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, 12 May 2021

HOT128 Lizard Ogres released HOT 15mm Fantasy Range

Now added to the new Savage Lizardmen part of the mighty HOT range a new pack of two poses of Lizard Ogres!  This is our sole release in this scale and genre in May. Go HERE to browse the range or read on.

“Arid land of rocks and sand giving nothing for free except pain and misery.  From this land and its caves came the savage tribes of Lizardmen for whom war is constant need of life; for who controls scarce water controlled existence itself.  All would have continued thus but for travellers who, as they were tortured and then consumed, let it be known that richer places lay over the blistering horizon.  Places to be conquered.  Places to be ruled by the tribes.”

HOT128 Lizard Ogres

This code contains two different metal 15mm scale miniatures each is approx 20mm tall.  Lizard Ogres are the hulking brethren of the Savage Lizardmen and are used as muscle against the foe. Lizard Ogre with club in both hands (pose 1) and Lizard Ogre holding a boulder overhead (pose 2). As with all HOT 15mm Fantasy codes you can purchase the pack or you can choose a sampler which in this code allows choice or each of the miniatures as a single; a great way to try or to make skirmish forces with HOT.

All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases (shown on 20mm square bases from our ranges).  Other images give scale comparisons and these codes not supplied.  Go HERE.



We began this new fantasy army last month with three packs of warriors, spears and polearms and it is our intention to expand each month towards a full force of infantry, monsters, cavalry, command and artillery in 2021.  Thank you for your kind words and you can use these miniatures in any suitable rules system.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 10 May 2021

Space Marines 28mm by Asgard new pictures and value pack

Some of the first and finest 28mm scale Space Marines ever made (to us anyway) with a classic style all of their own. We are delighted to announce new improved pictures of the entire SM code series by Asgard.  Single miniatures and a value pack of all of them with a saving.  On top of this we also have a few scaling shots as well and a line up of the restored HA code series of Space Adventurers and Pirates.  See them all HERE.

Originally made in 1980 for the Combat 3000 and then Laserburn rule systems (also coming out in 15mm scale too a bit later) Alternative Armies brought these miniatures back to the world a few years ago.  We had been asked for larger images and now this has happened.  Each miniature has a front and rear view.

There are thirteen different figures from unarmoured Space Troopers and an Energy Mortar to light armoured and then battle armoured Space Marines including one in flight on a pillar of flame.


We are restoring the HA series of Space Adventurers and Pirates and above is what we have thus far to offer.  Also a scale shot alongside SM codes for comparison.

Go along to the website to see all that there is.  In addition to the Asgard range we also have the huge Ion Age 28mm range and the Alternate Stars 28mm range of character miniatures. Not to forget the Loud Ninja Games and Ganesha ranges of 28mm science fiction. Plenty to see and to use with any game system so we have been told.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 6 May 2021

F34 Winged Fiend classic Tabletop Fantasy miniature released

Now returned to the world an excellent fantasy miniature last seen in the 1980's.  The Winged Fiend is suitable for any scale and for lots of game systems too.  You can see it in the gradually expanding classic Tabletop Games 15mm Fantasy range HERE on our website.

F34 Winged Fiend: Summoned to the mortal realms or brought by magic to the lands of reality the Winged Fiend will do your bidding in a pact which will cost you your soul! This code contains one metal miniature supplied in two pieces these being the fiend holding pitchfork and a set of wings.  It is 24mm to the top of the horns. 

While part of the 15mm scale range this creature can be used in any other scale too as our image shows alongside a Medus 15mm Knight and General Saindoux a 28mm scale Elf.  Sculpted by Tony Ackland in the early 1980's.  Go HERE.

Alternative Armies has completed the task of returning the Torture Chamber Range to the world and is now moving on to Collectors Sets (such as the Orc Rock Band and Orc Family Outing) as well as the Science Fiction of Asgard and Tabletop Games.  There are also more 15mm Fantasy Monsters to be restored and we are working on these too.  The Winged Fiend is the first 'F' code of several coming in 2021.  We thank everyone for their support in this legacy effort.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Imperial Commander out of print and RIP Richard Halliwell

In the final hours of our March to War 2021 event the print run of Imperial Commander sold out.  We learned soon afterwards that its author the wargaming legend Richard Halliwell had sadly passed away. We will have the book back in stock hopefully during May and will let you all known when it happens. Go HERE for the Laserburn and Asgard 15mm range. Our thoughts are with Richard Halliwell's family at this sad time and you can read more HERE on ICv2.  

Imperial Commander was published initially in 1981 and deals with a more mass combat in the Laserburn universe rather than character focused skirmishing of the core rules.  Written to stand on their own these rules assumed thirty to fifty miniatures a side.

If you would like a see more about Laserburn there is an excellent video Codex Compliant by Snipe and Wib channel. An eighteen minute look at the Laserburn rule book and the fiction and rules of this classic game.  They may move onto looking at Imperial Commander in the future if asked.

Thank you for your time.

GBS

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Harpy free in May orders and news at Alternative Armies

"Bird-bodied, girl-faced things Harpies are; abominable their droppings, their hands are talons, their faces haggard with hunger insatiable" - Virgil Aeneid Book III

May begins and a new free miniature in every order is here for this entire month.  The Harpy! 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 this miniature.  As many orders as you want and ends 9am GMT 1st June 2021.

HE06-01 Harpy: This metal miniature is supplied in two pieces (Harpy and Wings) and stands 25mm tall when assembled.  Great for many settings including mythology and high fantasy.  The Harpy stands bare breasted, leg raised with a spiked club ready to strike. Go HERE.

Alternative Armies News for May

With the completion of the Torture Chamber Range we are turning to the 15mm Fantasy Range to restored more classic Tabletop Games models and miniatures.  In May we will have the first restored creature the Winged Fiend. The 28mm Space Marines have been re-molded and new photos will be shown of these Asgard classics.  Imperial Commander has just gone out of stock in the Laserburn range and will return.  Two packs in our Adventurers and Wizards 28mm fantasy range have been taken offline to re-mastering (CA6 and CA7) and will return soon.  Sengoku will get further 15mm releases with a graveyard set and singles of markers and sotobas.  The new Savage Lizardmen army will expand in the HOT 15mm Fantasy range with a new release giving more muscle.  We will have a new piece of 28mm scale Terrain as well to follow up on the Wayside Shrine and it will have additional pieces too.

Flintloque will see the re-release of the original Legion de Nain pack codes following up on the new Legion de Nain Line in April.  As well as new molds of these Dwarf infantry and command poses there is also the gun team and separate codes of the mounted officer on pony and the Dwarf Messenger plus a new officer with sword on foot to complete a classic foot command pack.  Alongside these packs we are replacing the existing Dodo, Pig and Boar mounts for Al-Garvey Goblins, Krautian Dwarves, Confederation Dwarves with new poses in metal and resin of these creatures. These will allow us to lower the price of affected cavalry codes and you will be able to get these creatures on their own as well.  

Lastly the first of our postponed projects will be happening across May 2021 and that is Erin.  Our Irish Celtic Mythology 28mm range will be going out of stock on the website shortly. The range will return with new images and new formations of codes all in preparation for our planned expansion of Erin and a new edition of the game rules as well.  There are some poses of Fomorian and Sidhe which have not been seen in many years and these will appear too.  News on this will occur on our blog.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Savage Lizardmen Army begins with three new packs 15mm HOT Range

“Arid land of rocks and sand giving nothing for free except pain and misery.  From this land and its caves came the savage tribes of Lizardmen for whom war is constant need of life; for who controls scarce water controlled existence itself.  All would have continued thus but for travellers who, as they were tortured and then consumed, let it be known that richer places lay over the blistering horizon.  Places to be conquered.  Places to be ruled by the tribes.”

Alternative Armies is delighted to present the first three codes in a brand new army which will expand the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range once more.  The Savage Lizardmen are here to stay with Warriors, Spear and Polearms.  In coming months they will continue to expand on this core. Go HERE or read on for more information.

HOT127 Savage Lizardmen Spears – A pack of ten or a sampler of all four poses.

HOT130 Savage Lizardmen Warriors – A pack of ten or a sampler of all four poses.

HOT134 Savage Lizardmen Polearms – A pack of ten or a sampler of all four poses.

Here is a scale picture of a new Lizardman next to a Medus Human as well as an Ogre and the Ghoul Dragon. These new warriors will suit any game system for battle level or skirmish or even dungeon crawl encounters.  Search by code on the website to find models shown.

There are more than one hundred and forty packs in the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range covering Dwarves, Orcs, Goblins, Elves, Zombies, Skeletons, Undead Dogmen, Elementals, Dragonmen as well as Humans and many different creatures and monsters such as the mighty Djinn (above).  Have a browse HERE as there will be something you will like we are sure.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 23 April 2021

52523 Legion de Nain Line released and Bier Wars begins

“So we will attack the Krolsberg Brewery, probably the best brewery on Valon, in doing so steal the recipe for the most favoured bier of the Dwarves.  Then we will sell it to other lesser brew masters and in doing so ruin the city of Monich and, though I do not tell these troops under my command it will also rip the Krautan League asunder.  For cheaper special brews will be exported and end the reputation of Krolsberg and with that break the spirit of every Nain!”   Johann Von Drikenbahn.  Spy in the pay of Mordred's Empire on the eve of the Beir Wars.

Possible have flown, ideas been passed around, thoughts ruminated upon and now its time to show you what was placed onto the website on day one of the March to War 2021 event (this ends on the 3rd May read in full HERE) the first code in a simply huge expansion to the World of Valon.  We present the Legion de Nain Line! Eight new poses of Dwarf and the beginning point for The Beir Wars.  Every one of these short chaps is a real character for your forces.

52523 Legion de Nain Line

This is the core infantry of the legions armed with Dwarf Musket MkII and in campaign dress for all weathers. Long coat and boots as well as the Raupenhelm (caterpillar helmet). An Officer pointing while holding an Axe, Banner Bearer with Musker, Sergeant with Halberd and arm raised plus Musician with Drum. Four different poses of trooper these being advancing, marching, firing and loading (our favourite pose). Packs on back and items such as bed rolls, satchels and bottles about their persons.

You can choose from a pack of ten miniatures (all eight poses plus two more troopers) or a unit of twenty (ten more troopers with a saving built in) or a single booster of one.  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 then details are on the page. Go HERE for 52523 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.

Drawn from across the former Krautan League (now Krautia and the Ferach controlled Confederation of Finklestein) and its hundreds of small or tiny states and cites the Legion de Nain was its armed force for protection and attack.  Drawn from all over and pooled. Seven legions identically outfitted and armed made up of infantry, cavalry, artillery as well as senior command and specialised units who differed only in the colours of their uniforms came to blows in the Bier Wars; as each declared its favourite tipple and thus loyalty.  As well as Krautian regular soldiers and troops from Beervaria the legions skirmished with each other and also fought several pitched battles all in an effort to control the recipe for Krolsberg bier which had been stolen from the Monich Brewery by the Dwarish ferach spy Johann Von Drikenbahn.  Breweries and drinking halls all across the League were burned down or captured.  The legions of the league would never be the same again.

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 Beir War too.  Resident Valonian artist Edward Jackson will once again be creating artwork for this title and here you can see one of the first works.  Follow this on the Bier Wars TAG of our blog.

It has been a quarter of a century since the first classic Legion de Nain blister codes were sculpted and these brand new Dwarves are very much in their style.  In fact they fit right in with the original codes and thus in May we will be putting all the originals out in new molds as well as a new officer for the Finklestein Line Infantry (the original Legion de Nain) and a couple of separate characters such as the Finklestein Dwarf Messenger too. More on that next month plus other news. Above is General Saindoux an Elf character from 5024 Escape the Dark Czar next to one of the original legion 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.

Thanks for reading and enjoy a pint while you can...

GBS

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Wayside Shrine and Shrine Tokens 28mm released

“Dust may coat your feet as you trudge along the dirt trail and you may ask yourself why your gods have forsaken you as your belly rumbles.  Worry not though for a Wayside Shrine is ahead and any offering you make will surely be answered with fresh water and a good meal.”  

Two releases into our 28mm Black Powder Terrain range which can be used for many time periods as well as for Flintloque and Slaughterloo of course.  They join more than a dozen other pieces such as Tents, Abandoned Wagons, Barricades, Campaign Table and Hand Cart.  Go HERE.

59542 Wayside Shrine

Along the road as the dust rises and the troops march, some fall out from the column to make offerings at the shrine which has stood for an age and gives comfort. This code composes a 28mm scale high quality resin building great for your table.  A roofed shrine at the top of a set of stone steps cut into a rocky outcrop.  It is a single piece and can be used rurally or near a road or in an urban area.  A focal point for a scenario or just part of your table.  You can place any token or items on it or within its arch as you please. This building is 60mm tall.  If you would like items to use with this building look to 59542P Shrine Tokens.


59542P Shrine Tokens (Set of Six or Singles)

Each to their own gods and their faiths.  Place your tokens and make your prayers. This code contains six different 28mm scale metal pieces ideal for scenic use on buildings or on the bases of your figures or in their hands or on backpacks and so forth.  Contents are: Dark Elf Saint (Catalucia), Goblin Saint (Al-Garvey), Todoroni Saint (Nepolise), Plate with Coins, Vase with Flowers, Sign of Sentinel (Greate Britorcn) Look to 59542 Wayside Shrine for the building these were made for. Note any miniatures shown not of this code are for scale only and not supplied (in images the Wayside Shrine is shown with these pieces upon it).

See the whole range of terrain HERE for all of the highly detailed Barricades and other pieces.  This includes a value pack with a saving.

We have a whole array of 'Bits and Sprues' for adding to your scenics, your table or your miniatures.  Horses and other mounts as well as animals live and deceased. From tankards to pastry pies, fruit, feathers and weapons too. Go HERE for a look.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

MRX23 Handbuchse Light Gun and Landsknect Crew 15mm released

Our last historical release of the month and event period is one which was requested by customers more than any other in our expansion of the 15mm Renaissance Range which supports Furioso the game system.  It is the Handbuchse Light Gun plus separate crew.  This follows up on our brand new Landsknecht command set releases earlier this week.  See the whole massive range of three hundred choices HERE.

MRX23 Handbuchse Light Gun

15mm Scale Miniatures. This artillery pack contains a 16th century heavy rifled gun known as a 'Handbuchse' which was used mainly by Landsknechts but also by some others.  Static and hard to use and move it could prove useful.  The gun comes in two pieces and also with two gunners one with match and the other to hold the gun.  Crew are Landsknechts. One smaller artillery kit of 15mm Metal Miniatures from the Altuos range. 


This code is supplied unassembled and unpainted.  You can take a set or select the gunners only or the gun on its own in any quantity.  Go HERE.

As well as the 15th century, 16th century and early 17th century European nations in the range we also have the Ottoman Turkish Empire represented as well.  Go HERE for a refined search.  You can also purchase their horses on their own as well as a recent improvement to options online.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

HOF161 Uplifted Cattle 15mm scale released

“Farmer Jones got a real surprise on Friday morning for he did not know that the Zeta Reticulans had visited his dairy farm during the night and had 'uplifted' his cows.  Rather than happily queuing up for the milking machines the cattle were walking about on their hind hoofs and carrying death rays!  Farmer Jones never managed to tell his wife about this..but she heard the herd atomise her man and his dying scream.” 

A new code in the HOF 15mm Science Fiction range gives you three poses of cyber augmented cows armed with heavy death rays projectors.  It is also our last in the massive expansion of the Grey Aliens in the range. Our thanks to veteran wargamer Fred Richards.

HOF161 Uplifted Cattle: This pack contains three 15mm scale metal Cows in a three different poses. These were once normal cattle but now cyber and generically uplifted they obey their overlords. Each miniature is approx 23mm to eyeline in scale with the rest of the HOF Range.  Eye lenses and cables along with other odd devices make the Uplifted Cattle very strong.  


In fact they are 'Udderly Splendid' (groan!) Upright Cow aiming heavy Death Ray (A), Upright Cow with heavy Death Ray raised (B) and Upright Cow firing heavy Death Ray (C). See them HERE.

The grand and noble HOF (Hordes of the Future) range contains a wide variety of 15mm Science Fiction Miniatures and Vehicles. Each miniature is on its own integral base and made in high quality metal or grey tone resin.  Humans (Security Force Alpha, Cultists, Post Apoc Warriors, Rim Mercs, Civilians), Aliens, Mecha, Robots and much more besides in more than one hundred and sixty codes of some four hundred poses. These miniatures can be used for any purpose in this scale. Every code can be bought as a pack or you can also choose single miniatures from pack codes within them.  Refine your search on the range page by type using the 'Filter By' box.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 19 April 2021

Landsknecht Command Set and Armoured Command Set 15mm released

Alternative Armies expands our 15mm Renaissance range again with two new codes. We now have more than forty poses of Landsknects with pike, sword, arquebus, halberd and crossbow as well as mounted with same weapons plus an Organ Gun and an artillery crew too.  To this we add four pose command sets of officer, musician, standard bearer in typical costume and as armoured. Go HERE for the range or read on for more. Additionally you will find the artillery on Page Four of the range.  You can refine your range search to 'Landsknecht' only on the page too if you wish.

Useful in Italian Campaigns as well as across Europe in the sixteenth century we hope you enjoy these historical releases which can also be used for fantasy if you prefer an 'imagi-campaign' or such. 

MR125 Landsknecht 16th Century Infantry Command

Four different Metal Miniatures from the Altuos range.  These Landsknect Command poses go with our range of Landsknects.  Drummer, Officer, Fifer and Standard Bearer. Individual codes are: MR125,MR126,MR127 and MR128 if you wish to ask about multiple singles.  If you wish certain poses this is fine just state in order notes or by email with order number.  So if you want four dummers just ask for 'MR125 please give me 4x Drummer' and it shall be so!  Go HERE.

MR129 Landsknecht 16th Century Armoured Infantry Command

Four different Metal Miniatures from the Altuos range.  These Armoured Landsknect Command poses go with our range of Landsknects.  Drummer, Officer, Fifer and Standard Bearer. Individual codes are: MR129,MR130,MR131 and MR132 if you wish to ask about multiple singles.  If you wish certain poses this is fine just state in order notes or by email with order number.  So if you want four dummers just ask for 'MR129 please give me 4x Drummer' and it shall be so!  Go HERE.

You may find the following of interest as well.

MRX23 Organ Gun 

One artillery kit of 15mm Metal Miniatures from the Altuos range. Composed of organ gun on carriage and two wheels. The Ribauldequin, also known as an infernal machine or organ gun, was a late medieval gun with many small-caliber iron barrels set up parallel on a platform. In use during the 14th and on through the 16th century such as that used by the Kingdom of Aragon. It is also a rather fanciful artillery piece perhaps inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Go HERE

Everyone needs somewhere to live even if they are only in fifteen millimetres tall.  While our Ion Age Terrain range gives you buildings for alien planets it is to the HOB 15mm Buildings range we go for fantasy and historical settings from horse and musket back to medieval and imagi-nations.  These are in the 15mm Renaissance Range too.  Five different buildings as well as three different tens and some scenics too. Great for your table.

Also if you are keen on Renaissance Warfare check out the Furioso rules system with its Italian Wars expansion as well as our 15mm range which contains over three hundred different miniatures. Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Command plus Horses and the man of the age Leonardo da Vinci!  Both books are in print and in digital download versions twenty percent cheaper too. 

Thank you for your time. 

GBS