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ACW is a 28mm miniature wargame where impossible science collides with ancient magics on the fields of the American Civil War.

ACW is a 28mm miniature wargame where impossible science collides with ancient magics on the fields of the American Civil War. Read More
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About this project

Para ver toda la información en español, visita nuestra web: http://ghosttraingames.com/es/kickstarter/

Starter Sets have increased their number of models during this campaign. If you see any discrepancies between campaign text and Pledge Levels, trust the text.

Check out our official site at http://ghosttraingames.com/

Alternative Civil War is a 28mm scale miniature skirmish wargame set in an alternate background where impossible science collides with ancient magics and weird beings clash with courageous soldiers on the American Civil War battlegrounds.”

This is a skirmish game of metal miniatures of the finest quality cast by the best professionals in the industry. The game ranges from 6 to 16 models per side. The rules are easy but with a deep tactical component, using one or two 20 sided dice to resolve the actions in a single roll. An elegant system of alternating activations will keep both players on the edge, avoiding long waits while your opponent finishes his turn and creating a swift and dynamic battle.

The game incorporates the mechanism of a Tactical Impulse Pool: a limited resource that will grant you benefits such re-rolling, gaining additional Impulses or activate skills. Players will wonder where and when commit their resources.

The game is designed for scenarios where flexibility and adaptation are key, and it’s designed for both competitive and casual gameplay.

Rule-set and Models stats are free to download! Go check them.

All miniatures are made of white metal and come unpainted. Assembly required.

In 1811, Tenkswatawa and his Confederacy of Natives defeated the US forces led by William Henry Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe. Fueled by this victory, their influence spread among the other tribes like wildfire.

By 1818, Spain has reclaimed La Florida using it as a stronghold for his new territorial claims over the southern North America. 

Several years later, President Jackson's Act of Removal failed due the bloody opposition of the Confederacy of Natives and the Five Civilized Tribes, the tribes that most adapted the costumes of the colonist, now turned against them.

The French-British siege of Sebastopol in 1855 fails, giving continuity to the Crimean War until the present day. A few years later the first Russian warships land into Alaskian ports, extending the Crimean conflict to the Canadian-Northamerican border.

Ending a decade of national sociopolitical and religious struggle, Mexico self-proclaims the New Aztlan Empire in 1859, reviving the Old Gods and commencing the reconquest of their ancient territories.

The notorious inventor Professor Hector Stockburn officially signs on with the Federal Government as Chief of the War Department’s ultra-secret War Science Bureau. In utmost secrecy, the Franklin Experimental Brigade is created. Down South, wealthy and influential gentlemen learn of Dr. Atticus Weintraub and after assuring his loyalty to their cause, they offer to secretly provide funding and support for his private experimentation in military science…

Stress between North and South in the United States grows with the years. In April 1861 Confederate forces bombard Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The American Civil War starts.

In November 1861, a British ship transports Southern diplomatics to England and Europe in the search of much needed support to their cause. By the name of RMS Trent, this ship leaves the Spanish port of La Habana escorted by a Spanish warship. The USS San Jacinto intercepts the British ship at the Bahamas Channel, trying unsuccessfully to to turn back by threat of force. Finally, the Federal ship takes over the Trent and sinks the Spanish escort that tried to protect it. Justifying her action as a response to the Trent Affair, Spain declares war upon both the United States and the recently seceded Confederacy, reclaiming the Spanish former territories of Louisiana and the Caribbean Gulf.

Seeing this white men's infighting as an omen of the arrival of the time for war, Tenkswatawa the Prophet - kept alive by his powerful medicine - Calls his Confederacy of Natives to the Warpath. The Five Civilized Tribes don't support them openly, although small bands of warriors join the skirmishes.

By the end of 1861, the conflict is more than simply an American Civil War...

This is but a brief view of our alternate history. For a extended reading, please visit http://ghosttraingames.com/the-game/the-background/

In this campaign we're launching the four starting factions: North, South, Spain and Natives. Upon a high success, a fifth will be unlocked: Aztlan Empire.

Below you can check out the Starter Sets corresponding to each Faction. Upon a successful funding of this project you will receive a survey asking for your Starter choices: you can mix those as you like. In example, with your four Starter Set options, you can get one of four different factions, two US and two Natives, one Spain and three CSA, or whatever combination fits you.

KS exclusive Starter Sets contain 9 Infantry sized models or 6 Infantry sized and 1 Large sized model. You can also add individual models from the Starters to your pledge as Add-ons, check the corresponding section for that. Be aware the Large models (Class C) you can add to your pledge levels are also Add-ons, thus can be chosen with Miniature Bundles.

All backers of any level will be listed in the rule book thanking their contribution.

Click here for a playlist with 360º views of these models.
Click here for a playlist with 360º views of these models.
                          

 ACW models compared to other miniature ranges:

Most of these pledge levels have a limited EARLY version, allowing you to get the same rewards with a lower pledge.

Each Token & dice Set includes 24 customized tokens and 2 20-sided dices.

Below are additional miniatures and items that you can add on to your pledge. You can add selected Add-on(s) total to your final pledge amount and after the Kickstarter ends you will receive a survey to let us know the exact details of what you want. 

Remember you can add these extras to your pledge even before achieving our goal, thus contributing to the completion of this campaign.

If you want to add an Add-on to your pledge, you must include its cost to your pledge by clicking on the Button called MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE (at the top of this page) and then add the required amount. 

Unless otherwise stated, all prices include shipping if you have pledged PRIVATE or higher. In any case, we will do our best to keep any shipping cost to a minimum.

 If you want to improve a Faction you're pledging for with one of these Bundles, you can request to change the Character models for models equivalent from the same Faction.

Ghost Train Games is a very dedicated Spanish studio, a rising effort that assembles enthusiastic and creative gamers with decades of accumulated experience. Being long term war gamers on both board and computer games, we have collaborated with some famous wargaming companies, giving us Organized Play, Beta-testing and Store & Distribution experience.

We have prepared this Kickstarter project for two full years working with top artists and suppliers, a team with quality design and testing experience in the miniatures and digital war game industry.

We strive to win fans and make friends who join us in our fascinating world. We want you to experience the same passion, fun and emotion playing as we do creating the games.

We need your support and funding to produce ACW as we envision it.  Our experience, your help and the passion of all of us can achieve a completely developed Alternative Civil War game.

 Help us to make this possible. Be part of the history. Pledge in our campaign.

Risks and challenges

North and South starter sets have been sculpted and will go directly into production once the Kickstarter campaign successfully funds. We expect minimal delays with those starters but please keep in mind that additional models unlocked we will need to be sculpted and produced before delivering. We have concepts and draws for every unlocked model done, so delay in beginning sculpting will be minimal. Almost every model from Spain and Natives still need to be sculpted.

Our team is experienced in logistics and manufacturing. We will be committed to delivering for you with all our energy.

We have set up a delivery date that has plenty of room for unexpected issues that may come up in the casting and/or shipping process. We have been growing our team of freelancers to stay on top for our sculpting schedule.

We will keep you informed each step of the way as we progress. We’ll use all the communication media available: our newsletter, official forums (we are setting them), Kickstarter, Twitter and Facebook.

Albeit miniatures will be produced on different dates we will ship only when they all are ready, so expect all your deliveries at the same time. Exceptions to this are products different to miniatures and painting pledges. Please be aware painting pledges need additional processing, thus they might be delivered later.

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Rewards

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.68 USD

    SCOUT (approx. US$1,64 / 1,2€) - Our deepest thanks!
    This pledge rewards you with access to the add-ons and a FREE PDF artbook with exclusive content. Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles.
    All backers this level and above will be honored as contributors in the rulebook and website.

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    36 backers
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    Pledge £28 or more About $47 USD

    PRIVATE (approx. US$47 / 34€) - ONE Starter Set of your choice! You will receive 1 Starter of this faction containing 5-6 premium miniatures including their Model Profile Card AND one FREE PDF Artbook with exclusive content PLUS any aplicable STRETCH Unlocked.
    Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

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    9 backers
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    Pledge £55 or more About $92 USD

    EARLY SERGEANT (approx. US$92 / 69€) - TWO Starter Sets of your choice! You will receive 1 Starter of these factions containing 5-6 premium miniatures each, including their Model Profile Card, one FREE PDF Artbook with exclusive content AND TWO Token & Dice Set (containing 24 tokens + 2 d20 dice each Set) PLUS any aplicable STRETCH Unlocked.
    Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

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    Limited 33 backers
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    Pledge £60 or more About $101 USD

    SERGEANT (approx. US$101 / 73€) - TWO Starter Sets of your choice! You will receive 1 Starter of these factions containing 5-6 premium miniatures each, including their Model Profile Card, one FREE PDF Artbook with exclusive content AND TWO Token & Dice Set (containing 24 tokens + 2 d20 dice each Set) PLUS any aplicable STRETCH Unlocked.
    Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

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    1 backer
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    Pledge £89 or more About $150 USD

    ORDNANCE SERGEANT (US$150 / 108€) - Two-Player Starter Box! You will receive TWO Faction Bundles of your choice (containing 12 Infantry + 1 Large premium miniatures or 10 Infantry + 2 Large premium miniatures each, including their Model Profile Card), one FREE PDF Artbook with exclusive content, TWO Token & Dice Set (containing 24 tokens + 2 d20 dice each Set) AND one PRINTED Rulebook PLUS any aplicable STRETCH Unlocked.
    Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

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    6 backers
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    Pledge £108 or more About $182 USD

    EARLY LIEUTENANT (approx. US$182 / 131€) - FOUR Starter Sets of your choice! You will receive 1 Starter of these factions containing 5-6 premium miniatures each, including their Model Profile Card, one FREE PDF Artbook with exclusive content AND FOUR Token & Dice Set (containing 24 tokens + 2 d20 dice each Set) PLUS any aplicable STRETCH Unlocked.
    Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

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    Limited 22 backers
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    Pledge £118 or more About $198 USD

    LIEUTENANT (approx. US$198 / 143€) - FOUR Starter Sets of your choice! You will receive 1 Starter of these factions containing 5-6 premium miniatures each, including their Model Profile Card, one FREE PDF Artbook with exclusive content AND FOUR Token & Dice Set (containing 24 tokens + 2 d20 dice each Set) PLUS any aplicable STRETCH Unlocked.
    Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

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    0 backers
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    Pledge £169 or more About $284 USD

    FIRST LIEUTENANT (US$285 / 205€) - Four-Player Starter Box! You will receive FOUR Faction Bundles of your choice (containing 12 Infantry + 1 Large premium miniatures or 10 Infantry + 2 Large premium miniatures each, including their Model Profile Card), one FREE PDF Artbook with exclusive content, FOUR Token & Dice Set (containing 24 tokens + 2 d20 dice each Set) AND one PRINTED Rulebook PLUS any aplicable STRETCH Unlocked.
    Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

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    5 backers
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    Pledge £210 or more About $353 USD

    EARLY CAPTAIN (approx. US$353 / 255€) - EIGHT Starter Sets of your choice! You will receive 1 Starter of these factions containing 5-6 premium miniatures each, including their Model Profile Card, one FREE PDF Artbook with exclusive content AND EIGHT Token & Dice Set (containing 24 tokens + 2 d20 dice each Set) PLUS any aplicable STRETCH Unlocked.
    Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

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    Limited 1 backer
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    Pledge £230 or more About $387 USD

    CAPTAIN (approx. US$387 / 279€) - EIGHT Starter Sets of your choice! You will receive 1 Starter of these factions containing 5-6 premium miniatures each, including their Model Profile Card, one FREE PDF Artbook with exclusive content AND EIGHT Token & Dice Set (containing 24 tokens + 2 d20 dice each Set) PLUS any aplicable STRETCH Unlocked.
    Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

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    0 backers
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    Pledge £450 or more About $756 USD

    MILITARY INTELLIGENCE (approx. US$757 / 547€) - Play the first! You obtain 1 of EVERYTHING of EVERY faction + 1 of each Unaligned Models unlocked by this campaign, one FREE PDF Artbook with exclusive content AND TWO Token & Dice Set (containing 24 tokens + 2 d20 dice each Set).
    ADDITIONALLY, you will participate with Ghost Train Games as active BETATESTER, granting you early access to model's beta rules, exclusive betatesting forums and your own banner. We will receive your feedback first hand and pay close attention to your gaming experience.
    Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

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    Limited 1 backer
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    Pledge £1,200 or more About $2,017 USD

    TURNING POINT (approx. US$2017 / 1458€) - Create your own! You obtain 1 of EVERYTHING of EVERY faction + 1 of each Unaligned Models unlocked by this campaign, one FREE PDF Artbook with exclusive content AND TWO Token & Dice Set (containing 24 tokens + 2 d20 dice each Set).
    ADDITIONALLY, you will collaborate with us in the CREATION OF ONE MODEL of your own design (that fits our background), unique or depicting an historical character. This can be a completely original character, an avatar of yourself or one of your own ancestors that proudly participated in the real ACW. The Backer will receive the first 10 casted copies of this model, one of them studio-quality painted. GTG retains full rights over the model and its commercialization.
    Also, you will receive one digital copy of our free to download Ruleset and Model Profiles. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

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Funding period

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