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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 28 December 2022

Review of 2022 New Releases, Restored Classics and Alternia mascot

In a first for Alternative Armies and by gamers request we present a summary review of this the year of 2022 which is now ending.  All of our new releases, restored classics and free monthly codes gathered and split by range and scale.  Frankly we were amazed as our small team here in Scotland had achieved so much that we ourselves did not remember a lot of it.  We reckon it to be:  62 new 28mm miniatures, 105 restored 28mm miniatures, 93 new 15mm miniatures, 6 new 15mm vehicles, 2 new 15mm mechs, 30 new 6mm sci-fi codes and scenics and two new USEME Titles as well as En Garde.

You can see most of these in NEW RELEASES on our website and until we re-open on 6th January 2023 there is an automatic 20% off all orders applied, no code needed, at checkout.  You get ALT012 Alternia the Gift Giver for free until new years day and then it will be the winner of the public vote EH03 Space Brains pack included for free in every package shipped out for the entire month.

2022 was the year of our mascot.  A lady called Alternia where she was given away freely each month in a different 28mm guise each of them themed and featuring our company arrowhead icon in some way.  Several thousand miniatures sent all over the world as a gift for your custom.  See each of the Alternia's great for any game system or collecting on the WEBSITE.  Highlander, Landsknecht, Erin, Easter, Future Warrior, The Ion Age, Black Powder, Beach Huntress, Steam Punk, The Witch, Cyberpunk and Gift Giver.

From January to December we averaged about three releases a week.  Here they all are:

The World of Valon 

(Flintloque, Slaughterloo, Kitton En Garde)

52604 Legion de Nain Dwarf Division (Pigs)

52605 Legion de Nain Dwarf Division (Boars)

52527P Legion de Nain Line Artillery 

52527B Legion de Nain Line Artillery

52526P Legion de Nain Command

52526B Legion de Nain Command

55003 1st Graviski Infantry

5002 Deadloque Classic Miniatures Set (17 and singles)

55027 Zombie Line Colour Party

51053 Dark Elf Line Colour Party

51018 Regimenta de Nino Cisco 

51521 Dark Elf Line

51515 Dark Elf Artillery Crew 

51007C Dark Elf Line Officer – Regimenta del Nino Cisco

56132 Gulash Dogman Colour Party

56010 Gulash Dogmen Command 

56513 Dogmen Grenadiers

56514 Dogmen Chassuers

5022B En Garde Bundle

CE27-01 Juliet Constantine

51049 Elf Revolutionary Duellists

VLE15 Michrana Cappello Carlos (250 packs)  

59543 Barrels

59543P Barrel Bundle

59544 Small Barrels

59544P Small Barrel Bundle

59545 Powder Kegs

59545P Powder Keg Bundle

58021 Kitoka Ashigaru Matchlocks (Tanegashima) 

58019 Kitoka Ashigaru Command

The Ion Age and Alternate Stars 28mm Sci-fi

IB57 Balthazar and Jerome (IA206,IA207)

IB58 Khanesha

IB59 Female Retained Knights

IA212 Banneret Kali Brindle

AS014 Alternate Stars Weapons Set

Asgard and Tabletop Classic Fantasy

FM13 Owlbear

FM1 Troll

FM2 Ogre

FM2A Ogre with Standard

FM2B Ogre Skull

FM2C Mounted Ogre on T Rex

FM3 Giant Rat

FM4 Were Rat

FM6 Large Rat

FM7 Golem V1

FM8 Gargoyle with Feathery Wings

FM9 Harpy 

FM2D Ogre Weapons

FM15 Minotaur V1

FM15 Minotaur V2 

FM11 Salamander V2 

FM10 Giant Bat

FM11 Salamander V1 

FM18 Skeleton Warrior 

FM12 Cockatrice V1

FM20 Sacrificial Tree

FM20a Victim for Sacrificial Tree 

FM16 Unicorn

FM17 Basilisk

FM14 Spectre

FM22 V1  Oriental Ogre

FM22A V1 Oriential Ogre Standard Bearer

FM22 V2 Oriental Troll

FM22A V2 Oriential Troll Standard Bearer

D7 Dragon Lizard Mount

D8 Dragon Lizard Human Rider

AFB10 Chaos Lance

FM19 Storm Giant

FM23 Giant Slug

FM25 Giant Snake

FM30 V2 Half Troll with Sword

FM35 Hill Troll

FM36 Were Snake

FM41 Mountain Troll

FM34 Death Demon

FM28 V1 Drizzlebringer King of the Swamp Giants

FM38 Giant Lizardman

FM31 V1 Vampire

FM31 V2 Vampire

FM26 Elite Skeleton Guardsman

FM32B Elite Skeleton Halberdier

FM33 Skeleton Warrior

FM53 Balrog

FM76 Dragon Newt

MFM17 Flying Reptile with Wraith Rider

Asgard and Tabletop Classic Science Fiction

SF6 Vroom Beast

SF6a Vroom Beast

X2 Three Armed robot

X3 Hover Robot 

S4 Trimote in Power Armour 

T3 Trimote with Axe

Erin Celtic Myth

CM25-01 Fir Bolg Female Warrior with Sling

CM25-02 Fir Bolg War Horn

CM27-03 Fir Bolg War Banner

CM27-04 Gorman Fir Bolg Hero

CM27-05 Tanai Fir Bolg Spell Weaver

CMB4 Fir Bolg Warband

Alternative Armies 28mm High Fantasy

CES01 Crystal Elf Cavalry Weapon Sprue

DH16 Mountain Dwarfs

15mm HOT Fantasy

HOT147 Crystal Outcrops

HOT138 Dwarf Handgunners

HOT17A Catapult

HOT15A Cannon

HOT16A Bolt Thrower

HOT127S Savage Shields

HOT135 Savage Lizardmen Archers

HOT140 Savage Lizardman Blade Riders

HOT141 Savage Lizardman Warband Riders

HOT142 Savage Lizardman Bow Riders

HOT143 Terrorsaur Flying Creature (used as mount)

HOT144 Savage Lizardmen Flying Blades

HOT145 Savage Lizardmen Flying Warband

HOT146 Savage Lizardmen Flying Bows

Sengoku 15mm Japanese Fantasy

SGF196 Tengku Archer

SGF197 Tengu Archer II

SGF198 Tengu Archer III

SGF199 Tengu Ninja 

SGF200 Tengu Ninja II

SGFP55 Tengu Archers and Ninjas 

SGF201 Dai Tengu Lord on Chair

SGF202 Dia Tengu Fire Blower

SGF203 Female Dai Tengu with Naginata

SGF204 Robed Female Dia Tengu

SGFP56 Dia Tengu and Fuku Tanuki 

SGFP57 Sengoku Set X  (SGF188-204)

SGF205 Tsuitate Tanuki

SGF206 Tanuki Rickshaw Cart 

SGFP58 Tsuitate Tanuki and Tanuki Rickshaw Pack

Furioso 15mm Renaissance 16th Century

MRP04 Venetian Ambassador

MR133 Italian Pike Middle Rank 

MR134 Italian Pike Front Rank

MR135 Italian Armoured Crossbow

MR136 Italian Armoured Arquebus

MR137 Italian Armoured Halberd

MR138 Italian Armoured Sword 

MR139 Italian Armoured Sword and Buckler  

SHM 15mm Science Fiction

SHM99 Red Planet Princess

SHM100 Security Droid

SHM101  Biomech Alien I

SHM102  Biomech Alien II

SHM103 Biomech Alien III

SHM104  Biomech Alien IV

SHMP28 Biomech Alien Infantry

SHM105  Exoframe Soldier I

SHM106  Exoframe Soldier II

SHM107  Exoframe Soldier III

SHM108  Exoframe Soldier IV

SHMP29  Exoframe Soldiers

SHM109  Heavy Exoframe Soldier

SHM110  Heavy Exoframe Soldier Running

SHMP30  Heavy Exoframe Soldiers

HOF 15mm Science Fiction

HOF164 Daisy Cutter GNATS

HOF165 Haymaker GNATS

HOF111H Scrofa Hover AFV

HOF166A Bulldog Heavy APC Wheeled

HOF166B Bulldog Heavy APC Tracked

HOF166C Bulldog Heavy APC Anti Grav (with Base)

HOF28D Charger MkII Anti Grav APC (with Base)

HOFA01A Security Force Alpha (Core Army Set)

HOF171 Female Lemurian Hunters I

HOF172 Female Lemurian Legio I

HOF173 Female Lemurian Hunters II

HOF174 Female Lemurian Hunters III

HOF175 Leto and Leomia Lumurian Characters

HOF176 Male Lemurian Hunt Leaders

HOF177 Male Lemurian Legio I

HOF178 Male Lemurian Legio II

HOF179 Male Lemurian Legio IV

HOF180 Male Lemurian Legio Pride Masters

Bradley Miniatures 6mm Science Fiction

BR037 Carbad Heavy AFV

BR038 Lionsguard Power Armour Command

6mm Terrain Range – 27 Buildings and Bundles

Festive and Celebration Season Range

SN11 Festive Pukki 

Books and Digital Titles

UM014 Valiesk a USEME Modern Warfare Campaign

UM015 USEME Prohibition Gangsters

UMS03 Compound Interest Scenario Set (Cultists vs Post Apoc)

5022 En Garde Duelling in the Cystal Empire

A mighty year indeed and 2023 promises to be even bigger with many ranges expanding and new titles appearing too.  We do our best and value every penny you spend with our team.  We design and manufacture all of our own products which are made right here in the UK and sourced locally and with a minimum of packaging but packed securely. 

See you all in January!


Thursday 22 December 2022

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year plus winner of Jan 2023 free vote

Tis the season!  Alternative Armies is about to close down for the festive break with everyone taking some time at home and with family before we return to work anew in the new year on 6th January 2023.  For details of our annual closure see our BLOG.  See the WEBSITE for all we have and there will be nothing new until the second week of January.

As a treat we have put in place a blanket automatic discount code which applies itself during checkout on the site taking 20% off your total before shipping is calculated.  Any and all orders until 6th January will get the saving.  We will start shipping out orders from that time.  Enjoy!

You voted over the last seven days and I am delighted to announce the winner of the free public vote for January 2023 month long free code in all orders is....drum roll please...Space Brains!

At present ALT012 Alternia Gift Giver is free in all orders but come 1st January this will switch to the winning repeat of a former free code EH03 Space Brains (full pack of five).  More on that at the time of course.  Thank you for your votes.  We might do it again in a year's time.

There will be one more message from Alternative Armies before New Year and this will be next week when we look back at everything we have released in 2022.  This will be the first time we have done this but we have been asked to by customers who felt they might have missed something.  You can of course go to our BLOG and using the right hand menu look back through all the announcements as well.

Remember to check out Orcs in the Webbe for a whole load of free reading as well as puzzles and games and scenarios for Flintloque and other game systems.  The Advent Calendar is in full swing and well worth a gander.  All organised by Craig Andrews.

Have a Happy Holiday Season from the whole wee team here in Scotland.


Thursday 15 December 2022

Vote for Jan 2023 month long free code from a choice of previous favourites

Next year we will continue hobby fun freely included code in every shipped order.  This year it was suggested to us many times that perhaps we might give a vote to wargamers for them to choose a free miniature or pack.  Well since next year will see all new codes for free we thought it would be cool to offer a vote for the first month of 2023 for a repeat of previous favourites.  

Voting Now Closed

Have your say and make your vote from a choice of five former favourites to be repeated and the most voted for will be given for free in every package sent out from Scotland in January!  Go to the poll which is open and will close Thursday 22nd December when the winner is announced on social media and by email too.  The poll is provided by and you can only cast one vote per IP Address but anyone can vote.

So what are your choices?  Here are their pictures from their month of free:

All useful on your table and some of the favourites from the last three years according to feedback that came our way.  We hope you enjoy and we wonder what the winner will be!

Thanks for your time.


Tuesday 13 December 2022

Winter 2022 last shipping date and resumption date Jan 2023

Festive seasons greetings to one and all from the team here at Alternative Armies.  While we continue to work hard to ship out all of the winter mega event orders we are running behind due to several factors.  Included in these are the weather here in Scotland, a few issues with suppliers and industrial plus strike action in the UK which is outside of our control.  About 90% of event orders are on their way and you can log into your account on our site to check your order status or just send us a message to and we will be happy to give you an update.

Our last posting date for orders shipping out by post, airmail and courier is Monday the 19th December 2022.  Any orders which are not sent out by then will be held until we resume shipping globally on 5th January 2023.  The reason for this is long experience and customer care. We feel it is better that your packed box sits safely with us during the pause of the global mail system than in a warehouse.  Again if you would like more details check the website portal or contact us by email.  If you have a future date you wish an order dispatched upon we are happy to arrange this when you speak to us.  We appreciate your custom and your patience if your order is one of the few held over the festive period.

Our new Festive Range release Pukki with Presents herald an expansion of the Erin Celtic Myth range in 2023.

Next year will see a great many new releases across our ranges plus new rules systems and changes to our website too.  The year of Alternia is all but over but not to fret we will keep the fun in the hobby by maintaining our free miniature or pack in every order monthly.  Just you wait and see what is coming after February (January is a re-re-repeat).

Thanks for Reading!

Thursday 1 December 2022

Alternia Gift Giver free in all December orders and end of the Alternia Year

Jingle the bells!  It is December and that means not only a new month but also the last of the twelve months of the 'Alternia Year' which we have held at Alternative Armies.  Each month of 2022 saw a 28mm mascot miniature of a lovely lady in themed garb being included for free in every order shipped out during that month.  See all the previous Alternias on the website and this last latest one.

As before you need do nothing but place an order which requires shipping (no download only orders sorry) anywhere in the world.  One Alternia Gift Giver will be included for free automatically.  You can also purchase more of this and previous free figures on the site and you will still get ALT012 for free.

ALT012 Alternia Gift Giver. Alternia is Alternative Armies mascot and this is her thirteenth incarnation. This time our lady of Alternative Armies was inspired by the most joyous season of the year and time to give gifts and spend time with friends and loved ones.  A female take on the great giver of presents which is supplied in one piece metal.  Dressed in armour with her long hair put under a sock hat she has an arrow headed spear with a sprig of mistletoe upon it and an open sack showing wrapped presents. A great miniature for collecting and painting.

Brand new in our Seasons of Celebration Range which is where our codes for Christmas, Summer, Easter, Halloween and more in 15mm and 28mm scales are located are an asked for release.  SN11 Festive Pukki a set of five or singles giving you little Fomorians from the Erin Celtic Myth range kitted out in hats with presents and Christmas puddings or candy canes.  Great fun.

The range also includes our 28mm Snowmen which come in four different themed packs of three (or value set of twelve or the great mixed twelve with three of each).  Classic Snowmen, Fantasy Snowmen, Black Powder Snowmen (for Flintloque fans) and Science Fiction Snowmen.  

We have just overhauled the images of the 15mm festive codes too.  Evil Snowmen, Killer Xmas Trees, Abominable Snow Monsters (with separate little hats), Brutal Gingerbread Men, Psyco Presents and Jack Frost.  Packs and Value Bundles.  Plus there is an HOTT 2ed Edition Army with free element bases and the SN2017 Seasonal Fun Sampler which gives 10% off and one of every miniature for a total of twenty 15mm figures.

Lastly and just remastered a proper muscle code which is a brother to SN03 Abominable Snow Monsters and that is HOF130 Upflited Yeti Platoon.  Three big Yeti armed with chain guns and bayonets led by an SFA female handler.  Pack or singles from it.

We have no further releases in 2022 and will only send our a few messages letting you know of the last 24hrs of the event, then our final posting dates, to wish you a great festive season and to pose a question for early 2023 on repeating just one of the former monthly free offers.  Look out for these.

Thanks for Reading,


Monday 28 November 2022

MRP04 Venetian Ambassador 15mm Renaissance release

An Ambassador was a figure of governance and of civility in 16th century Italy.  Sent between powerful nobles and great houses to conduct the art of treatise and negotiation.  Sometimes seen at court or on the battlefield perhaps with the gainful notion of getting their own lord to contribute their troops to the cause.  This Ambassador is of Venice though he could be of Florence, Rome or any other likely place.

Now released a fifth 15mm scale personality on foot and same miniature mounted with horse.  Joining Leonardo Da Vinci, Cesare Borgia, Niccolo Machiavelli and Georg Von Frunsberg the Venetian Ambassador is in our Furioso Renaissance Range.  It joins over two hundred other codes of single miniatures, army bundles with free bases, rules sets, battlefield scatter terrain and buildings including tents.

Sculpted by Sam Croes and very useful as a nobleman or merchant as well as an envoy from one prince to another MRP04 Venetian Ambassador comes with the popular MRH02 Horse included.

Written by Steve Danes 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 though we at Alternative Armies use it in 15mm scale.  It can be had in print and as paid digital download too.  

Furioso the Italian Wars is a supplement to the Furioso Rule Book for 16th century warfare which gives you a deep setting, historical battle scenarios, solo play rules and much more including the inventions of Da Vinci the master.  As with the core book it is in print and digital too.

Likely one of the most famous machines of war in history (though it never took to the field as far as we know) the Turtle or Tank has rules in Furioso Italian Wars and is a great wee 15mm model to put in your collection.  HOT101 Da Vinci's Tank.

Thanks for Reading,


Saturday 26 November 2022

DH16 Mountain Dwarfs 28mm Fantasy released

"The deep places and the halls of gold.  These are ours.  Be gone foul smelling Goblins and bone piles of the Necromancer.  You will taste our axes this night"

Now in our Dwarven Hosts 28mm fantasy range and adding to the fifty five other Dwarfs there plus Gnomes and of course Fnorr the Big 'Un a new pack of four miniatures which can also be had as singles in any quantity.

Each of these miniatures consists of a resin casting with a separate metal arm holding an axe.  Four different miniatures, four different arms and each arm will fit any of the four.  Each also comes with a separate shield which can be mounted on arm or left off if you prefer.  Average 24mm height.

DH15 Dwarf Runic Golem.  A resin 28mm scale kit is styled in the traditional manner of Dwarfs whose love of gold and mining has led them to use magic to artifice a big brutal runic golem to aid them in battle. Assembled from five highly detailed pieces with a small degree of pose the Golem is 65mm tall and is supplied with a 50mm square resin base.

We have a massive array of 28mm Fantasy of our own which you can see on the website collected by range as well as other ranges like Fantasy Warlord, Ganesha Games and the Asgard Tabletop restored.  Great for any game system. Here you can see VNT29-02 Stricken Adventurer which is in our Monsters and Creatures range which contains all manner of nasties for your adventurers to overcome and indeed chew on!

Barbarians of the Wilds.  Fantastic miniatures from the 1980's sculpted by Jez Goodwin and restored at Alternative Armies.  Singles or the set of all twelve with a saving or the set of a dozen with free Midsummer Druidess added in for free.  These fellows with deal with any monster!

Thanks for Reading,


Thursday 24 November 2022

FM53 Balrog by Nick Bibby at Asgard 80's restored and released

Fire and Flame from deep in the earth.  Sculpted by Nick Bibby in the 1980's for Asgard and now restored at Alternative Armies.  See it along with the FM76 Dragon Newt and over a hundred other restored codes in the Asgard Fantasy Range (25mm / 28mm Scale).

At Alternative Armies we are continuing the restoration of classic Asgard and Tabletop Games miniatures.  Thank you kindly for all the nice words and messages telling us that we are giving joy and happiness to wargamers and roleplayers who thought these designs lost to history.  2023 will see many more codes come back and their presence on our website expand into full defined ranges.

As you can see the FM53 Balrog is a mighty metal model standing 85mm tall and 120mm wide at the wings. Pictured here alongside contemporary 15mm Tabletop Games thief and 28mm Asgard Barbarian by Jez Goodwin.  Those two ranges are totally restored on the website.

HOTT 2nd Edition 24AP Armies.  We produce more than twenty different ready made armies for Hordes of the Things assembled from our fantasy ranges and supplied with all the needed element bases for free.  Elves, Undead (HOTT1007 above), Orcs, Goblins, Lizardmen, Elementals and many more.

Thank you for your support as always.