Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Khanate Return for Patrol Angis Ideas and Concepts

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

That above is the line which began the idea which has now become 'The Khanate Return'.  Later this spring in 2017 the third book in the Patrol Angis series of 15mm tabletop gaming will be published by Alternative Armies in The Ion Age.  This third book will fully bring back in the enemies of mankind first introduced all the way back at the dawn of the 1990's; the Shia Khan Empire.  I had always been interested in massively expanding the Khanate both in terms of the miniatures for them but also their lore and their story.  After all just who are they?  Lets learn a little more....

Shortly after I launched the new Ion Age and its website we released IAF006 Legionary 1st Tesseran, sculpted by Sam Croes, which turned to 15mm scale the 28mm miniatures we already had.  This began the process which was building towards the coming book.  Over the last three years or so we have released more Legionaries, Warlords, Nox and Pioneers plus Malig space goblins making an excellent force for the Khanate but all working towards a much larger goal.  We will be releasing a lot more codes before, alongside and after the new book to make the Shia Khan a full all arms force in The Ion Age.  What we have right now in February 2017 you can see on the website HERE.


This article gives you a look at some excerpts from the manuscript of the book as well as its general contents plus some extra special early looks at both concept art and sculpts which are coming up.  We are at the point of playtesting the new troop elements and vehicles in the book and we expect to finish this during February all being well.  We hope to have the book ready in time for the April offensive which we do every year.  So what are these concept pieces first, second and third shown.



The first concept sketch shows you our idea for the MkII Psychoborg.  Updating on the original robotic terror machine with a metal human skull and massive shoulders we kept the look but changed the style to make it better suit the newer miniatures which are coming beyond the original ideas.  The Psychoborg is one of the two reasons that the Prydian Precinct came up with Battlesuits...to put them on an equal footing.  These robots are twice the height of a man.  This and the 'humanscare' ability of these robots which drives soldiers away in terror makes them formidable foes.  We intend an easy kit with several weapon options and posable head.  The second concept sketch is an experimental one for bringing in female characters to the Khanate Empire.  Drawn in non battle dress rather than the full glimmer suit worn by all legionaries it shows the Elvish nature of Legionaries.  Above her is a sketch concept of a maser weapon which we are considering putting into the statistics tables.  The third sketch is now outmoded in that we have moved beyond this in our designs for the Khanate vehicles which will go up against our Adders, Mullo's and of course Taranis tanks.  The 'bulbous shoe' design was replaced with a conjoined tri-wheel arrangement which better suits the narrative of the setting in that every soldier and every vehicle these aliens possess must be brought through a comparatively narrow Matter Gateway from far across the galaxy.   The Matter Gateway is the central focus of this new invasion.



While we have just completed having a full 'Ordos' (platoon pack) for each Khanate troop type with a Pioneer Ordos we have now turned most of our 15mm scale concept sketches into miniatures which will be released across this spring into summer.  No confirmed release dates at this time but as a treat here are a couple of photos of sculpts with a little information on each. 

Were you a fan of the excellent computer game 'Joust' way back when?  I was.  Our goblin Maligs love the crazy dangerous aspects of space opera warfare and as a result they have insane vehicles such as the Infernus Ball Tank with twin flame throwers and the Orba ball bike which is very difficult to control.  We are ramping this up by another notch with the 15mm scale Skrak Terror Birds above.  These vicious giant birds each take a single goblin rider into the fray...unless they decide to eat the rider that is.  We will have a pack of these cavalry with bird only option plus a handler and nest pack too.

The second image shows you parts from one of the two portable weapon platform code sets which are coming for the Khanate.  Operated by Legionary gunners the 'Selen' platforms are much like the Espaten ones for the Retained Knights in that they have options for different weapon mounts.  These weapons include the Maia Cannon and the Juno Laser Cannon among others.  There is also a second platform with a 'slaved' operator called the 'Hypnus' with several other weapon options.

Look for these codes and others for the Khanate from March onwards at The Ion Age.

But what about the book...the loved 'fluff' that consumes a thousand hours of my life each time it is published.  What will be in the Khanate Return title?  Read on in part two of this article below with excerpts of the fiction and a look at the working cover of the book.  We then end with a little surprise.


A thousand years ago the Ban of Prejudice was lifted when in the climactic battle for Aldan IV the accursed Templars detonated the Aldan Crucible and in doing so created a both a dark age and the end of the Great Khanate War.  Their matter gateway in the Aldan system destroyed the Shia Khan Empire had no easy way to reach the worlds that became the Prydian Precinct as their empire lay so far away that no Dragon Ship could navigate to that region of space without immense difficulty.   Gradually the Shia Khan became a memory and then a legend held by folk as a tale and nothing more.  

Had it not been for the occasional wreak and discovery of artefacts they would have remained that way.  Had it not been for Hugo Sevaris the Khanate would have faded away.   But Sevaris became the most notorious traitor in human history when he used arcane knowledge to activate the matter gateway in the Camarthen star system.

Despite a desperate action in the deep Belkus Labyrinth the Camarthen Planetary Militia with the aid of the few hundred Retained Knights of Prydia on the planet could not stem a tide of Shia Khan troops which emerged from the purple light of the matter gateway.  A  civilian fusion reactor taken from a nearby city was detonated and the  Belkus Labyrinth destroyed burying the gateway and those coming from it under hundreds of feet of stone and earth.  A message was sent to New Glastonbury at the fastest possible speed.

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

It did not take long for the Legions of the Shia Khan Empire to dig their way to the surface and begin once more their determined drive to conquer mankind.
Knight General Obermann.  Fleet Command.  4329IC


Amy Barker was terrified.  She faced death and knew that her life was at an end.  The last hour had been a fleeting panicked flight from an ever escalating battle which it was clear the Camarthan planetary militia were losing and losing badly.  It was hard to believe that she had only been on this planet for two weeks and now she was alone, kneeling next to a reprogrammed fusion reactor that had only just arrived from Pelacan city.  It had been by sheer chance that she had taken this research posting and also chance that she had ended up in this small sealed chamber while all those she had met since her arrival were either dying or already dead.

With a shrill note her com-tel wrist communicator burst into life.  Amy pushed the small button on its side to accept the incoming private call.  Immediately it's small speakers echoed to the rattle of gunfire and shouting voices.  All those sounds had been blocked by the heavy door to the chamber in which Amy now knelt.

“Amy.  Can you hear me?  It's Professor Turner.  You have to activate the overload circuit on the reactor.  You have to do it now or all of his has been for nothing.  Amy can you hear me!”

There was a pause as a voice shouting orders next to the professor made him stop momentarily before continuing.  Amy opened her mouth but Turner continued first.

“Amy.  You must do it, the Wicca Protocol must be implemented.  They are nearly here.  I can see them.  I...”

With a howl of distortion the transmission cut out and a moment later Amy felt more than heard the booming echo of very nearby energy weapons fire.  It made dust fall from the roughly hewn ceiling of the chamber, some of which landed in Amy's now filthy blond hair and also upon the squat frame of the reactor.  She lifted her hand and let it hover over the inert flat display screen in the middle of the reactor's casing.  Could she make herself, will herself, to press the button that would activate the already set programme to overload the portable fission reactor and create an explosion.   She glanced at the door, the only way into the chamber.  Outside that door was something supposed long vanquished but very real indeed.  Forces unchained by their greedy and na├»ve curiosity. 

Looking intently at the cracks in her fingernails Amy held her hand steady but unmoving over the display.  Her thoughts tried to rally, tried to overcome the rising blind panic that threatened to overcome her.  She realised that her whole body was shaking and despite her best efforts she could not prevent the movement or even reduce it.  Her mind continued to seek for a way out, an avenue of escape, but it was pointless.  Professor Turner had been in the chamber beyond the one next to where she was.  There was one door into each of those chambers and beyond that she knew were kilometres of tunnels before she could even begin the long ascent towards sunlight.  She was trapped.  Well and truly.

Amy was brought from her thoughts jarringly back to the present by a hollow boom that reverberated around the chamber.  She looked to the door.  Had it moved.  No, she realised the rock wall around the door had splintered and been pushed towards her and she could see flames licking around the gaps.  They were here and with tears steaming down her face Amy knew she was the only human now left in the Belkus Labyrinth.  It was time.  They would pay for the dead, for their needless killing.  With that Amy strangely felt at peace.  The choice has been made.  She brought her hovering hand down hard on the activation stud and the display lit up.  It was a short sequence and it had begun.  It could not be stopped.

A thrumming drone began to fill the chamber as the reactor reached its operating levels and then began to exceed them at an increasing rate.  Another boom followed by the crashing fall of rock threw Amy to the ground.  With blood in her eyes she managed to rise to her knees as hulking shapes entered the scarred chamber.  Amy knew only seconds remained and as they surrounded her and then the now pulsing and glowing reactor.  Amy grinned through red rimmed teeth.

“Welcome to Carmarthen IV; you alien bastards.  Your gonna' have a blast!”

The illuminated green digits of the display ticked down the final few seconds to zero and then near everything for twenty kilometres all around was vaporised into a heavily radioactive dust cloud.....


“Make your rounds count.  Auto-Targeters off, I want manual sighting and aim for the upper chest and heads.  We have one chance before they make haste for our demise.”

The ten Retained Knights, all that was left of the 6th Lance, were ready in a single line and the final reminder over comm link into their helms was not necessary.  All had their weapons ready and aimed at the chipped rubbacrete entrance to the abandoned building.  Once it had held children who had gone about their daily learning without knowledge that they would soon die and all that would remain would be faded pictures on grimy walls.  The Retained knew that three Warlords were about to come through the entrance.  Warlords, the toughest of the slave races used by the Khanate each with the might of five men and carrying guns that were the envy of portable weapon teams.  Prydian remote drones had picked up the trio who were evidently not expecting to find enemies in the building.  Even so Warlords were very hard to kill even with 12.5mm AP rounds from an Angis Rifle.

“Here they come.  Take the lead one first'”

Stooping to get in the first Warlord entered the long dusty room its ten foot tall frame filling the whole entrance and the lowered barrel of its Maia Scatter Cannon noisily scrapping the floor.  As it straightened up the next Warlord came in behind and as it did so the first alien saw the knights and immediately started to raise its weapon.  Without a command the ten Retained opened fire.  The air was filled with over a hundred Angis bullets which tore great holes in the Warlord's lorican armour and then into its body.  The 12.5mm rounds detonated with a bang and then the Warlord's head simply exploded and it pitched forward into the floor with a wet crash.  Behind the fallen foe the next Warlord had its Mars 20mm Chain Cannon almost to the right level to open fire and its multiple barrels were spinning.  A number of the Angis round struck it and giant paused.  The pause was fatal as the two Retained, one either end of the line, each armed with an Anvil 888 launcher let fly their own projectiles.  They had waited until the first enemy had dropped and the two TX9 Hollow Charges, essentially just really big 60mm bullets, hammered into the second Warlord just as its finger activated the chain cannon.  Its left arm was thrown away and its right leg blown off at the knee which caused the 20mm shells of the chain cannon to rip into the wall and ceiling of the room missing the knights.

“Reload.  Free Fire!'

There was blood as mist in the air and it would take the Retained a number of seconds to eject the spent magazines from their rifles and load more.  They had brought down two of the monsters but now the third was in the room and its Helios 80kw Atomic Destabliser went off with a scream of super heated vapour.  In the blinding flash of loosed energy six of the knights were obliterated, their powered armour no protection at the destabilising of bonds at the atomic level.  The remaining four Retained on the right of the now gone line fell sideways as the red and white peeled and blistered from their titanium alloy armour.  But their hands were slamming magazines in all the same.   It would take the Helios time to charge again and perhaps the Humans would get lucky....perhaps.
Gullyville Edu Fact, Taranga District, Camarthen Prime 4330IC


These excepts are taken from the discovery of the alien artefacts on Carmarthen IV (also known as Carmarthen Prime) and from the story of the fight to stop the Khanate in the Belkus Labyrinth deep underground. Then lastly the hopeless campaign to save Pelcan City from the advance of the Legions as they try to take the planet.  It is a really cool story and campaign giving a great number of tabletop gaming scenarios for you to play Patrol Angis. The book has still to have its final contents confirmed as, with every project I take on, I always create too much content and then have to trim it down but here is what currently will be in the book.  These are broad sections to give you an idea of just how this Army Book for Patrol Angis will expand your Ion Age gaming.

THE KHANATE RETURN
The third book in the One Hour Wargame series is our first Army Book for
Patrol Angis. You will need the core rule book to make full use of it as well
as Callsign Taranis as it gives campaign and army lists for a new setting. Here
are the main sections what will be in this sixty four page book:

THE CAMARTHAN CAMPAIGN
A Matter Gateway is now active, and the Shia Khan Empire has once more
returned to the Prydian Precinct. A second Khanate War has begun in the
Camarthan star system!

THE SHIA KHAN EMPIRE
Army Organisation along with the Armoury

ARMY LIST FOR THE KHANATE EMPIRE
Full statistics for Troop Types, Armour, Weapons and Vehicles

ADVANCED RULES FOR THE KHANATE EMPIRE
Special skills as well as unique abilities for use in play

THE PLANETARY MILITIA
An addition to the Prydian Army you can field the Planetary Militia in “The
Khanate Return” and in your other games of Patrol Angis. Troop Types,
Armoury and Advanced Rules.

CAMARTHAN CAMPAIGN SCENARIOS
Get your games of Patrol Angis off to a flying start as the Khanate Empire
features in three great scenarios set in the Camarthan Campaign.

This is a lot in a packed sixty four pages I do hope you enjoy it.  I have had a blast writing it!  Now for the news....




This month's releases are actually online right now and the news for them will happen next week in detail.  Brand new Shia Khan Pioneers two new eight figure packs plus a Pioneer platoon pack (33 miniatures) with extra unique free miniature in it.  Plus we have free postage this weekend in conjunction with Alternative Armies in celebration of the merger of 15mmcouk back into the now massive choice Alternative Armies website.  Check out the new releases HERE and all orders over 12.00GBP get free worldwide shipping plus Reward Points on their account and this month's free monhtly miniature too.  Offer ends 9am GMT Tuesday 21st February 2017.  Excellent!

Thanks for Reading and ask any questions you have here or on the blog or by email to info@theionage.com.

GBS

Monday, 13 February 2017

Patrol Angis book and rules reviewed in depth by Ian at Just Play website


There is a new review of the core 15mm rule set at The Ion Age namely Patrol Angis.  The review is in depth and independent which is the best kind of review (at least to me!).  It looks at the book itself along with the setting, the mechanics of the game and a number of other angles which Ian, who wrote the review, found interesting.  It is located HERE on the Just Play website which has a lot to offer upon its pages.  Enjoy!


I enjoyed the review.  I often find it odd reading reviews of my own work but Ian has a lovely style and really captured what I was thinking during the process of creating Patrol Angis.  You can find the book as well as its sequel Callsign Taranis and its excellent value starter box set on the website HERE.


Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

IMP42 Commander Gongji of the Xin Hegemony free for all February 2017

Hello Ionfans!  Before we begin the shortest month of the year I want to relate some news from our much bigger sister Alternative Armies. There is a new Alternative Armies Facebook group for tabletop gamers who among other things play Patrol Angis or just like us at The Ion Age click HERE to join up and I will welcome you as I run it.  Plus Alternative Armies has a new look and more news to come.  Now...onto our news!  Welcome to February and the Chinese year of the Rooster.  This month we have a new Xin personality for you free in every order.


The Xin Precinct is made up of the eight central star systems along with a number of smaller outposts all contained with a constricted pocket of stellar space that has only now become accessible once more after a thousand years of isolation caused by the detonation of the Aldan Crucible during the first Khanate War.  Contained by Dolorous Clouds that resulted from the detonation which also decimated the Prydian Precinct there is now a slim open passage for navigation by Ancep Drive.  Our knowledge of the Xin comes from archives that are from ancient times and also a more recent  partially successful expedition mounted in 4303IC by the Starvaulters and of course from the Great Trade Fleet dispatched to Prydia in 4327IC.  Commanded by Grand Admiral Hong Tu Quin the hundreds of vessels that make up the fleet have visited a third of the systems in the Precinct thus far. Trading in exotic goods, rarities as well as information and technology they have made allies and some enemies.

While the hegemony maintains its own imperial army and fleet officially under the command of Princess Xin Meiying the grand admiral has his own military that is embarked upon his starships.  Collectively known as the 'Sanbao' the gifts or protectors we refer to them as Trade Fleet Soldiers for the most part.  Refer to other entries in AAT Series 77 for the Sanbao in detail.  These troops are very effective and have aided our regiments in actions against the Khanate Empire.  The Xin hegemony is centred on the three core planets in the central Xin Precinct system of Jinhong.  From the lotus throne on the planet of Wei the princess rules in troubled seclusion while the planets of Zhao and Yan are in an uneasy alliance.  We know of the rebel Prince Tang and his efforts to marry the princess though these actions seem to be taking place in the holdings of all three planets of the Jinhong system outside of the core system.  All three core planets have the other systems in the Xin Precinct split between them.  Refer to other entries in AAT Series 77 for details.

The Council of Addans has deemed the Xin Trade Fleet has a nominal ally though it is up to each Knight General and Marcher Baron to establish their own relations with the vast fleet as it passes through.  As yet Grand Admiral Hong Tu Quin has not responded to the ongoing campaign in the Carmarthen cluster.
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 77, New Glastonbury, 4335IC 


The Xin have their month on our calendar and so we welcome the 42nd free monthly 15mm miniature and month of our little space opera setting.  Commander Gongji 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. 

IMP42 with Xin Trooper and Jade Ape Battlesuit
This month's miniature is a superb character by Sam Croes.  Standing 17mm to the eye line it is a heroic officer for your Xin forces at the platoon or squad level.  Armed with a powered sword.  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 0.50GBP.


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...this time it is on the exotic warriors of the Hegemony namely IAF119 Xin Youxia.  A pack of three miniatures at 50% off list price allowing you to get some really special sculpts by Sam Croes.   If you like the Xin and wish to get a full force in 15mm scale then we recommend IAFP06 Xin Trade Fleet Platoon which gives you twenty infantry plus an extra miniature only found in that pack for free.  Oh and check out the metal monster that is IAF118 Jade Ape a battlesuit which is among the most popular of our codes.  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 February 2016 for instance where you can find a free PDF for using the Xin in Patrol Angis to download. 

Thanks for your support and for enjoying The Ion Age!

GBS

Thursday, 26 January 2017

PIA007 Prydian Precinct Starmap poster and download released!

Our last release for January 2017!  When we released the Uniforms of the Prydian Precinct poster we were really happy with the reaction to Aris's efforts to show all the outfits of the Marchers Barons and Mercenaries and more of The Ion Age.  That was about the time we began to get requests for a star map of the stellar geography of the Precinct.  As you can imagine to create this in full is no small undertaking and so Sam Croes set aside some time and now the result is available for you all to enjoy. My own print is already on my wall.  We present PIA007 Prydian Precinct Starmap as an A3 poster and a digital download!  See all our posters HERE or read on for more.


Prydian Precinct Starmap

A thousand years before the outbreak of the civil war that would pull Prydian space apart the last Khanate war forced the detonation of a universal potent bomb.  This bomb called the 'Aldan Crucible' ended the Shia Khan incursion in this part of the galaxy by destroying not only their Matter Gateway but also the entire Aldan stellar system.  In the dark centuries that followed the detonation savage and exotic Dolorous Clouds formed across Prydian space which hid entire star systems and made travel in or near them very dangerous indeed.   This star map shows more than one hundred stellar systems as spoken of in our titles as well as the regions held by the League of Canlaster and the League of Yordan in the pivotal year of 4330 IC.  Great for your wall and for planning your campaigns in The Ion Age.

Digitally drawn by our lead designer Sam Croes this sixth of our poster prints was made locally here in Scotland on high quality 200gsm paper using rich inks.  Its a premium product to grace your wargaming walls with.  Bare or in a frame.  Supplied in a purpose designed postal mailing tube.  The image is exactly A3 size (300mm by 420mm) while the full post it sits on has a white framing border making the total dimensions 320mm by 450mm.  Go HERE.


As with all of our other products we offer you several purchase options.  You can purchase one poster print at a great price or three of the same one and automatically save 10% on screen.  You can also get the poster print signed by the artist.  Additionally with this work of art you can purchase it as a digital download of the hi-rez poster for half the price of the print.  Select this option on the drop down menu.  Go HERE.


Information Burst! 
This month's free 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. 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.  This figure is free in all orders until the end of January 2017.   


Our other new release for this month is the crazy Malig Orba Bike set.  The 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 to see all the Malig Space Goblins.


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.  See all the Desteria HERE.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

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