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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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

15mm scale HOF Drop Pods and Drop Coffin released with mega offers!

Streaking towards the ground with all passengers strapped in tight Alternative Armies is proud to insert three new codes with a mega launch offer in the HOF 15mm Science Fiction range!  We have simple to assemble Drop Pods in both a landed and closed design plus a Drop Coffin. Single packs where you can choose the pack or parts of it as well as, during this even, a bundle of three with a saving and a mega bundle of ten with a bigger saving.  The offer ends at 9am GMT 1st August 2019 and these are all our releases for this scale this month.  All orders containing these codes will ship as normal upon placement as these new codes are now released.  Go HERE or read on for more.


In the near future on Earth or further in the future across the galaxy you sometimes need to get your soldiers ground side in a hurry. Our new Drop Pods have you covered for this. Designed in conjunction with long term wargamer Fred Richards (he of the Bear Cat Battlesuit). Typically only two to three parts to assemble in 15mm scale they hold five troopers.  The Drop Coffin shoots one trooper to the ground in a small crater.   Savings are 10% for one, 15% for three and 20% on ten.  The mega bundle of ten will vanish at events end.  Go HERE.


HOF133 Drop Pod Landed
This 15mm scale resin kit contains an easy to assemble three piece high quality resin model.  A five berth drop pod which will bring your troops from orbit and into the battle at high velocity. This drop pod is opened like the petals of a titanium flower showing it having deployed its infantry cargo onto the field.  It measures 70mm across, 70mm deep and 40mm tall.  You can choose from a kit or select parts. Go HERE.


HOF133T Drop Pod Landed Three Bundle save 15%.  During this event HERE.


HOF133B Drop Pod Landed Mega Bundle of Ten save 20%.  During this event HERE.

Now the drop pod before it opens up.  This version can be used as scenics or has just landed or on its side and other uses as diorama.



HOF134 Drop Pod Closed 
This 15mm scale resin kit contains an easy to assemble three piece high quality resin model.  A five berth drop pod which will bring your troops from orbit and into the battle at high velocity. This drop pod is closed meaning it has just landed or that it is about to take off once more.  It measures when assembled 65mm across, 60mm deep and 37mm tall. You can choose from a kit or select parts. Go HERE.



HOF134T Drop Pod Closed Three Bundle save 15%. During this event HERE.



HOF133B Drop Pod Landed Mega Bundle of Ten save 20%. During this event HERE.

If being dropped from space with your buddies is not your thing then the drop coffin has you covered....


HOF135 Drop Coffin
This 15mm scale metal and resin kit contains an easy to assemble three piece model.  A single trooper 'drop coffin' which will shoot a soldier into combat from a spacecraft high above in orbit..an express elevator indeed!  You can assemble it off the crater or on the crater, with the hatch in place or removed meaning a lot of choice.  When assembled as shown it is 35mm wide and 35mm tall.  You can choose from a kit or select parts of the kit. Go HERE.


HOF135T Drop Coffin Three Bundle save 15%. During this event HERE.


HOF135B Drop Coffin Mega Bundle of Ten save 20%. During this event HERE.

On the pages for these new codes there are several scale shots showing other codes from Security Force Alpha such as the Maginot Gun Turret and the Charger APC Wheeled.

Thanks for Reading!

GBS

Monday, 8 July 2019

New Snakemen and Kitsune with Cub for Sengoku 15mm Japanese Fantasy

Now released as Alternative Armies new 15mm scale miniatures sculpted by John Bell added to the Sengoku range of Japanese Fantasy.  As we build towards the next mega set of miniatures this time it is a pack and singles of different Snakemen (and women) plus a lovely Kitsune with Cub to add to your collection.  Go HERE or read on for more.


We hope to be in a position to tell you more about the next book for Sengoku Monster Hunter in the near future.  All work upon it was suspended while our team all laboured on the overhaul of our website.


SGFP36 Snake Warriors and Lone Kitsune
This pack contains twelve mixed miniatures most in two parts.  Two Lone Kitsune and Kit single piece miniatures.  Ten Snake Warriors with weapons taken from four different poses. Supplied with a correct mix of two poses of lower snake body.  Taken from codes SGF113 plus SGF120 to SGF123. The pack offers a small saving off the single purchase of these codes. Go HERE.

You can also get these new poses as single miniatures under their own codes as outlined.  There are now more than one hundred and twenty five miniatures in the Sengoku range making it (as far as we know) the biggest 15mm Japanese Fantasy selection in the world.  Have a browse HERE.


Sengoku Monster Hunter  
A Tabletop Game for up to Four Player or Solo Play 
using the Sengoku range of 15mm miniatures. 
A game for one to four players set in medieval Japan where monsters and creatures of myth roam the jagged crags and hidden valleys of the Sacred Mountain. It is from the Sengoku setting and has merciless hunters who track down the monsters and slaughter them at every opportunity. Who you Play. Hunters are the players characters in the game. Each hunter has a profile of attributes, skills and special abilities that players can improve if their hunters are successful. There is a range of weapons, armour and equipment that hunters can acquire as well hired henchmen, spirit guides and others to assist them in their expeditions. The more powerful the hunters get…the greater challenges they can take on!  Author:  Steve Danes. A4 Format, 52 pages.  In PRINT or a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD at a twenty percent less.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 5 July 2019

15mm Renaissance Range overhauled and month long offer

Here at Alternative Armies we have been overhauling the entire 15mm Renaissance range we call Altuos which also includes the excellent Furioso 16th century warfare rule system. We have added around two hundred and fifty new painted example pictures of the range, we have added the option of purchasing the riders only in cavalry codes. We now have the option to purchase only the horses from the range and we have added in total three new codes. New molds now exist of our 15mm Buildings (HOB codes), of our 15mm Walls (HOT codes) and of Leonardo Da Vinci and of his Tank too. Until 9am GMT 1st August there is 10% off everything in the pages of this range; discount is on screen. Go HERE or read on for more details. 


Warfare in the late 15th Century through the 16th Century and into the 17th Century is what our 15mm Renaissance range is all about. If you have not heard of Furioso written by Steve Danes then now is a great time to learn more and to get into this wargame system. The book is in print and as a digital download plus we have a mega bundle with two armies and the book or the armies on their own (with free element bases!) plus packs of bases for Furioso. All of these have a saving off list price and during this event 10% more is saved on top of that. 




Some two hundred and fifty new pictures of almost all of the infantry, cavalry, artillery, gunners and commanders in the range are now online. Front and Rear pictures at a larger size and resolution than before. Painted in period uniforms by Furioso author Steve Danes (very talented chap!) they look great and it is a pleasure to browse at your leisure. 


We listen to customer feedback and have added new products and options to the Altuos range. You can now select on page to get 'rider only' with all cavalry codes and some cavalry codes give mount choices too. Commanders can be bought on their own as well as in small sets. We have the ability to purchase any of the MRH Horses and the OTH Horses (Ottoman) on their own now. Mix and match and choose who riders which mount in your armies. 


As well as the figure range we have 15mm Buildings designed by Sam Croes which are, as we are told, some of the most characterful and finest there are. These along with five different packs of 15mm walls are all in resin and in new molds this week. All on the first page of the range HERE




Featuring large in the The Italian Wars expansion for Furioso the great man Leonardo Da Vinci has his own miniatures in the range on foot and mounted as well as his Tank or Turtle Car which is a great 15mm model and has game rules too. We hope you find something you like in this event and with all these new pictures and more. 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Monday, 1 July 2019

Alternate Stars new 28mm Science Fiction range pre order mega offer

Alternative Armies is proud to announce a new original 28mm range added to our already huge selection of tabletop gaming scales and genres. High quality miniatures titled 'Alternate Stars' which will be great for any sci-fi game system you choose.  The range launches with twelve single codes and a full set of all  twelve which will ship worldwide at the end of July 2019.  But before then we have an excellent two stage pre-order offer lasting all this month for you to get in on.  Go HERE or read on for more. 


We are well known for Flintloque for our High Fantasy Ranges for our Ion Age science fiction all in 28mm scale plus many more and as a long established company with a proven track record we hope you like these too.  Alternate Stars is totally generic (do you like the play on our name?) and each miniature has its own style and potential uses plus some of the characters draw their inspiration from other parts of Alternative Armies....can you spot them? 

PRE-ORDER
To celebrate the launch of this new range we are having a month long pre-order event which is now live.  All on the range page HERE.  Until 24th July every single Alternate Stars miniature (AS000 and so on) and the complete set of twelve (ASP00) is Twenty Five Percent (25%) off regular release price.  After the 24th July and until the morning of 1st August every miniature and the complete set will be Fifteen Percent (15%) off regular release price.  So get in early to max the savings.  The range will be on full release at full price August 2019.  Right now you can see mono pictures of the new miniatures and during the middle of the month we will show, day by day, painted examples of each miniature and the complete set too. Pre-order your choices. All pre-orders for Alternate Stars will ship out from us week commencing 29th July 2019; meaning any order which contains one of more miniature from this range plus anything else in your order.  


Sculpted by Sam Croes the Alternate Stars 28mm science fiction range composes the following from top left to bottom right in the picture.

AS000 Boudican System Trooper with SMG
AS001 Nekonari Trooper with SMG
AS002 Star Empire Ground Trooper with Plasma Rifle
AS003 CPU4016 Cyborg Enslaver
AS004 Arcus Marine with Gauss Rifle and Pistol
AS005 Nyx Merlyn Star Brigand
AS006 Star Empire Colonial Trooper with Rifle
AS007 Privateer Captain Fontaine
AS008 Fomor Space Raider with Laser Rifle
AS009 Infiltrator Agent Callisto with Grit Pistol
AS010 Neo Jacobin Free Ranger with Laser Rifle
AS011 Uhul Warrior with Laser Cannon

ASP00 Alternate Stars Collection One
(All Twelve Miniatures as listed above)

Thank you for reading and see you out among the stars!

GBS

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

New HOF 15mm Cultists, Rim Mercs, Octopods, Bodybags and Scatter Scenics

It is a bumper set of new releases and more into the HOF 15mm Science Fiction range at Alternative Armies to end the month. Go to the range or read on for more. Seven new codes across Octopods, Rim Mercenaries, Cultists as well as scenics. 


The HOF range is huge and diverse with humans, aliens, robots, vehicles and much more suitable for any setting or game system. You can spend quite a while browsing and digging. As well as that you can get packs or choose poses from the packs. We have also added new larger images of all the existing codes for the Octopods, the Rim Mercenaries and Cultists. Here are the details of the new. 




We have three value pack platoons which gather together all the infantry and small vehicle codes for a force from its pack codes and gives you one of each pose with a ten percent saving. A massive sampler if you will for skirmishing. Each is a different price since the contents are different. We have HOFP02 Octopod Platoon for tentacle sporting aliens. We have HOFP03 Rim Mercenary Platoon for your paid soldiers. We have the HOFP04 Cultist Mob for your fanatic warriors. These go alongside other value packs in the range such as HOF51 Grey Alien Landing Party and the mighty HOFA01 Security Force Alpha core army



Not every actor on the battlefield is a soldier or civilian there are others... Two new packs give you body bags for the dead and also scatter scenics of boxes and cans which are very useful. Have a look at HOF128 Body Bags which has 15 pieces in it for a great price. Also HOF129 Cans and Boxes Scatter Scenics which is three different pieces with ten in the pack with a 10% saving. Excellent! 




Bring out the dead of the future battlefield! We have three new packs in high quality grey tone resin giving you ten in two different poses of HOF125 Octopod Casualties and HOF126 Rim Merc Casualties plus HOF127 Cultist Casualties. These are at half the price of a normal HOF pack as we do with all resin casualties. An asked for addition from wargamers. 

All of the new packs were sculpted by Elton Waters and painted by the Alternative Armies studio. 


HOF Fire-Team is an original dynamic tactical game with a setting from ultra modern to the far future. Fire Team pits squads of soldiers, guerrillas, police, and thieves or just about anyone else with a grudge against one another. Use miniatures from your existing collection, on single bases, or add any new ones of your choice. Players command a number of Teams. These being Fire Teams, Support Teams, Command Teams and trusting to sound small unit tactics and the luck of the dice they attempt to carry out their mission objectives. Go HERE for the book and tiles of this gridded game by Bob Minadeo as a paid for digital download. Features three different background settings. 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Friday, 21 June 2019

New 15mm Malig Space Goblins (more than fifty poses total) added to The Ion Age

The Legions of the Shia Khan Empire are the main fighting force of the Empire and the expendable cannon fodder of the Legions are the Space Goblins or Maligs as they are known.  Drawn from endless slave worlds in great hordes the Maligs are treated roughly and given weapons beyond their understanding. Commanded by all and in command of nothing.  Shoved into Tesserans (8 Troops) and Ordos (32 Troops) the Maligs don't last long in combat but they perform a valuable role; they kill Humans.  Crass, brutal and often savage the word Malig is hated by all.  

Welcome to the first new release into the 15mm Ion Age range since the return of the ranges to Alternative Armies.  This is our only Ion Age release this month and we have taken the chance to not only put out eight new Maligs but also to highlight the now more than fifty poses of Space Goblin which we have.  Click HERE for the whole 15mm range.  Remember to use the 'filter' option on the page to narrow down the packs which appear.  As always you can purchase a pack, three packs with a saving or single poses from any pack.  Great in any 15mm game system including Patrol Angis.


IAF166 Malig 5th Tesseran – Maia Mpi
This is the new Malig 5th Tesseran which is eight miniatures dressed in unpowered armour.  Created by request from IonFans as they felt they were missing from the choice of Space Goblins.  An officer (pose 1) with a Maia and Cupid Pistol along with seven poses of trooper (privates) armed with Maia 9.2mm Mpi's. Great for skirmishing and then combining with other Khanate codes for larger formations and battles.Go HERE.

Here is a list of all the Space Goblin codes we have in 15mm scale from infantry to bike, to vehicle, riding beasts and characters.  They are linked to make them easy to find on the website.


IAF047 Malig 1st Tesseran – Juno Rifles
IAF048 Malig 2nd Tesseran – Support Weapons
IAF049 Malig 3rd Tesseran – Grenadiers
IAFP01 Malig Ordos – Platoon Pack (includes Senga character with Frying Pan)


A 15mm scale vehicle kit.








IMP10 Malig Tank Ace (One Character)
IMP22 Malig Campaigner (One Character)
IMP31 Padraig O'Malig (One Character)
IMP44 Malig Egg Thief (One Character)

So many verminous outer space little buggers!  But who are their masters?


IAB03 The Khanate Return
An Army Book for the Patrol Angis game system.  You need Patrol Angis and Callsign Taranis to make full use of this expansion title.  This Army Book brings you to the Camarthen star system for a desperate campaign for possession of a planet upon which sits an alien Matter Gateway. Now that it is switched on the gateway has brought a mythical enemy of Humanity back to reality from far across the galaxy; The Shia Khan Empire. Making use of the Patrol Angis rule book for skirmishes and the Callsign Taranis expansion book for larger games you can now add the Khanate Empire and also Planetary Defence Forces to your games. Read all about the tragic fate of Camarthen Prime and the start of the second Khanate War as a world burns. You can then create and assemble your own Tesserans and Ordos (platoons) along with vehicles and more for the Khanate with armoury and army lists. Then consult army lists for the Planetary Militias to do the same with Troop Types, Armour, Weapons and platoon composition guides. There are also advanced rules for both new armies covering Nebula Charges, Humascare,and Robotic Infantry among other skills and equipment. The book ends with three small scenarios of varying complexity for new and experienced players. This Army Book joins up with other titles expanding the forces and the universe of The Ion Age. Put forces from a half dozen miniatures to more than a hundred including vehicles into play. Fight for victory on Camarthen Prime or take your fight elsewhere in the Prydian Precinct.  See the Ion Age Publications page for all these titles in print and as digital downloads.


Free Ion Age Downloads
We have a page on the website HERE where you can download nine folders of free content for our space opera setting which tie right into these miniatures and the Patrol Angis game system.  There are full scenarios which include the Maligs.  You can also have a dig through the Ion Age Blog but keep in mind that any free files mentioned are now on this new page and that all links to the other website are deactivated.  That said it is a massive free resource of fiction and images.  Use the search box on the Alternative Armies site if you see codes you like the look of.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

New 15mm Komosu and Sohei Monks plus free bolt on game for Sengoku

Now released as Alternative Armies new 15mm scale miniatures sculpted by John Bell added to the Sengoku range of Japanese Fantasy.  As we build towards the next mega set of miniatures this time it is a pack and singles of Komosu and Sohei Monks to add to your collection.  As well as this we are delighted to present a simple two page game written by John Bell as a free download which bolts onto the Monster Hunter rules.  Go HERE or read on for more.


Last time we brought you the Gashadokuro (Giant Skeleton of the Dishonoured Dead) the largest model in the range thus far.  Work continues upon the sequel to Sengoku Monster Hunter and its going well.


SGFP35 Komosu and Sohei Monks
This pack contains twelve mixed miniatures some in two parts.  Four Komusu Monks with flutes mixed from two poses.  Eight Sohei Monks with weapons as well as unarmoured or armoured legs taken from four different poses. Supplied with a correct mix of armoured and plain legs.  Taken from codes SGF114-119 as singles. The pack offers a small saving off the single purchase of these codes.  Go HERE.





You can also get these new poses as single miniatures under their own codes as outlined.  There are now more than one hundred and twenty miniatures in the Sengoku range making it (as far as we know) the biggest 15mm Japanese Fantasy selection in the world.  Have a browse HERE.


Ace Gaiden – Sengoku Monster Hunter
Written by presented by John Bell you can download this two page leaflet format bolt on game by CLICKING HERE hosted on our website.  An interesting simple bolt on to the Monster Hunter rules which allows you to play the game in a format like a classic vertical shoot 'em up video game of the arcade era!  You need the book and some tokens and figures.  It is a real hoot to play.  Give it a go.


Sengoku Monster Hunter  
A Tabletop Game for up to Four Player or Solo Play using the Sengoku range of 15mm miniatures
A game for one to four players set in medieval Japan where monsters and creatures of myth roam the jagged crags and hidden valleys of the Sacred Mountain. It is from the Sengoku setting and has merciless hunters who track down the monsters and slaughter them at every opportunity. Who you Play. Hunters are the players characters in the game. Each hunter has a profile of attributes, skills and special abilities that players can improve if their hunters are successful. There is a range of weapons, armour and equipment that hunters can acquire as well hired henchmen, spirit guides and others to assist them in their expeditions. The more powerful the hunters get…the greater challenges they can take on!  Author:  Steve Danes. A4 Format, 52 pages.  In PRINT or a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD at a twenty percent less.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS