Darklands: Savage Hordes III is a fantastic Kickstarter project from Mierce Miniatures designed to fund mounted miniatures for all the various kindreds of Darklands, as well as the Savage Hordes Muster Book!
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!
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 Mounted Starter Host - the "METAL MOUNTED STARTER HOST" and the "RESIN MOUNTED STARTER HOST", as well as the "SAVAGE HORDES BOOK & HOST", designed to get you and a friend playing Darklands!
There's also a mighty early bird reward - the "ALL THE INITIAL HOSTS" reward, which gives you a HUGE discount if you go for all five of the initial hosts in metal (the Duguth Ēored, Oghureach [resin], Horse-Ax-Drune, Reiver Horse and Wihtgār Horse) - it saves you over 50% from purchasing the hosts individually!
As well as rewards that allow you to pledge for monsters, 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 - where possible, and you can add the Darklands: First Edition rule book, order tokens and D10 dice to your pledge to ensure you have everything you need to get started!
The Mounted Starter Hosts for this project almost always contain:
- 1x Commander
- 1x Mounted unit of 5x miniatures, including champion, banner bearer and herald where appropriate
The Mounted Starter Host that will be yours once the project's funding goal is achieved is outlined below.
As most of the miniatures you are pledging for are just concept art at the moment, it's worth showing you what you can expect after the project's funding has been fulfilled, and how close the resulting miniatures are to the concepts themselves.
Take Qaano, Srónax Untain, for example. It began as a superb concept by Des Hanley. We gave the concept to master sculptor Allan Carrasco, who produced an amazing sculpt matched only by the paintjob provided by Sébastien Picque - not forgetting, he painted one of our resin casts!
The progress of every miniature funded by our Kickstarter projects follows a similar path. We update our projects every Friday with work in progress images of sculpts as well as painted versions of the finished miniature (not to mention project fulfilment news of course).
Thus, you can expect a similar quality of miniature - and be informed all the way down the line - by backing this project!
As well as the starter hosts, you can purchase all of these stretch goals individually:
There will be lots more stretch goals over the course of the project, we hope, so watch out for those!
The Darklands: First Edition Rule Book is now yours to purchase! This lavish, 364 page colour hardback book contains everything you need to start playing Darklands, apart from the miniatures themselves of course.
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!
The Darklands: Savage Hordes Muster Book is central to Darklands and the miniatures unlocked by this project will be found within it. Even if you don't want to play Darklands, the Savage Hordes hardback book will give you a huge insight into the lands of darkness as a setting as well as its denizens and realms!
Bear in mind that the muster rules and kindred musters (containing all of the warrior profiles currently available) can already be downloaded from the Mierce Miniatures website!
To play Darklands 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 Order Tokens Set (tailored to your hosts' kindred).
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 GENERAL, SCOUT and FLANK order tokens, which is why you can purchase those separately.
The Exult and Dismay Tokens and Continuous Effect Tokens are relatively new, so you'll definitely want some of these if you haven't seen them before! They ensure every players knows the status of your units on the battlefield.
When attached to unit, these tokens signify that a unit is subject to some kind of continuous effect, which can prove deadly!
Again very new, the Object Tokens and Mobility Tokens respectively show the objects a unit is keeping and a unit's mobility.
Here's some more Templates for various warriors, and you may want some scenery as well.
There may well be more accessories as the project continues!
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 latest previous Darklands project, Darklands: Savage Hordes, 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 shipment items, 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 bold 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.
- Wave 0 (September): Existing Items
- Wave 20 (October 2017): ?
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 Items that enable your orders to be shipped. You MUST purchase at least one of the Shipment Items - usually the Mandatory Shipment Item. The Mandatory Shipment Item for this project is the One Shipment shipment item.
The first goals of this project are scheduled to ship in October 2017, which is Wave 20, and then each stretch goal after that could be shipped as part of Wave 21 or 22. 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: Savage Hordes III 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. Please note, however, that you'll be waiting until everything in your orders from this project is ready - which could be longer than suggested!
- Why should I purchase the "Two Shipments" or "Three Shipments" item? It's so that you are not waiting for everything in your order to be sculpted before it ships; we can send two or three shipments from your orders, when items become available. We would always recommend that you purchase the Three Shipment Items shipment item to avoid such delays.
If you have any Shipping questions, ask!
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.
Risks and challenges
With eleven highly successful Kickstarter projects concluded, three of which having fulfilled 100% of its rewards (Darklands: a World of War, Darklands: Monstrous Mounts and BaneBeasts: Mighty Monsters), two more 95% through (Darklands: First Edition, Darklands: First Edition II) and the remaining six (Darklands: New Kindreds, BaneBeasts: Mighty Monsters Part Deux, Darklands: Metal Age, Darklands: Savage Hordes I, Darklands: Savage Hordes II and Darklands: Mighty Monsters) 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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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