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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Friday 26 August 2016

Free Worldwide Postage until Tuesday 30th August!

It is the high summer Bank Holiday Weekend here in the UK and in celebration of a short holiday in the sun the three pillars of wargaming excellent called Alternative Armies, and The Ion Age are having a free postage on all orders event!  Four days of free postage fun!

From now until 9am GMT Tuesday 30th August 2016 we are having a free worldwide postage on all orders over 10.00GBP in product value!  This applies to our three websites and all our 6mm, 15mm and 28mm miniatures and game systems in fact everything on our websites you can put in your cart (not downloads).  All you need to do is add to the cart and the website will do the rest.  Click on the links to go to each site.  As many orders as you like to anywhere in the world.  Remember that any special offers that are currently running are included in this promotion.

So if you like Flintloque, High Fantasy, Ganesha Games and other 28mm scale ranges such as Grinning Skull and Asgard check out Alternative Armies.  

If you like 15mm scale including HOT Fantasy, HOB 15mm Fantasy Buildings, Sengoku Japanese Fantasy, TTF Fantasy, HOF Science Fiction, Laserburn, Altuos Renaissance, Pony Wars and ACW, Isarus Dark Age, Medus Medieval along with 6mm sci-fi and a lot more go to  

Space Opera science fiction wargamers should look to the unique range and setting of The Ion Age for excellent 15mm and 28mm miniatures, vehicles and rule systems.  Excellent!

Combining Orders
Our three websites are having a free postage event.  If you place an order for more then ten pounds (10.00GBP) the shopping cart will automatically give you free shipping worldwide. While the vast majority of wargamers are happy to place orders in this way we know that some of you would like to place a combined order by email and receive a paypal invoice to pay.  This is totally fine with us and here is what to do for a combined order by email.  Firstly choose your point of contact.  Is it Alternative Armies, or The Ion Age?  Choose one and email us on, or  Make your email title 'combined order' and give us your name, your shipping address, your paypal email address and a list of codes and quantities that you want to order from across our ranges.  We will then reply with a total and a paypal invoice.  You will get a free monthly miniature if you have Ion Age codes and you will get any other items offered free if applicable from the other websites if you have codes from its ranges in your order.  We typically reply quickly but be assured you WILL NOT miss the free postage on your combined order as we will honour it as long as your email comes in to us before the offer ends.

Thanks and enjoy the event!

Gavin Syme (GBS)

Thursday 25 August 2016

Female Dogman Barmaid is Flintloque release for August 2016!

"There is no stigma against the imbibing of strong ale before taking your place on sentry duty or guard duty when it comes to the Dwarves, Ogres and Dogmen of central Urop.  While the Orcs prefer the tender mercies of Lady Gineve and the Elves the whitest of wines it is to ale that the soldiers of Finklestein and Ostaria turn.  It is no secret that these regions make the finest of beers from Heinkillen to Brecks and Karlsburg so there is plenty of opportunity to get a flagon in hand any time of the day.  Some regiments even employ their own travelling micro brewery so that they need to seek out the pub when away from home.  To serve the ale is a high ambition for many young people across central Urop and fame can result.  Barmaids who can carry six or more foaming tankards become famous and sought after.  Such a maid is Frech von Krug from Bruwn in Ostaria who is a real boost in morale to the troops she serves." 

Welcome to the figure release for Flintloque and Slaughterloo for August 2016 our last release of the month. It is a new pack containing one character miniature great for scenarios.  A female Dogman barmaid who pulls pints and takes no nonsense from punters in any pub from Londinium to Finklestein or Ostaria.  Sculpted by Elton Waters go HERE for this month's release or read on for further details.

56113 Frech von Krug Barmaid
This pack contains one 28mm scale white metal multiple part miniature.  A young female Dogman in dress carrying six flagons of ale.  Supplied with separate arms allowing a degree of fine posing.  The miniature stands 28mm tall.  Excellent for use in scenarios or for the panicked townsfolk fleeing the advance of the army. Choose from a pack or a pro-painted and based pack ready for play.  3.00GBP. Go HERE.

We have a new and updated article for you to go with this release.  Originally with the previous edition of the game the first Distractions and Asides article 'No1.The Demon Drinke' we now present the rules in 3rd edition Flintloque for drunkenness in battle! Suitable for any scenarios you have. Download it from our dropbox free by clicking HERE for free.  Get your self a few jars before hitting the foe!

Alternative Armies now has Daily Deal and a Weekly Flintloque Deal too.  Each day we have a different code from anywhere across our vast ranges at a sizable discount off list price and this changes every twenty four hours.  Every week we offer a different core Flintloque / Slaughterloo code at 25% off normal prices and this covers all options; pack, unit, single trooper, pro-painted as well.  Click on the links to see what is current!

Lastly we are offering free shipping on all orders over 10.00GBP product value worldwide from now through to 9am Tuesday 30th August.  This will be announced in full on Friday but we ask you to hold off on orders until then for the sake of a day.  All orders placed before that, is as our custom, from this point will get free product worth the shipping so as not to miss out before 9am Friday.  This is our last release and event of the month.

Thanks for Reading,


Wednesday 24 August 2016

Flintloque War in Catalucia OOS and new Flintloque Lite planned

It always makes me sad and happy to announce a title going out of stock (OOS) but over the weekend the final copies of the third run of 5025 Flintloque 3rd Edition War in Catalucia were sold.  The book and its Shilling Starter Pack have been removed from the website for the time being. Additionally when the book returns there will be a new version of the popular free 'Flintloque Lite' (you can still get the current one upon email request) as well.  Go HERE to see Flintloque on the website or read on for more on this announcement.

It is our intention to make some small changes to War in Catalucia before having it re-printed.  These changes will not be to the mechanics of the game or to the army lists or background rather they will see some exchanging of the images of the miniatures in the book and tweaks here and there.  Since it was published in 2009 this first book in the third edition series has stood atop a miniature range that has expanded greatly from that year with new armies and a lot of new packs too.  Bringing War in Catalucia into 2016 will see the influence of Death in the Snow, Grapeshotte and Beir & Bones reflected in it.  We will let you know when the book is back.  At the same time as we are carrying this update out we are also working on a new version of the free lite version of Flintloque which was also published in 2009.

Flintloque 3rd Edition Lite.  Given away by request on email for the last seven years the pages of the virtual PDF lite version of Flintloque give all the core mechanics of the game allowing a feel of play to be gained.  We intend to keep this the case with a new version.  The new version will update and expand the contents with the possibility at this time of being not only a free PDF but also a low priced printed booklet as well.  It will feature the excellent artwork of Edward Jackson including new pieces not yet seen.  More information on this nearer the time.

Thanks for your attention in this update.  If you have any questions or input about the above please do comment or ask us by email on and we will come back to you.

Lastly we will have a Flintloque release at the end of this week for August 2016 a female character civilian and we will also be, in conjunction with our two sister sites, be having a bank holiday event over the weekend too.  Full details will be 'posted' on Friday.

Thanks for Reading,


Friday 19 August 2016

Free Miniature in every Ganesha Games order this August weekend!

Get yourself a new Ball and Chain on us! (Pun intended!). This weekend Alternative Armies is automatically placing a FREE DWM018 Dwarf with Ball and Chain worth 2.75GBP into ANY order which contains at least one Ganesha miniature.  One or more miniatures from the Ganesha page of our website HERE.  Fighting Fungi, Space Simians or Hammer and Forge; any of them from that page.  No limit on number of orders.  The offer runs until midnight GMT on Monday 22nd August 2016.  Just place the order and we will do the rest for you.  Remember also to check out our Daily Deal page too to save 25% off a code each day.

Alternative Armies manufactures Ganesha Games 28mm scale white metal miniature lines under an official agreement.  Miniatures made and shipped from Scotland. You can visit the website HERE. There are more than 90 codes of miniatures.  Everyone of them has pictures and there are value packs too with a saving!

Great for Song of Blades and Heroes as well as any other 28mm fantasy system you can choose from Dwarves, Undead Dwarves, Hob Goblins, Space Apes, Aliens, Fungus Warriors and Monsters.  A really unique and attractive range of white metal miniatures.

Thanks for Reading,


Friday 12 August 2016

Vaspari Pit Demon plus Demonologist pack 28mm Fantasy released!

Earlier this year Alternative Armies released the first monster by a new aspiring designer Greg Saunders.  That was SHM89 Vivaki the Hunger Bird.  We now add to the SHM (Self Help Miniatures) range two more codes from this designer which are suitable for any 28mm fantasy wargame system.  The Vaspari Pit Demon and a pack with Demonologist plus his apprentice and an impling.  

Go HERE to visit the page or read on for details. Excellent work Greg!

SHM90 Demonologist with Apprentice and Impling
Summoning demons and other eldritch nasties from the lower dimensions is the sole ambition of a Demonologist.  This pack contains a trio of 28mm scale white metal miniatures suitable for any 28mm fantasy system.  From left to right in the main image they are a winged Impling a small creature of magic (20mm tall), the Demonologist himself with arm raised in robes with a bone mask (30mm tall).  Lastly his hooded Apprentice carrying the book and scroll of summoning (25mm tall). This code is supplied unassembled and unpainted. Using the product menu on the page you can purchase a pack or select single miniatures from the pack which are A ,B and C from left to right in the main image. Images show the miniatures from different angles.  6.00GBP.  Go HERE.

SHM91 Vaspari Pit Demon  
Those who travel deep into the pits of the world will find many a strange thing and the Vaspari Demon is among the most dangerous.  It lunges from the darkness and injects venom into its prey. Something really strange for your 28mm fantasy collection.  This code contains one white metal single piece miniature.  The monster stands about 30mm tall and is about 40mm long to the end of its tail.  Suitable for use in 28mm scale and in 15mm scale if you wish.  This code is supplied unassembled and unpainted.  Images show the miniature from different angles and also alongside a 28mm scale miniature (28mm tall).  Pictured on a 50mm square base (not supplied).  6.50GBP.  Go HERE.

Remember Alternative Armies has a huge classic range of 28mm fantasy miniatures including Dwarves, Undead, Orcs and Goblins, Monsters, Barbarians, Torture Chamber and of course the Ganesha Games fantasy line too. Click on the links to be taken to those pages.  Above is our Giant Troll.

Thanks for Reading.


Tuesday 9 August 2016

Tony Harwood takes on our 28mm Mortar set

Long time Flintloque fan and master model maker Tony Harwood published is latest Valon inspired online build at the end of last month. He has been kind enough to give Alternative Armies permission to tell you all about it. We have detailed other Flintloque projects he has undertaken on our blog and you can see them all HERE on a specialised tag search of our blog. The whole project is scratch built and uses at its core our own 59520 Resin Mortar kit which can be used in Flintloque as well as in any 28mm scale historical system. You can see it on our website HERE

I have selected images from Tony's project running backwards to its beginning as well as a list of links to the parts of the project which you can click upon to read them in full and see all the pictures. He goes into details of tools used, paints, techniques and so on. It is a lovely looking unique build at home on anyone's table who is lucky enough to have it. Enjoy! 

The Later Stages 

The Middle Stages 

The Early Stages 

Well done Tony! Excellent work. 

Thanks for Reading. 


Wednesday 3 August 2016

Simian Ultra X range by Ganesha Games now released at Alternative Armies

Following their latest successful Kickstarter and the shipping of all its pledges worldwide by Alternative Armies we are delighted to announce that the miniatures composing Ganesha Games great Simian Ultra X range are now on general release on our website.  You can get all of the single codes from Space Apes to Morats to other stranger things like the Plasmoid as well as the weapon and accessories sprues now plus a complete set value pack saving 10% off single purchases.  Go HERE and have a look.  

To make you caper like a mad space ape we are also including a FREE SUX20 Plasmoid three legged alien worth 2.75GBP automatically in every order with one or more Ganesha code in it from now until 9am GMT Monday 8th August 2016. No limit on the number of orders. Just place orders as normal and we will do the rest!  

So go HERE or read on for details.

In the not too distant future, a secret military project was initiated to create a genetically engineered soldier that was specialized for stealth, reconnaissance, infiltration, and assassination. The project was known as SIMIAN ULTRA X and combined the DNA of ape, human, and flying squirrel.  You can now have these strange bio soldiers to use in your favorite wargame or RPG system such as MUTANTS AND DEATH RAY GUNS post apocalyptic miniature skirmish rules by Ganesha Games. A line of high quality white metal miniatures produced under license in Scotland. Go HERE

Here are all the codes:

SUXP00 Space Simian X Collection - Save 10%
SUX001 Ape Leader  
SUX002 Ape Muscle 
SUX003 Ape Operative 
SUX004 Ape Sniper 
SUX005 Ape Spacesuit (supplied with two different heads)  
SUX006 Ape Officer 
SUX007 Ape Wasteland Pirate 
SUX008 Ape Heavy Weapon
SUX009 Ape Female Scientist 
SUX010 Morat Trio (3 miniatures)
SUX020 Plasmoid 
SUX030 Archmantoid (kit) 
SUX040 Till the Kuala 
SUX045 Jimbot 3000 
SUX050 Weapon and Accessories Sprues (19 pieces)  

Alternative Armies also produces the other Ganesha Games miniature ranges these being Hammer and Forge which sees classic fantasy Dwarves take on Undead and Hob Goblins and Fighting Fungi a unique set of miniatures of man sized mushroom warriors and other strangeness.  

Alternative Armies manufactures Ganesha Games 28mm scale white metal miniature lines under an official agreement.  Miniatures made and shipped from Scotland.  You can visit the website HERE. More than 100 codes of miniatures.  Everyone of them has a picture and there are value packs too with a saving!

Thanks for Reading,