Check the "Updates" section for the VERY latest!
May 06, 2014
The first stretch goal has been reached! The Venturian Kh'Lrion/Kh'Lrian APC/IFV is now unlocked and available as an option when deciding which vehicles to choose as your reward. It is also available as an add-on, in case you want just one or two more...
Next up in the stretch goals are the Venturian Lift Infantry. If we can bust that goal then not only will they be unlocked as an add-on, but everyone who has pledged at the Company Commander level and above will receive a free Command Vehicle for their chosen force, as well as a free Venturian Officer figure. Who doesn't like free stuff?
May 01, 2014
Just 7 days to go... If you haven't been checking out the updates section here is what you've missed about the stretch goals:
And here are some new Freebies that are attainable:
April 17/23, 2014
The initial campaign has funded! A big THANK YOU to all of you supporters who have pledged! We really appreciate it and can't wait to get these fine models into your hands!
Now the march on the stretch goals begins! Our first stretch goal is to unlock the Venturian Kh'Lrian APC/IFV as an option for you to choose as part of your base pledge, so you would then have 3 different vehicles to pick from.
This model will be 5 resin parts (2 tracks, hull, and 2 different turrets) and very easy to assemble.
With the Scorpion and the Kh'Erian/Kh'Erasin funded, they will now also become available as add-ons.
About Darkest Star Games
Hi there! We just wanted to let you know a little bit about us before we get started here.
Darkest Star Games is a tiny company that was founded just over 2 years ago by purchasing the 6mm scale "Dark Star" science fiction miniatures line from Adler Miniatures. Since then, we have embarked on creating new 15mm sci-fi figure lines as well as up-scaling the 6mm "Dark Star" line to 15mm scale. Producing high quality miniatures has been our focus, slowing our release schedule much more than we like, and we are really hoping that this Kickstarter will give the boost the "Dark Star" line needs to allow for more frequent releases and to get more high quality science fiction models and miniatures into your hands for you to game with, or just admire.
The primary project of this Kickstarter is 2 armored vehicle miniatures that will be produced with resin hulls and turrets with additional parts in metal.
The Scorpion is a wheeled Light Armored Combat Vehicle (LACV) used by Federation second line troops and allied nations. It is quick, maneuverable, and is capable of accepting several types of main weapons with only slight modification. The standard Scorpion utilizes a 150mm cannon that primarily fires chemically propelled rounds (CPR). For this Kickstarter, we are also including a 40mm autocannon, rail gun and plasma cannon, as well as the distinctive bustle racks for the 2 types or armaments. This kit will have 2 resin parts (hull and turret) and 16 metal parts (8 wheels, 4 guns, storage rack, TC hatch, 2 bustle racks).
The Scorpion has already been designed, printed, and had a small number of pre-production models made.
The Kh'Erian (East Wind) Main Battle Tank is the mainstay of Regular Venturian ground forces and client states. It's low ground pressure rating allows it to be highly mobile on even the worst battlefields, and it's continuous single-piece polymer-mesh track system is quickly and easily repaired in the field with only raw material and a pair of common tools. Like the Scorpion, the Kh'Erian is armed with a 150mm CPR type cannon. For this Kickstarter we are including a second type of turret with a heavy plasma cannon with each model! This kit will be 5 resin pieces (hull, left and right track assemblies, 2 turrets) and very quick and easy to put together. This model has yet to be 3d printed.
All 15mm "Dark Star" line vehicles are designed by Darby Eckles.
Should these 2 vehicles be funded we have additional unlocks ready and waiting, as you'll see below!
Goals and Rewards
Here's the plan:
"Options" are items that can selected as art of your base pledge, while "Add-ons" can be purchased as items in addition to your base pledge. "Freebies" are items that will be given to backers that have pledged the Company Commander level or higher when those stretch goals are unlocked.
For each unlock achieved the delivery date for all rewards will be extended by 30 days. But deliveries will begin as soon as orders are filled.
If you would like any of the following add-ons, be sure to adjust your pledges accordingly! More images of these vehicles can be found on our website at www.DarkestStarGames.com.
The Talin is the companion IFV/APC to the Scorpion, operating together as cavalry troops/platoons.
The Puma is the Federation's top tier high-tech Low Orbital Drop Assault Vehicle, Grav Infantry Fighting Vehicle used to assault beachheads and bring a platoon of troops directly into hot landing zones.
The Venturian's response to the Puma is the S'orhan LODAV GIFV. Though not as large as the Puma, the S'orhan is equipped with better active defenses and passive screens.
The Scorpion wheeled Light Armored Combat Vehicle is a mainstay of Federation light forces and client states. Highly flexible and easily modified and maintained.
The Kh'Eraian/Kh'Erasin Main Battle Tanks can be found in every Venturian ground force unit, making it the most often deployed combatant encountered by Federation forces.
Driving Venturian troops to the fight is the job of the Kh'Lrion APC while Kh'Lrian IFVs send more destructive protective fires overhead. Often formed into platoons of 4, a single unit can deliver a 33 man plactoon directly into combat.
The following pledge levels are available for you to take part in:
Tank Driver- you are a wonderful person for this small donation and we really appreciate your aid in expanding 15mm sci-fi offerings for one and all!
Tank Commander- you will receive 1 vehicle of your choice from the available options, and have access to add-ons. US shipping is included. Estimated delivery: July 2014. Add $5 USD to ship outside the US.
Section Leader- You will receive 3 vehicles of the same type of your choice from the available options, and have access to add-ons, US Shipping is included.Estimated delivery: July 2014. Add $5 USD to ship outside the US.
Platoon Commander- you will receive 4 vehicles of the same type of your choice from the available options, and have access to add-ons. US shipping is included.Estimated delivery: July 2014. Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
Company Commander- you will receive 4 vehicles of the same type of your choice, an additional 4 vehicles of the same type of your choice (for 8 vehicles total) all from the available options, have access to add-ons, AND receive any FREEBIES unlocked. US shipping is included.Estimated delivery: July 2014. Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
Battalion Commander- you will receive 4 of EACH type of vehicle unlocked, including new faction vehicles (potentially more than 40 individual models), have access to add-ons, receive any FREEBIES unlocked, AND name one of the new faction vehicle types. (The name must be within good taste and agreed upon by both the pledging party and Darkest Star Games). US shipping is included. Estimated delivery: July 2014. Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.
Only 8 available
*Note: should the new factions not be unlocked during this campaign, pledging at this level will still entitle you to name one of the new faction vehicle types when they are released at a later date.
Invasion Commander- you will receive 4 of EACH type of vehicle unlocked, including new faction vehicles (potentially more than 40 individual models), have access to add-ons, receive DOUBLE any FREEBIES unlocked, AND NAME one of the new factions (the name must be within good taste and agreed upon by both the pledging party and Darkest Star Games), as well as participating in the DESIGN of future ground troops for the chosen new faction and receiving 10 squads of these troops. US shipping is included. Estimated delivery: July 2014. Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.
Only 2 available!
*Note: should the new factions not be unlocked during this campaign, pledging at this level will still entitle you to name one of the new factions and aid in he design of the factions figures when they are to be released at a later date.
Risks and challenges
Being a small company we rely on outside services for some of the production of our miniatures, specifically those made of resin. There is always the possibility of delays in producing a high volume of multi-part kits but we endeavor to stick not only to our production schedule by utilizing multiple molds but also to maintain the high quality of product for which we are becoming known.
Should any delays occur everyone will be informed as soon as the delays become apparent and he best solution for getting back on track will be implemented. The resin caster we are associated with is very experienced, professional, and has a long track record of delivering high quality product on time, and we have the utmost faith in their abilities.
Shipping might be the only other bottleneck in the process. However, rather than waiting for ALL product to be finished before any shipping begins we will be shipping out orders as they are filled. If part of an individual's pledge is filled before the remainder then we will wait to ship until the total order is ready. This means that some people may receive their orders before others, but we shall do our best to ensure that all orders are filled and shipped before our expected delivery date.
Thank you for your support!
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