Thursday, 18 August 2016

15mm Ion Age Universe range expands with Security Droids and Entertainers packs!

“Allow me to create a society around the Prydian Precinct.  One that exists with the threat of the Prydian Civil War within and the Shia Khan Empire without.  The people, the law, the machines and the creatures that populate the planets, the star ports, outposts and even the seedy bars where Retained Knights would fear to tread.”


Our last releases for August 2016. This month we add two more brand new packs to the growing range on The Ion Age sculpted by Dave Foley called the 15mm Ion Age Universe Characters.  It is my own and Mr Foley's intention to create a 15mm scale figure range that will allow you to get the 'people' of your wargaming on your table regardless of your setting. There were already five packs (twenty five different poses) in this range and now we present ten more original miniatures in two new packs: IAF120 Security Droids and IAF121 Entertainers.  Go HERE or read on.



IAF120 Security Droids
The sixth pack of 15mm characters in the Ion Age Universe range.  Droids do the dirty work that people don't want and even though they no longer have sentience since the Gurtan Activation they do have dense limited programming making them suitable for repetitive and dangerous jobs.  Personal and location security are such tasks and this often puts these droids in harms way. Sculpted by Dave Foley this pack contains five different 15mm scale white metal miniatures in the following poses.  Stocky and short announcer droid with stun prongs, a Human droid operator for complex tasks with harness, a light crowd directing droid, a heavy security 'bouncer' droid and lastly a high speed patrol security droid. These miniatures are great for any science fiction or suitable genre of wargaming in 15mm scale when you want something other than warfare or soldiers on your table.  As always this code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or select the three packs and save 10% options from the drop down menu on the page.  Go HERE.  Price 2.50GBP per pack.




IAF121 Entertainers 
The seventh pack of 15mm characters in the Ion Age Universe range.  On planets across the Precinct there are people who need to be entertained after a hard day of work or dangerous military roles and that becomes the paid for task of these musicians, singers and dancers.  Happy Burger gives you the eats and these entertainers give you the heats! Sculpted by Dave Foley this pack contains five different 15mm scale white metal miniatures in the following poses.  Male lead guitarist, female singer in dress, female singer in one piece waving, female singer swaying to music and lastly a male guitarist finger in the air. These miniatures are great for any science fiction or suitable genre of wargaming in 15mm scale when you want something other than warfare or soldiers on your table.  As always this code can be bought as a pack or as single miniatures or select the three packs and save 10% options  from the drop down menu on the page.  Go HERE.  Price 2.50GBP per pack.

If you like these character packs here are the details of the previous releases:


IAF108 Precinct Starport Staff
The fifth pack of 15mm characters in the Ion Age Universe range.  While the mighty vessels of the Prydian Army and the Marcher Barons sail the inky blackness they do have to dock somewhere as do far traders and civilians too.  There are many starports in the Precinct from the gigantic New Glastonbury Tor to the multitude of smaller and tiny ports scattered across the inhabited systems. These ports all require staff and some are better than others but all exist to serve the migrant populations that pass through their airlocks.   


IAF107 Precinct Far Traders
The fourth pack of 15mm characters in the Ion Age Universe range.  Far Traders operate within the outer parts of the Prydian Precinct but also beyond it interacting with Marcher Barons, rebels and even aliens all in the name of trade and profit.  Skilled and well armed they can be scouts, or carriers of passengers and deal in rare minerals or information.  These Far Traders are excellent civilians and rogues for your collection. 


IAF106 Precinct Dignitaries
The third pack of 15mm characters in the Ion Age Universe range.  Moving around the worlds of the Prydian Precinct are those who wish to conduct government work, to support those who need their views represented and to meet with each other to discuss high matters.  These Dignitaries are excellent civilian important persons for your collection. 


IAF105 Precinct Police
The second pack of 15mm characters in the Ion Age Universe range.  Precinct Police are the local law enforcement on the worlds and colonies of the civilised Prydian Precinct who try to maintain order without the use of deadly force if possible.  A first line of law and order. 


IAF104 Precinct Adventurers
The first pack of 15mm characters in the Ion Age Universe range at The Ion Age.  Precinct Adventurers are the kind of fellows you need in a scrap or to carry out some dangerous work in a place where the law is a little loose.  

Go HERE.


As it is our birthday month we have a great offer for you until month's end. The IAF028 Khamel Tracked Bike set is 25% off the pack of three miniatures (Bike with Rider, Bike alone and Rider on foot) and there is 25% off the Bike with Rider on its own for those wanting to build a big force!  As well as this we have recently committed to new molds for this code and when we did we added in a third weapon mount option!  Every bike supplied now comes with one of the following: A Moth Type 12, a Ron 32mm and now a Minstrel Taser too!  You can read the original release article on the blog HERE.  You need do nothing but add to your cart the special prices and new weapon is already there.

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Uniforms of the Prydian Precinct Poster released!

The Ion Age takes place in the Prydian Precinct and that is a region of space which sees its fair share of space opera warfare.  We have now added a new poster print to our webstore.  A  fantastic resource for fans of The Ion Age created for us with cooperation by Aris Kolehmainen over in the mighty USA...a poster of thirty uniform schemes for Muster, Retained and Desteria along with their titles from the Prydian Army to the Marcher Barons and the Condots along with many more.  Essential and already on my own wall!  Go HERE or read on.


Uniforms of the Prydian Precinct
From the Prydian Army to the Leagues of Yordan and Canlaster as well as system defence and mercenary companies too this poster gives you all their uniforms to use on your figures or just to put on your wall for inspiration as you plan your games.   Digitally drawn by Aris Kolehmainen this poster print was made locally here in Scotland on high quality 200gsm paper using rich inks.  Its a premium product to grace your wargaming walls with.  Bare or in a frame.  Supplied in a purpose designed postal mailing tube.  The image is exactly A3 size (300mm by 420mm) while the full post it sits on has a white framing border making the total dimensions 320mm by 450mm. As with all of our other products we offer you several purchase options.  You can purchase one poster print at a great price or three of the same one and automatically save 10% on screen. Go HERE.


Here is a list of the uniforms on the poster.  Some of these feature in Patrol Angis and in Callsign Taranis while others will fight the good fight in forthcoming articles and books:

1. Prydian Army
2. League of Canlaster
3. League of Yordan
4. The Quarrel Company
5. Barony of Castella
6. The Hotspurs Company
7. The Merfold Company
8. Barony of Malmesbury
9. League of Tilbury
10. The Rheged Company
11. The Sein Company
12. The Bezant Company
13. Fauconbergs Raiders
14. De Vere's Company
15. The Chard
16. Barony of Caerwent
17. The Gryllus Company 
18. Barony of Carhaix 
19. Barony of Messena
20. The Geolu Company
21. Towton System Defence
22. Blore System Defence
23. Barony of  Linnuis
24. The Flame Company
25. The Midnight Expanse
26. Barony of Caerleon 
27. The Barghest Company
28. The Hemlock Company
29. The Lindworm
30. The Naranga Company


We have two other poster prints which you can choose from and we will have more in coming months as well.  They are PIA001 Ylona of Prydia and PIA002 Gateway Nox.  Both super pieces of art, inventive and great for your wall. You can see our poster prints HERE.  


As it is our birthday month we have a great offer for you until month's end. The IAF028 Khamel Tracked Bike set is 25% off the pack of three miniatures (Bike with Rider, Bike alone and Rider on foot) and there is 25% off the Bike with Rider on its own for those wanting to build a big force!  As well as this we have recently committed to new molds for this code and when we did we added in a third weapon mount option!  Every bike supplied now comes with one of the following: A Moth Type 12, a Ron 32mm and now a Minstrel Taser too!  You can read the original release article on the blog HERE.  You need do nothing but add to your cart the special prices and new weapon is already there.

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Monday, 8 August 2016

Patrol Angis AAR by Rod Forehand

A little while ago my attention was drawn to an excellent AAR (After Action Report) written by an American IonFan and excellent chap Rod Forehand for his games and taken on Patrol Angis after he picked up the new larger format version of the core rulebook.  I have reproduced his entire blog post here after this introduction and you can see the original post and leave him a comment HERE.  If you like what you see and want to know more then visit our website HERE for the 15mm Publications page and links to free resources.  Thanks.  GBS

Rod's Mini Dream Worlds Blog
Just my little blog about wargaming, miniature painting, 
and dreaming up little alternate realities


Patrol Angis - An AAR and Thoughts on the Game
I have gotten several games of Patrol Angis played through now.  4 solo games and 1 with my buddy Darby using the miniatures from the starter set I bought a while back.  First I'll let you have a look at the game I played this evening.

Scenario:  The Prydian Forces (Red/White) are planning to break through a defensive position setup by the League of Yordan (Green/Yellow).


League of Yordan starting positions...





The Prydian Assault....


For the first turn of the scenario, I gave the Prydian forces the initiative.  They did a normal die roll to determine the number of activation tokens to be issued out to the two sides.  The Prydian forces move up one of their assault rifle teams and hit the enemy team on the hill.  The fire is devastating, killing over half the enemy team.  They fail morale and lost their activation token.  A good start for the Prydians!


The League of Yordan troops send in the Duxis battlesuits and hit the assault rifle team pretty hard. This takes up their one activation for the turn.  The Prydians had put 2 activations on their support weapon team, so they moved up and on the second activation hit the Duxis battlesuits managing to put down the suit with the howitzer.  Things are looking even better!


During the 2nd turn, using a their jump jets the Prydian close assault team gets in a close as they can to hit the support weapon team on the hill.  Sadly their fire is pretty ineffective (only 1 casualty) due to having to snap-shot on the run.


The 3rd turn is a hard swing in favor of the League.  They have too much fire power.  Especially with the Espaten team on the far hill.  The large mounted lasers rip the assault team to shreds leaving only 1 survivor.


The remaining Duxis have also been doing some cleanup work on their end.  Finishing off the Prydian support weapons team and the assault rifle team.


The Prydian leader calls for the retreat.


Meanwhile, the poor soldier left on the hill offers the enemy a chance of surrender...


Patrol Angis Thoughts...

I have to say I really like this game.  It definitely holds to it's claim of being a One-Hour Wargame.  The action is fast and brutal.  Cover is very important for survival, but it basically comes down to the fact that if you can shoot someone, they can shoot you back.  So if you don't like taking heavy casualties, this game will be tough  for you!

Another thing that's pretty important in this game is winning initiative.  Not only do you get an extra activation.  But you get to pick all the casualties that a both sides take during that turn.  As in the case of the first round when the Prydian support unit managed a total of 5 wounds on the 3 Duxis battlesuits.  Each Duxis has a total of 5 damage points it can take before being destroyed.  If the Yordan player had the initiative, they could have distributed the 5 wounds between the 3 Duxis figures and kept them all in action.  Instead the Prydian player had initiative and was able to put them all on one Duxis, and also picked the one with the indirect fire weapon (that ignores cover bonuses)!

There's quite a bit of flexibility in how you can create your forces.  It certainly lends itself to a space opera feel.  One thing I have noticed with the starter though, is that it's pretty easy for this game to get imbalanced.  5 games so far and the Prydians have lost every game.  I think I can even it up pretty soon with a few tweaks once I get some new troops painted up.  But the warning here is if you don't have friends that like a gentlemanly game, it could be very frustrating. I'm looking forward to tweaking my armies and getting some more games in.  I also picked up the new vehicle rules, Callsign Taranis, so I'm sure there will be some more heavy hitters appearing on the battlefield as well.

Have a good week friends!  Rod

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Year Three Collection Released!

Year Three Begins!  Now that our third year of The Ion Age is at a close its time to release the twelve monthly free miniatures as set which can be bought as a set or as singles.  From September 2015 to August 2016 each of the IMF 15mm scale code monthly free were given away with all orders month by month. So if you missed any or want more just check out the Year Three Collection now.  Its been added to a new page that also has the Year One Collection, the Year Two Collection and others things upon it as well as the current month's free miniature keeping the 'years collections' all in one place.  Go HERE or read on.


It has been a fun and challenging year for the tiny team that brings you The Ion Age (almost everything you see is myself and the awesome Sam Croes along with input from a few other designers such as Bob Naismith).  I am always grinning when working on this universe and the emails and comments of wargamers keep on telling me that we are doing the right things.   A small team here in Scotland that works hard following its own path for a massive vision of a far future space opera setting.  All of the money you spend with us creates honestly priced new miniatures from a team that loves wargaming.  That now said the 15mm range has over three hundred different sculpts spread across Retained, Desteria, Muster and Planetary Militia along with Shia Khan Legion, Nox, Pioneers, Maligs and Nox and more including the Prang and Ion Age civilians too.  We have about forty different vehicles and a range of buildings with two dozen different pieces.  We have Patrol Angis and Callsign Taranis too as our books.  We will keep on getting better!

So what is the Year Three Collection?  You can see it HERE. Here is a list of the miniatures by month in this collection:

IMP25 Muster "Cutter" Trooper (September 2015)
IMP26 Female Nox Trooper (October 2015)
IMP27 Florian Pumpkin Spore (November 2015)
IMP28 Missiletoe Claus (December 2015)
IMP29 Cold Climes PM Sergeant (January 2016)
IMP30 Xin Monkey Bot (February 2016)
IMP31 Padraig O'Malig (March 2016)
IMP32 Hand of the Duxis (Female Tech) (April 2016)
IMP33 Planetary Militia Female Officer (May 2016)
IMP34 Happy Burger Clownbot (June 2016)
IMP35 Cybernetic Retained Knight (July 2016)
IMP36 Prefecta Aimar of the Styx Legion (August 2016)

Each miniature is 0.60GBP or the whole set for 7.00GBP or you can purchase three sets and save 10% by selecting that option on the drop down product menu.  That is a very diverse collection of characters and fun 15mm miniatures.  Year Four will be full of promise and fun and the first miniatures which will become IMP37 to IMP40 are already designed...you will love them!


As it is our birthday month we have a great offer for you until month's end. The IAF028 Khamel Tracked Bike set is 25% off the pack of three miniatures (Bike with Rider, Bike alone and Rider on foot) and there is 25% off the Bike with Rider on its own for those wanting to build a big force!  As well as this we have recently committed to new molds for this code and when we did we added in a third weapon mount option!  Every bike supplied now comes with one of the following: A Moth Type 12, a Ron 32mm and now a Minstrel Taser too!  You can read the original release article on the blog HERE.  You need do nothing but add to your cart the special prices and new weapon is already there.

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Monday, 1 August 2016

IMP36 Prefecta Aimar of the Styx Legion free for all August 2016!

The Styx Legion is our name, our term, for the Shia Khan formation numbering we estimate in excess of ten thousand battle ready aliens holding key ground on Camarthen Prime.  Their glimmer suits are distinctive and deep red in colour trimmed with black fittings and while the majority of the Styx Legion seems to be composed of Legionaries armed with the Juno and Apollo weapon systems there are other troops in the ranks.  Be aware we do not count the Goblin Maligs in the total for this legion as there seems to be an inexhaustible supply of these foul creatures which are treated as entirely expendable.  Legion Prefecta's lead Pioneers as well as legionaries and have been seen in command of Warlords and other as yet uncategorised aliens and death machines.   It is the standing order to all Prydian troops to attempt to capture a Prefecta alive as up to this time we have been unsuccessful in doing so as they always fight to the death.
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 58, New Glastonbury, 4333 IC 


Did you enjoy July?  We did and if you missed the release of the Afara Strider you can see our first mecha on the link; it fits right into Callsign Taranis.  August is here and it is the anniversary of our third year in this new and improved Ion Age which means celebration.  We begin with the thirty sixth free monthly miniature and this time it is a 15mm Khanate Empire character the power sword armed Ordos (platoon) officer of the Legions.  It is free in every order every time all month before being retired. 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 next month.  It is the final member of the twelve of the now released 'Year Three Collection'.



IMP36 Prefecta Aimar of the Styx Legion is ideal to lead your forces on the table if you play as the Shia Khan Empire and like to collect Legionaries or Pioneers or even to command your Maligs.  This miniature is in one piece and stands approx 16mm tall.  We realise that some of you may wish to purchase the currently free miniature to get multiples of it without placing a lot of orders so you can do just that.  Go HERE.  There is a growing page on the Ion Age website where the current and all former IMP series free miniatures are shown so that you can see what came before.  Enjoy looking at them and go HERE


We ask you to sign up for a website account with us on your first order.  Why?  For one reason only. Not to send you emails (we never will.  If you want our emails sign up for our Mailchimp list on the right top of the blog) or to pester you; but only to keep track of the Reward Points that all orders with us earn.  Reward Points through our online partner Sloyalty which can be used once accumulated to get discounts or free stuff at any point in the future.  Learn more about this HERE.  Every order earns Reward Points!  Yes free extra value.  Part of our promise to keep the fun in wargaming.


This is our first article of the month and other events, releases, ideas and wargaming fun will occur across the month and they will all feature on our blog and in our emails.  If you are coming across this article later in the month or further into the future have a look at our blog and see what has been happening since.

This miniature is free in all orders until the early hours of the first of next month!

Thanks for reading.

GBS

Friday, 29 July 2016

IAF128 Arafa Strider three different 15mm mecha kits released!

“During his work on the Taranis main battle tank hulls chief engineer and guild master Ulus McTear allied himself with an up and coming younger woman who had come to work at the Targa work complexes on New Glastonbury.  Sally Bragan perfected the technology that would become known as the Bragan Memetic Neural Linkage system and this gained her entry into the same guild as McTear.  While arguing over the finer installation diagrams for the Bragan system, Ulus McTear had an idea that would give the armies of Prydia two new classes of war machine; the War Mecha and the Striders.  The ancient files from the Resource Wars of old Earth made mention of vehicles that walked on two legs and carried the fire power of the largest ground travelling war machines.  The GroatVey MkX HeavyIon Reasc Fusion Reactor had the power needed for a body frame some twenty to twenty five feet in height and by coupling them in pairs the reactors could also motivate a body frame over one hundred feet tall.  Revan Koore had perfected a gyroscope which would give balance and with Bragan's, linkage a pilot would be able to make his or her giant body respond to thought and become an extension of their own selves.  It took all the resources that the Targa works could provide and more than a year when with great fanfare the first Afara type Strider walked out of the fabricator yard on its own feet.

The Afara comes in three primary variants and these are the 26WA which has a centrally mounted Hermit 50mm Auto-Grenade Launcher as well as a Valerin 15Mw Laser Cannon on its arm while its other arm has a gauntlet for close combat and more delicate work.  The 26WB which has a Anda 60mm Missile Pod and an Angis 25mm AP Cannon and the 26WC boasts a 'Bladesman' load out with an Anda 60mm Missile Pod plus an Octa Powered Sword and a Shield.  The Strider has a similarity to the Duxis Battlesuit in its form it and it is a match for any light vehicle such as an Adder Combat Car and also some medium vehicles.  Since 4308 IC the Alfara has been in use by the Prydian Army and also the rebel leagues. Refer to other Auto-Trainer data swipes for additional technical and specialised information.  Restrictions for placement of pilots and training remain in effect as per Royal Decree in 4330 IC.”
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 58, New Glastonbury, 4334 IC 


Now on the website and our last release of the month!

The Afara is a light mecha cast entirely in high quality grey tone resin and supplied in three different kits.  It was designed by the awesome Sam Croes. These kits are easy to assemble from eight or nine pieces with a high degree of posing due to the sockets into which feet, legs and arms fit. Once assembled the Afara stands approx 55mm in height or about three times our typical human sized miniature. There are three variants under the code IAF128 each with its own battlefield role from troop support to anti-armour and close combat. 


Go HERE. Here is the information on each:


IAF128A Afara Strider 26WA 
One resin 15mm mecha kit for an Afara Strider armed with a Valerin 15Mw Laser Cannon arm and Anda 60mm Missile shoulder pod. 10.00GBP


IAF128B Afara Strider 26WC 
One resin 15mm mecha kit for an Afara Strider equipped for close combat with an Octa Sword, separate Shield and Anda 60mm Missile shoulder pod.  10.00GBP


IAF128C Afara Strider 26WB 
One resin 15mm mecha kit for an Afara Strider armed with a Bodkin Howitzer arm and Hermit 50mm Grenade Launcher shoulder pod.  10.00GBP

Go HERE.


The Afara Strider Diagrams
If you are a fan of The Ion Age and indeed science fiction warfare too (we really are!) you can click on the image above to bring it to its full A4 page size to see the Afara diagram and read the text too. This page fits in neatly with the Diagram Series pages for the Taranis super heavy main battle tanks which are to be found in the new Callsign Taranis expansion book to Patrol Angis.  You can find the game rules and statistics for the Afara in the Callsign Taranis book.


You only have a few days left to get IMP35 Cybernetic Retained Knight free in your order.  It will be retired and replaced on 1st August.  Free in every order and worth 0.60GBP it is a great bonus and fits into the collection of any wargamer who fields Retained Knights in Patrol Angis or elsewhere. Go HERE to read about this miniature in full.

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

August and Year Three is nearly here!

It is about to be that time of year again that sees The Ion Age celebrate another year, this time its third year, of being space opera awesome for wargamers.  My baby is now a toddler with its own game system and near one hundred and fifty codes of 15mm scale miniatures, vehicles and terrain.  We will continue to grow of course but each August an event occurs which many look forward to namely the release of the full year of IMP Monthly Miniatures from last summer to this summer.  From September 2015 to August 2016 the miniatures were given away free in every order and shortly you will be able to purchase them as singles or a set in the YOC3 Year Three Collection come the start of next week.  It will be on this page HERE along with the Year One and the Year Two collections.  Below is an image of the collection and read on to hear what else will be happening next month as part of the fun!

 
The Year Three Collection is a real doozy eh!  From the top left across and to the bottom right we have: Muster Cutter Trooper, Female Nox Trooper, Florian Pumpkin Spore, Missiletoe Claus, Cold Climes PM Sergeant, Xin Monkey Bot, Padraig O'Malig, Hand of the Duxis, Happy Burger Clownbot this months Cybernetic Retained Knight and then you can see...August 2016's brand new twelfth miniature IMP36 Prefecta Aimar of the Styx Legion!


In August we will be releasing two new packs of miniatures sculpted by Dave Foley into the Ion Age Universe of 15mm characters which you can see HERE on the website.  These will be a pack of five different Security Droids and a rocking pack of five different Entertainers which will be great for any setting from space port to cantina and city streets of the future too.  Early next month for these.


In August we will be adding to our Poster Prints range with a fantastic resource for fans of The Ion Age created for us with cooperation by Aris Kolehmainen over in the mighty USA...a poster of thirty uniform schemes for Muster, Retained and Desteria along with their titles from the Prydian Army to the Marcher Barons and the Condots along with many more.  Essential and already on my own wall!  You can see our poster prints HERE.  


As it is our 'birthday' we will be having a great month long offer and it will be all about the IAF028 Khamel Tracked Bike where there will be 25% off the pack of three miniatures (Bike with Rider, Bike alone and Rider on foot) and 25% off the Bike with Rider on its own for those wanting to build a big force! You will also get a third new weapon mount option too! You can see this pack HERE and the offer will begin 1st August 2016.

August is going to be awesome!

Thanks for Reading,

GBS