Saturday, 11 March 2017

Critical Mass Games To Cease Trading



JBR here with bad news.


Critical Mass Games has announced that they are leaving the business, and are accepting offers for their inventory and intellectual property.  Per their website news page...

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Well it is with some sadness that we are announcing Critical Mass Games will cease trading on April 2nd 2017. Both Dale and I who own and run Critical Mass Games have reached a point where our personal commitments are no longer compatible with running this enterprise with the passion and time it needs.
The 15mm Sci-fi community has show great support and loyalty since CMG came into being 10 years ago, and we are eternally grateful for the support you have shown.
In the coming weeks/months we hope to find a new home for the CMG product ranges so they can still be enjoyed.
Anyone wanting to enquire should contact cmgsales@criticalmassgames.com
In the interim the 15% sale on the site shall continue until the CMG store is decommissioned on April 2nd 2017.
As part of this, and to manage down our stock levels, infantry platoon packs and vehicle platoon packs will be removed from the web store on Sunday 19th March 2017.
Craig @ CMG

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So, it's grim tidings.  Get what you can, while you can, for a discount.

The final curtain falls on April 2, 2017.

Craig and Dale are good people, and I wish them well.

Best,
John Bear Ross

Animechs Now Available At Rebel Minis

JBR here with great news.

The Animech Kickstarter pledges have been fulfilled, and the Animechs are now available to the general public in the main Rebel Minis webstore.


 Here's the link.
http://www.rebelminis.com/animechs.html

Here's the WolfMech


The ScorpionMech


And The SpiderMech.


Also, a weapons and turrets pack that's also compatible with all current (and future) RUMV accessories.

Awesome news.

Best,
JBR

PS for instructions on how to put these beauties together, here's the...
WolfMech Assembly Guide

...and the ScorpionMech Assembly Guide, which also applies to the SpiderMech for putting all those legs on.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Ion Age - Six Different 15mm Khanate Weapon Platforms, Gun Crew and Anti-Gravity lifter released!

The Ion Age makes all of its releases for the month of February today with a lot of new 15mm Shia Khan Empire codes all focused around portable weapon systems. Check out the Shia Khan Empire on our website HERE or read on for more information about these new codes. All of these releases and next months too are working towards the release of the next Patrol Angis book which is scheduled for April 2017. Giving you a full infantry force for the client races of the alien Khanate.




There is a lot to show you and these releases add portable weapon platforms of two types and six variants as well as legionary gunners and an anti-gravity motive unit for use with the platforms. Now you have firepower to take on the Espaten Portable Weapon Platforms and the Havelocks of the Muster and Retained. Here are the details of each new pack:




The first encounters with infantry support grade weapon platforms came with the initial break out from the Belkus Depression by those Shia Khan forces which had followed the digging machines. Though a watch was kept on the edges of the crater, which has once been the famed passages of the labyrinth, by planetary defence platoons they were rapidly overwhelmed by the aliens which poured out into the sunlight. The digging machines had no more than cleared their drive sections of the soft dirt and Legionaries as well as accursed Maligs followed them. Being some distance off due to the background radiation left over by the detonation of the fusion core the defence troopers had time to made transmissions back to Pelacan city to inform and then call for reinforcements. What was not expected from vids and audio from the gateway chamber was the immediate reach the enemy had. It was the first encounter with code name Selene and code name Hypnus portable weapon platforms.

Floating forwards at a steady pace with two alien operators running alongside each of them the Selene platforms opened fire first upon elements of the 3rd Pelacan Regiment at a range beyond their ability to strike back. A barrage of 20mm cannon shells and laser beams were followed by the shrieking rage of 12.7mm rounds by the thousand and it killed many of the troopers who were unable to find thick enough cover. It was however once the aliens drew closer and the troopers loosed off anvil rounds and bursts of grenades from their Moth type 12's that the other Khanate platforms entered the fray. The Hypnus have a single operator who seems to be bonded to the weapon platform by a chair behind a thick gun shield. The weapons carried by the Hypnus are dangerous in their own right giving off in many cases a degree of radiation or gene potential damage. Atomic Destabilisers and Triple Plasma mounts tore through Aketon armour and the hulls of a half dozen Steornede Battlesuits at close range with ease. This led to the loss of the craters edge and marked the start of the remorseless advance of the aliens. Portable weapon platforms have proven tough to deal with without armoured support and the Khanate makes great use of them especially in urban areas to hold taken junctions and structures.

Academy Auto-Trainer Series 66, New Glastonbury, 4337 IC




IAF131 Selene Portable Weapon Platform – Three Variants
The Selene is a portable weapon platform which acts as support for Khanate infantry. The pieces are the four legged stand and a chosen top mounted weapon. These parts make one complete platform. The options for the Selene are the Mars 20mm Chain Cannon (A), Maia 12.7mm Scatter Cannon (B) and the Juno 18kw Laser Cannon (C). These go with IAF133 Legion Gun Platform Crew. You can get an idea of the size of the finished portable weapon by noting that each of them is standing on a 30mm round base (their basing size for Patrol Angis) and again they are labelled with the letter corresponding to their variant weapon. Each pack contains ONE kit. You have the option of purchasing a pack or three packs with a saving. Price 2.00GBP per pack. Go HERE.




Kalidaral reclined in the last chair in which he would ever sit. When first he had lowered himself into the chair it had been comfortable; its padding molding itself to his contours. Later it had become uncomfortable and then painful to him and then even the pain had dimmed away to nothing. Now he felt nothing from his body and time was hard to grasp for him too. Had it been hours? Days? Weeks or perhaps months since he had been given the honour of the Hypnus acclamation and been fitted with the collar and the circlet. Since then he had been carried upon the honoured set and fitted to a frame carrying the mighty atomic destabiliser cannon. Then taken through the sparkling curtain of the gateway and brought to this strange new world. Now his vision was of red and of death; his nerve impulses not his own any more. Aliens came within his view and thoughtless he would bring death to them with a blast of screaming energy. So it had been, so it would be evermore. So far from Jalania and her loving embrace....


IAF132 Hypnus Portable Weapon Platform – Three Variants
The Hypnus is a slaved portable weapon platform which acts as support for Khanate infantry. The pieces are the four legged stand, legionary crew piece, gun shield and a chosen top mounted weapon. These parts make one complete platform. The options for the Hypnus are the Hydra 14Mw Laser Swarm Cannon (A), Helios 80kw Atomic Destabliser (B) and the Triple Jupiter Plasma 46mm Mount (C). You can get an idea of the size of the finished portable weapon by noting that each of them is standing on a 30mm round base (their basing size for Patrol Angis) and again they are labelled with the letter corresponding to their variant weapon. Each pack contains ONE kit. You have the option of purchasing a pack or three packs with a saving. Price 2.00GBP per pack. Go HERE.


IAF130 Khanate Anti-Gravity Propulsion Unit 
While it is perfectly fitting to have your Selene or Hypnos Portable Weapons static on the battlefield giving fire support or acting in a defensive and dug in formation you might want some pace to them and a way to get them around during the heat of battle. To that end we have a motive system suitable for them. For use by the Legionaries of the Khanate. This pack contains four identical 15mm scale white metal miniatures. These fit with the IAF131 Selene and IAF132 Hypnus platforms. Price 4.00GBP per pack. Go HERE.




IAF133 Legion Gun Platform Crew
This pack contains two 15mm scale white metal miniatures in different poses. Two Legionaries in glimmer suits with the first holding the remote control interface for a portable weapon and the second with interface range finder. Combine these portable weapon crew miniatures with IAF131 Selene Portable Weapon Platforms or use them for other purposes in your forces. Choose from a pack, three packs with saving or single poses. Price 1.00GBP per pack. Go HERE.




Information Burst
With all of our releases made for the month of February 2017 we want to remind you that you get IMP43 Female Muster Banner Bearer who fits right in with your Muster or Patrol or even Planetary Militia platoons in play free in every order. Until the end of February she is included at one per order (you can order more of her this month by going to the Year Collection page) and you get your Reward Points on your account too. 




We have two more things to show you later this month. An example page from the coming Khanate Return book the third in the Patrol Angis series and an article about an Afara Strider in the service of the League of Canlaster taken from our own gaming collection. The Afara is generic enough for many settings and it is designed for tabletop gaming being easy to assemble from few parts and durable to use in play too. I am also told it can be easily converted and altered with parts from our other codes such as IAF065 Vehicle Conversion Kit. Lastly we have a new month long special offer...it is a bloody good one....25% off all three variants of the IAF128 Afara Strider our resin light mecha which is 55mm tall. Click on the links.


Thanks for Reading


GBS

Friday, 3 March 2017

The Ion Age - IMP43 Female Muster Banner Bearer free for all March 2017!



What a mad short month February was as most of my attention was taken up with the merger of 15mmcouk back into Alternative Armies and with getting a concept article on the coming Shia Khan book out on the blog plus a whole Legion Pioneer Ordos. Wow! All in twenty eight short feeling days. Now we are in March and it will be an exciting month for IonFans with several new Khanate 15mm releases plus preview page of the coming book and ending with details of when the book will be out to be in your hands. All of this to come. Now onto the news for the start of the month. A new free monthly and a special ones at that. A banner bearer free in every order placed automatically.






The Ion Age is all about space opera adventure and warfare in the far future and to that end it assumes not only the use of powered armour and powered swords but also of concepts such as valour and heroic nature. In Patrol Angis this concept is carried into the game on the tabletop with an Advanced Rule on page 38 called 'Valour' where the sight of a banner waving in the breeze of battle inspires troops all the more. All of our command packs of miniatures have a banner bearer in them and these are considered core poses. This month we present IMP43 Female Muster Banner Bearer who fits right in with your Muster or Patrol or even Planetary Militia platoons in play.







We welcome the 43rd free monthly 15mm miniature and month of our little space opera setting. Free in every order every time all month before being retired. This miniature 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. We are into Year Four now and if you missed it you can see the Year Three Collection on the website. Standing 17mm to the eye line the Female Muster Banner Bearer is fitting for any platoon and is wearing standard Aketon Armour and holding a Tumbler SMG. Her banner is sculpted to the figure meaning all you need to do is choose the design to go upon it. It is a superbly impressive 15mm scale figure. There is a growing 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 looking at what came before. This miniature is worth 0.60GBP.



We ask you to sign up for a website account with us on your first order. Why? For one reason only. Not to send you emails (we never will. If you want our emails sign up for our Mailchimp list on the right top of the blog home page) or to pester you; but only to keep track of the Reward Points that all orders with us earn. Reward Points through our online partner Sloyalty which can be used once accumulated to get discounts or free stuff at any point in the future. Learn more about this HERE. Every order earns Reward Points! Yes free extra value. Part of our promise to keep the fun in wargaming. 


Lastly we have a new month long special offer...it is a bloody good one....25% off all three variants of the IAF128 Afara Strider our resin light mecha which is 55mm tall. We will have a fun article later this month with an Afara in the service of the League of Canlaster taken from our own gaming collection. 


The Afara is generic enough for many settings and it is designed for tabletop gaming being easy to assemble from few parts and durable to use in play too. I am also told it can be easily converted and altered with parts from our other codes such as IAF065 Vehicle Conversion Kit. The discount is online and all you need do is add to cart, reward points are as normal and can be used on this offer too. Offer ends 1st April. Click on the links to learn more. 



As always if you are reading this bulletin later in the month or further into the future please do have a look at our blog and use it as a time machine to read all the excellent content that is there going right back to our start. Try August 2016 for instance where you can find a parts article on the Afara plus civilian pack releases and our Uniforms of Prydia poster too.

Thanks for your support and for enjoying The Ion Age!

GBS

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Ion Age - Two 15mm Shia Khan Pioneer packs and platoon pack with free extra miniature released!

“Legion are bad enough. Let me beat on Maligs all year along instead of Legion. But those Pioneers they are way worse. They might not have those rigs the Nox have but those plates can still deflect a burst of Moth Rifle fire with no problems. I remember one time with the 658th a few months back. We were in this place, must have been a zero ball stadium or something, big and oval shaped with stripped out seats. They even had a burned out Happy Burger shack. Shame that, I used to enjoyed that gloop. Anyway there we were all set up nice and ready. No Anvils, Bodkins or Rons with us but command figured we had the Moth Type 12's with those 40mm grenades and our rifle rounds would be plenty. After all we had seen the six Tesserans coming down the bust up Rubbacrete strip towards us and we were just waiting. Fixed on the entry tunnel levelled barrels.

In they came. I saw the green suits, Medusa Legion, just for a moment before the comms signal to fire came. We opened up with everything and I watched the entry tunnel turn to powder and flame. Three seconds and we ceased. I expected green mist and nothing twitching but that ain't what happened, not at all. Turns out those alien scum bags had put in two Tesserans of Pioneers first and they had just sat down wrapped in those damn armour plates when we rained on them. Sure we dropped a couple of them but at that range and without AP it wasn't enough. As we reloaded they stood up and gave us a kiss back with a dozen Flora pattern grenaders. I lost some mates that day.

As I said Legion are bad enough but the Pioneers....screw that...that's a job for those shiny Retained lads!”

Majoris Killian Jones, Camarthen Prime, 4331IC



On our website at the end of last week and now with its actual release news we present all of our releases for February 2017. Two new 15mm Khanate packs and a new platoon pack with an extra free unique miniature. All building towards the next Patrol Angis book called The Khanate Return. Check out our blog article HERE to read all about the ideas and concepts going on with this title. Here are the details of the new releases and remember you get IMP42 Commander Gongji free in every order, worth 0.60GBP, automatically as well as your Reward Points on your account with us. Go HERE or read on for more.




IAF124 Legion 3rd Pioneers
This month the Shia Khan Empire expands again with a third code of 15mm Legion Pioneers in their distinctive Segmentum armour plates. This code contains eight new white metal poses composed of an Ordo (officer) in cloak armed with a Cupid 0.5Kw Pistol and Juno 2.0Kw Laser Rifle and seven different Discens (privates) armed with the Juno 2Kw Laser Rifle. Your core rifle squad. The suit worn by Pioneers lacks the reactive glimmer of Legionaries but has the same auto-aid ability and breather function plus the protection of the Segmentum armour plates. 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. Go HERE. Price 4.00GBP per pack.




IAF125 Legion 4th Pioneers
This month the command for the Khanate Pioneers is released. A code of eight 15mm Legion Pioneers in their distinctive Segmentum armour plates. White metal poses composed of senior officers, comms, banner bearer, medic and casualties too. Your command and personalities squad. The suit worn by Pioneers lacks the reactive glimmer of Legionaries but has the same auto-aid ability and breather function plus the protection of the Segmentum armour plates. 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. Go HERE. Price 4.00GBP per pack.





IAFP09 Pioneer Ordos Platoon Pack (with unique miniature) 
This platoon pack contains a full Ordos of miniatures as well as an additional free unique miniature found only in this code. An Ordos of thirty two Pioneer type Legionaries composed of four Tesserans of eight Segmentum armour clad Legionaries plus one Pioneer melee expert with powered sword. A full force for your wargaming table. This platoon pack is composed of the following packs: IAF012 Pioneers 1st Tesseran (Maia Mpis), IAF019 Pioneers 2nd Tesseran (Flora Grenade Guns), IAF124 Pioneer 3rd Tesseran (Juno Rifles) and IAF125 Pioneer 4th Tesseran (Command and Casualties). Lastly the melee expert Pioneer. The Legions of the Shia Khan Empire are the main fighting force of the Empire. Legionaries are their core who command themselves and oversee the hordes of Malig Space Goblins and instruct the hulking Warlords too. Organised into standard Tesserans (8 Troops) and Ordos (32 Troops) they are a flexible and effective fighting force. Legionaries are respected by the Retained, equals of the Muster and feared by the Planetary Militia. This code comprises thirty three different poses of 15mm scale white metal miniatures. You have the option of purchasing a pack or three packs with a 10% saving applied on screen. Supplied Unpainted and without Bases. Go HERE 16.00GBP




Noble Knight Games
Our North American Agent carries all of our products in all scales along with a lot of products from us and Alternative Armies too. This includes our entire 28mm and 15mm lines. So if you already use this great company or you want to since you are in the USA or Canada you can get your Ion Age products there. Browse from the main page link to all of our products on NKG. Go HERE.




Information Burst
The Xin have their month on our calendar and so we welcome the 42nd free monthly 15mm miniature and month of our little space opera setting. Commander Gongji is free in every order every time all month before being retired. This miniature 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. We are into Year Four now and if you missed it you can see the Year Three Collection on the website. This month's miniature is a superb character by Sam Croes. Standing 17mm to the eye line it is a heroic officer for your Xin forces at the platoon or squad level. Armed with a powered sword. There is a growing 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 looking at what came before. This miniature is worth 0.60GBP. Go HERE.


Thanks for Reading,


GBS

Friday, 17 February 2017

Free Worldwide Shipping to celebrate our Merger until 20th February 2017

Alternative Armies is delighted to announce that the merger of our sister site 15mmcouk back into our own online place is complete. All the fantasy, historical, science fiction and publications for 15mm scale are all now at home in the 'Our 15mm Ranges' list on our home page. It has been a complex and actually rather emotional process but tabletop gamers have been very supportive of our choice and the reasons for it. As a result we wish to reward this kindness and to celebrate the merger and so we have a Free WorldWide Shipping event (orders over 12GBP product value) now online which will end at 9am GMT Tuesday 21st February (we know we said Monday but this is to account for the time difference around the world). Go HERE and have a look or read on for more.




We now have a vast array of 28mm and 15mm lines to offer you from Flintloque to 28mm High Fantasy to Mythological and unique like Grinning Skull and Ganesha Games as well as 15mm in the forms of many historical periods and fantasy plus science fiction and Laserburn. Our pricing is excellent and during this promotion all you need to do is add to your cart and as long as your product total is more than 12.00GBP then postage is free worldwide. This is automatic. This is standard airmail and domestic postage and if you wish to add a 'signed for' option this remains at 10.00GBP flat charge. Go HERE.

Get yourself some campaign supplies for the early spring in 15mm and 28mm scale!




Additionally our sister website The Ion Age is also running this promotion with free postage on all orders over 12.00GBP so visit them if you love space opera wargaming and have a browse. If you wish to combine orders from Alternative Armies and The Ion Age by email then contact us on sales@alternative-armies.com letting us know who and where you are plus your code list and we will sort you out. Any emails which arrive before 9am GMT Tuesday 21st will qualify for the offer even if it takes a little longer to get the order processed and in place.




We will be shipping out orders all the way through this excellent weekend offer and then beyond it. We will then return to a new normal with our regular releases for many lines including Flintloque, Fantasy Monsters, HOT 15mm Fantasy, Sengoku and more.

Thanks for reading,

GBS