Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Ion Age - Xin Trade Fleet Troops, Warrior Monks, Youxia, Battlesuit and Platoon released!


The Xin Trade Fleet codes are all now released! A platoon pack with extra free unique miniature, four packs of trade fleet troops, warrior monks, wandering knights and a battlesuit.  Space Opera Chinese.  Nothing else like them out there in 15mm scale. These are all of our releases for February 2016.  Also you get a free Monkey Bot in every order place plus Reward Points.  Click through to see all and read more.  To quote a phrase 'You Buy Now!'  


For details and information, click - HERE


Thank you.  GBS

Monday, 8 February 2016

Say Goodbye to the 15mm Charger APC and Maginot Defence Tower



Yes say goodbye to the popular HOF27 Maginot Defence Tower and the HOF28 Charger APC models in our HOF 15mm Science Fiction range. They will be withdrawn from sale at the end of February 2016. But wait you say! Why withdraw them when everyone loves them? Well we have decided to re-master both of these models and then release them once more into the HOF Range in the late spring. Its a great time to do this as we plan to expand the propulsion options on the Charger and weapon mount on the Maginot too. Don't fret though since these new versions will be 100% compatible with the original models. The new versions are also designed by Sam Croes who came up with the originals.







If you want to get your hands on the current Charger and Maginot before they become extinct and sought after you can go HERE.

Both of these models feature large in the Human Colonial Armies of the Alien Squad Leader rules system and are part of the sub-set of the HOF Range that is Security Force Alpha. Click HERE to see all the SFA codes. The SFA range contains more than fifty different poses of 15mm white metal miniatures and vehicles allowing a wargamer to assemble a cohesive force for their campaigns. A whole integrated range within HOF which will be expanded even more.

All across the Human Colonies and on Terra itself there is a need for security after, during and even before the high rollers and expensive kit arrives in the battle zone. Security Force Alpha is just that force filling in as police, paramilitaries, mercenaries and planetary militias too. They are the faceless grunts that do the thankless jobs needed by all those who govern, control or enforce. Use them as you will from the near to the far future! 


Thanks for Reading,


GBS

Thursday, 4 February 2016

First Look at the 15mm Xin Trade Fleet coming releases!

The Xin Precinct is made up of the eight central star systems along with a number of smaller outposts all contained with a constricted pocket of stellar space that has only now become accessible once more after a thousand years of isolation caused by the detonation of the Aldan Crucible during the first Khanate War. Contained by Dolorous Clouds that resulted from the detonation which also decimated the Prydian Precinct there is now a slim open passage for navigation by Ancep Drive. Our knowledge of the Xin comes from archives that are from ancient times and also a more recent partially successful expedition mounted in 4303IC by the Starvaulters and of course from the Great Trade Fleet dispatched to Prydia in 4327IC. Commanded by Grand Admiral Hong Tu Quin the hundreds of vessels that make up the fleet have visited a third of the systems in the Precinct thus far. Trading in exotic goods, rarities as well as information and technology they have made allies and some enemies.


While the hegemony maintains its own imperial army and fleet officially under the command of Princess Xin Meiying the grand admiral has his own military that is embarked upon his starships. Collectively known as the 'Sanbao' the gifts or protectors we refer to them as Trade Fleet Soldiers for the most part. Refer to other entries in AAT Series 77 for the Sanbao in detail. These troops are very effective and have aided our regiments in actions against the Khanate Empire. The Xin hegemony is centred on the three core planets in the central Xin Precinct system of Jinhong. From the lotus throne on the planet of Wei the princess rules in troubled seclusion while the planets of Zhao and Yan are in an uneasy alliance. We know of the rebel Prince Tang and his efforts to marry the princess though these actions seem to be taking place in the holdings of all three planets of the Jinhong system outside of the core system. All three core planets have the other systems in the Xin Precinct split between them. Refer to other entries in AAT Series 77 for details.


The Council of Addans has deemed the Xin Trade Fleet has a nominal ally though it is up to each Knight General and Marcher Baron to establish their own relations with the vast fleet as it passes through. As yet Grand Admiral Hong Tu Quin has not responded to the ongoing campaign in the Carmarthen cluster.

Academy Auto-Trainer Series 77, New Glastonbury, 4335IC 




On the 11th of February 2016 the Ion Age will be releasing an entire new space opera Chinese themed force into the 15mm range. This article gives you the first look at all the new miniatures along with a list of the coming codes and some fiction too. These miniatures are all sculpted by our lead designer Sam Croes and are white metal typically in one piece. Here is the list of coming codes with the number of contents. Visit the Xin page HERE.


IMP30 Xin MonkeyBot (Free in Every February Order)


IAFP06 Xin Trade Fleet Platoon (20) 
(IAF113-IAF116 + Unique Free Officer) 


IAF113 Xin Trade Fleet Rifles (5)
IAF114 Xin Trade Fleet Support (5) 
IAF115 Xin Trade Fleet Assault (5) 
IAF116 Xin Trade Fleet Command (5) 


IAF117 Xin Warrior Monks (3) 
IAF118 Jade Ape Battlesuit (1) 
IAF119 Xin Youxia (3) 


Exciting! Here are pictures of these codes for you to look at each with its code and title and a short fiction extract placing it in The Ion Age. Click on the images to enlarge them.













The Xin Trade Fleet has a military arm under the direct command of Grand Admiral Hong Tu Quin. They are called the Sanbao or 'protectors'. These troops commonly called 'Xin Trade Fleet Troops' are a separate entity to the hegemony army in their own Precinct and their primary role is the defence of the vessels that make up the fleet. Second to this role is the protection of the merchants and their stores in any locations where they choose to trade. They have the additional task of armed action against threats which the Grand Admiral deems worthy of destruction. An example of this would be the encounter with the Shia Khan in the Neraga System in 4332IC. Typically deployed at the five member fire-team, platoon or company level alongside the merchants the Sanbao make use of Kuijia MkIII powered armour which is roughly comparable to older Alwite in protection but with less bulk and features a compact and variable jump jet system. They are highly mobile troops and a primarily energised plasma weapon system is used by them. The Gonglu Blast Rifle alongside an SMG version which is often wrist mounted to leave the hands free and a heavier support version make up the bulk of Sanbao weapons. Xin troops favour powered blades of many kinds and often prefer close range combat situations. They make use of robotic auxiliaries brought across from cargo loading and management duties for battlefield use such as the Onyx Monkey and Onyx Serpents. The use of dual purpose support continues with the Jade Ape battlesuit which is an effective war machine and cargo loader both. Highly motivated they are a match for any Muster regiment and have proven capable of defeating the Retained Knights of the rebel Baron Everest in 4328IC. While Sanbao are the mainstay of the Xin military in the Prydian Precinct they have with them other warriors including heavily armoured Monks and far ranging Youxia.

Academy Auto-Trainer Series 77, New Glastonbury, 4335IC 







Battlesuits are a common sight on the battlefields of the Prydian Precinct and indeed since the resumption of the war against the Shia Khan Empire the number and types of battlesuit have increased greatly. The largest size of powered armour which is worn rather than being piloted the battlesuit gives mobility and great strength to a soldier. The grand trade fleet of Hong Tu Quin has its own battlesuits in the ranks of the Sanbao the most common of which is the Guaiwu II or 'Jade Ape'. Larger than a Duxis Battlesuit but with near as much mobility and faster than a Havelock with less fire power the Jade Ape it is a suit with two purposes. It is primarily a manual work suit for moving and stacking cargo as well as assembling encampments with its secondary role being in combat. Fitted with a three barrelled heavy Gonglu support blaster on a tracking mount it can deal with enemies at distance. However the Jade Ape comes into its own in a close combat situation where it would give good trial to a Duxis bladesman variant. Its upper body is very powerful and its large fists can smash or grip with huge force. It is deployed in ones or threes alongside Sanbao platoons.

Academy Auto-Trainer Series 77, New Glastonbury, 4335IC 




The Warrior Monks of the Xin Precinct are common in the forces of the Trade Fleet or the 'Sanbao' often being deployed to toughen up a hard combat situation or to show some muscle in trade negotiations. To enter the ranks of the Warrior Monks a soldier must first pass a test given by an experienced monk which is both physical and mental then take an oath of loyalty. Passing these gives entry into training which prepares the new monk for wearing the super heavy Kuijia MkIII powered armour which is roughly comparable to the Noblesse worn by Desteria Knights. Weapon training to handle the Chan Quing or 'Double Ended Monk Spade' which combines a powered blade at one end and a Gonglu heavy blaster rifle at its other end. Lastly training to move quickly in the armour. Once fully trained the Warrior Monk is part of a brotherhood that sits apart aboard the vessels of the fleet. They are often deployed in small fire teams.

Academy Auto-Trainer Series 77, New Glastonbury, 4335IC




The Youxia are men and women who have devoted themselves to a search for adventure through continual wandering. They have a superficial resemblance to our own Knight Errants though only superficially. There is no quest or baronial loyalty for a Youxia and no requirement to aid a fellow Knight in peril. These highly trained and equipped Xin warriors serve no specific master but follow their own code centred around the idea of righting wrongs where ever they may be found. Travelling with the Grand Trade Fleet has given Youxia access to the stellar systems of the Prydian Precinct. In return for the transit they do offer their services to Grand Admiral Hong Tu Quin when he asks for them. They wear personalised Kuijia MkIII powered armour and carry Gonglu Blasters and other weapons favouring exotic energy blades such as twin hook swords. Skilled warriors to be treated with respect when encountered.

Academy Auto-Trainer Series 77, New Glastonbury, 4335IC




The arrival of the Xin Trade Fleet commanded by Grand Admiral Hong Tu Quin in a star system often brings great excitement to the peoples who live on the planets there. The hundreds of vessels that make up the fleet will divide up and visit every world with smaller shuttles and landers descending to the ground before laying out their goods to entice and to trade. While the troops of the fleet the 'Sanbao' are only used when a threat is encountered there are other more discrete means of self defence. Foremost among these are the Onyx robots such as the Onyx Monkey. Programmed and built to move around cargo, to retrieve orders and to climb into places Humans would have a problem reaching there are hundreds of non-sentient bots aboard every Xin vessel. When trouble is encountered a robot such as the Onyx Monkey can be switched to a different mode and controlled by Xin merchants, officials or commanders to fight an enemy. The monkey bot has a long tail it uses for carrying but it can act as a whip as well. A hidden but valuable asset when the time comes. 

Academy Auto-Trainer Series 77, New Glastonbury, 4335IC 


Missed the announcement on IMP30 Xin Monkey Bot? See it HERE.


Thanks for Reading,


GBS

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Brigade Models - No Polish Vehicles.

Brigade Models has released three new vehicles.

PolishSupportRelease

Two are fire-support variants with a heavier gun in a fixed superstructure. The ‘Mlotek’ model has a short barrelled howitzer, while the ‘Lucznik’ model has a high-velocity light anti-tank gun.

SF15-1303f

The third new model is the ‘Szlachta’, an armoured command vehicle.

All three variants are on our website now.

SF15-1303f – Suwalska ‘Szlachta’ Command Vehicle – £8.00 
SF15-1303g – Suwalska ‘Lucznik’ Anti-Tank – £8.00 
SF15-1303h – Suwalski ‘Mlotek’ Fire-Support – £8.00


Monday, 1 February 2016

The Ion Age - IMP30 Xin Monkey Bot free miniature for February 2016!

“The arrival of the Xin Trade Fleet commanded by Grand Admiral Hong Tu Quin in a star system often brings great excitement to the peoples who live on the planets there. The hundreds of vessels that make up the fleet will divide up and visit every world with smaller shuttles and landers descending to the ground before laying out their goods to entice and to trade. While the troops of the fleet the 'Sanbao' are only used when a threat is encountered there are other more discrete means of self defence. Foremost among these are the Onyx robots such as the Onyx Monkey. Programmed and built to move around cargo, to retrieve orders and to climb into places Humans would have a problem reaching there are hundreds of non-sentient bots aboard every Xin vessel. When trouble is encountered a robot such as the Onyx Monkey can be switched to a different mode and controlled by Xin merchants, officials or commanders to fight an enemy. The monkey bot has a long tail it uses for carrying but it can act as a whip as well. A hidden but valuable asset when the time comes.” 
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 77, New Glastonbury, 4335IC 




February is the month of the Xin here at The Ion Age with not only a new free miniature the third Xin monthly that we have had but also an entire new force added to the website. This will happen on the 11th of February and will see the release of the 'Sanbao' or Trade Fleet Soldiers of the Grand Xin Trade Fleet. While we will give you full details plus pictures soon there will be a number of new packs plus a platoon set with unique free miniature and a battlesuit too. If you do not want to miss this I suggest that you join our Mailchimp email list (link on the top right) too if you have not already since our email lets you know what is going on and features a unique offer that is really worth it. This month it is an offer that comes with a shotgun surprise.






IMP30 Onyx Monkey Bot. For the whole of February 2016 this animal robot in 15mm scale is automatically put into every order at the rate of one per order regardless of order value. It can also be bought in any amount on the monthly IMP page of the website for this month only too before being withdrawn on the first of next month. A non-sentient machine it has a long tail and while meant for warehouse duties it can function as a combat guard too for your characters. A great addition for your forces. The miniature is one piece in white metal and stands approx 10mm tall and nearly 25mm long. You also earn Reward Points on all orders too with us through your account. You can check your balance on your account any time. We realise that some of you may wish to purchase the currently free miniature to get multiples of it without placing a lot of orders so you can do just that. Visit this page on the website for the miniature at a fair price for a special miniature. There is a page on the Ion Age website where the current and all former IMP series free miniatures are shown so that you can see what came before. Enjoy and go HERE




This month we are totally about space opera style Chinese miniatures in the form of the new Xin Trade Fleet range. We will make all of our releases for the month on the 11th February and alongside this there will be an 'Info Burst' article too about the Xin. Above you can see an example of the superb quality of the new miniatures in the form of a Sanbao trade fleet soldier armed with a heavy blaster (16mm tall). Below is a scale shot showing this month's free miniature next to the unique free miniature in the coming Sanbao platoon pack, then one of the Xin Warrior Monks in super heavy armour and lastly the 'Jade Ape' battlesuit of the Xin.




A new army on a new page with a load of releases all sculpted by our lead designer Sam Croes....11th February 2016. Visit their page on our website HERE.






Each month on the 1st we look back a year and then another year to see what was going on at The Ion Age at those times in terms of the monthly free miniature and major news and releases. In February 2015 we had IMP18 Female Xin Youxia along with the releases of our Planetary Militia platoon and vehicles go HERE to see the articles from that month. In February 2014 we had IMP06 Xin Envoy (meaning there are now three Xin monthly miniatures) and we released not only the Khamel Tracked Bike but also the Duxis Battlesuit too. Go HERE to see the articles from that month. The Ion Age grows and expands every month!


Thanks for reading.


GBS

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Loud Ninja Games - New Post-Apocalyptic Releases


Wasteland Raiders, Rad Zombies & Road Wardens Released by Loud Ninja Games

Hey all,

January brings out three new packs of figures for post-apocalyptic/horror gaming. Sculpted by me (Eli Arndt), I have tried to bring to life some popular themes found in the genre - hoeroic justice fighters, disgusting shamblers and wild raiders. I'm hope you will recognize some familiar characters in this batch as well as find some new personalities and creatures to capture your imaginations.

Thanks for checking out Loud Ninja Games and here is Gavin with the official release info...


Loud Ninja Games headed up by designer Eli Arndt have released three new 15mm packs into the part of the range Wasteland and Mutants on their page at 15mm.co.uk. They join, not only the other packs in that part of the range, but of course the Alien Encounters, Ikwen, Yandrassi and the Chuhuac with over 30 codes into total! Go here, for the whole range and you can refine by search for only Wasteland packs if you wish.

The three new packs are excellent for present day gangers, post apocalypse raiders, near future hunters, and most anything else that needs weird and wonderful in 15mm scale. Highly detailed white-metal miniatures sculpted by Eli Arndt. Here are the details.


RAP030 – Road Wardens
This pack contains three different highly detailed 15mm scale white-metal humans with pistols and a rifle all wearing light armor. Even in the wastes, there are those who cannot abide evil. These brave men and women take up arms in the name of something more than simple survival and take to the roads dispensing justice. They are known by many titles but often go by a more classical, romantic title – Road Warden. All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases.



RAP031 – Rad Zombies
This pack contains five different 15mm scale white-metal radioactive zombies in various poses. Exposed bones, melting flesh and grinning skulls, these are scary foes! In the wastelands and the ruins of the old world, there are those who have been so changed that even after death they continue to menace the living. Whether it is through strange energies, chemical cocktail or mutant virus, Rad Zombies now roam where man once dwelt seeking to feed their insatiable hunger. All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases.




RAP032 – Wasteland Raiders
This pack contains nine different 15mm scale white humans in various poses. Crude weapons, scavenged firearms, punk style hair, rough clothing, these are the guys that haunt the innocent in a nightmare future. In the shadow of the world before, there are those who are so intent on survival that they leave behind all pretence of civility and community, choosing instead to make their fellow man their prey upon which they sustain themselves. Those who take to this life live as bandits, raiders, and much worse, banding together to use might to make their living as Wasteland Raiders. All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases.


These new packs go excellently with the fearsome Terrorclops and the helpful Wasteland Buddies as well as the not pictured here Mutants and Super Mutants in the range. RAP028 and RAP029 sculpted by Eli Arndt and painted here by Sam Croes. Enjoy!



Thanks for Reading!