Monday, 8 February 2016

Say Goodbye to the 15mm Charger APC and Maginot Defence Tower


Yes say goodbye to the popular HOF27 Maginot Defence Tower and the HOF28 Charger APC models in our HOF 15mm Science Fiction range.  They will be withdrawn from sale at the end of February 2016.  But wait you say!  Why withdraw them when everyone loves them?  Well we have decided to re-master both of these models and then release them once more into the HOF Range in the late spring.  Its a great time to do this as we plan to expand the propulsion options on the Charger and weapon mount on the Maginot too.  Don't fret though since these new versions will be 100% compatible with the original models.  The new versions are also designed by Sam Croes who came up with the originals.



If you want to get your hands on the current Charger and Maginot before they become extinct and sought after you can go HERE.

Both of these models feature large in the Human Colonial Armies of the Alien Squad Leader rules system and are part of the sub-set of the HOF Range that is Security Force Alpha.  Click HERE to see all the SFA codes. The SFA range contains more than fifty different poses of 15mm white metal miniatures and vehicles allowing a wargamer to assemble a cohesive force for their campaigns. A whole integrated range within HOF which will be expanded even more.

All across the Human Colonies and on Terra itself there is a need for security after, during and even before the high rollers and expensive kit arrives in the battle zone. Security Force Alpha is just that force filling in as police, paramilitaries, mercenaries and planetary militias too. They are the faceless grunts that do the thankless jobs needed by all those who govern, control or enforce. Use them as you will from the near to the far future! 

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Painting Agency Blog spots the Ikwen


“The pseudo-amphibioid natives of the jungle world Kwiell were progressing well through their version of the Bronze Age when the first sky visitors arrived.  Unfortunately for the Ikwen ("the Forest's Children" in their own language of hypersonic clicks and squeals) the visitors were not a curious scientific team, but a fleet of freebooters hired by the Human Empire to scout out sources of the fusion-modulating superheavy element unbihexium.....”


Allison M over at the Painting Agency Blog is a real fan of 15mm.co.uk and notably the Loud Ninja Games range of miniatures you can find there among many other things.  Check out the original blog post HERE and visit this page HERE for the Ikwen. The post on the painting agency blog concerns a guerilla action carried out by the native Ikwen against Human invaders.  A great little story which would sit well for a campaign using any 15mm sci-fi rules such as USEME or Alien Squad Leader with the Ikwen and perhaps the Rim Mercenaries from the HOF range standing in for the greedy Humans.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

Monday, 25 January 2016

Wasteland Raiders, Rad Zombies and Road Wardens released by Loud Ninja Games



"The wastelands of the blasted future are a dangerous and crazy place where sanity and even life itself have been challenged and often destroyed by the powers that brought the world to its knees. These miniatures are designed to be used in any post-apocalyptic or science fiction setting where wasteland peoples and creatures have developed." 

 Loud Ninja Games headed up by designer Eli Arndt have released three new 15mm packs into the part of the range 'Wasteland and Mutants' on their page at 15mm.co.uk. They join not only the other packs in that part of the range but of course the Alien Encounters, Ikwen, Yandrassi and the Chuhuac with over thirty codes into total! Go HERE for the whole range and you can refine by search for only Wasteland packs if you wish. 

The three new packs are excellent for present day gangers, post apocalypse raiders, near future hunters and most anything else that needs weird and wonderful in 15mm scale. Highly detailed white metal miniatures sculpted by Eli Arndt. Here are the details. Go HERE


RAP030 Road Wardens 
This pack contains three different highly detailed 15mm scale white metal humans with pistols and a rifle all wearing light armour. Even in the wastes there are those who cannot abide evil. These brave men and women take up arms in the name of something more than simple survival and take to the roads dispensing justice. They are known by many titles but often go by a more classical, romantic title - Road Warden. All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases. 


RAP031 Rad Zombies 
This pack contains five different 15mm scale white metal radioactive zombies in various poses. Exposed bones, melting flesh and grinning skulls these are scary foes! In the wastelands and the ruins of the old world, there are those who have been so changed that even after death they continue to menace the living. Whether it is through strange energies, chemical cocktail or mutant virus, Rad Zombies now roam where man once dwelt seeking to feed their insatiable hunger. All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases. 


RAP032 Wasteland Raiders 
This pack contains nine different 15mm scale white humans in various poses. Crude weapons, scavenged firearms, punk style hair, rough clothing these are the guys that haunt the innocent in a nightmare future. In the shadow of the world before there are those who are so intent on survival that they leave behind all pretence of civility and community, choosing instead to make their fellow man their prey upon which they sustain themselves. Those who take to this life live as bandits, raiders, and much worse, banding together to use might to make their living as Wasteland Raiders. All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases. 





These new packs go excellently with the fearsome Terrorclopes and the helpful Wasteland Buddies as we as the not pictured here Mutants and Super Mutants in the range. RAP028 and RAP029 Sculpted by Eli Arndt and painted here by Sam Croes. Enjoy! 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Thursday, 21 January 2016

How to Build a Goblin Army in AoMaS by Andy Jefcoate

Welcome to the first article for Age of Might and Steel by Andy Jefcoate a great fan of 15mm fantasy wargaming and a good guy all around.  Andy has more articles to come which will feature on our blog but in this article he talks and shows how to assemble a Goblin Army for use in the game. 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.  Thanks.  GBS



How to build a Goblin Force for AoMaS 
using figures from the 15mm.co.uk ranges 

As a fan of fantasy wargaming my favourite scale is 15mm as it allows you to field impressive looking forces without taking up huge amounts of space and can also be achieved without considerable expense. Both of these things appeal to me! 


Over the last few years I've used the Age of Might and Steel (AoMaS) rules as they are quick to learn, fun to play and flexible enough to be used for games of a few units a side up to major battles of several hundred figures.  The rules are on the website as a paid for PDF download. The fantasy ranges at 15mm.co.uk cover all the unit types available with many of the monsters being interchangeable between armies. Since reading the Lord of the Rings as a child I've always had a soft spot for goblin wolf riders (someone has to) so the first force I decided to build was goblins. 

Basing 
For those of you who aren't familiar with the AoMaS rules, all the main units are made up of figure stands with a 40mm frontage. Infantry are based on 40mm x 20mm stands with 2 figures for light infantry or archers, and 3 for medium and heavy infantry. Cavalry are based on 40mm x 30mm stands with 2 figures for both light and heavy cavalry. Heroes are based on 25mm x 25mm stands although I generally use 25mm round stands to make them obvious and I like to use a bigger stand for the army general. Special stands such as war machines and monsters can be based as you like but I still use a 40mm frontage, with 30mm, 40mm and 60mm depth according to the size of the model.  Element Bases to use are HERE.

My Unit Choices 
It's no surprise that my first unit choice was wolf riders but they're a compulsory unit in any case. Using pack HOT5, you get 10 wolf riders in each pack which gives you 5 stands. 


I wanted a unit of 10 stands which would therefore need 2 packs. If you buy 3 identical packs you get a 10% discount (use the drop down menu on the product page and select three packs) which is excellent value, and in the end I bought 4 packs but more about that later. 


I then wanted some ordinary goblin warriors, which are medium infantry and the other compulsory unit choice. These are provided by pack HOT4 with 16 figures supplied per infantry pack. I wanted an 8 stand unit so 2 packs would give me the 24 figures I needed with a few left over. This gives you the units you must have (apart from heroes and magic users), so now you are free to choose units that match your playing style. 


I decided on some goblin archers to provide ranged attacks. These are supplied by pack HOT61, and as I wanted an 8 stand unit with archers based 2 to a stand I only needed 1 pack. As heavy infantry are a useful unit to have I wanted some goblin knights. These were supplied using pack HOT4A from the orc range. The more heavily armoured figures work nicely. I wanted a 9 stand unit to form an attack column so 2 packs supplied the 27 figures I needed with a few figures left over for unit leaders. 


For the final unit in my basic army I decided that I wanted some more wolf riders but this time I wanted mounted archers. Although there isn't a specific pack for these they are easily created using the regular wolf riders in pack HOT5 (I mentioned that I bought extra packs) with the riders clipped through at the waist and then another pack of goblin archers HOT61 also clipped through at the waist (but being careful to trim round the quiver). Please see the attached photo. Make sure that the 2 halves are trimmed to a flat edge and they glue together nicely. I wanted 6 stands so I still had some wolf riders left over for mounted characters. 


Choosing Special Stands 
In AoMaS you are allowed Special Stands in ratio to the number of units in your Army, and the ratio varies according to which Fantasy Race you are using. 

All armies must have a general. For my general I bought pack HOT3 which includes a goblin king with an axe along with bodyguards so job done! I put him on a 30mm x 30mm base to make him stand out. The kneeling warriors with spears were used as standard bearers for my units. I then based 3 wolf riders individually on 25mm round bases. 1 was painted as a magic user with the other 2 painted as heroes. 

To bolster the size of my archer unit and give some longer range shooting if I needed it I purchased a goblin bolt thrower pack HOT16. For my initial monster choices I bought 3 trolls using pack HOT3A. Trolls are supplied individually but again by buying 3 there was a 10% discount. Then I also bought a Manticore which are supplied singly in pack HOT28

Army Points 
The total APV of my goblin force is 430 which is a good size to start playing with. 

Tactical Lessons 
Heavy infantry are slow but solid in combat against all other units. They should anchor your line where needed. The medium infantry are faster and good at holding the line against other medium infantry or light troops. 

Archers provide ranged attacks but may not charge into combat so you need to be careful where you send them. They are useful for holding terrain features or objectives and move as light infantry so move quickly even in dense woods or rough terrain. Remember that war machines move as heavy infantry though so if you need your archers to move quickly don't attach a bolt thrower. 

As light cavalry the wolf riders are fast and can move around the flanks, but be wary of heavy cavalry. As a special rule wolf riders add +1 to their dice roles in combat but if you want to take on the heavies it wouldn't hurt to involve a hero in the combat as well. Of course if you can get in a sneaky flank charge that's even better. 

The wolf riders with bows cannot charge into combat due to being mounted archers but are useful to the flank or rear of the enemy. They can fire from a march column formation which can be particularly effective. 

The Trolls count as a stand each so can boost the size of units when attached, but the Manticore is the most effective when attached as it provides magical attacks giving you -1 on your base number. 

Conclusions 
After playing some initial games, this is a good all round starting force, but may not work with all scenarios. I plan to add an additional unit of wolf riders, heavy infantry and medium infantry to my collection in the near future. This will give me more tactical options when selecting a force. I've enjoyed the whole process of building and painting this army and although it isn't the toughest it's fun to play with and when all's said and done that's the most important thing for me. 

Thank you for reading. 

Andy

Friday, 15 January 2016

Age of Might and Steel 2nd Edition now a PDF Book!


 We are no longer supplying the excellent 15mm fantasy battle rules system Age of Might and Steel (AoMaS) as a printed book as the print run is now finished and we have other plans for this genre in 2016. But do not despair! This excellent and simple generic wargame rule book is now on our website and our blog as a 5.00USD download! 

THE AGE OF MIGHT AND STEEL -15MM FANTASY COMBAT RULES 

Have you ever wanted to field large fantasy armies with many blocks of infantry and cavalry with lots of monsters, artillery, heroes and magicians that looks great on the gaming table? Have you been put off by ever more complex rules and the need to spend many hours playing to get to the glory and thrill of victory? Then The Age of Might and Steel is the rules set for you! 

Play a full game inside an hour with 100-200 15mm Miniatures on the table. All the action played out using 1 six sided dice (1D6). Armies built from Units made up of Stands of several miniatures. Add Generals, Monsters, Magic Users, Heroes and more to your Units. BIG Fantasy Armies easily controlled ! The look of a complex battle without the headaches. Create original scenarios or use the included Points System and Army Lists. 

Combine Armies into Nations for even bigger games! For busy gamers who enjoy a rewardingly simple game that encourages tactics. This book contains all the rules you need to play, sheets of counters, army lists and also the "Elden of Groy" four scenario linked campaign to get you started. 

This Book is sold as a 5.00USD download PDF file by our online partners Oronjo. To make a purchase select the title you want from those on this page and then click 'Buy' where you see the blue icon. This will take you to the Oronjo payment gateway that links to Paypal. You can visit the page and use the blue icon to purchase the download on our website HERE

There are full content details of the book on that page. We have other downloads for purchase on a page of our blog which you can visit HERE. The entire range of USEME titles! 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Leonardo Da Vinci and his Tank in 15mm painted by Steve Dean

 
Our fantastic 15mm scale renaissance fantasy packs have been painted up by the multi-talented Steve Dean! Leonardo Da Vinci and his proposed design for a tank too. You can visit the original post on Steve's forums HERE. In this short article I have put up the images from that forum post for you to enjoy. 





Steve plays a lot of different periods and paints a huge array of different miniatures. His intention here is to add these to his fantasy armies in 15mm scale. To that end using his 'Bitz Box' he made some alterations to the standard miniatures and model. Da Vinci himself is mounted on a different horse to the one we supply and the Tank has a very nice and ornate top piece added. As well as this banner top piece the front of the tank has a crest added. It shows just what you can do with this model. Enjoy the pictures and thanks Steve! 



Above you can see our own version of the Tank and of the inventor, artist and great man himself too. These show what you will get (unpainted and unassembled) when you order the packs from us. Click on the links to HOT101 Da Vinci Tank and HOT102 Leonardo Da Vinci to go to our website. You can purchase one pack or click on the drop down menu to select 'buy three save 10%' option for more value! 

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS

Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Floating World of Lady Urokubi at Painting Agency Blog


Taking Sengoku 15mm Japanese Fantasy and turning it into a rather special piece of 15mm Science Fiction is the subject of the latest post for Allison M who runs the Painting Agency blog. As you can see the SGF23 Rokurokubi with Stretched Neck miniature sculpted by John Bell has undergone a real transformation (see it as it normally is below) becoming Lady Urokubi. You can see the blog post HERE. Excellent work! 

There are some forty poses in the Sengoku range which to my knowledge makes it the grandest 15mm mythic Japanese range out there in the world. There will be more miniatures for the range this year with a third wave added. In the meantime if you like Oni, Kappa, Tengu, School Girls, Goblins, Warriors, Spider Demons, Ghosts, Ghouls, Snake Monsters and more visit the range HERE

Thanks for Reading, 

GBS