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.

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Thank You for Salute Season 2017




The spring promotional period as now ended at Alternative Armies and we want to thank all of you from all the world for your orders.  Tabletop Gamers are great guys and gals and we have responded to all the kind messages you have sent.  We have a couple of things to say at this time so here we go.

Due to the sheer volume of orders it will take us about five to seven days to catch up with the normal flow of dispatching.  If you wish to ask about your order just email us on sales@alternative-armies.com and by all means chivy us along faster for you.

We will have more releases both new and classic coming your way in May.  Exact details to follow at the time but these will include include the following.  A new terrain piece for Flintloque which will go excellently with our Beer Wagon.  More 28mm fantasy with the leading edge of the excellent Crystal Elf (CE) range back in the world in new rubber.  Tabletop Miniatures feature with further codes in the Torture Chamber (TOR) range.  There is the also Sulphur Post Apocalyptic rules and resin miniatures.  We have a new HOF code coming follow on with more Security Force Alpha and lastly details of a new set of rules for 15mm Renaissance warfare. 

Lots going on and now back to the task at hand!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

(The image above shows VNT20 Anti-Paladin 28mm and its smaller relative HOT104 Anti-Paladin in 15mm scale)

Friday, 14 April 2017

Salute Season is here! Free Shipping and Great Offers 28mm and 15mm until 24th April

It is that wonderful time of year again when the wargaming season really kicks off and all the conventions and shows get underway.  Alternative Armies now has its annual Salute Season Week Promotion in place and this is on until midnight GMT 24th April 2017.  While we will not be at the show in London we are running our promotion since, among other things, the bulk of our customers will not be there and they always get the treats regardless.  Cool!

As you know earlier this year Alternative Armies took 15mmcouk back into its own website so this means we now have a simply huge variety of products to offer you in 28mm, 15mm and 6mm scale across Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical and other genres.  Go HERE for our Events and Bundles page or HERE for the front page of the website.  Take your time and browse.


The promotion comes in two main forms which are firstly FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING automatically upon all orders of 15.00GBP or more product value from the website (not including digital downloads) just add to cart and we do the rest.  Secondly some great offers including 25% to 50% off some codes and 15% off a couple of ranges too.  A mega offer for Flintloque and Slaughterloo players and more.  A list follows with links so please click on what you like and follow it to our website.  Offers end midnight 24th April and you can place as many orders as you wish.  We will ship out orders almost every day during and after the promotion.  Ok...here we go read on for the offers!


Events and Bundles – Here you can find all of our bundles from across all our ranges each of which is at least 10% off and it includes whole armies for Ganesha Games Fantasy, entire Sengoku Sets, entire High Fantasy forces and more.




Flintloque and Slaughterloo – As well as the brand new 53512 Al-Garvey Goblin Legion miniatures and our 59523 Abandoned Beer Wagon we have a superb offer for you this time.  25% off the entire 52603 Von Rotte Legion divisional army pack.  25% off all the units and packs in it.  One of our best ever offers!



28mm High Fantasy and Ganesha Games Fantasy – We have 25% off VNT5 Demonic Tree which works in 28mm and 15mm scale as well as half price on a firm favourite dwarf DWM016 Dwarf with Battleaxe.



Loud Ninja Games – We have extra discount on the Ikwen Platoon pack giving a full force for 15mm rebels in your games.  We can also now show you a couple of shots from Eli Arndt who runs LNG of more Ikwen that he is sculpting right now which are due later in 2017!


HOT 15mm Fantasy – We have taken 25% off the great HOT37 Destroyer of Hope Grand Dragon kit which is an awesome monster for HOTT or any other 15mm scale army.


HOF 15mm Science Fiction – We have taken 25% off the HOF28A Charger Wheeled APC vehicle kit.  Get to battle in style!


Laserburn 15mm Science Fiction – Get 25% off the classic V101 Flit Car.  Now less than a pound a car!


Sengoku 15mm Japanese Fantasy – John Bell the designer behind the world's largest mythic Japanese fantasy 15mm line is working on two entire new waves or releases but before that we have taken 25% off the SGFP03 Oni Pack.  Get some angry ogres!


Altuos 15mm Renaissance – The MR28 Landsknecht with 2H Sword code is half price!


Isarus 15mm Ancients and Dark Age – The BY4 Varangian Guard code is half price!


Brickdust 15mm Napoleonic – We have taken 15% off the entire French Army from Infantry to Cavalry, Artillery and Generals.


Potomac 15mm American Civil War and Ponywars Wild West – We have taken 15% off this entire range!

So as you can see there is a lot going on with offers across the thousands of miniatures we manufacture and sell from here in Scotland.  Plus free shipping on orders over 15.00GBP all until midnight GMT 24th April 2017.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

53512 Goblin Ferach Legion released with Dark Czar scenario for Flintloque

We are delighted to release the new miniature code for April 2017 now at Alternative Armies for Flintloque.  The 53512 Al-Garvey Ferach Legion who are at this time the first and only Goblins to fight on the side of the Ferach Emperor Mordred.  Eight new poses in campaign dress sculpted by Elton Waters which can be had as singles, a pack and a unit for Slaughterloo too.  On top of this we have a new free PDF which is a combined one.  The fifth scenario in a loose chain for 5024 Escape the Dark Czar which also includes a uniformation article with statistics for the Goblin Legion miniatures.  Go HERE or read on for me.


53512 Al-Garvey Ferach Legion
This code contains white metal 28mm scale miniatures in varying amounts depending on your choice of pack. Taken from eight different poses.  Goblins dressed in line infantry uniforms and armed with Regency Muskets as well as Sword and Pistol.  An officer, a Standard Bearer, a Musician with Drum, a Sergeant and four different poses of Private with musket.  These miniatures are in campaign dress wrapped against the cold and the elements and are brimming with character making a superb skirmishing set.





This set is available in several choices.  These are the Skirmish Pack which contains all eight poses plus two random additional troopers with musket.  The Unit Pack which contains everything in the skirmish pack plus ten more mixed troopers armed with musket for a total of twenty (a full Slaughterloo unit).  The Trooper Booster which contains one random trooper with musket (if you wish command poses just note this in an email to us with your order number). These options can also be selected as Pro-Painted and Based all using the drop down menu on the product page.  These miniatures are supplied with our 25mm square resin cartouche bases.  Manufactured in Scotland.  Go HERE.


There are a huge number of free PDF files for Flintloque and Slaughterloo plus the rest of our game systems and while we can send you a list of them to choose from if you email us on sales@alternative-armies.com but you can also get them as a big free download from a link HERE on the Flintloque page of the website.


We have a new free PDF combined scenario and article which you can download from our dropbox right now by CLICKING HERE.  Scenario Five called 'It is a Long Way Home' which sees the Ferach survivors from 5024 Escape the Dark Czar (the starter set for Flintloque) team up with the new Al-Garvey Legion to fight off the Undead.  It also has a Uniformation article giving uniforms, background, statistics and more for 53512 Goblin Ferach Legion included.  Enjoy!


Lastly. Our Salute Special Week will begin officially on Friday with full details across all ranges then...but the offers have already been put in place as of now so that you can order your Flintloque and Slaughterloo miniatures and books now and the deals too!  Check out the Von Rotte Legion divisional army pack which is a massive 25% off during this promotion period (awesome value and our Salute Valon deal!) and all orders place for more than 15.00GBP of product value automatically get free worldwide shipping!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Fantasy 28mm Sorcerer Lord and Cavalry packs released!

The last of the Fell Lord (FL series) are now re-released! Following up on the end of last month when we put out the Men at Arms and Peasants we have the final codes now on the website meaning all twenty three packs are on the website. These classic miniatures are being used in tabletop wargames and roleplay plus dungeon crawl all over the world. A special thanks to the talented Jimboba he of Warchest Blog fame for painting up FL20 which you can see here. Check out his blog for more of his work. With the FL series complete these are all of our High Fantasy releases for the month. We will return in May with the start of the new series. 


You can see all of the Fell Lords on the Knights and Footsoldiers plus the Adventurers and Wizards pages. Click through or read on for more! 







The images above are painted by Jimboba. Details now follow:


“The paths of magic run deep and far and not all of them run towards the light. Some paths branch off and lead the new devotee of the arcane arts towards darkness. For some this is little more then petty tyranny over their neighbours but for a few it creates a life devoted to the spreading of death and dominion on a grander scale. Perhaps once this sorcerer was good. Perhaps once he had a mother and the smell of fresh flowers. Now he is a twisted creature of evil whose spells and summonings have attracted an army of the Undead and their ghoulish evil fellows. Few will try to stand in his way.” 

FL20 Sorcerer Lord 
This code contains three different 28mm scale white metal miniatures. A great character for your Evil or Undead forces. 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: 

FL20-01: Sorcerer Lord on foot with separate staff. 
FL20-02: Mounted Sorcerer Lord with rearing Horse and separate staff. 

“Horse Warriors of the northern passes and defenders of the great plain beyond it is to the Riders of Eorl that the defence against invaders from the mountains falls. In return for being a petty kingdom apart from our rulers and except from our taxes they scatter the Orcs and Unmen who sally forth against the softer cities of Men in the south. It is well known that the Riders of Eorl have little love for the lancers and knights of Dresda considering them coddled and befuddled by the promises of coin and sultry ladies. Instead they keep to the wilder lands and decorate their hearths with the skulls of vanquished enemies.” 


FL17 Riders of Eorl 
This code contains two different 28mm white metal mounted miniatures each supplied with a random pose of Eorl horse. 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: 

FL17-01: Armoured Rider with Shield, arm level and separate lance with Horse. 
FL17-02: Armoured Rider with Shield, arm vertical and separate lance with Horse. 


FL18 Thane of Eorl 
This code contains two different 28mm white metal mounted miniatures each supplied with a random pose of Eorl horse. 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: 

FL18-01: Thane Rider with Shield, arm raised; with Horse. 
FL18-02: Armoured Rider holding Banner with Horse.

“Some think that those who escape the employ of our Lord in the stinking streets of Dresda by becoming his raised Men at Arms on horseback think they are lucky. It is true they get out of the mud and spare their feet from the march. But then they must pay for their saddlery and keep their beast well fed and watered which leaves little coin for other matters. That I could abide with but not the other things the demi lancers must do. When garrisons are needed far off in places where Orcs drink from the severed heads of our soldiers it is the lancers who are sent. True the nobles are also mounted and they also could go..but then they always seem to be absent when duty calls.” 


FL21 Dresda Demi Lancers 
This code contains two different 28mm white metal mounted miniatures each supplied with a horse. 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: 

FL21-01: Man At Arms, separate Lance, arm vertical; with Horse. 
FL21-02: Man at Arms, separate Lance, arm level; with Horse. 
 










We hope you have enjoyed watching us getting the Fell Lords back to the world and we thank you for your support and kind words in the process. These are all our high fantasy releases for April and we will have a Salute Season promotion later this month. Next month we will begin on the next series of high fantasy but more of that when it is time. 

Thanks for reading, 

GBS

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! Here it is unpainted as it is supplied.



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