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Maximus, done!

Posted by Mierce Miniatures (Creator)
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Two updates in two weeks. It's amazing! As is Maximus, an awesome return to form from Stéphane Simon...

This week we have...

  • sculpt work in progress images from Stéphane Simon;
  • an updated list of sculptors and sculpts for this project;
  • anything else you can expect from us over the next few months.

Let's begin!

Stéphane Simon has clearly enjoyed working on Maximus, for he really has performed wonders on Max Schüte's descendant... as you can see!

Let's have a recap on Maximus' descendant and background first, before we show you the sculpt!

Max Schüte hails from Germany and is, like our other descendants, a prolific supporter of Mierce Miniatures and our Kickstarter projects, and he's joined John Longshore, Tomas Johansson, Rick Boer and Seb Volkmann in becoming a descendant of a Darklands character.

From the very start, Max was very clear in what he wanted - a Germanic berserker of the Kerus, a barbarian tribe of Germany that is well-known to have been a thorn in the Romans' side for many years until the fall of the Roman Empire in the west. In Darklands, of course, the Byzantii are re-conquering the western empire, and this ensures they clash again with their old enemies the Kerusker. Here's a bit of background to Max's ancestor...

Maximus of the Kerusker, whilst now being that thorn in the side of the Byzantii, was raised amongst them: the high-born son of a Kerusker noble, Maximus was given to the Byzantii as a child by his father to become a hostage, the better to ensure the allegiance of his particular Kerus tribe, many of whom fight as foederati amongst the Byzantii. However, Maximus was always a little wild and whilst he initially enjoyed his life amongst the civilised, becoming a warrior of some renown, he eventually came to hate his masters as he realised how depraved they actually were - and escaped to Kerusland, where he found depravity and devil worship. Claiming the demon axe Skōhsla from his father and, with its power, slaying him, he escaped the Kerusker and wandered, becoming a berserker for hire amongst the many hosts that could use his skills...

Artwork by Danny Cruz

Max was very happy to have Danny Cruz draw up his ancestor and we think Danny has done a superb job, as always!

Maximus, as you can see, is a classic Germanic berserker, wearing the bear shirt and looking very wild indeed with those skull trophies. However, there are elements of his Byzantii upbringing, such as the segmentata armour on his shoulders, but that demon-axe looks very nasty indeed.

Sculpting by Stéphane Simon

Stéphane has now completed Maximus and we absolutely love him - he's a superb miniature.

 

 

 

Maximus will be a Wave 14 shipment!

How can I purchase Maximus?

Maximus is available to purchase from our webstore, in the Darklands: First Edition category (and some others too), at the special Kickstarter price of £10.00. When released, he'll likely be £14.99 in resin - he's a big lad - so you've got a good discount there!

Who were the Kerusker?

The Kerus, as we call them, were a Germanic tribe well-known in Roman times as the Cheruscii and whilst they disappeared from history under that name before 650 AD - they were said to have been absorbed by the Allemanni and the Franks - there is no reason why a small tribe of the German forests would still call themselves the Kerus.

Darklands: First Edition is completely ulfilled - apart from two items

As long as shipment items have been paid for, this project is almost completely fulfilled; only two items - the Darklands Concept Art Book and Maximus - are outstanding. The latter will be shipped as part of Wave 14, and the Concept Art Book is underway, although we will not show anything until nearer the end. We do anticipate both being done before the end of the year, although the printing of the concept art book may be later than suggested (as always with external production, we cannot control it very much).

Phew! We're almost there! Thank you all for your great patience and understanding.

Here's what we think will ship when!

We'll keep this list updated every Friday.

  • SHIPMENT WAVE 0 (complete for this project): Existing Items
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 1 (complete): Dúngal on foot - Dúngal on pony - Ciniod - Itaina - Domnech - Bagseg - Eadric on foot - Aldhelm - Leofwen on foot - Broga - Urien on foot - Ffion Ferddig - Angedern - Mag ap Mag - Ieuan Longshore and Taranau - Erebius - Mananaan on foot - Idruaada - Daarkan - Naraa - Gaarwäg- Scecchus - Thelliatiss- Ágriosávra- Eikovra - Myrkranio - Knútr on foot - Knútr on horse - Birna - Víthar - Rollo Iron Head - Jörmungand - Crom on foot - Annik - Zethag - Gondard (Gondard - Ekk) - Brugg - Uhtred Uhtredson - Finnan - Danilo Cruz
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 2 (complete): Timoth - Caedoc - Agathae - Velchior - Djiuzu - Baagath's Herd (Baagath - Blaart - Chuwaa - Ungaa - Rapraag) - Praach - Xontór - Thoth - Hanokh - Dawn of Khthon (Myrinna - Syntyss - Thillia - Phyllidii - Elthissi) - Mälmord - Seza
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 3/4 (beginning November): Eadric on Horse - Hrōr - Urien on Horse - Mananaan on Horse - Crom on Horse
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 5 (beginning February 2015): Cnebba - Con I Modius, Legionarius Contubernium (Modius - Gellius - Tiberius - Livia - Severa) - Hrafnen Crew, Holumann Unit (Vidkun the Brave - Snorri Snorrisson - Gunnar Half-Shield - Jan - Undrik) - Rikkard
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 6 (beginning April 2015): Carys - Equitus Durio on Foot - Equitus Durio on Horse
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 7 (beginning June 2015): Wolfborn, Gesith Unit (Egbert - Wulfred- Hrothgar - Cerdic - Wigstan) - Helmed Trytheorn
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 8 (beginning August 2015): Unhelmed Trytheorn
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 14 (beginning October 2016): Maximus
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 15 (beginning February 2016): Darklands Concept Art Book

Items in bold will DEFINITELY be sent in that wave as we have the sculpt; items in italics are either in progress or completed and should make it into that wave, but we don't yet have the sculpt.

Here's the big list of who's sculpting what and when for Darklands: First Edition! Please bear in mind that this list may change over time, so don't take it as set in stone until the first work in progress shots appear.

  • Stéphane Simon: Maximus, Maximilian Schüte's Germanic Berserker ancestor, is complete - and that concludes his work on this project!

No more sculpts to go! Huzzah!

We thought this would be a good idea, as things are cracking on - a list of completed sculpts, in kindred order! Completed sculpts are in bold; in progress sculpts are in italics.

  • ALBAINN: Dúngal on foot - Dúngal on horse - Ciniod - Itaina - Domnech - Bagseg
  • ANGELCYNN: Eadric on foot - Eadric on horse - Timoth - Aldhelm - Hrōr - Leofwen on foot - Wolfborn, Gesith Unit (Egbert - Wulfred - Hrothgar - Cerdic - Wigstan) - Cnebba - Broga
  • BRYTHONIAID: Urien on foot - Urien on Horse - Carys - Caedoc - Ffion Ferddig - Angedern - Mag ap Mag
  • BYZANTII: Equitus Durio on foot - Equitus Durio on Horse - Erebius - Agathae - Velchior - Djiuzu - Con I Modius (Modius - Gellius - Tiberius- Livia - Severa)
  • FOMORAIC: Mananaan on foot - Mananaan on horse - Idruaada - Daarkan - Naraa - Gaarwäg - Baagath's Herd (Baagath - Blaart - Chuwaa - Ungaa - Rapraag) - Praach
  • INFERNII: Scecchus
  • KHTHONES: Xontór - Thelliatiss - Dawn of Khthon (Myrinna - Syntyss - Thillia - Phyllidii - Elthissi) - Thoth - Hanokh - Ágriosávra- Eikovra - Myrkranio
  • NORSE: Knútr on foot - Knútr on horse - Birna - Víthar - Rollo Iron Head - Jörmungand - Hrafnen Crew (Vidkun the Brave - Snorri Snorrisson - Gunnar Half-Shield- Jan - Undrik) - Mälmord
  • YSIANS: Crom on foot - Crom on horse - Annik - Zethag - Gondard (Gondard - Ekk) - Brugg - Seza
  • SELL-SWORDS: Uhtred Uhtredson - Finnan - Danilo Cruz
  • DESCENDANTS: Ieuan Longshore and Taranau - Helmed Trytheorn - Unhelmed Trytheorn - Rikkard - Maximus

Let us know if we've missed anything!

Two days to go, and Darklands: Savage Hordes III needs YOU!

Posted by Mierce Miniatures (Creator)
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TWO DAYS TO GO!

Over two weeks ago we launched a fantastic Kickstarter project - Darklands: Savage Hordes III - designed to fund mounted miniatures for all the various kindreds of Darklands, and we've been pretty successful so far because the project's initial goal has been smashed and we have loads of new stretch goals! Now we stand at around £33,000... but there's just two days to go until it finishes!

GET A FREE MONSTROUS BEAST!

Strictly limited to backers only!

As well as providing you with a Mounted Starter Host in either metal or resin that includes a commander and ten mounted warriors for just £100 ($130) in metal or £140 ($180) in resin (saving you around 25% from the eventual RRP!), we're also giving you the opportunity to get a hold of a FREE monstrous beast if you purchase the sell-sword Beast-Master on Swift-Horse, Alix!

Click for the Alix update!
Click for the Alix update!

Backing Darklands: Savage Hordes III

Backing Darklands: Savage Hordes III is a great opportunity to get into the dark fantasy world of Darklands for the first time, to expand your existing Darklands collection or maybe just to grab some fantastic miniatures to paint. We'll give you the option to purchase everything in resin, too, if you're more of a painter than a gamer!

Savage Hordes!

The stretch goals still to go for in this project are outlined below - remember, we've unlocked everything up to £33,000 so far!

£32,000 - Xet, Slaughterfiend of Dis (click for a larger image)
£32,000 - Xet, Slaughterfiend of Dis (click for a larger image)
£33,750 - Slayers of Dunholm, Slēanbera Unit (click for a larger image)
£33,750 - Slayers of Dunholm, Slēanbera Unit (click for a larger image)
£35,000 - Grunting Mallax, Mallax Unit (click for a larger image)
£35,000 - Grunting Mallax, Mallax Unit (click for a larger image)
£36,250 - Sreng, Currak of the Fir Bholg (click for a larger image)
£36,250 - Sreng, Currak of the Fir Bholg (click for a larger image)
£37,500 - Hippoxa of Axumae, Hippoxus Unit (click for a larger image)
£37,500 - Hippoxa of Axumae, Hippoxus Unit (click for a larger image)
£40,000 - Reiver Horse Mounted Starter Host (click for a larger image)
£40,000 - Reiver Horse Mounted Starter Host (click for a larger image)
£50,000 - Wihtgār Horse Mounted Starter Host (click for a larger image)
£50,000 - Wihtgār Horse Mounted Starter Host (click for a larger image)

What's been unlocked?

Plenty - to have a good look, here's the full stretch goals map. Anything in white, you can pledge for now as they're unlocked!

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Click for a larger image

There will be more mounted warriors and other cool things - unveiled by Stretch Goals - as the project continues!

Great Value Rewards to Choose From

There's currently four different rewards to go for in Darklands: Savage Hordes III, and each give you great value for your funding contribution:

  • "I JUST WANT SOME COOL MINIATURES": £10 initial pledge - for those who want a few single miniatures or other bits from the project.
  • "METAL MOUNTED HOST": £100 ($130) initial pledge - a mounted host such as the Reiver Horse, worth £135 at RRP!
  • "RESIN MOUNTED HOST": £140 ($180) initial pledge - a mounted host such as the Oghureach, worth £185 at RRP!
  • "ALL THE INITIAL METAL HOSTS": £450 ($585) initial pledge - get all the initial hosts (the Duguth Ēored, Oghureach [resin only], Horse-Ax-Drune, Reiver Horse and Wihtgār Horse) at almost a 50% discount! THIS REWARD IS STRICTLY LIMITED TO BACKERS ONLY - it will not be available post-project.
  • "ALL THE INITIAL RESIN HOSTS": £650 ($845) initial pledge - get all the initial hosts (the Duguth Ēored, Oghureach, Horse-Ax-Drune, Reiver Horse and Wihtgār Horse) at almost a 50% discount! THIS REWARD IS STRICTLY LIMITED TO BACKERS ONLY - it will not be available post-project.

There's plenty more to it than that, but that's a simple overview of what you can go for!

What are you waiting for?

Head on over to Darklands: Savage Hordes III and see what you can help to fund!

Maximus

Posted by Mierce Miniatures (Creator)
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Last October was when we showed the last miniature from this project... and we finally have some progress on the very last one to be made!

This week we have...

  • sculpt work in progress images from Stéphane Simon;
  • an updated list of sculptors and sculpts for this project;
  • anything else you can expect from us over the next few months.

Let's begin!

It's been a long time in coming, but Stéphane Simon has stepped up to the plate and cracked on with the last miniature reminaining from this project, an Ancestor of one of our backers!

Let's have a recap on Maximus' descendant and background first, before we show you the sculpt!

Max Schüte hails from Germany and is, like our other descendants, a prolific supporter of Mierce Miniatures and our Kickstarter projects, and he's joined John Longshore, Tomas Johansson, Rick Boer and Seb Volkmann in becoming a descendant of a Darklands character.

From the very start, Max was very clear in what he wanted - a Germanic berserker of the Kerus, a barbarian tribe of Germany that is well-known to have been a thorn in the Romans' side for many years until the fall of the Roman Empire in the west. In Darklands, of course, the Byzantii are re-conquering the western empire, and this ensures they clash again with their old enemies the Kerusker. Here's a bit of background to Max's ancestor...

Maximus of the Kerusker, whilst now being that thorn in the side of the Byzantii, was raised amongst them: the high-born son of a Kerusker noble, Maximus was given to the Byzantii as a child by his father to become a hostage, the better to ensure the allegiance of his particular Kerus tribe, many of whom fight as foederati amongst the Byzantii. However, Maximus was always a little wild and whilst he initially enjoyed his life amongst the civilised, becoming a warrior of some renown, he eventually came to hate his masters as he realised how depraved they actually were - and escaped to Kerusland, where he found depravity and devil worship. Claiming the demon axe Skōhsla from his father and, with its power, slaying him, he escaped the Kerusker and wandered, becoming a berserker for hire amongst the many hosts that could use his skills...

Artwork by Danny Cruz

Max was very happy to have Danny Cruz draw up his ancestor and we think Danny has done a superb job, as always!

Maximus, as you can see, is a classic Germanic berserker, wearing the bear shirt and looking very wild indeed with those skull trophies. However, there are elements of his Byzantii upbringing, such as the segmentata armour on his shoulders, but that demon-axe looks very nasty indeed.

Sculpting by Stéphane Simon

Stéphane has begun work on Maximus and as you can see, he's already taking shape!

 

 

Maximus could well be a Wave 14 shipment, but we'll see.

How can I purchase Maximus? 

Maximus is available to purchase from our webstore, in the Darklands: First Edition category (and some others too), at the special Kickstarter price of £10.00.

Who were the Kerusker?

The Kerus, as we call them, were a Germanic tribe well-known in Roman times as the Cheruscii and whilst they disappeared from history under that name before 650 AD - they were said to have been absorbed by the Allemanni and the Franks - there is no reason why a small tribe of the German forests would still call themselves the Kerus.

Darklands: First Edition is completely ulfilled - apart from two items

As long as shipment items have been paid for, this project is almost completely fulfilled; only two items - the Darklands Concept Art Book and Maximus - are outstanding. The latter is of course in progress now, and the Concept Art Book is underway, although we will not show anything until nearer the end. We do anticipate both being done before the end of the year, although the printing of the concept art book may be later than suggested (as always with external production, we cannot control it very much).

Phew! We're almost there! Thank you all for your great patience and understanding.

Here's what we think will ship when!

We'll keep this list updated every Friday.

  • SHIPMENT WAVE 0 (complete for this project): Existing Items
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 1 (complete): Dúngal on foot - Dúngal on pony - Ciniod - Itaina - Domnech - Bagseg - Eadric on foot - Aldhelm - Leofwen on foot - Broga - Urien on foot - Ffion Ferddig - Angedern - Mag ap Mag - Ieuan Longshore and Taranau - Erebius - Mananaan on foot - Idruaada - Daarkan - Naraa - Gaarwäg- Scecchus - Thelliatiss- Ágriosávra- Eikovra - Myrkranio - Knútr on foot - Knútr on horse - Birna - Víthar - Rollo Iron Head - Jörmungand - Crom on foot - Annik - Zethag - Gondard (Gondard - Ekk) - Brugg - Uhtred Uhtredson - Finnan - Danilo Cruz
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 2 (complete): Timoth - Caedoc - Agathae - Velchior - Djiuzu - Baagath's Herd (Baagath - Blaart - Chuwaa - Ungaa - Rapraag) - Praach - Xontór - Thoth - Hanokh - Dawn of Khthon (Myrinna - Syntyss - Thillia - Phyllidii - Elthissi) - Mälmord - Seza
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 3/4 (beginning November): Eadric on Horse - Hrōr - Urien on Horse - Mananaan on Horse - Crom on Horse
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 5 (beginning February 2015): Cnebba - Con I Modius, Legionarius Contubernium (Modius - Gellius - Tiberius - Livia - Severa) - Hrafnen Crew, Holumann Unit (Vidkun the Brave - Snorri Snorrisson - Gunnar Half-Shield - Jan - Undrik) - Rikkard
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 6 (beginning April 2015): Carys - Equitus Durio on Foot - Equitus Durio on Horse
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 7 (beginning June 2015): Wolfborn, Gesith Unit (Egbert - Wulfred- Hrothgar - Cerdic - Wigstan) - Helmed Trytheorn
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 8 (beginning August 2015): Unhelmed Trytheorn
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 14 (beginning October 2016): Maximus
  • SHIPMENT WAVE 15 (beginning February 2016): Darklands Concept Art Book

Items in bold will DEFINITELY be sent in that wave as we have the sculpt; items in italics are either in progress or completed and should make it into that wave, but we don't yet have the sculpt.

Here's the big list of who's sculpting what and when for Darklands: First Edition! Please bear in mind that this list may change over time, so don't take it as set in stone until the first work in progress shots appear.

  • Stéphane Simon: Maximus, Maximilian Schüte's Germanic Berserker ancestor, is underway!

So that's just one sculpt to go!

We thought this would be a good idea, as things are cracking on - a list of completed sculpts, in kindred order! Completed sculpts are in bold; in progress sculpts are in italics.

  • ALBAINN: Dúngal on foot - Dúngal on horse - Ciniod - Itaina - Domnech - Bagseg
  • ANGELCYNN: Eadric on foot - Eadric on horse - Timoth - Aldhelm - Hrōr - Leofwen on foot - Wolfborn, Gesith Unit (Egbert - Wulfred - Hrothgar - Cerdic - Wigstan) - Cnebba - Broga
  • BRYTHONIAID: Urien on foot - Urien on Horse - Carys - Caedoc - Ffion Ferddig - Angedern - Mag ap Mag
  • BYZANTII: Equitus Durio on foot - Equitus Durio on Horse - Erebius - Agathae - Velchior - Djiuzu - Con I Modius (Modius - Gellius - Tiberius- Livia - Severa)
  • FOMORAIC: Mananaan on foot - Mananaan on horse - Idruaada - Daarkan - Naraa - Gaarwäg - Baagath's Herd (Baagath - Blaart - Chuwaa - Ungaa - Rapraag) - Praach
  • INFERNII: Scecchus
  • KHTHONES: Xontór - Thelliatiss - Dawn of Khthon (Myrinna - Syntyss - Thillia - Phyllidii - Elthissi) - Thoth - Hanokh - Ágriosávra- Eikovra - Myrkranio
  • NORSE: Knútr on foot - Knútr on horse - Birna - Víthar - Rollo Iron Head - Jörmungand - Hrafnen Crew (Vidkun the Brave - Snorri Snorrisson - Gunnar Half-Shield- Jan - Undrik) - Mälmord
  • YSIANS: Crom on foot - Crom on horse - Annik - Zethag - Gondard (Gondard - Ekk) - Brugg - Seza
  • SELL-SWORDS: Uhtred Uhtredson - Finnan - Danilo Cruz
  • DESCENDANTS: Ieuan Longshore and Taranau - Helmed Trytheorn - Unhelmed Trytheorn - Rikkard - Maximus

Let us know if we've missed anything!

Darklands: First Edition Rule Book - Shipping Now!

Posted by Mierce Miniatures (Creator)
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We bring glad tidings!

The Darklands: First Edition Rule Book has begun shipping!

The Darklands: First Edition Rule Book
The Darklands: First Edition Rule Book

Many of you have already received your copy - and if you haven't, please be patient because it will take a few days to get them all shipped.

Look at all that lot!
Look at all that lot!

Suffice to say, the long wait is over!

Your copy will be signed!

Your copy of the Darklands: First Edition Rule Book will be signed by the Mierce Miniatures team, which we hope will be a nice surprise for you all!

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We know that some of you do not want a signed copy, so please e-mail us to let us know and we will make sure your copy is not signed.

Further Copies of the Rule Book

If you would like any further copies of the Darklands: First Edition Rule Book, they are now available to pre-order from the Mierce Miniatures website. It will be released to the general public on the 7th of May 2016.

Please note that the rule book's RRP is now £39.99 - £5.00 more than originally expected - and this is because of its length, 364 pages, which is around a hundred pages more than estimated previously.

This means you have got hold of your copy much cheaper than expected!

QR Codes Within! Videos Coming Soon!

You may have noticed that there are QR codes dotted around the rule book. These are Quick Response codes, which you can use to direct your phone or tablet to a web address; in most cases this will direct you to a tutorial video that shows you how to perform a particular rule.

Unfortunately we've just not had time to get these videos done as yet, but they will be done over the next few weeks, so please be patient - we'll get there!

The Darklands: First Edition Rule Book - Shipping Soon!

Posted by Mierce Miniatures (Creator)
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Fellow Miercenaries!

Today is an excellent day, for we can bring you news of the Darklands: First Edition Rule Book - it will be shipping in the week commencing the 18th of April 2016 (as long as we can get hold of the relevant boxes to do so)!

Your copy will be signed!

Your copy of the Darklands: First Edition Rule Book will be signed by the Mierce Miniatures team, which we hope will be a nice surprise for you all!

Click for a larger image
Click for a larger image

We know that some of you do not want a signed copy, so please e-mail us to let us know and we will make sure your copy is not signed.

Further Copies of the Rule Book

If you would like any further copies of the Darklands: First Edition Rule Book, they are now available to pre-order from the Mierce Miniatures website. You can also purchase further signed copies of the rule book from now until Monday, as per the offer to non-Kickstarter backers.

However, please note that its RRP is now £39.99 - £5.00 more than originally expected - and this is because of its length, 364 pages, which is around a hundred pages more than estimated previously. This means you have got hold of your copy much cheaper than expected!