Thursday, 19 January 2017

IAF127 Malig Space Goblin Orba Bike 15mm set released!

The Maligs are the most numerous and the most vermin like foes which the Khanate Empire have fielded against us.  Unlike the heavily armoured Nox or well trained Pioneers the Maligs are deemed extremely expendable by their masters.  Given little training and often virtually no instruction in the use of their weapons and equipment Maligs are ranked low on the threat scale by our troops.  They are however not harmless or to be taken lightly and have proven very tough to dig out of urban areas once infesting by them.  Maligs focus on close range attacks where they can making great use of their smaller size and paucity of protection.  This leads to Planetary Militia formations suffering heavier casualties than expected; without Muster bolstering.  The exception to this are the vehicles of the Maligs which are avoided by any other Khanate client race.  The unpredictable and dangerous Infernus ball tank which can spread fire and destruction among our forces and the Orba bike.  The Orba is a studded sphere fitted with a saddle for a Space Goblin rider.  Observations in combat have testified to the rough construction of the Orba and its erratic travel much like its larger cousin the Infernus.  Most Orba's are fitted with a fixed front mounted Hydra Laser Shotgun operated with handlebar sited firing studs.  It does not seem that any bike is possessed by a certain Malig as they squabble and contest ownership each time they enter combat.  This works in our favour as the Orba is little match for the grav bikes of the Retained.
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 17, New Glastonbury, 4332IC


Our new miniature code for this month is the crazy Malig Orba Bike set.  That is the one Malig ball bike which is a scaled down vision of their other insane creation the Infernus Ball Tank.  This new pack fits right in with the 15mm Shia Khan Empire codes in our range as we build towards the next expansion book for Patrol Angis which will feature rules for this new bike in play.  We have Malig infantry and now they have not only the tank but also this bike too.  Go HERE or read on for more.



IAF127 Malig Orba Bike Set
This code contains three white metal 15mm scale miniatures.  These are an Orba bike with Space Goblin rider, an Orba Bike on its own and lastly a Malig rider on foot allowing you full choice on the gaming table.  The Orba is a ball bike with a saddle.  It is supplied with a separate weapon to be mounted on its front.  This weapon is a Hydra Laser Shotgun for close in attack.  A Malig stands about 12mm tall and in Patrol Angis they are mounted on 20mm round bases while all Bikes are mounted on a 30mm round base.  You can choose from a pack or three packs with a 10% saving or select poses from the pack to tailor make your choices.  This bike goes with the Malig Infantry in the range as well as with Legionaries, Pioneers and Nox.  Go HERE.  5.00GBP per pack.






Here above are some more pictures of this new bike closer in to the miniatures.  Then two scenic shots which show other codes for scale including IAF046 Infernus Ball Tank, IAF047 Malig Juno Rifles, IAF064A Hab Geo Shelter and IAF072 Steornade Battlesuit.  Cool!


We have many other miniatures in this part of the range which you can find by clicking HERE for their part of our website.  These include a platoon pack with unique miniature (a female Malig wielding a frying pan) of Maligs for an instant force with a saving as well as packs of Malig Infantry. We also have Malig special characters in our 'Year Collections' which you can see and select HERE. Go for IMP31 Padraig O'Malig (March 2016) in Year Three, IMP22 Malig Campaigner (June 2015) and IMP10 Malig Tank Ace (June 2014) in Year One; just select them from the drop down single figure menu on each collection.  You will also want to have a look at the madness that is the Infernus Ball Tank which is a rolling death machine with flame throwers crewed by Maligs; see it HERE.  All great for any Space Goblin 15mm force.


Information Burst
We have one miniature release this month and we hope you like the Orba...its mental!   We will also have a new poster next week and it is one which has been requested so many times from us...a star map of the Prydian Precinct of huge level of detail and set in 4330 IC at the height of the civil war. Deserving of a place on your wall no doubt.  Here is a wee small peek at it!


Lastly we have a new month long special offer...this time it is on the super heavy hitter of the Desteria Knights with 50% off the list price of IAF013 Murdo and Gulaine who go great with Baron MacCauld.  Remember you also make a saving and get a special additional free miniature in the IAFP03 Desteria Lance platoon pack. Click on the links to learn more. 

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Sunday, 1 January 2017

IMP41 Baron MacCauld Desteria Knight free for all January 2017!

“Welcome to the the new year!  The seventeenth of the new millennium.  We are in the future eh...now we are in the years in which the awesome movies of the 1980's were set (have a look online for 2017 to see what I mean).  It is going to be a big year for my little Ion Age in which we expect a new book or two plus new aliens, humans, vehicles and much more.  But first and as always on the first of a new month we have a new free miniature for the month and this time it is a Desteria Knight in super heavy Noblesse powered armour who is a fine character commander for your Prydian Army or Marcher Baron or League forces in the Prydian Civil War.  Happy New Year from all of us here in Scotland!”


January is when we have our deep cold themed monthly miniature and so welcome to our 41st month and a new 15mm character.   He is 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. 


This month's miniature is a superb character by Sam Croes.  Standing 20mm to the eye line it is male baron in noblesse armour with fur cloak and powered mace. Baron MacCauld who is a dynamic leader for your veteran knights.  Pictured with a human adventurer from IAF104 Prydian Adventurers (16mm tall). 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 1.00GBP.




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Information Burst! 
We are back from a well deserved break and raring to go.  This month we have a fantastic new release for the Shia Khan Empire which will get us rolling on the build up to the new expansion to Patrol Angis mentioned during December and it will make all those who have Malig Space Goblins and our mad Infernus Ball Tank smile.  We will also have a new poster and it is one which has been requested so many times from us...a star map of the Prydian Precinct of huge level of detail and set in 4330 IC at the height of the civil war.  Deserving of a place on your wall no doubt.  


Lastly we have a new month long special offer...this time it is on the super heavy hitter of the Desteria Knights with 50% off the list price of IAF013 Murdo and Gulaine who go great with Baron MacCauld.  Remember you also make a saving and get a special additional free miniature in the IAFP03 Desteria Lance platoon pack. Click on the links 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 January 2014 for instance! 

Thanks for your support and for enjoying The Ion Age...now wrap up warm!

GBS

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Merry Christmas and the Khanate Return next year at The Ion Age

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

It has been a quiet month here at The Ion Age.  In fact the quietest month since we began this new space opera adventure...at least to all of you out there in the world.  While our blog and our website have been silent since the first days of December we have been busy working away at what will be coming your way in the first months of 2017.  With Patrol Angis and Callsign Taranis both released in print and as digital downloads for wargamers we are working on the third book in the One Hour Series.  We are working on...The Khanate Return!


The image here is a teaser, a taster.  In fact a concept sketch from back when we released the first new 15mm Shia Khan codes back in our first year.  Codes such as IAF018 Legionaries along with an entire Legionary Ordos (platoon) and the same for the Malig Space Goblins and the Nox power armoured troops.  We added Warlords and we put in the crazy Infernus Ball Tank too.  Enough for a flavour, for IonFans to get a feel for the Shia Khan Empire.  Next year we will go much, much further than this.

Building up to a new book in print and as a digital download we will be releasing new deeper Shia Khan codes.  We will show you parts of the book and we will show off concepts too.  Beginning in January there will be more infantry and infantry sized vehicles before we move onto portable weapons and special units too.  The Khanate will have their own vehicles with their own design ethos.  Your Taranis Tanks and your Duxis Battlesuits will find foes of an alien nature!

The Khanate Return book will take in not only the expansion rules for all Empire forces in Patrol Angis but also the forces of the Planetary Militia as well as the campaign for control of the Camarthen star system and the battles for the Matter Gateway and Pelacan City.  A desperate last stand against hopeless odds...

It is going to be excellent fun!



Remember all orders this month get IMP40 Rudolph the Reindeerbot free automatically (Festive Insanity eh!) plus our current special offer is 25% off Espaten Portable Weapon Platforms all variants.  

Both of these stop come 1st January when we welcome the new annum and the cold of winter true...

Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year too!

See you in 2017!

GBS

Thursday, 1 December 2016

IMP40 Rudolph the Reindeerbot free for all December 2016!

“Welcome to festive time!  The last month of the year and as we go towards Christmas and the only time we take a full week off it gives me awesome wargame pleasure to present the next festive themed monthly free miniature.  Santa Desteria and his sweet friend Missiletoe Claus along with the Chrimbot are now joined by Rudolph the Reindeerbot!  Those who have been IonFans since we began have been asking increasingly what the theme months will bring and I don't like to spoil surprises so in adding to the 15mm oddness we have our fortieth month and forth Xmas mini and it is a robot red nose which will fit in well with your other Christmas miniatures and in any more mad scenarios you wish to run.  Merry Christmas everyone from here in Scotland!”


Each December we release a fun festive miniature (January sees deep cold theme) so welcome to the 40th month and our new 15mm robot.  It is 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. 



This month's miniature is a superb character robot by Sam Croes.  Standing 16mm to the eye line it is a titanium skeleton with sharp antlers and a ruby nose. 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. 


Above you can see the now online IMPS03 Chrimbo Set which has all four Christmas themed miniatures in one code.




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. 


Information Burst! 
December is our quiet month of the year and we do not have any releases beyond what you see in this article this month.  I want to thank everyone who took us up on the Four Day Awesome Offer end of last month we now have to actually replace the molds for the IAF30 Duxis Battlesuits which was something you really all enjoyed with last month's special offer (we have a new one see below). Work is continuing between myself and Sam Croes upon the third book in the Patrol Angis series and the miniatures too for the whole Shia Khan Army building upon what we already have.  More on this in the new year; it is going to be ruddy epic!


Lastly we have a new month long special offer...this time to get your infantry some sweet portable back up in the field.  All the six variants of the IAF046 Espaten Portable Weapon Platforms are 25% off list price.  Remember you can also get Repulsar and Tracked propulsion units for your Espaten too.  We have a Retained Knight and a Muster crew packs for them as well.  Click on the links 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 August 2015 for instance when the SuperBlue came forth! 

Thanks for your support and for enjoying The Ion Age...let it snow, let it snow....

GBS

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Black Friday Event now finished and IonFan orders shipping out!

The Four Day event we held for Black Friday Weekend is now over and ended.  I want to thank all of the wargamers and hobbyists who placed an order or several with us for miniatures and books and so forth across our website and by email.


We are making, packing and shipping out orders as of yesterday and we will be doing so all of this week and at the start of next week too until we are all caught up.  Most orders will be dispatched on Friday of this week.  If you have a question please get in touch with your order number and we will assist you.

Visit us HERE.

December is just around the corner and we will have more for you to see before the Christmas break begins but more on that when the month begins.

The currently monthly free miniature IMP39 Grim Reaperbot has been a big hit but you only have until we change over on 1st December to get it in your order for free.  Go HERE to see the Year Collections and current free and sets.

GBS

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Black Friday Four Day Event is here! Free Shipping and Gift!

The time has come. Get your campaign supplies for the winter from us over the next four days with our Black Friday weekend offers. The event is composed of the following promotions which can be applied to EVERTHING on the website (except digital downloads). All orders over 12.00GBP product value will be shipped free postage worldwide AND all orders with 20.00GBP or more product value automatically get an extra 5.00GBP gift of miniatures selected by us and related to what you purchase. Offers end around 9am GMT Tuesday 29th November (to give maximum time to our American and other friends). Go HERE and browse. 


Superb offers! You need do nothing more than just add to your cart and checkout. Please note the shipping offer is no standard mail and airmail; the signed for option remains at its flat 10.00GBP charge. Select during checkout. These offers apply to all of our physical products including all bundles and deals and all of the new releases such as those this month as below. 


A free miniature in every order!  IMP39 The Grim Reaperbot.  Learn more HERE.  



The brand new Grav Bike and bundles for it too!  Learn more HERE.


Get all variants of the Duxis Battlesuit at 25% off this month!  See them HERE and HERE.

The offers are run across all three of our websites. Alternative Armies, 15mm.co.uk and The Ion Age. If you wish to combine products from different websites you can do so. All you need to do is email us on sales@15mm.co.uk (we are centralising emails of this manner this time) with your name, address, paypal email address and list of desired codes (if over 20.00GBP please indicate what type of free gift you would desire based on your list). We will respond and send you a paypal invoice to pay. All emails received during the offer will qualify even if the orders are not completed during the period of the offer. You can select the Daily Deal and or Weekly Deal on the Alternative Armies website and the Festive Range on 15mm.co.uk. 

Thanks for Reading,

 GBS

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Fauconbergs Raiders and the usefulness of Fear

There is weird and strange out on the edges of the Prydian Precinct and it falls to some of the less famous and smaller Companies to police these places.  Sometimes with great results and sometimes not so great results.  The fate of the Fauconbergs Raiders at Govian Prime was something worse.  The Florians abound. Created by and written for you by Aris Kolehmainen they are his notion of an exotic force in Patrol Angis and this is their story.

You can download this article as a PDF from our Drop Box by clicking HERE.


The Prydian Precinct
13 Fauconbergs Raiders

A letter to the Princess Cyon, marked “Urgent // For Her Majesty's Eyes Only”

Your Highness,

As requested, I have delved into the archives, as well as compiled reports of what is being spoken of among your forces, in light of recent events, as “Fauconbergs raiders”.

In brief; reports of the “Raiders” have been cropping up infrequently throughout known space. These encounters are, at this time, seemingly random. I should also make note that many of these sightings have some sort of, dare I say, “supernatural” element to them. It is my further belief that most of these “odd” happenings may be some ancient technology long forgotten, or perhaps merely illusions built from the stress of being on the front lines in times like these. We should not give ourselves into superstition and 'magical tales' so quickly.

I present to you this report of the most recent encounter with the Raiders which has hence given them their namesake. A general overview of what happened in the nearly two weeks that Govian Prime went off the grid has been compiled below from a variety physical of evidence.

The world of Govian Prime is settled well in the heart of the League of Canlaster, a tranquil planet of lush jungles, shallow blue pools, and warm days. A dense iron core meant that the magnetic field of the planet was strong enough to repel most of all the radiation from it’s local star meaning long sunny days, and a stunted evolution of native species (all of which were quickly overtaken by more agreeable fauna and flora). Set so far away from the civil war, and so deep in its home territory, It was an ideal pleasure world.

On a day in mid-Autumn, patrons of the the pleasure planet noted that the sky seemed unusually dark, and the temperature had cooled somewhat. For twelve days, the sky became progressively darker, and the air cooler. Animals seemed to go into hiding, and the trees began to change from lush green to oranges and reds before all leaves turned brown and fell to the ground. Many of those dwelling on the world became concerned and attempted to contact the local League garrison, but to their dismay it seemed that all communications off world had been cut off.

It is from the words of the Baron James Fauconberg, that we are able to somewhat piece together some semblance of what happened. The following account was transcribed from a data-pad located in the crumbled husk of a building, (we assume the Baron's Palace) which we were able to smuggle off-world [Report: CMO-00251.1_X]. 

Though not my place to assume such things, Your Grace may find this disturbing.

***
[Recording begins]

0700
It has been thirteen days since the atmospheric disturbances. This morning we noticed the glow from what once was the lush and beautiful Hovold Jungle, though now it reminds me more of a boneyard. Just grey-brown skeletons of what were once beautiful trees. There is a smell in the air, a spiciness I can’t quite place. I see in those woods some large, orange plants, I don’t recall them from yesterday. Will send a group to investigate later. Too much piled on my desk for too early in the morning.

0730
Guests report laughter from somewhere, like women cackling at them. They are disturbed, but so far “it is only the stress of this oddness getting to you” has seemed to settle many minds, or at least shut them up.

0815
I hear it too. Where is it coming from. And that smell?

0945
An explosion was reported at Sector 148, no casualties reported, but we also haven’t been able to enable any form of contact with the sector. The laughter is getting more frequent, it seems to come from the walls itself. Women cackling, men bellowing, it’s as if I am being mocked by unseen critics. I will have none of it, whoever is pulling this prank will pay dearly for this.

1011
Staff have reported the orange growths in the wood have begun to move. I don’t understand, but I’ve told all staff to form into their militia groups, and have sent patrons to their quarters.

1050
The glow is getting brighter out there, that sickly green. What is in those woods?

I have received reports from across Govian Prime that militias have formed, and ISV’s and coat vehicles are at 70% activated. I too have armed myself. My father’s pistol, it served him well.

Truth be told, I have never lead men in combat before, and I still  pray I won’t have to. 

[Instant of static, possibly laughter, a whispering voice is barely audible]

What...?

1101
Why won’t they show themselves?

[Similar static/laughter, louder]

DO NOT MOCK ME [Pistol fired, once].

No... No. I must get hold of myself

1259
By the throne…

[chittering and sloshing noises]

Oh by the throne…

[Pistol fire followed by a wet pop. This repeats four more times, estimated five successful kills]

They’re like… sentient plants, great orange globes with glowing eyes and twisted mouths… They killed my clerk. Their arms seem to shoot some kind of thorns but they only seem lethal at very close range, but they…

[sound of vomiting]

They seem to have swarmed him, he’s… he looks rotted. What have they done…? I need to leave. Need to escape.

[explosion in distance, very clear feminine laughter from distance.]

(Whispering) Go away…

1300
[Female voice, unable to make out words spoken]

(Whispering) Couldn’t make it out, more of those orange plant things, women in armor with tall hats, they guided them told them where to go, what to do. They obeyed, obeyed like a well-trained dog.

[Something crashes to the ground, wood splinters]

They’re getting close, they overran the militia, they projected the screams of the dying back though our communicators along with the laughter [something shatters].
One clip left, going to 

[female cackles/laughter, voice heard faintly in background, “My Lord Baron”. Deep male voice replies unable to make out the words] 

try and fend them off, will leave this pad recording.

[Yelling and a single shot fired, clatter noise, assumed that at this point the Fauconberg has dropped his pistol]

(Whimpering) No no no no no… don’t… don’t… what do you want? Who.. What… What are you?

[there is a wet chop and the sound of a man screaming]

(Masculine voice, gravely, seems to resonate) Horror… everlasting...

[There is a loud cracking noise and recording ends]

***

For the last three years, we have received reports of raids similar to that of Fauconbergs Raiders, going by different names depending on garrison, (the 11th Salvide reported a “Legion of Terror”, the Prydian 44th stated a brief skirmish with “Wytches” and their army of sentient plant soldiers, and going back in the record, we find numerous tales of the “Damned” or “Geist” Legion).

One connecting factor is that all reports note that the leader is apparently a man of some impressive build in antiquated Alwite armor that is rent and damaged, and a skeletal visage.

[Note: The reports says that the armor is worn by a living skeleton, but that seems frankly  outlandish]

I will update your Highness further as more information comes to light, but for now, we must remain vigilant as always.

Forever in your service,

- Hal Donavain, Grand Archivist





I have used IAF016 Retained Post Delta and IAF030 Duxis Battlesuits as well as monthly free miniatures for this force.  They were then converted as you can see.

Fielding this Force in Patrol Angis

The raiders play hard on psychological warfare, and so should you! Fauconbergs Raiders play on fear, and forcing your opponent to reevaluate their strategy every single turn. You can turn the tide of a game with well placed Minstrel shot, keep that opposing close combat unit from getting too close, or even scare them right off the board!

Wytches and the Undead. Fauconbergs 
Raiders MUST utilize the following rules:
  • Any demi/squad/fire team/etc. with support weapons must use at least one Minstrel Taser or Pardoner Flame Projector
  • All infantry units must be lead by a single Banneret with the Mystic ability. The Banneret is not restricted to the above rule for special weapons
  • Callsign Taranis: Units that have the ability to, must take Blinding Light Rounds

These small considerations aside, you have no force restrictions. Every unit that was slain or captured, finds new service in the Raiders. This is a great opportunity for simple concepts like “zombie militia” or an all female unit of “Retained Wytches”. When I was coming up with conversions for my own army, it was even suggested I could do a “Headless Horseman” by simply decapitating one of my Khamels and adding some flames to the model, (I’m tempted).

To put it simply: If it feels like something you would see on Halloween night, then you’re on the right path. 

Something Wicked...
The Ion Age provides some great one-off’s that fit this theme in their Yearly Collections, such as Year One’s “The Knight of the Dead” (who is the perfect mini to represent the Phantom Baron). I personally love Year Three’s Florian Pumpkin Spore. The arms are easily poseable, and they make for a great replacement for close combat centred infantry.


You may have noticed the number heading this article.  This ties to the uniform reference on our Uniforms of the Prydian Precinct Poster which shows in detail thirty different uniforms of troops. See it HERE.

This concludes the introduction to the Fauconbergs Raiders and we hope you enjoyed it and are inspired to take your place in the wars raging across the Prydian Precinct.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS