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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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Monday, 23 October 2017

FL29 Mischief of Rats scurrying out now!

“They boiled up from the tunnel a frothing tide of black fur and glinting red eyes. The Wizard stepped back away from the collapsed entrance to the creatures lair but he was too slow. The tide of living flesh, teeth and claws swept up and over him. Into his robes and then into him biting, chewing, eating as he screamed. The rest of the party scattered and then watched, unable to give aid, as their magic user was subsumed and then as the rats broke in all directions left as a gnawed skeleton. Only a richly embroidered hat remained among scraps of cloth. It was the entrance to the lair and already the party was reduced. Now who would peer in into the tunnels depths?” 


I don't know about you but I loath Rats...really...I do...yuch..the squeaks and the scampering and the genetic memory of disease and plague. Luckily these re-mastered white metal miniatures will not spread illness but fun. Now on the Alternative Armies website is a value pack of Rats in two poses. Excellent value and great for many settings and uses. Go HERE or read on for more. 


FL29 Mischief of Rats 
This code contains ten from two different poses of white metal miniatures approx 18mm in length. 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 or three packs with a 10% saving applied; or a massive 100 mixed Rats at 25% off single pack price. Assembly is required with some white metal miniatures. Go HERE. Poses in this code are as follows: 

FL29-01: Rat running tailed raised. 
FL29-02: Rat skulking tail down. 




Here are some more images of the Rats including scale shot with one of our 28mm Crystal Elves (CE24-03 Infantry with Sword) plus CE24-01 Officer and 15mm MDA38 Wizard. Great for 15mm and 28mm use in hordes or multitudes. 


VNT29-02 Stricken Adventurer 
When you sign up with a party all you see are riches and glory in store. Sadly not for all. For some the adventure ends in a tunnel or cavern injured with something nasty gnawing at your leg. This fun miniature is an unfortunate adventurer who is being nibbled upon. One of our favourites and great for your dungeon or gaming table. Go HERE

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Thursday, 19 October 2017

HOT60 Bastion Wall now released in resin with twelve to the pack

Back at Alternative Armies in the 15mm HOT Range the second of five packs of now in resin 40mm frontage scenics. Excellent for use in 15mm scale in systems such as HOTT for strongholds or outer defences and such or in wargaming in general. Once they were white metal and now they are resin and a dozen to the pack. Superb! 


Go HERE for the HOT Range or read on for more information. 


HOT60 Bastion Wall 
This pack contains twelve identical resin pieces of a 'dry stone style' wall which is 40mm long and 16mm tall. You can assemble 480mm of frontage (19.2 Inches) with this pack and they can be used in 15mm or 28mm scale for a head height or knee height structure. Form walls, field enclosures and more. Useful in HOTT 2nd Edition to make a stronghold for your army. Can be used in Furioso or DBA, DBM and such games. Go HERE. 5.00GBP per pack. 



Above are more images of HOT60 as well as a photo with MRC17 Late 16th Century Cavalry Command for scale plus MR34 and 5024 in 28mm. Here are the other HOT Wall scenic codes on the website now. 

HOT59 Stone Wall 
This pack contains twelve identical resin pieces each a stone wall which is 40mm long and 15mm tall. You can assemble 480mm of frontage with this pack and they can be used in 15mm or 28mm scale for a head height or knee height structure. Form walls, field enclosures and more. Useful in HOTT 2nd Edition to make a stronghold for your army. Can be used in Furioso or DBA, DBM and such games. Go HERE. 5.00GBP per pack. 


We have a large range of 24AP pre-made armies for HOTT which you can see HERE. All the miniatures and element bases included. 


We have a full range of miniatures and some pre-made armies for Furioso. See them all HERE if you enjoy 15mm scale Renaissance warfare. 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Monday, 16 October 2017

VNT37 Crustacean Monster released with offer until end of October!

“Kandar was a warrior. He was the fiercest fighter that the land of Thagul had ever produced and his name was legend among the tribes. Now he stood at the shore of the cursed lake with sword in hand ready to kill the demon which had plagued the fishers these past months. The simple folk of the lake had spoken in hushed tones of an orange rock which moved and then reached up into their boats plucking them like fish on a line out and then down into the water. They hungered now as none would go near the water and none had for eight risings of the sun. Kandar would destroy the demon and then take his pick of the spoils the fishers possessed from their wealth and their women. The water swirled and the warrior tightened his grip on the blade. From the lake came the top of an orange rock as had been witnessed. He stood his ground with no fear of a rock. The rock grew wider and taller as it moved toward him and soon it was clearly not a rock but a body. Nearer and shallower it came, legs before feet as it stepped from the water to the land. Kandar raised his sword and then paused as two black beady eyes looked down at him. What was this thing? It towered over the warrior and it stank of the corruption of crab meat. Its arms ended in pincer claws one of which was massively bigger than the other. With a roar of defiance Kandar charged, sword raised, at the monster. Its arm came up and neatly snapped the blade of the sword as if it was grass to the scythe. The warrior ducked and slammed the broken blade into its mid rift; it shattered on connection. The larger arm came down and caught the warrior around the waist and then lifted him off the ground. Where was the glory in this Kander thought as he drummed his fists against the orange carapace of the arm. Then with a simple closing snip the monster turned Kander to two with no effort at all.” 

A big brand new crunchy release into the 28mm High Fantasy ranges at Alternative Armies with a monster sculpted by Kieran Billings. VNT37 Crustacean Monster is a suitable foe for any army to face and it is on special offer with 10% off until the end of October. Go HERE to see it or read on for more information. 


VNT37 Crustacean Monster 
Enforcer of an undersea kingdom or summoned creature of a rogue mage this mighty armoured foe will give your characters a real fight. This pack contains a single high quality grey tone resin miniature in three parts (partially posable arms) which is about 45mm tall from foot to head when assembled. It will work in several scales for many game settings. Supplied unpainted and without a base (shown on a 40mm round base) with basic assembled required. Go HERE. 7.00GBP 



Here are some photos of this new monster from several angles and for scale with a 28mm Human Thief. This is Kieran's third code for us and it follows up on last month and the burrowing Sandworms. Check these out. 


VNT35 Greater Sandworm 
Seen in stories and legends across the globe you must be fearful when the soil under your feet shivers at its approach. The Greater Sandworm. This pack contains a single one piece high quality grey tone resin miniature which is around 50mm tall and works in multiple scales for any game setting. Supplied unpainted and without a base (shown on a 40mm round base) with no assembly required. Go HERE. 4.00GBP 


VNT36 Sandworm Swarm 
The brood, the young or just the typical these Sandworms hunt prey through the sands and dry river beds seeking by the vibration of footsteps. This pack contains five different one piece high quality grey tone resin miniatures which are between 5mm and 20mm tall. They are emerging from the soil and then attacking. Supplied unpainted and without bases (shown on a 20mm round base) with no assembly required. Go HERE. 5.00GBP 


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

Friday, 13 October 2017

Todoroni Mountain Artillery and light cannon for Flintloque

A new pair of new releases for Flintloque and Slaughterloo sculpted by Elton Waters we are delighted to present the Nepolise Mountain Artillery crew and their specialised 2lb cannon.  You can see them on the Todoroni page of the Alternative Armies website HERE or read on for more information.  This is the first of two Valon releases for the month of October 2017.


There are a selection of units in the Todoroni of Nepolise Army, allies of the Emperor Mordred and part of the Ferach Empire. These include line infantry, light infantry, militia as well as line artillery and cavalry.  In response to fans of Flintloque these new miniatures give the Todoroni some mobile firepower such as that possessed by the Dogmen of Ostaria with their Grasshopper Gun.


56596 Nepolise Mountain Artillery
This set contains 28mm white metal miniatures including an officer with match extended, gunner with powder charge, gunner with powder horn, gunner carrying wheel and two poses of kneeling steadying gunners all standing around 28mm tall.  This set also contains a small 2lb cannon kit comprising the cannon, two wheels and a powder charge sack.  You can choose from a skirmish pack of seven miniatures (all six crew plus the gun) or the same painted and based for immediate use.  You can also purchase the cannon kit on its own.  These miniatures are supplied with our resin cartouche bases.  Go HERE.

The steep snow capped crags of northern Nepolise are the training grounds for gunnery crews which specialise in carrying their cannon into places where artillery is not expected to be.  These Todoroni have served in Al-Garvey and in the Witchlands and in fact anywhere that the Ferach seek conquest at the highest heights. For a uniform the Mountain Artillery wear a dark green jacket with white breeches with facings, collars and cuffs being white.  Boots and headwear is black and the feather in the cap is pink.


56596S Mountain Gun
This code contains all the parts to assemble one small 2lb cannon for use as a battalion or mountain gun.  For use with any Army.  Cannon body, two wheels and a powder sack.  This model is supplied with a resin cartouche base.  Go HERE.


Using these new miniatures in Flintloque and Slaughterloo

It is in the realm of light cannons that the new Mountain Gun is to be placed in play.  For use in 5030 Slaughterloo see pg25 for Light Cannons and regular use with a gun crew.  Below is a statistics line for the Nepolise Mountain Artillery to be used as part of a Ferach Division as well as an optional test rule for gun crews trained in this manner. To make use of these figures in Flintloque see 5027 Grapeshotte on pg29 for 2lb cannons and pg70 for Mountain Gun rules in play which these Todoroni adhere to as well.  Create your gun crew with the normal procedure for Flintloque.


Slaughterloo – Test Rule
Mountain Gunners   40 Points
You may choose to give the crew of any Light Cannon in your division the title of Mountain Gunners and this has the following effect in play.  The gun crew may  climb or descend any Hill on the battlefield at the normal Good Going movement rate regardless of its Slogging or other passable terrain nature.  Impassible Terrain remains so except in the case of cliffs which may be traversed as Slogging terrain as the gunners are in possession of climbing gear.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Little Killa Clowns by Grinning Skull now released

Will Grundy is back with a new pack and single miniatures added to Grinning Skull at Alternative Armies.  You can see the whole darkly humorous contents of the range HERE on our website or read on for more about these vicious entertainers.


The Grinning Skull range is 28mm and can be used in 15mm scale too for any number of settings and game systems.  Crafted in a unique style loaded with character the range features many Oggum (Pig Men) as well as Zarglians (Tentacle Aliens), Baahl (Goat Men), Chukk (Poultry Men), Kize (Sepentine Aliens) and others too.  Great fun and more than fifty different miniatures to choose from.


GRNP06 Little Killa Clowns
This pack gathers together single codes GRN49 to GRN52 for a total of ten white metal miniatures of four different poses evenly mixed. Standing 17mm tall and dressed as clowns these diminutive fellows could be mutants or assassins or just really bad tempered. Suitable for use in any science fiction or post apocalyptic wargaming setting.  You can purchase a pack, three packs with a saving or choose from the single poses.  Supplied unpainted and without bases.  Go HERE.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 6 October 2017

OH32 Goblin Knight Bolt Thrower released!

Armoured Goblins 28mm scale....excellent!  Now added to the codes already on Alternative Armies is a new one adding artillery to the Goblin Knights.  So now you can have warriors, command, dodo riders and a bolt thrower with crew.  Taking the original classic masters and creating new variants we welcome Zachary 'Danger' Martin with his first code OH32.  Go HERE or read on for more about the Goblin Knights.


“No one told me that those damn Goblins had artillery!  My men took this contract with your king on the understanding they would be fighting a bunch of stick waving savages.  This is the Iron Guard!  Bring me my horse squire.  This campaign is over!”

OH32 Goblin Knight Bolt Thrower
This code contains two different 28mm sale white metal miniatures approx 23mm in height plus a two part bolt thrower artillery piece decorated with skulls.   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. Poses in this code are as follows:

OH32-01: Goblin in full plate armour and helm pointing.
OH32-02: Goblin in full plate armour holding large bolt.
OH32-03:  Bolt Thrower in Two pieces.  Note this is the VNT23 Artillery piece.


“The Iron Guard are the foremost of the Goblins.  In ranks they march and in formations they fight.  Yes, in good order.  Not like any Goblins you have ever heard of.  These plate armoured Goblins have turned back the Dwarfs of the green stone mountains and given the Elves of the sun vale a bloody nose.  Respect them.”


FL1 Goblin Knights
This code contains five identical 28mm scale white metal miniatures approx 23mm 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. Poses in this code are as follows:

FL01-01: Goblin in full plate armour and helm with Shield and Poleaxe.


FL2 Goblin Knight Command
This code contains five different 28mm scale white metal miniatures approx 23mm average 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. Poses in this code are as follows:

FL2-01: Goblin in plate armour with Horn.
FL2-02: Goblin in plate armour with Standard.
FL2-03: Goblin in plate armour with Drum.
FL2-04: Goblin in plate armour with Back Banner and Sword
FL2-05: Goblin officer in plate armour with Spear.

“The Goblins have their iron guard which ride into the fray atop flightless birds.  Yes, birds.  Some might find mirth in this, some might even laugh at their squawking approach.  This would be a mistake for those though.  We have fought the iron guard and while our horses were faster on the hoof they were not as nimble as the birds of the Goblins.  We rode them down at the charge and then in the melee our horses flanks and bellies were slashed and gutted while our swords could not reach low enough to strike back.  Surely we hit our foes but the blades glanced from the crude iron helms and welded horns of the iron guard.  Only a dozen of us made it clear and back to the city walls.  So find mirth but when you sally forth upon the morrow I will not be coming with you.  I have already asked the captain for a change of billet to the barracks of the archers!”  


OH30 Goblin Knight Dodo Riders 
This code contains five riders in two different poses of arm out and arm crooked.  Five identical Dodos and two sprues of weapons giving a total of ten different weapons to arm your five Goblin knights.  These 28mm scale white metal miniatures are approx 26mm tall assembled.  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 (single means either rider pose supplied with a set of weapons and a dodo).  Total choice!  Assembly is required. Poses in this code are as follows:

OH30-01: Goblin rider in plate armour arm out to the side.  Dodo and Set of Weapons.
OH30-02: Goblin rider in plate armour arm crooked.  Dodo and Set of Weapons.

Go to the Orc and Goblin Hordes page of the website HERE for the thirty five different 28mm codes of Goblins, Orcs, Mountain Orcs, Hob Goblins, Dogmen as characters, infantry, cavalry and of course our Giant Troll!


Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Sulphur new Militia faction packs and free scenario running hot

Alternative Armies is delighted to present to you a brand new faction for Sulphur II which is detailed in the game book.  Two packs of four different 32mm scale infantry to add to your larger and smaller vehicles, characters and of course the mecha.  Sulphur 32mm post-apocalyptic tabletop game of mayhem and creeping mists.  Go HERE for the range with all codes plus the game book in print and as a digital download too.  Read on for more information.


Superbly detailed 32mm scale resin miniatures and vehicle kits as well as a skirmish rules system with a great setting.  Sulphur II!


SSM1 Militia Squad I
This high quality grey tone resin 32mm scale pack contains four different infantry miniatures.  Excellent for your wasteland gaming!  These models are single piece and made for slotta bases.  Parts are lettered for easy reference.  16.00GBP


SSM2 Militia Squad II
This high quality grey tone resin 32mm scale pack contains four different infantry miniatures.  Excellent for your wasteland gaming!  These models are single piece and made for slotta bases.  Parts are lettered for easy reference.  16.00GBP


A Free Scenario for Sulphur – Running Hot
Download a full free scenario directly from Alternative Armies written by the authors of Sulphur II.  Click HERE and you can find the link on the web page too.  Go HERE for the range.



SUL1  Sulphur Game Book
SKIRMISH TABLETOP RULES FOR POST APOCALYPSE MAYHEM
A4 Format.  Colour Covers. 68 Pages

Sulphur is a set of sci-fi skirmish rules with its own extensive range of 32mm 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! 


SUL2 Sulphur Game Book Digital Download
Get the book as a paid for digital download from us direct to your device from our website.  Add to cart and get immediate link for download upon payment.  This is the same book as the print version.  As with all Alternative Armies titles this version of the book is 20% cheaper than the print version.

Thank you for your support in bringing this range back to the world with us now with brand new codes!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Talking About Games review video on our 28mm Adventurers

Alternative Armies has hundreds of 28mm miniatures to choose from for high fantasy players, dungeon questers and role players taken from our own ranges plus those of Ganesha Games and Fantasy Warlord too.  Among these are value packs and a popular one of is the FL22 Adventurers Pack which has ten different characters in it.  We were  approached by a Youtube channel based in Mexico called Talking About Games which was very keen to review one of our packs.  The result of the trek of the miniatures around the world is this video which I hope you enjoy!



It is a very honest review and it shows the many uses which FL22 Adventurers Pack can be put to.  Talking About Games also goes over other things which Alternative Armies does and it makes us happy that Abraham of TAG channel likes us and our miniatures so much.  

“To the tavern they come.  From all across the lands they walk or ride to reach the bar when the roles are assigned.  Upon entering their names and fame are measured and those who make the grade are permitted to approach the richly dressed man who sits by the bar side fireplace.  Eventually the best are chosen and offers golden coin to undertake a quest...an adventurer.  All of their skills will be needed.  All of their deadly arts put to use.  A map is shown and hands shaken.  The monsters will be slain and the Princess brought back alive to her father.  Now to the road and the dungeon!”


FL22 The Adventurers 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 FL13 and FL14.  Assembly is required with some white metal miniatures. Go HERE. Poses in this composite value code are as follows:

FL13-01: Elf Fighter with two handed sword.
FL13-02: Human Bard with instrument.
FL13-03: Half Orc with lit torch and sword.
FL13-04: Human Cleric with shield and mace.
FL13-05: Female Halfling with lantern.
FL14-01: Elf Thief with dagger.
FL14-02: Female Human Thief.
FL14-03: Human Barbarian with two handed axe.
FL14-04: Human Ranger with bow.
FL14-05: Fighter in plate armour with greatsword. 

Thanks for...viewing!

GBS