Saturday, 30 November 2013

November 2013 for The Ion Age!

This is the image that stays with me this month!
Its time for a round up of the month on this blog.  I have done this twice before and viewers seem to like it as a bookend for a time period.  What did we do during October 2013 and how The Ion Age is continuing to grow as we approach the end of the current year.

So picking up where I left off in October 2013 we announced a new free miniature and then went on to make the following releases:

IMP03 Knight of the Dead.  The monthly free in all orders miniature. 
IAF018 Legionary 3rd Tesseran, 8 Shia Khan Legionaries, Maia Mpi.
IAF024 Fabricator Spire, 1 Resin Structure.
IAF023 Fallen Havelock, 1 Resin Terrain Piece.
IAF020A Havelock Type57A 'Anti-Infantry'.  1 Battlesuit.
IAF020B Havelock Type57B 'Pride Taker'.  1 Battlesuit.
IAF020C Havelock Type57C 'Indirect Fire Support'.  1 Battlesuit.
IAF020D Havelock Type57D ' Anti-Vehicle'.  1 Battlesuit.
IAF020E Havelock Type57E 'Knightmare'. 1 Battlesuit.
Pebeo Artists Acrylic Paint Range.
Pebeo Artists Inks Range.
Pebeo Paint Brushes.

Releases weekly during November focused on the first small vehicle kit release for The Ion Age; the Type 57 Havelock.  This code in all its variants was supported by a prone version in resin and a small structure all part of its very successful early supporter offer during the month.  Along with this a new pack of infantry for the 15mm Shia Khan Empire (got to love those vicious looking Maia 9.6mm Mpi's!) taking the Khanate to more than thirty poses and growing.  Lastly we brought a high quality range of paints, inks and brushes to the market ideal for miniatures and indeed the ones our painters use.  Have a look to read and see a lot more on all of the above.

During the month we had other things going on alongside our weekly releases which we detailed on the blog. The most salient points in the month were as follows:

Patrol Angis Playtesting Ended.  The excellent group of playtesters who had gone through six weeks of increasingly complex games of Patrol Angis finished up in November and I would like to thank them all for their efforts.  It was a blast and the game will be out in 2014.

Havelock Battlesuit Early Supporter Offer.  We had our second early supporter offer (eso) lasting two weeks in November offering two bundles.  A 15% discount and a 25% discount on three or five battlesuits with fallen and fabricator spire thrown in.  The response to this was even bigger than the Hab Dome offer in October, thank you all, and we blogged about it as well.  We are not doing an ESO in December but it will return with a bang in the New Year...just wait and see.

Pebeo Studio Paint Range and Croes Nest.  I love this one.  We have a full range of paints, inks and brushes.  Top quality and great for miniatures and wargames terrain too.  Have a look at them.  Also Sam Croes wrote the first in a series of articles on this style of painting.  He paints ALL of the miniatures on the Ion Age website.

Noble Knight Games official North American Distributor.  I was delighted to announce that NKG was now our distributor in North America.  Great company, great service and you can get all of our products from them in the USA and Canada.

TMP, WN&T, Mentions.  We expanded our horizons in November with paid for advertising on The Miniatures Page and also on Wargame News and Terrain blog.  Plus we got pictures of our miniatures in a new book by experienced wargames author Robert Avery.

Free Miniature for Sale.  The Knight of the Dead free miniature caused a fuss and though we sent out more of them than any previous month's IMP miniature it was not enough.  Two dozen people emailed and asked to buy the free miniature.  So  I checked it out with customers on our mailing list and they said it was ok to sell it as long as it went OOP end of the month.  So as of November you can buy the free miniature and you will get it free in your package too.  It will be on the front page of the website in the Latest Ion Age Releases list for the month.

All in all a very different month to October but just as manic for Sam Croes and I.  December is going to be festive and its going to see a special event unlike Novembers and some great releases and sneak peeks too. Jingle the Bells, grab the presents and make sure your armour is properly maintained as per the Code Gallant!

GBS

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