Wednesday, 2 September 2015

September's Special Mini From The Ion Age

Here we are in a new month with a new special figure being offered from the folks at The Ion Age. September brings the Muster Cutter Trooper. The Muster are the tough as nails, regular ground forces in the Ion Age and this special heavy weapon trooper stands out among them.

Like all of the special monthly miniatures, this one comes free with all orders through the month of September. It can also be purchased separately for those wanting just the miniatures or multiples. 

For more information on this and other Ion Age releases, head on over and read - HERE

Monday, 31 August 2015

ClearHorizon Miniatures releases the Apocalypse-Class Superheavy Tank

ClearHorizon Miniatures releases the Apocalypse-Class Superheavy Tank

Available now at:

 The Apocalypse-class superheavy tank is designed as a deep-space all-in-one peacekeeping solution.

The turret contains two high-wattage plasma cannons, auxiliary mini-gun, four AA/AT missile pods and a multi-spectral RADAR/LADAR sensor package.

The tank can use its four independently powered drive/track modules to raise or lower itself giving it a wide variety of capabilities.  Its troop compartment can carry up to eight fully armed and armored combat troops or six power-armored troops.

The Tank in the raised position

This is a 15mm scale multi-part resin kit.

The Apocalypse tank was sculpted Steve “Coolhand” Tyler.
Painted by Spaceman Spiff

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Rumblings in The Ion Age

News on Armor and New Releases

Some way cool news coming from the Ion Age.

Isn't all news from the Ion Age cool?

Yes, but this is extra cool.

This week, Gavin announced his upcoming heavy armor, the Taranis. Not only does this mean new models of even heavier Ion Age vehicles but it also means a new expansion for his rules set. To bring this to life, he has tapped into the talent of the legendary Bob Naismith.

While it is just beginning, we hope to see more of this project in coming weeks.

In the meantime, we have a splendid release for Ion Age fans - IAF080 SuperBlue Adder (1 Repulsar Vehicle Kit). This is a beefed up version of the Adder, equipped with enhanced armor and  beefed up gun.

A later addition to the wide and growing Adder series of light combat hulls the Type 07 SuperBlue was commissioned in 4312IC at the New Glastronbury Targa works with the express purpose of being the best of its peer group. This mission was largely successful due to the extra effort put into its construction the care and time over and above the norm. Four tons heavier than the regulation twenty standard of the Adder series it was given a smaller than usual and expensive construct of the Podkletnov Gravity Protective Scute (PGPS) repulsar drive making the Type 07 Adder very nimble at considerable cost. Titanium Alloy armour upped from 4mm to 7mm around the rigid fabricated frame increased survival rates against incoming projectile and energy based weaponry by more than forty percent. The Type 07A is armed with a Valerin MkII 15Mw Laser Cannon with doubled heat dissipation coils allowing a more rapid rate of sustained fire against armoured targets without the weight of ammunition storage. This makes it a lethal enemy for Battlesuits and other light vehicles. SuperBlue's are crewed by two with a driver and a gunner being the norm. There is space in the vehicle for two more regular equipped soldiers or up to four at a push. There are several more unusual variants of the SuperBlue including the artillery support, the 07B which has twin Anda 60mm Missile Pods and the 07C which mounts twin Moth 88 rotary cannons however the 07P is the most experimental. It mounts a temperamental Hermit 71mm rapid fire plasma cannon with the passenger compartment given over to equipment to deal with the strain of the weapon. The majority of the SuperBlue's in active service are deployed with regular Muster Regiments fighting across the Precinct and there are smaller numbers of the Type 07 present in the armouries of the Marcher Barons too. Diodine Sparrow of the Quarrel Company has four dozen at his personal command he rates them so highly and used them to great effect during the Campaign for the Hadadan Statues.

Academy Auto-Trainer Series 52, New Glastonbury, 4335IC

For full info on these or continuing updates on The Ion Age  read - HERE 

Monday, 24 August 2015

ClearHorizon Miniatures releases the Standard Colony Transport Conex

ClearHorizon Miniatures releases the Standard Colony Transport Conex

The Standard Colony Transport Conex©… perfect for populating everything from spaceports and colonies to industrial complexes!

Let CLEARHORIZON INTERSTELLAR TRANSPORT Handle all your transportation and storage needs!

Each Conex comes in three resin pieces, the middle and two ends, and can be combined to form larger conex boxes.

15mm Scale Multi-Part Resin Model

Available now for $5.99 at

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Leading Ladies

IAF076 Retained Lance Command Charlie released!

Gavin and the crew at The Ion Age continue to release the goods with yet another cool unit for their female retained. This month a cool leader unit to command the previous releases to this range. These warrior woman will mark your force in a glorious, characterful way. Even if you do not play The Ion Age universe, these are great Space Opera characters.

Read on to hear straight from Gavin, himself....

IAF076 Retained Lance Command Charlie
Five more brand new specialised poses in this code and all of them female to boot. Female Retained Knights to lead your lances. IAF076 contains 15mm scale white metal miniatures in female pattern Alwite powered armour in the following poses. A Banneret with Carnwennan Pistol and a Staff of her position, a Comms specialists with communication suite, a banner bearer to inspire, a medic with equipment and lastly a casualty resting in a sitting position which off sets nicely with the same kinds of poses in IAF004 and IAF014. All are without helmets so you can see their faces. Excellent on their own or for mixing into other Retained forces. 

Information Burst!
It is the middle of August 2015 and we have our second of three releases this month. Following up on the Year Two Collection at month's beginning we now have the long requested female command set for the Prydian Army and all your Marcher Barons and Condots too. Ain't they just lovely! Next week we have the anticipated up gunned and up armoured anti-gravity tank hunter variant of the Adder..the SuperBlue so if you are holding your Reward Points and are waiting for a new vehicle to use them on it will be next week. That will be the end of our releases for August. But there will be some mighty impressive things to follow don't you worry but more on that end of the month. I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments and emails about this months free monthly miniature IMP24 Planetary Militia Demolition Expert which as well as being a cool figure had it seems an excellent little story with it (see the blog post 1st August for this) too. Additionally if you have not already signed up for our Mailchimp mailing list you should (its the top right box on our blog home page and its free) as loyal IonFans who are on the list now have access to a ruddy good monthly deal only seen there that last month wore out some of our molds! Thanks for your custom and for the kind words about our products we do appreciate it. Finally remember that by placing an order with us you will sign up for an account with the website and that means you get Reward Points in all purchases and the free monthly miniature too. These points can be used any time to get free products and discounts on orders too. With The Ion Age its all good!

Thanks for Reading.


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Armies Army: Infantry again.

In April this year, Keith Armstrong of Armies Army announced that he was going to stop making 15mm infantry figures and concentrate solely on his excellent range of vehicles. 

Many people, myself included, were dismayed to see such a great range of miniatures 'taken off the shelf', but we were reassured when Keith said that they would be taken on by another company, and indeed, Brigade Models are now selling most of those figures.

So it will have come as a surprise to many when Keith declared that he has a new range of infantry miniatures. A range that went on sale earlier this week: the SKOV insurgents.

I was privileged to be sent some of them to paint before they went on sale, and was absolutely delighted with what arrived. The detail is remarkable, and the poses feel very natural, with much better proportions than his previous range. The figures are unarmoured as you would expect from this type of troop and with the exception of the commander, all wear ski masks/balaclavas. Weapons include assault rifles, SMGs, LMGs and RPGs.

So why has Keith decided to make infantry miniatures again? I'll let him explain:

"First question I normally get asked is - 'did you not stop making figures?' And the answer is yes.
Why did I stop? I was simply running out of 'hobby/business' time I had each week. I was working some silly hours with work and then having to come home and cast. So the grand plan was to sell the infantry and concentrate on the vehicles. Cunning plan...

...actually no, it was not.
My sales completely dropped I guess people want both figures and vehicles; a one stop shop :)
So that's why I decided to go at it again, however this time I'd do it properly.

One of the issues I had was the ad hoc growth and, to be frank, poor choices I made in mould layouts, pack options etc etc, and over the years I had lots of 'wish I'd done it like that' moments.

So that's what I did, I've started with the SKOV and I'll produce it in a more logical order. I'm also outsourcing the 'bulk' casting to a professional outlet and I'll continue to do the one off casts for varying vehicles. It means I make less per pack, however it also means that I have the time and I have hopefully re-opened my market!

I think that makes sense...

So with that in mind I have started off with the 'SKOV', a name that Harold Crossley suggested which I instantly loved. To many however they are still RUSKS, a name which I still own :)

I think the inspiration for them comes from the Ukraine war. Lots of rebel photos with balaclavas and AKs. They all seemed to have this look about them; covered in bandoleer a for AK magazines and menacing :)

The more I researched the more I found with Chechnya and other similar 'dirty' wars and thought yes, I want serving like that. So that's what I'm looking at, dirty colonial wars.

The SKOV will be the first line of a new series. I'm also looking at providing a Government force, who sponsor the SKOVs and a global international force somewhat akin to the UN. All of which are in progress :)

I'll keep you posted on some of these!

I've also got a couple of other rather juicy projects, a non SciFi project to be known as Armies Army Cold War 'Operation Frostbite'. As we are SciFi I'll say very little about this :)

I've also got another SciFi project. It's a little early to say too much, however it will be based around a very popular series of books. Full cooperation with the author and I'll be creating some rules, figures and vehicles for it. 
To be fair, my current and new stuff will coexist very nicely. I'll have some variations on given input from the author, however I'm really excited about it all."

My thanks to Keith for filling us in on what's afoot at Armies Army, and of course, for providing those superb figures!

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