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.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Skylark Patrol Flyer MkII at The Ion Age

Since before the outbreak of the Prydian Civil War the various marks of the Type 41 Skylark Patrol Flyers have been part of the Muster regiments of the Precinct. Based on a designed from the era of the Ban of Prejudice the Type 41 was put into renewed mass production on seven worlds before the Battle of Fenway Prime. While the Adder Combat Car fulfils the needed role of a multi propulsion ground transport for Muster Platoons there was a need for an armed transport that could move in three dimensions. The Skylark fulfils this role well with the objective of moving troops from a staging area to the combat zone with no intervening stages. Capable of dramatic bursts of speed with its four jet engines the howl of an incoming Skylark is common to the ears of friend and foe alike. The Type 41 was given the name Skylark during its testing on New Glastonbury with a hint of humour. That species of ancient Terran bird was brought to New Glastonbury during its long ago original colonisation and its swooping grace is very much at odds with a vehicle that puts ascetics well behind protecting itself and its occupants. 
There are five common marks of the Type 41 which are broadly as follows. The Type 41A Skylark Patroller is the most common of the flyers and is used as an armoured transport capable of carrying two crew and a fire-team of four Muster usually of the Patrol. Its armament is composed of a belly mounted rotary Moth 88 cannon and a top mounted Anda 60mm Missile Pod. Less common but often seen is the Type 41B Skylark Battle Bus which retains the belly mount but has an upper hull modification adding more internal space and an upper exit hatch which means it can carry two fire-teams into the fray at the cost of some protection and fire power. Speed is the aim of the Type 41C called the Skylark Screamer where the upper turret mount and internal space is given over to an additional jet engine mounted on the top of the hull. The Type 41C is used for rapid response and to give ground fire support in open terrain. Rarer is the Type 41D Skylark Big Lift which is unarmed but is fitted with a low slung rig for lifting cargo pods and pallets. But rarest of all is the Type 41E Skylark Eye which is a command and control flyer which features extensive top and belly slung sensor packages; this mark usual belongs to a general or other top ranking officer. All Skylarks have a titanium composite hull and are rated to extreme altitude though without extensive drive modifications it is not capable of reaching low orbit. 
Enter the next sequence to access basic flight training for all marks of the Type 41. Proceed now...
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 12, New Glastonbury, 4326IC 
You have been waiting and now is the time! It is my pleasure to present the brand new mark two Skylark Patrol Flyer designed by Sam Croes. Go HERE or read on for more. 
We are a wee part of Alternative Armies and as such are doing our bit in the mega March to War event which is now on! Until 16th April 2019 there is free worldwide shipping on all orders of 20GBP or more in the cart plus you get your Reward Points and you can use your Reward Points in these orders to save more. There is also 25% off the new Skylark plus several other offers. All are on our main page HERE
IAF029 Skylark Patrol Flyer MkII - Go HERE.
The Skylark is the main air support vehicle of the Muster Patrol and among its variants it typically carries one fire-team plus crew and provides gun runs too upon request. This, the new mark two Skylark Patrol Flyer Mark 41A is a 15mm scale vehicle in the form of a multiple part high grade grey tone resin kit. Composed of seven pieces which require assembly and can be fitted with a flight stand (not supplied). The multiple pieces are gun mounts and engine mounts allowing a good degree of posing for 'in flight' and 'landing'. Assembled the Skylark is 70mm long and 35mm across. You can find rules for its use in our own game system in the Callsign Taranis expansion book. Here is a picture of all the supplied parts of the model kit.
As with all our other codes you may choose from purchasing a single kit or three kits on screen with a 10% saving applied. Supplied unassembled and unpainted without a base (shown on a 40mm round base). 

This Skylark is part of a small series of codes all around one theme. The others are IAF033 Crashed Skylark which depicts your flying vehicle on a bad day and IAF034 Skylark Cradle a structure which can hold your landed flyer. Excellent pieces with a wide variety of uses. Here are their details. 
IAF033 Crashed Skylark 
Fast engines and titanium alloy armour are not always enough to keep you up in the air and clear of danger. This Skylark Patrol Flyer has been shot down after a really rough exchange of fire with the enemy. Crashed into the rocky terrain of a world in the Prydian Precinct it lays with smashed engine housings and a battered hull. Lots of details and an excellent narrative piece for your games or simply as battlefield terrain. The Crashed Skylark Patrol Flyer Mark 41A is a 15mm scale vehicle in one high grade grey tone resin piece with is about 70mm across at its widest point. As with all our releases if you purchase three you can get 10% off the normal price. Go HERE
IAF034 Skylark Cradle 
This one piece high grade grey tone resin structure fits right in not only with the IAF029 Skylark its designed to cradle for repair and reloads but also with the rest of the Ion Age 15mm terrain range such as the IAF015 Hab Dome and the IAF024 Fabricator Spire as a building in its own right. The Cradle is an industrial building with a high degree of detail. It is approx 70mm long and 60mm wide. As with all our releases if you purchase three you can get 10% off the normal price. Go HERE
This is our release for April 2019 and we hope you like it. March to War ends at 9am GMT 16th April (shipping returns to normal as does the price of the new Skylark). 
Thanks for Reading, 
GBS

Friday, 29 March 2019

New 15mm Battlesuits at Alternative Armies!

Four new codes added to the HOF 15mm Science Fiction range for March and April 2018.  Security Force Alpha (SFA) brings a great deal more of the stompy  with variant battlesuit kits for many more specialised uses in battle and orbital freight yard.  These follow up on the original Bear Cat Battlesuit, the Uplifted Yeti Platoon, SFA Personalities and Dogs as well as  Tracker Wheeled Bikes and Portable Weapon Platforms with Gun Crew plus the Trencher Tracked Bikes from previous releases and are great for any game system and fit right in with the rest of the array of the SFA. 
Go HERE or read on for more about these four new codes plus all of the other related packs in the HOF range.
NOTE:  The March to War mega event is currently on!  Until 9am GMT 16th April 2019 you get free shipping worldwide on orders of 20GBP or greater in cart.  There is 10% off the entire website including all twenty of our new releases being announced during the event.  You need do nothing but add to cart since the discount is on screen.  Read the full article including bundles and other offers of up to 50% off HERE or go straight to the website HERE.
“All across the core star systems 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!”
Alternative Armies has embarked upon expanding the Security Force Alpha (SFA) array of codes within the HOF 15mm Science Fiction Range in conjunction with prolific wargamer Fred Richards who has a vision of space colony warfare in the near future which we find captivating and wanted to get in on.  From the mind of Mr Richards and the guys at Alternative Armies comes the seventh release in this thread the diaspora of battlesuits as a part of Fred's vision for the future.
HOF121A Fire Cat Battlesuit – Go HERE
This pack contains one 15mm scale white metal and grey tone resin vehicle kit..  The Fire Cat Battlesuit brings the heat and is composed of a lower body part, an upper body part which includes armoured cockpit as well as a left arm carrying a heavy flamer, a right arm with large heat shield and separate back mounted fuel tanks plus a top mounted rotary cannon.  Assemble your battlesuit with a degree of pose choice at waist and arms.  This code uses parts from the original HOF121 Bear Cat.  When built it is approx 40mm tall.  This code is supplied unassembled and unpainted and without a base.  Other 15mm miniatures are from the HOF range and are not supplied; shown for scale only.  There are many other larger images on the page which you can scroll through.
HOF121B Steel Cat Battlesuit – Go HERE
This pack contains one 15mm scale white metal and grey tone resin vehicle kit..  The Steel Cat Battlesuit throws out the slugs hyper fast and is composed of a lower body part, an upper body part which includes armoured cockpit as well as a left arm carrying a heavy rail gun, a right arm with power fist and plus a top mounted 40mm grenade launcher.  Assemble your battlesuit with a degree of pose choice at waist and arms.  This code uses parts from the original HOF121 Bear Cat.  When built it is approx 40mm tall.  This code is supplied unassembled and unpainted and without a base.  Other 15mm miniatures are from the HOF range and are not supplied; shown for scale only.  There are many other larger images on the page which you can scroll through.
HOF121C Grease Cat Loader Suit – Go HERE
This pack contains one 15mm scale white metal and grey tone resin vehicle kit..  The Grease Cat Loader Suit is for your docks and space stations and is composed of a lower body part, an upper body part which includes armoured cockpit as well as a left and right arm with cargo lifters plus a top mounted spot lit and a front mounted light bar. This code uses parts from the original HOF121 Bear Cat.  When built it is approx 40mm tall.  This code is supplied unassembled and unpainted and without a base.  Other 15mm miniatures are from the HOF range and are not supplied; shown for scale only.  There are many other larger images on the page which you can scroll through.
HOF121D Hades Cat  Battlesuit – Go HERE.
This pack contains one 15mm scale white metal and grey tone resin vehicle kit..  The Hades Cat Battlesuit reaches out with a punch to the enemy and is composed of a lower body part, an upper body part which includes armoured cockpit as well as a left and right large missile pod plus a top mounted comms dish.  Assemble your battlesuit with a degree of pose choice at waist and arms.  This code uses parts from the original HOF121 Bear Cat.  When built it is approx 40mm tall.  This code is supplied unassembled and unpainted and without a base.  Other 15mm miniatures are from the HOF range and are not supplied; shown for scale only.  There are many other larger images on the page which you can scroll through.
Here are a few images of the new Battlesuits in the fray with other miniatures in the HOF Range.


Did you miss the original.....
HOF121 Bear Cat Battlesuit – Go HERE.
This pack contains one 15mm scale white metal and grey tone resin vehicle kit which can be outfitted in several roles.  The Bear Cat (known as the Hell Cat in its loaded for battle variants) is composed of a lower body part, an upper body part which includes armoured cockpit as well as a left arm ending in a fist and right arm ending in a wrist.   Fittings for that wrist supplied are a twin barrel rotary cannon, a large chainsaw and a large power drill.  There are also two supplied top mount weapon options a missile pod and a machine gun.  Assemble your battlesuit for war or construction work or as a scrapheap post apoc project.  
Use the pieces left over for your bits box.  When built the Bear Cat is approx 45mm tall.  This code is supplied unassembled and unpainted and without a base.   It goes excellently with any science fiction force in 15mm scale.
(Save 20% off list with a whole force from codes HOF112,HOF113, HOF27, HOF28 choosing propulsion type. 75 Infantry, 2 Defence Turrets, 6 Vehicles.) 
HOF130 Uplifted Yeti Platoon 
HOF121 Bear Cat Battlesuit 
HOF120 SFA Personalties 
HOF119 SFA Tracker Urban Bike Command 
HOF118 SFA Tracker Urban Bikes 
HOF117 SFA Support Platform Platoon 
HOF116 SFA Trencher Bike Command 
HOF115 SFA Trencher Bikes 
HOF113 SFA Support Trooper Sprue 
HOF112 SFA Trooper Sprue 
HOF111 Scrofa Wheeled AFV 
HOF109 SFA Crewed Skimmers 
HOF27 Maginot Defence Turret kit 
HOF28A Charger MkII APC Wheeled 
HOF28B Charger MkII APC Hover 
HOF28C Charger MKII APC Tracked 
HOF86 Human Medical Team 
HOF95 SFA Command 
HOF97 SFA Troopers with SMG 
HOF98 SFA Sergeants 
HOF99 SFA Shotgun Troopers 
HOF100 SFA Support Troopers 
HOF101 SFA Anti Armour Troopers 
HOF102 SFA Riot Team 
HOF104 SFA Elite Troopers 
HOF106 SFA Female Troopers 
HOF7 SFA Jump Pack Troopers 
HOF8 SFA Jump Pack Sergeants 
See you out there among the Colonies of Mankind in the HOF 15mm Science Fiction Range!
If you like this miniature awesome then you might want to check out our other 15mm sci-fi ranges. A huge choice of new and classic as well as all manner of characters, infantry, vehicles, robots and more. We also have a wicked cool 6mm range from Bradley Miniatures. Click on the links to visit these ranges to see more. 
Thanks for Reading, 
GBS

Friday, 1 March 2019

Patrol Angis download bundle half price in March 2019 at The Ion Age

Welcome to March!  This month the space opera awesome of The Ion Age is making a great offer to wargamers who fancy checking out our 15mm rule system with fifty percent off the three book bundle for Patrol Angis.  Get all three books as digital downloads in one place and see just how war works in the far future of the Prydian Precinct.  Go HERE to see the bundle.  As well as this we have a new release this month which is replacing its original version; much like the Mullo AFV and Mullo APC this time it is the Skylark Flyer.  We will have more on this during the month but if you have any questions do please contact us on info@theionage.com.
Patrol Angis is a skirmish level of wargame which means it typically has between a dozen and about forty 15mm scale miniatures a side in play during a game. It works well with more but those amounts are ideal. Most games have one Platoon sized force per player and have one or two or maybe even three players. A Platoon or Lance which contains typically twenty two (22) miniatures. In Patrol Angis you play either as the Prydian Army in its quest to reclaim worlds lost to the Marcher Barons during the Civil War or you can play in the employ of Canlaster or Yordist or any of the other dozen smaller array of Marcher Barons. This includes playing as a “Conda”' or paid professional mercenary for any side.
In the bundle you get the core book Patrol Angis which concerns itself with small scale infantry and battlesuit warfare, you get Callsign Taranis which brings in bigger games as well as all kinds of larger vehicles and you get The Khanate Return which is a campaign book giving you army lists and setting for the alien menace facing the Prydian Precinct.  There is a lot more to read and to see (pages from the books) on the website than can be put here so please click through on the links and read more.  Plus Patrol Angis is designed to be played solo as well as with other players.  The bundle HERE is a total of 192 pages of rules, background, setting, force creation and much else besides.  You can use your Reward Points as normal for further discount.
“Since before the outbreak of the Prydian Civil War the various marks of the Type 41 Skylark Patrol Flyers have been part of the Muster regiments of the Precinct. Based on a designed from the era of the Ban of Prejudice the Type 41 was put into renewed mass production on seven worlds before the Battle of Fenway Prime. While the Adder Combat Car fulfils the needed role of a multi propulsion ground transport for Muster Platoons there was a need for an armed transport that could move in three dimensions. The Skylark fulfils this role well with the objective of moving troops from a staging area to the combat zone with no intervening stages. Capable of dramatic bursts of speed with its four jet engines the howl of an incoming Skylark is common to the ears of friend and foe alike. The Type 41 was given the name Skylark during its testing on New Glastonbury with a hint of humour. That species of ancient Terran bird was brought to New Glastonbury during its long ago original colonisation and its swooping grace is very much at odds with a vehicle that puts ascetics well behind protecting itself and its occupants....”
As mentioned earlier the IAF029 Skylark Patrol Flyer is no more.  The model is withdrawn from sale and is retired.  But do not fret IonFans!  The 'lark will return in a new expanded version of the code this spring with many new options.  It will be still the same code and the same vehicle in the game but with options.  Those who have one or more of the now extinct version one are part of a club now as there shall be no more. See this blog post from March 2014 HERE for more information on the three codes in the Skylark series.  You can find rules for the Skylark in Callsign Taranis.  Watch this space!
Thanks for Reading,
GBS

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Loud Ninja Games Sale Reminder

Hey folks,

With the end of the LNG product promotion coming up at the end of this coming Friday (2/7/19), I wanted to post really quickly and thanks folks for the orders we have received so far as well as, and just as importantly, the feedback and ideas that have been shared. 


It is clear that there is a lot of love for our products and I do hope to be able to use these ideas as a map for future products. While not every idea may be used, there are still plenty of good solid suggestions with many being drawn from the rich lore that I like to put behind each of my alien races. Most popular seems to be the Ikwen and I cannot say this surprises me as they have a very evocative and deep background to be explored. 


With suggestions for existing ranges still pouring in (keep them coming) i would also like to say that this is also a great time to suggest or request new ranges. There is a lot more that could be done outside or to compliment the existing, Chuhuac, Yan'drassi, Iken, and Wasteland ranges. Do you want new aliens? Are there other settings and genres you would like to see explored? Looking for fantasy? Supers? Let us know. We are always listening. Even after the sale is over, your ideas are always welcome.
 


You still have today and tomorrow to get your 20% off discount on LNG minis so get them while you can. Whether you are starting a new force or expanding on an old one, it's a great time to grab some LNG goodness. Find the sale - HERE



Take care and good gaming,

-Eli
Loud Ninja Games - Owner/lead designer