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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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Tap Room Ogre released for Fantasy and Flintloque

A new 28mm release from Alternative Armies. The Tap Room Ogre is a civilian or fantasy miniature which is great for any game system.  Sculpted by Elton Waters.  Go HERE or read on for more.



OTTO SAUFEN - A BARREL ON TAP
It can be a tough life running a tavern like the Fallen Angel especially when the tavern is located in southern Kartoffelburg which is a war zone.  Kartoffelburg is a cauldron of nations with the Ferach Empire and its allies fighting against the Krautians with the support of Greate Britorcn.  The Fallen Angel used to have beautiful stained glass windows and inscribed doors.  Now it has windows which are boarded up and doors which are studded with iron.  It would have been less, a smoking ruin, if it had not been for Otto Saufen.

Otto Saufen minded the bar in the tap room of the tavern until the owner was killed in a skirmish between Krautian infantry and Elvish carabiners.  That firefight also ruined the carefully tended gardens around the Fallen Angel and saw the four harnessed Rhinos which carried those with coin to nearby Fusserhaufen stolen by the Dwarves.  Once the musketry had ended Otto found himself landlord of a now damaged tavern.  But he was determined to survive and ever since he has sold booze both fine and foul from a line of barrels behind the bar.  Bullet holes and blackened timbers where comfortable furniture once was.  A Barrel on Tap at all times is his motto and he Otto even takes to the fields around the Fallen Angel when profit is near.


56116 Tap Room Ogre
This code contains one 28mm scale white metal miniature which stands about 35mm tall.  A civilian or un-uniformed soldier in shirt and trousers carrying a heavy barrel on his back.  This miniature works well in many game systems in High Fantasy and of course Flintloque and Slaughterloo.  Goes excellently with the Krautian Giant Legion or the Hunvarian Legion plus Valon Civilians.  You can purchase this code unpainted or painted and based for immediate play.  Supplied with a 30mm square base.  Price 4.00GBP.  Go HERE.


We have created a one page article called 'A Barrel on Tap' which contains a short tale, rules for Flintloque, rules for Slaughterloo as well as a scenario seed which is hosted on our website as a PDF; click HERE to download it to your device.  Enjoy.  


Weekly Deals at Alternative Armies.  Each week we present TWO entire collections (parts or a whole smaller range) with 10% off the price of every miniature, book, accessory, limited code and everything else in that collection.  This discount applies on top of those already in place for bumper packs, units and so on.  It also applies to pro-painted options too. A 28mm scale deal and a 15mm scale deal across our Flintloque / High Fantasy / Science Fiction / Historical genres.  They are all listed on the page together.  Deals end at Midnight GMT Sunday each Week.  Start a new army or fill in gaps in your force.  Test out a new collection or sample for skirmish.  Go HERE.  We recommend you check once a week to see if something you want has appeared in the deals.


If you have not already done so we urge you to go to our website home page, scroll to the bottom and join our mailing list through the box provided there.  You will not miss out on all the new releases and fun plus we sometimes have email list only events.

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Monday, 15 January 2018

New Weekly Deals System and Stalinov pencil topper

January continues apace here at Alternative Armies and we have some news for you.  A new system of Weekly Deals where we take ten percent off two different entire collections on our website; one 28mm and one 15mm scale.  We tested and bedded this in last week and it continues now.  Go HERE to see what is on offer this week (changes at midnight each Sunday) or read on for more information.  After a request from a Flintloque player we have brought back to the world a 1990's classic promotional item; the Stalinov Pencil Topper.  As some said..'what is a pencil'; ah the digital age eh!  For this go HERE or read on for more.


Weekly Deals at Alternative Armies
Each week we present TWO entire collections (parts or a whole smaller range) with 10% off the price of every miniature, book, accessory, limited code and everything else in that collection.  This discount applies on top of those already in place for bumper packs, units and so on.  It also applies to pro-painted options too.  Everything! Each week it is a 28mm scale deal and a 15mm scale deal across our Flintloque / High Fantasy / Science Fiction / Historical genres.  They are all listed on the page; one collection then the other.  



This week ( WC150118 to 220118)  we have the entire DH Dwarf Host 28mm High Fantasy range and the Laserburn 15mm science fiction range.

Just click on what you want to look at and remember there will be several pages of codes to look at. Deals end at Midnight GMT Sunday each Week.  Start a new army or fill in gaps in your force.  Test out a new collection or sample for skirmish.  Go HERE.  We recommend you check once a week to see if something you want has appeared in the deals.



CC1004 Stalinov Pencil Topper
Originally used as a promotional item in the 1990's and now back on our website in new molds we have the Stalinov pencil topper.  We offer the topper in resin or in white metal (it was originally in white metal only) but please note the metal version is rather heavy for accurate use of a pencil.  The topper is an altered version of the 28mm miniature KGB Liche Master Stalinov from 5002 with the base and lower coat removed and a recess for the writing implement (approx 24mm tall).  Note that pencils come in a multitude of lengths and ends and thicknesses so you may have to alter the topper to make it fit.  


This is easy with the resin version.  It can also be mounted on a suitable pen or if you prefer you could use the topper as a Dwarf Liche for your Undead formations in Flintloque and Slaughterloo.  Go HERE for more images and select the option you desire.  Price is 2.00GBP (resin) and 4.00GBP (white metal).

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

DE8 The Chaotic Column classic 28mm dungeon scenic released

Now released at Alternative Armies into the Torture Chamber and Dungeon Crawl range is the Chaotic Column. Go HERE or read on for more.


DE8 The Chaotic Column
This classic 28mm scale resin pack contains four of the same highly detailed columns as one piece resin models.  Covered in faces and twisted visages these Chaotic Columns are great for dungeon crawl and for dioramas for any evil setting.  No assembly required and stands 45mm tall with two flat ends making standing and use as building supports simple.  This pack is supplied unpainted and without any bases or other miniatures. This model was originally in white metal in the 1980's and has been re-mastered by Alternative Armies into resin. 4.00GBP.  Go HERE.


The Torture Chamber Collection
Excellent for roleplay, dungeon crawl, dioramas and wargaming you can purchase the packs or parts of them if you just want some of the furniture or the people from them.  Thus far we have the following. Deaths Head Fountain, The Whipping Beam, The Cage, The Rack, The Branding Iron, The High Inquisitor on Throne, The Snake Pit (2017 version) as well as The Iron Maiden, The Wall and The Garrotte Chair. Go HERE for all these.  Be warned some of the codes contain adult themes such as nudity.


Alternative Armies has a brand new Weekly Deal system for 2018 which began this week!  Go HERE or read on for more information.

Each week we present TWO entire collections (parts or a whole smaller range) with 10% off the price of every miniature, book, accessory, limited code and everything else in that collection.  This discount applies on top of those already in place for bumper packs, units and so on.  It also applies to pro-painted options too.  Everything!  Start a new army or fill in gaps in your force.  Test out a new collection or sample for skirmish. Each week it is a 28mm scale deal and a 15mm scale deal across our Flintloque / High Fantasy / Science Fiction / Historical genres.  They are all listed here; one collection then the other.  Just click on what you want to look at and remember there will be several pages of codes to look at. Deals end at Midnight GMT Sunday each Week.

This Week the collections on offer are:

The Elves of Armorica (28mm Flintloque)
HOT 15mm Fantasy Range (15mm Fantasy)



If you have not already done so we urge you to go to our website home page, scroll to the bottom and join our mailing list through the box provided there or join when the window appears for the mailing list. You will also not miss out on all the new releases and fun.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Sengoku 15mm Japanese Fantasy fifth wave singles and packs released!

Wave Five is now released! The Sengoku range of 15mm scale Japanese Fantasy sculpted by John Bell is the largest such range in the world.  It now has one hundred single codes as well as value packs plus five complete wave sets (with a 10% saving) and two HOTT 2nd Edition 24AP Armies supplied with all needed element bases.  


Great for Japan themed games or spicing up your 15mm fantasy or pulp or post-apocalyptic collections among many others.  As well as Male and Female warriors there are Male and Female Buddhist monks.  There are Goblins and Kappa was well as Tengu and Oni.  Sengoku has Ghosts, Snakes and Monsters plus centipede, snake and spider bodied warriors and monsters.  School Girls in Japanese uniforms, Goblin Cavalry, Plant Sprits and Ghosts. Tanuki as well as Baku, Nekomata, Inugami, Nurikabe  and Demons.  Now Soba Shop as well as more Oni armoured and shaman plus Policemen, Demons, Samurai, Ronin and sprues of helmets. Go HERE for the range page where all the miniatures are.


SGFP26 The Sengoku Set V
Sixteen white metal miniatures, two sprues of accessories and a Soba Shop kit designed by John Bell suitable for use in any oriental themed 15mm scale game system or army.  This is a set containing one of every pose in the fifth set of the range SGF82 through to SGF100.  Small amount of Assembly required. The pack offers a small saving off single purchases of those codes.  Get one of everything!


SGFP27 Soba Shops (2) 
This pack contains two kits to assemble two Soba Shops carried by a Peddler which are single code SGF82.  The pack offers a small saving off single purchase of this code.


SGFP28 Kabuto Helmets and Staw Hats (12)
This pack contains twelve sprues of Kasa Straw Hats, six of four on each, as well as six sprues of four Kabuto Helmets with eight Sode Shoulder Guards on each sprue.  Taken from codes SGF83 and SGF84.  Excellent for diorama, conversions and other uses.  This pack offers a small saving off the single purchase of these codes.


SGFP29 Armoured and Angry Oni (12) 
This pack contains twelve mixed Oni in armour and armed with Tetsubo as well as Claws and a Shaman (typically two of each).  Taken from codes SGF85-SGF90.  This pack offers a small saving off the single purchase of these codes.


SGFP30 Deadly Monks and Policemen (12) 
This pack contains twelve mixed miniatures in two parts.  Skeletal Monk, Demon Monk and two different Policemen with Tsukubo and Sasumata evenly mixed and with plain legs of two types.  Taken from codes SGF91-94. The pack offers a small saving off the single purchase of these codes.


SGFP31 Armoured Samurai with Ronin (12)
This pack contains twelve mixed miniatures in two parts.  Armoured Samurai with Katana, Naginata as well as Armoured Ashigaru with Yari and Bow plus female archer and Ronin with Katana. Supplied with a correct mix of armoured and plain legs.  Taken from codes SGF95-100. The pack offers a small saving off the single purchase of these codes.

Here is a list of all the new miniatures which you can get as singles HERE.

SGF82 Soba Shop with Peddler 
SGF83 Kasa Straw Hats Sprue
SGF84 Kabuto Helmets Sprue with Sode Shoulder guards
SGF85 Armoured Oni with Large Blade 
SGF86 Armoured Oni with Claws
SGF87 Oni with Claws 
SGF88 Oni Shamen 
SGF89 Oni with Tetsubo 
SGF90 Oni with Tetsubo beckoning 
SGF91 Policeman with tsukubo (plain legs)
SGF92 Skeleton Warrior Monk with Yari (plain legs) 
SGF93 Demon Monk (armoured legs)
SGF94 Policeman with sasumata (plain legs) 
SGF95 Armoured Samurai with Katana (armoured legs) 
SGF96 Armoured samurai with Naginata (armoured legs) 
SGF97 Armoured Ashigaru with Yari (armoured legs) 
SGF98 Female Ronin with Katana (plain legs) 
SGF99 Female Archer armed with Bow (plain legs) 
SGF100 Armoured Ashigaru with Bow (armoured legs) 

In 2018 we are planning in co-ordination with the sculptor John Bell a wargame title in the Sengoku setting concerning the hunting of creatures.  We will give you more information on this at the time but for now we hope you like the new 15mm scale miniatures.  If you missed the previous waves for our Japanese Fantasy miniatures you can get all of the poses in four complete sets.  Here they are all with unique poses and no duplicates.  Go HERE and browse the range.







Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 29 December 2017

2017 is ending and 2018 beginning with ten percent off everything!

Thank you so much everyone for such an excellent Christmas and as the new born year of 2018 reaches us and ushers out the old year of 2017 Alternative Armies is celebrating with ten percent (10%) off literally everything on our website.  Site wide there is ten percent off every code and product and another ten percent off all bundles and divisions.  This includes all books and all digital downloads as well as all pro-painted options too.  Everything on the website.  Have a browse and join us in new year joy. Go HERE.  


It would take me an age to tell you all about what we have at Alternative Armies from the mighty and vast Flintloque range to the big ranges of 28mm fantasy as well as lots of 15mm scale ranges plus classics such as Laserburn and contenders like Grinning Skull and Sengoku not to mention Loud Ninja Games and Ganesha Games too.  We have two dozen wargame titles in print and as downloads.  


The best thing to do is to go along to our home page and then to look at the sections along its top from New Releases to Digital Downloads and then on into the World of Valon.  From there the drop down menus, when you hover over them and then click on the one you want, for 28mm Fantasy (including Fantasy Warlord) and then Ganesha Games before Our Other Ranges (lots in there new and classic, hundreds of miniatures including Erin and 6mm sci-fi) and then onto all of the 15mm scale ranges by genre with Historical, Fantasy and Science Fiction each with collections within them.  Lastly scroll right down to the bottom of the front page and click on the Events and Collected Bundles for the best value on the site.  Go HERE.


This offer runs until the end of the 2nd of January 2018 when it will automatically cease and revert to normal. Shipping options remain as normal with standard mail and airmail or signed for option. Select during checkout as normal.  We will start shipping orders around the 5th of January but we will be prepping for them from the 3rd (including the Big Mouth Beast bundle pre-orders).  We love our work!

Welcome to the New Year!

GBS

Friday, 22 December 2017

Big Mouth Beast bundle of three with free worldwide shipping Christmas only!

Alternative Armies Christmas Treat! From Friday 22nd until morning of 26th December 2017 you can pre-order our big fantasy release for January 2018 before its general release.  Purchase a bundle of three VNT38 Big Mouth Beasts and you automatically get free worldwide shipping on them.  We will send out your order at the start of January two weeks before the general release at the normal price and paid for shipping rate.  Go HERE.  Excellent!


This four day Christmas Offer is our gift to you if you play 28mm and 15mm Fantasy or Sci-fi or Flintloque or if you play Horror or Post Apocalyptic or anything else; the Big Mouth Beast is great for many settings.  Note that if will get free shipping on orders for the VNT38 bundle BUT if you put anything else in your cart along with them then shipping applies as normal. Free Worldwide Shipping applies only the VNT38 Big Mouth Beast bundle of three.  After this Christmas offer period the bundle will be taken down for normal release as a single in the middle of January 2018.  Go HERE and get yours first!


VNT38 Big Mouth Beast
It is little more than a maw upon fast running legs!  Rows of serrated teeth within jaws which could eat a man whole!  Six eyes look for prey and its legs take it with great speed and nimble grace across any land flat or hazardous.  The Big Mouth Beast was sculpted by Kieran Billings and is a creature of nightmare. This multiple scale suitable monster is composed of four high quality resin parts and when assembled (with a small degree of pose choice).  


These parts are the body, the lower jaw, the left leg and the right leg and once assembled (which is not difficult as it is a durable wargaming model) the monster is approx 50mm long and 30mm tall with the mouth having internal detailing.  


It is suitable for 15mm as a mighty beast or 28mm as a normal sized creature.  It could be inter galactic spawn, it could be a wizard's creation, it might be from the dungeon dimensions or roaming the wastelands.  It will fit right in with your campaigns.  The model is supplied unassembled and unpainted and it shown by us on a 50mm square base.  We show other miniatures from our ranges for scale and these are not included.  These are a 15mm scale HOF90 Cultist Holy Gard (in yellow and 16mm tall), a 15mm scale MDA47 Illusionist (black robes and 17mm tall), a 28mm scale VNT31-05 Liche Lord (Undead Hero and 30mm tall) and lastly for Flintloque there is 5024 General Saindoux (30mm tall).  Go HERE.

Merry Christmas from all of the team at Alternative Armies!

GBS

Friday, 15 December 2017

Adding Cavalry to my Witchlands forces by Andy Jefcoate

Well jingle my bells! The sixth in a series of linked Flintloque articles by Andy Jefcoate about his forays in the Witchlands and in Flintloque. If you missed the first to fifth articles where he got his starter set and then tried it out followed by a nail biter of a scenario and then get his Pug Dogs marching then you can read them on our blog HERE. In this article he expands with more riders. With pictures of his own painted collection. Read on and enjoy! GBS 



Adding Cavalry to my Witchlands forces

As I mentioned a couple of articles back, my Witchlands forces have been very pedestrian and would benefit from adding some cavalry. Not only are these units the fastest and often hardest hitting, they look great too!

Since I started wargaming several decades ago I've always thought that cavalry are great. There's something very dramatic about charging at the enemy on horseback armed only with something sharp (unless you are the one facing the sharp end of course!).

With most historical Napoleonic armies the majority of cavalry was usually fairly light, being used for scouting, seeing off enemy cavalry, attacking isolated units on flanks or pursuing enemies that break. I therefore feel that it should be the same with Flintloque with the majority of cavalry units filling these roles. However there are also some heavy cavalry units used as a hammer to smash a hole in the enemy forces. These are my absolute favourite units and I always like to give them a place in my forces, but that is something for another time after my forces have grown.


Initial cavalry choices
So what did I pick first. Well, as my Witchlands force already had Zombiski Cossacks on foot, I had to have some mounted Zombiski Cossacks. These fit perfectly with the scenario of harassing a fleeing army and appearing where the enemy least expects it. They are interesting models with an irregular look, although I gave them all green jackets to tie the unit together. I initially bought a unit of 5 as my games are still small but I'll expand the unit very soon. Having said that I did buy a mounted Vampyre to lead them. This was mainly because I liked the miniature but it also gives them more tactical options and additional punch in combat. 

For the Ferach force I just had to have Elf Witchlands Cavalry. The background of these is great with remnants of various units banding together to fight back against their pursuers. These irregular cavalry are not quick to paint due to their varied uniforms but look very good and again fit in perfectly with the theme of a fleeing army. I bought a unit of 5 of them too so as not to make them too powerful a unit for a small game. 



Dismounted Cavalry
All shots fired at mounted characters in Flintloque always strike the mount first (unless it is an aimed shot) as mounts are generally larger than their riders. This means that there is a high chance that characters will end up on foot after their mounts are shot from under them, especially if the scenario involves infantry and cavalry. 

This was another reason why I bought the units I did. I already have 8 dismounted Zombiski Cossacks so I have more than enough to use if and when required. At the same time Witchlands Elf Infantry work perfectly with the Elf Witchlands cavalry as many of the poses and uniforms are similar. I therefore bought and painted several infantry figures to match the cavalry, meaning that all options are covered.



Continuing Narrative
This was easy as the Zombiski Cossacks had already been involved on foot, but some of their mounted brothers have now joined the pursuit of Saindoux's forces (despite the attentions of the Pugglesberg Jagers).

Elf Cavalry that are survivors of decimated units have also been drawn towards Saindoux's growing band. They are very welcome as they can scout further afield than the light infantry giving the general a better picture of the surrounding region. They can also help to defend the Ferach force against attacks by enemy cavalry. 

The sought after LE015 Scooby Doom and Raggy limited edition set from the authors collection

Initial games involving cavalry
With Cavalry now being involved I've moved into using the full Flintloque rules as set out in the 'Death in the Snow' game book. My first game was cavalry only, with the Elf Cavalry having to stop the Zombiski Cossacks getting past them. This let me get used to using cavalry while the scenario was very simple.

I've since expanded into infantry and cavalry games with the cavalry operating on the flanks attempting to attack the flank of the opposing infantry while preventing their counterparts doing the same. This is good fun tactically with the games often becoming a swirling melee rather than 2 lines attacking and defending as can often happen with infantry only games.


In Conclusion
It's good to finally have a combined arms force as it gives you many more scenario options and more tactical options during play. It looks great on the tabletop too!

So what's next on the list, I'll let you know in my next installment in the new year.............

Thank you for reading.