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In the dark lands, YOU command the hosts of man and beast that your ancestors once did for power, glory or just to survive...
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Darklands: Metal Age is a fantastic Kickstarter project from Mierce Miniatures designed to re-tool our miniatures to get you playing Darklands cheaply - for it provides you with an Infantry Starter Host in metal that includes a commander, infantry unit and monstrous infantry unit for just £60 ($90), saving you over 70% from the equivalent in resin. That means you're getting our amazing rank and file infantry at around £2 ($3) each!

An example of a metal Ax-Drune, resin Ax-Drune and undercoated metal Ax-Drune
An example of a metal Ax-Drune, resin Ax-Drune and undercoated metal Ax-Drune
A scale comparison between an Ax-Drune and miniatures from other manufacturers
A scale comparison between an Ax-Drune and miniatures from other manufacturers

Backing Darklands: Metal Age is a great opportunity to get into the dark fantasy world of Darklands for the first time (especially as the Darklands: First Edition rulebook is just around the corner), 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!

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.

You can play Darklands with all of our amazing miniatures, including our incredible monsters and anything produced by this project, in a wargame designed specifically for them in a setting that you already know a lot about... for the lands of darkness, the "dark lands" as we call them, are in fact the north and west of Europe and of course the sunken lands still remembered, yet no longer seen, from ancient times.

Intrigued? Have a look at the bottom of this project's page for more information on Darklands the wargame!

To keep things as simple as possible, this project’s rewards are mostly based around the concept of a Starter Host - the "INFANTRY STARTER HOST" and the "TWO INFANTRY STARTER HOSTS", designed to get you and a friend playing Darklands!

As well as rewards that allow you to pledge for Starter Hosts, there is also an “I JUST WANT SOME COOL MINIATURES” reward, for those who want to pick and choose particular miniatures from the starter hosts, other miniatures we unveil or accessories and books.

Starter Hosts contain a small Darklands host of around 499 gold - so Encounter Host size - and you can add the rulebook, order tokens and D10 dice to your pledge to ensure you have everything you need to get started!

Infantry Starter Hosts always contain:

  • 1x General
  • 1x Sorcerer
  • 1x Female Commander
  • 1x Infantry unit of 10x miniatures, including champion, banner bearer, herald and 7x warriors. The 7x warriors include the alternate warriors of the banner bearer and herald
  • 1x Monstrous Infantry unit of 2x miniatures...
  • ...or 1x Monstrous Infantry unit of 3x miniatures

The four Infantry Starter Hosts - for four different kindreds - that will be yours once the project's funding goal is achieved are outlined below.

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There may well be more starter hosts - unveiled by Stretch Goals - as the project continues!

You can purchase the contents of the starter hosts rather than the starter host as a whole, if you do not want everything. Simply increase your pledge by the amount indicated in the graphic below!

10% discounts from RRP are given on purchases of starter host contents. We want you to purchase the starter hosts!

With the Darklands: First Edition rulebook at the printers in the next couple of months, it is definitely worth giving you the option to purchase it so that when you get your Starter Hosts you're ready to start playing!

Check out the Darklands section at the bottom of this page for a brief overview of the lands of darkness and a video or two!

As well as a starter host, you'll definitely need some D10 dice and order tokens; so if you're new to Darklands and our projects, make sure you grab the Mierce Dice Set and Darklands Tokens Set.

If you've already got loads of dice and tokens from previous projects, there's no need to purchase the above of course - although you will certainly need the new SCOUT and FLANK order tokens, which is why you can purchase those separately.

The Exult and Dismay Tokens are totally new, so you'll definitely all want some of these! They ensure every players knows the status of your units on the battlefield.

There may well be more accessories as the project continues!

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There will be lots more stretch goals over the course of the project, we hope, so watch out for those!

Once the project has come to an end - and assuming we meet our initial goal - you must of course fulfil your pledge. This is done in a few easy steps, outlined below:

  • 1: Complete the Survey - once the project ends, we send you a survey via Kickstarter
  • 2: Access the Mierce Miniatures website - we then give you store credit called Moneyback on our webstore equal to your pledge
  • 3: Manage your pledge! - then you log in and purchase the items you want, using that Moneyback!

That is a simplistic view of what happens, but that's pretty much it.

If you need further details now about how you manage your pledge, have a look at the pledge management from our previous BaneBeasts project, BaneBeasts: Mighty Monsters Part Deux, with the links below.

As always, if you have any questions, please ask!

Firstly, it must be noted that you MUST NOT pay for shipping as part of this project. Doing so creates artificial stretch goals and reduces the amount of money we can spend on sculpts.

Shipping must be paid for in the project management phase (from the Mierce Miniatures website after the project ends) in the form of , at least one of which you MUST purchase.

This ensures that shipping fees are charged correctly for everyone. It's worth re-iterating this in big letters:

DO NOT ADD SHIPPING COSTS TO YOUR PLEDGE - PURCHASE SHIPMENT ITEMS FROM THE MIERCE MINIATURES WEBSTORE AFTER THE PROJECT ENDS!

Your rewards will be shipped in Shipment Waves, as indicated under each stretch goal or reward. These combine with the shipment waves from our other projects, but you MUST still purchase at least one shipment item from this project thanks to the extra weight and packaging costs.

Here's a rundown of what is shipping when:

  • Wave 0 (August): Existing items
  • Wave 9 (October 2015): Angelcynn Duguth Infantry Host - Fomoraic Gabrax Infantry Host - Norse Holumann Infantry Host - Ysian Ax-Drune Infantry Host

This list will be updated as each stretch goal is unlocked.

What are Shipment Items?

In the post-project management phase, in the Kickstarter category on our website where you select the items you want, there will be Shipment Wave Items that enable your orders to be shipped. You MUST purchase at least one of the Shipment Wave Items - usually the Mandatory Shipment Wave item. The Mandatory Shipment Wave for this project is the One Shipment shipment item.

The first goals of this project are scheduled to ship in October 2015 - Wave 9 (the Mandatory Shipping Wave); and then each stretch goal after that could be shipped as part of Wave 9 or 10. So, it may be worthwhile to purchase the Two Shipments shipment item or Three Shipments shipment item.

SHIPPING TIMES MAY SLIP

Please note that shipping times do depend on many things, not least our sculptors' time. Whilst we commission sculptors based on their availability, they do live in the real world and sometimes real world problems interfere with their work. Thus, the above times are indications only, and not cast-iron guarantees.

Additionally, shipping times also depend upon how much this project is funded. If we get a lot of money from this project, it's very likely that shipping dates will be shifted further back simply because of the time involved in casting miniatures and packing them.

Thus, shipping times will be fairly dynamic throughout the course of the fulfilment period - but we'll keep you all informed throughout, of course.

The most common shipping questions for Darklands: Metal Age are answered below.

  • Can I have everything sent in one package? Yes. If you want to wait for EVERYTHING you've pledged for to be sent to you in one shipment, you ONLY need to purchase the "One Shipment" shipment item from the Mierce Miniatures webstore. For example, if you have a Wave 9 item and two Wave 10 items, purchase the "One Shipment" shipment item; everything will be sent in Wave 10, February 2016.
  • Can I get existing stuff as quick as possible? If you want already available items to be shipped as soon as possible after the project ends, purchase the "Existing Items" shipment item. You still have to purchase the "One Shipment" shipment item if you have items from Waves 9 or 10, however.
  • What if I've only purchased Wave 0 items? Then you don't need to purchase the "One Shipment" shipment item. Just purchase the "Existing Items" shipment item.
  • What is Wave 10 for? It's there so that items from particular waves are sent when they become available. For example, if you have a Wave 9 item and two Wave 10 items, purchase the "Two Shipments" shipment item; the Wave 9 item will be sent in October, and the Wave 10 items will be sent in February.

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Post-project shipping costs are simple. Each Shipment Item - including the mandatory shipment item - will cost you:

  • UK - £3.00
  • EU - £7.00
  • ROW - £10.00

Note, here, that NO shipping is free (including to the UK) for any shipment wave.

Also note that NO shipping costs can be combined with earlier waves from previous projects. Whilst we can combine items from this project with items from previous projects into one package or shipment, combining shipping does not reduce the extra weight in items from this project (or existing items), nor reduce the amount of packing time and packaging material expended!

Now, you can wait for all of your purchases to be produced before we ship them, of course, as this will only incur one shipping charge. If you don't wish to do that - i.e., you want your stuff as early as possible, and whenever it can be shipped - we must ask you for the shipping cost of each wave your items are within.

It should be noted that shipping will be relatively fluid thanks to the time it takes for sculptors to, well, sculpt the miniatures; and thus we may be able to ship waves together, combine a stretch goal with the first shipment, and so on and so forth. As always, we will keep you informed as much as possible.

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A Darklands battle, about to begin
A Darklands battle, about to begin

Fought between Rob Lane and Tim Fisher, the forthcoming Angelcynn v Ysians Encounter Battle - using the very same starter hosts you can purchase here - shows off the various strengths of infantry and those of monstrous infantry and sorcerers as they clash upon the battlefield.

As you can see, it was pretty close, and a great illustration of how much fun an Encounter battle can be!

Here's a version of the above video with references available for the various warrior profiles, strike charts and so forth.

Here we explain the mechanics of the Attack Results step of the Attack action in a little more detail and especially regarding blood tokens and why they are retained.

As always, if anybody has any questions - please ask!

Risks and challenges

With seven highly successful Kickstarter projects concluded, one of which having fulfilled 100% of its rewards, another 95% through and the remaining four in various states of progress, we believe this project has virtually no risks attached to it. Just ask the backers from our previous projects, many of whom believe they were the finest Kickstarter projects they had ever been involved in!

It should also be noted, here, that most of the miniatures you see on this project are retooled versions of existing miniatures for Darklands - which means that completing these in metal is much easier than creating entirely new miniatures!

Keeping Everybody Updated

We keep everybody in the loop with frequent project updates for each of our projects, and we usually answer any e-mails or messages within 24 hours.

We Have Lots of Experience!

The team behind Mierce Miniatures have been creating and manufacturing miniatures for a number of years now and have produced tens of thousands of resin miniatures - some of which are incredibly complicated to make - over that time. Long experience in the wargaming industry coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the logistics required to bring miniatures to market ensure that we will be able to deliver on every single pledge exactly on time - if not earlier!

All that being said, sometimes those gremlins work as hard as we do too, but if there are unavoidable delays anybody who pledges will be the first to know about them via an update to the project. Many of the miniatures you can pledge for are already being manufactured but for those that aren't, it must be noted that the artists and sculptors we work with are genuine professionals and work very hard to meet their deadlines.

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    INFANTRY STARTER HOST -- Get an Infantry Starter Host of your choice for just £60 ($90), saving over 30% from the eventual RRP! See the reward graphic for details. Note that shipping will be paid for post-project, DO NOT add shipping to your pledge.

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    RULEBOOK AND TWO INFANTRY STARTER HOSTS -- Get the Darklands: First Edition rulebook and two Infantry Starter Hosts of your choice, for you and a friend, for just £140 ($165), saving over 35% from the eventual RRP! See the reward graphic for details. Note that shipping will be paid for post-project, DO NOT add shipping to your pledge.

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