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, 8 March 2019

DarkeStorme free Fog of War scenario and play sheets by Vic Dobson

Taking a change from creating excellent free content for the USEME system it is my pleasure to present free content for DarkeStorme the Skirmish from Vic Dobson. DarkeStorme is Alternative Armies generic high fantasy game system for 28mm or 15mm scale miniatures and the rules can be had in print or as a digital paid download.  


Vic has penned a great scenario called 'The Fog of War' as well as several player sheets for the game of his design and layout for your warband and for monsters.


DarkeStorme the Skirmish
DarkeStorme is a high fantasy character driven skirmish game written by Gavin Syme (GBS) creator of Erin 2nd edition, Typhon and Flintloque 3rd edition along with many other wargame rule systems and fiction.  Sixty pages containing Easy to learn D6 engine, Full rules for character combat, Full Magic System with ten levels of spells. A Monster Handling system with 'Amok' rules. Creature generation formula and many Mortal and Undead races. Expansion rules for Cavalry, Artillery and Chariots. A Full Points System. Terrain and Weather generation and special terrain generator.

Create Characters from nothing and lead them through linked adventures and progression. Units of roughly ten to twenty characters in games lasting twenty minutes to over an hour in length. A game system suitable for younger gamers, those with less time or starting out or those looking for an easy play wargame with a traditional high fantasy feel from the era of the 1980's and 1990's.  Click through to either the PRINT book or DIGITAL DOWNLOAD version to get your copy and while there use the links to get a folder of free files and a free mini-campaign called 'Murder at Illstadde'.  More information on the website including page images and a link to an independent review.  You can play this game in 28mm or 15mm scale with any miniatures.


Fog of War Scenario by Vic Dobson
Welcome to Fog of War a DarkeStorme scenario for two players. In this game two groups of warriors search the ruins of a village shrouded in a thick veil of magicke fog, searching for a long lost book once owned by a infamous and powerful magician! Both sides are looking for the legendary lost Book of Borganza, an Arcane Libram (spell-book) that once belonged to the ancient and powerful Mage Borganza the Wylde. The lost book now lies somewhere in the ruins of a long abandoned village in a valley shrouded by a thick magicke fog. But the book could be in any one of more than half a dozen different locations, so both sides have to search the ruins.  Download this three page scenario from our website hosting by clicking HERE.  This download also includes variant play sheets for the game. Note that there is a visual error in the scenario on page three caused by translation to PDF; it does not affect the scenario but our apologies.





While you can play DarkeStorme in 28mm you can also play it in 15mm too simply by changing ranges from Inches to Centimetres and indeed in 15mm you can use miniatures from the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range plus the Tabletop 15mm Fantasy Range. Alternative Armies has a huge selection of high fantasy miniatures in 28mm scale so we have provided a list of links so you can browse.  All packs can be purchased a single miniatures from them and we have value bundles with a big saving too.




We hope you enjoyed this free scenario and that your warbands bring you many victories.  This is our last news until late on in March when we will bring you many wonderful things.  Look out for this and enjoy your gaming.

GBS

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

TAG Channel video play through of scenario What Ales You for Flintloque

Now on his channel on Youtube a new video for Flintloque presented by Talking About Games (TAG). If you missed previous videos then check out our Begin in Flintloque page to learn more or our BLOG for their other Flintloque videos. This time Abraham takes on the forth scenario in the arc of the Escape the Dark Czar campaign; the first one beyond the booklet in the starter box. 

It is called 'What Ales You' and can be downloaded free from our website hosting by clicking HERE. He also looks at our Abandoned Beer Wagon scenic piece in this half hour enjoyable video. Abraham, who runs the channel, is a keen wargamer and though we provided the models to him to review his review is impartial and we have no control or influence upon it. Thanks! 


TAG channel are continuing their journey in the Witchlands and if you are keen to follow that journey then get yourself the excellent and affordable 5024 Escape the Dark Czar box set which contains rules, scenarios, dice, ten miniatures and bases. 


If you enjoyed the videos on the TAG channel then give them a thumbs up and a kindly comment as feedback is always welcome. 


Alternative Armies has an excellent range of 28mm Terrain Range. This range is at home in any black power, horse and musket or fantasy setting. Each piece is full of character and there are such things as Abandoned Beer and Goods Wagons, Corpse Piles, Campaign Table, Campfire plus stone wall pieces and barricades (Boxes and Crates, Beer Barrels, Discarded Kitchen and Long Table). Scatter them on your gaming table today. Go HERE. The smaller barricades come two to the pack while the larger ones are single piece to the pack. If you already have our 28mm terrain in your collection you will know just how much detail and attention there is in every model. 


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Thanks for your time and we welcome feedback you can contact us any time on sales@alternative-armies.com. GBS

Monday, 4 March 2019

Furioso free QRS download created by Tony Cane

A treat for players and those interested in the great renaissance period rules written by Steve Danes called Furioso. A free download of a 'Quick Reference Sheet' QRS for the game created by player of the rules Tony Cane based on his experiences with Furioso. Thanks Tony! 


Furioso is a set of wargames rules that covers European warfare in the sixteenth century. The rules allow players to fight large scale land battles with a simple to use and enjoyable gaming system. Furioso can be fought using any scale figures from 6mm to 28mm. There is a core rule book with army lists and there is also the Italian Wars expansion title too. See the game books in print and as digital download along with information on the rules plus the 15mm miniature range and starter army packs on our website HERE


Furioso Quick Reference Sheet: A one page densely packed QRS which contains handy modifier tables and colour coded sections to guide you through most situations encountered in play. It is hosted on our website and you can download it free by clicking HERE. Created by Tony Cane. 


You can read an article about the rules written by the author on our blog HERE. Files for the game on our Free Downloads page HERE (scroll down until you see the Furioso book cover). Read about the Mega Bundle and the free beginners scenario on our blog HERE. An article about the new expansion book is HERE. Furioso Alfresco in Devon go HERE for a first playing account. Review of Furioso in Wargames, Soldier, Strategy magazine No97 see our account HERE. Lots to look into if you are interested in this game. 

One of my favourite aspects of Furioso is the chance to field the fantastical inventions of the master Leonardo Da Vinci on the field of battle. This is covered in the expansion book and includes the 'Turtle Car' or Tank which we have, alongside the man himself, in our range HERE

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Friday, 1 March 2019

Spring Clean Event 10% off 170 Recent Releases plus new 28mm Discarded Kitchen Barricade

Spring is here at Alternative Armies and we have an offer for you plus a new release to begin the month of March.  In the last year or so we have added one hundred and seventy recent releases to our New Releases page.  This does not include stand alone ranges such as Ganesha Games and Bradley 6mm but does include all our own ranges and those such as Grinning Skull, Loud Ninja Games, Sengoku and such.  Later this month we will be distributing these recent releases to their own collections throughout our website but before that we have taken 10% off every single one of them!  Until 9am GMT Monday 11th March 2019 the discount is on screen and there is something there for 28mm players, 15mm players, fans of fantasy, science fiction and more.  We ship five times a week so get yourself a treat in our spring clean event!  Go HERE.


There are so many things in these recent one hundred and seventy new codes that we cannot list them all here.  They include brand new creations, re-mastered classics, new books, digital downloads, bundles, army packs, terrain and some weird things too.  In terms of ranges they include Flintloque, Slaughterloo, High Fantasy, HOT 15mm Fantasy, HOF 15mm Science Fiction, Ganesha Games, Sengoku 15mm Japanese Fantasy, Furioso Historical Rules and Armies, Eldrich Horror, Loud Ninja Games, Artillery, Tabletop 15mm Fantasy, Torture Chamber Range, Sulpher 32mm Post Apoc, 28mm Terrain, Bases and a pencil topper.  Go HERE.

We hope you enjoy the spring clean event before we empty out the New Releases page to make room for the next twelve months (which will begin with our massive spring offensive mega event end of March..but shussh..more on this at the time) and we have added one more brand new code to the new releases today...the 28mm Discarded Kitchen Barricade!


Alternative Armies has added another code to our excellent range of 28mm Terrain Range. This range is at home in any black power, horse and musket or fantasy setting.  Each pierce is full of character and there are such things as Abandoned Beer and Goods Wagons, Corpse Piles, Campaign Table, Campfire plus stone wall pieces and barricades (Boxes and Crates, Beer Barrels and Long Table). Scatter them on your gaming table today. Go HERE. The smaller barricades come two to the pack while the larger ones are single piece to the pack.  If you already have our 28mm terrain in your collection you will know just how much detail and attention there is in every model.


59534 Discarded Kitchen Barricade (2)
Hearth and home and the fires of cooking must all be put to the defence of your home when the enemy comes.  Empty the larder and raid the cupboards and get the contents heaped up so that you may block their assault!  This pack contains two identical high quality grey tone resin terrain pieces.  A set of shelves piled with plates as well as sacks of carrots, tomatoes and apples plus other food and kitchen implements. Put them on your table as an objective or cover or just for interest.  Each measures 45mm in length, 25mm  deep and 25mm tall.  You can purchase with the buttons on screen one or get three with a saving or get it pro-painted and ready to use.  


There are many more images from all angles on the page plus plain resin picture. Go HERE.

We have three articles coming up during the Spring Clean event and these will be out over the next week.  Three free articles with resources for Furioso, Flintloque and DarkeStorme by three hobbyists.  I am looking forward to these!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

ProPainted Stock updated end of Feb19 at Alternative Armies

Alternative Armies is known for its large 28mm miniature ranges including Flintloque, High Fantasy, Erin plus Ganesha Games and others as well as our extensive 15mm ranges but did you know (many already do) that we produce many thousands of pro-painted to a high tabletop standard miniatures ready for immediate use from those ranges every year? We do. Our team of talented ladies with many campaigning years of experience right here in Scotland take our miniatures and finish them for use right on your tabletop. For a price that is fantastic which includes everything; the miniature itself, its pro-painting, sealing and its base plus scenic basing effect. 


While the majority of these high tabletop standard painted miniatures are destined for regular customers worldwide we do have in stock singles, packs and units on dedicated pages of our website.  We have updated our stocks for the end of February 2019 and we invite you to take a look. Excellent value. Our stocks are fluid and sell out but we will always honour orders placed here at shown prices if you miss out.  When it is sold it is gone.

We have several pages each dealing with an aspect of our ranges painted.



What you are purchasing which you see on screen is what you will get.  That actual miniature or set of miniatures as shown.  Give us a try and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. We will return soon with the Spring Clean!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 22 February 2019

Zarglian Invader forces released at Grinning Skull Miniatures

From the mad mind of Will Grundy at Grinning Skull Miniatures comes three new packs of Zarglian Invaders. Great for 28mm and 15mm games these alien creatures are all tentacles and exposed brains; armed with ray guns and mighty disintegration guns too. Two large characters, three warriors and five smaller warriors for a total of ten poses plus a super value collected all pack.  Near Future, Post Apocalyptic and Space Opera systems.  Great fun and there are now near sixty codes in the range including mutant chickens, killer plants, goatmen and the Oggum.  Go HERE or read on for more.  


GRNP10 The Zarglian Invaders
This super value pack contains one of each of the alien Zarglians taken from codes GRN31,32,33 as well as GRN53 and GRN54 plus GRN55, 56,57,58,59 a mix of resin and white metal miniatures. Miniatures from the Grinning Skull Range. Suitable for use in any science fiction or post apocalyptic wargaming setting in 28mm or 15mm scales.  From 10mm to 23mm to 34mm tall.  Armed with fusion cannon, heavy ray guns and energy weapons.  Save 15% off the regular single miniature prices and get the whole set in one place.  Go HERE.


GRNP02 Zarglian Invaders
Pack of Five Miniatures. This value pack gathers together codes GRN31 to GRN33 resin miniatures for a total of five miniatures randomly but evenly mixed in terms of poses. A squad with a 10% saving off single miniature prices. Miniatures from the Grinning Skull Range. Suitable for use in any science fiction or post apocalyptic wargaming setting.  Approx 23mm in height.  You can also select single poses from this pack.  Go HERE.


GRNP07 Zargling Squad
Pack of Five Miniatures. This value pack gathers together codes GRN55 to GRN59 white metal miniatures for a total of five miniatures randomly but evenly mixed in terms of poses. A squad with a 10% saving off single miniature prices. Miniatures from the Grinning Skull Range. Suitable for use in any science fiction or post apocalyptic wargaming setting.  Approx 15mm in height.  You can also select single poses from this pack.  Go HERE.


GRN53 Zarglian High Priest
This code contains one resin miniature.  The grand overlord of the Zarglain; the High Prefect.  Armed with an energy beamer.  Use it as your leader!  This miniature is one piece and is 34mm tall.  Go HERE.


GRN54 Zarglian Heavy Gunner
This code contains one resin miniature.  The bringer of the bigger kill power.  Armed with a fusion cannon.  Support your squads with it.  This miniature is one piece and is 23mm tall.  Go HERE.

Who does not love such strange dangerous creatures eh!  Great for any game system which needs the oddity and invaders. Here are some scale shots showning these aliens alongside 15mm scale and 28mm scale miniatures from the HOF range and Flintloque starter box.  





Here is an extract from the fiction by Will Grundy all about the Zarglians.  

From the depths of space, the Zarglian invaders come with planetary dominion in mind. These tentacled marauders have arrived to dominate all other lesser lifeforms with their superior prowess and intellect, till all falls to the zarglian race. The Zarglian Stellar sovereignty spans countless worlds and systems, over centuries they have taken planet after planet and subdued many alien civilisations. Usually backwater worlds that offer little resistance to an invasion. Ruled by a ruthless royal line, much of their dominance can be seen as little more than a statement about how great and terrible they are (as can be seen by their huge heads!) It is the Zarglian way to assume that they are the highest form of life in the known galaxy, so humble is not a word they know how to use, and neither is subtle, favouring large displays of power just to show the enemy just how great they are and everything else is insignificant compared to their great empire.

Zarglians are identified by their two main striking features. First is their huge heads and massive pulsating fleshy brains. Often they choose to adorn themselves in elaborate head dress, to further extenuate just how big their brains can be. This is due to their custom of those who have the biggest brain, are usually more intelligent. Contrary to the fact, an average Zarglian is no more smarter than any other star faring race, they just imagine themselves to be. Even though the brain appears to be soft and squishy, it is quite tough and is not easily damaged as you'd think, this comes from millennia of evolution and adaptation , which without it, they would have died out a long time ago.

The other feature that distinguishes them from other creatures is the sea of writhing tentacles they possess as appendages. This makes them surprisingly fast and agile, able to do many things at once. It is unknown how many tentacles zarglians have exactly, experts would say that the number varies per being. With their like of racial superiority, it could be said that this might figure in a similar manner to the brain size. You'd imagine that due to their appearance they require a large amount of water to survive and that is why they seek new worlds to conquer. This is not the case, long have they evolved the ability to operate in many a locale and their tech aboard the saucer shaped crafts is more than adequate to provide them with all to survive. indeed their technology is advanced, lasers, sonic weapons, disintergrators and rayguns, as well as hyperspace capabilities and teleportation. They are ahead in terms of psionic ability, using mind bending telepathic devices to communicate to other races, probably just to taunt their foes and tell them of their impending conquest! So, prepare to serve your new intergalactic masters, and hail the great Zarglian Emperor and prepare for world wide invasion!  


This is our last release for the month and we will see you in March for a bit or a Spring Clean!

Thanks for reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

HOF122 Media Team 15mm pack and singles released

A new code added to the HOF 15mm Science Fiction range for February 2019.  In conflict zones across the Terran surface, the solar system and beyond there are those who wish to see first hand what is happening and to tell all others.  These media teams work for big organisations or for governments or even just themselves.  Now you can add them to your 15mm scale games.  This pack follows up on the Security Force Alpha releases (Uplifted Yeti's, Bear Cat Battlesuit and more) and much like our Medical Team you can slot these journalists right in alongside the SFA.  Go HERE or read on for more. 


A useful set of new miniatures which you can deploy in science fiction or near future or modern game settings.


HOF122 Media Team
This pack contains ten 15mm white metal miniatures in four different poses.  A generic Human Media Team good for any war zone or incident to add characters to your gaming table.  They are unarmed and clothed so that they may be painted up in any uniform you choose.  The first pose (A) is a female reporter with microphone.  The second pose is a long haired camera operator (B) with high grade recorder.  The third pose is a male reporter (C) with microphone and the last pose is a floating camera drone (D).  You can select a pack of miniatures or single poses from the pack.  There is a mix of poses in a pack favouring camera operator and drone over reporters.  This code is supplied unpainted and without bases (shown on 20mm round bases).  Go HERE.




We fielded a media team in a recent game of USEME 15mm Science Fiction in a scenario which featured Security Force Alpha troopers with vehicle support facing off against Corporate Ashigaru hired soldiers attempting to break into a nature enclave of protected trees. Firepower was limited by the media presence which made winning harder as the corporate enemy while smaller was under no such restriction. It was a fun game..and I lost!





See you out there among the Colonies of Mankind in the HOF 15mm Science Fiction Range!

If you like this miniature awesome then you might want to check out our other 15mm sci-fi ranges. A huge choice of new and classic as well as all manner of characters, infantry, vehicles, robots and more. We also have a wicked cool 6mm range from Bradley Miniatures. Click on the links to visit these ranges to see more. 



Thanks for Reading, 

GBS  

Monday, 18 February 2019

Painted and Scenic Shots of New Bradley 6mm Vehicles

Bradley Miniatures Range second wave is here!  The follow up to the successful Star Legion. The range has been expanded by fleshing out the heavy armoured forces of the Star Legion, as well as introducing the new Colonial Army!  All new 6mm scale vehicles ranging from the reliable M-75 personnel carrier to the behemoth Actium Super-heavy Battle Tank! A total of thirteen new packs each containing one or four kits with the option of single purchase from larger packs too. Great for use in any 6mm scale tabletop wargame system.  Made in Scotland by Alternative Armies in partnership with Bradley Miniatures.  If you missed the main release news see it HERE on our blog.






Go HERE or continue in this article (click to enlarge images on the blog) to see our own painted and scenic shots of some of the new vehicle codes including the massive Corvo Dropship.




The BR003 Stalker Missile Tank is a medium vehicle in the Star Legion and carries two batteries of long range variable load missiles.




The BR005 Nemian Assault Tank is a midway point in armour for the Star Legion and mixes firepower with infantry carrying capacity.




The BR006 Tiger Combat Walker is a main stay of the Star Legion and can be outfitted with missile pods or gatling cannon or anti-material cannons.




The BR018 T47 Main Battle Tank is a constant part of the Colonial Army and comes in seven different marks suitable for all manner of battlefield roles.





The BR025 Ironclad Superheavy Tank is one of the largest armoured vehicles in the Colonial Army and sports an array of cannons in primary and secondary roles; capable of dealing with a dozen main battle tanks with ease.



The BR026 Lynx Scout Walker preforms the role of reconnaissance for the Star Legion ground forces and is capable of defending itself in rough ground.






The BR027 Corvo Dropship is the mammoth lifter which brings Star Legion platoons of power armoured troops, light vehicles or a troop of medium vehicles into the battle space from orbit or intra continental.  

We hope you enjoyed these pictures and check out one of the finest 6mm ranges there is today!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS