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, 29 March 2017

59523 Abandoned Beer Wagon released!

Our last release for March 2017 is for Flintloque and indeed any black powder, historical or fantasy system in 28mm scale which uses horse and wagon.  A scenic piece in high quality grey tone resin. An abandoned beer wagon with casks of ale spilling from all sides and a canvas cover torn loose. Add personality and terrain objectives to your gaming table.  Go HERE for our 28mm Terrain Range or read on for more information.


We have more Flintloque terrain to follow in coming months adding to this release.  But for the moment have a beer on us!


59523 Abandoned Beer Wagon
Sometimes battles go wrong and you have to leave things behind while your army flees for its collective lives.  Wagons by the roadside and in this case filled with casks of ale or fine wine or just plain gut rot.  Looted and broken down the wagon sits ready for others to take from it what they will. This 28mm scale resin terrain object is a great piece for World of Valon and historical wargaming too. Place it on your battlefield! It is one piece and measures 70mm long, 50mm wide and 35mm tall. You get purchase one or three with a saving or get it pro-painted and ready to use.  Go HERE.  6.00GBP


Get into Flintloque the skirmish the best alternate history fantasy black powder skirmish game there is with 5024 Escape the Dark Czar!  A set with a core booklet along with ten miniatures, bases and dice.  Your entry into the World of Valon and a massive range of miniatures and titles built up over more than fifteen years.  From this starting point you can go in any direction from continuing the fight in the Witchlands to the dusty lands of Catalucia or the rolling fields of Urop marching with or against the eagle banners of the Emperor Mordred and his blue coated Elves. 


5024 Escape from the Dark Czar
The bitter retreat from Moskova is where you begin your adventure. Take command of General de Brigade Hugo Saindoux and his three fellow survivors as they attempt to evade death and escape from the Witchlands.  On their heels are a group of Savant Zombies, the finest Undead in the ranks of the Dark Czar, who are led by Captain Preserovitch.  Their task is to capture the golden eagle standard carried by the young Elven drummer boy Ayers Quinte de Toux.  Will the survivors outwit the living dead?  In this set is a twenty page booklet containing the core rules of Flintloque the Skirmish which will get you playing as well as character profiles and three introductory scenarios as well as the story of the Witchlands campaign.  Written by Gavin Syme (GBS).  Ten high quality resin 28mm miniatures are in the set designed by Sam Croes.  Four mortals (An Elf, young Elf, Dogman and Ogre) and six Savant Zombies.  Ten bases for your miniatures and two percentile dice.  All you need to get playing and to begin your adventures in Flintloque.  You can purchase the boxed set unpainted or painted and based ready for immediate play.  You can also get the booklet on its own as a paid digital download.  Go HERE

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 27 March 2017

Fantasy 28mm Human Men at Arms and Peasant packs released!

We are just about done with returning the Fell Lords (FL) series of 28mm Fantasy miniatures to white metal reality. We are now re-releasing the Men at Arms and Peasants and next month we will put out the last group of codes. So adding to Adventurers, Magicians, Mercenaries and more we present now on our website and all our fantasy releases for March 2017. These classic miniatures are in collections all over the world and now can once again be in your collection and on your painting table. Go HERE or read on. 


 “Look at 'em. Prancing about with their fancy stuff lording it over us coz they have aspirations and such. Yeah, I know we are standing in the front ranks with the pikes in our hands and cheap broad cloth on our backs. But its an honest trade so it is; soldiering for your lord. Not like those jumped up fopdoodles behind us trying to climb into his lordship's lap. Them lads will come to a sticky end mark me words. Yes, when the Orcs get here and the tussle begins proper like all that shiny iron plate and bright shields will do 'em no good at all. Any that survives will be no more than mumblecrusts. What's that you say...them's behind us and we is first to meet the Orcs and we ain't got no armour nor shields...well that's true...errr...well as his lordship said we is doing honest soldiering.” 


FL23 Men at Arms Party 
This value code contains ten different 28mm white metal miniatures of approx 28mm height. Great quality, choice and value. These miniatures are not supplied with bases and are supplied unpainted. The pack has a 15% saving applied compared to single miniatures taken from codes FL12 and FL15. Assembly is required with some white metal miniatures. Go HERE. Poses in this composite value code are as follows: 

FL12-01: Knight in chainmail with Sword and Shield. 
FL12-02: Man at Arms Archer. 
FL12-03: Knight in plate with two handed Axe. 
FL12-04: Man at Arms with Halberd. 
FL12-05: Knight in plate with Great Sword. 
FL15-01: Knight in chainmail with Sword and Shield. 
FL15-02: Man at Arms with Sword and Shield. 
FL15-03: Knight in plate with Sword and Shield. 
FL15-04: Knight in plate and chainmail with two handed Axe. 
FL15-05: Man at Arms with short Sword and round Shield. 


FL12 Men at Arms 
This code contains five different 28mm white metal miniatures of approx 28mm height. Great quality, choice and value. These miniatures are not supplied with bases and are supplied unpainted. Select your choice from the drop down product menu. Choose from a pack, three packs with a 10% saving applied and single miniatures. Total choice! Assembly is required with some white metal miniatures. Go HERE. Poses in this code are as follows: 

FL12-01: Knight in chainmail with Sword and Shield. 
FL12-02: Man at Arms Archer. 
FL12-03: Knight in plate with two handed Axe. 
FL12-04: Man at Arms with Halberd. 
FL12-05: Knight in plate with Great Sword. 

 
FL15 Men at Arms II 
This code contains five different 28mm white metal miniatures of approx 28mm height. Great quality, choice and value. These miniatures are not supplied with bases and are supplied unpainted. Select your choice from the drop down product menu. Choose from a pack, three packs with a 10% saving applied and single miniatures. Total choice! Assembly is required with some white metal miniatures. Go HERE. Poses in this code are as follows: 

FL15-01: Knight in chainmail with Sword and Shield. 
FL15-02: Man at Arms with Sword and Shield. 
FL15-03: Knight in plate with Sword and Shield. 
FL15-04: Knight in plate and chainmail with two handed Axe. 
FL15-05: Man at Arms with short Sword and round Shield. 

 
FL16 Peasants 
This code contains five different 28mm white metal miniatures of approx 28mm height. Great quality, choice and value. These miniatures are not supplied with bases and are supplied unpainted. Select your choice from the drop down product menu. Choose from a pack, three packs with a 10% saving applied and single miniatures. Total choice! Assembly is required with some white metal miniatures. Go HERE. Poses in this code are as follows: 

FL16-01: Peasant in hood with Wooden Club and Shield. 
FL16-02: Peasant in armour with Crossbow. 
FL16-03: Terrified Peasant with Pitchfork. 
FL16-04: Peasant with long Spear. 
FL16-05: Peasant with long Bill. 


We have many 28mm packs in the Adventurers and Wizards page of the website which are great for any setting as well as in the Knights and Footsoldiers. More releases in April! 

Thanks for reading, 

GBS

Thursday, 23 March 2017

5003 Walls, Campfire, Boxes and Festoons in resin packs released!

At Alternative Armies we have two sets of scenic releases for Flintloque this month and these two packs are the first of them with the other code just before months end.  We are delighted to present the original 1990's 5003 Grapeshotte boxed set 28mm scenics now as re-mastered resin pieces in two new packs.  See them HERE or read on for more information.  Great for the World of Valon or any black powder or fantasy setting.


The release is two packs.  Here are the details of each of them.


5003A Stone Walls and Campfire
This 28mm scale resin scenic set is ideal for Flintloque or any black powder or fantasy setting.  The set contains a campfire with roaring logs (x1), a piece of wall with an open centre gateway (x2) and two different wall parts (x 2 of each).  Originally from the 5003 Grapeshotte boxed set and now converted to resin. Place these on your battlefield to create action and interest. You have the choice of purchasing single pieces or a pack or a mega set of walls.  6.00GBP per pack.  Go HERE.


5003B Festoons and Boxes
This 28mm scale resin scenic set is ideal for Flintloque or any black powder or fantasy setting.  The set contains a Wicker Basket Filled with Stones a Festoon (x4) and a small wooden box with attacked keg (x4) .  Originally from the 5003 Grapeshotte boxed set and now converted to resin. Place these on your battlefield to create action and interest. You have the choice of purchasing single pieces or a pack or a mega set of each.  6.00GBP per pack.  Go HERE.




The scale image is a cool character General de Brigade Hugo Saindoux (known as Hefty to us here) taken from our beginners box set for Flintloque namely 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar.  You can learn all about this super affordable way into Flintloque which has ten miniatures, bases, dice and a booklet plus the support materials for it on our website HERE.


We have a weekly deal on a random Flintloque / Slaughterloo code where for seven days, Monday to Monday, we take 25% off all options from single troopers to skirmish pack to full units and the pro-painted versions too.  We have had characters, blister packs, units and more thus far and this week it is 51501 Le Esprit du Garde Cavalry a core and favourite Elf formation.  Go HERE.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

VNT34 Treasure Hoarder reclining Dragon released

We have a new release into the High Fantasy 28mm line, the VNT range where our Undead and Monsters live, in the form of a reclining Dragon which is great for 28mm Dungeon Crawl or even in 15mm as a titanic sized Dragon.  You can see it on our website HERE or read on for more information.  We have now re-released over one hundred of our 28mm high fantasy miniatures so please do have a browse.


“Golden coins slip and slide from great heaped piles and jewels tumble towards the stone flags of the floor as the beast settles itself once more.  Atop an amassed fortune made by Men and by Dwarves alike then stolen from their charred corpses the Dragon reclined.  Under it enough to make an adventurer rich beyond dreams but to try and take it would be almost certain death by fire and claw.  To the dungeon go and to the central chamber progress..but then taken in the gaze of the Treasure Hoarder you will die.”


VNT34 Treasure Hoarder Dragon
This code contains one resin multiple part monster in 28mm scale on integral base and treasure pile. Supplied unpainted. Select your choice from the drop down product menu.  Choose from a pack or three packs with a 10% saving applied. Assembly is required. Go HERE. Poses in this code are as follows:

VNT34-01: A greater Dragon laying on its back on top of a pile of treasure.



We have many packs to go with this Dragon in the Adventurers page of the website which are great for any setting.  We also have the rapidly expanding Ganesha Games range of Dwarves, Halflings, Possessed Dwarves, Hob Goblins and more.  Also check out our Daily Deal where every day a different fantasy pack is put up with a saving for twenty four hours.


Thanks for reading,

GBS

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Post Apocalyptic Mayhem and Destruction - Sulphur II is Coming!!

Here at Alternative Armies we are hugely delighted to announce that we will be taking over the manufacture and marketing of Sulphur, the post-apocalyptic battle game by Terragnosis. 

Over the past few months we have been working with the guys at Terragnosis to bring forward new miniatures and vehicles to the range and an updated and expanded rulebook - which will soon be available on our lovely new website! Check out the pics when you get a chance - these miniatures are exceedingly nice. If you like your apocalypse to be well armed and seriously well sculpted - this is the range for you!  Here are a few words from Terragnosis about the range and the game:

  
Sulphur is a set of sci-fi skirmish rules with its own extensive range of miniatures including infantry, vehicles and heroes. Sulphur has a distinctly post-apocalyptic feel to it which creates battles between rusty and improvised looking war wagons, ragged looking infantry squads, menacing heroes and satisfyingly impressive heavy weapons. The rules allow players to customise their war-wagons with their favourite weapons and equipment - and the vehicle miniatures themselves all come with a range of weapon options. 

Armies will be led by a number of heroes, characterful individual warriors with their own profile and special attacks. Infantry are divided into a number of categories such as Light Infantry, Assault Infantry, Warriors and Heavy Weapons. Each infantry squad has a particular function on the battlefield which if used correctly will improve their chances of success. Players need to learn how to use these troops to their best advantage as well as how to combine them with other squads in their force for maximum efficiency and effect. For instance, using light troops to identify targets, using heavy weapons to weaken and suppress the target and then sending in the warriors to finish the enemy off at close quarters. Sounds easy? Not so in practise! This means that it is not just a case of the dude with the biggest gun winning the day (although the game does have plenty of big guns!). The right troops have to be used at the right time in the right way. 

And beneath all of this the sinister threat from Sulphur, the insidious creeping mist and shadowy nightmares that lie within it - waiting to terrorise and devour even the bravest souls. It’s the apocalypse folks - and it’s going to get nasty! 

Don’t worry, the guys at Terragnosis are quite nice really, they just like making badass games. If you want to get involved in Sulphur come on over to our website and email us your interest. We will let you know when the range appears - we can’t wait! 

Thanks for reading, 

GBS

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Alternative Armies ceases its association with Alien Squad Leader 17th March 2017

On the seventeen of March 2017 Alternative Armies is ending its association with Alex Self the author of Alien Squad Leader. During the years in which we have represented Alien Squad Leader we have enjoyed a good relationship with the author but now both parties feel it is time to move on. From the 17th of this month we will no longer stock or sell the Alien Squad Leader book (now in an electronic format) and all pre-packed armies for the game. 


We wish Alex Self every success in the future with his projects. For any further information on the game system please go to the Alien Squad Leader groups on Yahoo and on Facebook


Our final spread of 100 Point ready to use Pro-Painted and Based ASQL Armies is on our Ebay store Plague Games at a great price. Check them out, first come first served. 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Monday, 6 March 2017

HOT112 Titanic Cyclops for 15mm and 28mm scales released!

Now released a brand new monster good for 15mm and 28mm tabletop gaming in any fantasy system. HOT112 Titanic Cyclopes is a resin and white metal miniature sculpted by Keiran Billings and now on the Alternative Armies website in the HOT 15mm Fantasy Range. Read on for more or click through to go to that range now. 

 
HOT112 Titanic Cyclopes 
This pack contains one grey tone resin and white metal titanic cyclopes supplied in three pieces. A resin body with head and two separate arms with a small degree of pose option. This monster stands 85mm tall to the top of its head and carries a great wooden club. Suitable for use with many different armies it suits many different fantasy races. Supplied unpainted and un-assembled and shown on a 40mm by 40mm base which is not included. The images on the web page show the figure, then all angles of the figure, then a 15mm scale shot with a Human, a 15mm scale shot with our Cockatrice, then a 15mm scale shot with our Giant Hydra and lastly a 28mm scale shot with a DH code Dwarf. Go HERE




Keiran is a new designer to Alternative Armies and his work will feature more with us later in 2017. Well done on your monster! 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS