Friday, 26 November 2021

Starvaulter Knights now in the 15mm Ion Age range

Starvaulters in 15mm scale! 

Twenty one new miniatures in packs and singles.  Also playtest rules for Patrol Angis for these knights of the stellar vastness in the article on the Alternative Armies Blog.  Click through for all the news of our last releases of 2021.  

Black Friday weekend and until 3rd December our event is on giving 20% off all orders at checkout and more too.  We are now placing 'stubs' onto this venerable blogs for those following it and digging back through its history.

Thank you.  


Thursday, 11 November 2021

New Hazelwurm and Colabreta Lifter 15mm vehicles released!

 The Khanate break out from the Belkan expanse saw an ever increasing mass of aliens boiling towards the capital city of Camarthan Prime.  While the bulk of the Planetary Defence Forces were in Pelcan City preparing as best they could for the approaching Legionaries of the Styx and Medusa Legions and their tens of thousands of Malig goblinoids not all the aliens marched in that direction.  While more than a million civilians streamed out of Pelcan City away from the enemy many thousands of Khanate slave troops broke north and headed across barren land to the arctic snows of Tarma to the small secondary space port near the pole.  Communications were patchy at best but the three regiments of Planetary Militia in their cold climes gear did learn of the oncoming aliens.  The task of eviscerating the Tarma space port was given to the Beotans of the Styx Legion.  These beastial warriors covered ground rapidly and it was only ten days before the outer perimeter was tested.  At Migg Peak a thousand human militia supported by Hazelwurm and Colabreta vehicles and Steornede Battlesuits met the Beotan tide and it broke against them.  Though Tarma burned mere days later it did give time for the militia to evacuate all non combatants south.  Sadly they did not know that Pelcan City was already lost.  Academy Auto-Trainer Series 59, New Glastonbury, 4334IC 

First of two groups of releases this month for the Ion Age 15mm science fiction range one of the biggest ranges in the world for space opera wargaming.  Joining the wheeled variants are three hover versions of the Hazelwurm Patrol Lifter and Colabreta Patrol Carrier / Command Carrier.  These light vehicles provide mobility for the Planetary Militia.  Go HERE for the whole range and have a browse.

Winter Mega Event 2021 is on until 3rd December.  20% off all orders at checkout automatically, 30 new releases (almost daily reveal across November), deals and offers plus free Cadaver Monster (multi-scale use worth 6.00GBP) in every package shipped. Go to the WEBSITE.

IAF176 Hazelwurm Patrol Lifter MkII: The defence forces of the worlds in the Prydian Precinct do a lot of their work not only in rural areas but also in built up cities and as a result they need a small vehicle that can respond quickly to incidents. This vehicle it can carry four in its lightly armoured cabin. This code comprises a highly detailed 15mm scale resin vehicle supplied in one piece.

IAF177A Colabreta Patrol Carrier Lifter MkI: The 'battle bus' used by the defence forces of Precinct worlds is a hardy beast indeed. The Colabreta can carry five to ten troopers depending on their gear and can be relied upon to deliver not only those troopers but also to aid them in combat by virtue of its twin turret mounted 12.5mm AP guns. This code comprises a highly detailed 15mm scale resin vehicle supplied in two pieces those being the lifter hull and then the turret. 

IAF177B Colabreta Command Lifter MkIII: Defence forces always need to co-ordinate their patrols and battles so as a result the MkIII Colabreta was designated command and control roles. It carries a staff of four or five with the rest of the space in the vehicle given over to a suite of screens and computers linked into a top mounted dish. This code comprises a highly detailed 15mm scale resin vehicle supplied in three pieces those being the lifter hull, the top comms plate and a metal dish.

Other infantry, platoon packs, battlesuits, artillery, personalities and vehicle codes which go along with these new releases are all collected under the PLANTARY MILITIA tab in the miniature range.  For the Camarthen campaign see The Khanate Return book.

Now is a great time to get into Patrol Angis.  The core book contains all the rules you need for skirmish gaming (there is a game pack too which gives you lots of 15mm miniatures plus the book with a saving baked in), Callsign Taranis contains expansion rules for all manner of vehicles and more while The Khanate Return is a setting and army book giving you the Shia Khan Empire with its troops and the Planetary Militia.  In print and as downloads.  Go HERE.

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,


Friday, 14 February 2020

Shangpin vehicles released for the Xin!

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 

A major release into the 15mm scale Ion Age range with codes for the Xin Trade Fleet.  Designed by Michal Janecek the fine fellow who created the mighty Tohlic Armoured Crawler comes the Shangpin a multiple use vehicle in three types with two different modes of propulsion.  See the Xin part of the range HERE for all the troops and specialist infantry plus the Jade Ape Battlesuit. The Shangpin operates as a cargo carrier as well as an armoured personnel carrier and an armoured fighting vehicle too.  It is a medium vehicle comparable to the Prydian Mullo AFV and the Pugnus and Manus wheeled vehicles of the Shia Khan.

IAF173 Shangpin APC
The Shangpin armoured personnel carrier transports ten Sanbao mercantile troopers of the Xin and is armed with a turreted main gun.  This code comes in two different variants these being either one tracked or one wheeled.  Make your choice and you may also choose three of the same vehicle and save 10% on screen.  A 15mm scale kit made of high quality grey tone resin with a total of five pieces (plus six wheels or two track sections) including a choice of two different weapons.  Once assembled it is 80mm long, 50mm wide and 25mm tall. 

IAF174 Shangpin AFV
The Shangpin armoured fighting vehicle is used for fire support and has a missile pod armament. This code comes in two different variants these being either one tracked or one wheeled.  Make your choice and you may also choose three of the same vehicle and save 10% on screen.  A 15mm scale kit made of high quality grey tone resin with a total of three pieces (plus six wheels or two track sections).  Once assembled it is 80mm long, 50mm wide and 25mm tall. 

IAF175 Shangpin Cargo Carrier
This type of Shangpin moves goods and other materials which the Xin have sold in their business deals. This code comes in two different variants these being either one tracked or one wheeled.  Make your choice and you may also choose three of the same vehicle and save 10% on screen.  A 15mm scale kit made of high quality grey tone resin with a total of three pieces (plus six wheels or two track sections) including a cargo pod which may be attached or left loose.  With this code you may also select to purchase the cargo pod on its own as well. Once assembled the vehicle is 80mm long, 50mm wide and 25mm tall. 

Each of these codes has many images on its page of the website which you can scroll through and enlarge.  The lettering and colours of the Shangpins are very much in keeping with the Xin and their ways. In addition for those seeking a larger force there are a couple of extra options with savings for these vehicles on the website.  You can get one of each type of Shangpin wheeled (three kits) with a 15% saving and the same for tracked variants.  Go HERE. Excellent!

But what of the Xin themselves?

The Xin in Patrol Angis
We have an updated version of the free download article for making use of the Xin Trade Fleet in your games of Patrol Angis.  Seven pages long and fits right into the main game book and Callsign Taranis as well. Get it from our online storage by CLICKING HERE.

Here are some scale shots for you of the Shangpin next to other Xin codes as well as the Khanate main personnel carrier and a tracked Mullo medium vehicle.

Thanks for Reading,


Friday, 21 June 2019

New 15mm Malig Space Goblins (more than fifty poses total) added to The Ion Age

The Legions of the Shia Khan Empire are the main fighting force of the Empire and the expendable cannon fodder of the Legions are the Space Goblins or Maligs as they are known.  Drawn from endless slave worlds in great hordes the Maligs are treated roughly and given weapons beyond their understanding. Commanded by all and in command of nothing.  Shoved into Tesserans (8 Troops) and Ordos (32 Troops) the Maligs don't last long in combat but they perform a valuable role; they kill Humans.  Crass, brutal and often savage the word Malig is hated by all.  

Welcome to the first new release into the 15mm Ion Age range since the return of the ranges to Alternative Armies.  This is our only Ion Age release this month and we have taken the chance to not only put out eight new Maligs but also to highlight the now more than fifty poses of Space Goblin which we have.  Click HERE for the whole 15mm range.  Remember to use the 'filter' option on the page to narrow down the packs which appear.  As always you can purchase a pack, three packs with a saving or single poses from any pack.  Great in any 15mm game system including Patrol Angis.

IAF166 Malig 5th Tesseran – Maia Mpi
This is the new Malig 5th Tesseran which is eight miniatures dressed in unpowered armour.  Created by request from IonFans as they felt they were missing from the choice of Space Goblins.  An officer (pose 1) with a Maia and Cupid Pistol along with seven poses of trooper (privates) armed with Maia 9.2mm Mpi's. Great for skirmishing and then combining with other Khanate codes for larger formations and battles.Go HERE.

Here is a list of all the Space Goblin codes we have in 15mm scale from infantry to bike, to vehicle, riding beasts and characters.  They are linked to make them easy to find on the website.

IAF047 Malig 1st Tesseran – Juno Rifles
IAF048 Malig 2nd Tesseran – Support Weapons
IAFP01 Malig Ordos – Platoon Pack (includes Senga character with Frying Pan)

A 15mm scale vehicle kit.

IMP10 Malig Tank Ace (One Character)
IMP22 Malig Campaigner (One Character)
IMP31 Padraig O'Malig (One Character)
IMP44 Malig Egg Thief (One Character)

So many verminous outer space little buggers!  But who are their masters?

IAB03 The Khanate Return
An Army Book for the Patrol Angis game system.  You need Patrol Angis and Callsign Taranis to make full use of this expansion title.  This Army Book brings you to the Camarthen star system for a desperate campaign for possession of a planet upon which sits an alien Matter Gateway. Now that it is switched on the gateway has brought a mythical enemy of Humanity back to reality from far across the galaxy; The Shia Khan Empire. Making use of the Patrol Angis rule book for skirmishes and the Callsign Taranis expansion book for larger games you can now add the Khanate Empire and also Planetary Defence Forces to your games. Read all about the tragic fate of Camarthen Prime and the start of the second Khanate War as a world burns. You can then create and assemble your own Tesserans and Ordos (platoons) along with vehicles and more for the Khanate with armoury and army lists. Then consult army lists for the Planetary Militias to do the same with Troop Types, Armour, Weapons and platoon composition guides. There are also advanced rules for both new armies covering Nebula Charges, Humascare,and Robotic Infantry among other skills and equipment. The book ends with three small scenarios of varying complexity for new and experienced players. This Army Book joins up with other titles expanding the forces and the universe of The Ion Age. Put forces from a half dozen miniatures to more than a hundred including vehicles into play. Fight for victory on Camarthen Prime or take your fight elsewhere in the Prydian Precinct.  See the Ion Age Publications page for all these titles in print and as digital downloads.

Free Ion Age Downloads
We have a page on the website HERE where you can download nine folders of free content for our space opera setting which tie right into these miniatures and the Patrol Angis game system.  There are full scenarios which include the Maligs.  You can also have a dig through the Ion Age Blog but keep in mind that any free files mentioned are now on this new page and that all links to the other website are deactivated.  That said it is a massive free resource of fiction and images.  Use the search box on the Alternative Armies site if you see codes you like the look of.

Thanks for Reading,


Monday, 3 June 2019

Ten Percent off The Ion Age for a Week in Celebration

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,


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 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 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,


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.