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A range of 32mm mechs and post-apoc miniatures plus a skirmish game for them, set in the US deserts of the 22nd century.
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You can buy just ONE model if you want! Pledge at the £1 'Freelance' level and then add on the value of any model or scenery item/s you want to your pledge total! Every item is individually priced below so you can order EXACTLY what you want!

NEW SCENERY BUNDLES ADDED! Scroll down to see awesome post-apoc scenery - If you JUST want scenery you can purchase these as add-ons with no need to buy ANYTHING else!

A 32mm scale miniatures range and skirmish game of mechs, mercenaries and money in the desert wastelands of the near future...

Armoured Syndicate is a miniatures range, a compelling sci-fi story and a tabletop skirmish game developed over three years of hard work and creativity. Featuring a range of high-quality super-detailed 32mm scale resin miniatures and scenery the game is set in the deserts of the western and southern US around 100 years in the future.

Featuring top-quality resin miniatures and game-play written by Mark Latham, designer of 'Legends of the old west', 'The Walking Dead' and other massive games as well as editor of the Marvel Universe Miniatures Game, Sedition Wars and many others.

By backing this campaign you can get the full range of exciting miniatures, access to the beta rules for the game (and a chance to help develop them) and a range of brand new resin scenery elements to build your game around.

You can pledge to receive a few miniatures, one full faction of characters or both factions and all the scenery to make a full self-contained game. We are also offering EVERY item in the campaign as an add-on meaning you can pledge at the £1 level and then simply buy the EXACT models/scenic items you want!

If this campaign is successful then we will be launching a beautiful hard-copy rule-book with masses of background art, back-story for the characters and at least one complete new faction for the game around the end of this year. Backers of this first campaign will automatically get access to a massively discounted version of the hard-copy rule-book!

Our proposed timeline will see this campaign begin fulfillment within 2-3 months and then the full glossy rule-book and complete boxed game launched in a second campaign at the end of this year. We then have plans for 2 further factions and numerous new models to further expand the game and the miniatures range...

We will also be releasing the rules in German from the outset:

Die Regeln werden sowohl in Deutscher als auch Englischer Fassung für alle Sets angeboten.

http://armouredsyndicate.de/

By the dawn of the 22nd century it was clear that power had shifted. For decades the mega-corps had been buying up land, acquiring military tech companies and taking control of the media outlets and web feeds. By the time the governments realised what was happening, it was already too late...

Ravaged by global warming most of the western and southern US has been abandoned and is now a vast swathe of desert, inhabited only by the most hardened nomads and prospectors and patrolled by the mechanical henchmen of the corporate land-owners.

Politics and law have fallen by the wayside as the corporations tightened their grip and now, money is the only true source of power. Unchecked and unhindered the giant corporations soon went from board-room negotiations to high-tech warfare to expand their empires and fatten their wallets.

Whilst the larger corporations use high-tech mechs and drones to fight over land and resources the more resourceful small businesses and less scrupulous individuals try to make a fast buck from the fall-out. Wandering gangs of mercenaries offer their services to protect the few farmers and miners who still cling on to small properties in this new 'wild' west.

Armoured Syndicate features a deep and continually expanding back-story crafted over several years with the help of numerous scenic artists, character artists and comic artists. In the run-up to this campaign we have created a comic entitled 'The Offer' which introduces some of the key characters in the game. You can read the story so far on our website HERE and all backers will receive a digital copy of the rest of the comic later this summer.

Armoured Syndicate is a small-scale skirmish game, focussed on specific characters, that can be played with as few as three or four miniatures per side.

Backers of this first campaign will receive the beta-rules for the Armoured Syndicate game which are being written by world-renowned games-designer Mark Latham.

In addition to traditional combat mechanics between the human and robotic characters, there is also a unique 'cash-flow' element to the game. With a central 'bank' that can be drawn upon for loans or remote actions such as airstrikes and remote-hacks against your opponents and your own 'balance-sheet' which gives you the choice to bribe your opponents into switching sides, buy more armaments and invest what you have won.

The winner is determined by the player with the highest value of banked assets at the end of the game so, killing your opponents isn't always the best way to win. frying your opponents mech with an EMP grenade will certainly reduce their asset value, but hacking it and persuading it that you're it's mom and making it follow you home would be FAR more profitable for you!

From the very start of this project we wanted to be able to show the quality of the miniatures and wanted to establish the range before launching a game. The first Armoured Syndicate miniatures went on sale to the public at the very start of 2015 and over 250 have already been sold. 

Designed and sculpted by some of the most talented digital miniature sculptors in the UK the models are unique, characterful and highly detailed. Manufactured from high quality resin in Europe our miniatures are of a quality and detail level normally found in 'boutique' miniatures of nearly double the price.

Every model and accessory is individually priced below in £UK Pounds with an estimated $US dollar price below it (the price includes postage) because we believe in giving YOU the choice to buy exactly what you want from this campaign. You can add any item to any pledge level by simply adding the amount listed by that item to your selected pledge.

This campaign sees the launch of the first two factions in the Armoured Syndicate universe plus a few 'Independent' models that can be added to any faction.

'Cuervos Muertos' (the 'Dead Crows') are a mercenary gang who work out of Mexico and into the southern US. Hardened by years in the desert wilderness and carrying the physical and mental scars of their ongoing struggle against the corporations, these are passionate and committed fighters, loyal to their comrades to the bitter end.

 

 

 

 

Dromeda Corp was formed in the 2030's when the world's largest tech company was purchased by the world's most popular search engine. In 2122 Dromeda were the first company to execute a 'hostile take-over' when they used over 30 large military mechs to seize control of a solar power plant in New Mexico. This open military action against another company opened the floodgates and triggered the start of what has come to be known as the 'corp-wars'. Dromeda now own much of Nevada and swathes of land down almost as far as Mexico where their expansion seems to be unstoppable.

Adhering to a strict hierarchy under the shadowy and reclusive 'Chief Executive' Dromeda's executives and robot enforcers are ruthless, efficient and exceptionally disciplined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These models are independent on any corporation or gang and can be taken by any faction. 

 

 

More to come in the Stretch Goals!

In addition to the character miniatures we are also manufacturing a range of scenery and accessories to accompany the game. Like the miniatures these can all be added to any pledge for the price shown next to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More to come in the Stretch Goals!

We have tried to cater for both gamers and miniature painters/collectors in the way we have organised the pledge levels. Having been frustrated ourselves in the past with campaigns that force you to buy a whole army just to get the one miniature you want, we have added the £1 'Freelance' pledge level which gives you the digital rule book for the game PLUS access to add any models or accessories you wish from the above lists.

Remember: ALL pledge levels include exclusive access to order the hard-copy rule-book at a massively discounted price later this year!

Here are the pledge levels and what you get with each one:

 'Freelance' Includes:

  • Digital copy of BETA game rule book.
  • Digital copy of 'The Offer' 11-page comic.
  • + Access to buy any items from the campaign as an add-on.

'Assistant' Includes:  

  • Digital copies of the BETA rule-book + 'The Offer' comic.
  • Any 3 human-sized (£7.00 priced) models of your choice.
  • + Access to buy any items from the campaign as an add-on.

'Executive' Includes:

  • Digital copies of the BETA rule-book + 'The Offer' comic.
  • 3 X 'Talon' drone miniatures.
  • 2 X 'Suit' miniatures.
  • 1 X 'Executive 42' miniature.
  • 1 X Executive 76 miniature.
  • 1 X 'Pinstripe' miniature.
  • + Access to buy any items from the campaign as an add-on.

'Mercenary' Includes:  

  • Digital copies of the BETA rule-book + 'The Offer' comic.  
  • 1 X 'El Toro' mech miniature.
  • 1 X 'Maria + Chico' pair of miniatures.
  • 1 X 'Jose' miniature.
  • 1 X 'El Loco' miniature.
  • + Access to buy any items from the campaign as an add-on.

'Landlord' Includes:  

  • Digital copies of the BETA rule-book + 'The Offer' comic.  
  • 2 X Shipping container scenery models
  • 2 X Drinks vending machine scenery models
  • 3 X Crates scenic accessory sets
  • + Access to buy any items from the campaign as an add-on.

 'Manager' Includes:  

  • Digital copies of the BETA rule-book + 'The Offer' comic.  
  • ALL 'Cuervos Muertos' miniatures from the 'Mercenary' pledge level.
  • ALL 'Dromeda Corp' miniatures from the 'Executive' pledge level.
  • 1 X pack of 2 X S445 Service Bot miniatures with accessories.
  • + Access to buy any items from the campaign as an add-on.

'Chief Executive' Includes:  

  • Digital copies of the BETA rule-book + 'The Offer' comic.  
  • ALL 'Cuervos Muertos' miniatures from the 'Mercenary' pledge level.
  • ALL 'Dromeda Corp' miniatures from the 'Executive' pledge level. 
  • ALL scenery models from the 'Landlord' pledge level
  • 2 X packs of 2 X S445 Service Bot miniatures with accessories.
  • 1 X EXTRA vending machine model.
  • 1 X EXTRA crates scenic accessory pack.  
  • + Access to buy any items from the campaign as an add-on.

'Captain of Industry' Includes:  

  • Digital copies of the BETA rule-book + 'The Offer' comic. 
  • ALL 'Cuervos Muertos' miniatures from the 'Mercenary' pledge level. 
  • ALL 'Dromeda Corp' miniatures from the 'Executive' pledge level. 
  • ALL scenery models from the 'Landlord' pledge level 
  • 2 X packs of 2 X S445 Service Bot miniatures with accessories. 
  • 1 X EXTRA vending machine model. 
  • 1 X EXTRA crates scenic accessory pack. 
  • 1 X 'Tarantula' large mech model.
  • 1 X 'RoRo Rabbit' large mech model.
  • 2 X EtchMaster sheets of your choice.
  •  + Access to buy any items from the campaign as an add-on.

Of course if we exceed our funding target we have a HOST of awesome new models, scenery items and accessories that we will be adding to the campaign. Follow us through the stretch-goal list as we unlock each new item!

Once a stretch goal item is unlocked it will be added to the list of models/accessories above so it can be added to your pledge. as well as being listed here.

 

When we hit £4000 (just £200 over 100%) we will unlock the awesome 'RoRo Rabbit' miniature. RoRo was the star of Dromeda Entertainment's most popular cartoon and the 12ft tall robotic effigy of the cheerful but accident prone rabbit was the star of Dromeda's 'RoRo World' theme park in California. In 2104 the park was shut down and abandoned (as much of the western US was) and the robotic characters left to rot. After 20 years pandering to screaming children RoRo went mad and broke free from the park. He is now said to roam the desert wilderness, hunting humans and scavenging spares and energy from dead mechs. "Don't go out after dark, make sure you are in bed on time" they tell the children... "Or RoRo will come for you!"

When we hit £5000 funded we will unlock a custom sheet of our awesome 'Etch-Master' photo-etched brass scenic details designed and made especially for Armoured Syndicate. We have been designing and selling these sheets for a few years now and they are great for adding signage, razor wire and other super-fine details to your scenery and models. This sheet includes Dromeda signage, a 'Bennys Bar' sign and some rusty metal strips, razor wire and other elements to make your character bases and scenery looks AWESOME!

When we hit £7000 funded we will unlock an alternate version of our awesome multi-part resin shipping container kits! These have a window/vending hatch on one side (with separate shutters/doors) that can be used to turn your shipping containers into seedy bars, fast-food stands or weapon shops to add even more character and interest to your post-apoc gaming board!

If we hit £8000 funded then we unlock the next new miniature... Pedro 'Speedy' Gonzalez. Pedro was a street kid in Mexico City, he lost his legs in an accident at the age of 12 and was 'adopted' by Jose and the Cuervos Muertos gang who were able to get him some prosthetics on the black market. His new legs, meant originally for disabled athletes, allow him to run at up to 30mph, dodging across the battlefield faster than even most mechs can manage. He is a mechanic, a grease monkey, no happier than when he has something in pieces in the dirt and is figuring out how to put it back together. Equipped with his massive power-wrench he can repair (or sabotage) mechs faster than anyone.

MORE STRETCH GOALS TO BE REVEALED SOON!

We have tried to keep shipping costs as low as possible and a nominal shipping charge will be added to your pledge level (depending on your location) when you pledge. A small shipping charge is included in the individual prices for all items as add-ons to avoid having to charge additional postage for these after the campaign.

Reward selection and surveys will be carried out through Backerkit and all rewards will be shipped by our professional shipping/handling company here in the UK.

We estimate shipping of rewards MAY begin within 3 months of the end of the campaign however we have allowed a 6-month delivery window to be sure to avoid disappointment.

 A huge number of very talented artists and designers have been involved with the Armoured Syndicate project development over the last three years. We'd very much like to thank everyone who has been part of the project so far and look forward to continuing the work as the game expands and new models and art are created!

The team so far includes:

Ben Jarvis:  Creator of Armoured Syndicate and owner of Megaton Games Ltd.

Mark Latham:  Writer/Editor of some of the biggest and most popular games of recent years and creator of the Armoured Syndicate rules. 

Fil Dunn:  Well known mech designer and modeller, Fil has designed and sculpted the awesome 'El Toro' mech for us and provided some brilliant ideas for the game as well.

Thomas Lishman:  Tom has done a world-class job digitally sculpting all of the human (and some of the mechanical) characters for the miniatures range so far.

Frazer Barnard: Digital sculptor responsible for the incredible 'RoRo Rabbit' miniature (our first stretch-goal model!)

Dave Boydell: Awesome sculptor and digital artist responsible for the Suit, Pinstripe and Talon miniatures.

Rik Hoskin: Rik has expertly headed up the Comic art team recruiting the rest of the world-class team and overseeing the project for us as well as writing the brilliant story.

Tom Crielly:  Tom has been responsible for the drawings in our comic as well as providing us beautiful character art for our stretch-goal characters. 

Tom Garcia:  Tom G has been colourist for the comic and has totally nailed the retro-but-gritty look we were after.

Simon Bowland:  Simon has used his many years of expertise to do all the lettering for our awesome comic.

We'd also like to thank our awesome friends in the miniatures/painting and gaming community for their support including: Sam at BigComicPage, the staff at Figure Painter Magazine, Ronnie at Mantic for his endless free advice and suggestions, all our friends from Platoon Britannica and the awesome Jason at FigureMentors.com.

Risks and challenges

This will be our sixth crowd-funding campaign as well as having provided products for/assisted with numerous other campaigns for UK games and miniature companies small and large.

We have learnt first hand the lessons and pitfalls of crowd-funding and are now confident in our ability to successfully create and fulfill this campaign.

Some of the key issues we have considered include:

1: Sculpting and mould-making costs of creating a new miniatures range. This is why we have already launched around half the models offered and have already had most of the remainder sculpted and moulded already. 90% of the items offered in the campaign are already at a point where they can be mass-produced immediately.

2: Supply of a large quantity of miniatures. Whilst we have so far only been dealing with orders of up to 50 of any miniature at a time we have considered the possibility that this campaign could be very successful and made sure our supplier is ready to deal with much larger orders. We currently work with three UK or EU based resin casting companies and have confirmed capacity to fulfill orders of thousands of miniatures if required within the stated delivery dates.

3: Complexity and workload of packing and fulfillment. This has proven a very time-consuming task with past projects so this time we are handing all picking, packing and shipping to a trusted local logistics firm who we have been working with for over a year now and who we are confident can complete fulfillment for us rapidly and efficiently.

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