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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Tuesday 21 December 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2022 our message

The team at Alternative Armies wishes you the most Merry Christmas and happiest of happy new years.  We realise it has been a very trying year and times are hard.  We appreciate all your custom and your friendships now more than ever before.  We wanted to extend those thanks in this message with gifts and an offer you may like.  We have closed now until the start of the year but we remain online to browse HERE.

From now until Tuesday 4th January 2022 we have a great festive season offer for you.  Twenty percent off (20%) automatically at checkout on all orders placed with us.  You will see the discount appear on screen as you checkout.  There is more though.  

Until the 4th of January you will get four free Spiders (EH06 Arachnid Swarm worth 6.00GBP see in detail on our BLOG which includes our festive closing and shipping dates) which is our December freebie in all orders AND you will get the first of the brand new Alternia our Mascot 28mm female miniature included too (worth 2.50GBP and see her new page on the website) which is free for all of January.  You get the discount and both free codes during this time so that it is fair to everyone.

A wee tease of her outline...  ALT001 Alternia the Highlander!  You will see her on the fourth of January.  As always with us you need do nothing but order and we will handle the rest.  You can of course order her too normally as she is on the site as of now.  2022 is Alternia's year with a dozen versions, one a month, all free in that month.

Our Seasons of Celebration range contains fantastic 28mm Snowmen in plain, fantasy, black powder and sci-fi types as well as many codes of 15mm scale snowmen, trees, monster, presents, gingerbread men and Jack Frost plus a HOTT Army with free bases and a sampler option.

In new molds our classic FL10 The Winter Knight could be seen at the top of this message and has new images on the site too.  Great for any system get the foot and mounted version or either on their own.  Plus it has a wee deal on it too!  See all our other Deals and Offers on their page of the website.

Across December the great Flintloque fan resource website called Orcs in the Webbe runs its annual advent.  Organised and run by Craig Andrews who puts a lot of effort into keeping this site going.  Free articles, scenarios, micro games, word search and more.  See it all HERE.  Included this year are two linked scenarios 'Sharkes Assaying' for Flintloque by Gavin Syme (GBS) and also a wee sneak peek on Christmas Eve of what is coming early next year for the World of Valon so come the date check it out as the site updates and enjoy!

Thanks for Reading and see you all in January!


Wednesday 1 December 2021

Four Free Spiders in every December order at Alternative Armies

"Summoned by dark magic or stringing their webs in deep forests there are few mortal creatures which do not fear the eight legged monsters of the spider world."

December is here!  In the last month of the year and last month before the Alternia our Mascot free project begins in 2022 we have the most requested by customers code for 'free included in orders' to present to you.  These spiders topped the list of 'asked for freebies'. All this month a free pack of 'any scale' miniatures worth 6.00GBP 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 EH06 Arachnid Swarm (4 Spiders). As many orders as you want and ends 9am GMT 1st January 2021.  You can also order this code, or parts from it, in any amount and you will still get the free four pack.  Great for many settings and scales.  See all of our Monsters and Creatures in 28mm Scale or the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range.

EH06 Arachnid Swarm. This pack contains four different spiders in high quality grey tone resin each posed over rocks formations and supplied in one piece. Each spider is about 20mm across.  Note you can also purchase a bigger swarm of twelve on this page or a single spider.  We also have EH05 Giant Arachnids which are 70mm across and in three variants with separate legs.  

Scale photos with Giant Arachnids and the smaller swarm spiders next to (from the top) 28mm Fantasy Dwarf and 15mm HOT Wraiths.  The Winter Knight 28mm and 15mm HOT OgreMan At Arms adventurer 28mm and mounted Wraith Rider in 15mm.  Lastly 15mm Elf Cavalry charge a spider brood. 

Above are our four different types of 28mm Snowmen.  Classic, Fantasy, Black Powder and Sci-fi.  5024 General Saindoux stands with musket and blunderbuss armed snowmen.  The FL24-04 Ice Queen leads the classic snowmen while the Alternate Stars big hitter Uhul with laser cannon stands amid the ray gun toting sci-fi snowmen.

We have no new releases in December though this month you might want to checkout our Festive Range for Snowmen and many other things of a suitably winter theme.  A note on shipping and posting.  We will be closing for Christmas on the 22nd December to give the team a well earned break and be intermittently open until normal service resumes on 5th January 2022.  We will continue posting out orders normally until 16th December and beyond that we may hold your package until January 5th before sending (ask us if you would like details) to keep it out of the 'dead freight zone' during the global holiday. 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 and we will do our best to assist you. 

Thanks for Reading,


Friday 26 November 2021

Starvaulter Knights now in the 15mm Ion Age range

Our final releases of 2021 and some of the most awaited over the last month are the four packs and the platoon set of Starvaulter Knights in 15mm scale.  A total of twenty one power armoured poses which can, as with all other miniatures in the range, be had as singles within their codes.  Go HERE for the range and read on for details.

Starvaulters are the one million strong elite of the Prydian Precinct. True Knights of the Stellar Vastness.  The best of the best sitting atop the entire Prydian Army and given nearly impossible missions and quests daily.  At their own pinnacle sit the great lords who attend the Princess Cyon and are true heroes in their own right.  Some campaigns are assigned a lance of Starvaulters in regular battle to use as special forces as they are more than a match for even the finest Desteria Knight or Retained Noble.

We have four packs of five with single pose choice and a platoon pack of the twenty which also includes a unique Starvaulter Hero for free (you can select this miniature on its own on that page too).

IAFP14 Starvaulter Lance (platoon pack)

IAF159 Starvaulter Rifle Demi

IAF178 Starvaulter Command Demi

IAF179 Starvaulter Support Demi

IAF180 Starvaulter Assaulter Demi

There are more pictures on the website including a close up of the flag on IAF178-1 Banner Bearer plus review views.

Starvaulters take to the field in a test game of Patrol Angis.  You can see a Cratered Hab Dome, a Smashed Hab Dome and a Fabricator Spire all from our 15mm Ion Age Terrain range.  If you want to field these knights of the stellar vastness then we can assist!

Play Test Rules for Starvaulters:  A seven page testing article containing setting and statistics tables for these new miniatures in Patrol Angis.  Open testing and feedback is welcome.  All of the troop types appearing in the tables will be released. Originally from late 2018 we are recommencing Ion Age releases from this month and into 2022.  Download from our secure server by CLICKING HERE.  Enjoy!

Go to our Ion Age Publications page for the Patrol Angis game system and others.  All books are print and digital downloads plus there is the game pack which comes with miniatures, bases and a saving.

If you missed the previous new releases this month for The Ion Age in 15mm scale then your Planetary Militia could benefit from IAF176 Hazelwurm Patrol Lifter as well as the IAF177 Colabreta Patrol Carrier.

Thanks for Reading,


Thursday 25 November 2021

Streng hero of the Fir Bolg released for Erin Celtic Myth plus 2nd edition rules as digital download

The first new miniature in the Erin range in more than a decade is here.  The first of many which will come in 2022 but is the last 28mm miniature of 2021.  We present Streng the mightiest hero of the Fir Bolg a character to lead your Fir Bolg warriors into battle against Formorians, Sidhe or even the more mortal Milesians.  Eighty six miniatures now in the range HERE.

There are now eleven Fir Bolg miniatures with the other ten being warriors.  We aim to expand the people of the bag to a full faction with a value warband such as that we have for the other races.

CM26 Streng of the Iron Club: Streng greatest hero of the the Fir Bolg or 'Men of Bolg'. Armed with an iron club he faced the hero Nuada in the first epic Battle of Moy Tura and with one great blow he cut off half his shield and severed Nuada's arm at the shoulder. Although nearing defeat, Streng and the three hundred surviving Fir Bolg vowed to fight to the last man. Their enemies however considered them so noble that they offered them one fifth of Erin to cease the battle. The Fir Bolg agreed and stood down from the conflict. 

A single Erin metal miniature supplied unpainted, unassembled (if required) and without a base.  This miniature is taller than other Fir Bolg and stands 30mm tall.

By customer request we present for the first time as a paid digital download the 2005 game book for Erin Celtic Mythology.  This book has been out of print for several years and will not return in print as we are working towards a third edition.  This edition is far, far off and thus this title is offered at a much greater reduction as a download to tide you by until then.  See it in the Erin Range or among the array of Digital Download Books on the website.

Erin 2nd Edition has an easily learned 2D6 based rules system that is scenario driven with a normal game lasting between one and two hours in play. The game book features full rules, no need for expansions, create and advance your characters and creatures using a full points and warband and hero generation system. Also a full Druidic Magic system and all needed rules for Chariots, Horses, Gods, Enchanted Animals and Monsters. A full and detailed narrative of the history of Erin and sections detailing the nature of each of the five main peoples of Erin. Includes three made scenarios and a short section for inclusion of a fictional Roman Invasion of Erin. Generate scenarios, the landscape and even the weather and then use the mini campaign section to manage your warband between games.  (106 pages.  With a few pages removed and reordered to improve).

Thanks for Reading,


Wednesday 24 November 2021

New HOTR 15mm resin Orc Horde, Archers, Boar Riders, Command and Trolls

Our last releases into the HOT 15mm Fantasy range this year are presented in resin.  A total of nineteen poses of Orcs and Trolls great for any game system.  Go HERE for the range and read on for more information.

Every sprue (one piece) contains between two and four 15mm scale miniatures which can be easily removed with a sharp blade (with care of course!) and as with the rest of the HOT range there is a 'sampler option' which in this case is one sprue, then a pack which is four sprues with a small saving and for mass battle a saver bundle which can be sixteen sprues with a greater discount.  It varies by code with more Orc Horde and fewer Trolls etc.  There are many more pictures on the website of each code and these are shown on a 40mm element base taken from our Bases Range.

HOTR01 Orc Horde

HOTR02 Orc Archers

HOTR03 Orc Command

HOTR04 Orc Boar Riders

HOTR05 Trolls

These miniatures join the over one hundred and thirty packs in the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range and remember we also have an array of HOTT 2nd Edition Armies which come with free element bases as well as the classic Tabletop Games 15mm Fantasy Range which scales well.

Oddly enough a creature which goes with these Orcs is the 549 Giant Slug which featured re-mastered earlier this year from us.  As allies or enemies of slime and eating the slugs go with brutal Orc mentalities.  You can also see our Small Hovel from the HOB 15mm Buildings Range.

Orcs need somewhere to live and you can find these in the above HOB Buildings range where we have five different structures for them including 'Eric' our name for the Orc Idol.

In 2022 we will be continuing the expansion of the Savage Lizardmen in the HOT range by adding cavalry as well as a flyer and personalities to bring that army to completion.  More about that after the new year but we hope you enjoy these new resin miniatures which end 2021 for our 15mm fantasy ranges.

Thanks for Reading,


Tuesday 23 November 2021

Starvaulter Knights join the 28mm Ion Age range

The legendary Ion Age range of some two hundred poses in 28mm scale is growing once more as Alternative Armies begins its next phase of expansion.  Two packs of four which can, as with all others in the range, be had as singles too. Starvaulters!  These are semi-modular miniatures with separate arms and back pack meaning pose options (plus you can mix and match arms between poses in a pack for huge variety).   Go HERE for the range.

Starvaulters are the one million strong elite of the Prydian Precinct. True Knights of the Stellar Vastness. The best of the best sitting atop the entire Prydian Army and given nearly impossible missions and quests daily. At their own pinnacle sit the great lords who attend the Princess Cyon and are true heroes in their own right. Some campaigns are assigned a lance of Starvaulters in regular battle to use as special forces as they are more than a match for even the finest Desteria Knight or Retained Noble. Great for skirmish level games or combining with other codes for bigger formations and battles.  Starvaulters wear the superior Alwite MkVIII Powered Armour and use Valerin Laser weapons systems. 

IB55 Starvaulter Knights: This code contains four different 28mm metal miniatures each comprising a body with a separate left and right arm and back pack.  You can select poses from the pack as singles (IA198,IA199,IA200,IA201) on the page.  There is a degree of pose choice and if you have multiple Starvaulters all of the arms are interchangeable for an array of choices.

IB56 Starvaulter Knights II: This code contains four different 28mm metal miniatures each comprising a body with a separate left and right arm and back pack.  You can select poses from the pack as singles (IA202,IA203,IA204,IA205) on the page.  There is a degree of pose choice and if you have multiple Starvaulters all of the arms are interchangeable for an array of choices. 

See the website pages for more pictures of these.  Above is a scale shot next to a Retained Knight and a Muster Centaris officer.

The Ion Age 28mm range also contains Human Betrayers, goblinoid Maligs and Psycoborgs as part of the Shia Khan Empire's client (read as slave) races.  These support the Legionaries in their attacks upon Prydian space.

If you fancy skirmishing then consider MOTH which is an easy to learn set of rules placing you in the midst of the Prydian Civil War.  In print and as a digital download it can be seen HERE.

Thanks for Reading,


Monday 22 November 2021

Paladin on Flying Moose 28mm release by John Bell

Sometimes a miniature or a model comes along that just makes you smile and wonder at the awesome nature of the hobby we all enjoy.  Things never to be seen in the real world which can appear on your table or in your display case.  Today is one such day and we are delighted to offer you the largest fantasy sculpt since 58020 Jigoku the Giant Oni who is 100mm tall in the Kitton range. 

JBC00 Paladin of the Empire of Newfoundland: A superbly original kit sculpted by John Bell (Sengoku 15mm Japanese Fantasy, Frontear 28mm Wylde West, SHM Range) who is a native of Canada.  A center piece for your collection with many cool details.

Resin and Metal kit with fifteen pieces composing a plate armoured human paladin rider with sword raised and a separate shield and musical instrument.  A moose body with four separate legs and separate head and antlers plus a wrap of coils to act as reins for the paladin.  Two mighty feathered wings and a specialised base with plug points.  When assembled the model is 70mm long nose to tail, 55mm to top of rider and 190mm wide wingspan.  Please note this is a complex model to assemble compared to typical Alternative Armies codes. This model is supplied with a metal base (shown on this and a larger 40mm square cartouche base) and is supplied unpainted and unassembled.  Other miniatures shown for scale only and not supplied.

A good counterpart to this new release could well be our FL23 Men at Arms Party which contains ten different knights and soldiers of a high fantasy lean.  It also has a saving off single purchase of its contents.

Thanks for Reading,


Sunday 21 November 2021

HOT139 Bone Cart released 15mm Fantasy

Bring our yer dead!  New in the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range and adding to our line up of the Undead is the Bone Cart and interesting centre piece for your army on the table.  Go HERE for the range or read on.

Go HERE for the range or read on.

HOT139 Bone Cart: This creepy code goes well with our other Undead codes and contains metal 15mm scale miniatures in the following poses. Bone Cart loaded with corpses with two Wheels, leading crosspiece. Two Skeletal Horses, Sitting Skeletal Driver with Whip and Standing Skeleton holding reins. For the 'sampler' option in this code you can choose from the pack or parts of it. Maximum choice.  Painted example shown on a 40mm by 40mm base.

As you can see it is a very interesting focal point.  Sculpted by Elton Waters.

There are many Undead codes in the HOT Range which can all be seen with a refined search of the website HERE.

We are about the half way point in the creation of the Savage Lizardman Army in the range and the rest is coming in 2022.  If you would like to see the Blades, Warriors, Polearms as well as Artillery, Lizard Ogres and the Behemoth already existing then see them with a refined search HERE.

A re-mastered and expanded code great for any scale but especially 15mm is VNT32 Splendorous Djinn a mighty genie (55mm tall) who can be assembled with a trident or a a mighty magic staff.  One of many MONSTERS in the range.

Thanks for Reading,