Friday, 31 January 2014

January 2014 for The Ion Age

Muster Patrol and Havelock vs Legion Pioneers
So the month is over and we are well into 2014 now.  Goodbye IMP05 Winter Musterman and upon the morrow hello to our new free miniature for February...IMP06 Zin Envoy.  Want to know more? Then check back tomorrow.

Its been a rather odd month for us here with many projects beginning and progressing and the main focal point of the month shifting to February.  By this I mean the involvement of Noble Knight Games with the Duxis Battlesuit ESO's.  This will be soon but it was originally going to be finishing its two week run round about now.  But it will be worth the wait!

We released three important groups of codes this month and they are outlined below.  Click on each to go to the blog post for them with more details.

IMP05 Winter Musterman
IAF025 15mm Retained Conversion Pack (10 Bits)
IAF026 15mm Muster Conversion Pack (10 Bits)
IAF027 15mm Khanate Legion Conversion Pack (10 Bits)
IAF015D Tower Module (for IA015 Hab Dome)
IAF019 Legion 2nd Tesseran (8 White Metal Miniatures)

We also had a concepting post on the Duxis and a white metal masters post on the Duxis too along with concepting on the Tower Module.  I joined up with the 15mm Sci-fi Wargame Google Community run by Robin Fitton and the reception to this has been great. Dropship Horizon blog launched its Titanium Painting competition and both The Ion Age and pledged prizes.  Its been a fun month for 15mm sci-fi wargaming in general.

Thanks for Reading.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

IAF019 Legion 2nd Tesseran

“Legion are bad enough. Let me beat on Maligs all year along instead of Legion. But those Pioneers they are way worse. They might not have those rigs the Nox have but those plates can still deflect a burst of Moth Rifle fire with no problems. I remember one time with the 658th a few months back. We were in this place, must have been a zero ball stadium or something, big and oval shaped with stripped out seats. They even had a burned out Happy Burger shack. Shame that, I used to enjoyed that gloop. Anyway there we were all set up nice and ready. No Anvils, Bodkins or Rons with us but command figured we had the Moth Type 12's with those 40mm grenades and our rifle rounds would be plenty. After all we had seen the six Tesserans coming down the bust up Rubbacrete strip towards us and we were just waiting. Fixed on the entry tunnel levelled barrels.

In they came. I saw the green suits, Medusa Legion, just for a moment before the comms signal to fire came. We opened up with everything and I watched the entry tunnel turn to powder and flame. Three seconds and we ceased. I expected green mist and nothing twitching but that ain't what happened, not at all. Turns out those alien scum bags had put in two Tesserans of Pioneers first and they had just sat down wrapped in those damn armour plates when we rained on them. Sure we dropped a couple of them but at that range and without AP it wasn't enough. As we reloaded they stood up and gave us a kiss back with a dozen Flora pattern grenaders. I lost some mates that day.

As I said Legion are bad enough but the Pioneers....screw that...that's a job for those shiny Retained lads!”

Majoris Killian Jones, Camarthen Prime, 4331IC

IAF019 Legion 2nd Pioneers
IAF019 Rear View

IAF019 Legion 2nd Pioneers

The Shia Khan Empire expands again this week with the second code of 15mm Legion Pioneers in their distinctive Segmentum armour plates. We present IAF019 Legion 2nd Pioneers a Tesseran which contains eight new white metal poses composed of an Ordo (officer) in cloak armed with a Cupid 0.5Kw Pistol fist raised and seven different Discens (privates) armed with the Flora Grenade Gun. Fire Support for close in work! The suit worn by Pioneers lacks the reactive glimmer of Legionaries but has the same auto-aid ability and breather function plus the protection of the Segmentum armour plates. 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.

IAF012 Legion 1st Pioneers

IAF012 Legion 1st Pioneers

The first pack of the feared Legion Pioneers! Pioneers are experienced Legionaries who don un-powered upper body armour and take on all of the toughest jobs needing done. Pioneers tend not to mix with Legionaries and are viewed by them with jealousy. Able to take far more of a beating than normal Legion the Pioneers go toe to toe with Retained Knights. This Tesseran of eight new white metal poses is composed of seven Discens (privates) armed with Maia 9.6mm Mpi and an Ordo (officer) in cloak armed with Cupid 0.5kw Pistol. The suit worn by Pioneers lacks the reactive glimmer of Legionaries but has the same auto-aid ability and breather function plus the protection of the Segmentum armour plates. 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.

Ends on 1st February 2014

Information Burst!

Its the last few days of the month and that means that the current free miniature IMP05 Winter Musterman will vanish on the morning of 1st February to be replaced by the next free miniature. You get one IMP05 free with any and all orders and you can purchase the current IMP miniature as well if you want more of them. By placing an order with us you will sign up for an account with the website and that means you get Reward Points in all purchases. These points can be used any time to get free products and discounts on orders.

Noble Knight Games

Our North American Agent carries all of our products in all scales along with a lot of products from our sisters and Alternative Armies. This includes this week's and recent releases (IAF019 Legion 2nd Pioneers, IAF015D Tower Module and the 15mm Conversion Packs) and our entire 28mm and 15mm lines. So if you already use this great company or you want to since you are in the USA or Canada you can get your Ion Age products there. Browse from the main page link to all of our products on NKG. Go HERE.

Thanks for your Time.


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

15mm SCI-FI Google Community

Canlastrian Retained bring down a Havelock Battlesuit
I am often so busy working that I do not spend the time on the web that many other hobby followers and other companies do.  In fact when I was emailed this morning by a fan of The Ion Age and asking about a release notice we had put on the 15mm SCI-FI Google Community I had to sit back and say...what is that?

Well I had a look and its HERE.  Lots a good material about releases, painting, hobby posts and more and in fact thanks to Mark Burgess and others we are already on there.  So from this point I have added it to the favourites on the right hand side of the blog roll and I will give it a gander several times a week.  I might even post on it about interesting things.

Have a look!


Thursday, 23 January 2014

IAF015D Tower Module released!

The civil war has been good for business for The Seorc Compono Guild (SCG) and its Habitation Dome Riser System (HDRS). A system of pre-fabricated structures that aid in colonisation and development across the Prydian Precinct for everyone's benefit before being gradually replaced as time passed. SCG maintains that it provides a service only and while it does trade with anyone who has funds to pay its first loyalty is to New Glastonbury and the Council. Indeed SCG has proved this by fabricating some ninety percent of its rubbacrete in the Glastonbury star system and virtually all of its golglass in the core systems keeping many millions in employment.

While the merits of the Habitation or 'Hab' Dome are well known after several decades of construction and allocation across the Precinct there was initially some resistance to the riser element of the HDRS. While settlers and more primitive cultures were happy, after a while, to adapt to dome living they were not so keen on multiple level living. Seorc did not appreciate this predicament and sent out representatives to demonstrate tower living. After a few years in all but a few places the issue was resolved. Towers of two or three or even four levels offered a lot more space to larger families and the chance to charge a fee for sighting a specialised mount on the top of the tower.

Indeed with the destruction of dwellings across the Precinct in the ongoing civil war, despite the best efforts of some to prevent it, SCG has advanced its planned fabrication of larger calibre weapon mounts. With the success of the sentry gun and the smallest functioning Hurwent Generator yet possible the HDRS has proved its versatility and in 4319IC it unveiled further larger mounts. Aside from the MkII Skylarker Landing Pad which must be taken as a marvel on its own there is the twin rotary cannons of an anti-aircraft mount and the twin pods of the licensed Anda missile system as well.

The HDRS will continue to roll out across all space and SCG are committed to fabricating Prydia one dome at a time.

Quincy Portent, SGC New Glastonbury, 4330IC

IAF015D Tower Module front view (on Hab Dome)
IAF015D Tower Module rear view (on Hab Dome)
Back in October 2013 we released the core item in our 15mm Ion Age terrain range the IAF015 Hab Dome. It was so popular that we had to make a lot more molds than we intended to but it was just the start. I am proud to announce that today we release the IAF015D Tower Module which turns your Hab Dome into a multiple level structure. Its another piece of the whole planned settlement which is suitable for any 15mm scale science fiction setting. We are raising the stakes as it were and appreciate your support in our bringing these great miniatures and models to your gaming tables.

Scale shot with IAF014 Retained Knight
Mocked up Tower with IAF015C Hurwent Generator
Dome and Tower during Patrol Angis playtesting
IAF015D Tower Module

This code contains two high quality grey tone resin pieces with a lot of external detailing. The Tower Module itself which is 50mm wide and 30mm tall and the Connector Plate which is used (if you wish to) as the linkage piece between either the top of a Hab Dome or the top of another Tower Module. The pieces go together tightly and allow the creation of multiple level structures. The top of the Tower Module will fit any of the top mounts (IAF015A,B,C etc) meant for the Hab Dome. You do need an IAF015 Hab Dome to make full use of this code. Price is 6.00GBP or you can purchase three and save 10%. We also have a great offer of a Tower Module supplied with a Hab Dome priced at 11.70GBP saving 10% off the bundle total.  Go HERE.

Glue the Connector to the Underside of the Module to 'snap fit' levels
Canlastrian Retained advance upon two Hab Domes
IAF015 Hab Dome

Our first 15mm resin building and structure of The Ion Age. Fabricated by the Seorc Guild Hab Domes have many uses and can be found all across Prydian space. The Hab Dome is the starting point for a whole series of resin structure system for The Ion Age in 15mm scale. The Hab Dome is the basic unit for stackable and adaptable units. It can be used on its own or with other IAF codes. It is a high quality grey tone resin one piece casting which is 65mm wide and 30mm tall with a high degree of external detailing. Suitable for use in any science fiction setting as well as The Ion Age. Decorate your wargame table. As always this code can be bought as a pack or as a single or select the three packs and save 10% option on the page. Go HERE.   Price 7.00GBP.

Information Burst!

We are going up in the world with more terrain but at the same time its nearing the end of the first month of 2014; yes already. The planned IAF030 Duxis Battlesuit ESO (Early Supporter Offer) bundles have been put back until early February to allow the direct involvement of Noble Knight Games (our North American Agent). They will be offering the bundles directly on their own website! We will give you full details at the right time. Moving on keep in mind that the current free miniature (one given in every order placed automatically) IMP05 Winter Musterman is only around until 1st February when it will be replaced so get your order in now if you want this special figure free. By placing an order with us you will sign up for an account with the website and that means you get Reward Points in all purchases. These points can be used any time to get free products and discounts on orders. We have more than a couple of hundred happy point using customers now and we look forward to welcoming you too.

Ion Age Blog

We have several concepting and previous posts about the Seorc Compono Guild (SCG) and their HDRS (Habitation Dome Riser System) series of structures. For your use here are links to each of them so that if you are interested you can track back and see what has come before for 15mm Ion Age terrain up to today. Here we go! 

Thanks for Reading!


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Concepting - Hab Dome Tower Module

Concept Sketch on the IAF015D Tower Module
With Noble Knight Games (our North American Agent) coming onboard for the IAF030 Duxis Battlesuit ESO's (Early Support Offers) we have moved that grand event forward.  So that means this Thursday this week sees the release of an item scheduled for later on.  The awaited expansion to the IAF015 Hab Dome, the IAF015D Tower Module!

As you can see above from the concept art this piece integrates seamlessly with your IAF015 Hab Domes using a connector plate that comes with the module.  Adding a second level to the structure.  Featuring the same top assembly as the Hab Dome this means you can build towers of two, three or four levels and add top mounts (such as the IAF015A Sentry Gun, IAF015B Comms Spire, IAF015C Huwent Generator) both to the top of the tower or just on top of a single tower module.  As we promised last year The Ion Age is creating brilliant 15mm science fiction scenics that all work together.

The Tower Module is the about the same size as the Hab Dome so those of you who already have the Hab Dome in your collect can see how big it is.  For the rest of us it is approx 30mm tall and 55mm wide.

So roll on Thursday 23rd January when this sweet piece will be released with our usual purchase one, purchase three and save 10% or get one with a Hab Dome and save too!  Plus of course you will get the current IMP05 Winter Musterman miniature free automatically before it vanishes on 1st February.


Noble Knight Games will be in on the Duxis Battlesuit ESO!

The Ion Age has agreed with its North American Agent, Noble Knight Games (NKG), that noble knight will take part in the next early support offer that we are going to make.  This will be two bundle codes for the IAF030 Duxis Battlesuit featuring a saving off list and free bonus items.

We are putting the launch of these ESO's back to allow Noble Knight time to get prepared.  On launch day you will be able to get your bundles both from us and on a page of NKG website.  Full details nearer the time.  Noble Knight Games carried the full range of Ion Age products in its inventory and offers superb customer service to thousands all across the USA and beyond.

So don't be sad we have a big release this Thursday instead (more on this in the next posting) and to give you some eye candy here are some photos of the recently painted up IAF030A Duxis Battlesuit 'Bladesman' variant.  This will feature as part of the first ESO Bundle and its multi-part white metal and stands just over 30mm tall to the head.

IAF030A Duxis 'Bladesman' front view
IAF030A Duxis 'Bladesman' rear view
IAF030A Duxis 'Bladesman' left view
IAF030A Duxis 'Bladesman' right view
Thanks for Reading!


Friday, 17 January 2014

Titanium 15mm Sci-Fi Painting Contest now on Dropship Horizon Blog

Its painting competition time over on the great Dropship Horizon blog, focal point of all 15mm science fiction wargamers.  Open to all comers there is a list of suggested entries and there will be prizes too for the winners.  This is an excellent idea to keep away the blues of the deep freeze period of the year.

The painting competition runs from 15th January 2014 to 15th February 2014.  You can enter a squad or a single vehicle or a piece of terrain or structure.  Full details on the post.

Single Vehicle, Infantry or Scenic item
As an aside I would be mighty happy if a wargamer won by entering something that we make and to that end although we are offering an offical prize along with many other companies I will be happy to mail out an additional wee surprise to any winner who used our products.  On top of this since I am a great guy I am happy to digitally edit any pictures you want to send to DSH blog to make them shine; just email me or comment below.   If any of our codes win I will personally make sure your loyalty is rewarded!


Thursday, 16 January 2014

15mm Ion Age Conversion Packs Released!

Choose a Rifle off the rack son. Or a Helmet from the stand. Get a Launcher out of our well stocked armoury. Take a Pistol just in case. Heck, just take what you want. It will all do a fine job in making you a bad ass killing machine on any battlefield in known space.”

Sergeant Isaiah Clearwater, 233rd Muster Regiment, Prydia.

The Ion Age returns to form after a break over the winter season with the first three pack releases of 2014 campaign season! After my brief look at in a previous Ion Age Blog Post we now have the following for you. Three brand new conversion sets for 15mm science fiction wargaming. Outfit your troops in style.

Follow the links for each pack back to our website where you can look at a large image of the set and get all the information on each of weapons, helmets and backpacks they contain. You can purchase a pack at 2.50GBP or three packs at a 10% saving or...well we know you all like customisation (we had several dozen emails asking for this) you can purchase every item in a pack as a single white metal casting at 0.25GBP or 0.50GBP for the largest items. Also every order gets the free monthly miniature so if you just fancy a single Angis 12.5mm Rifle then you will get a free miniature with it.

These are the same bits, sculpted by Sam Croes, we use for our own 15mm Ion Age miniatures for the Prydian Army and the Shia Khan Empire and if these releases prove popular we will certainly make more packs of bits for conversion work for your wargaming. If you have suggestions for items then email us or comment and let me know. More weapons, equipment and so on.

Lastly I would like to point out that in the images of these white metal 15mm pieces they are shown much larger than they are. These are very finely detailed pieces which are on the whole 4mm to 7mm in length. They will be supplied to you in well sealed zip lock baggies. Here is an example of the size (IAF25D Tumbler SMG) accompanied by IMP05 Winter Musterman in my hand by request.

Also remember if you are a fan of the 28mm Ion Age range we have the venerable Conversion Packs for Retained Knights, Muster and Shia Khan in that scale on our Wargame Accessories page.

Thanks for Reading.


Thursday, 9 January 2014

Duxis MkIII Battlesuit - White Metal Masters are in!

IAF030A Duxis 'Bladesmaster' varient
IAF030B Duxis 'Winnower' varient
IAF030C Duxis 'Brawler' varient
IAF030D-H 'Anti Vehicle, Infantry, Warlord' varients
Following on from the last concepting post about the fantastic Duxis Battlesuit in art form we now have tin masters and you can see them laid out in the images above in this post.  We are working towards the release and the ESO's 'Early Support Offers' which will be a big feature of the pre-release as with the Havelock Battlesuit last year. The next post on the Duxis will outline the ESO's with the special prices and free bonus items and also have some painted images too, but for now here are the details of our most complex white metal wonder yet.

MkIII Duxis Battlesuit
The Duxis Battlesuit known to some as the 'Royal Gift'. IAF030 can be given a number of roles from a knight to melee specialist to ranged purposes in play and stands 30mm tall. Cast in white metal in 15mm scale it requires assembly and has a good degree of pose choices through its variants.  Composed of an upper body, lower body, head and then a choice of weapons and arms (gauntlets) from eight variants the Duxis is a versatile machine. Chose body angle, choose head angle and direction, choose arms and weapons.  It can be posed many different ways.

IAF030A Duxis MkIIIA ' Bladesman'
This code contains one white metal battlesuit kit (lower body, upper body, head) for assembly with Cetra Shield Hand and Octan Prime Energy Blade. 

IAF030B Duxis MkIIIB 'Winnower' 
This code contains one white metal battlesuit kit (lower body, upper body, head) for assembly with Cetra Shield Hand and Trabs Energy Spear.

IAF030C Duxis MkIIIC 'Brawler'
This code contains one white metal battlesuit kit (lower body, upper body, head) for assembly with Left Gauntlet, Right Gauntlet and Heraldic Shield.

IAF030D Duxis MkIIID 'Anti-Infantry' 
This code contains one white metal battlesuit kit (lower body, upper body, head) for assembly with one Gauntlet, Moth 88 Rotary Cannon and Heraldic Shield.

IAF030E Duxis MkIIIE 'Pride Taker'
This code contains one white metal battlesuit kit (lower body, upper body, head) for assembly with one Gauntlet, Valerin 15Mw Laser Cannon and Heraldic Shield.

IAF030F Duxis MkIIIF 'Indirect Fire Support'
This code contains one white metal battlesuit kit (lower body, upper body, head) for assembly with one Gauntlet, Bodkin 55mm AP Howitzer and Heraldic Shield.

IAF030G Duxis MkIIIG 'Anti-Vehicle'
This code contains one white metal battlesuit kit (lower body, upper body, head) for assembly with one Gauntlet, Fretan II Rail Gun and Heraldic Shield.

IAF030H Duxis MkIIIH 'Warlord'
This code contains one white metal battlesuit kit (lower body, upper body, head) for assembly with one Gauntlet, Angis 25mm AP Cannon and Heraldic Shield.

Check it out and click on the images for more information.  We are aiming for end of the month...assuming the weather holds!  All comments welcome.


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

15mm Ion Age Conversion Packs Coming Soon!

This is a quick preview post about an upcoming set of three pack releases into the Ion Age 15mm range. One of the first requests we got upon starting up was 'Will you give us those wonderful 28mm conversion packs you used to sell please" so we did.  You can see those three packs on our website.  It did not take long for requests to come in for "what about 15mm conversion packs for these great new 15mm Ion Age miniatures ?".  I am happy to say that just like the request for female miniatures, we have done as you bid and we will soon be releasing these codes.

IAF025 15mm Retained Conversion Pack
IAF026 15mm Muster Conversion Pack
IAF027 15mm Khanate Legion Conversion Pack

You can see the contents of IAF025 above.  These packs will offer excellent value at 2.50GBP for ten pieces and there will be no duplicate pieces among the three packs (though some packs will contain multiples of some of its own items).  You will of course be able to get all the composing pieces as singles for custom tailoring of your forces at 0.25GBP or 0.50GBP.  Yes, buy one Angis Rifle at 0.25GBP and you will get the monthly IMP free miniature in your order.

All of these pieces were sculpted by Sam Croes and are the same ones used in the making of our miniatures. They will fit into your forces just fine.  Add a gun, add a helmet, convert more heavily as you please.

On a final note I give myself a pat on the back for the images for these codes.  Most of these pieces are 5mm to 8mm in size with some far smaller (such as a Retained Helmet) and getting pictures of them was...challenging.  If you like I will post an image of these pieces in my hand to show you what I mean.


Friday, 3 January 2014

Duxis MkIII Battlesuit - Concepting

Concept Art - IAF030 Duxis Battlesuit
Princess Cyon knows a lot of things.  I mean a lot.  It was lot before the Reord bonding and though it's even more now I can tell you that she came up with the Duxis MkI on her own.  Technics, Fabrication and Structure too.  All of it her idea.  To make her point she wore the prototype upon entering the Adden chambers and it made her point just beautifully to the Council.  We knew the Khanate had returned and we had the reports of the first contacts from Camarthen Prime but the Princess, she had her father's knowledge of the times of the first Khanate War.  We confirmed it later but in those chambers and on that day Princess Cyon said one word as she strode towards us footfalls heavy.  Encased in armour and over twelve feet tall she said 'Warlords' and then activated the holo emitters attached to the prototype's shell.  I think there was not a knight or baron in the place who did not shrink a little in their seats.  Out of thin air a monster appeared.  Like a Man in shape but larger; far larger.  She drew an energised blade longer than a Starvaulter is tall and conducted a mock melee with the projection...and she won.

Hours of discourse followed and all the while Daphne Cyon stood in her prototype Duxis Battlesuit and held sway.  The Warlords were more than a Retained Knight could cope with so make a Retained Knight more than they already were.  We did.  Now in Camarthen space we meet those hulking monsters with metal of our own.  Its a close fight but now its a fight we can and we will win!

Knight General Obermann.  Fleet Command.  4331IC

Its a new year and its time for more information on the first of our upcoming 2014 Early Supporter Offers. Its a firm favourite from the latter weeks of the Patrol Angis playtesting.  Click on the image above to see the 15mm strutter that is the Duxis Battlesuit for the Retained of the Prydian Army.  As I have said before in the Havelock concepting post on the blog I love concept art and this latest piece is another winner from Sam Croes.  Where the Havelock is the mobile gun platform for the Muster, designed to win a Civil War, the Duxis is a ballet dancer made to combat the giant infantry of the Shia Khan Empire.  Made to give a knight the size and power to take on a Warlord in one to one combat.

Our Second Battlesuit in 15mm Scale!

I will give you more information on the make up of the actual Duxis  model and all of its modular parts for variety in a future post but for now I can tell you that the idea of the Duxis came to us last year and the sculpts are now complete so it will not be long before we will show you actual miniatures!   That and the fact that in response to feedback from the Havelock ESO we have also designed not only a Fallen Duxis (you guys really loved the flat on the back Havelock) but also a Pilot and a Droid which will feature in the releases.  So for now enjoy!


Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Winter Musterman - IMP05 Free Miniature for January 2014

Its a new dawn, its a new day; its a New Year!  Welcome to 2014 and to January and that means our first free in all orders miniatures for the Ion Age of the year.  Its deep winter now in the real world and it might as well be too on some of the worlds of the Prydian Precinct too.  The Winter Musterman is the white metal 15mm miniature in the above image and until 1st February 2013 he is FREE in each and every order placed with us at the rate of one per order placed.  After that date he will be retired and replaced by the next free miniature and of course you earn reward points on all orders too.  

We realise that some of you may wish to purchase the current free miniature to get multiples of it without placing a lot of orders so you can do just that.  Visit this page on the website for the miniature at a fair price.

This is a great non-personality miniature (rather different to December and Santa Desteria eh!) and I can see wargamers wanting a few of these in their Ion Age forces.  IMP05 Winter Musterman is a human infantry soldier wrapped up in a heavy greatcoat and his Moth Rifle slung.  Its so cold that he has need of some warmth from a bottle of 'booze' in his hand.  What is this spirit?  Anything from Gin to Yargoula of course.

The miniature in the images is now in our glass display case with all the others.  In fact I have had an email asking if we will bring it to Salute 2014 in London this year for everyone to look at.  I will think about it.

Lastly 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 and go HERE.