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.
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.
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.
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!
- ALBAINN MUSTER v1.9 - attack dice changes
- ANGELCYNN MUSTER v1.14 - attack dice changes
- ATALANTES MUSTER v1.1 - attack dice changes
- BRYTHONIAID MUSTER v1.9 - attack dice changes
- BYZANTII MUSTER v1.5 - attack dice changes, a teaser for the skorpion dart-thrower
- ÉRAINN MUSTER v1.2 - attack dice changes
- FOMORAIC MUSTER v1.12 - attack dice changes
- INFERNII MUSTER v1.3 - attack dice changes
- JUTE MUSTER v1.1 - attack dice changes
- KHTHONES MUSTER v1.7 - attack dice changes
- NORSE MUSTER v1.9 - attack dice changes, change to Blood-Maw
- VRAS MUSTER v1.6 - attack dice changes
- YSIAN MUSTER v1.11 - attack dice changes
- Sell-Sword Muster v1.4
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!
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!