Thursday, 27 July 2017

Using HOF 15mm Vehicles in Patrol Angis by Andrew Thomas

Back in the spring I was contacted with an idea to use the Charger APC's, Scrofa AFV and Maginot Tower from the Alternative Armies 15mm science fiction range called HOF in games of Patrol Angis. After all, I thought, there may well be a world in the Prydian Precinct that uses vehicles like those for local law or planetary defence forces.  Andrew Thomas was kind enough as a fan of Patrol Angis to send over some play test rules for such an event and it is our pleasure to give you these as a free article.  Read on for more.


Planetary Militia using HOF Vehicles by Andrew Thomas
This free article gives you some introduction along with game statistics to use Alternative Armies 15mm scale sci-fi vehicles and structures in Patrol Angis.  To download it from our dropbox please click HERE.


With kind permission I have been able to put the codes featured onto The Ion Age website so that if you are keen to get them with your Ion Age reward points in your customer account you can!  Go HERE for them.  Frankly it is my thinking that these are the ancient ancestors of the vehicles such as the Adder, Mullo and Taranis.  Since the Resource Wars of 21st century Terra are part of the history of The Ion Age and the Security Force  Alpha which these in HOF come from is part of those wars. But then of course that was all before the Imperial Commonwealth.


During July 2017 you get IMP47 Happy Burger Bin Bot free in every order placed.  You can also get it on its own and there is a great pack of all four Happy Burger bots which are great for any 15mm setting.  I love Happy Burger!  Go HERE for this.

This is the last news from us in July and the next thing from us will be on the 1st of August with a big announcement alongside the last monthly free miniature IMP48 (end of year four). My thanks to Andrew for his work on this excellent little article.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Playing Xin in Patrol Angis a new free booklet

The Xin updated free booklet for using in Patrol Angis is here!  The Prang have had their new releases and updated free booklet but now it is the turn for the Trade Fleet of the Xin Hegemony to get their update.  These fantastic 15mm scale space opera Chinese inspired soldiers are well liked by 15mm sci-fi players the globe over.  We now present the updated free six page booklet for using the Sanbao in your games of Patrol Angis.  Get it on the website from our dropbox HERE or read on and download it in this article.


The updated Xin booklet contains fiction, background and more as well as statistic tables for infantry, infantry sized vehicles and larger vehicles too.  It is an evolving play testing document and introduces vehicles which we will create in the future for this force in the game.  You will need a copy of Patrol Angis to make use of this free booklet and for the larger vehicles we recommend the expansion Callisign Taranis.  Download the Xin in Patrol Angis free PDF from our dropbox by clicking HERE. Thanks and enjoy!


If you like the idea of a trading space fleet which does ply the stars buying and selling and fighting then perhaps the Xin are for you.  See their page on our website HERE.


During July we have an offer on the core pack of Xin Rifle Infantry too.


Have you tried Patrol Angis?  The Ion Age's 15mm scale skirmish system.  There are three books in the series so far and they can be had in print or as digital downloads as well as value bundles and a game pack too.  All HERE.  For skirmish you need only the Patrol Angis book, to add larger vehicles and more then get the expansion Callsign Taranis and to fight the alien Shia Khan Empire you need the first army book called The Khanate Return.


Patrol Angis
15mm Scale Skirmish Wargaming
Wargame rules for use with 15mm miniatures and models. An enjoyable playing experience in a space opera setting unlike any other. Tactically challenging but not complex, these rules reward players for their playing and not by the use of endless charts, tables and over powered characters. Once familiar with the game rules, in a single hour you can play a full game with another person or several or on your own in solo play. The rules will not take long to learn and are suitable for wargamers of all ages from novice to veteran. They are fun and can be expanded into other titles in the series.  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.

This is low intensity warfare title where troops mainly on foot, root each other out over small objectives. It’s not massive, not often glamorous, but it’s pure adventure, it’s the stuff of heroes and it’s skirmishing at its best! Easy to get into and to build upon. It’s the starting point for your wargaming in The Ion Age!

A4 Book, 64 Pages.  All the mechanics you need to play plus more is in the book.  Here is a short list of the contents of the book and if you can look at example pages.  All pages are packed with content.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Playing Prang in Patrol Angis a new free booklet

Earlier this month The Ion Age made all of its releases for the month with two new packs and a platoon pack of Prang Army.  These fantastic 15mm scale alien soldiers created by Eli Arndt are firm favourites among the 15mm science fiction community around the world.  We now present the updated free nine page booklet for using the Prang in your games of Patrol Angis.  Get it on the website from our dropbox HERE or read on and download it in this article.


The updated Prang booklet contains fiction, background and more as well as statistic tables for infantry, infantry sized vehicles and larger vehicles too.  It is an evolving play testing document and introduces vehicles which we will create in the future for this force in the game.  You will need a copy of Patrol Angis to make use of this free booklet and for the larger vehicles we recommend the expansion Callisign Taranis.  Download the Prang Army in Patrol Angis free PDF from our dropbox by clicking HERE.  Thanks and enjoy!


Now on the website are two more packs of Prang Army to add to your collection and a platoon pack containing one of every pose and an additional miniature only found in the platoon.  Go HERE for their page on the website.  Additionally if you missed previous related articles you can read them HERE and HERE on our blog including a tale of Prang and Human war against the Shia Khan Empire and a lot of pictures.


Have you tried Patrol Angis?  The Ion Age's 15mm scale skirmish system.  There are three books in the series so far and they can be had in print or as cheaper digital downloads as well as value bundles and a game pack too.  All HERE.  For skirmish you need only the Patrol Angis book, to add larger vehicles and more then get the expansion Callsign Taranis and to fight the alien Shia Khan Empire you need the first army book called The Khanate Return.


Patrol Angis
15mm Scale Skirmish Wargaming
Wargame rules for use with 15mm miniatures and models. An enjoyable playing experience in a space opera setting unlike any other. Tactically challenging but not complex, these rules reward players for their playing and not by the use of endless charts, tables and over powered characters. Once familiar with the game rules, in a single hour you can play a full game with another person or several or on your own in solo play. The rules will not take long to learn and are suitable for wargamers of all ages from novice to veteran. They are fun and can be expanded into other titles in the series.  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.

This is low intensity warfare title where troops mainly on foot, root each other out over small objectives. It’s not massive, not often glamorous, but it’s pure adventure, it’s the stuff of heroes and it’s skirmishing at its best! Easy to get into and to build upon. It’s the starting point for your wargaming in The Ion Age!

A4 Book, 64 Pages.  All the mechanics you need to play plus more is in the book.  Here is a short list of the contents of the book and if you can look at example pages.  All pages are packed with content.


Still to come this month is an updated and expanded free booklet for the Xin Trade Fleet and remember our monthly deal is 25% off the core pack of Xin Rifles.  You can see these far future Chinese soldiers on our website HERE.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Prang Army Platoon and packs released!

Welcome to the releases for July 2017 at The Ion Age and thank you for your kind words at our first look at the Prang Army expansions last week.  Now on the website are two more packs of Prang Army to add to your collection and a platoon pack containing one of every pose and an additional miniature only found in the platoon.  Go HERE or read on for more information. Additionally if you missed last week's article you can read it HERE on our blog including a tale of Prang and Human war against the Shia Khan Empire.


Here are the new codes sculpted by the creator of the Prang the talented Eli Arndt.  We hope you like them!


IAF137 Prang Army Command
The specialist poses for your alien Prang Army.  These miniatures are standard bearer, comms, medic and casualties.  This code contains five different white metal 15mm scale poses all wearing ceramic armour.  From left to right these are the Tov Hadak (Water Bearer) who act as a standard bearer with a tank of home world water on his back and a ceremonial beacon pole which sings to Prang all around.  Then a Tov Communications Trooper with Blaster Carbine, a Grox (Medic) with visual amplified.  A Prang Tov injured and reclining.  A Prang Tov deceased face down. These detailed miniatures are the height of a Human (around 17mm though they do go up to 20mm for the bigger Prang) but are much bulkier. This code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or three packs saving 10% off list. Chose your option from the drop down menu on the page. Price per pack is 5.00GBP.


IAF138 Prang Army Leaders
The officers and notables for your Prang Army.  These miniatures are Sarga's (officers and sergeants) as well as a Prang Army Tech and an Army recruited Sherag.  This code contains five different white metal 15mm scale poses wearing ceramic armour and robes.  From left to right these are a Letat (officer) with Blaster Pistol, a Sarga with Blaster Rifle, a Sarga with Blaster Pistol and Vibro Blade.  Then a Prang Army Tech with visor linked scanner and Blaster Pistol.  Lasty an army recruited Sherag an advisor in robes and ceramic plate with concealed Blaster Pistol. These detailed miniatures are the height of a Human (around 17mm though they do go up to 20mm for the bigger Prang) but are much bulkier. This code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or three packs saving 10% off list. Chose your option from the drop down menu on the page. Price per pack is 5.00GBP.


IAFP10 Prang Army Platoon Pack including extra free unique miniature
An entire Dogat-Qual or platoon of the Prang Army which operates in platoons made up of squads typically of five.  This platoon pack contains 21 white metal 15mm scale miniatures of the alien Prang.  Twenty different poses including five command, five leaders, five support and five troopers.  All are wearing ceramic armour and carrying Blaster Rifles, Blaster Carbines and Pistols as well as more exotic weapons such as Arc Cannon and Sonic Stunner.  These miniatures are from pack codes IAF129,IAF130, IAF137 and IAF138 see these for additional details.  This platoon also contains one additional free miniature which is unique to this code and that is a Prang character who can be used as who could be anything from an officer to a pilot or vehicle crew, trooper or technical support worth 1.00GBP.  This platoon can be purchased as one or using the drop down menu select three packs and save 10%. If you want great aliens for your games then get some Prang!  Price is 20.00GBP per pack.

Go HERE for the Prang on the website and here follows the Prang Army codes already released in the autumn of 2016.


IAF129 Prang Army Troopers
The core fire team for your alien Prang Army.  These miniatures are typical troopers with a variety of poses all with Blaster Rifles. This code contains five different white metal 15mm scale poses all wearing ceramic armour.  From left to right these are Prang Trooper with servo assist Blaster Rifle, Prang Sergeant with Blaster Rifle arm raised, Prang Trooper with Blaster Rifle advancing, Prang Trooper aiming Blaster Rifle and lastly Prang Trooper firing Blaster Rifle. These detailed miniatures are the height of a Human (around 17mm though they do go up to 20mm for the bigger Prang) but are much bulkier. This code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or three packs saving 10% off list. Chose your option from the drop down menu on the page. Price per pack is 5.00GBP.


IAF130 Prang Army Support
The heavier weapon fire team for your alien Prang Army.  These miniatures are typical troopers with a variety of weapons. This code contains five different white metal 15mm scale poses all wearing ceramic armour.  From left to right these are Prang Sergeant with Blaster Rifle pointing, Prang Trooper with Arc Cannon and visor, Prang Trooper with Blaster Focus Cannon, Prang Trooper with Heavy Auto Cannon and lastly Prang Trooper with Sonic Stunner firing from the hip. These detailed miniatures are the height of a Human (around 17mm though they do go up to 20mm for the bigger Prang) but are much bulkier.  This code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or three packs saving 10% off list. Chose your option from the drop down menu on the page. Price per pack is 5.00GBP.


YOC4 Prang Ambassador
A civilian or freebooter character for your Prang collection.  A formerly free miniature of the month in the Year Four Collection as of August 2017.  Known as Ambassador Throaq of the Prang this alien is a friend and ally to mankind in the war against the raiders and the Shia Khan Empire. Stands approx 20mm tall.  Price is 1.00GBP.


Go HERE for the Prang on the website.


IMP47 Happy Burger Bin Bot
Free in every order every time all month. 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. You can see the Year Three Collection on the website. The Year Four Collection will be released in August and will mark the end of the monthly free programme at that time; there will be no more monthly miniatures after August 2017.  The Rewards Programme will remain. Standing 10mm tall the Bin Bot is a functional robot created for collecting waste from the food stations of Happy Burger. It joins the waiter, vending and entertainment bots. There is a near complete 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. This miniature is worth 0.60GBP. 


This month we have 25% off the great pack IAF113 Xin Trade Fleet Rifles. This offer ends on 1st August. Just add to cart and it is the pack plus single poses from it to which the discount has been applied. Check out all of the Xin Trade Fleet on their page HERE


We have no further releases this month but we will be putting out two updated free PDF files for Patrol Angis which cover the use of the Prang Army and the Xin Hegemony in the game.  We will be adding infantry size vehicles and larger vehicles to the existing files.  All working towards the continued growth of The Ion Age.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

An Alliance between Prang and Man against the Khanate

The trust was young and it was fragile but in its actions it would gain the nourishment of trust and through that it would gain vital strength. It had been only three standard year cycles previously when Ambassador Throaq of the Prang had offered peace and a pact to act alongside Humanity in defeating not only the raiders of his own species but also the looming menace of the Khanate. General Canvarus, formally of Faercycle II was promoted to knightly rank by the Reord who spoke for the Council of Addan in this and given the quest of managing the military affairs of the two space faring armies in the Camarthen cluster. At first the alliance came near to faltering when unaware Condots in the service of the Throne fired upon detachments of the Prang Army on the nightmare world of Mim II while hunting raiders who had carried off goods and more importantly the retro-psychotics needed for life upon that world had burned the domed settlements to the purple razor grass. Apologies were made for this and accepted. Next came the pitched battle in orbit and then upon the soil of Draff where the raider fleet of Captain Vozer was decisively defeated by the Dogat-Cenga of Commander Rotza alongside the 159th Knightly Regiment of Prydia in a fusillade of beams and bullets at the aluma mines of Draff III. Celebrations were had afterwards and friendships of fire and threatened death forged. 

In 4334 IC contact was lost with the populous world of Myrdan III which had been a target of Prang raiders in 4328 IC and thus had been given a garrison of a hundred Dogat-Quals of Prang Army, some two thousand soldiers with their supporting vehicles and equipment. This garrison was joined by the ten thousands of the 807th Muster Regiment and the 712th Regiment as some two hundred thousand veteran Planetary Militia all centered around the city of Yellatan upon the Vale of Down; a natural wonder. It had been mostly quiet in the intervening years and the garrisoned Prang had formed bonds with the local Humans offering their great physical strength for farming and industrial tasks and teaching lessons of their music and crafts. Regular contact was lost as several fast ships moved in system. A transmission was made by emergency Ancep Generation which gave the dragon rampant warning. The attackers were of the Shia Khan Empire. It took two weeks for the joint fleet of Commander Rotza and General Lord Canavarus to make the transitions needed to arrive into Myrdan space. 

Upon the arrival of the stellar vessels of the joint fleet in system contact was restored to a besieged Yellatan which was desperately holding the line again four full Khanate Legions and an estimated Malig horde in the hundreds of thousands. Myrdan III a jewel of a world could not be allowed to fall into the hands of the Shia Khan. Reports had been filed from other worlds in the greater Camarthen cluster which told of isolated or small scatterings of Dragonships wreaking havoc having evaded the space blockade around Camarthen Prime. Few had been this far away from the site of the Matter Gateway and they had all been stopped by harassed Prydian forces often at great cost. This would be a larger task. 

While most of the planetary landings took place aboard Cassillis and Moat types of portable castles dropping from the skies on columns of fire Commander Rotza offered the opportunity to try a more exotic means of reaching the fields of Myrdan III. Discovered on Progea the home world of the Prang race and having been there for eons beforehand an ancient device which could transport matter instantaneously was located on Rotza's flagship. Though it used similar principles to the Ancep Drive it was far, far more advanced and precise. It was not understood by the Prang. Its expansive raised floor grid could hold over a hundred armoured Prang troops and then deliver them in a blinding flash anywhere within a direct line of the ship to a high degree of accuracy. The exotic teleportation device was used to great effect to place Retained Knights as well as Desteria into the vulnerable rear of the alien foe and to put Prang down into the besieged city directly through the raised Hurwent Shield. Despite repeated requests Commander Rotza did not allow Prydian fabricators and experts to examine the teleportation device despite Starvaulter imposed asking. 

The fighting is well under way for control of the lush farming world and with further Prydian and Condot regiments arriving it is expected that the Khanate will be expunged from the Mrydan system soon. Prang and Human fight side by side and despite their different methods of war, weapons and physicality they are allies. This will matter all the more in the war again the Khanate as well as all the other threats that lurk within the Dolo Clouds and the vast expanses beyond the Prydian Precinct. 
General Lord Canavarus, Myrdan III, Myrdan Stellar System 4334 IC 

 
This month from the talented hands of Eli Arndt will come two more packs and a platoon set of the mighty alien Prang Army. These have been eagerly awaited. The codes which will be release next week on the 13th July at The Ion Age for the Prang Army are as follows and are all our releases for the month. 

IAF137 Prang Army Command (5) 
IAF138 Prang Army Leaders (5) 
IAFP10 Prang Army Platoon with Unique Miniature (20 +1) 

The platoon pack will include all twenty of the poses from the four Prang Army packs plus an extra, only found in that platoon code, character miniature. 


We will give you large photos of all of them next week but for now here is the platoon special miniature Prang character who could be anything from an officer to a pilot or vehicle crew or technical support. Fantastic! 

These are adding to the codes already on the Prang Army page of the website which cover the army and the Prang Raiders. 

IAF0129 Prang Troopers (5) 
IAF0130 Prang Trooper Support (5) 
YOC4 Prang Ambassador (1) 

IMP47 Bin Bot, IAFP10 Prang Character, IAF006 Legionary (17mm) for scale.
IAF110 Prang Raider Support (5) 
IAF111 Captain Bozar and Sherag (2) 
IAF112 Prang Raider Command (2) 
IAF109P Prang Raider Force (14) 


Towards the end of this month we will be updating the free PDF download for Patrol Angis which gives you game statistics and force compositions for the Prang Army. This update will expand upon the vehicle list for these aliens as well as their bike, battlesuit and portable weapon options. All of this working towards the day when the children of Progea get their own full all arms force! So not long to wait and the molds are spinning now getting the stock ready. 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Saturday, 1 July 2017

IMP47 Bin Bot free for all July 2017 and Happy Burger Bot pack

On more Worlds than the Arks ever saw! Its so good you will wear out your jaw! 
Its the taste that gives you the finest feeling! 
Stop on by for a Smile and some good taste meal eating! 
We love to fill you up so...look no further than Happy Burger! 


In the Prydian Precinct there are guilds which span whole worlds and while most of these are governmental and financial as well as military there are others which are devoted to a purely commercial end. As the Ancep Drive began to spread the news of the Code Gallant and the glue that would bind the worlds of the precinct to New Glastonbury and the Tor another idea travelled with these pioneers. From New Glastonbury a cook and former soldier Jedard Eackson took his idea of a take away eating house that would cater to those on a modest income who wanted taste more than the nutrition of a basic diet. Happy Burger was birthed on this notion and on every world, colony, settlement, asteroid any and all meat and other protein based animals of any kind allowable were turned into patties and then blasted with super strong spices. This gave a universal taste. A Happy Burger meal is the same everywhere. By the time of his death Eackson at the ripe old age of one hundred and sixty had introduced robotic staff into his eating houses mainly due to the high turnover of Human staff whose noses could only take so much. Happy Burger Bots are pre-programmed to be cooks, waiters and more. As the Prydian Civil War has spread many outlets of Happy Burger have been abandoned but their bot staff continue with their tasks attempting to serve empty meal boxes to passing League and Prydian Army soldiers. 
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 61, New Glastonbury, 4337IC 

Welcome to June 2017 and to The Ion Age as the journey continues. This month we have a forth bot to add to the awesome Happy Burger franchise as our free monthly miniature! We have updated the Happy Burger figure pack to add in this new bot. We have some alien releases this month which will make fans of Eli Arndt's work very happy indeed. This month our special offer is 25% off the central rifle pack of Xin Trade Fleet soldiers and we will have updated free booklets for the Prang and for the Xin. So releases and new resources and beginning with a trash can with a difference.

IMP47 Happy Burger Bin Bot
Free in every order every time all month. 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. You can see the Year Three Collection on the website. The Year Four Collection will be released in August and will mark the end of the monthly free programme at that time; there will be no more monthly miniatures after August 2017. Standing 10mm tall the Bin Bot is a functional robot created for collecting waste from the food stations of Happy Burger. It joins the waiter, vending and entertainment bots. There is a near complete 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. This miniature is worth 0.60GBP. 


This month we have 25% off the great pack IAF113 Xin Trade Fleet Rifles. This offer ends on 1st August. Just add to cart and it is the pack plus single poses from it to which the discount has been applied. Check out all of the Xin Trade Fleet on their page HERE


IMPS01 Happy Burger Bots 
Featuring in the fiction of The Ion Age and in the IMP monthly series of miniatures we have now expanded to include all four different bots in this special pack. Get the Happy Burger Bot, the Vending Bot, the Entertainer (creepy...) Bot and the Bin Bot all in one pack. You can purchase the pack or singles from it on the drop down menu of options. Good for any 15mm near future, post apoc or space opera setting. Go HERE


Remember we also have poster prints and among them is the lovely promotional A3 poster for the Happy Burger Chain of the far future.  HERE.


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Thanks for your support and for enjoying The Ion Age! 

GBS

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Patrol Angis expanded QRS by Jason Smith

With the core book in the series Patrol Angis of fast paced skirmish space opera warfare now in its third print run it is my great pleasure to present to all the players of the game out there a new Quick Reference Sheet (QRS).  Created by Jason Smith who is a big fan of Patrol Angis this QRS locks in with the core game and gives you an in depth tool to aid in playing.


Download the QRS from our Dropbox folder for free by clicking HERE.

If you would like to learn more about the Patrol Angis game system as well as getting more free files and links to reviews and other articles please visit the website on our 15mm Publications page HERE.




You can begin in the game with the book in print or as a digital download or as a book with a game pack for excellent value.  See the contents above.  The game pack also gives you a special miniature only found in that set.  A Retained Knight Errant with an Angis 12.5mm AP Pistol.  Excellent!

Thanks Jason for putting together this excellent resource for the game.  May the D8's always roll true for you!

GBS