Friday, 17 November 2017

Black Friday mega event 2017 now on free shipping and Havelock special!

Now on and until 9am GMT Tuesday 28th November there is a Black Friday mega event happening at The Ion Age. We have automatic Free Worldwide Shipping on all orders over 15GBP of product placed in the cart and we have a brand new release too during the event. A new release on Monday 20th of a brand new client race for the Khanate Empire. We also have, for the duration of this event only, the return of the Havelock Battlesuit pre-order bundle which gives you three battlesuits plus a free fallen battlesuit as well as a saving of 15% off list priced (one of our most popular Early Supporter Bundles ever!). This is all on our website now on our Early Supporter Page and we will feature the new release in its own news on the 20th. 


This is a big event for us and of course you get your Reward Points on orders AND you can spend them on your event orders. We will end with a Cyber Monday (27th Nov) mega offer on the three books in the Patrol Angis series as digital downloads for 24hrs only (the other offers are still on during Cyber Monday). Enjoy and here are the details. 


New Release! 
On the website now and will be revealed in detail in its own article. 

IAF148 Beotan 2nd Tesseran (8 Lycanthopes with Mia Mpi) 6.00GBP 


Black Friday Event Offers! (Save on these) 
These are on our Early Supporter Offers page. 

IAF020 Havelock Battlesuit Bundle (3 Battlesuits, 1 Free Fallen Battlesuit and 15% off) 
IAF015 Hab Dome (25% off) 
IAF064 Geo Shelter Bundle (5 Buildings) (20% off) 



Cyber Monday Mega Digital Event! 
(25% off all our digital download books for 24hrs)
For one day only we are going to reduce the prices of our three Patrol Angis paid for PDF books by twenty five percent on our 15mm Publications page. Cyber Monday 27th November only. 



If you have not already done so we urge you to go to our BLOG home page, look to the right and join our mailing list through the box provided there. We are featuring an email only bonus blister offer which you can find out about if you are on the mailing list. You must be on the list to get it. You will also not miss out on all the new releases and fun. 

Lastly if you wish to combine orders with our mother site Alternative Armies then you can and you get access to the offers and free shipping there too. Send an email to info@theionage.com and list out all the codes you want from both websites along with your address and your paypal email. We will respond and send you an invoice to pay. Easy! 

Thanks for reading and enjoy my contribution to the Black Friday fun! 

GBS

Monday, 13 November 2017

Force Building and Playing in Patrol Angis an article by Aris Kolehmainen

It is my pleasure to present to IonFans a free five page article written by long time wargamer, player of Patrol Angis and a personal friend of mine Aris Kolehmainen.  Written from the point of view of a player this article gives you his take on formations and force selections in the game.  A very interesting read I think you will agree.  Enjoy and well done Aris!


Force Building and Playing in Patrol Angis
by Aris Kolehmainen
A five page free article which covers the options and choices open to players of Patrol Angis as they choose their force and its formation in play.  A focus upon the allocation of Troop Elements and then upon their fielding in battle is supported by three great images aiding you in force building.  The article covers Prydian and Baronial forces as well as Khanate and Prang plus Xin.  Click HERE to download the article from our website.  Go HERE for Patrol Angis.

Here are large versions of the three images featured in the article which are given here with permission for reproduction for your use.




We will have our new release and our Black Friday Event soon so watch out for news on those fronts.  You will get a real howl of pleasure this November!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Tohlic Armoured Crawler and Cold Climes Veterans released

It has taken nearly two weeks since the column had rolled out of Ismere Starport to reach the crash site of Invader Delta, the most distant of the four Shia Khan starships which had come down on Faercycle II. Four Dragon Ships had descended from space after interstellar transit from the Camarthen system and attacked the planet.  Though there were no orbital defences one of the four starships was brought down by a suicidal act carried out by the Ruffian a Warwick class shuttle which had rammed the alien vessel.  While the other three Dragon Ships, Invaders Alpha, Beta and Charlie, went on to their targets the Ruffian's desperate act ruined the drives of the bigger ship and it crashed in the Belazana reaches.  Far beyond any major settlements the Belazana Reaches had a harsh climate and was nearly uninhabitable but even so no toe hold could be granted to the Khanate.  It was to the extreme weather crawlers that this target was given as they had the endurance to reach that far and the provisions and protection for the troops that would be needed upon arrival.

More than a hundred Tohlic Armoured Crawlers with more than nineteen hundred troops and dozens of Steornede Battlesuits travelling within them came at the downed dragon from the south across a wide snow blown plain.  As they neared it it resembled a mythical beast more and more it wings rising out of the snow swept landscape and its long neck crooked at an angle to have its eye like portals gazing down upon the plain. The Tohlics dealt with the dunes of snow and ice with ease using their bulk to push through conditions which would have stopped most other military vehicles.  It was at a distance of less than a mile when the secondary guns on the Dragon Ship began to rain shots upon the motorised column.  Fortunately the atomic destabliser cannons which were meant for point defence against flying and space borne targets were not correctly orientated to be used against those on the ground. Only a few of the long barrelled energy weapons could be sighted correctly. Several Tohlics were destroyed; detonating in a spray of dissolving metal and flesh.  The heavy armour of the Tohlic offered a lot of protection against anything but a direct hit and the column quickly got within the minimum firing arc of the cannons.  From there the battle to take Invader Delta began in earnest.

Forming an armoured line the crawlers each disgorged a platoon of militia from the 37th or the 9th regiment or three battlesuits while a few disembarked gun crews who set up their Amber portable weapon platforms.  The foe came forth from the broken hull of the Dragon Ship to meet the advancing Humans.  Legionaries supported by Warlords and screened by screeching prancing Maligs poured out of the ship and advanced into the guns of the Planetary Militia and their transports.  Though outnumbered greatly by the sheer weight of the enemy the firing line held firm and then opened up with Moth Rifles, Bodkin AP Rifles and the heavier Anda missile pods and rotary guns on their transports.  The goblinoid Maligs were all but obliterated by the fusillade which ate into them in bloody carnage all along their advance.  They died so that the better Legionaries behind them might close with protection as was their function.  The battle lasted over an hour before the savaged remnants of the Khanate fell back into their star ship leaving most of their number dead on the churned and gore splattered snow.  They re-entered the ship through four gashes in its hull and the Human forces followed them close on their heels.

With the battlesuits leading the way the 37th regiment focused on the leftmost breach and pushed their way in.  Demolition troopers carried heavy charges with the intent of destroying the Dragon Ship.  The sloping corridors and rooms of the alien craft rang with the sound of gun fire and detonation of grenades.  The Khanate had kept back their best soldiers, the Nox, in their powered armour and they stalked the soldiers of Ismere as they sought out the core of the vessel.  The troops of the 9th regiment entered at the tail of the ship and met with a hurricane of plasma fire from dozens of Psycoborgs which had been left there as a deterrent. They did not manage to push through this living metal barricade and those who survived ran screaming from the ship under the weird effects of the Psychoborgs upon their minds.  Eventually after enduring hours of close quarter fighting and being stalked by Nox the veterans of the 37th regiment placed their demolition charges on what they thought were the power plants of the Dragon Ship.  It became clear that they were trapped though and despite leaving hundreds of their fellows dead along their path those that remained knew they could not leave the charges unattended.  There was little chance that they would survive the run back to the snows outside, with the Nox still hunting them, and that the charges could be deactivated as well.

In a final comms burst the Colonel leading the 37th relayed this news back to his commander in one of the Tohlics outside which were still firing on alien kill teams which were trying to infiltrate the line of large vehicles.  With regret permission was given for a three minute count down and the column of armoured crawlers recalled the portable weapons and their crews still outside and then moved away from Invader Delta as quickly as they could.  Three minutes later as the tracks of the Tohlics battered through drifting snow the Dragon Ship exploded as the combination of high explosive and maxi-imploder warheads which had been used as the demolition charges detonated.  Everyone and everything within half a mile was obliterated and many of the crawlers were flipped by the intensity of the blast.

Invader Delta was gone and but was a hollow victory for the survivors as the now mostly empty vehicles of the column made their way back towards Ismere Starport.  Reports of success elsewhere from Governor Tumault of Ismere spoke of a planet now devoid of the Shia Khan Empire.  Faercycle II remained in Human hands and as long as it and the Prydian Precinct could prevail it would resist alien domination.

Ismere Starport, Faercyle II, Camarthen Cluster  4338 IC


Now at The Ion Age!  New packs which have been added to the Planetary Militia part of the Prydian Army range.  A brand new heavy vehicle and Cold Climes veterans.


IAF146 Tohlic Armoured Crawler
This code contains all the parts required to assemble one large 15mm scale long distance armoured personnel carrier.  Used for deep recon it can carry an entire platoon of troops or three battlesuits or combinations thereof operating for weeks away from base.  Favoured by Planetary Defence forces but also used by Muster and Retained on suitably frozen worlds the Tohlic is composed of nine parts cast in high quality grey tone resin and white metal.  


These are the forward hull, the rear hull, the left track unit, the right track unit, exhaust mount 1, exhaust mount 2, Turret 1 (Anda Missile Pod) and Turret 2 (Moth Rotary Cannon). Supplied with two different turrets to use and since they use the standard turret ring they will also fit onto other Ion Age vehicles and structures.  



This kit is easy to assemble and durable for use on table.  When assembled the Tohlic is approx 105mm long and 40mm tall.  Price 22.50GBP per pack.  Go HERE.



IAF145 Cold Climes Veterans
This is the veteran troopers or sergeant poses for your Planetary Militia Cold Climes 15mm defence forces.  Co-ordinate the efforts to keep civil law in place on your planet.  This pack contains five different 15mm scale white metal miniatures wearing long coats including a Veteran with Hermit 44mm Plasma Rifle, a Veteran with Moth Rifle leaning forwards, Veteran bare headed with Moth Rifle, Veteran advancing with Moth Rifle and a casualty trooper laying face down.  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.  Price 2.50GBP per pack.  Go HERE.


Get a free five page download for using the Tohlic in your games of Patrol Angis.  Click HERE to download from our website storage.

We will have a Black Friday event in coordination with Alternative Armies later this month.  But before that a superb free article on building your forces in Patrol Angis will be coming your way.  Then..well then it will be something freaking awesome released just before Black Friday plus a blast from the past too.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Data Pulse the Hab Dome core of our 15mm Terrain Range

Early on in the initial expansion of Humanity back to the stars within the Prydian Precinct it was noted that although large cities could be built given time in the short term a need was logged for structures which could cope with variable terrain and planetary conditions.  Designing such structures was beyond the abilities of all but the core systems who turned to the pioneers who created the ubiquitous Rubbacrete and Golglass.  These pioneers created materials which revolutionised construction and brought about massive improvement in lives all across the Precinct; The Seorc Compono Guild.

Seorc Compono Guild (SCG) brought their finest minds to focus on the challenge and created one of the miracles of the century the Habitation Dome Riser System (HDRS).  The HDRS would be standardised and shipped aboard vessels heading off world anywhere in the Precinct where they could quickly accommodate a sizeable population.   It would be more than housing though as the HDRS featured additional modules which could expand the living area and turret or assembly mounts for specialised purposes.  These purposes varied but typically they included self defence, fortification, repulsar platform landing pads, spire communications, hurwent shielding and power generation among others.

The HRDS can be found on more than fifty planets and countless vacuum environments (it is a pressurised structure system) and is utilised by everyone from the Prydian Army to the lowest of the Marcher Barons and civilian authorities too.  Single Hab Domes to small groups and hard points right up a city of a hundred thousand people all in HRDS towers.  In some locales they never got around to replacing them before the Civil War began.  Camarthan Prime was one of those places.
Quincy Portent, SGC New Glastonbury, 4330IC


All this month at The Ion Age our big saver deal is on a building in 15mm scale.  It is the core, the centre, the original and first building in our 15mm Terrain Range; the IAF015 Hab Dome upon which all else is placed.  It is a one piece resin structure designed by Sam Croes which can be added to with a variety of top mounts and other structures.  Go HERE or read on for more on our terrain system which you can use in any science fiction setting from the Artic to Mars and further out in space as well of course as with Patrol Angis.


Here is a list of all of our 15mm Terrain codes and you can see them all HERE.  We have grouped the list with pictures by type beginning with the Hab Dome.


IAF015 Hab Dome










IAF015A Sentry Gun Turret
IAF015B Comms Spire Mount
IAF015C Hurwent Shield Generator
IAF015D Tower Module for Hab Dome
IAF015E Landing Pad for Hab Dome
IAF015F Flak Cannon Turret
IAF015G Two Block Missile Pod Turret
IAF015K to IAF015O Top Mounts III (Gun Turrets)




IAF015J Smashed Hab Dome
IAF015I Cratered Hab Dome



IAF040 Block House
IAF070 Command Dome




IAF024 Fabricator Spire
IAF043 Power Spire



IAF044A Straight Connectors
IAF044B Double Length Connectors
IAF044C Corner Connectors
IAF044D Three Way Connectors
IAF044E Four Way Connector
IAF044F T Junction Connectors
IAF044G Pressure Doors
IAF044H Turret Connectors (fits all weapon turret mounts)
IAF044I Hab Dome Wall connectors



IAF064A Habitation Geo Shelter
IAF064B Storage Geo Shelter
IAF064C Laboratory Geo Shelter
IAF064D Defender Geo Shelter
IAF064E Smashed Geo Shelter



IAF034 Skylark Cradle (vehicle repair facility)

We have three Habitation Colony bundles of different sizes which give you a whole settlement in one box with a saving.


IAF044BU01 HABITATION OUTPOST BUNDLE SAVE 20%



IAF044BU02 HABITATION BASE BUNDLE SAVE 20%



IAF044BU03 HABITATION COLONY BUNDLE SAVE 20%

Go HERE for the 15mm Terrain Range which also includes crashed and smashed vehicles and battlesuits.


If you like the look of this month's special then have a gander at Patrol Angis for your skirmish wargaming and in Callsign Taranis you will find rules for all the buildings in the Terrain Range.


Enjoy the special offer and remember that when you order from us you set up an account with the website.  Not for emails but rather that you may get the Reward Points which each order earns that you can trade in later for discounts and free things.  You get 100 Points as a free welcome bonus!  Extra value from The Ion Age.



In other news I want to thank everyone for their support with the Tohlic Early Supporter Offers.  We will be releasing the Armoured Crawler soon as well as the Cold Climes Veterans infantry.  We have other new releases this month for the Shia Khan Empire with a new client race.  We will also have a Black Friday Offer.  Plus we have a returning popular bundle this month which is on the Early Supporter Page....Have a look HERE.

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Tohlic ESOs now shipping and Baron update snippet two

A happy All Hallows Eve to everyone from our little team here in Scotland and we wish you the best of spooky fun for the day and indeed the rest of the week.  Two items in this short post.  Firstly a thank you to everyone who took up an Early Supporter Offer on the IAF146 Tohlic Armoured Crawler during October.  These pre-orders are shipping worldwide from today and we expect to get the last of them out by the start of next week at the moment.  Enjoy the free Cold Climes Veterans in every package with our regards.  The Tohlic and the Veterans will be on general release once every package is well on its way.  The second item is a short extract, a snippet and an update on the progress of the latest Patrol Angis book 'Baron'.


The Baron book continues at a slower pace than I would have liked this month.  This was due to other commitments both professional and family and something else..  It is not often discussed when an author hits a fictional brick wall in their prose, especially by that author himself, but that is what happened to me during October with this book.  Some forty thousand words of the story of the later stages of the Prydian Civil War (continuing on from what was laid out in Callsign Taranis and hinted at in The Khanate Return) did not eventually match up with the story I wanted to tell.  I tweaked and I sobbed but it became apparent that it was to no avail and to that end I deleted it.  Yes, actually deleted it totally.  It will never see the light of day.  A new direction was in order so I have begun again and this will be the bulk of what will make up the narrative part of Baron.  This is only the second time I have ever binned such a large amount of prose.  The first time was during the writing of 5026 Death in the Snow for Flintloque and its Witchlands tale.

I do have a snippet for you taken from the Baron manuscript for this month's update and it is given in its entirety and can be used right now in Patrol Angis for players.  I present to you the official rules for altering larger vehicle statistics and load outs in Callsign Taranis taken from the additional mechanics part of Baron.  Enjoy!


Altering Larger Vehicle Profiles in Callsign Taranis

These additional mechanics for use in Callsign Taranis deals with altering the profiles and points costs for vehicles.  This does not apply to infantry or infantry scale vehicles as these are created in the force building rules of Patrol Angis in a fluid way.  For larger vehicles if you wish to you can look to the existing profiles of the vehicles and make changes to them.  This may be done for Light, Medium, Heavy, Flying or Mecha types of vehicles.  There are some basic tenets which must be followed.  You may not change the vehicles means of propulsion so if it is wheeled it stays wheeled.  You may not change its movement rate or its DMR allocation.  The hull retains its original mounting points in the hull and turret and so on and these are not changed.  You may remove passenger capacity but not crew.  Typically you will want to change the weapons load out and as long as you stick with the mounting points you can do keeping in mind sizing of weapons as long as you do not exchange a weapon which is more than double the Weapon Strength of the existing one in the Weapons Table.

Take the existing profile of the vehicle and remove from it the weapons you wish to change subtracting the points cost of the weapons as found in the Weapons Table.  If you wish to remove passenger capacity you may also do this at the rate of 1% of vehicles points cost (before any weapon removal) per passenger slot (so 10 passengers take off 10%).  After this reduce the new points cost total by 5%.  Now add in the weapons you wish to create the new variant with.  You need not fill all weapon slots but you may not fill a non existent one.  Add the points costs of the new weapons.  Then multiply the total for the variant by 5% added and that is the new final points cost for your new vehicle.

Example: Mullo 36WA medium vehicle (440 points) to be remade into a 'Longbow' missile pod support vehicle.  Keeping the propulsion, DMR, and movement rate remain the same and to remove ten passenger capacity (minus 10% points cost) and the twin Valerin Cannons in the turret (74 and 74 = 148) means 440 -10% (-44) weapon remove -148 = 248.  We are adding an Anda 115mm Missile Pod (117 points) which takes us up to 365 points (we kept the Angis gun front mounted) and with this change made we take that 365 and add 5% making a final new points cost for the Mullo 36WA Longbow variant of 383.

Feel free to ask us a question if you wish to make more exotic vehicle variants such as those on some very specialised Taranis tanks.  We are always happy to create official statistics for vehicles in the range and their variants for use in Patrol Angis.


You can read Update One for Baron on the blog by clicking through.

Onwards into November!

GBS

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Using the Tohlic Crawler in Patrol Angis free download

Do you want to use your IAF146 Tohlic Armoured Crawler in games of Patrol Angis?  Great!  Now you can with this free download article which is hosted on our website.  Get your copy now and have a read.  Go HERE or read on for more.


Using the Tohlic Crawler in Patrol Angis
A five page article containing both parts of the Faercycle II invasion story as well as an introduction to the Tohlic and its statistics and rules in play and where that bolts onto the Planetary Militia force builder mechanics in IAB03 The Khanate Return.  There is also a listing of all the codes we have for Planetary Militia and a short weapons table as well with the Urgan combat shotgun.  The article also has many photographs of the Tohlic and other codes plus scale shots showing you the new vehicle next to other vehicles and structures of The Ion Age.  Download it HERE.




The Early Supporter Offers are live until the early hours of the 30th October for IAF146 Tohlic Armoured Crawler where you can get savings plus free vehicles as well as free Cold Climes Veterans and free shipping on two of the bundles.  Go HERE for the offers.


Our month long offer of twenty percent off during October on one code is on a stalwart favourite the weapons platform battlesuit IAF072 Steornede Battlesuit both variants designed by Sam Croes. It is a great looking infantry sized vehicle for a single pilot and supports your Planetary Militia forces. Go HERE for it or click HERE for an article showing you more and featuring a short tale of two brothers which carries on from the fall of Camarthen Prime. 

Enjoy the download article and thanks for reading,

GBS