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, 1 August 2021

Hann Merchant free this month and what is coming August 2021

“The Hann are a live species but unlike other such creatures in the galaxy they have a high degree of independent thought.  Fleeing tyrannical hive masters some Hann set up as traders at outposts across the 23rd sector.”

August is here!  All this month a free miniature in every package shipped out from Scotland to every customer. You need do nothing but place an order which requires to be shipping anywhere in the world (no Digital Download orders only sorry!) of any size and we will automatically include 7119-1 Hann Merchant.  As many orders as you want and ends 9am GMT 1st September 2021.  You can also order this code in any amount and you will still get the free one.  Great for 28mm science fiction and for fantasy plus as a big alien in 15mm scale the Hann was sculpted by John Bell and resides in our Alternate Star's 28mm Science Fiction Range if you wish to see more of it.

As you can see it is a very interesting miniature and would be a great addition to your collection.  Shown here with HOF144 SFA Female Trooper plus AS000 Boudican System Trooper and the AS013 RUFUS Android both from Alternate Stars


Alternative Armies News for August 2021

This month is a bit different from normal. Our Summer Campaign 2021 event (giving 20% off automatically at checkout on all orders) is about to end at 9am GMT 3rd August 2021 so if you wish to get in on it then act fast.  Secondly we are unfortunately we are about to raise our prices site wide by 10% to 20% on almost all our ranges (read about this HERE).  This will occur across the month range by range as we will also be overhauling text and images too.  

There are two major releases at Alternative Armies this month.  Loud Ninja Games will present 'The Ikwen Uprising' with all of the codes from their just failed to fund Kickstarter; on their pages of the website.  As well as on the new codes there will be a blanket discount on the entire range of existing 15mm sci-fi which Loud Ninja Games has.  The Ikwen are coming!  This will occur all within August.  Secondly as promised our Erin Celtic Mythology 28mm scale range will return to the website as it has now been overhauled and a couple of not seen miniatures will be there too.  Once back online we will be adding brand new pictures code group by code group beginning with the Fomorian Sea Devils.  Look out for news articles on these.

Regular releases. There will be a new release for Flintloque in the Confederation of Finklestein a pack of four Legion de Nain Veterans which are great character infantry poses which fit right into Line, Grenadier or Light sections and units.  Following up on the Phree in the Frontear range John Bell has sculpted 'Phree Riders' adding cavalry to the foot poses for their avian native Amerkan fellows.  In the HOT 15mm Fantasy range a brand new resin creature will come out.  A fictional dinosaur which will be the cavalry mount for the Savage Lizardmen but has been asked for in its own right.  A restored classic 1980's miniature into the Guild Room the Apothecary shall appear too.  

All in all a packed month with a lot happening.  As always if you have any questions or would like to make a suggestion or ask if we can restore or release something you are looking for then contact us on sales@alternative-armies.com and we will do our best to assist you. 

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 26 July 2021

Significant site wide price rise in August 2021 at Alternative Armies

Sadly we are going to have move our prices for the first time site wide in five years.  It was a large decision to take and it was taken with care but we cannot put it  off any longer for our customers.

During the month of August (after 3rd August) prices will rise between 10% and 20% range by range until the entire website is re-priced before the end of the month. Most ranges by 20% increase. We made mention of this at the start of July to give our customers notice and having the increases follow the summer event saving means most codes are twenty percent less; then twenty percent less again during event time compared to post event and post increase August rise.

The 28mm Ion Age science fiction range and the 15mm Laserburn range will not increase in price.

Our deals and offers page will see some alteration as well with some of the bundles reducing their savings to ten percent or five percent.

Our printed books will rise in price but the relationship between them and their digital download versions will remain in place at one fifth less in price.

If you have any questions please ask us on sales@alternative-armies.com and we will do our best to assist you.

The free miniature or pack each month WILL remain.  We will continue to fund this fun for our customers such as August 2021 with the Hann Merchant.

Thank you as always for your custom.

GBS

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Bradley Miniatures 15mm tank showcase

All of the models in the 6mm Range and the 15mm Range by Bradley Miniatures are manufactured in Scotland by Alternative Armies.  We have been wanting to showcase the four great tanks in the larger scale range and thanks to Sam Croes and his air brush we are now able to in glorious colour.  Four different example schemes.  If you are viewing this on our blog then clicking on each picture will make it much, much larger.  

Views from all angles and a 15mm miniature (a Scout with SMG code HOF132C) for scale.




As well as the tanks there are two other vehicles in this range.  These are the Devil Frog Artillery (a tractor which pulls your choice of field gun) and the Chariot Armoured Car which is show below next to the Lionheart A.

Great for any near future or planetary defence force setting we hope you enjoyed this little showcase.

Thank you for your time.

GBS

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Run while the Pub is Closed free solo play Flintloque Scenario

I know it has been while since the last free content to play Flintloque.  I hope this solo play scenario set in the Bier War is fun for you all.  Go HERE for the massive amount of free files on our website for all game systems.

With a winnowing crack the musket ball blew chips of stone from the edge of the swall.  Soldaten Bruste pulled his head back rapidly and then tentatively removed the small stone pieces from his braided beard.  “Ze Rottes are closing in sir.  Your orders?”

Captain Krass considered his response.  All around him the blue coated soldiers under his command were busy reloading their muskets looking around for enemies.  His sergeant was at the very solid looking door of this huge building his axe in both hands. Krass briefly wondered what had possessed the Dwarves of Fassbier to construct such a mighty public house on the outskirts of their town.  He was thankful they had.  It would be a fantastic strong point and they needed that right now. “My order are such.  Sergeant Luncke get that door staved in so that we may enter.” 

Run while the Pub is Closed:  A free solo play three page Flintloque scenario set in the Bier War.  Can your skirmishers reach a safe place before a larger force of infantry and cavalry overwhelm them?  CLICK HERE to download the PDF from our website storage.  Enjoy!

You can visit the Confederation of the Finklestein page or the Von Rotte Legion page on the website to see the miniatures.

This is our last new content for the month.  We do have a couple of announcements to come and a free article too before the end of July.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

52525 Legion de Nain Light Troops released and the Bier War

“That crafty beer loving Baron von Rotte saw his chance to gain some glory and many kegs too when the Bier War began in earnest.  With the attention of the Legions de Nain taken up in Worstweiser and Krickle where new breweries being built the battalions of the Baron made a rapid march on the town of Fassbier home of the fabled brewery of the same name.  If Fassbier fell then the city of Madabier, already reeling from the attacks on the Krolsberg Brewery (probably the finest in the world) could go into open revolt and be ripened wheat for the conquest.  It would fall to the numerically greater but far less experienced 1st Legion de Nain to stop him with their skirmishers taking the first blow.” Harold Brekmeister the learned Dwarf  (historian and scholar at Monich University)

The Legion de Nain grows with the third brand new full unit release in the Beir War setting; this time the Legion de Nain Skirmishers or Light Company!  Every one of these Dwarves is a character in its own right full of personality.  If missed what has already occurred, new Legion de Nain Line, the new Legion de Nain Grenadiers, re-mastered and expanded original Legion codes plus new Pummilig Pig and Riding Boar you can read about these on our blog on the Beir Wars TAB.  Go HERE for the Confederation of Finklestein on the website where all these miniatures reside.

52525 Legion de Nain Skirmishers: This is the light company of a battalion given the role of ranging ahead of the line and grenadiers.  Armed with Dwarf Musket MkII and dressed as other soldiers in the Legions with long coat, boots and the Raupenhelm (caterpillar helmet).  Officer in duelling pose with pistol (A), musician with horn and musket (B), sergeant swinging axe (C), standard bearer with sword sword (D).  Four different poses of light company trooper these being running with musket forward (E), kneeling firing musket (F), standing loading musket (G) and sprinting flat out leg in the air (H). All have extra equipment such as packs on their backs and cartridge boxes about their persons.  Ideal to mix in with your line infantry or for skirmishing.  A unit of twelve (with saving built in) or single miniature booster.

Order the single and you will get one random trooper, order more singles and we will give you different troopers.  If you want a command pose single that is explained the page. Go HERE for 52525 and scroll through the pictures on its page as after the main images there is a front and rear of every pose so that you can see them in great detail.  Some of the more dynamic Dwarves in the range!


As we progress in this year more releases will happen monthly as we expand the Legion de Nain and work towards it as a full force of all arms (the biggest ever expansion to the miniature range for a single army) we will also be slowly putting together a Flintloque campaign book on the Monich Bier War too.  Resident Valonian artist Edward Jackson has been creating new drawings for this project.

There are now thirty eight poses in the Legion. Above is General Saindoux an Elf character from 5024 Escape the Dark Czar next to Dwarves for scale.

If you would like to get into Flintloque in the lands of the Dwarfs then look no further than 5028 Beir and Bones game book.  On its own with full rules in print or as a digital download or as a shilling starter pack with miniatures and scenarios.  Go HERE.

If you have any questions please contact us on sales@alternative-armies.com and ask.

This is our only release for the World of Valon this month we hope you like it but look out later this week for a free solo play scenario featuring these new Dwarves set during the Bier War.  Go to our Free Downloads page of the website in case you missed 'Run while the Pub is Closed' when it came out.

GBS

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

HOT136 Savage Lizardmen crew and Catapult released

“They lower the rock into the cradle.  Sinews tighten and hides stretch as the weight takes its toll.  The enemy are far away but this will reach them. This will kill them.  Hissing in joy and whip cracking the crew release the torsion and death flies forth.”

Now released into the HOT 15mm Fantasy range the next two codes in our expanding Savage Lizardman Army.  The army grows and this artillery joins the Behemoth, Lizard Ogres and packs of warriors with polearms, swords and other weapons.  Every code is a full pack and also (if it contains more than one pose or miniature) a 'sampler' option giving one of each pose in the pack.  Ideal to test the range and for skirmishing in 15mm scale.

HOT136 Savage Lizardman Artillery:  This code contains one catapult kit and two 15mm scale Lizardmen crew in metal.  This is the same catapult as HOT136A and the crew are one with a large rock and another with whip.  Shown on 20mm square bases.  Supplied unassembled and unpainted.  You can choose from a pack or select the crew on their own or the artillery piece on its own.  Go HERE.

HOT136A Savage Catapult:  This code contains one 15mm scale multiple piece metal kit to build a four wheeled catapult covered in animal hides and such detail.  Ideal for any primitive, barbaric or chaotic force.  Supplied unpainted and unassembled (shown on a 40mm by 30mm base).  Easy to assemble.  Go HERE.

You get four free Giant Slugs in every order this month automatically.  You need only order and we will include them.  Here they are in combat with the Savage Lizardmen.  Read in full on our BLOG or see 549 Giant Slugs on the website.

These are our last 15mm scale and fantasy releases for the month of July 2021.

Thank you for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Mrurz and Centalons return Tabletop Games science fiction

Now restored and on the Alternative Armies website five more classic miniatures by Tabletop Games.  As we continue to restore the 1980's 25mm to 28mm scale metal figures these follow up on the Large Sadistic Demons and the Szithks Warbirds, the Gorgory, Orts and Thulgs.  

This time it the four legged alien Centalons and the furry not so cute Mrurz. See what is in this combined range HERE on the website.





TSF22 Mrurz with blaster rifle

TSF21 Mrurz with machine pistol

TSF20 Mrurz with slug pistol and force shield

TSF31 Centalon with Assault Rifle

TSF30 Centalon with blaster pistol and force sword

The miniature used for a 28mm scale comparison is an Ion Age 28mm scale Retained Knight (IB23).  See that range HERE.

Thulgs and the One Eyed Glax arrived back on the website last month and were well received. These were a pleasure to restore to the world and we will continue with further returned classics across this year for science fiction and fantasy and scenic ranges.

There are all of our releases for this scale and genre this month.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS