Thursday 3 July 2014

IAF036 Adder Combat Lifters - Early Supporter Offers

A detailed account of the origins and design of the Adder series of Combat Cars can be found elsewhere in the database. However not all the Adders taken from the ancient military designs were of a wheeled variety there were others too. In some campaigns the Muster required light vehicles that could traverse ground that wheeled and tracked designs could not. While repulsar technology was available its relative expense compared to more primitive lifter technology for hover propulsion made the production of a huge number of Adder Combat Lifters the feasible choice for equipping the Prydian Army. Worlds with a lot of water and swamps and also urban zones with broken ground were ideal for these vehicles. They could carry a four man fire-team or they could act in a support role with mounted weapons in the same range as those used by crewed weapons or battlesuits. A modular hull meant that often only the turret and some internal systems had to be changed over to create a new model in the series.

Adder Combat Lifters come in many types within the series. With an average weight of just over seven tons and roughly seventeen feet in length that Adder is not as resilient a vehicle as the Mullo used by the Retained but its easier to maintain. A colour coding system is in use to make Adders easy to assign to Regiments (and indeed the Marcher Barons use the same system) and to allow Muster who can sometimes not be as used to war as a Retained Knight a simple recognition method. The Red Adder is the standard Combat Lifter with space for four and mounting a turret with a Moth 88 Rotary Cannon. The Yellow Adder is the fire support lifter and has two crew along with a turret with an Anda 60mm Missile Pod. The Black Adder acts as an armoured punch giving the Muster the ability to knock out battlesuits and other smaller tough targets with two crew and a turret mounted Fretan Rail Gun. Less common is the Orange Adder which is infantry support mounting a specialised turret with a Moth 30 automatic 50mm Grenade Launcher which is a recent introduction to the series. Others in the Adder lifter series include the Green Adder which is a command and control at the battalion level and the White Adder for medical teams and battlefield triage. The 'Battle Taxi' type Grey Adder is heavily modified and can carry two fire-teams or a whole squad at a real squeeze. There are also some very specialised Adders too for purposes such as Blue Adder, the Brown Adder and the Purple Adder. Every Muster Regiment is in possession of hundreds of Adders across the spectrum for all its roles and since they are so easy to fabricate and to maintain they are making a real impact in the ongoing Civil War and in the Camarthen Star System too.

IAF036 Adder Combat Lifters front view
Rear View
We decided to 'Add' upon last month's Early Supporter Offer with another on smaller sized 15mm science fiction vehicles. This time the hover, floating variants of the Adder Combat Lifter series of vehicles. Our first hover vehicles which we did a small sneak peek at during the week. We have an offer for you, not a bundle this time, an offer of 25% off the release price on five different codes. Choose exactly what you want in your order. The Adder is the standard light combat lifter used by the Muster in the Ion Age. Adders come in coloured variants and this ESO concerns the Red, Yellow, Orange and Black Adders. Here are the details of the offer which runs from 3rd July to 17th July:

IAF036A Red Adder Combat Lifter (Mini-Gun Turret) 3.00GBP (save 25% off 4.00GBP)
IAF036B Yellow Adder Fire Support Lifter (Missile Pod Turret) 3.00GBP (save 25% off 4.00GBP)
IAF036C Black Adder Punch Lifter (Rail Gun Turret) 3.00GBP (save 25% off 4.00GBP)
IAF036D Orange Adder Combat Lifter (Hermit Grenade Turret) 3.00GBP (save 25% off 4.00GBP)
IAF038 Smashed Adder Lifter (Hover Destroyed Vehicle) 3.00GBP (save 25% off 4.00GBP)

Every order placed gets the IMP11 Female Adventurer (worth 0.60GBP) included free automatically. Go HERE.
IAF038 Smashed Adder Lifter
There are many more images of each of these vehicles on the pages of the website.

The Adder Combat Lifters are resin and white metal vehicle kits which require a small amount of assembly. They have a single piece highly detailed body in resin and a separate turret in resin which if required comes with a white metal weapon to mount and or white metal hatch covers. The smashed adder is a one piece resin casting. Excellent value and useful for just about any 15mm science fiction wargame from the present day to near future and space opera too. An Adder Lifter kit once assembled is approx 60mm long, 30mm wide and about 25mm tall. Typically only two or three pieces which are very easy to assemble. The Smashed Adder Lifter is approx 70mm long and 40mm wide in one piece of resin. It can be used in your games as a terrain marker, a scenario objective or a casualty of an Adder in play.

At the end of the promotional period we will ship out all orders that contain these ESO Offer codes alone or with any other items from our ranges. All orders that do not contain these offer codes will continue to ship out as normal.

The Adder Combat Lifters and their supporting codes along with all of the 15mm white metal Muster miniatures are all working towards the release of Patrol Angis our 15mm skirmish science fiction rules system. In the vehicles expansion of the game the Adder will join the Skylark in performing duties such as combat support, troop transport, precision armour killer and general artillery call downs with more to come later.

Here are the scale shots with our 15mm miniatures from the sneak peek last week plus others too:

Red Adder Combat Lifter facing Canlastrian Muster
Black Adder Combat Lifter tries to down a second Duxis Battlesuit
Orange Adder Combat Lifter glides past a crashed Skylark
Smashed Adder Lifter taken by Nox Troopers
Yellow Fire Support Adder Lifter advances
We think that the Adder Combat Lifters are great light vehicles and we hope that you do too. Excellent Value and very useful. Thank you for your support of all of us here at The Ion Age in allowing us to pursue our dream of a space opera future that is wholly its own.



  1. Niiice! It's a natural-looking conversion of the wheeled Adder which I also like (it's kinda WW2 "retro", while this is more typical sci-fi or near-futuriffic)

    1. Thanks. Armoured Cars are the smallest of vehicles to me and WW2 was the great era for them. The Lifter is almost totally a new vehicle but its nice that it ended up looking like the car's 'brother' if only from the top of the hull and turret. We like our sci-fi space opera but also fun. Glad you like. GBS