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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: New Kindreds is a fantastic Kickstarter project from Mierce Miniatures designed to fund miniatures for three new kindreds - the Atalantes, the Érainn and the Jutes - that each provide you with an Infantry Starter Set that includes a general, infantry unit and monstrous beast!

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The Atalantes are a race of men that live upon the islands of Atalantia in the west, and even as their home crumbles into the sea and their southern cities are overrun by their former slaves, the Khthones, they cling stubbornly to their old ways of decadence and ignorance and cruelty. Many within Atalantia believe they should sail to the east and take those lands for their own, while still others believe they should invoke the arcane sorcery their ancestors gave to them whatever the consequences.

In Darklands, the Atalantes were the ancestors of the Ancients Greeks, and so their look and feel will be very similar to warriors from that period although this aesthetic will also be married to arcane technology and other fantastical elements. Though their population is small, their use of constructs of bronze (such as the already available Talos), arcane weaponry such as the sunspear and their ruthless slavery of the Khthones will ensure they are a match for the other kindreds upon the battlefield.

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The Érainn are, put very simply, the dark age Irish! Their society is mostly Christian but fairly barbaric, and as they are assaulted by the Fomoraic and the Norse and the Atalantes and many others, they are becoming more and more martial and turning to the old ways of Danu the Earth Goddess.

Thus, wild Irish warrior-bands like those of old now defend the north of Eriu against the threat of the sea devils and raiders from elsewhere, and Danu herself lends aid to her people through the beasts of the bog, peat and marsh - terrifying creatures with an implacable hatred of all that destroy the natural world. With those at their side, the Érainn are a powerful foe indeed.

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The Romans invited Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisians over to defend Britannia against the uprisings of the Britons in ages past, and these pagan savages eventually usurped the Romano-British when the wider Roman Empire collapsed in the fifth century. The Jutes settled in Kent, other areas of the south coast of Britain and the Isle of Wight, upon which - to this day - are hundreds of long barrows and burial mounds.

Taking this a step further, our Jutes are corrupt and dark men that have the power to preserve and raise their dead, who then become Wihts (among other terrifying undead creatures) that can fight again for their small kingdom. Like all of the Germanic tribes that invaded Britain, the Jutes can also shape-shift, although the Jutes shift into ignoble creatures of the earth, beetles and the like, rather than the noble bear, boar or wolf; and the spiders and other beings that reside in their barrows - in varying forms - have now become an integral part of their foul hosts.

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Save over 45% off the items within! Choose eleven infantry starter hosts from those shown.
Save over 45% off the items within! Choose eleven infantry starter hosts from those shown.
Save over 45% off the items within! Choose eleven monstrous infantry starter hosts from those shown.
Save over 45% off the items within! Choose eleven monstrous infantry starter hosts from those shown.

Please note that only one Sáthach on Horse and Danilo Cruz on Horse miniature will be free per backer, but more can be purchased separately.

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

DARKLANDS QUICKSTARTER RULES v10.6

DARKLANDS MUSTER RULES v2.4

Fought between Tim Fisher and Jamie Wright, this 499 gold Encounter shows off the various strengths of infantry and those of monstrous infantry and monstrous beasts as they clash upon the battlefield. As you can see, it was pretty close!

Note, here, that both Tim and Jamie are using a quicker version of the "Shooting into Combat" rules which were used during demonstration games at Salute 2014, and are not the same as those in the QuickStarter Rules.

Risks and challenges

With four highly successful Kickstarter projects concluded, one of which having fulfilled 100% of its rewards and another around 66% through, we believe this project has virtually no risks attached to it. Just ask the backers from those four projects, many of whom believe they were the finest Kickstarter projects they had ever been involved in!

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

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.

We are not dependent upon another company in a country on the other side of the world to manufacture our products - they are all made and packaged on our premises and so we are very confident we can deliver on all of the pledges with no problems whatsoever.

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