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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Friday, 31 October 2014

Free PDF Insert for 55016 Lady Rosafiend


Released this very month we present to you the free one page PDF insert for the character miniature 55016 Lady Rosafiend.  This insert contains some background, rules for Flintloque, rules for Slaughterloo, uniform details and more along with pictures.  Click HERE for the miniature or click HERE to download the PDF for free from our dropbox account.

A great little resource for Flintloque and Slaughterloo fans written by myself with some assistance from a firm fan of Flintloque in the USA.

What is also excellent is that this seductive Vampyre is half price just now on our website until the middle of November.  Excellent!

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Free PDF Insert for 56131 Ludwig Von Barkhoven


With a bit of a delay we present to you the free one page PDF insert for the character miniature 56131 Ludwig Von Barkhoven.  This insert contains some background, rules for Flintloque, rules for Slaughterloo, uniform details and more along with pictures.  Click HERE for the miniature or click HERE to download the PDF for free from our dropbox account.

A great little resource for Flintloque and Slaughterloo fans written by myself with some assistance from members of the Notables Yahoo Group.

Another one coming real soon....

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Monday, 20 October 2014

Preparing for the OITW Advent Calendar 2014 - Uncle Rogipoos Scenario


It is reaching that point in the year again where Flintloque fans begin to look forward to the annual advent calendar from Orcs in the Webbe.  A whole month of daily fun where the master of OITW Craig Andrews will be stunning and hurrahing his way through the Cryptmass Season with fiction, scenarios, articles, art and more all about the World of Valon.  Its getting to be a real tradition and I, on behalf of Alternative Armies, will be doing my part.

While I plan several items (no spoilers!) the focus of this post is about a Flintloque scenario for this years advent calendar in memory of a fine fellow and great fan of Flintloque who sadly passed away this year.  Mr Willcox was a very popular member of the Notables Yahoo Group who created a fictional character known as Uncle Rogipoos.  So keen were we all to know of this adventurer and to use him in our games that a set of miniatures (VLE10) were created to allow this to happen.

It is my intention to create a Flintloque scenario with the help of experienced wargames scenario writer Mark Lesney all about Uncle Rogipoos in a mad cap situation with a fellow rascal Villiam Bedsforc the 'Bombardier' (VLE12).  This also seemed fitting since the loss of the actor and comedian who inspired this miniature code also occurred this year.

The scenario will see the two of them pair up against the evil of the Sproutoids when the barriers of Magicke are at their weakest.  But will these Orcs save Valon or will the swirling vortex take them beyond their world and into the ultimate unknown?

You will be able to read this scenario for free in December.

GBS

Thursday, 16 October 2014

October to November 2014 Offers at Alternative Armies


Its coming up on Pumpkin and Scary Mask time once more as the year moves ever closer to its end.  On that note today sees the launch of Alternative Armies new set of deals and offers so set your face to spooky and let's see what we have.  If you have something of ours in mind and would like to suggest we make a deal on next time just drop me a line and ask.  You never know.  Read on!

Here are our new deals and offers for the next month.  These can all be found on our WEBSITE.  We are focusing on the Undead and to that end we have 15% off the core 55508 Zombie Line codes for Flintloque and Slaughterloo as well as the fantastic 55505 Licantzrop Jagers light infantry Werewolves code also at 15% off.  For gunners we have a superb half price offer on the 59503 Undead Artillery Set (three cannons and two limber sets).  Just to get on the nerves of the Lady Rosafiend we have 15% off the 5005 Lady Wintermore's Fangs box set of characters with scenarios for Flintloque.  Moving more towards fantasy we have a 25% off offer on the PRM01 Headless Horseman cavalry miniature and 25% off the VNT2 Wraith on Pteradon as well.  Lastly we have a 25% off offer on a seasonal Erin pack of miniature ER25 The Celtic Half Dead for all your celtic themed Undead needs.  Excellent!


The resin Trolka Jager has been taken off free and replaced with a great half price offer on our newly released female Vampyre 55016 Lady Rosafiend.  That's right the Lady Rosafiend is 50% off during the current promotional period (1.00GBP rather than 2.00GBP).  Cast in one piece white metal and 28mm scale she is suitable for Flintloque and Slaughterloo as well as a whole host of game systems besides.  You can read more about her HERE.  Seductive!

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

55016 Lady Rosafiend released at Alternative Armies

THE LADY ROSAFIEND

As the Dwarf Mecartor gazed in fascination at the pictorial vista before him and the excited murmurs of the stunned Marshals began to reverberate around the ghostly hallway, the heavy aura of the palace appeared to suddenly dissipate.  Shadows retreated to the nethermost corners of the chamber, as through forced back by an unseen sun.  A strange perfume reminiscent of rose blossom permeated through the dank air and enraptured the group with its heady aroma.  For an almost imperceptible moment, Mordred’s senses were overpowered by the puissant fragrance.  As the over-whelming sensation swiftly relaxed its grip over the Elf’s faculties, he realised that another figure had joined them in the awakening hallway.

Moving gracefully across the now gleaming oaken floor panels towards the gathered Commanders of the invasion force was the shapely and enigmatic physique of an elegant and alluring woman.  Enveloped in a voluminous black dress, her niveous skin glowed in sharp contrast to the dark finery of the gown’s material.  A flowing mane of fiery red hair cascaded over her shoulders, softly caressing her back as she glided serenely to the astonished Marshals of Armorica.  Casting her captivating hazel gaze towards the Emperor himself, the mysterious beauty introduced herself as the Lady Rosafiend.  As her soft, delectable voice poured from her blood-red lips and swathed Mordred in its honeyed lustre, the haughty Elf knew that he had found his Empress.

Apologising for being unable to welcome the travellers earlier, Lady Rosafiend addressed her guests as if she had been expecting them, with her particular attentions being focused towards Mordred himself.  Beckoning the assemblage to follow her, she led them into one of the chambers they had passed through earlier.  Gesturing towards some velvet-upholstered chairs, she bade the Elves and their companions to be seated.  As yet, none had questioned her near-supernatural arrival in the gallery, and the congregated dignitaries of the Armorican Empire were too enraptured by her soothing tones and radiant aspect to ask even the simplest questions.

Anticipating their queries, Rosafiend enlightened them with an astonishing discourse made believable only by her hypnotic voice and sensuous mannerisms.  Vilnau had once been a magnificent and splendid City, and she had been its ruler.  Burgeoning with life, the self-sustained and vibrant metropolis grew in bounds, with its cyclopean spires clawing ever higher into the cold air, proclaiming her power throughout the territory under her exquisite dominion.  However, a rival had emerged from the colder climes of the deep Witchlands.  

Ingratiating herself to the Star Wraith Aleksander, Rosafiend’s female adversary had espied Vilnau and desired it for herself.  Considered second only to Moskova itself, Vilnau had become a model City for the competitive aristocratic families of the Witchlands, and Rosafiend’s jealous enemy resented the esteem Vilnau had brought the noble Lady. Rosafiend, skilled in the esoteric magical arts, believed she had nothing to fear from her young competitor, a Vampyre from the ancient house of Dracsul, one of the most powerful Vampyre families of the Witchlands. The Emperor noted that she had said Vampyres, so the legends were true.  He said not a word and let the fascinating and captivating lady continue.

However, the dark machinations of Vampyres had cut down the most unassailable rulers with their vociferous lies and callous manipulations, and Rosafiend found herself unable to prevent her calculating rival from spreading insidious rumours which soon permeated the court of the Star Wraith himself.  

Accused of growing opulent off the generosity of Aleksander, Rosafiend found her formidable position crumbling around her.  As the viperous Dracsul family awaited the day Vilnau would become theirs, Rosafiend desperately tried to avert disaster by travelling to the court of Aleksander to plead her case.  Receiving a cold reception at Moskova, she failed to persuade the Star Wraith that the black-hearted Dracsul witch had merely spun a web of lies to further her own nefarious plans, and was ordered back to Vilnau. When she arrived at her City, she was shocked to discover it devoid of all life.  It had been stripped of its populace, and now, she was utterly alone.... (From 5026 Flintloque 3rd Edition – Death in the Snow)

The time of the snows and the frozen lands approaches and as such we have a brand new Undead release for you all this month.  A superb single character miniature cast in white metal 28mm scale for use in Flintloque and Slaughterloo as well as many other game systems.  A female vampyre and the nemesis of Lamia Wintermore we present 55016 Lady Rosafiend.  The cause of the Emperor Mordred's fever dreams and now she can be yours too!


The seductive Lady Rosafiend is on special offer for the next month or so.  That's right she is half price!  1.00GBP rather than 2.00GBP per miniature.  You can also get this miniature pro-painted at the same saving by using the drop down menu on the product page.  Go HERE.

We will soon be putting up the Flintloque and Slaughterloo statistics for this character so that you can use her officially in your games.  Rosafiend is a powerful Vampyre who can affect the minds of Elves as well as the Undead.  A really ally for the Ferach in the frozen hell of the Witchlands.

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Thursday, 9 October 2014

New 28mm Bits and Sprues released at Alternative Armies


This week Alternative Armies has added four new codes to its 'Bits and Sprues' range of battlefield accessories.  These are a firm favourite with players of Flintloque and Slaughterloo and are used for several aspects of wargaming.  They can be used to adorn miniatures to give them a more unique look.  They can be used as part of a conversion or scratch build of a miniature to make them truly special.  They can also be used as parts of a diorama or scatter terrain giving more emphasis to that piece of terrain.  So what are we adding to the Pastry Pies, Exotic Fruit, Tankards, Feathers and Pistols in the range.  Read on.

BS8 Cooked Fish 1.20GBP
Three different fish in 28mm scale on a sprue in white metal.  This sprue adds variety to your miniatures if you are playing Flintloque, Slaughterloo or any other 28mm wargame system.  Easy to add and easy to paint up.

BS9 Cooked Meat 1.20GBP
Three different types of cooked meat in 28mm scale on a sprue in white metal.  A string of sausages, a rack of ribs and a leg of pork.  This sprue adds variety to your miniatures if you are playing Flintloque, Slaughterloo or any other 28mm wargame system.  Easy to add and easy to paint up.

BS10 Roasted Dodo Legs 1.20GBP
Three different cooked bird's legs in 28mm scale on a sprue in white metal. If you play Flintloque you will get the humour and this sprue is a direct result of comments on The Notables Yahoo Group.  Dodo's are used as cavalry mounts by the Goblins of Al-Garvey. This sprue adds variety to your miniatures if you are playing any 28mm wargame system.  Easy to add and easy to paint up.

BS11 Carrots 1.20GBP
Four different lots of carrots in 28mm scale on a sprue in white metal. If you play Flintloque you will get the humour and this sprue is a direct result of comments on The Notables Yahoo Group.  Carrots are a motto and food source for the Rabbitmen of Burrovia. This sprue adds variety to your miniatures if you are playing any 28mm wargame system.  Easy to add and easy to paint up.


This is the last week of the current round of Deals and Offers on our website.  Here are the details of the offers and the free miniature too.  This will end on 16th October 2014 when a new round will be announced.  59000 The Armourers Pack (32 Random Muskets) is 25% off meaning you can convert or add to your Flintloque forces with ease.   In gunnery terms for fans of Slaughterloo and Flintloque we have a superb half price offer on the 59501 Grand Alliance Artillery Set (three cannons and two limber sets).  For personalities we have 15% off the great 51507 Elf Command Set for fans of the tyrant Emperor Mordred.  Our popular boxed set 5104 105th Rifles with 18 different Orcs in it is also 15% off so if you want to get some back up for Captain Sharke and his Rifleorc's this is your time.


Free in all orders is another brand new conversion to resin for Alternative Armies; 56563 Trolka Jager firing.  It is our intention to convert the entire 28mm range of massive Trolka infantry away from white metal and into resin instead.  This will mean a price reduction and it starts with quite a reduction.  That being one free Trolka Jager in every order automatically.  A wee gift worth 5.00GBP which you can also purchase more of it you desire.  So 56563 Trolka Jager firing free in every order and on general release at a lower price too.  Superb!

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

51533 Elf Line Dragoons Released!

“Captain Sharke looked grim.  The scars on his face were livid in the cold of the Catalucian mountains and there was a fleeting inch of snow on the barren ground around him.  With an eye long used to war Sharke was watching distant horses down in the sheltered valley while he and a half dozen Rifleorcs were up the hill side where they could not be followed.  Damn Dragoons, damn ruddy Elves. Why was it always these pointy eared prancing Ferach that made his life hell. Everywhere in Catalucia the threat of roving patrols of Dragoons kept the Army of Albion on its toes.  While the distant port city of Kooruna was the goal of the marching army he was headed away from them on his own mission.  Well he would be if he could just get shed of these damn Dragoons.  Sharke told the rest of the Orcs to get to their feet and they grumbled and grunted in cold limbed discomfort.  It was warmer in the valley, the wind did not cut as deep into sodden uniforms.  But on the ridges and hill tops they remained; for a sabre from horseback could and would cut all the deeper.”


The early supporter offers are now finished and our thanks to all those who took up the chance to get these excellent miniatures before general release.  Today is the day of that general release and you can now find the 51533 Elf Line Dragoons modular white metal miniatures on the Alternative Armies website.  We think these are some of the finest miniatures we have ever released.  There has been a lot of buzz around these codes for a month now and a lot to see and read.  Here are the codes:

51533 Ferach Elf Line Dragoons (5 Mounted Elf's).  
Officer, Standard Bearer, Musician, Sergeant and One Trooper all with horses. 20.00GBP
51533-U Ferach Elf Line Dragoons (10 Mounted Elf's).  
A unit code as per 51533 plus five more mixed Troopers all with horses.  34.00GBP
51533-T Ferach Elf Line Dragoon (1 Random Trooper with random horse kit). 4.50GBP

Modular Riders and Modular Horses give a massive amount of options for building and converting your miniatures for use in Flintloque and Slaughterloo.  We sell these codes unpainted but also with the option to purchase them assembled, pro-painted and based.  All options are on the page for the Dragoons along with more information.  Miniatures come with our great cartouche resin bases included.  A must for any Ferach Empire player.


Here are links to some of the blog posts we featured about the development of these unique miniatures.  The concept, the parts and the first finished for the Dragoons.  These are great fun and bring you up to speed on this release.


We also featured last week two great free resources for the 51533 Elf Line Dragoons in the shape of firstly their sculptor Sam Croes presenting a building and painting article and secondly myself presenting a four page insert all about their use in play and more.  These are well worth a read.


More releases for Flintloque and Slaughterloo are on their way starting this week with an expansion to our Bits and Sprues range for converting and adding fun to your Alternative Armies miniatures.

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Monday, 6 October 2014

Boundaries by Matthew Hartley at Orcs in the Webbe


Now up on Orcs in the Webbe (OITW) is the latest instalment of 'Tankard Tales' a series on Wargaming and sometimes on Flintloque written by author Matthew Hartley. These often have a special way at looking at the gaming world and this instalment is no different.  You can read it HERE.

A Hedge for Flintloque by Tony Harwood
As Craig Andrews puts it in his introduction to 'Boundaries' this is a short article in which a walk from one side of the country to the other forces a change in perception on how wargames deal with boundaries...

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Four Page Insert for 51533 Elf Dragoons - A Flintloque Resource


We present a Four Page Insert by Gavin B Syme (author of Flintloque 3rd edition) which is being supplied with every unit of the modular Elf Dragoons.  This insert gives a lot of information for Armorican Line Dragoons in both Flintloque and Slaughterloo.  Including Fiction, Dragoons in the Armorican Army, Uniforms, an account of the 18th Dragoons, Flintloque statistics, Slaughterloo Profile and more.  CLICK HERE to download it as a PDF from our Dropbox.

Flintloque and Slaughterloo fans alike have already been placing their orders for the awesome new 51533 Elf Line Dragoons modular white metal 28mm miniatures set.  Its released soon on 7th October 2014 and until then on our Deals and Offers page you can find them on pre-release offer at 10% and 20% off release price. Excellent!


We currently have (until the middle of this month) some Deals and Offers which you might find interesting to combine with an order for the 51533 Ferach Elf Dragoons. These can all be found on our WEBSITE.  59000 The Armourers Pack (32 Random Muskets) is 25% off meaning you can convert or add to your Flintloque forces with ease.   In gunnery terms for fans of Slaughterloo and Flintloque we have a superb half price offer on the 59501 Grand Alliance Artillery Set (three cannons and two limber sets).  For personalities we have 15% off the great 51507 Elf Command Set for fans of the tyrant Emperor Mordred.  Our popular boxed set 5104 105th Rifles with 18 different Orcs in it is also 15% off so if you want to get some back up for Captain Sharke and his Rifleorc's this is your time.


Free in all orders, taking over from the resin riding pig, is another brand new conversion to resin for Alternative Armies; 56563 Trolka Jager firing.  It is our intention to convert the entire 28mm range of massive Trolka infantry away from white metal and into resin instead.  This will mean a price reduction and it starts with quite a reduction.  That being one free Trolka Jager in every order automatically.  A wee gift worth 5.00GBP which you can also purchase more of it you desire.  So 56563 Trolka Jager firing free in every order and on general release at a lower price too.  Superb!

If you missed Sam Croes modelling and painting article on the Dragoons then you are missing out. Go HERE to read it on the Alternative Armies blog.

Thanks for Reading.  

GBS