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.
Our game systems and free content such as PDF downloads and reading articles. Enjoy and do dig back in time to see what was going on before now.

Feel free to comment and ask questions. We are always happy to help gamers with their hobby.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Pre-Order the Von Mohnblume Dogman Pug line for Flintloque!

The big release for the World of Valon this month is the Von Mohnblume Line sculpted by the talented Rob Alderman.  A new species of Dogman in the service of the Empire of Ostaria...Pugs! Dwarf sized Dogmen which we are offering on pre-order at 15% off the release prices for a week before the full release. Choose from single poses, a skirmish pack or a full unit.  For Flintloque and Slaughterloo. General release is on Tuesday 29th August 2017 and all orders will ship then worldwide. When full release occurs we will have a Uniformation article and more to show you. Go HERE or read on for more.


The idea for this new species of Dogman came from a conversation with their designer earlier this year and we both thought it would be an excellent idea to put these little terrors into the World of Valon.  Mr Alderman has a real Pug of his own which was a great influence upon the style and look of these eight new poses.  If the Von Mohnblume Line proves to be a success and interest is there who knows where it will lead.  An artillery crew, a command set and perhaps even in time a full Slaughterloo division of Pug Dogmen.



56595 Von Monhblume Line
This set contains 28mm white metal miniatures including an officer with Sword and Pistol, Musician with Drum, Sergeant with Pike, Standard Bearer and four different poses of Dogmen all with muskets.  Dwarf sized 'Pug' type Dogmen standing around 23mm tall.  A small dutchy within the Empire of Ostaria and in the service of the mad Emperor Klaffenhund.  Or you can use them to portray any one of the multitude of tiny stattes in the Confederation of Finklestein.  You can choose from a skirmish pack of ten miniatures (all eight poses with two additional random trooper poses), a unit of twenty miniatures (the skirmish pack with ten additional mixed trooper poses and a small saving) and single miniature choice booster for additional trooper poses.  Sculpted by Rob Alderman. Supplied with Bases. Go HERE.


The image above shows a scale shot of a Pug Dogman next to an Elf taken from 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar beginners set for Flintloque.


Next week we will be putting up a full and free Uniformation article for use in Flintloque and Slaughterloo which will give background along with statistics and more for this small dutchy so that you can use them in play.  This will be homed on the blog here and linked up to our dropbox.  It goes live the day all the pre-orders ship out.


Chris Walkley is a long time impartial fan of Alternative Armies and was sent a sneak peek set of the Von Monhblume Line.  He has posted his thoughts along with his own now painted set on his Conflict Cornucopia blog.  You can go and read it HERE.  A real and honest review which I enjoyed a lot.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 17 August 2017

HOT113 Skeletal Artillery now released!

“The Necromancer stood tall atop a throne of skulls carried by a dozen long dead minions who shuffle forward at his command.  Ahead the last citadel of the Elves resists the remorseless advance of his army.  Its walls are thick and strong no number of Zombies and Skeletons can ascend it to slaughter all within.  They feel safe those lithe mortals but they are not.  Booming retorts announce the arrival of the artillery of the damned.  A line of cannons belching jets of grey smoke as their iron shots hammer the citadel.  Soon, soon.  Soon the Elves will be dead and the army will grow larger once more.” 


Now released at Alternative Armies into the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range is the one hundred and thirteenth pack and it is for the forces of the Undead.  This adds to all the other packs for the Undead for use in any 15mm wargame system and gives you some long range firepower!  Go HERE or read on for more.



HOT113 Skeletal Artillery
15mm Scale Miniatures. Great for any Undead Army which has need of artillery in the form of a Cannon with Skeletal Crew.  Goes great with our other Undead codes such as HOT99 Eternal Guard, HOT40 Skeleton Archers, HOT41 Skeleton Spears or HOT14 Hordes of the Dead. This code contains three 15mm scale Skeleton gunners in three poses plus a cannon kit with heavy barrel and large wheels. All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases. Some Assembly may be required with miniatures. Shown on 59020 20mm square bases. Go HERE.


Undead Codes in the HOT Range
We have other packs which can field you a fantastic force of 15mm Skeletons, Zombies, Ghouls, Ghosts and more.  Click HERE to go to the website and then see all of the codes below.

HOT100 Ghoul Dragon (1 Monster)
HOT55 Cadaver Giant (1 Monster)
HOT22 Plague of Bats (18 Miniatures)
HOT67 Were Monsters (2 Creatures)

HOT21 Zombie Horde (16 Miniatures)
HOT98 Skeltaur Cavalry (6 Miniatures)
HOT99 Eternal Guard (16 Miniatures) (Pictured above)
HOT41 Skeleton Spears (16 Miniatures)
HOT40 Skeleton Archers (16 Miniatures)
HOT95 Ghosts (10 Miniatures)
HOT83 Undead Command (16 Pieces)
HOT74 Wraith Lord
HOT12 Ghoul, Wraith and Skeleton Knight (16 Miniatures)
HOT13 Undead Chariot (1 Vehicle)
HOT14 Hordes of the Dead (16 Pieces)
HOT24 Undead Cavalry (6 Miniatures)
HOT36 Wraith Cavalry (6 Miniatures)
HOT64 Cadaver Zombie (10 Miniatures)
HOT63 Catapult with Undead Crew (1 Kit)
HOT111 Dem Bones (10 Pieces mixed Skeletons, Skulls and more)


HOTT 24AP Armies for the Undead
We have three ready made army packs for the Undead which come with all the needed miniatures and element bases included.  They offer a small saving and they can be purchased painted and based for immediate play if you wish on the page.  Click on the army to go to the website.


This HOTT Army Pack contains an entire Undead Army.  Miniatures taken from the HOT Range and are 15mm scale and white metal. This code contains the following miniatures: 1 Mounted Necromancer (HOT74), 3 Wraiths (HOT12), 3 Ghouls (HOT12), 6 Undead Cavalry (HOT36), 35 Skeleton Warriors (HOT14).


This HOTT Army Pack contains an entire Undead Army.  Miniatures taken from the HOT Range and are 15mm scale and white metal. This code contains the following miniatures: 1 Mounted Necromancer (HOT24), 3 Wraiths (HOT11), 6 Bats (HOT22), 6 Undead Knights (HOT12), 25 Shambling Zombies HOT21), 1 Cadaver Giant (HOT55).


This HOTT Army Pack contains an entire Undead army.  Miniatures taken from the HOT Range and are 15mm scale and white metal. This code contains the following miniatures: 1 Undead General on Horse (HOT83), 1 Undead Mage on Horse with Zombie Vulture (HOT83), 2 Undead Chariots with Drivers (HOT13), 8 Skeletons with Bows (HOT40), 16 Skeletons with Spears, Standards, Musicians (HOT41, HOT83).

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 4 August 2017

Free Worldwide Shipping until Friday 11th August 2017!

It is the peak of summer (in Scotland the rain is now warm!) and as the final stage of the merger of 15mmcouk back into Alternative Armies we are holding a free worldwide event for a week.  Now on!  Just add to cart.  This event includes The Ion Age.  Once ended we will be shutting down the 15mmcouk website and re-directing the domain to Alternative Armies.  All orders for any of our miniatures, books, wargaming supplies and more (including our digital downloads) of 15GBP or more are free shipping worldwide.  Go HERE or HERE and have a browse or read on for more details.



From now until 9am GMT Saturday 12th August 2017 we are having a free worldwide postage on all orders over 15.00GBP in product value!  This applies to our two websites and all our 6mm, 15mm and 28mm miniatures and game systems in fact everything on our websites you can put in your cart.  All you need to do is add to the cart and the website will do the rest.  Click on the links to go to each site.  As many orders as you like to anywhere in the world.  Remember that any special offers that are currently running are included in this promotion!



So if you like Flintloque, High Fantasy, Ganesha Games and other 28mm scale ranges such as Grinning Skull and Asgard check out Alternative Armies and use the links along the top of the site to browse the massive choice that there is.  Oh and check out our weekly deals too with 20% off plus our Collected Bundles which have the biggest saving and a great way to get everything in one click.

If you like 15mm scale including HOT Fantasy, HOB 15mm Fantasy Buildings, Sengoku Japanese Fantasy, TTF Fantasy, HOF Science Fiction, Asgard and SHM, Laserburn, Loud Ninja Games, Altuos Renaissance, Pony Wars and ACW, Isarus Dark Age, Medus Medieval along with 6mm sci-fi and a lot more go to their links on the Alternative Armies website through the drop down menu "Our 15mm Scale Ranges".

Space Opera science fiction wargamers should look to the unique range and setting of The Ion Age for excellent miniatures, vehicles and rule systems by Gavin Syme (GBS) and Sam Croes.


Combining Orders
Our two websites are having a free postage event.  If you place an order for more then fifteen pounds (15.00GBP) the shopping cart will automatically give you free shipping worldwide. While the vast majority of wargamers are happy to place orders in this way we know that some of you would like to place a combined order by email and receive a paypal invoice to pay.  This is totally fine with us and here is what to do for a combined order by email.  Firstly choose your point of contact.  Is it Alternative Armies or The Ion Age?  Choose one and email us on sales@alternative-armies.com or info@theionage.com.  Make your email title 'combined order' and give us your name, your shipping address, your paypal email address and a list of codes and quantities that you want to order from across our ranges.  We will then reply with a total and a paypal invoice.  You will get the last free monthly miniature IMP48 if you have Ion Age codes and you will get any other items offered free if applicable from the other websites if you have codes from its ranges in your order.  

We typically reply quickly but be assured you WILL NOT miss the free postage on your combined order as we will honour it as long as your email comes in to us before the offer ends. 

Thanks and enjoy the event!

Gavin Syme (GBS)

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

TOR6 The High Inquisitor on Throne released

This week we release the six re-molded set in the classic Torture Chamber Collection 25mm / 28mm scale back from the dawning days of the 1980's.  A range of high quality white metal and resin dungeon, wargame and collector scenics and characters.  Adding to the the Rack, the Cage, Branding Iron and the Whipping Beam we present The High Inquisitor!  Go HERE for the Torture Chamber Collection page or read on.  Note this collection contains adult themes and the images on our blog and social media are censored with our website showing the original images.

"Bring him before me.  Kneel before the Inquisitor on high!"


The Torture Chamber Collection was originally seen in the early 1980's from Tabletop Miniatures and there are many more sets from it to come from us when they are back in production.  We aim to get them out regularly as this task continues.  The Torture Chamber miniatures are not supplied with bases and are supplied unpainted. Select your choice from the product menu on our website's pages. Choose from a pack or three packs with a 10% saving applied. You can also choose to purchase poses or parts from the packs as shown on their own.  Go HERE.


TOR6 The High Inquisitor on Throne
This diorama set is composed of four white metal and resin 25mm scale parts.  These are the stone platform, the throne chair, the Inquisitor and the arm of the Inquisitor.  Excellent for dungeon crawl or diorama use.  



Here are the other codes in TOR which are on the website right now:


TOR4 The Branding Iron
This diorama set is composed of four white metal 25mm scale parts. These are the table of implements, the burning coal brazier, the Female Torturer with hot poker and length of chain and lastly semi nude Female prisoner in rags with manacle on wrist (chain and manacle join up as shown if wished). 


TOR3 The Rack
This diorama set is composed of seven white metal 25mm scale parts. These are the rack body which features a semi-nude female victim, rack front legs, rack rear legs, crank wheels on either side as well as the Torturer and the Inquisitor. 


TOR2 The Cage Set
This diorama set is composed of ten white metal 25mm scale parts.  These parts are the pillar, the rope, the clamp, cage top, cage bottom, four cage sides and the prisoner in the cage.  


TOR1 The Whipping Beam
This diorama set is composed of seven white metal 25mm scale parts. These are the pillar, the pillar base, the restraining rope, the hook mount, the hand restraints the Captive Nude Woman and the Whipmaster..


We have a trio of Weekly Deals which run Monday to Sunday each week.  Each week three different offers all at 20% off normal price for a code in that range on all of its options including painted and ready for play as well as whole units if applicable.  We have a Flintloque code deal, a High Fantasy code deal and a 15mm scale code deal.  Get something for your wargaming and check them out every Monday when they change.  HERE.  We also have a Latest Releases page where all of our codes from about the last six to ten weeks of releases are sited as well as in their own pages.  If you want to see what Alternative Armies has been doing it is a great place to start.  All of our ranges, all our game systems, 28mm and 15mm.  All HERE.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 28 July 2017

USEME Mini Campaign and 16 Scenario free mega bundle by Vic Dobson

One of my fondest creations as a humble creator of wargaming content and books is USEME.  The 'Ultra Simple Engine for Miniature Engagements' system has a dozen titles to its name and in print and download has been all over the world with eight thousand copies sold since first release.  I have played and seen played games with USEME from five 15mm figures a side to five hundred at conventions.  Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Starships, Zombies and more and all really easy plus without a setting you can fit them to your own wants.  

One of the firmest fans of USEME has agreed to make a massive bundle of content he created for the game free to download from us here at Alternative Armies.  Mr Vic Dobson has a mini-campaign as well as a map and sixteen single scenarios all in this bundle and it is meant for UM001 USEME 15mm Science Fiction and UM006 USEME Starship Battles.  Go HERE for the USEME page on our website and read on for the download link and an offer on some miniatures which feature in the range.


USEME Mini-Campaign, 16 Scenarios and Map Bundle
Written by Vic Dobson the mega bundle is a fantastic free edifice of USEME scenarios and more. Sixteen single and loosely linked scenarios.  The Battle of Beta Carotene, Tiger Run, Recon Run, The Raid, Bug Hunt (parts 1,2,3,4), Battle of the Spanners, The Patrol, The Valley of Death, A Bun in the Over, Run Fat Boy Run, A Fistful of Credits, Wendigo and lastly Night Flight to Mandagora.  On top of this is the mini-campaign called Smash and Grab.  There is also the space map that goes with all the scenarios and shows the factions. This is a mighty mountain of free gaming material lovingly assembled for your enjoyment with every scenario being fairly small scale with a playing time of ten to forty minutes.  They make use of Alternative Armies miniatures in the pictures and of Vic's own table layouts and graphics.


CLICK HERE to download the free mini-campaign and fourteen scenario plus map bundle from our dropbox as a zip file.  Enjoy!


There are more than dozen titles in the USEME Series with more to come.  Written by authors including Gavin Syme (GBS), Omer Golan Joel, Kurt Benson, Bob McAlister and Alex Scott.  If you click on your chosen title on our website you can learn all about it, what period it covers, its contents, a short article on it and pictures of pages too. Do you Want a Set of Wargame Rules that are Fun, Simple and Elegant? That are used all over the World and take only minutes to learn?  Look no further!

UM001 15mm Science Fiction
UM002 15mm Fantasy
UM003 World War Two
UM004 Modern Warfare
UM005 American Civil War
UM006 Starship Battles
UM007 Post Apocalyptic
UM008 Wild West
UM009 Zombie Dawn
UM010 Support Pack (Expansion)
UM011 Cyberpunk
UM013 Eldritch Horror

We offer the whole range as great value digital downloads which you are free to print for your own use.  Every download contains the book, its covers plus an 'ease print' version for simple printing at home.  We also have some A6 format printed versions.  At the cheaper just 3.00GBP price for a set of rules immediate...its awesome!  Go HERE.


USEME can be played with any suitable 15mm miniatures or miniature starships for this free bundle of files.  Miniatures from our HOF 15mm Science Fiction Range are always popular as are those from the classic Laserburn Range.  We also have some excellent Fleet Scale Mecha as well.  


To celebrate the mega bundle we have put an offer on our HOF Grey Aliens with their Landing Party and their Flying Saucer as well as our HOF Skimmers with SFA Riders and Skimmers with Rim Merc Riders.  All of these are 15% off their regular prices. Go HERE. Enjoy!

Excellent work by Vic and have fun with the free bundle and offers!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Elf Vivandiere released for Flintloque along with free article

The final new release from Alternative Armies this month is for Flintloque (and Slaughterloo) and it is a single female 28mm white metal miniature. Following up on 59526 Elf Corpse Pile and 57801 Vistholwa Legion earlier this month. 51048 Elf Vivandiere or the carrier of the canteen is a special character to add to your Section or Units for bonuses in play if you field the Ferach Armee. As well as the release we have a free Uniformation article to download giving you game mechanics and more. Go HERE or read on for more. 


Added to the Elves of Armorica and good as a camp follower or Elvish civilian in its own right this lovely figure by Elton Waters. 


51048 Elf Vivandiere 
This pack contains a single 28mm scale white metal female Elf dressed in civilian clothing and carrying a wine barrel and tin mug. The canteen carrier sells sundries and such to Elf soldiers in the field and is well liked by the commanders of the Ferach Armee. You can learn more about Armorican Elves in 5025 Flintloque 3rd Edition War in Catalucia. There is a free Uniformation article with game mechanics in it. Suitable for use in any Fantasy 28mm game system. Go HERE. 2.00GBP 


Click HERE to download the Uniformation article from our dropbox for free. A one page official game mechanics and more article for Flintloque and Slaughterloo as well as uniform details and story too. Enjoy! 

We have other Elvish ladies and civilians for you too look at. These ones sculpted by Rob Alderman. 


51047 Elf Ladies 
Thee Female Miniatures. This pack contains three Elvish Ladies in white metal 28mm scale. Wearing dresses of the finest silks and cloth these three ladies represent youth, bloom and middle age giving many scenario uses. Go HERE. 7.00GBP A firm favourite among players of Slaughterloo this venerable set of miniatures has Elves and scenic items in it too. 


51503 Elf Field Hospital 
This code contains nine 28mm scale white metal pieces and is a collectors set with special uses in Slaughterloo and in your Flintloque scenarios. Contains Elvish Surgeon, Doctor, Sawbones, Two different Stretcher Bearers, the Stretcher and the Operating Table. Go HERE. 18.00GBP 


We have a trio of Weekly Deals which run Monday to Sunday each week. Each week three different offers all at 20% off normal price for a code in that range on all of its options including painted and ready for play as well as whole units if applicable. We have a Flintloque code deal, a High Fantasy code deal and a 15mm scale code deal. Get something for your wargaming and check them out every Monday when they change. HERE. We also have a Latest Releases page where all of our codes from about the last six to ten weeks of releases are sited as well as in their own pages. If you want to see what Alternative Armies has been doing it is a great place to start. All of our ranges, all our game systems, 28mm and 15mm. All HERE

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Monday, 24 July 2017

Early Pursuit in the Witchlands a Flintloque article by Andy Jefcoate

Huzzah! The second in a series of linked Flintloque articles by Andy Jefcoate about his new forays in the Witchlands.  If you missed the first article where he got his starter set then you can read in our blog HERE.  In this article he takes to the frozen retreat and seeks out adventure. With pictures of his own painted collection. Read on and enjoy!  GBS


Early Pursuit in the Witchlands 

Having bought the excellent 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar starter set and having played the three enclosed scenarios using the included Flintloque core rules; I was hooked. The scenarios use all ten of the figures in the set and are great fun. You can pick up the basic rules quickly; although I realise I am still a beginner and there's a lot more to learn. 

Alternative Armies have released some excellent terrain items for Flintloque to go with these starter scenarios. There is set 5003A which includes small Stone Walls and a Camp Fire. This is excellent for Scenario One as the Ferach force begin the game sleeping in their camp and the Camp Fire makes a great central point to position your figures around. 

This scenario is indeed perfect for your first game. It is very simple with Saindoux's band waking to find that the zombies are almost on top of them! The aim is for 75% of the Ferach force to escape the playing area. The zombies don't move quickly, but this is no consolation when you are rolling dice to wake your characters and they don't want to know (Monday morning maybe?). This makes things tense and exciting. Don't forget that as a last resort a character that is awake can drag a sleeping character 8cm, this probably saved Ayers in my first game; but that's teenagers for you!

Scenario Two in Escape the Dark Czar brings another item of terrain into play as the Ferach force needs to collect resources from an abandoned cart while fending off the zombies. For your centre piece you can use set 59523 Abandoned Beer Wagon or set 59524 Abandoned Provisions Wagon. Either would be great but I was drawn to the Beer Wagon (not for the first but time!). These are lovely models in resin and the details are superb. They can be painted up quickly and help to build the narrative of these scenarios. As you can see from the attached picture I've made use of some bottles from the BS17 Glass Bottles sprue when preparing the beer wagon for painting which just adds a personal touch to this fine model.

Scenario Two is my favourite of the starter scenarios. Each of the Ferach characters has to collect food from the cart but you also need to inflict 50% casualties on the zombies without suffering 75% casualties yourself or the Undead win. The cart is great cover as otherwise there are only a few trees on the board. In my first game it was very crowded behind the cart, luckily there are no grenades or artillery available to the Savant Zombies....  When I get to Grapeshotte things will change!


The final game, Scenario Three it is a fight to the death between the two sides in snow covered ruins but with the added complication of the chance of damp powder the first time each weapon is fired. The walls that come along with the Camp Fire can be useful for some of the smaller ruins. Victory goes to the first side to kill 100% of the opposing force. Remember to not get too close before first firing your weapon or a misfire can result in a very bad day! In my first game the Dogman Hulmutt Jucken tried a shot at close range and was very lucky that Boell Umfrage the Ogre was nearby or he would have had to fight 2 Savant Zombies on his own. 

The scenarios are all very good and work perfectly with the figures in the set while letting you try the various aspects of the core rules. There are some handy counters to copy and use on the same page as scenario Three, and the final two pages of the book are pre-filled Roster Sheets for the two sections which give you all the stats you need to use in your games. 

I found that after painting the figures in the starter set and having played these initial games, I wasn't ready to abandon Saindoux and his band to their fate just yet and I wanted to continue the narrative.  I think this was the point of the starter set and I was hooked to find out what would happen next! Having survived the pursuit of Captain Preserovitch and his Savant zombies so far they are still deep in the Witchlands with a long way to travel to get to safety. I also wanted to expand both forces from the great ranges of figures available.

As I mentioned in my first article, I purchased a couple of figures from 56594 Witchlands Dogmen Line and the For Zombie Cossacks on foot from pack 55009. My plan was that as Saindoux's group and their pursuers travel through the Witchlands they gather others to them that they meet on their way. The Two Dogmen are Regular Infantry like Soldaten Hulmutt Jucken in the starter set, and likewise the Cossacks are Savant Zombies just like Captain Preserovitch's band. In the short term it is easy to use the stats on the starter set roster sheets to try the figures out as they meld right in.


While I was happy to continue to play Flintloque from the 5024 booklet for the time being, I wanted to know more about the game itself. Especially the other units and races that form the Grande Armee Du Norde and the Dark Czar's legions. I therefore decided to buy the 5026 Death In The Snow game book and purchased it as part of the Shilling Service Pack which gave me more miniature is great value.  Escape from the Dark Czar takes place in the same locations and time frame as the main game book. Once again I will let you know how I get on in the next article.

Thank you for reading. 

Andy