Friday, 17 September 2021

Free Patrol Angis scenario: Knight to Remember

"It was the League of Canlaster that made the first moves of the civil war. Taking the five million men of the Gulaine Company of the Prydian Army, which had declared for Bluefort en masse, they forced those loyal to Yordan out of twelve systems including the Kendal system. Meanwhile the priority attack by a Yordan allied fleet upon the emerald green resource world of Dando II took the garrisons there by complete surprise. Two worlds were plunged into battles among those who were once brothers. Although fabricators furiously worked to place the crests and livery of their baronial masters on their armour most still fought in the white and red of the Prydian Army.” - 4320IC. From Patrol Angis

A treat for Ion Age fans and players of Patrol Angis (in 15mm or using the 28mm Ion Age range as more are doing) today with a free small scenario pitting battlesuits against each other at the start of the Prydian Civil War.  

Knight to Remember:  A two page small scenario for two players or solo play in which a lance of Prydian Duxis Battlesuits are taken by surprise on Geolu Prime by two platoons of now Canlastrian Havelock Battlesuits.  Can they escape the trap?  Download from our online storage by CLICKING HERE.  Visit the website for an entire page full of folder download links of Ion Age resources HERE.

You need only Patrol Angis the core game book for this scenario and we wish you good fun with the scenario.  You can see the 15mm Ion Age Range on the website and look for codes IAF030 and IAF020 for these piloted suits.  

Check out the Patrol Angis game pack for the book, two lances of Retained Knights, Portable Weapon Platform and Duxis Battlesuits plus all needed bases and a unique to the pack Knight Errant miniature all with a saving built in.  An ideal jump in point for the game. See it HERE.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

The 15mm and 28mm Viper Suit STL Kickstarter From Rebel Minis Digital Direct

 

 

It's amazing.  This is a first for me, in my 20 years as a digital sculptor.  My first solo Kickstarter.

My thanks to Mike Renegar of Rebel Minis for trusting me with this.








What's an STL Kickstarter?  No physical product that can be stuck in a container offshore for months.  No casting shortfalls.  No delays for binding and shipping.

Pure data, that you then print on your home 3D printer, or one you have access to, or from one of our authorized vendors, just like a model ordered from a web site.

That link is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/johnbearross/the-viper-suit-from-rebel-minis-digital-direct


We only need $500 to fund, and we're in business.


Jump in, Viper pilot.


Best,

John Bear Ross


ETA: We're also running a dual campaign on IndieGoGo, for those of you who prefer that platform.
All stretch goals are identical, and funding will be pooled between the two campaigns.


https://www.indiegogo.com/campaigns/the-viper-suit

Monday, 3 June 2019

Ikwen Uprising Kickstarter is Live!


Apologies to the community here, I thought this post had already been made.

Our new 15mm Ikwen Uprising Kickstarter is live https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/485545784/loud-ninja-games-the-ikwen-uprising

New Ikwen Riflemen with Assault Rifles 2

Original Ikwen with Assault Rifles
Ikwen Quad concept art. Weapons and full turret are not final designs and merely stand-ins.

The whole point of this project is to expand the already very well-received Ikwen range of miniatures. At its core, this project presents 30+ new models in 15mm scale. New troops types are being added in the form of special and heavy weapon troopers, communication/ECM specialists, command, ambushing troops and even anti-armor troops. A vehicle is in the works as part of the core as well as gunners to be added to existing models and toy vehicles from gamers' collections helping to simulate technicals, pressed into service by the Ikwen.
  • CODES BEING MADE WITH THIS KICKSTARTER (Also use this list for calculating add-ons)
  • RAP042 Ikwen Militia Leaders (6 Ikwen Leader poses- 4 regular, 1 holy man, 1 fanatic) $4.00
  • RAP043 Ikwen Vehicle Gunners (3 Ikwen w/heavy weapons for use in the backs of vehicles or hatches) $4.00
  • RAP044 Ikwen Croakers (6 Ikwen in 3 poses w/improvised Comms/ECM packs and assault carbines $4.00
  • RAP045 Ikwen Plasma Bombers (6 Ikwen poses w/improvised anti-vehicle plasma charges in different poses - throwing, sneaking, arming) $4.00
  • RAP046 Ikwen Ambushers (6 Ikwen poses in stealth ambush poses - 2 w/advanced sniper rifles, 2 w/rocket launchers, 2 w/scoped standard assault rifles) $4.00
  • RAP047 Ikwen Militia With Assault Rifles 2 (6 NEW poses w/standard assault rifles in combat poses) $4.00
  • RAP048 Ikwen Tripod Mounted HMG (1 HMG w/2 Ikwen crew) $4.00
  • RAP049 Ikwen Heavy Rocket Launcher (1 multi-tube rocket launcher w/2 Ikwen crew) $4.00
  • RAP050 Ikwen Gun Quad (4x4 attack vehicle with open back. Comes with 2 HMGs, 1 twin HMG, crew, and driver) $13.00
  • RAP051 Ikwen Light Attack Quad w/Autocannon (Remote Turret) $13.00
  • RAP051A Ikwen Light Attack Quad w/Missile Launcher (Remote Turret) $13.00
  • RAP052 Ikwen Heavy Attack Quad (Full turret version w/heavy gun) $15.00
If you loved the Ikwen we released yeards back and would love to see the range expand, please consider backing this campaign. All older Ikwen codes are available as add-ons, so it is also a great way to dive into a new army.

Thank you, 

-Eli

The Ion Age now at Alternative Armies

It was a mad busy month of May for me.  Alongside my normal work and all the wargaming fun (The Regimenta Sanna Annie and the Asgard Barbarians were a blast) I had the task of migrating the entire Ion Age website over to its new home at Alternative Armies in four weeks.  I managed it with a few days to spare and also managed to upload all of the free content folders and update the images of the 28mm miniature range too.  In celebration of this we are offering 10% off every miniatures in all scales along with all terrain, posters and books in print and digital download in the WHOLE Ion Age until 9am GMT 10th June 2019.  The discount is on screen and applied to all items including bundles and game packs (on top of the buy three save 10% too) so just add to cart plus now of course if you want something else from the site you can do that too.  Go HERE and look to the top right end of the ranges bar on the home screen or read on.
There are now FIVE collections on Alternative Armies making up The Ion Age.  Here is a run down of each of them plus a link to them.
Ion Age Publications and Posters.  All of the game books and our high quality A3 poster prints too.  Get into Patrol Angis with all the books in print and as digital downloads as well as a game pack plus the titles of MOTH and Firefight 2.0 if you play 28mm scale.
The Ion Age 15mm Range.  A massive choice of miniatures and vehicles in packs with the ability to choose singles from each pack.  The Prydian Army, the Khanate Empire, the Xin Trade Fleet, the Prang as well as Civilians and character miniatures.  Adders, Mullo's, Taranis Tanks as well as Skylark and other vehicles. Have a browse across the pages.
The Ion Age 15mm Terrain Range.  The SEORC company provides Hab Domes and entire Hab Complexes along with Geo Domes and many other pieces of terrain for your battlefield.  Have a look.
The Ion Age 28mm Range.  Where it all began with our space opera setting and now with brand new larger images of all the miniatures.  In packs and singles within the pack more than two hundred poses of Muster, Retained, Nobles, Planetary Militia as well as Legionaries, Nox and Goblinoid Maligs.  Play MOTH or Firefight 2.0 with these miniatures.
Ion Age Free Download.  Over the years we have created and published more than thirty free articles and these are gathered into several zip folders for easy download on this page. Players of Patrol Angis and those keen on knowing more about this space opera setting should get along and have a read.
We will have a new release in the 15mm Ion Age range middle of June 2019 as well as promised.  More on that at the time but I can say that it is a Shia Khan Empire infantry code requested by Ionfans in 2018.
Thanks for Reading,
GBS

Friday, 17 May 2019

New 15mm Gangers at Alternative Armies

“Like minded individuals often gather together for mutual defence of themselves and their turf. It's a strategy that humanity has employed from the early days of recorded history to the industrial work gangs in the mega cities of earth and Alpha Centuari. However colonial gangs are more often than not the first line of defence in case of siege and invasion as they are farmers and families who have gathered together to protect their holdings and claims from aggression. Once a colony has developed beyond a few small farms and a port is established, the gangs still exist, levying control on areas they claimed at the start of the landing. However other inhabitants may take offense to this and start their own gangs to take back these holdings. At other times they are sprung up from perpetually bored teenagers with little common sense and an eye for violence. On occasion they may even become notorious criminals or just a more militant version of the Planet Defence Forces. Their colours are as numerous as they have numbers, and are often used as a conscript force if things do get dire. Lightly armoured but heavily armed with cheap rec-guns and knowledge, their hold on their turf is absolute and can spring ambushes and raid supply convoys before melting back into spider holes to lick their wounds and strike again later. Their morale is often tied to their leader through a cult of personality, if he dies, they will run. But as most find out, they will be back in greater numbers and with more weapons to settle the score. Colonial life is harsh and brutal enough as it is, but these souls have opted for a more difficult life and will carve out their name and colours... or die trying.” 
The brand new release for May 2019 into the HOF 15mm Science Fiction range is a mega pack of 15mm Gangers great for any campaign and setting. Concept by Fred Richards and sculpted by the talented Sean Bullough this pack can be had with all fourteen poses or select poses from it. Above is some setting for these vicious thugs and they are great opponents for your Security Force Alpha patrols or even as Betrayers slaved to the Shia Khan in games of Patrol Angis too. Go HERE for the range or read on for more. 



HOF136 Urban Gang Conscripts 
This pack contains fourteen different 15mm scale white metal one piece miniatures sculpted by Sean Bullough. Human gang members both male and female great for any number of present day or near future campaigns. Our painted set is in the colours of The Wolverines Gang a blight on the honest citizens of Alpha Centauri city seven. You can see that the poses each have a letter next to them. This means you can select single poses in any quantity you wish. Each miniature is approx 13mm to 17mm tall standing or kneeling. 
Female Ganger with long rifle in leather jacker (A) 
Female Ganger with assault rifle and light armour (B) 
Kneeling Ganger with bald head and assault rifle (C) 
Lunging Ganger with automatic shotgun (D) 
Advancing Ganger with laser carbine (E) 
Bald Ganger with heavy assault rifle (F) 
Female Ganger running with carbine (G) 
Ganger with Mohawk with heavy assault rifle (H) 
Ganger with eye covered and machine gun (I) 
Advancing Ganger with long rifle (J) 
Running Ganger with sub machine gun (K) 
Ganger with long hair and heavy shotgun (L) 
Ganger in cap with missile launcher (M) 
Female Ganger with sniper rifle (N) 
Go HERE

If you fancy fighting gang wars then Alternative Armies has a lot to offer you. For example what would happen if your gangers managed to get their hands on a fully functional battlesuit? Now that would liven up the cityscape! Check out the Fire Cat and also the Grease Cat for a couple of choices. The HOF Range has over one hundred twenty different packs. 
Thanks for Reading!

GBS

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

The Ion Age returns to Alternative Armies

Please read this major announcement from The Ion Age.  Thank you.
'This galaxy has decided to gorge upon itself, to consume its vitality once more in pointless slaughter that will see those left afterwards little more than mono-planet atom burners.  Well, its not going to happen, not again.  My father, your king, died for the dream that Prydia held dear and in two decades of civil war we here also have nearly lost that promise of freedom we hold equally dear.  We will all have that freedom again mark me, the Barons will pay and those beings not of mankind that are even now forcing open the doors will be thrown back to the Anwnn where they came from.  Prydia will rise once more and I will, with the aid of the Starvaulters, make it happen.'
Princess Daphe Cyon address to the Council of Aeddans 4330IC
Back in July 2013 I was given the chance to take what existed of the space opera setting of The Ion Age and develop it as a free standing entity apart from Alternative Armies.  In the near five years since then I feel that the little team I assembled has achieved some great things including a 15mm range which went from some thirty poses to many hundreds of poses, new factions, many vehicles and a terrain range.  There was also the three books of the Patrol Angis game system.  We also had four years of monthly free special miniatures.  All great stuff.
The world changes as you all will know and I have reached an agreement with Alternative Armies to hand The Ion Age ranges back to the mother company.  The reasons for this are several.  Firstly the ranges have grown to a point where I no longer feel comfortable handling their expansion on my own.  Secondly Alternative Armies has greater resources which I feel are needed as we continue onto a fourth book and more releases.  Thirdly I realise that we are now in an age of social media (so much different from 2013) and that I am the public face of both Alternative Armies and The Ion Age; this tends to cause some confusion for gamers.  With everything in one place this confusion vanishes and The Ion Age will be able also to take part in the big offers that Alternative Armies makes.  Alternative Armies has increased its staff level and technical resources and is a very active company.  It makes sense to have this return happen.
Do not fret.  There are no staff changes and no miniatures will disappear from production.  Alternative Armies and The Ion Age operate out of the same office.
So what will happen and when?  Do you need to do anything?
In essence I will gradually close down The Ion Age website while transferring the miniatures and books to new pages on Alternative Armies.  Across the next four weeks the 15mm range and the 28mm range as well as Publications and Free Downloads will gain their own pages under a main new heading on the Alternative Armies website.  We will also shut down the ability to purchase from The Ion Age once the codes are moved.  The Ion Age blog will remain in place and will continue to give you the latest news and be a source of content.  Once all of the ranges are transferred The Ion Age website will be mothballed and then shut down in coming months. Our email address info@theionage.com will remain active going forward and do feel free to contact me with any questions.
A large part of the process of handing over will apply to the 'Reward Points' system powered by SLoyalty on The Ion Age.  We have over one thousand customer accounts and several million points accumulated.  It is vitally important to me and it has been agreed with Alternative Armies, that those reward points will be honoured.  Right at the start of the process of range removal from The Ion Age website the Sloyalty programme will be closed down.  When this occurs all customers will be exported and held in a master document with me.  You will still be able to access your account on the site until the site is closed down.  Here is how to claim your accumulated points.
Contact me (Gavin Syme) on sales@alternative-armies.com with your name, address and the email address you used with The Ion Age.  I will confirm this with the master document and then reply to you.  I will tell you the amount of points you have, its value in Sterling (GBP) and how to spend it.  You will get the value of these points on anything on the Alternative Armies site (including Ion Age codes) and it can be used on shipping too.  We ask you use it in one order (for my sanity) and it will be done by email with me directly.  There is no time limit upon this offer so if you are reading this long after May 2019 just contact me.
Aside from this to gain your points you need do nothing more. 


Alternative Armies has a lot planned for 2019 and beyond and its agreement with me to take back The Ion Age is only a part of that.  I can tell you that there are more than a dozen new codes in development for the 15mm range as well as the 'Baron' book for Patrol Angis.

Here are links to the new collections for The Ion Age on the Alternative Armies website:
I want to take this moment to thank every one of you for the fun four year ride which we have taken.  Its time to get off.  Before we get back on again!
Thanks for Reading,
GBS
p.s. The images in this announcement are of a customised Magog mecha belonging to Sam Croes, the lead designer at Alternative Armies, painted in the colours of his baronial force 'Castella'.  It is in his personal collection and we hope you like it.  Contact me if you want to know the pieces used to create it and how you might do the same thing.