Thursday, 18 May 2017

IAF134 Psycoborgs of the Shia Khan Empire released!

“The Shia Khan Empire is, despite its ancient age and mighty power, not a sophisticated enemy on most battlefields.  It is surmised that this and their apparent lack of interest in the value of life is down simply to having such endless resources at their disposal.  Able to throw the lives of their soldiers away without care they can just send more to the flesh grinder of war. So the presence of robots in the ranks of the Legions was a surprise to Prydian commanders.  A most unwelcome surprise as it became clear that the purpose of the robots was to inspire terror in and then exterminate Humans.  

Dubbed Psycoborgs due to their appearance, some two to three times the height of a Human and man-like in construction. Their heads being like a skull and one arm mounting a support grade weapon they also could quite literally inspire terror.  An unknown technology radiates from each robot and makes concentration and bravery exceptionally hard for regular troops and challenging even for Retained Knights. Psycoborgs operate either as single hunters in low intensity combat zones also aiding the conversion of Human Betrayers or as small groups typically of three robots within a platoon.  Betrayers never act alongside these robots and Maligs rarely to do so.  Legionaries and others seem unconcerned by their terror inspiring abilities.  They are incapable of command and are given their programme by their commander in the field.  These are the Psycoborg Robots and they are a fearsome foe!”
Taken from – IAB03 The Khanate Return Army Book


The Ion Age makes its last release for the month of May 2017 with the arrival of six variants of the long awaited robotic terror machine of the Shia Khan Empire; the Psycoborg!  You can go straight to the new pack HERE or read on for more information about these robots as well as how they fit into the new Khanate Army Book as well as some lovely pictures including a line of of all Khanate figure types and our monthly deal and free figure for May...all Khanate!





IAF134 Psycoborgs
This pack contains the parts to make up six variants of the terror robots in the service of the Shia Khan Empire the loathed Psycoborgs.  Each white metal kit is composed of a body, a head (which can be posed) plus a fist arm (which can be posed) and a gun arm (which can be posed).  Assembled the 15mm scale robot stands approx 30mm tall putting it into the same region as a Khanate Warlord.  As well as the pack option plus an option for three packs saving ten percent you can also choose to purchase a single random Psycoborg kit (contact us with your order number if you would like a specific weapon arm included).  Supplied unpainted and unassembled and without bases (shown on 30mm round bases as per Patrol Angis rules).  


For further reference refer to the image of all six variants labelled A to F each weapon is featured in IAB03 The Khanate Return as follows:  Juno 18kw Laser Cannon (A), Mars 20mm Chain Cannon (B), Hydra 14Mw Laser Swarm Cannon (C), Helios 80kw Atomic Destabliser (D), Triple Jupiter Plasma 46mm (E) and Maia 12.7mm Scatter Cannon (F).  Go HERE.  Pack Price 21.00GBP. 



Psycoborgs typically act alone or in threes in larger battles.  Behind the lines and in urban areas they stalk the darkness seeking out weakness.  Small strike teams are sent out to find and destroy the robots before they can do more damage.


We thought it would be nice to show you a scaling line up of all the 15mm troop types currently in the Khanate army.  From left to right they are:  Malig, Legionary, Pioneer, Nox, Warlord and Psycoborg.


We have a month long special offer...to go with your super heavy lads for the Shia Khan we have 25% off IAF039 Khanate Warlords both the pack and the single miniatures from it.  The discount is online and all you need do is add to cart, reward points are as normal and can be used on this offer too.  Offer ends 1st June.  


You can assemble a whole Legion's worth of infantry for the Shia Khan Empire using the 15mm range now from Legionaries to Pioneers as well as Nox and Maligs as well as portable weapons and Warlords; now Psycoborgs.  While almost all Legionaries have their helmets on there are both male and female aliens in the Legion so this month we give you a useful miniature to add to any Tesseran or Ordos.  IMP45 Female Khanate Legionary.   Free in every order every time all month before being retired. 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. Standing 17mm to the eye line our female Legionary is tall like all elvish Legionaries.  Bare headed, helmet under her arm and sporting a Maia Mpi she is useful in any Khanate force. This miniature is worth 0.60GBP.

Thanks for Reading!

GBS

Monday, 8 May 2017

Khanate Return book and bundles released in print and as downloads!

"A matter gateway is active on Camarthen IV. Losses are mounting, send everything; everyone.  Send them now.  The Khanate have returned."

We are delighted to announce the general release of the third book in the Patrol Angis series.  In print and as a digital download IAB03 The Khanate Return adds the first army book and the first alien race to the Prydian Precinct.  For use with Patrol Angis and also Callsign Taranis.  To see all the books back in stock and the bundles with saving go HERE or read on for more information.  Get yours now!

As with all of our print books the digital download versions can be downloaded immediately upon purchase and are twenty percent less in price than the print book version.


IAB03 The Khanate Return
The third book in the Patrol Angis series is a new setting and forces title with statistics and rules for use with 15mm miniatures and models from theionage.com. 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.  

YOU REQUIRE PATROL ANGIS AND CALLSIGN TARANIS TO MAKE USE OF THIS BOOK.  

Go HERE for print or for digital download through our website.


IBB03 Three Book Bundle – Patrol Angis, Callsign Taranis and The Khanate Return
Get Patrol Angis and its expansion Callsign Taranis as well as the new army book The Khanate Return together!  All the books in one bundle.  You save ten percent off the print book prices or get the trio bundle as digital downloads in one purchase with twenty percent off by going HERE.


We want you to try out the fast and lethal with lots of fun one hour play system that is Patrol Angis. From small skirmish to bigger battles in 15mm scale using your Ion Age miniatures and vehicles. There are free resources as well as reviews which you can download or have a look at.  The links for these are on the website HERE.  Enjoy!

There is a folder of free resources for Patrol Angis.  Download it!

The Xin Trade Fleet in Patrol Angis.  Get the free PDF.

The Prang Raiders in Patrol Angis.  A free PDF.

Reviews and AAR's of Patrol Angis.  A video play though of Patrol Angis by Dorkside Cookies. Visit 'Conflict Cornucopia' blog.  'Beightons Shipyard'. After Action Report (AAR) by Conflict Cornucopia blog.  Note these show the older cover of Patrol Angis but it is the same book. A Patrol Angis AAR by Rod Forehand on our blog.  An in depth review of Patrol Angis by Just Play February 2017.


You can assemble a whole Legion's worth of infantry for the Shia Khan Empire using the 15mm range now from Legionaries to Pioneers as well as Nox and Maligs.  While almost all Legionaries have their helmets on there are both male and female aliens in the Legion so this month we give you a useful miniature to add to any Tesseran or Ordos.  IMP45 Female Khanate Legionary.  Free in every order every time all month before being retired. 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. Standing 17mm to the eye line our female Legionary is tall like all elvish Legionaries.  Bare headed, helmet under her arm and sporting a Maia Mpi she is useful in any Khanate force. This miniature is worth 0.60GBP.



Lastly we have a new month long special offer...to go with your super heavy lads for the Shia Khan we have 25% off IAF039 Khanate Warlords both the pack and the single miniatures from it.  The discount is online and all you need do is add to cart, reward points are as normal and can be used on this offer too.  Offer ends 1st June.  Click on the link to learn more. 

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 1 May 2017

IMP45 Female Khanate Legionary free for all May 2017

“Humans your time is at an end.  Your planets, your cities, your homes and your children are now the dominion of the Shia Khan Empire.  Resist if you must, you may even slow us but you cannot ever prevail. We are eternal and we are always triumphant.  Our stars immeasurable, our victories countless and our will pure permanence.  There is and there always has been the Shia Khan.  You belong to us.  You are the slaves of the Great Khan."
The Belkus Proclamation. Translated from a continual loop being broadcast on all channels from the Belkus crater.  Fleet Command 4329 IC


It is now May!  What a month April was eh and it kind of continues in the first half of this new month.  We have the general release of IAB03 The Khanate Returns book as well as a three book Patrol Angis bundle in print plus the digital download versions of these books and bundles too.  On the release of the new book we will be dispatching worldwide all of the pre-orders and we will put the digital download version up on the website.  We have a new release this month and it is one long expected and hinted at earlier this year...15mm Psycoborgs!  We will have news and articles when these events happen but for now we want to show you the forty fifth monthly free miniature which is in every order placed this month.



You can assemble a whole Legion's worth of infantry for the Shia Khan Empire using the 15mm range now from Legionaries to Pioneers as well as Nox and Maligs.  While almost all Legionaries have their helmets on there are both male and female aliens in the Legion so this month we give you a useful miniature to add to any Tesseran or Ordos.  IMP45 Female Khanate Legionary.

IMP45 with a Psycoborg (and Warlord)..releasing May 2017!

Free in every order every time all month before being retired. 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. We are into Year Four now and if you missed it you can see the Year Three Collection on the website.  Standing 17mm to the eye line our female Legionary is tall like all elvish Legionaries.  Bare headed, helmet under her arm and sporting a Maia Mpi she is useful in any Khanate force. There is a growing 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. Enjoy looking at what came before.  This miniature is worth 0.60GBP.




We ask you to sign up for a website account with us on your first order. Why? For one reason only. Not to send you emails (we never will. If you want our emails sign up for our Mailchimp list on the right top of the blog home page) or to pester you; but only to keep track of the Reward Points that all orders with us earn. Reward Points through our online partner Sloyalty which can be used once accumulated to get discounts or free stuff at any point in the future. Learn more about this HERE. Every order earns Reward Points! Yes free extra value. Part of our promise to keep the fun in wargaming. 



Lastly we have a new month long special offer...to go with your super heavy lads for the Shia Khan we have 25% off IAF039 Khanate Warlords both the pack and the single miniatures from it.  The discount is online and all you need do is add to cart, reward points are as normal and can be used on this offer too.  Offer ends 1st June.  Click on the link to learn more. 

Thanks for your support and for enjoying The Ion Age!

GBS

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Spring Season Promotion and Pre-Orders ended thank you!


The spring promotional period as now ended at The Ion Age and we want to thank all of you from all the world for your orders.  Tabletop Gamers are great guys and gals and we have responded to all the kind messages you have sent.  We have a couple of things to say at this time so here we go.

As stated all pre-orders, orders which contain among other things or on its own, for IAB03 The Khanate Return will be shipped out week commencing 8th May.  At this time this is achievable and the initial print run ordered has been exceeded!  More copies have been ordered and we will issues updates if anything changes.  If you have a question please contact me on info@theionage.com.  Promotional period orders which do not have pre-orders in them have and are shipping worldwide now.

Secondly we will have new releases in May which feature in the Khanate Return book.  As well as the new book May will see the appearance of an awaited code for that army which will strike fear into the hearts of mankind..The Psycoborgs!  We will also have news about the coming Khanate vehicles too.


I want to end with a big wave of thanks from the small team behind The Ion Age.  We love what we do and you all make it possible.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 13 April 2017

The Khanate Return book pre-order plus April Releases and Salute Week free postage and offers!

The Ion Age is delighted to make all of its miniature releases for April 2017 and to announce the Salute Week Promotion is now live as well as to make the pre-orders open for the next Patrol Angis book The Khanate Return.  You can now pre-order your copy of the next Patrol Angis book The Khanate Return which will ship in early May as well as getting the new print run of the other books which will ship with it.  Learn more about this new book from previous articles on our blog.  Full details to follow or go HERE straight to the website main page for the whole show.



From now until midnight GMT on the 24th of April 2017 we have FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on all orders over 15.00GBP product value.  All orders gain Reward Points and get the monthly free miniature worth 0.60GBP (unless purely digital download orders) and you can use your Reward Points for additional free items or discount during this period.  As well as the free postage we have, during this period, put online a pre-order offer for IAB03 The Khanate Return book as well as an offer on new print runs of the other two Patrol Angis books all at 10% off normal prices. When the promotion period ends all normal orders will be sent out as usual and all orders containing the new book and the new print runs of the other two books will be sent out on or just before 8th May 2017 when general release of them at normal price occurs and the digital download edition of IAB03 The Khanate Return is released too.  There is now a three book print bundle with a bigger saving and there will be a three book download bundle with saving too in May.  Go HERE for the Patrol Angis game system page.  

As always any questions can be asked and if you wish to combine orders with items from Alternative Armies you can do so by sending your list to us by email on info@theionage.com and I will reply.


IAB03 The Khanate Return – Save 10% Pre Order 
The third book in the Patrol Angis series is a new setting and forces title with statistics and rules for use with 15mm miniatures and models from theionage.com. 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.  YOU REQUIRE PATROL  ANGIS  AND CALLSIGN TARANIS TO MAKE FULL USE OF THIS BOOK. The book will ship 8th May 2017.  Go HERE.


IBB03 Three Book Bundle – Save 15% Pre Order 
Get Patrol Angis and its expansion Callsign Taranis as well as the new army book The Khanate Return together!  Save even more.  These books will ship 8th May 2017 Go HERE.

We have several new releases for this month and all of them are now online.  Here are the details:


IAF128 Skrak Terror Bird Cavalry 
This pack contains two Malig Goblins riders mounted upon two different poses of terror birds.  White metal 15mm scale miniatures.  Aggressive cavalry in the ranks of the Shia Khan Empire.  Find more information in The Khanate Return army book.  As always this code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or select the three packs and save 10% option on the page. Go HERE. Price 4.00GBP per pack.


IAF128S Skrak Terror Birds
This pack contains two different poses of 15mm scale white metal terror birds.  Riders are NOT supplied.  Birds have saddle and will fit most bow legged 15mm scale riders.  Excellent for creating your own unique force. As always this code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or select the three packs and save 10% option on the page. Go HERE. Price 3.00GBP per pack.


IAF129 Skrak Malig Rider and Egg Nest
This pack contains two 15mm scale white metal miniatures which go perfectly with Skrak Terror Bird cavalry.  A Malig Goblin rider on foot with whip and rolled saddle.  A Skrak Nest with eggs as well as other Khanate debris which makes an excellent marker or terrain piece.   As always this code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or select the three packs and save 10% option on the page. Go HERE. Price 2.00GBP per pack.

We have a special offer this month and here it is.


Our month long special offer...its a space goblin one with 25% off the original 15mm space goblins AIAF002 The Maligs.  Providing a great core of infantry poses to your Khanate platoons of verminous Maligs this pack is excellent. The discount is online and all you need do is add to cart, reward points are as normal and can be used on this offer too.  Offer ends 1st May.  


IMP44 Malig Egg Thief
Free in Every Order this month and it can also be purchased in any amount too HERE we present our little Goblin thief.  Standing 12mm to the eye line the Malig Egg Thief labours under the weight of a Skrak Terror Bird egg that he has 'liberated' and is heading for any giant frying pan he can find (perhaps Senga can lend him one).  Dressed in typical Malig fashion it is a unique 15mm miniature. 

Please enjoy the promotion and the pre-order of the new book.  You make my living in a great industry and I really appreciate that.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Saturday, 1 April 2017

IMP44 Malig Egg Thief Space Goblin free for all April 2017

“The Shia Khan Empire in its conquest of Camarthen Prime began with little in the way of heavy armour and vehicles and instead focused it seems upon bringing through the Matter Gateway as many Legionaries as possible.  As many troops as they could.  This tactic made sense in the light that we thought the Belkan Depression without life and the threat gone due to the detonation of the fusion reactor in the midst of the labyrinth.  While we were trying,in shock, to come to terms with the alien threat we assumed was now halted it was instead the case that under the ground the gateway continued to vomit forth more and more enemies so near to us yet unseen.  When the Khanate broke through to the surface and brought the battle to us once more they had a great mass of infantry of their client races and a some fast vehicles for reconnaissance.  Foremost among these were the Canthus bikes and the vicious Skrak Terror Birds.  This large animal is a creature of bile and hate that seems to have a natural affinity with Maligs.  Capable of running on its two legs at high speed it can cover a large area quickly and its long curved beak can easily snip the head from a knight in powered armour.  We have no idea what the Goblins call these birds as the Skrak is our own name for them due to the distinctive and unpleasant noise they make.  Capable of carrying a Goblin rider they have all been observed with Saurad riders as well.  Tough and hard to put down the Skrak cavalry are a threat to Planetary Militia caught out in the open without support.  Thus far no terror bird has been taken alive for study and observation has concluded for certain that the bird is not only cannibalistic but also eats its rider it given a chance.  There are Maligs whose task it is to take the clutches of eggs laid by the Skraks from their nests to a separate hatchery for some 'training' upon hatching.  This is a role which even the Goblins try to avoid..."
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 17, New Glastonbury, 4332IC


April is here and I pity the fool that thinks its not going to be a great month!  We have new releases plus the Salute Season and a new monthly offer as well as the pre-orders on that book which you have all been hearing about too.  It all starts here with the new monthly free miniature.  IonFans who have missed out on posts in March should check out the First Look at Pages and Offers on the coming Return of the Khanate book as well as the excellent Khanate Portable Weapons which came out last month plus the tale of Caracan the Strider too.  We will have some vicious birds plus their handlers for you in April.   All of this to come and we will feature it on the blog and across the sphere of the infoverse.  Now onto the news for the start of the month.  A new free monthly and an exotic one at that....it makes me eggstatic to present IMP44.

The Ion Age is not only a Human place...it has aliens a plenty.  This month that comes to the fore but not in the way you think with a humorous miniature that will not only look unique in your collection but be oddly useful with our new releases in April. This month we present IMP44 Malig Egg Thief who will go right into your space goblin Ordos.





We welcome the 44th free monthly 15mm miniature and month of our little space opera setting. Free in every order every time all month before being retired. 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. We are into Year Four now and if you missed it you can see the Year Three Collection on the website.  Standing 12mm to the eye line the Malig Egg Thief labours under the weight of a Skrak Terror Bird egg that he has 'liberated' and is heading for any giant frying pan he can find (perhaps Senga can lend him one).  Dressed in typical Malig fashion it is a unique 15mm miniature. There is a growing 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. Enjoy looking at what came before.  This miniature is worth 0.60GBP.


We ask you to sign up for a website account with us on your first order. Why? For one reason only. Not to send you emails (we never will. If you want our emails sign up for our Mailchimp list on the right top of the blog home page) or to pester you; but only to keep track of the Reward Points that all orders with us earn. Reward Points through our online partner Sloyalty which can be used once accumulated to get discounts or free stuff at any point in the future. Learn more about this HERE. Every order earns Reward Points! Yes free extra value. Part of our promise to keep the fun in wargaming. 




Lastly we have a new month long special offer...its a space goblin one with 25% off the original 15mm space goblins AIAF002 The Maligs.  Providing a great core of infantry poses to your Khanate platoons of verminous Maligs this pack is excellent. The discount is online and all you need do is add to cart, reward points are as normal and can be used on this offer too.  Offer ends 1st May.  Click on the link to learn more. 


As always if you are reading this bulletin later in the month or further into the future please do have a look at our blog and use it as a time machine to read all the excellent content that is there going right back to our start. Try April 2014 for instance where you can find a the beginning of our expansion of the space goblins with the Malig Ordos platoon pack (33 different poses!) and the now firm favourite the mad cap Infernus Ball Tank.  Here is our 2014 convention flyer showing them.


Thanks for your support and for enjoying The Ion Age!

GBS

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Khanate Return book in April plus details and first look at pages!

Not long now until the early supporter offers for the third book in the Patrol Angis series. In April 2017 the team at The Ion Age will add The Khanate Return to the core book Patrol Angis and vehicle expansion book Callsign Taranis. After we announced the third book we saw a big uptake on the current titles and in fact they have both sold out! We will have them back in stock as well as the new book next month. In this blog post I want to show you a couple of pages from the new book and to give you a run down of what our offers will be and when they will hit the website. Click on each image to see them much, much larger. 


I have chosen as the first page to show you the client races of the Khanate Empire which is a page I am sure will be a popular one indeed. When I began writing the new book I knew right from the start that I wanted this line up to appear. The Shia Khan are enigmatic indeed and so much so that no one really knows what they look like and while the Khans themselves are still a mystery the troop of the Prydian Precinct have a firm idea of their soldiers. Drawn by Sam Croes the line up gives you the 'slave races' which form the Legions that are the primary fighting instrument of the Empire. You will be familiar with some of these not least those to the centre including the Legionary, Pioneer, Nox and Malig but others may not be so obvious. From left to right and accurately presented in relative heights to each other are: Saurad Warrior, Beotan Brave, Nox Discens, Pioneers Discens, Warlord, Legionary Discens, Pertinax Discens and a Malig Gregalis. It is our intent to make miniatures for all of these over time and details for each are in the book. Awesome! 


Click on the image here to expand it up to a full size page. 

The second page I chose to show you is a typical page from the army section, one of two, in The Khanate Return book. It is the opening page of the Shia Khan Army Organisation section (there is also a Planetary Militia section) and it gives a short account of the beginning of the Camarthen Campaign (which is covered in great detail in the book) as well as information on how to proceed. On the pages that follow are the accounts of each of the client races, the organisation of Tesserans and Ordos as well as the statistics tables for armour, weapons, formations, vehicles of all sizes written by myself. All ready to be locked into Patrol Angis for skirmish games and Callsign Taranis for larger games. An Army Book fit for any alien invaders! 


Click on the image here to expand it up to a full size page.


The Early Supporter Offers will be as follows for the new book first in print then as digital download. On Friday 14th April 2017 we will begin our Salute Season offers and from the 14th to the 24th April we will have free postage on all orders over 15GBP worldwide and you can pre-order The Khanate Return with a free Malig Orba Bike worth 2.00GBP added free plus you will get the April free miniature and Reward Points and have access to the month's 25% off offer too. There will be a new triple book bundle too with a saving so you can get all three Patrol Angis titles in one go. After the 24th we will ship out all orders which DO NOT contain the book. We will then ship worldwide all orders containing the new book from the 8th May 2017. The 8th of May will also be the day which the paid digital download version of the The Khanate Return will go on sale along with a new triple bundle of all three books in PDF format these will be 20% less than print version as always. Roll on the 14th! 


In April we will be giving you a free monthly miniature which is total mad fun and goes well with the vicious two legged feathered creatures that are the month's miniature release too. So it will be all alien and all strange for all of April....not long to wait now. Thank you for your support and for making my space opera dream an ever larger reality in miniature. 

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A Tale of Caracan the Afara Strider

Birds wheeled in the air above the silent forest clearing and a blue sky domed the world of Ogof III as Laydon Maltax placed his helm back upon his head.  He was a young man but a man who had seen more of war than anyone would wish to.  His short cropped blond hair rubbed at the padded liner of his helm but he was used to it; far too used to it.  His armoured lance had stopped here overnight and despite official orders to the contrary they had shut down their three Afara type striders and took their rest under the plainly seen stars rather than in the cockpits of the machines.  It had been a risk but a small one as the enemy was a distance away and their movement through the thick woods had been in secret.  Plus they had the advantage of a wide area Chameleon Circuit field which hid them from anything but nearby careful eyes.  Now it was morning and the mission resumed to keep Ogof III in the hands of the rightful Kingmaker.

As Maltrax took to the recessed ladder in the left leg of his strider, named Caracan, he looked to his left and to his right as the two other pilots did likewise and ascended to the access hatches of their own machines. The three Afara type mecha towered over the smaller trees and their heads reached high into the upper branches of all but the oldest trunks. He climbed up past the knee and then to the waist before circling around Caracan and then on up to the back of the strider's neck.  Once there he typed his command key into the tiny numeric pad under its armoured cover.  Some preferred a retinal scan or a print reader but Maltrax used numbers as was his way.  With a heavy thud and then several clicks the access hatch lifted up and out from the machine's back allowing its commander to slide himself into the cockpit space.   It was dark inside and he took his familiar place in the chest of the war machine.


The Flexpad Containment Couch was inert and as Maltrax placed his legs into the places for them and then his back into the upright holder he turned the main activation   switch to command on.  Slowly the containment couch fitted itself to him and soon only his hands and head were outside of it.  As the Groatvey MkX Heavy Ion Reasc Fusion Reactor came online he pressed more studs and thumbed the twin sticks which met his fingers.  Caracan shuddered slightly as the joint locks on its legs and arms and spine were released and the Sislain Fibamuscle bundles all over the Afara took the strain.  More than twenty tonnes of titanium alloy armour and weapon systems took less than twenty seconds to give Maltrax a line of green lights in his vision.  He finished connecting the last strands of data cords to his helm making his vision and hearing that of Caracan and then just for a moment he felt giddy as the primary node of the strider took his sense of balance as its own.  He lifted one foot and then the other almost feeling the ground under the massive three toed feet with their Hakamould Type 5 Maxdure Foot Pads.  He checked the status of the Anda 60mm missile pod mounted on Caracan's shoulder and confirmed its load of Felta Type 6 munitions and thirty one shots left in the magazine.  Then he slowly brought the mighty Otca powered sword to readiness.  Its nine foot blade glowed to an orange and then to a blue edged intensity.  Only he carried a sword while the other members of his lance had large lasers and projectile weapons.  It was his honour in The Code Gallant and it was a lethal instrument when put to use.

The three mecha were ready to commence their mission and as each pilot signalled commitment Maltrax looked to his shield which covered most of one arm of Caracan.  It was more than a foot thick slab of titanium which was scored and pitted across its blue and white surface from the impact of enemy rounds.  The shield protected the strider as it closed with the foe and one corner of it was missing entirely where a Duxis Battlesuit of the bitch Princess had lopped it off with its own powered sword.  Maltrax let go of the weapon controls and rubbed at his temples.  Even though he could not touch them through his helm the reflexive act calmed him.  It took Retained Knights a lot of training to operate larger walking machines such as the Afaras and Magogs and some simply never managed it while other suffered nausea or headaches of varying intensity.  He only suffered for the first minutes of operation but he gladly did this knowing the potentially dangerous price of an artificial mind aboard Caracan.  Before the Gurtan Activation and the massacre that followed all of the larger machines had some degree of sentience which meant the pilot thought about acting and the artificial mind did the rest.  Not now.  Never again.  Some pain was worth the safety and primacy of human kind.

An hour passed as the lance advanced towards the positions of the Prydian Army.  Hawk reconnaissance had confirmed enemy armour including several Mullo Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Striders too.  Around a hundred Retained and several hundred Muster with supporting Battlesuits and Portable Weapon Platforms.  The Canlastrian assault would be to the left of this gathered retinue of the enemy while his own Afara's would come in from the forested right in surprise.  It was a fine plan and Maltrax had been listening to the secured comms signals from their own knights as they flitted into place, their armour blending with the surrounding landscape as they went.  They had no ground crawling armoured vehicles of their own but they did have a high degree of veterans and many Anvil 888 launchers.  When the assault began it did so with the booming retort of a fifteen Anvils whose rounds streaked and converged upon a single Prydian Mullo which exploded in a shimmering blinding hail of metal; its twin Fretan Railgun turret was thrown straight up in the air.  A few seconds later a barrage of 12.5mm Angis Rifle caseless bullets destroyed a second Mullo as two lances of Retained focused all their fire upon it. Many bullets were stopped or ricochet from the hull but hundreds penetrated and vital systems were shredded along with the crew.

The comms net went silent as the cacophony of battle made speech impossible.  Ghostly text flickered across Maltrax's helm and reported on casualties and the progression on the assault.  The seconds they had to remain hidden were torture.  To be in the fray was his life and his duty.  But victory was duty in essence and so they stood still and paused.  Fifteen seconds passed and then the command was given to attack.  As one the three Afara Striders ran out of their cover and fell upon the flank of the now responding Prydian retinue.

Caracan rose to the challenge of battle and all of its systems were functioning at peak efficiency.  Maltrax added a fusillade of 60mm missiles to the blinding flash of a 15Mw Valerin laser bolts, Bodkin armour piercing shells and 50mm grenades.  Enemy Muster were flailed by the attack and died with no hope of evading or even turning to face their trio of assailants.  They turned their fire on a third Mullo which was rotating its turret to bring twin Angis cannons to focus upon Caracan.  Its titanium hull shuddered under the impacts before a Bodkin shell entered the control cabin and obliterated the two crew.  It was at this moment that the strider pilots as one saw the six approaching Duxis Battlesuits.  The Duxis had evidently been held in reserve or hidden by Chameleon fields up to now.  Maltrax gave the command and he turned Caracan towards the approaching battlesuits while his two fellow lance mates continued to pound at the flank of the main Prydian force.







Six upon one were sporting odds even for an experienced pilot such as Laydon Maltax and he knew it.  Evidently the foe knew it too.  They split into two groups of three and while one tried to get around Caracan the other three made straight for him.  Knowing he could not allow any of them to pass him Maltax used all of his remaining missiles upon the three trying to evade him.  Eighteen 60mm explosive missiles flew from Caracan's shoulder and while some missed most found their marks upon the running battlesuits.  One was instantly vaporised as the ammunition for its Bodkin was set off.  Another slumped to the ground its arm tore off and chest brutalised by explosions; its pilot might live on but he or she was out of the fight.  The third took three missiles losing its arm shield and then the arm to absorb the detonations.  It reeled and then righted carrying on towards the other two Afara's.  Having done what he could and seeing the red glare of an empty ammunition reserve upon his display  Maltax focused upon the other three Duxis and just in time.

Experience in the fray sharpened his reflexes and just in time the shield on the arm of Caracan rose up and in front of its body.  Its surface boiled as laser bolts struck it and then rang like a bell under the striking of two rail gun rounds.  Titanium glittered to the ground but the mighty shield held.  Legs twice the height of a man strode onwards closing the distance.  Again the shield rang and vibrated with beam and projectile impacts and his sensor nodes told Maltax that one rail gun round had struck and severed the empty Anda missile pod upon Caracan's shoulder.

The Strider and three Duxis met in a dance of death and destruction that lasted mere moments.  Only one of the enemy battlesuits was armed with a powered close combat weapon and it had a spear and shield combination.  Maltax swung his shield out and away from Caracan's body and used its immense kinetic energy of its mass and his closing speed to strike one Duxis which had been upon him with its Valerin laser cannon.  The impact caved in the whole chest and head of the Prydian battlesuit killing its pilot instantly.  As he did this the spear armed Duxis dove in trying to and getting beyond the swinging shield and the tip of its spear met the lower chest of Caracan with a howl of energy and tearing titanium alloy.  Warnings sprung up in Maltax's vision but he ignored them and struck out with the nine foot blade of the Octa sword at the third Duxis which was readying its rail gun for a point blank shot.  The blade came down and across the enemy and severed the focusing barrel of the railgun before cutting through the right leg of the battlesuit.  It fell to the burning grass and the energy stored in the primed sequence ready rail gun released turning the damaged Duxis into a boom of spinning fragments.  The spear came away from Caracan's chest with clumps of Sislain Fibamuscle clinging to it.  Being within the minimum arc of the striders sword and shield Maltax was left with few options, none of his weapons could be used; but he had one trick left to use.   Lifting the left leg of the machine he lashed out with a kick.  The Hakamould Type 5 Maxdure Pad under the foot connected with the withdrawing energised spear and was split and burned by its field.  However the momentum of the kick carried it on and the spear with it crashing the spear into the upper body of the Duxis.  The spear flared and died as it was crushed into the chest and head of the battlesuit.

Unable to prevent it Laydon Maltax allowed Caracan to sink to one knee as its left foot smoked and sparked.  He had stopped the Prydians and now they would carry the day.  Canlaster was one step closer to winning this world.


A quick note before I go on.  I set myself a challenge for the fiction here and it was along the lines of NaNoWriMo.  Not a whole 50k words novel of course but rather one draft in under an ninety minutes and then a single five minute edit on 2000 words.  After that it goes to virtual print regardless of condition.  Did it work?

I hope you enjoyed this little story of an Afara Strider named Caracan.  The idea of the tale came to me during the play testing of Callsign Taranis and I have kept it with me in my head awaiting a time to put it out for others to read.  You can become quite attached to a mecha it seems and in fighting against the Prydian Army who are normally the good guys I was pained when Caracan was damaged and even took 'him' out of the fray for fear of total loss.  Canlaster is my favoured League when not taking the white and red side.  


The Afara model was constructed and painted by Sam Croes who also added the decals to give it a more regal look.  He also created for Callsign Taranis a frankly superb technical drawing page which you can click on and enlarge here.


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