Thursday, 14 December 2017

New blog with Ion Age campaign

With the festive season upon us and the snow falling it gives me great pleasure to present this short article on a brand new blog which is all about a new campaign set in the universe of The Ion Age. Rhys contacted me a couple of weeks ago and told me of his new campaign which is being played out on his The Great Space Opera Blog part by part. It has not taken long for Rhys to become fascinated with the Prydian Precinct and the civil war which has torn it apart and I have greatly enjoyed reading his plans and his reviews too. Go HERE for the blog or read on for more about what has occurred thus far.  
Beginning with an outline of the characteristics of his planned campaign Rhys lays out where he will go and what will happen. See that HERE
From there he looks at the contents of the excellent value Patrol Angis game pack which gives you all you need to begin playing in one box. This article is HERE and he talks about the contents of the game pack and then shows off his own painted set of Prydian Army and Yordists. Infantry, Portable Weapon with Gunners, Personalities and Battlesuits as well as the unique Knight Errant which you get only in the game pack. I give one picture here but there are many more in the blog post.
Prydian Intelligence Services Despatch (P.I.S.D.). Outpost Ajax has recently received re-enforcements to its expeditionary force pool. The re-enforcements consist of a detached unit of female retained knights with Angis rifles as well as heavy weapons support. In addition to this, an Espaten weapons platform has also been in-loaded with its specially trained Retained Knight crew of 2. These re-enforcements are a welcome addition to the Prydian force pool. This blog post speaks of the battle on Hertford Prime starting to heat up as reinforcements arrive from off world to join the campaign. Go HERE. An Espaten Portable Weapon Platform and a pack of Female Retained Knights. Have a gander and read on.
The most recent Ion Age posting on the Great Space Opera Blog is about one of our most favoured codes in the 15mm range; the Duxis Battlesuit. Deciding that the Prydian Army on Hertford Prime needed more muscle to take on the Marcher Baron threat three of the machines are now in the red and white. Go HERE. The campaign is starting to take off now and I am sure in 2018 there will be the rattle of Angis fire as the Throne attempts to take the world back for the forces of good
Keep an eye on The Great Space Opera Blog. I am enjoying the build up to the campaign taking place. If I were to guess on where Rhys will go next in terms of expanding his forces it would be in the area of bikes. The Burgeon Grav Bike gives Retained Knights a lot of mobility and fits right in with the open world and skirmish level of play which is going on. 
Where ever you are in the world..or indeed in the universe a happy holiday season to you from all of us here! 
 Thanks for Reading, 
GBS

Thursday, 23 November 2017

New Ikwen!

You have been waiting. You have been asking. Now you can be getting! Brand new from Loud Ninja Games a new pack of Ikwen sculpted by Eli Arndt. Go HERE or read on for more. 
"The Ikwen are one side of an asymmetric war against a higher tech, invading enemy. They fight in a less organized, militia style, utilizing acquired weapons, not of their of own manufacture." 

RAP037 Ikwen Hardened Fighters 
Over a generation ago, the planet Kwiell was set upon by aliens bent on exploiting the natural resources of the planet. The planet’s native population, the Ikwen, found themselves suddenly enslaved and their society rocked as they were enslaved, put to work and in many cases hunted and killed. The Ikwen have spent decades in frustrated servitude to these invading overlords. We see them as very much freedom-fighting indigenous life forms, use them as alien invaders, allies, mercenaries or even lower tech indigenous forces for more organized warfare. This pack contains (6) six different 15mm scale white metal miniatures armed with a mix of blades and pistols. Excellent melee soldiers and Ikwen leaders. All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases. 4.00GBP. Go HERE
Eli Arndt -The Making of the Ikwen
I want to share a little gem with you. A video created by the fellow behind LNG Mr Eli Arndt. Its five minutes of information all about the ideas behind some of the most successful sets of miniatures of the Loud Ninja Games range...The Ikwen.  


Loud Ninja Games 
LNG is a small, boutique sized gaming company dedicated to bringing a little bit of fun to the miniatures and gaming community. Great and original 15mm science fiction miniatures and vehicles from wargamers to wargamers. Scotland and the United States of America working as one! The YanDrassi. 15mm Alien Empire. The Ikwen. 15mm Alien Militia. Alien Encounters. 15mm Strange Creatures from the Stars. Wasteland Mutants. 15mm Dangerous Near Future. The Chuhuac. 15mm Space Raptors. Alternative Armies is the official manufacturer and seller of all Loud Ninja Games products. Have a browse. Go HERE
Until 9am GMT Tuesday 28th November the Black Friday mega event is on at Alternative Armies. We have automatic Free Worldwide Shipping on all orders over 15GBP of product placed in the cart and we have SIX brand new releases too during the event. A new release each day from the 18th to the 23rd November leading up to the big weekend itself. All of these releases (minus their images) are now on our Events and Bundles page along with all our other special offers for the event and more. We will feature each new release in its own news article on its day in detail. Its huge and it will end with a Cyber Monday (27th Nov) mega offer on all our digital download books (the other deals are still on during Cyber Monday). Follow the links. 
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. We are featuring an email only bonus blister offer which you can find out about if you are on the mailing list. You will also not miss out on all the new releases and fun. 
Thanks for Reading, 
GBS

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Scene releases new vehicles and acquires Armies Army range

The Scene UK have started releasing models from their new range of sci-fi and post-apocalyptic vehicles.

The new boats and hovercraft are the first of what is promised to be a massive month of releases. Along with the boats, some rather nice rocky outcrops have been added to their website, and around 30 more releases are anticipated for this month!

As if that's not enough, Mike from The Scene has also recently anounced the purchase of the Armies Army sci-fi range. Keith will still have an input in the AA range, and the two will continue to develop the range.

The Scene can be found here and you can get updates by signing up to their website and by following them on facebook.

I'll leave you with a few pictures of their new vehicles.

Hovercraft command vehicle:


Cargo carrier/weapons platform:


Patrol vehicle:


Near future command boat:


Patrol boat:


How could I not mention the Armies Army sci-fi range without including a picture of the Pegasus VTOL?


Thursday, 26 October 2017

From The Ion Age a free user guide for the Tohlic Armoured Crawler

Do you want to use your IAF146 Tohlic Armoured Crawler in games of Patrol Angis?  Great!  Now you can with this free download article which is hosted on our website.  Get your copy now and have a read.  Go HERE or read on for more.
Using the Tohlic Crawler in Patrol Angis
A five page article containing both parts of the Faercycle II invasion story as well as an introduction to the Tohlic and its statistics and rules in play and where that bolts onto the Planetary Militia force builder mechanics in IAB03 The Khanate Return.  There is also a listing of all the codes we have for Planetary Militia and a short weapons table as well with the Urgan combat shotgun.  The article also has many photographs of the Tohlic and other codes plus scale shots showing you the new vehicle next to other vehicles and structures of The Ion Age.  Download it HERE.


The Early Supporter Offers are live until the early hours of the 30th October for IAF146 Tohlic Armoured Crawler where you can get savings plus free vehicles as well as free Cold Climes Veterans and free shipping on two of the bundles.  Go HERE for the offers.
Our month long offer of twenty percent off during October on one code is on a stalwart favourite the weapons platform battlesuit IAF072 Steornede Battlesuit both variants designed by Sam Croes. It is a great looking infantry sized vehicle for a single pilot and supports your Planetary Militia forces. Go HERE for it or click HERE for an article showing you more and featuring a short tale of two brothers which carries on from the fall of Camarthen Prime. 
Enjoy the download article and thanks for reading,
GBS

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Early Supporter Offers on Tohlic Crawlers live until 30th October!

Thank you for your kind words and positive response to last weeks article on the approach of IAF146 Tohlic Armoured Crawler and the offers upon it.  The time has now arrived and the three Early Supporter Offers are now live!  Go HERE or read on for more information on the offers and some nice pictures too including the parts photo showing the kit.  You get free Veterans with all three offers and on two of them free shipping and extra vehicles free. Great savings, no waiting, all shipping 30th October worldwide.  You will get Reward Points on your orders and you can use points you have accumulated upon these offers now if you want.  I thank you all for your custom.
  
IAF146 TOHLIC ARMOURED CRAWLER 
ONE 5% SAVING AND FREE VETERANS
Get one Tohlic Armoured Crawler and save 5% off its release price and get a pack of IAF145 Cold Climes Veterans (5 miniatures) worth 2.50GBP for free included.  Total value 25.00GBP.  Bundle Price 21.36GBP.  This early supporter offer will ship on 30th October 2017 worldwide.  If you order other items along with one or more ESO's then all your items will ship in one package on release worldwide.  You can order as many ESO's as you wish and you will get reward points on all purchases too.  You can use Reward Points you have for a discount on this offer.  Go HERE.  A  good saving!
IAF146 TOHLIC ARMOURED CRAWLERS
BUY FOUR GET FIFTH FREE PLUS FREE VETERANS AND SHIPPING
Buy Four Tohlic Armoured Crawlers and get Fifth Tohlic free and get a pack of IAF145 Cold Climes Veterans (5 miniatures) worth 2.50GBP for free included; plus free worldwide shipping.  Total value 115.00GBP.  Bundle Price 90.00GBP.  This early supporter offer will ship on 30th October 2017 worldwide.  If you order other items along with one or more ESO's then all your items will ship in one package on release worldwide.  You can order as many ESO's as you wish and you will get reward points on all purchases too.  You can use Reward Points you have for a discount on this offer.  Go HERE.  A full force and great saving!
IAF146 TOHLIC ARMOURED CRAWLERS
MEGA BUNDLE OF TEN! THREE FREE, FREE SHIPPING, FREE VETERANS
Mega Bundle!  Ten Tohlic Armoured Crawlers with THREE OF THEM BEING FREE and get a pack of IAF145 Cold Climes Veterans (5 miniatures) worth 2.50GBP for free included; plus free worldwide shipping.  Total value 225.00GBP.  Bundle Price 157.50GBP. This early supporter offer will ship on 30th October 2017 worldwide.  If you order other items along with one or more ESO's then all your items will ship in one package on release worldwide.  You can order as many ESO's as you wish and you will get reward points on all purchases too.  You can use Reward Points you have for a discount on this offer.  Go HERE.  Get in deep and rule with this best value bundle!
Here is more information on the codes in these three offers:
IAF146 Tohlic Armoured Crawler is a large 15mm scale long distance armoured personnel carrier. Used for deep recon it can carry an entire platoon of troops or three battlesuits or combinations thereof operating for weeks away from base. Favoured by Planetary Defence forces but also used by Muster and Retained on suitably frozen worlds the Tohlic is composed of nine parts cast in high quality grey tone resin and white metal. These are the forward hull, the rear hull, the left track unit, the right track unit, exhaust mount 1, exhaust mount 2, Turret 1 (Anda Missile Pod) and Turret 2 (Moth Rotary Cannon). Supplied with two different turrets to use and since they use the standard turret ring they will also fit onto other Ion Age vehicles and structures. 
This kit is easy to assemble and durable for use on table. When assembled the Tohlic is approx 105mm long and 40mm tall.   Designed by Michal Janecek.
IAF145 Cold Climes Veterans. This is the veteran troopers or sergeant poses for your Planetary Militia Cold Climes 15mm defence forces. Co-ordinate the efforts to keep civil law in place on your planet. This pack contains five different 15mm scale white metal miniatures wearing long coats including a Veteran with Hermit 44mm Plasma Rifle, a Veteran with Moth Rifle leaning forwards, Veteran bare headed with Moth Rifle, Veteran advancing with Moth Rifle and a casualty trooper laying face down.  Designed by Sam Croes.
The Tohlic is a mighty war machine which trades heavy fire power in return for greater armour and internal space.  It's tracks can traverse most difficult terrain and its life support systems can keep twenty five troopers and its crew in food and water for three weeks and sealed air for twenty hours.  It is a home away from home for Artic missions.  Here are some images from our play testing for the upcoming free article of rules for use in Patrol Angis which will also feature the second half of the story story begun in September.  It is a mighty beast!


The offers are live until the morning GMT of 30th October 2017 when the regular release of IAF145 and IAF146 are made and all pre-orders are shipped worldwide.
Thanks for Reading,
GBS

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Cold Climes Planetary Militia platoon and packs released at The Ion Age

The 37th Planetary Defence Regiment lost thirty percent of its strength in the first moments of the Khanate invasion of Faercycle II.  In the years since the abortive Prang raids the governor of the world had increased the military presence in the capital Ismere where the starport is located and also in other major cities such as Darga and Amatrall.  Cities like these sat atop deep mines sunk into the frozen planet in search of ore for the much in demand titanium for which the whole star system was known Precinct wide.  News of the fall of Camarthen had reached Faercycle in 4331 IC less than two months after the relief fleet had taken the war back to the Shia Khan Empire there.  What was not known was just how many Dragon Ships had fled from Camarthen Prime and plunged into deep space heading for nearby stars such as Faercycle.  Without Ancep Drive the transits would take years, giving time to prepare, but equally it meant there was no way to track the aliens before they arrived in system.  As it turned out it was a total of seven Dragon Ships which arrived at more than half the speed of light in 4338 IC rapidly decelerating before plunging into the atmospheres of Faercycle II and Faercycle  III.  The lack of orbital support prevented any of the large starships being destroyed before reaching the ground but warnings were sent out system and all space fold capable ships immediately evaded and left local space so as to prevent capture by the enemy. Ismere was the only place on Faercycle II which was bombed during the landings and this was thought to be in an effort to prevent effective air support of more remote locations. Being stationed on the rubbacrete landing fields the 37th Regiment was mauled by the projectile and destabliser rounds dropped in passing by Invader Alpha; the designation of that Dragonship.

Ismere Starport was attacked by some forty five thousand Shia Khan troops from four different Legions once Invader Alpha had landed nineteen miles outside of the heated zone of the starport.  They were faced by more than eighty thousand planetary defence force personnel as well as two thousand Retained Knights of the Lindworm Company and two dozen Starvaulters.  Of the local forces stationed at the sprawling starport city only half of them were combat ready with the rest being pilots and other professions not useful in the battle due to loss of equipment and other reasons.  Making use of their heated Aketon Mk III non-powered armour with synth fur outer layer and artic training what was left of the 37th along with the 9th and the 25th regiments engaged the aliens out in the tundra beyond the heated zone. The wind and freezing conditions lessened the numerical advantage held by the Legions and their screen of goblinoid Maigs were unable to break through.  A retreat was called under intense pressure from Pioneers supported by Warlords and Psycoborgs for whom the temperature seemed less of an issue.  In a battle which lasted four days the Khanate were eventually halted and repelled back into the snow and ice after a high water mark reached of the commercial district of Ismere.  With the starport and its integral city burning and suffering power losses a choice was made not to pursue the aliens back to their starship...for the moment.  With only patrols watching the swirling snows the rest of the military in Ismere set about assisting in ensuring fusion plants and other energy sources kept the underground heating systems in operation.  They prevented a freezing which would have doomed hundreds of thousands of people.

Reports came in from across Faercycle II and from the rest of the stellar system too.  This was in no small part due to the valour expected of the Starvaulters who had repelled waves of Legionaries who were assaulting the primary dish array in the centre of the curtained area of the landing pads on the western edge of the starport.  Those who survived were hailed rightly as heroes having accounted for more than a hundred times their own number.  It seemed the third planet in the system had fallen to the Khanate after resisting and its signal went dark after a harrowing last stand which was broadcast live to Ismere.  Amatrall city had also fallen after being burned almost to ashes. The city of Darga on the other hand had repelled the small force which had mounted an attack upon it and its own wings of Jangle verticopters and Punk dropships had come through completely intact.  Governor Tumault of Ismere made the choice to allow Darga to take some of Ismere's troops and to then use its intact air transport to harass the aliens elsewhere distant on the planet.  Ismere had the largest concentration of Dragon Ships and enemies nearer to it than other major centres of inhabitation so it kept back and then also brought in every Gytrash Quad Strider as well as every Steornede Battlesuit which could be taken from elsewhere.  The governor made it known that the large force he had amassed would be setting out overland to destroy every enclave and starship the Khanate had one by one.  This would be a mighty challenge indeed and it took several weeks for the regiments to be outfitted and organised ready to march.

In three snaking columns composed of hundreds of Hazelwurm Patrol Cars, Colebretta Carriers and other wheeled vehicles as well as quad striders and the extreme weather purpose designed Tohlic Crawlers set out.  Their targets were Invader Alpha and then Invaders Beta, Charlie and Delta. The crawlers would take the most distant target. One by one they would free Faercycle II.      To be continued...

Ismere Starport, Faercyle II, Camarthen Cluster  4338 IC
Its well into September and all of the releases for this month for The Ion Age are now online in all their glory!  Some of the finest 15mm science fiction miniatures created by Sam Croes in my opinion. Super sharp and crisp and with excellent poses too we have new packs and a platoon for you.  A brand new Planetary Defence Force comes into being with the Cold Climes Militia.  Two squad packs of ten different poses, a five pose command pack and a platoon pack with all of these and an extra free unique female sniper in it.  Go HERE or read on for all the information and to see some in game photos from our testing with these figures when we were trying them out against the Khanate, the Prang and those damned Ymel Sandworms too.  Plus I hope you liked the little snippet of new fiction which introduced these figures.  You did!  Good.  It will continue next month.
IAF142 Cold Climes 1st Squad
This is core rifle squad for your Planetary Militia Cold Climes 15mm defence forces. Pacification and Xeno Combat in remote and central locations.  This pack contains ten different 15mm scale white metal miniatures including eight armed with Moth Type 6 Rifles, one with Pardoner Fire Projector and a lesser officer with Tumbler SMG. As always this code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or select the three packs and save 10% option on the page.  Price 5.00GBP per pack.
IAF143 Cold Climes 2nd Squad
This is the support squad for your Planetary Militia Cold Climes 15mm defence forces. Dealing with tougher targets than civil unrest.  This pack contains ten different 15mm scale white metal miniatures including three armed with a Moth Type 6 Rifle, several loaders and four armed with the heavy Bodkin AP Rifle plus a lesser officer with Tumbler SMG. As always this code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or select the three packs and save 10% option on the page.  Price 5.00GBP per pack.
IAF144 Cold Climes 1st Command
This is the platoon level leadership and specialist poses for your Planetary Militia Cold Climes 15mm defence forces.  Co-ordinate the efforts to keep civil law in place on your planet.  This pack contains five different 15mm scale white metal miniatures including a senior officer with Tumbler SMG and data slate, banner bearer with pole (bare, no flag included) and Moth Type 6 Rifle, medic with gear, comms specialist and a casualty trooper laying face up. As always this code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or select the three packs and save 10% option on the page.  Price 2.50GBP per pack.
IAFP11 Cold Climes Platoon
This pack gives you a full platoon of Cold Climes Planetary Militia as well as a unique miniature only found in this code.  If you want to field a full force suitable for skirmishing then this is the code for you.  Twenty five different miniatures which are IAF142 Cold Climes 1st Squad, IAF143 Cold Climes 2nd Squad and IAF144 Cold Climes 1st Command. On top of this you get the unique miniature which is a female Cold Climes PM Sniper with a modified Moth Type 6 Rifle in cloak which is found only in this pack and what's more its free within the pack.  Excellent!  As always this code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or select the three packs and save 10% option on the page.  Price 12.50GBP per pack.
We hope you like the new Cold Climes and we certainly do.  Go HERE.  Want to know more about them?
They are closely related to the Planetary Defence Forces (PDF) or Militias detailed in IAB03 The Khanate Return and they use the same statistics, weapons and a lot of the same vehicles which you will find in that book. You can see the Patrol Angis game system on the website HERE including the third book in print and as a digital download.  
You can see the other Planetary Militia on the website HERE and their vehicles HERE.  We have a platoon pack, squads, command, battlesuits, portable weapon platforms and gunners as well as larger vehicles like Patrol Cars and Carriers.
Below are a series of pictures of the Cold Climes doing battle with various foes using Patrol Angis taken from our collection.  There is a caption with each one telling you what is going on.



The Above Three Images show an Cold Climes fire team being ambushed by Canlastrian Retained Knights among the Geo Shelters of an attacked settlement.

A Cold Climes fire team lays down some hurt against advancing Khanate Legionaries in the shadow of a smashed Red Adder Combat Lifter.

A Colabreta Patrol Carrier is temporary home to banner element of the Cold Climes 87th Regiment.

Cold Climes troopers prepare to loose Bodkin shots at advancing Maligs shown from two directions.

A Prang Army rescue team confronts Yordist allied Cold Climes 
as they attempt to enter a Command Dome.


Frosty chicks!  The sniper from IAFP11 next to Missiletoe Claus from the Year Three Collection with a Skylark on its Cradle behind them.

Confront your fear!  Cold Climes infantry defend 
a Power Spire against a pair of terrifying Psychoborgs!

Lastly we have some close up photos of poses from the new packs for you to see.  A standard Cold Climes Trooper, a Trooper with Pardoner Fire Projector, a Trooper with Bodkin AP Launcher, A Comms Specialist Trooper and a senior Officer of the Cold Climes. It ends with the free female sniper from the platoon pack. From packs IAF142,IAF143,IAF144 and IAFP11.











Thanks for Reading,
GBS