Friday, 15 July 2016

Spotlight on using Monsters for AoMaS

Welcome to the fifth article for Age of Might and Steel by Andy Jefcoate a great fan of 15mm fantasy wargaming. Andy has more articles to come which will feature on our blog while this time he discusses his collection of 15mm Monsters and some house rules for additional use of them in the game.  If you missed his previous articles they are all on our blog and you can see them on this search tag link HERE. We hope you enjoy and all comments or emails are most welcome. Follow the links in the text to visit our website for the rules and miniatures mentioned. GBS


Spotlight on using Monsters for AoMaS 

In the classic Barking Irons magazine Issue 1 Steve Hazuka the creator of AoMaS wrote an article about using Heroes, Monsters and Special Units in AoMaS. In this next article I'd like to expand on the use of Monster stands and provide some 'house' rules that I use in my games of AoMaS which I have played and tested. 15mm.co.uk provide an excellent variety of monsters in their HOT 15mm Fantasy Range and Tabletop classic ranges and one of the big advantages of using 15mm scale figures is that it is relatively cheap to acquire and easy to store a large collection of Monsters to use in your games. They are also great fun to paint as the only limit is your imagination! As most Monsters can be used for several different armies they are very useful but sometimes it's fun to theme them to a certain army. Those of you who have read the article about my human army will know that I mounted human figures on a Griffon and a Pegasus to tie them into the army. Of course you could then use these stands as your general or a hero if you want them to stand out on the battlefield. To see previous articles please click HERE


Natural Creatures 
In the AoMaS rulebook natural creatures includes Giants, Eagles, Mammoths, Elephants, Rhinosaurs, Owl Bears, Ogres, Trolls, Golem, Animal packs, Wyvern, Giant Animals (Spiders, Bats, Slugs etc), Dracci Lords and Giant Lizardmen. The basic cost of these is 35 points a stand and they can be put with any army that their alignment allows. They are very useful to simply attach to your units to increase the number of stands. 



Magical Creatures 
In the AoMaS rulebook magical creatures includes Giant Hydra, Chimera, Manticores, Griffons, Cadaver Giants, Were Creatures, Demons, Pegasus, Skeletal Behemoths, Ents, Giant Elementals and Cockatrice (It also includes Dragons but I'll talk about them separately). These can also be put with any army their alignment allows. On page 25 of the AoMaS rulebook it states that these are also 35 points each but in Steve Hazuka's article he said that with the exception of Were Creatures the cost of Magical Creatures should be 50 points. This is because the majority of Magical Creatures have special abilities and are more valuable in game terms. For example when a Pegasus is added to a unit, it increases that units movement by half so can make sure that unit gets to where you want it to go much quicker than your opponent expects. Using this system, any creature can be made magical and given an ability. If your opponent agrees a Giant could be painted as a Frost Giant and given a magical attack (which deducts 1 from their base number when attacking), for the cost of another 15 points. If you do this I would only use abilities that match a spell on page 17 of the rulebook so that they fit in with the game and are comparable to existing magical creatures in the rules. 


Dragons 
These are another Magical Creature and the most powerful Monster in the game which is why they can generally only be added if 2 armies are fielded on each side (The Dracci can field 1 per army). They cost 100 points each but as well as being able to fly they have a permanent Fright spell which removes an attackers charge bonus, and a magical attack which deducts 1 from their Base Number when attacking. They are worth the additional cost. 


Additional 'House' rules for base sizes 
The points system for Monsters in AoMaS is very simple and the fact that each Monster counts as a stand makes them easy to use so it works. Sometimes though I like to change this so that Monsters play a bigger role in my games. According to their size my Monsters are all based on 40 x 30mm, 40 x 40mm or 40 x 60mm stands. Those based on 40 x 30 count as 1 stand, those based on 40 x 40 cost an additional 15 points and count as 2 stands, and those based on 40 x 60 cost an additional 30 points and count as 3 stands. This system is used for Natural and Magical creatures and gives bigger creatures more punch but at a cost. It means that a giant on a 40 x 60 stand is more likely to beat a troll on a 40 x 30 stand in single combat due to the 2:1 outnumbering rule which I like. It also means that a large '3 stand' monster can really boost the number of stands when attached to a unit. Be careful of the 12 stand maximum for units though. As my Dragons are based on 40 x 60 bases this makes them cost 130 points and even more powerful but as they are rare it hasn't made a huge impact on my games. Other monsters on 40 x 60 stands have just as much chance of beating them as they did before. The only down side of this is that the monsters need to have damage recorded but I do this with a small dice sat on their base avoiding any record keeping. A '3 stand' monster that takes a point of damage then effectively becomes a '2 stand' monster to reflect the effect that the injury has on it's fighting ability. 


Using Monsters as Units 
It's sometimes fun to use monsters to represent units in your armies. As an example Ogres could simply be used as allied heavy infantry to represent mercenaries in a human army. I have a unit of 9 Trolls each on a 40 x 30 stand that I use with the stats of heavy cavalry to add punch to my Goblin army, if my opponent is happy to allow it. The Goblin army doesn't allow heavy cavalry in the main rules so this is fun to do as it changes the tactical options of the Goblin army as well as those of the opposing army. Using the alternate rules about base sizes you can also make units from bigger Monsters. I have 3 Eagle figures each based on a 40 x 40 stand (which then equates to 6 stands) and I give them the stats of 6 stands of light cavalry to give an army a different look. They work particularly well with Elves guarding their woodland realm. If you want to be more conventional, you could use the rules for allies which gives a maximum number of 8 stands for the monster unit, plus a character. A unit of centaurs could easily be used as allied cavalry for most armies but why not substitute something different using the same stats! 


Conclusion 
Using monsters and magic is often what attracts us to fantasy games and I hope that this article has got you to think about how you use monsters in your scenarios. I also hope that it's given you a good excuse to paint some extra figures and take advantage of the great offers that 15mm.co.uk do when you purchase multiple packs. You can choose to buy a pack or three packs with a saving or even samples.  Excellent.

Thanks for reading and see you next time! 

Andy

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Wally paints up the Ikwen!


I was kindly given permission to post up these two photographs from the collection of Wally Harwood who is a customer of 15mm.co.uk and a fan of the Iwken, the alien race created by Eli Arndt at Loud Ninja Games which we stock.  I hope you enjoy them.  I certainly do and I really like that green colouration.



A very original idea you can read about the origins of the Ikwen on our blog HERE. If you want to see all of the posts including release ones this specialised blog search will show you them HERE. There are three packs of Ikwen and a great platoon saver deal too.  There are also specialised terrain items for the Ikwen all of which can be seen on our website HERE.


Perfect for use as an indigenous alien foe for your space faring forces or as alien guerrillas fighting a heroic resistance against say Human occupation of their world. 

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 4 July 2016

New Deals and Offers for July 2016!

All of us at 15mm.co.uk are delighted to announce our Deals and Offers for July 2016 are now online. Go along to our offers page HERE to see them all and read on below for highlights from the page. These limited time offers are around until the end of the month when they will be taken down. They can be ordered any number of times and can be purchased in conjunction with any loyalty code you have or offer in your packages from us. If you are a wargamer who plays 15mm Fantasy, 15mm Science Fiction or 15mm Napoleonic French we have something for you! 

HOT70 Elf Bolt Thrower 25% off
This code contains white metal 15mm scale miniatures in the following poses: Bolt Thrower kit with wheels, Elf Crew with Bolt in helm, Elf Crew with Bolt, Elf Officer with Sword. Excellent for any Elf army in 15mm wargaming in need of artillery support. 


HOF51 Grey Alien Landing Party 25% off! 
Contains 12 Greys in twelve poses and a resin Flying Saucer kit. The initial landing force of the Greys. This pack contains one of each grey and the saucer from codes HOF47-50. White Metal and Resin. Grey Aliens are an enigmatic race of small, bulbous-headed, and highly intelligent aliens, the Greys are primarily scientists rather than soldiers, but sometimes come into conflict with other races when competing for resources, or when seeking to establish possession of a particular site for temporary and mysterious purposes. Their unauthorised experimental activities on live subjects who have usually been abducted can also provoke a hostile military response from races who have been subjected to such intrusions. 


25% off core 15mm French Line Poses! 
We have a huge range of 15mm scale classic Napoleonic miniatures formally of the Tabletop Games line up and among them is the massive French Army the primary army of the period. We have taken a quarter off four codes giving you the chance to form a line battalion with a saving. As singles or small sets they are as follows: F100 French Voltiguer Firing, F101 French Fusilier Advancing, F109 French Grenadier Advancing and F106 French Line Command (3) set. Enjoy! 

For all these and more go HERE

15mm.co.uk will have more news this month including a new designer in the SHM Range with some rather triffic miniatures. This news will appear across the month with further information and images. 

Thanks for Reading, 

 GBS

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Five new 15mm Fantasy Scenic packs released!


Yes! Scenic items in 15mm scale for Fantasy and Historical wargaming!

We are delighted to announce the release of five brand new packs of 15mm scale white metal scenics into the HOT 15mm Fantasy range at 15mm.co.uk. A new part of the range.  Designed by Elton Waters these five packs contain multiple of pieces suitable for dungeon quests, dioramas, base or element decoration and for scattering on your wargames table or tiles.  On top of this we have an offer on these packs which lasts until Thursday 23rd June.  The offer is 15% off the regular pack prices!  Go HERE or read on for more details and pictures.


HOT105 Dungeon Gear 15mm Fantasy Scenics 
Great for 15mm Fantasy Wargaming! This pack contains a random but even mix of fourteen 15mm scale white metal pieces taken from nine different scenic miniatures.  In this pack are four different grave markers, two different loot piles and three different treasure chests all of which are ideal for use as dungeon quests, dioramas, base or element decoration and for scattering on your wargames table or tiles.  All are single piece castings and can be applied in many different ways.  You can purchase a pack, or three packs with a 10% saving and selecting from the drop down product menu on the page a choice of single sprues taken from the pack if you wish only for certain types of items from the pack. 4.00GBP


HOT106 Stockpiles 15mm Fantasy Scenics
Great for 15mm Fantasy Wargaming! This pack contains a random but even mix of seventeen 15mm scale white metal pieces taken from seven different scenic miniatures.  In this pack are a shield pile, a baggage pile, a bundle of spears as well as five different kegs, barrels and boxes all of which are ideal for use as dungeon quests, dioramas, base or element decoration and for scattering on your wargames table or tiles.  All are single piece castings and can be applied in many different ways.  You can purchase a pack, or three packs with a 10% saving and selecting from the drop down product menu on the page a choice of single sprues taken from the pack if you wish only for certain types of items from the pack.  4.00GBP


HOT107 Encampment 15mm Fantasy Scenics
Great for 15mm Fantasy Wargaming! This pack contains a random but even mix of eighteen 15mm scale white metal pieces taken from ten different scenic miniatures.  In this pack are a small tent, two different bed rolls and a campfire, a giant birds nest and a well along with four different mushroom clumps all of which are ideal for use as dungeon quests, dioramas, base or element decoration and for scattering on your wargames table or tiles.  All are single piece castings and can be applied in many different ways.  You can purchase a pack, or three packs with a 10% saving and selecting from the drop down product menu on the page a choice of single sprues taken from the pack if you wish only for certain types of items from the pack.  4.00GBP


HOT108 Woodlands 15mm Fantasy Scenics
Great for 15mm Fantasy Wargaming! This pack contains a random but even mix of twenty 15mm scale white metal pieces taken from thirteen different scenic miniatures.  In this pack are four different big mushrooms, four different rock croppings, two stumps and three fallen dead wood pieces all of which are ideal for use as dungeon quests, dioramas, base or element decoration and for scattering on your wargames table or tiles.  All are single piece castings and can be applied in many different ways.  You can purchase a pack, or three packs with a 10% saving and selecting from the drop down product menu on the page a choice of single sprues taken from the pack if you wish only for certain types of items from the pack.  4.00GBP


HOT109 Crops 15mm Fantasy Scenics
Great for 15mm Fantasy Wargaming! This pack contains a random but even mix of twenty four 15mm scale white metal pieces taken from twelve different scenic miniatures.  In this pack are three different wheat stalks, three different cabbage rows, three different potato plant rows and three different squash rows all of which are ideal for use as dungeon quests, dioramas, base or element decoration and for scattering on your wargames table or tiles.  All are single piece castings and can be applied in many different ways.  You can purchase a pack, or three packs with a 10% saving and selecting from the drop down product menu on the page a choice of single sprues taken from the pack if you wish only for certain types of items from the pack.  4.00GBP        


In our scale shots of each pack you can see an evil knight (17mm tall) on a 20mm square base) standing among the scenics to give you an idea of their size.  This miniature is from the new HOT104 Anti-Paladins.

Go HERE.


The HOT Range contains over one hundred different packs of miniatures covering a dozen fantasy ranges and thirty monsters all in 15mm scale.  We also have the HOB 15mm Fantasy Buildings range of Human and Orc structures which go excellently with these new 15mm fantasy scenics.  Follow the links to see more.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Three new free USEME sci-fi scenarios by Vic Dobson!


All of us at 15mm.co.uk are delighted to present to you three new free scenarios written by veteran wargamer Vic Dobson for the USEME rules system.  Ideal for use with UM001 USEME 15mm Science Fiction the first title in the series (you can get this and the other USEME titles as paid for downloads as well from HERE) these three scenarios are based around Vic's collection of miniatures taken from the HOF range, the SHM range and the Loud Ninja Games range of figures.  Click on the links to visit these ranges and the rules system.

There are near a dozen titles in the USEME range of wargame rules covering many genres.

 
Download the three scenarios from our dropbox account in a zip file by clicking on this link HERE. Each of the scenarios presents a different challenge and level of complexity and playing time. Here is a quick run down of each of them.


Scenario One – Recon Run
Recon Run is a two player game of USE ME. In this small game two reconnaissance teams encounter one another and battle to gain information whilst denying it to the enemy!


Scenario Two – The One that Got Away
The One that got Away is a four player game of USE ME. In this small game, as the local gang boss meets with a dangerous but useful hireling, and the local authorities seek to arrest  both, whilst some bounty-hunters plan to gain their reward, and new arrivals add complications to all sides …


Scenario Three – The Raid
The Raids a two player game of USE ME. In this small game a small but elite Chuhuac special operations’ strike team endeavours to destroy a shield regulator defended by the local planetary security teams.

Enjoy!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 6 June 2016

25% off Fleet Scale Mecha sprues this month



Designed by Eli Arndt our small range of Fleet Scale Mecha which is also useful in 6mm scale is currently 25% off its normal price per sprue (4 or 5 Mecha) until the end of June 2016.  Two different codes.  You can see there all HERE on their own page or go HERE for the full Deals and Offers page which has this offer plus a lot of other ones covering 15mm Science Fiction, 15mm Fantasy as well as Horror and Buildings and Scenics.


You can use these excellent little mechs with UM006 USEME Starship Battles which can be found HERE on the website in print or HERE on our blog as a paid for download.  Excellent fun and value too.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Friday, 27 May 2016

HOT104 Anti-Paladins released!


We are delighted to announce the release of the next pack in the massive and awesome HOT 15mm Fantasy Range.  Following up on the HOT103 Cockatrice we present the HOT104 Anti-Paladins a pack of evil chaotic aligned heavy infantry for any fantasy wargame system.  Go HERE or read on for more details and images.

"We rode north as one. A thousand Men sworn by the mother church to defend the lands against the darkness and perversion that threatened us. Little did we know that the darkness lingers not deep from the surface in some Men. As we rode the voices whispers and shadows lucked in the forests and soon one then another and another fell away until when we came to the snow line there were but four hundred left and we had seen no foe. It was then our faith was splintered as ahead we saw our brother knights but they were not as they had been. Twisted and filled with the bane of life they were now of the darkness. Evil is all the more when once it was good."



HOT104 Anti-Paladins
This pack contains ten white metal 15mm scale miniatures in a random inclusive mix of four different poses evenly supplied.  The poses are an evil knight in plate armour bare headed with sword raised and shield, evil knight in full plate and helm with sword and crescent moon shield, evil knight in full plate bone armour and helm with sword lowered and lastly a female evil knight in chain mail with sword and axe.  As with all HOT 15mm Fantasy codes you can purchase one pack or you can choose three packs and save 10% off the price automatically on screen.  You can also choose a sampler which gives you one of each pose of miniature from this pack; a great way to try or to make skirmish forces with HOT.  Use the drop down menu. All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases.  Some Assembly may be required with miniatures.  Items shown with miniatures are for example only and not supplied.  Shown in 20mm square bases.  Go HERE.


Here are some more images in detail of the poses from this pack.  Superb 15mm scale sculpting by Sam Croes.  The first image is a scale shot with the original 28mm scale Anti-Paladins by Alternative Armies (code VNT20 which you can see HERE on their website).  Many of the HOT packs are scaled down from our sister site Alternative Armies high fantasy range in the VNT, OH, DH and so on code structures.  We may do more if this pack hits the spot.









Thanks for Reading,

GBS