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.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

BS020 Flintloque Guns sprue released at Alternative Armies

Following up on a conversation on the Notables Yahoo Group about which missing firelocks they would like to see for Flintloque to personalise their miniatures we are happy to present this new sprue of guns.  These are 28mm scale and are the twentieth release in our Bits and Sprues range on the website.  Alongside Tankards, Carrots, Pies, Fruit, Meat, Pistols, Wine Glasses and a lot more we now have four new black powder fantasy weapons.  Go HERE or read on for more.


BS020 Flintloque Guns
Four different white metal 28mm scale black powder guns taken from the Flintloque universe for customising your characters or adding scenic interest to your gaming table.  They are from left to right.  1. Ogre Kannonderbuss (Hunvaria and K.G.L), 2. Repeating Air Rifle (Ostaria), 3. Seven Barrel Volley Gun (Greate Britorcn) and 4. Dwarf Blunderbuss (Finklestein, Krautia, Von Rotte Legion).  You can purchase a sprue or single guns from it by selecting your option on the menu. 2.00GBP per sprue. Go HERE.



This is an excellent sprue of four weapons for players of Flintloque and Slaughterloo.  The Kannonderbuss is a staple weapon of all the Ogres in the game and has been requested many times so that it can be slung from the back of cavalry on their Rhinos or on the shoulder of command elements with drum or standard pole.  The Ostarian Repeating Air Rifle is an enigma in the game just as it was in real life.  Our design is based entirely upon the historical Girandoni pattern and as such it could be used with historical 28mm miniatures too.  It is lovely to see it in reality now as it has never been on any of our figures despite being in the universe since near the beginning.  What can be said of the Volley Gun that is not known.  Used by Sergeant Harpy the hulking best mate of Captain Sharke this gun shoots seven pistol sized balls and can devastate a group of enemies but it will destroy anyone too weak to fire it properly.  Dwarves have two standard firelocks on Valon. One of them is the MkII Musket (which is in our Armourers Pack) and the other is the Blunderbuss.  Now the Blunderbuss can be added to characters or diorama pieces.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS 

Friday, 17 February 2017

Free Worldwide Shipping to celebrate our Merger until 20th February 2017

Alternative Armies is delighted to announce that the merger of our sister site 15mmcouk back into our own online place is complete.  All the fantasy, historical, science fiction and publications for 15mm scale are all now at home in the 'Our 15mm Ranges' list on our home page.  It has been a complex and actually rather emotional process but tabletop gamers have been very supportive of our choice and the reasons for it.  As a result we wish to reward this kindness and to celebrate the merger and so we have a Free WorldWide Shipping event (orders over 12GBP product value) now online which will end at 9am GMT Tuesday 21st February (we know we said Monday but this is to account for the time difference around the world).  Go HERE and have a look or read on for more.


We now have a vast array of 28mm and 15mm lines to offer you from Flintloque to 28mm High Fantasy to Mythological and unique like Grinning Skull and Ganesha Games as well as 15mm in the forms of many historical periods and fantasy plus science fiction and Laserburn.  Our pricing is excellent and during this promotion all you need to do is add to your cart and as long as your product total is more than 12.00GBP then postage is free worldwide.  This is automatic.  This is standard airmail and domestic postage and if you wish to add a 'signed for' option this remains at 10.00GBP flat charge.  Go HERE.

Get yourself some campaign supplies for the early spring in 15mm and 28mm scale!


Additionally our sister website The Ion Age is also running this promotion with free postage on all orders over 12.00GBP so visit them if you love space opera wargaming and have a browse.  If you wish to combine orders from Alternative Armies and The Ion Age by email then contact us on sales@alternative-armies.com letting us know who and where you are plus your code list and we will sort you out.  Any emails which arrive before 9am GMT Tuesday 21st will qualify for the offer even if it takes a little longer to get the order processed and in place.


We will be shipping out orders all the way through this excellent weekend offer and then beyond it. We will then return to a new normal with our regular releases for many lines including Flintloque, Fantasy Monsters, HOT 15mm Fantasy, Sengoku and more.

Thanks for reading,

GBS

Thursday, 2 February 2017

15mm.co.uk to merge back into Alternative Armies during February 2017

This is a major announcement by Alternative Armies concerning the future of its fellow website 15mm.co.uk.  


About ten years ago Alternative Armies decided to separate off its 15mm ranges and to place them in their own website.  In our strategic review we have decided to bring all the ranges that make up 15mm.co.uk back to Alternative Armies.  They will be placed in their own new sections of the Alternative Armies website and gradually removed from 15mm.co.uk.  The process will continue until all the ranges are taken across and then we will shut down 15mm.co.uk.  Both of these websites are part of the same great company and the fulfilment of orders and contact with customers will continue as normal.  The email address sales@15mm.co.uk will not be deactivated and we will send out messages during the process inviting Tabletop Gamers to join the Alternative Armies community and mail list if they have not already done so.

You will have noticed that the Alternative Armies website has a new look and is now even roomier.  This is purposeful for the planned merger and features a new headline list of pages called '15mm Ranges'.  We ask you to support us over the coming weeks of this merger and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.  Contact us on sales@alternative-armies.com.  We took this decision for many reasons including the maintenance time in multiple large websites, the commonality of customers across them and also our plans for the scales of 15mm and 28mm which we have for this and coming years.  We know this is a surprise but all will be well and we are the same great people you already know and all of the miniatures, game systems and more you are familiar with will continue on.  The team that runs both websites will continue as it is with one much larger website.


We will keep you informed of progress.  We have have some great new products and rule systems coming in 2017.  We began with 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar a new beginners set for Flintloque and we will soon have new 15mm miniatures to show and a rule set too as well as new Flintloque Scenics and the rest of the FL Series of High Fantasy.

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

New Website look and Facebook Group for Alternative Armies

We are making changes at Alternative Armies which will be rolled out across the next month or so and we begin here. Alternative Armies has a new updated look to its website with better functionality and features. A platform for larger numbers of products and increased images and image size. This does not change the working of the site and the change is now completed so please feel free to come along and have a look. Go HERE

We also have some new logos as well and below is one of them. Ain't it lovely! Artwork by Sam Croes. 


Are you on Facebook? 


Alternative Armies and by extension 15mm.co.uk and The Ion Age which are all part of the same company now have a new dedicated Facebook Group for gaming. A place for tabletop gamers to meet and discuss. To show off pictures and to ask questions. I am overseeing it myself and I would love to see you there. Just apply to join. Alternative Armies Tabletop Gamers. A friendly bunch.

There is already a lot to see there and if you like Flintloque, Slaughterloo, Patrol Angis, USEME, High Fantasy or anything else we do it will be of interest. 


Plus if you are interested in Flintloque please go along to our website to the Flintloque page to download a mega folder of nearly 100mb of free files for the game from a link on the page below the AA Folder image. Enjoy! 

More news and excitement soon! 

Thanks for Reading, 

 GBS

Friday, 27 January 2017

5024 Escape from the Dark Czar a beginning in Flintloque now released!

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.  Go HERE.


Alternative Armies announced a new beginners game set for Flintloque back in December and the time has now arrived!  Now released as a set with book and miniatures (unpainted plus painted and based for immediate use) and as a nominal fee digital download booklet is 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar!  Go to our website to see more HERE or read on.  


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.  Choose on the page HERE





The beginners set is excellent value and contains miniatures fantastic for the new player and the veteran Flintloque player alike since you can add these characters to your Army of Armorica or Army of the Witchlands in skirmish sections or even in Slaughterloo units.


The twenty page booklet for 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar can be purchased for a nominal price on our website as a digital download in its own right if you want to add it to your collection right away or are just interested in what Flintloque is.  Go HERE


We hope you really like the new beginners set and go on from it to greater military adventurers in the World of Valon.  We now also have something else for you for free for you to download.  The Alternative Armies Free Files Stack is a 95mb folder crammed with PDF's.  Scenarios, Articles, Profiles, Map and much more for Flintloque and Slaughterloo as well as other systems we have.  The link is located on the Flintloque and Slaughterloo pages of the website so click through and then download them to your device.  If you have any questions about our games and miniatures please email us on sales@alternative-armies.com and we will be delighted to assist you.


There are currently four main books in the Flintloque 3rd edition series as well as four Shilling Starters Packs too.  We also have each book as a digital download and a mega bundle too.  Go HERE to see and read more.


We shall be releasing more material for 5024 Escape from the Dark Czar as time progresses including articles and scenarios for you to add to your beginners set.  Each of these future pieces will feature more forces and characters and greater adventure focused on the initial ten miniatures.  The first of these was made public at the end of 2016.  Scenario Four 'What Ales You' which follows on from the three in the booklet.  You can get it for free on this link HERE as a PDF.  Look out for more to come!

Thank you for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Axe and Brimstone pledges shipping from Scotland

Alternative Armies is delighted to announce in partnership with Ganesha Games the shipping of the pledges for the new Kickstarter range Axe and Brimstone. Packages have been mailing from here this week and will continue to do so until all pledges assigned to us are on their way to wargamers. The miniatures have been manufactured and shipped from here in Scotland and are looking great! 


You can see the Kickstarter online HERE.

On another note the range of Axe and Brimstone miniatures will soon be released on the Ganesha Games page of the Alternative Armies website. The Halflings, the Possessed Dwarves, the Dolmen and the new Fighting Fungi. All as single codes and of course value packs with a saving too if you want to get in on the range that way. Look out for this soon. 


If you are not on our mailing list and want to be so that you can be told of this release and other news all you need to do is send an email to sales@alternative-armies.com with your name, asking to be added and we will do the rest for you. 

Thanks for Reading, 

 GBS

Monday, 16 January 2017

FL11 Wizards Party 28mm character pack released!

I want to thank all the 28mm high fantasy wargamers out there who have supported Alternative Armies in re-mastering and re-releasing our classic range of miniatures.  We have the full Classic Adventurers (CA) range out now as well as about half of the Fell Lords (FL) codes too.  Human Warriors, Adventurers, Free Booters, Magicians and more.  Industry leading and veteran sculptors of the 1990's making white metal miniatures for any system and setting.  Now we present to you a great set which deserves a place in your collection.  FL11 Wizards Party.  Read on for more or click HERE.


“Wizards belong in towers.  I tell you.  They belong up in a craggy stone tower looking down at us poor mud racking mortals.  That's their place.  Makes me feel uneasy when one comes striding through the village all decked out in his flashy attire.  Yes, attire, I picked that up at the Inn.  Though the village he comes with a little lad at his tail babbling nonsense questions.  Then a donkey with their baggage on it...and some sort of little thing...spout of flame it breathed I tell you no lies.  Last up comes this hulking thing...Ogre I think..but too clean by far.  Wooden chests bound to its back and up on its head too.  I just stood there and stared and you know what?  The bloody thing winked at me as it trudged past!”

FL11 Wizards Party
This code contains four different 28mm white metal miniatures. 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:

FL11-01: A veteran wizard is star robes with staff.
FL11-02: An Ogre laden with Chests and Baggage.
FL11-03: A young lad with wand and book.
FL11-04: A Donkey with magical baggage and tiny imp.

Thanks for reading,

GBS