17thC



Every pose in the range can be had as a single including the command sets and artillery crews and mounted command simply by selecting on their page the pose you desire.  There are also the original 1980’s era 17th Century codes MR48 to MR69 and MRC28 to MRC53 restored on the website as singles.

We have an array of suitable terrain such as tents, buildings, ruined walls and campfire for your 15mm wargaming in the 17th century.

Written by Steve Danes (author of Doom Squad, Sengoku Monster Hunter and the other Furioso titles) Furioso English Civil War rules in print and digital download are easy to learn and flexible allowing big battles to be fought with ease.  A lot of setting flavour for the ECW and personalities as well from it in the rules.

Spring Mega Event 2024 is on!  See the ARTICLE for full details but in short automatically 20% off all orders at checkout, 80 new codes and free War Bot II in your package.  Super stuff and applies to everything on the site and any deals discounted on screen the 20% is on top of that.

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Friday 5 April 2024

New 15mm Ogre Mercenaries packs and singles released

Now added to the massive array of our own HOT 15mm Fantasy Range are six new Ogres.  These join over one hundred and fifty other packs each of which offers the pack as well as a ‘sampler’ option on screen for skirmishing.  

Big and brutish these Ogres fit right in with the existing ones we have and give you armoured options as well as different weapons.  Taking us up to a total of fifteen different Ogres to choose from.  As with the others there are Value Packs giving a saving built in.  Look for HOT3O, HOT148O and HOT151O in the range.  Each is about 25mm total height.

HOT151 Ogre Mercenaries II (Pack or Sampler Single)

HOT152 Ogre Mercenaries III (Pack or Sampler Single)

HOT153 Ogre Mercenaries IV (Pack or Sampler Single)

There are a great many beasts, monsters and behemoths to choose from as well as High Elves, Dwarfs, Orcs and Goblins, the Undead, Dracci and Dragons plus...

Savage Lizardmen Stone age scaly cold blooded warriors for your table.  While this army is not quite complete with more codes still to come it does boast many different infantry as well as riders, flyers, Lizard Ogres a catapult with crew and the mighty Lizardman Behemoth.  Field them this season!

Spring Mega Event 2024 is on!  See the ARTICLE for full details but in short automatically 20% off all orders at checkout, 80 new codes and free War Bot II in your package.  Super stuff and applies to everything on the site and any deals discounted on screen the 20% is on top of that.

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Thursday 4 April 2024

F24 Seven Headed Hydra 15mm Tabletop monster restored

Since about 700BC renderings in stone, clay, wood and other mediums have been made of the Hydra of Lerna as defeated by Hercules.  This monster is part of popular culture and thus there are many visions of it in miniature too.  We are delighted to present back to the world the classic 1980’s 15mm scale Tabletop Miniatures metal Hydra.  Now on the website.

F24 Seven Headed Hydra:  An Eight piece metal miniature.  The body plus seven heads with necks to mount upon it.  You can pose the necks as you wish.  Stands 25mm tall as well as 80mm long when assembled.  Shown next to a 15mm miniature for scale only.

This creature joins all of the other restored monsters and beasts in the Tabletop Miniatures 15mm Fantasy Range including Dragons and Arch Demon.  

If you like fantasy skirmish in 15mm scale this range has several super value packs of Human and Dwarf adventurers with many poses (they are as singles in their pack codes too).

Have you seen our HOT35 Giant Hydra in the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range?  A very different and larger take on this mythical monster.

Spring Mega Event 2024 is on!  See the ARTICLE for full details but in short automatically 20% off all orders at checkout, 80 new codes and free War Bot II in your package.  Super stuff and applies to everything on the site and any deals discounted on screen the 20% is on top of that.

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