Monday, 19 August 2013

Launch Day is Here - The Ion Age is live!

It is launch day!  Here is a copy with images of the message going out to more than five thousand wargamers worldwide today - GBS

'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

IAF005 Balthazar and Jerome
Today is a special day for it is today that Alternative Armies and would like to announce to all of their lovely customers and fans that there is a new baby in our brand family and its name is . Its a little chap just now but its gonna grow real fast and if you are a fan of science fiction miniature wargaming with a focus on Space Opera and heroic style rather than a trend of re-hashing a grim and repetitively bland future then The Ion Age is for you.

Ever since Gavin Syme first played the original Ion Age game 'Firefight' back in the 1990's he has wanted to put The Ion Age back where it belonged, front and centre, back where it was in the early 1990's with Alternative Armies. Its taken time and a lot of effort but the moment is now here. Releases and surprises are lined up, rewards and specials all arranged, a rule system in the play test stage. Not only in the popular 28mm scale but also in the booming15mm scale too. A thousand years after the Ban of Prejudice saw the end of the first Khanate War now the Prydian Precinct stands torn by civil war and the once more looming threat of the return of the Khanate. The Prydian Army is now united and led by the beautiful Princess Cyon and it is embattled all around. To whom will go victory in this thrilling universe?

Every wargaming brand stands by its miniatures and its artwork and we have our lead designer Sam Croes heading up a stream of releases that will make you grin from ear to ear. We have taken the Ion Age codes from the original HOF range and formed them into the IAF series where we promise that no code will EVER have any doubles in it. That's right every miniature in every pack is different. Each week we will be expanding the Ion Age with a new 15mm release beginning with two releases this very week. Each release can be bought as a pack or as singles or in multiple packs with a saving; total choice for you.

In addition to our new website we have an official blog for all the latest Ion Age happenings. Go along and have a look at . . In fact sign up to follow it so you are never behind on the news. We also have a weekly newsletter which will be coming out through our partnership with Mailchimp; you can find a link to sign up for this on the footer of the website or at the top of the blog. Email or Blog or both take your pick for the story of The Ion Age.

Each month we will be giving a free miniature away automatically, one for each and every order placed. This miniature is unique and will NEVER be sold in any form or seen again once its time runs out. The first miniature is now online, see it on the front page of website, a kneeling Retained Knight deep in thought before battle. It will be the current miniature until the end of September (because it would be unfair it for only for the remainder of this month eh!) and then another will take its place.

Not enough for you eh? well here is something else that we at The Ion Age can offer you. A Rewards Programme! When you place an order on our website you will be signed up for the free programme and points will be credit to you to the value of your purchase. As your points grow then you can redeem them any time for a discount or special Rewards Programme miniatures. At the moment you can get 5% off or 10% off orders or the special Patrol Angis Vignette pack with your points. When you sign up you will get full details and the current offers for points.

We begin with the existing Ion Age miniature range on the website but today we have our first brand new release IAF005 Balthazar and Jerome a two miniature 15mm personality pack depicting a noble Retained Knight and his loyal varlet. Great for leading any 15mm force in the Prydian Army or the ranks of any Marcher Baron. Go along and check out these new miniatures now! 
Promo One - Free Miniature Until 30th September
Well that is it for our virtual hello and handshake we hope you decide to check us out and like what you see. In fact drop us an email on if you have any questions. But don't despair because seeing as how it's launch week we have to things left to say. Firstly since we are great guys we are going to stick a couple of extra free miniatures in every order for free until the end of August and secondly our next release will be something that has been on the top of many Ion Age wargamers for years for sculpting in 15mm scale....something our website background art is already depicting. Find out later this week!

The Ion Age Team

May 2019 and The Ion Age has been taken back into Alternative Armies.  It continues with new releases into the future!  Go to Alternative Armies for Ion Age pages of the 15mm Range the 15mm Terrain Range the 28mm Range the Publications range and the Free Downloads collection too for the latest.  All links to the ion age site are now defunct sorry!  If you wish to see something or ask a question email me on  GBS


  1. I used to realy enjoy Firefight - looking forward to the next stage of the game!

    1. Thanks for your comment Paul. We have a lot planned. Check out HOF Fire-Team over on just now its the 15mm little brother of Firefight 2.0.


  2. Great background!
    Are you going to sculpt non-Sister of Battles? Please, yes Please

    1. Hello Slorm,

      We certainly have plans for female Retained and Muster so it will happen but I cannot say when for now. Stay tuned!


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    1. Thanks! I will pass it on to the lads and ladies involved.

      I love your user name as well.