Friday, 11 August 2017

Fourth Patrol Angis book will be called Baron!

As announced on the 1st of August 2017 we are entering the leading edge of the second phase for The Ion Age and my own contribution to this will be the forth book for Patrol Angis.  If you missed this important article you can read it on our BLOG.  The forth title will be a setting book which will be of interest not only to players of Patrol Angis but also any of the other Ion Age game systems past, present and future.  It will be called 'Baron' and it is the story of the Prydian Civil War.

As you can see there will be a lot packed into the sixty four pages of Baron.  The tale of the more than thirty years of the Civil War from the death of King Cyon at Fenway Prime to the climatic defeat of the League of Yordan led by Reckhart Nevall at Lundwick III.  The star systems of the Precinct will give you details and events for all of the important places during the Civil War as well as their uniforms, tactics and more.  Marcher Barons are the powerful leaders and lords of the systems and this book will explain the League of Canlaster, the League of Yordan as well as other baronial forces large and small. Condots are knights and muster who sell their swords to the highest bidder and you will learn about the infamous among them such as the Quarrel Company of the legendary Diodine Sparrow.  

There are also two sections of the Baron book which will bring new rules and statistics along with troops and characters to Patrol Angis.  These are the introduction of the illustrious Starvaulters...yes...the golden haired rock gods of space opera...million strong and the best warriors in the Precinct.  A full account of their armour, weapons, troop types, vehicles as well as lance organisation and the Code Gallant.  Secondly advanced character and personality rules.  These will add right onto the ones found in the core Patrol Angis book with points costs and will give more customisation of your miniatures.  There will also be some of the most important characters along with their rules in play such as Edmund Bluefort, Reckhart Nevall, Diodine Sparrow, Marcus Flame and Thomas de Lancey.  

(Above is the only current 15mm Starvaulter and it is a one off sculpt..for now.  
You can find it in the Year One Collection)

The creation of this book is currently under way among my work upon Flintloque and upon Valon, upon Darkhelm and other projects too.  I am aiming for publication later this year and hope to get Sam Croes to create another epic piece of cover art for the book too.  But before that I would like to point you towards the Alternative Armies Tabletop Gaming Group which is where I hang out on Facebook answering questions and talking gaming.  I am putting a thread up asking for input on Baron such as which new skills, abilities, objects and more you would like to see in the advanced rules.  There are dozens of players of Patrol Angis in the group and all who chip in with suggestions on the thread will get a credit in the book.  If you are not a member then please do apply to join and I will let you in. It is a lovely small group and very friendly.

If you want to email me direct then do so with your input to or comment on the blog post.

Thanks for Reading,


Friday, 4 August 2017

Free Worldwide Shipping at The Ion Age until 11th August 2017

Give my little Ion Age some summer love!

It is the peak of summer (in Scotland the rain is now warm!) and as the final stage of the merger of 15mmcouk back into Alternative Armies we are holding a free worldwide event for a week.  Now on! Just add to cart. This event includes The Ion Age.  Once ended we will be shutting down the 15mmcouk website and re-directing the domain to Alternative Armies.  All orders for any of our miniatures, books, wargaming supplies and more (including our digital downloads) of 15GBP or more are free shipping worldwide.  Go to and have a browse or read on for more details.

From now until 9am GMT Saturday 12th August 2017 we are having a free worldwide postage on all orders over 15.00GBP in product value!  This applies to our two websites and all our 15mm and 28mm miniatures and game systems in fact everything on our websites you can put in your cart.  All you need to do is add to the cart and the website will do the rest.  

Click on the links to go to each site. As many orders as you like to anywhere in the world. Remember that any special offers that are currently running are included in this promotion!

Space Opera science fiction wargamers should look to the unique range and setting of The Ion Age for excellent miniatures, vehicles and rule systems by Gavin Syme (GBS) and Sam Croes.

Alternative Armies
If you like Flintloque, High Fantasy, Ganesha Games and other 28mm scale ranges such as Grinning Skull and Asgard check out Alternative Armies and use the links along the top of the site to browse the massive choice that there is.  Oh and check out our weekly deals too with 20% off plus our Collected Bundles which have the biggest saving and a great way to get everything in one click. If you like 15mm scale including HOT Fantasy, HOB 15mm Fantasy Buildings, Sengoku Japanese Fantasy, TTF Fantasy, HOF Science Fiction, Asgard and SHM, Laserburn, Loud Ninja Games, Altuos Renaissance, Pony Wars and ACW, Isarus Dark Age, Medus Medieval along with 6mm sci-fi and a lot more go to their links on the Alternative Armies website through the drop down menu "Our 15mm Scale Ranges".

Combining Orders
Our two websites are having a free postage event.  If you place an order for more then fifteen pounds (15.00GBP) the shopping cart will automatically give you free shipping worldwide. While the vast majority of wargamers are happy to place orders in this way we know that some of you would like to place a combined order by email and receive a paypal invoice to pay.  This is totally fine with us and here is what to do for a combined order by email.  Firstly choose your point of contact.  Is it Alternative Armies or The Ion Age?  Choose one and email us on or  Make your email title 'combined order' and give us your name, your shipping address, your paypal email address and a list of codes and quantities that you want to order from across our ranges.  We will then reply with a total and a paypal invoice.  You will get the last free monthly miniature IMP48 if you have Ion Age codes and you will get any other items offered free if applicable from the other websites if you have codes from its ranges in your order.  

We typically reply quickly but be assured you WILL NOT miss the free postage on your combined order as we will honour it as long as your email comes in to us before the offer ends. 

Thanks and enjoy the event!

Gavin Syme (GBS)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

IMP48 Baroness Julanne free in August and last monthly miniature - important article!

Four years ago The Ion  Age began anew with its website, its rewards programme and its 15mm pledge to action along with a vision for the space opera future and a free miniature in every single package going out the door.  In that first month we gave away IMP01 Retained Knight Kneeling in Cloak free with every order.  In the four years since until August 2017 we have created forty eight free monthly unique 15mm miniatures and many thousands of them have gone out across the world.  We now present to you the last free monthly miniature; IMP48  A special lady indeed as she featured as our introductory artwork for The Ion Age back in 2013.   Yes the last one. IMP48 Baroness Julanne of Canlaster is free in every order this month.  Read on for details of this month and where we are now heading with the completion of Year Four this month and the end of the monthly programme.

Free in every order every time all month. 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 September. You can see the Year Three Collection on the website.  The Year Four Collection will be released later in August and will mark the end of the monthly free programme at that time; there will be no more monthly miniatures after IMP48.  

Standing 17mm tall Baroness Julanne is a great female character in personalised Alwite Powered Armour with an Octa Sword who can lead your Marcher Baron forces or be part of the Prydian Army.  She is the female figure head for our website and when we began and now she is a miniature! There is a complete page on the Ion Age website where all of the forty right IMP series free miniatures are shown so that you can see what came before.  They all feature in the Year Collections (1,2,3 and soon 4 and the total set too) if you wish to get any you missed. This miniature is worth 0.60GBP. Later this month we will release the Year Four Collection and the full IMP Collection of all 48 miniatures.

The end of the IMP monthly free miniature.  
So I guess many of you will be wondering why we have chosen to end the free miniature project with the forty eighth miniature.  When I began this new Ion Age I was not sure it would succeed and in fact some even told me not to go for it  But it has grown and evolved and I am very proud to have achieved the first stage of my vision for The Ion Age in just under four years on my own terms.  It was my intent to get a game system created and to populate it with 15mm miniatures building upon a small starting block.  Patrol Angis along with Callsign Taranis and The Khanate Return achieved this and every miniature ever spoken about in The Ion Age originally now exists in 15mm scale both Human and Khanate.  Four years and forty eight free miniatures it is time to stop and re-focus efforts to the second stage of the vision.  We have so many ideas we want to get into metal and resin and there have been many changes in four years too.  As you will know 15mmcouk merged back into Alternative Armies and The Ion Age is linked to that.  As a total company we are busier than ever and this has altered our focus.  I have kept the Rewards Programme just as it is.  The programme has some five million points accrued with in it and a thousand rewards claimed. We will continue to do promotional and special miniatures with the seasons and for chuckles too.  With this turn of focus and other ideas to pursue it was time to end IMP.

I do not want to leave you here without giving you some hint of what will begin our next phase at The Ion Age.  From September 2017 we will be expanding upon the design work and books which your faith in us has allowed us to do so far.  Wider ground and what else is within and without the Prydian Precinct will see a new book and a lot of new miniature and other releases of a scope not yet experienced.  Read on.

The forth book in the Patrol Angis series will concern itself with the Marcher Barons, the Civil War and the conflicts among the stellar systems of the Precinct as well as details of those systems there will be a new faction long awaited...The Starvaulters!  New skills, abilities and equipment as well as characters like Diodine Sparrow of the Quarrel Company.  A definitive setting for war between knights and muster as Prydia Burns!  More of this as we near it and yes there will be a full range of miniatures for the Starvaulters the million strong elite of our space opera future.  That is the new project in The Ion Age for me in the form of book four.

Miniatures are what it is all about and 15mm goodness shall come forth in a massive expansion of the Shia Khan Empire and the Planetary Militia all from the hands of Sam Croes.  An expansion on a order of magnitude not yet seen from us and much larger than most Kickstarter campaigns too.  We will be adding every single one of the client races detailed in The Khanate Return at full Ordos (platoon) level which means around one hundred and sixty new 15mm Khanate from the Pertinax and Saurod to the Beotans and Betrayers as well as portable weapons crews for each of them.  Infantry Size Vehicles for each of these client races too!  As well as this nearly sixty new Planetary Militia with Cold Climes and Hot Climes as well as Infantry Sized Vehicles for them too. Lastly the Starvaulters at a full force too including their unique Infantry Sized Vehicles.  All in all this means in total more than 250 brand new 15mm miniatures from us from September on! That is the first goal for the second phase of the vision for The Ion Age.

During August we will have new vehicle releases and we will be taking part in an event with Alternative Armies plus we will be releasing the Year Four Collection of twelve miniatures and the total collection IMP of forty eight miniatures.  Our month long offer is 20% off the fantastic Jade Ape Battlesuit which is now a resin and white metal kit.  Go HERE for these with offer ending 1st September.

I hope you have enjoyed this article and that you like the last monthly free miniature.  Ain't she a beauty! Feel free to ask any questions you might have on our blog or by email to

Thanks for Reading,