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Darklands is a world of war and brutality without end, the world of darkness we inherited - and one that you can help bring to life!

Painted Miniature, Cosplay, Updated Kindred Musters

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As we've said before, Darklands: a World of War is now totally fulfilled - but we've still got stuff to show you from this project, not the least of which are painted miniatures and the latest kindred musters. We also have something special for you this week - the very first Darklands cosplayer!

So this week we have:

  • news of the project's fulfilment;
  • images of painted miniatures from Sébastien Picque;
  • Jennifer, the first Darklands cosplayer;
  • UPDATED downloads for the current QuickStarter Rules, Muster Rules and Kindred Musters, including the new kindreds of the Atalantes, Érainn and Jutes;
  • anything else you can expect from us over the next few months.

Here we go!

We're slowly painting up all of the miniatures from Darklands: a World of War, and whilst we're prioritising painting the new releases to come from Darklands: First Edition we can still get a few done from here over time.

Thus, both Sébastien Picque and Martin Grandbarbe are hard at work, painting miniatures from this project, although we only have something from Martin to show this week...!

Carrowek of Carn Dhu, War-Drune on Drune-Horse was the first miniature sculpted for this project, if our memory serves us correctly, so it's been a good long wait to see him painted by ourselves. Sébastien Picque has certainly pulled him off in style though!

There's still plenty of miniatures yet to be painted from this project, so keep your eyes peeled for those in the future!

It had to happen eventually... and we are very thankful that it did! The very first Darklands cosplayer is here!

A long time backer, Richard from France, sent us this image of Jennifer who, we're sure you'll all agree, bears a striking resemblance to our lovely lady Leofwen of Dēra. We particularly like the Great Hart's ears, they are so life-like, but her banner and sword are also excellently imagined!

We do hope that this starts a spate of Darklands cosplaying... send your pictures in folks!

Darklands: a World of War is now completely fulfilled!

All of the QuickStarter Rulebooks have now been shipped, as have all the miniatures; and we do hope that this project has, at the very least, met your expectations, if not blown you away with the quality of our miniatures, customer service and the rules themselves of course.

None of the awesome miniatures we have produced (nor the QuickStarter Rules) could have existed without you guys, all of you that backed this project in early 2013.

So it has to be said - THANK YOU- to each and every one of you, because without you, it's very doubtful Darklands and Mierce Miniatures would be where we are today. That's why you're mentioned on the inside back cover of the Darklands QuickStarter Rulebook if you backed this project, so look out for that when you get your copy!

I don't have a QuickStarter Rulebook! I want one! How do I get it?

If you want to get your hands on an awesome copy of the printed QuickStarter Rules, just pop on to the Mierce Miniatures website and order one.

Here's the link: Darklands QuickStarter Rulebook

You can of course download a printable version, but printed rules are never the same. If you're interested in Darklands, get a copy!

I've not received my QuickStarter Rulebook! Help!

If you feel your order hasn't been fulfilled in some way, please contact us and we'll sort everything out for you! This is particularly true for those backers who have moved, for we have had a few QuickStarter Rulebooks returned. We've messaged them, of course, but life moves on and it may be that those messages are not getting through.

Either way, just contact us and we'll sort it!

What happens with this project now?

As long as Kickstarter lives this project will serve to inform everybody about what this project did and what was produced, of course, but even though there's nothing left to fulfil, we'll still update this project now and again with images of painted miniatures from this project, or perhaps news about Mierce Miniatures and upcoming projects.

So there'll still be a reason to visit!

Darklands is a tabletop skirmish wargame in which you command the hosts of man and beast that your ancestors once did for glory, power or simple survival!

To play Darklands with our fantastic range of miniatures, you need rules of course - and whilst the full Darklands: First Edition rulebook is not yet available until later on in 2014, you can still play the game with our Darklands QuickStarter Rules, which you can download right here or purchase from the webstore!

As well as the QuickStarter Rules, you'll also need the Muster Rules (which show you how to build a host) and the various Kindred Musters (which give you all the warrior profiles for every single miniature we have produced or will produce).

The Darklands QuickStarter Rules are a simplified version of the forthcoming Darklands: First Edition rules that will allow the keen wargamer to play a very basic version of Darklands easily and long before the full rules are released.

As such, wargamers must understand that - whilst the basic procedures of how to play Darklands are presented here (such as how to move your units and fight with them, as well as shoot the enemy and invoke sorcery) there will be much more to those procedures within the full rules as well as much else besides.

Until the creation of the Darklands: First Edition Rules, the QuickStarter Rules will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

The current PDF version of the Darklands QuickStarter Rules - v10.6 can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

DARKLANDS QUICKSTARTER RULES v10.6

We would recommend - especially if you are familiar with those previous versions of the QuickStarter Rules - to have a good read through; and also please check out the Mierce Miniatures forum, in particular the "Darklands Rules Discussion" section and the "Observations from a first read" thread...

Purchase the printed QuickStarter Rules!

The http://www.mierce-miniatures.com/index.php?act=pro&pre=mrm_dkl_bok_rul_001_qst_pbk" target="_blank">QuickStarter Rulebook has been lovingly printed in A5 format which you can purchase from our website!

Downloadable Printed QuickStarter Rules

We now have a low-res version of the Darklands QuickStarter Rules for you to download and peruse (and maybe even print) at your leisure. We must warn you, though - it's a very large file, over 280Mb! Something to download overnight, we think.

Click to download the print version
Click to download the print version

Don't forget, you can still purchase the Darklands QuickStarter Rules from our webstore!

Updated on the 17th of October

To play a game of Darklands, a player must choose a kindred or realm they like and a general from its muster. Then an opponent with a host must be found and a battle size agreed upon. Both players then spend their gold wisely to muster their host and ultimately meet upon the battlefield!

The Darklands Muster Rules govern how you build a host for Darklands from the various Kindred Musters and will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

The updated PDF version of the Darklands Muster Rules - v2.4 can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

DARKLANDS MUSTER RULES v2.4

Changes from the last version:

  • there is now an additional battle size, Cataclysm, which enables you to play Darklands battles of 5,000 gold to 9,999 gold size
  • rules covering the mustering of nobles within a command have been added. Whilst this was always possible, it is now explicit
  • Rare Ubiquity Limits have been changed somewhat, reducing the possibility of encountering nasty monstrous beasts or powerful warlords in smaller battles
  • Cataclysm Ubiquity Limits have been added
  • Allies have been updated to reflect the addition of the Atalantes, Érainn and Jute kindreds

These Muster Rules also include the most recent, updated rules regarding hosts, units and warriors as listed in the QuickStarter Rules.

Updated on the 31st of October

A Kindred Muster, what we call an army list, gives you the blocks to build a host of a particular kindred or realm for Darklands. It includes all of the different unit types available to you as a general wishing to create an army, in the shape of warrior profiles.

The kindred musters given below include most (if not all) of the warriors unlocked by our projects so you can check exactly what you're getting for your money in game terms. Again, the Kindred Musters will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

Bear in mind, however, that any new profiles are only partially playtested (if at all) - expect changes and feel free to give us feedback on the Mierce forums. Check them out for some awesome new warriors, however!

Musters in BOLD CAPITALS have been updated on the date stated above.

General changes from the last versions:

  • we have increased the attack dice of quite a lot of warriors, but of note are the infantry; we felt that they were not doing enough for their gold, so we increased the attack dice of a standard human infantry warrior to 3, those with a great weapon 2 and those with two weapons 4. This has sometimes increased the gold cost of the more powerful infantry warriors, but not always. Some monstrous infantry have also changed, usually an increase of 1 attack die. Warlords and warchiefs follow on from there.

We promise to get the Sell-Swords muster sorted as soon as possible... honest.

There'll be more Kindred Muster updates soon! No doubt there'll be a few errors or typos - feel free to tell us about them on our forums. That's what many of you already do, and it helps Darklands greatly!

Pronunciation

Upon each profile is a handy pronunciation guide (based on the Wikipedia Pronunciation Respelling Key) under the warrior's title and, at the bottom of each profile, a suggestion on which miniature from our range to use as that warrior on the battlefield.

That's it for this week guys and gals - check back some other time for more Mierceday action on here!

Darklands: a World of War is Fulfilled!

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With our latest amazing Kickstarter project - Darklands: New Kindreds - just finished this Monday just gone, it's time to turn our attention back to this, our very first Kickstarter project - and we have excellent (if a little sad) news for you all... because Darklands: a World of War is now totally fulfilled!

So let's go into a little more detail about the project's fulfilment, and show you some lovely painted miniatures too among other things.

This week we have:

  • news of the project's fulfilment;
  • images of painted miniatures from Martin Grandbarbe;
  • UPDATED downloads for the current QuickStarter Rules, Muster Rules and Kindred Musters, including the new kindreds of the Atalantes, Érainn and Jutes;
  • anything else you can expect from us over the next few months.

Here we go!

We're slowly painting up all of the miniatures from Darklands: a World of War, and whilst we're prioritising painting the new releases to come from Darklands: First Edition we can still get a few done from here over time.

Thus, both Sébastien Picque and Martin Grandbarbe are hard at work, painting miniatures from this project, although we only have something from Martin to show this week...!

The Angelcynn Wælwulf Thegn Cearl is a lovely miniature, sculpted by Benoît Cosse from artwork by Christophe Madura.

He has turned out brilliant in our eyes - Martin Grandbarbe is a master at skin colours and Cearl really shows this off!

Well, that's it, everyone. It is both an excellent day and a sad day; Darklands: a World of War is now completely fulfilled!

All of the QuickStarter Rulebooks have now been shipped, as have all the miniatures; and we do hope that this project has, at the very least, met your expectations, if not blown you away with the quality of our miniatures, customer service and the rules themselves of course.

None of the awesome miniatures we have produced (nor the QuickStarter Rules) could have existed without you guys, all of you that backed this project in early 2013.

So it has to be said -

THANK YOU

to each and every one of you, because without you, it's very doubtful Darklands and Mierce Miniatures would be where we are today.  That's why you're mentioned on the inside back cover of the Darklands QuickStarter Rulebook, so look out for that when you get your copy!

I don't have a QuickStarter Rulebook! I want one! How do I get it?

If you want to get your hands on an awesome copy of the printed QuickStarter Rules, just pop on to the Mierce Miniatures website and order one.

Here's the link: Darklands QuickStarter Rulebook

You can of course download a printable version, but printed rules are never the same. If you're interested in Darklands, get a copy!

I've not received my QuickStarter Rulebook! Help!

If you feel your order hasn't been fulfilled in some way, please contact us and we'll sort everything out for you! This is particularly true for those backers who have moved, for we have had a few QuickStarter Rulebooks returned. We've messaged them, of course, but life moves on and it may be that those messages are not getting through.

Either way, just contact us and we'll sort it!

What happens with this project now?

As long as Kickstarter lives this project will serve to inform everybody about what this project did and what was produced, of course, but even though there's nothing left to fulfil, we'll still update this project now and again with images of painted miniatures from this project, or perhaps news about Mierce Miniatures and upcoming projects.

So there'll still be a reason to visit!

Darklands is a tabletop skirmish wargame in which you command the hosts of man and beast that your ancestors once did for glory, power or simple survival!

To play Darklands with our fantastic range of miniatures, you need rules of course - and whilst the full Darklands: First Edition rulebook is not yet available until later on in 2014, you can still play the game with our Darklands QuickStarter Rules, which you can download right here or purchase from the webstore!

As well as the QuickStarter Rules, you'll also need the Muster Rules (which show you how to build a host) and the various Kindred Musters (which give you all the warrior profiles for every single miniature we have produced or will produce).

The Darklands QuickStarter Rules are a simplified version of the forthcoming Darklands: First Edition rules that will allow the keen wargamer to play a very basic version of Darklands easily and long before the full rules are released.

As such, wargamers must understand that - whilst the basic procedures of how to play Darklands are presented here (such as how to move your units and fight with them, as well as shoot the enemy and invoke sorcery) there will be much more to those procedures within the full rules as well as much else besides.

Until the creation of the Darklands: First Edition Rules, the QuickStarter Rules will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

The current PDF version of the Darklands QuickStarter Rules - v10.6 can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

DARKLANDS QUICKSTARTER RULES v10.6

We would recommend - especially if you are familiar with those previous versions of the QuickStarter Rules - to have a good read through; and also please check out the Mierce Miniatures forum, in particular the "Darklands Rules Discussion" section and the "Observations from a first read" thread...

Purchase the printed QuickStarter Rules!

The QuickStarter Rulebook has been lovingly printed in A5 format which you can purchase from our website!

Downloadable Printed QuickStarter Rules

We now have a low-res version of the Darklands QuickStarter Rules for you to download and peruse (and maybe even print) at your leisure. We must warn you, though - it's a very large file, over 280Mb! Something to download overnight, we think.

Click to download the print version
Click to download the print version

Don't forget, you can still purchase the Darklands QuickStarter Rules from our webstore!

Updated on the 17th of October

To play a game of Darklands, a player must choose a kindred or realm they like and a general from its muster. Then an opponent with a host must be found and a battle size agreed upon. Both players then spend their gold wisely to muster their host and ultimately meet upon the battlefield!

The Darklands Muster Rules govern how you build a host for Darklands from the various Kindred Musters and will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

The updated PDF version of the Darklands Muster Rules - v2.4 can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

DARKLANDS MUSTER RULES v2.4

Changes from the last version:

  • there is now an additional battle size, Cataclysm, which enables you to play Darklands battles of 5,000 gold to 9,999 gold size
  • rules covering the mustering of nobles within a command have been added. Whilst this was always possible, it is now explicit
  • Rare Ubiquity Limits have been changed somewhat, reducing the possibility of encountering nasty monstrous beasts or powerful warlords in smaller battles
  • Cataclysm Ubiquity Limits have been added
  • Allies have been updated to reflect the addition of the Atalantes, Érainn and Jute kindreds

These Muster Rules also include the most recent, updated rules regarding hosts, units and warriors as listed in the QuickStarter Rules.

Updated on the 17th of October

A Kindred Muster, what we call an army list, gives you the blocks to build a host of a particular kindred or realm for Darklands. It includes all of the different unit types available to you as a general wishing to create an army, in the shape of warrior profiles.

The kindred musters given below include most (if not all) of the warriors unlocked by our projects so you can check exactly what you're getting for your money in game terms. Again, the Kindred Musters will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

Bear in mind, however, that any new profiles are only partially playtested (if at all) - expect changes and feel free to give us feedback on the Mierce forums. Check them out for some awesome new warriors, however!

Musters in BOLD CAPITALS have been updated on the 17th of October.

There'll be more Kindred Muster updates soon! No doubt there'll be a few errors or typos - feel free to tell us about them on our forums. That's what many of you already do, and it helps Darklands greatly!

Thanks to Sven Godenrath and Eric Nielsen for many of the updates above.

Pronunciation

Upon each profile is a handy pronunciation guide (based on the Wikipedia Pronunciation Respelling Key) under the warrior's title and, at the bottom of each profile, a suggestion on which miniature from our range to use as that warrior on the battlefield.

Seven Days to Go - Here's what YOU could fund!

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Our fantastic Darklands: New Kindreds project continues apace and it's time to round everything up that's happened over the past week!

Current Stretch Goals

We've smashed through a few stretch goals over the past week, but there's still plenty to go at. Here's what's currently up for grabs!

Click to see the full stretch goal graphic
Click to see the full stretch goal graphic
Click to see the full stretch goal graphic
Click to see the full stretch goal graphic
Click to see the full stretch goal graphic
Click to see the full stretch goal graphic
Click to see the full stretch goal graphic
Click to see the full stretch goal graphic
Click to see the full stretch goal graphic
Click to see the full stretch goal graphic
Click to see the full stretch goal graphic
Click to see the full stretch goal graphic

More Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts!

We've been hiding away, creating more Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts for you - and here's the fruits of our labours...

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Click for a larger image

Many of these are unlocked at £85,000, so they're not too far away - and if you pledge for these now, it's more likely that we'll get to the later ones!

MORE FREEBIES!

You can get the fantastic Danilo Cruz on Horse and Sáthach on Horse for FREE by pledging £220, £280 or £500+, or purchasing certain rewards!

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Click for a larger image

As you can see, both Danilo Cruz and Sáthach on Horse are freebies after you've pledged a certain amount - and regardless of your reward.

Simply spend:

  • £220 - to get Sáthach on Horse for free
  • £280 - to get the choice of either Sáthach on Horse or Danilo Cruz on Horse for free
  • £500 - to get both Sáthach on Horse and Danilo Cruz on Horse for free

Note that you don't need to do anything in the pledge management phase to get either for free individually; we'll simply add them to your orders as necessary.

If you have a choice of either Sáthach on Horse or Danilo Cruz on Horse, just give us a special instructions note on the order you make when managing your pledge.

Get them free by choosing a particular Reward

You can, of course, get either Sáthach on Horse or Danilo Cruz on Horse by choosing a certain reward.

If you choose:

  • "ANY THREE INFANTRY STARTERS" - you get Sáthach on Horse for free
  • "NEW KINDRED INFANTRY STARTERS" - you get Sáthach on Horse for free
  • "ANY THREE MONSTROUS INFANTRY STARTERS" - you get Danilo Cruz on Horse for free
  • "ALL THE INFANTRY STARTERS" - you get Sáthach on Horse AND Danilo Cruz on Horse for free
  • "ALL THE MONSTROUS INFANTRY STARTERS" - you get Sáthach on Horse AND Danilo Cruz on Horse for free

Again, you don't need to do anything here - we'll add them to your orders ourselves.

The One Free Per Backer Rule

As always though, please note that both Sáthach on Horse and Danilo Cruz on Horse are only free once per backer. If you want more than one of either, you must purchase them individually...

Sneak Peeks - this is what you could be funding for the Other Kindreds soon!

There's one thing we do on the comments section that always gets people excited. We show sneak peeks of concept art that could appear as stretch goals later on in the project!

Take a look at what you could be funding soon!

ALBAINN

Murcunn, Oghureach Uhmaer - Murcunn could be our first Oghureach, or Ogre-Centaur! He's an Oghureach commander and will stand on an 80mm base, being around 70-80mm to the eye. He will be a Wild Warchief with an Ubiquity of Rare.

NEW! Ettu, Revered Goghu - the very first of the Goghu, a warrior of stone for the Albainn. He'll stand on an 80mm base and be around 50-60mm to the eye.

ANGELCYNN

Youths of Mierce, Geoguth Unit - Geoguth are, literally, "young warriors" and are professional - if rather headstrong and inexperienced - warriors in Angelcynn hosts. Armed with spear, shield and leather armour, Geoguth are Common, Drilled infantry and stand on 30mm bases, being 30mm tall to the eye.

NEW! Sweorcan's Pack, Wulf Unit - a unit of Wulfas for the Angelcynn, destined to join your Wild Hunt... they'll be on 30mm bases and will be Common, Wild Beasts.

BRYTHONIAID

Grachdu, Tâncawrdraig - a mighty Cawrdraig or ogre-dragon for the Brythoniaid! Grachdu is a banner bearer, a fire-ogre-dragon, although there will be an option on the sculpt to turn him into a warrior.

NEW! Bronn ap Banbronn, Cocwocor - a mighty Cocwocor of Powys, standing on an 80mm base!

BYZANTII

Nervor, Demioptio - a mighty Demilegionary - half-man, half-demon - commander. 40mm base

Abakr, Dromedus Signifer - the banner bearer of the possibly forthcoming Dromedus Unit, Vul V Muyya. 50mm base

NEW! Iqqud, Dromedon - a bigger camel-man to fulfil the beast in you, this guy will be on an 80mm base... the Dromedii on 50mm bases, so he'll be a big 'un!

FOMORAIC

Daarkan, Tain of Baalor on Horse - the awesome Daarkan, mounted upon a nasty-looking horse. 60mm base

Maatmäg, Gigantic Mammox - a mighty Mammoth to trample all over your foes. 120mm base.

Gaanh, Walvax Gultain - the champion of the monstrous infantry Walvax Unit. 60mm base.

KHTHONES

Frenzied Srók, Krokodarch - an alternate Warchief for the Krokodares. 60mm base

NEW! Aggrakk, Brutal Krokokh - another cracking lesser beast, this time for the Khthones, and he'll stand on an 80mm base. Belly's gonna getcha!

Kliss, Sávrar Ikon Carrier - the banner bearer of the possibly forthcoming Sávrar Unit! 40mm base.

NORSE

Torleik, Troll Warrior - a monstrous infantry Troll with extra hand weapon that should come later in the project. 60mm base

NEW! Egil Dead Hand, Hrafnmann Jarl - you can now command your Hrafnmenn with this guy, who will stand on a 60mm base...

VRAS

No-Claw, Spear-Vras Champion - the champion of an infantry unit, the Spear-Vras. 30mm base

YSIANS

Hammer-Druc - a mighty beast for the Ysians, an alternate of the original Druc. 100mm base.

...and here's something no-one's yet seen, until now...

Conjunct XIX, Vivicoct
Conjunct XIX, Vivicoct

Conjunct XIX may well appear later on in the project... depending on how far we get!

There'll no doubt be more never-before-seen concept art over the course of the project, too!

Zedmeister's Pledge Calculator Thingy

The amazing Zedmeister (who in real life is called Zenas), a backer of all of our projects, has perpetrated another fantastic Pledge Calculator for Darklands: New Kindreds.

Thanks be to Zed!

Click on the image to visit Zed's Pledge Calculator!
Click on the image to visit Zed's Pledge Calculator!

Zed's Pledge Calculator helps you work out exactly what you can get for your money - we urge you to check it out!

Bear in mind that it's a work in progress, and will change when there's something to add!

Mierce Militia Facebook Page

Here's something awesome - a fan-founded Facebook page for Mierceites, called Mierce Militia!

Click on the image for visit the Mierce Militia Facebook page!
Click on the image for visit the Mierce Militia Facebook page!

Get yourself on Facebook and have a look!

Belech, Vaak and the QuickStarter Rules

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This week we have fulfilment news and some lovely painted miniatures...

  • news of the QuickStarter Rules shipping;
  • images of painted miniatures from Sébastien Picque;
  • downloads for the current QuickStarter Rules, Muster Rules and Kindred Musters;
  • anything else you can expect from us over the next few months.

Here we go!

We're slowly painting up all of the miniatures from Darklands: a World of War, and whilst we're prioritising painting the new releases to come from Darklands: First Edition we can still get a few done from here over time.

Thus, both Sébastien Picque and Martin Grandbarbe are hard at work, painting miniatures from this project, although we only have some from Séb to show this week... both being rather tricky!

The awesome Belech, sculpted by Roberto Chaudon, is a scion of Baalor himself and thus is very much a Fomor - a true Fomor or Fíorfomor - and is basically a sea creature. Thus, his paintjob was always going to be rather eccentric and we eventually settled upon this one, simply because it fits the icy nature of Baalor's realm as well as many lobsters and other sea creatures on our earth.

Séb's performed wonders with this guy, and we hope he provides inspiration for you all to paint your Belech similarly! Remember, lobsters only turn red when they're cooked...

Sculpted by Roberto Chaudon again (we do seem to give him the difficult ones!), from the artwork by Stef Kopinski, Vaak is a Moraine Beast, a constructed creature of ice and rock born of the glaciers Baalor brings to Eriu and, of course, dark sorcery.

Painted by Sébastien Picque to quite a difficult brief, Vaak has turned out superbly and hopefully it will provide inspiration to those of you who are struggling with this guy. He's a difficult miniature to paint, but certainly not impossible!

Shipping of the QuickStarter Rulebook

We're shipping the QuickStarter Rulebook right now, either:

  • in date order (i.e., the earliest orders will ship first) and taking the opportunity to ship them with your Wave 2 or Monstrous Mounts Existing Miniatures at the same time, should you have any of those
  • if there are only QuickStarter Rulebooks left in your order, shipping them all now regardless of date order.

What this means is that if you've Wave 2 stuff or existing miniatures shipping too, please be patient - we'll get it all out pretty quickly we think, and you'll have those QuickStarter rules very soon. In the meantime, you can download the full QuickStarter Rules below, of course!

I don't have a QuickStarter Rulebook! I want one! How do I get it?

If you want to get your hands on an awesome copy of the printed QuickStarter Rules, just pop on to the Mierce Miniatures website and order one.

Here's the link: Darklands QuickStarter Rulebook

The rulebook is officially released on September the 6th!

Darklands: a World of War Conclusion

With the shipping of the QuickStarter Rules starting, that pretty much concludes the Darklands: a World of War kickstarter project, which is officially an Awesome Thing - although it's also slightly sad, because it's been a fantastic experience for us and, we hope, for you guys.

We do hope that this project has, at the very least, met your expectations, if not blown you away with the quality of our miniatures, customer service and the rules themselves.

None of the awesome miniatures we have produced, nor the QuickStarter Rules, could have existed without you guys, all of you that backed this project in early 2013. So it has to be said - THANK YOU to each and every one of you, because without you, it's very doubtful Darklands and Mierce Miniatures would be where we are today.

That's why you're mentioned on the inside back cover of the Darklands QuickStarter Rulebook, so look out for that when you get your copy!

What happens with this project?

As long as Kickstarter lives this project will serve to inform everybody about what this project did and what was produced, of course, but even though - once the QuickStarter rules are shipped - there won't be anything to fulfil, we'll still update this project now and again with images of painted miniatures, or perhaps news about Mierce Miniatures and upcoming projects. So there'll still be a reason to visit!

Darklands is a tabletop skirmish wargame in which you command the hosts of man and beast that your ancestors once did for glory, power or simple survival!

To play Darklands with our fantastic range of miniatures, you need rules of course - and whilst the full Darklands: First Edition rulebook is not yet available until later on in 2014, you can still play the game with our Darklands QuickStarter Rules, which you can download right here!

As well as the QuickStarter Rules, you'll also need the Muster Rules (which show you how to build a host) and the various Kindred Musters (which give you all the warrior profiles for every single miniature we have produced or will produce).

The Darklands QuickStarter Rules are a simplified version of the forthcoming Darklands: First Edition rules that will allow the keen wargamer to play a very basic version of Darklands easily and long before the full rules are released. As such, wargamers must understand that - whilst the basic procedures of how to play Darklands are presented here (such as how to move your units and fight with them, as well as shoot the enemy and invoke sorcery) there will be much more to those procedures within the full rules as well as much else besides.

Until the creation of the Darklands: First Edition Rules, the QuickStarter Rules will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

The current PDF version of the Darklands QuickStarter Rules - v10.6 can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

DARKLANDS QUICKSTARTER RULES v10.6

We would recommend - especially if you are familiar with those previous versions of the QuickStarter Rules - to have a good read through; and also please check out the Mierce Miniatures forum, in particular the "Darklands Rules Discussion" section and the "Observations from a first read" thread...

Downloadable Printed QuickStarter Rules

We now have a low-res version of the Darklands QuickStarter Rules for you to download and peruse (and maybe even print) at your leisure. We must warn you, though - it's a very large file, over 280Mb! Something to download overnight, we think.

Click to download the print version
Click to download the print version

Don't forget, you can purchase the printed Darklands QuickStarter Rules from our webstore!

To play a game of Darklands, a player must choose a kindred or realm they like and a general from its muster. Then an opponent with a host must be found and a battle size agreed upon. Both players then spend their gold wisely to muster their host and ultimately meet upon the battlefield!

The Darklands Muster Rules govern how you build a host for Darklands from the various Kindred Musters and will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

The current PDF version of the Darklands Muster Rules - v2.3 can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

DARKLANDS MUSTER RULES v2.3

These Muster Rules include the most recent, updated rules regarding hosts, units and warriors as listed in the QuickStarter Rules.

A Kindred Muster, what we call an army list, gives you the blocks to build a host of a particular kindred or realm for Darklands. It includes all of the different unit types available to you as a general wishing to create an army, in the shape of warrior profiles.

The kindred musters given below include most (if not all) of the warriors unlocked by our projects so you can check exactly what you're getting for your money in game terms. Again, the Kindred Musters will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

Bear in mind, however, that any new profiles are only partially playtested (if at all) - expect changes and feel free to give us feedback on the Mierce forums. Check them out for some awesome new warriors, however!

No doubt there'll be a few errors or typos - feel free to tell us about them!

Pronunciation

Upon each profile is a handy pronunciation guide (based on the Wikipedia Pronunciation Respelling Key) under the warrior's title and, at the bottom of each profile, a suggestion on which miniature from our range to use as that warrior on the battlefield.

That's it for this week! Check out the updates on Darklands: First Edition and Darklands: First Edition II for news of our upcoming Darklands: New Kindreds project...

The QuickStarter Rules are Shipping Now!

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We have some fantastic news for you all: the awesome Darklands QuickStarter Rules, now printed in A5 format, are shipping now!

There's some other news too...

  • news that the QuickStarter Rules are shipping now
  • downloads for the current QuickStarter Rules, Muster Rules and Kindred Musters;
  • anything else you can expect from us over the next few months.

Here we go!

Huzzah! The Darklands QuickStarter Rules have arrived at Mierce Towers!

It's been a long, long wait but they're finally here. Here's a few images of the printed rulebook:

Look at the thickness!
Look at the thickness!
Inside front cover
Inside front cover
Inside the book
Inside the book

Shipping of the QuickStarter Rulebook

We're shipping the QuickStarter Rulebook right now, either:

  • in date order (i.e., the earliest orders will ship first) and taking the opportunity to ship them with your Wave 2 or Monstrous Mounts Existing Miniatures at the same time, should you have any of those
  • if there are only QuickStarter Rulebooks left in your order, shipping them all now regardless of date order.

What this means is that if you've Wave 2 stuff or existing miniatures shipping too, please be patient - we'll get it all out pretty quickly we think, and you'll have those QuickStarter rules very soon. In the meantime, you can download the full QuickStarter Rules below, of course!

I don't have a QuickStarter Rulebook! I want one! How do I get it?

If you want to get your hands on an awesome copy of the printed QuickStarter Rules, just pop on to the Mierce Miniatures website and order one.

Here's the link: Darklands QuickStarter Rulebook

The rulebook is officially released on September the 6th!

With the shipping of the QuickStarter Rules starting, that pretty much concludes the Darklands: a World of War kickstarter project, which is officially an Awesome Thing - although it's also slightly sad, because it's been a fantastic experience for us and, we hope, for you guys.

We do hope that this project has, at the very least, met your expectations, if not blown you away with the quality of our miniatures, customer service and the rules themselves.

None of the awesome miniatures we have produced, nor the QuickStarter Rules, could have existed without you guys, all of you that backed this project in early 2013. So it has to be said - THANK YOU to each and every one of you, because without you, it's very doubtful Darklands and Mierce Miniatures would be where we are today.

That's why you're mentioned on the inside back cover of the Darklands QuickStarter Rulebook, so look out for that when you get your copy!

What happens with this project?

As long as Kickstarter lives this project will serve to inform everybody about what this project did and what was produced, of course, but even though - once the QuickStarter rules are shipped - there won't be anything to fulfil, we'll still update this project now and again with images of painted miniatures, or perhaps news about Mierce Miniatures and upcoming projects. So there'll still be a reason to visit!

Darklands is a tabletop skirmish wargame in which you command the hosts of man and beast that your ancestors once did for glory, power or simple survival!

To play Darklands with our fantastic range of miniatures, you need rules of course - and whilst the full Darklands: First Edition rulebook is not yet available until later on in 2014, you can still play the game with our Darklands QuickStarter Rules, which you can download right here!

As well as the QuickStarter Rules, you'll also need the Muster Rules (which show you how to build a host) and the various Kindred Musters (which give you all the warrior profiles for every single miniature we have produced or will produce).

The Darklands QuickStarter Rules are a simplified version of the forthcoming Darklands: First Edition rules that will allow the keen wargamer to play a very basic version of Darklands easily and long before the full rules are released. As such, wargamers must understand that - whilst the basic procedures of how to play Darklands are presented here (such as how to move your units and fight with them, as well as shoot the enemy and invoke sorcery) there will be much more to those procedures within the full rules as well as much else besides.

Until the creation of the Darklands: First Edition Rules, the QuickStarter Rules will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

The current PDF version of the Darklands QuickStarter Rules - v10.6 can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

DARKLANDS QUICKSTARTER RULES v10.6

We would recommend - especially if you are familiar with those previous versions of the QuickStarter Rules - to have a good read through; and also please check out the Mierce Miniatures forum, in particular the "Darklands Rules Discussion" section and the "Observations from a first read" thread...

Downloadable Printed QuickStarter Rules

We now have a low-res version of the Darklands QuickStarter Rules for you to download and peruse (and maybe even print) at your leisure. We must warn you, though - it's a very large file, over 280Mb! Something to download overnight, we think.

Click to download the print version
Click to download the print version

Don't forget, you can purchase the printed Darklands QuickStarter Rules from our webstore!

To play a game of Darklands, a player must choose a kindred or realm they like and a general from its muster. Then an opponent with a host must be found and a battle size agreed upon. Both players then spend their gold wisely to muster their host and ultimately meet upon the battlefield!

The Darklands Muster Rules govern how you build a host for Darklands from the various Kindred Musters and will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

The current PDF version of the Darklands Muster Rules - v2.3 can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

DARKLANDS MUSTER RULES v2.3

These Muster Rules include the most recent, updated rules regarding hosts, units and warriors as listed in the QuickStarter Rules.

A Kindred Muster, what we call an army list, gives you the blocks to build a host of a particular kindred or realm for Darklands. It includes all of the different unit types available to you as a general wishing to create an army, in the shape of warrior profiles.

The kindred musters given below include most (if not all) of the warriors unlocked by our projects so you can check exactly what you're getting for your money in game terms. Again, the Kindred Musters will always be "living" rules - i.e., they will be updated when necessary and always available for download.

Bear in mind, however, that any new profiles are only partially playtested (if at all) - expect changes and feel free to give us feedback on the Mierce forums. Check them out for some awesome new warriors, however!

No doubt there'll be a few errors or typos - feel free to tell us about them!

Pronunciation

Upon each profile is a handy pronunciation guide (based on the Wikipedia Pronunciation Respelling Key) under the warrior's title and, at the bottom of each profile, a suggestion on which miniature from our range to use as that warrior on the battlefield.

That's it for this week! Check out the updates on Darklands: First Edition and Darklands: First Edition II for news of our upcoming Darklands: New Kindreds project...