The Ion Age and Alternative Armies have been separate entities since July of 2013. And that worked out for the last several years. However, as the ranges have grown, it's come to the point where it makes sense for the two to join forces once more. So that's what they're doing.
From the announcement:
Back in July 2013 I was given the chance to take what existed of the space opera setting of The Ion Age and develop it as a free standing entity apart from Alternative Armies. In the near five years since then I feel that the little team I assembled has achieved some great things including a 15mm range which went from some thirty poses to many hundreds of poses, new factions, many vehicles and a terrain range. There was also the three books of the Patrol Angis game system. We also had four years of monthly free special miniatures. All great stuff.The world changes as you all will know and I have reached an agreement with Alternative Armies to hand The Ion Age ranges back to the mother company. The reasons for this are several. Firstly the ranges have grown to a point where I no longer feel comfortable handling their expansion on my own. Secondly Alternative Armies has greater resources which I feel are needed as we continue onto a fourth book and more releases. Thirdly I realise that we are now in an age of social media (so much different from 2013) and that I am the public face of both Alternative Armies and The Ion Age; this tends to cause some confusion for gamers. With everything in one place this confusion vanishes and The Ion Age will be able also to take part in the big offers that Alternative Armies makes. Alternative Armies has increased its staff level and technical resources and is a very active company. It makes sense to have this return happen.Do not fret. There are no staff changes and no miniatures will disappear from production. Alternative Armies and The Ion Age operate out of the same office.