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RESIN HORSE GamesBy RESIN HORSE Games
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RESIN HORSE GamesBy RESIN HORSE Games
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What is Dark Skies?

Dark Skies is an aerial combat wargame. In each turn both players move their miniatures, perform manoeuvres and attack each other measuring and rolling the dice. 

The miniature’s stand allow the miniatures go up and down representing 3 altitude levels, each level have its advantages and disadvantages.

Altitude diagram.
Altitude diagram.

The miniatures are 1:72 (24mm) aircraft with ww1/ww2 aesthetics with a touch of fantasy, from light fighters to huge flying carriers. There are 6 factions: The Kingdom of England, the Germanic Empire, The American Alliance, the Russian Empire, the Gallic Duchy and the Foreign Legion (Mercenaries).

A Vikers Warfly prototype
A Vikers Warfly prototype

The miniatures will be made in resin, to keep the models highly detailed and light. All models will require assembly and are supplied un-painted, also every model will include a base and a telescopic stand.

Dark Skies' games can go from a small skirmish to gigantic battles with dozens of aircraft in each side, hunting down enemies in intense dogfights and bombing vital targets.

River Horse's Game Designer/Editor Andy Chambers (extensive works on Warhammer 40.000, Starship Troopers, Dust Tactics, Necromunda, etc.) will do a Final Edit on the Dark Skies rule set.

Andy Chambers.
Andy Chambers.

Goals

The Goal of this project is to create a fantastic air-combat wargame with 6 factions and dozens of models from light fighters to flying fortresses with unique scenery pieces and a fast paced and engaging gameplay. The world of Dark Skies is vast and compelling and we hope that we can launch this project with the support of the fans.

Rulebook Shot.
Rulebook Shot.
  • Rules Overview

This Video contains the most basic rules of Dark Skies movement and combat. The rules are highly simplified to explain easily the basic mechanics of the game. Usually, special rules and modifiers are applied and make the experience of Dark Skies more rich and fun!

Dark Skies is a fast paced wargame. Both players try to accomplish their missions while vanquish the opponent’s aircraft in a battlefield full of perils. In every turn, both players move their aircrafts through the game-board, perform manoeuvres and attack the enemy.


If you want to know more about Dark Skies rules and story, you can download our overview PDF at "updates" section or clicking HERE (o AQUÍ si lo quieres en español). An extended version is also available at the top of this home page. Just hit the banner which says "Rules preview".


The Starter Set

The Starter Set Box contains everything you need to start playing Dark Skies. Two starter armies of 4 aircraft each, a 180+ page Rulebook, 5 ten-sided dice and 4 Reference Cards.

Starter Set box.
Starter Set box.

The models within the box: The Kingdom of England army in the starter set is formed by 3 Vikers Speedfire and a Vikers Volcano and the Germanic Empire army is formed by 3 Foker D1 and a Foker Stuka.

Factions and aircrafts

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German Empire greens and concept.
German Empire greens and concept.

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Kingdom of England greens and concept.
Kingdom of England greens and concept.

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Russian Empire concepts.
Russian Empire concepts.

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Gallic Duchy concepts.
Gallic Duchy concepts.

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Cthulhu Creatures concepts.
Cthulhu Creatures concepts.

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Here is an example of Vikers Speedfire painted by computer with one of the schemes of the Kingdom of England. This may help you to get a better idea of how the game looks!

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The American Alliance

Concept Art for the American Alliance's models
Concept Art for the American Alliance's models

From the other side of the Atlantic Ocean the American Alliance transports endless armies in their Light Carriers to hunt Creatures wherever they are and to protect their land wherever they need to.

Speedfire painted.
Speedfire painted.

And here is a table-top painted Vikers Warfly:

A Vikers Warfly painted with regular brushes in just one sitting
A Vikers Warfly painted with regular brushes in just one sitting

Pledge Levels

Important: Factions included in the Starter Set (The Germanic Empire and the Kingdom of England) can not be changed. T-shirts are available in white, black and red (sizes from S to 4XL).

Fan pledge.
Fan pledge.

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Gamer pledge. (Retail price £30).
Gamer pledge. (Retail price £30).

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Lieutenant pledge. (Retail price £69).
Lieutenant pledge. (Retail price £69).

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Lieutenants' Battle pledge. (Retail price £138).
Lieutenants' Battle pledge. (Retail price £138).

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Captain pledge. (Retail price £105).
Captain pledge. (Retail price £105).

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Captains' Battle pledge. (Retail price £210).
Captains' Battle pledge. (Retail price £210).

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Total War pledge. (Retail price £420).
Total War pledge. (Retail price £420).

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Commander pledge. (Retail price £190).
Commander pledge. (Retail price £190).

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Commanders' Battle pledge. (Retail price £396).
Commanders' Battle pledge. (Retail price £396).

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Apocalypse pledge. (Retail price £792).
Apocalypse pledge. (Retail price £792).

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General pledge. (Retail price £250).
General pledge. (Retail price £250).

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Generals' Battle pledge. (Retail price £516).
Generals' Battle pledge. (Retail price £516).

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Air Ace pledge. (No retail price. Exclusive at Kickstarter).
Air Ace pledge. (No retail price. Exclusive at Kickstarter).

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Air Marshal pledge. (No retail price. Exclusive at Kickstarter).
Air Marshal pledge. (No retail price. Exclusive at Kickstarter).

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Fanzone

All backers that gain acces to the FANZONE will get the following perks:

  • Kickstarter Exclusive Miniature: Red Baron on Triplane.
  • 5 Dark Skies ten-sided exclusive dice.
  • One year subscription to the monthly fanzine of Resin Horse.
  • A “Thank You” note on Dark Skies Rulebook and all future perks unlocked...
Fanzone!
Fanzone!

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Notice: The Add On is available for all the pledge levels, so you can adapt and personalize your rewards!

Add On.
Add On.

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Kingdom of England (Black), Germanic Empire (Grey) and Russian Empire (White) Scales.
Kingdom of England (Black), Germanic Empire (Grey) and Russian Empire (White) Scales.

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Size comparison.
Size comparison.

Stretch Goals

Stretch goals.
Stretch goals.

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Risks and challenges

All line of production, suppliers and Resin Horse’s staff are ready to work fast and efficiently to deliver orders on time. Backers will be able to follow the progress step by step on our website. However, things out of our control could happen, in that case we will maintain the quality of the product and work twice harder to keep our schedule and deliver orders on time.

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    FAN: You'll recieve our eternal gratitude and a PDF download of the Dark Skies rulebook.

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    GAMER: Game manual PDF and a print of Dark Skies rulebook. Dark Skies T-Shirt.

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    LIEUTENANT: Game manual PDF and a Starter Set, which contains: "a print of Dark Skies rulebook, 3x Heavy Fighter and 1x Bomber" of each faction (Only available for Kingdom of England and Germanic Empire). Dark Skies T-Shirt.

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    CAPTAIN: Game manual PDF, a print of Dark Skies rulebook and a Combat Pack, which contains: "1x Fighter Aircraft set, 1x Heavy Fighter set and 1x Bomber set" of one faction. Dark Skies T-Shirt. Free shipping for EU, £9 rest of the world

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    LIEUTENANTS' BATTLE: Game manual PDF and 2x Starter Set. Each starter set contains: "a print of Dark Skies rulebook, 3x Heavy Fighter and 1x Bomber" of each faction (Only available for Kingdom of England and Germanic Empire). 2 Dark Skies T-Shirts. Free shipping for EU, £9 rest of the world

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    CAPTAINS' BATTLE: Game manual PDF, 2x print of Dark Skies rulebook and 2x Combat Pack of two different (or not) factions. Each Combat Pack contains: "1x Fighter Aircraft set, 1x Heavy Fighter set and 1x Bomber set" of one faction. 2 Dark Skies T-Shirts. Also gain access to the FANZONE! Free shipping for EU, £10 rest of the world

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    COMMANDER: Game manual PDF, 1x print of Dark Skies rulebook and 1x Battle Pack, which contains: "2x Fighter Aircraft set, 2x Heavy Fighter set, 1x Bomber set and 1x Commander Aircraft set" of one faction. Dark Skies T-Shirt. Also gain access to the FANZONE! Free shipping for EU, £10 rest of the world

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    GENERAL: Game manual PDF, 1x print of Dark Skies rulebook and 1x Total War Pack, which contains: "2x Fighter Aircraft set, 2x Heavy Fighter set, 2x Bomber set and 2x Commander Aircraft set" of one faction. Dark Skies T-Shirt. Also gain access to the FANZONE! Free shipping for EU, £12 rest of the world

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    TOTAL WAR: Game manual PDF, 4x print of Dark Skies rulebook and 4x Combat Pack, which contains: "1x Fighter Aircraft set, 1x Heavy Fighter set and 1x Bomber set" of one faction. Dark Skies T-Shirt. Access to the fanzone with 4 copies of the exclusive miniature. Free shipping worldwide

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    COMMANDERS' BATTLE: Game manual PDF, 2x print of Dark Skies rulebook and 2x Battle Pack of two different (or not) factions. Each Battle Pack contains: "2x Fighter Aircraft set, 2x Heavy Fighter set, 1x Bomber set and 1x Commander Aircraft set" of one faction. 2 Dark Skies T-Shirts. Also gain access to the FANZONE! Free shipping for EU, £12 rest of the world

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    GENERALS' BATTLE: Game manual PDF, 2x print of Dark Skies rulebook and 2x Total War Pack of two different (or not) factions. Each Total War Pack contains: "2x Fighter Aircraft set, 2x Heavy Fighter set, 2x Bomber set and 2x Commander Aircraft set" of one faction. 2 Dark Skies T-Shirts .Also gain access to the FANZONE! Free shipping for EU, £14 rest of the world

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    APOCALYPSE: Game manual PDF, 4x print of Dark Skies rulebook and 4x Battle Pack, which contains: "2x Fighter Aircraft set, 2x Heavy Fighter set, 1x Bomber set and 1x Commander Aircraft set" of one faction. Dark Skies T-Shirt. Also gain access to the FANZONE with 4 copies of the exclusive miniature. Free shipping worldwide

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    AIR ACE: Game manual PDF, 1x print of Dark Skies rulebook and 1x Total War Pack, which contains: "2x Fighter Aircraft set, 2x Heavy Fighter set, 2x Bomber set and 2x Commander Aircraft set" of one faction. Dark Skies T-Shirt. Also gain access to the FANZONE! Every miniature will be painted by the Resin Horse's painting studio. Free shipping worldwide.

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    AIR MARSHAL: Game manual PDF, 1x print of Dark Skies rulebook and 1x Total War Pack, which contains: "2x Fighter Aircraft set, 2x Heavy Fighter set, 2x Bomber set and 2x Commander Aircraft set" of one faction. Dark Skies T-Shirt. Also gain access to the FANZONE! Co-design a special character for the rulebook. Free shipping worldwide.

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