Check the comments on this project for sneak peeks, Darklands lore, hints, tactics, painting advice and general insanity! The community that builds during these Kickstarter projects is amazing, and even if you just read the comments, you'll gain so much more from Darklands: Starter Hosts!
Backing Darklands: Starter Hosts 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? Download the Quick Play Guide and have a look at the bottom of this project's page for more information on Darklands the wargame!
New to Darklands? Choose your infantry host, and get the "STARTER BUNDLE" reward!
It's the easiest way to get playing!
To keep things as simple as possible, this project’s rewards are based around the concept of a Starter Host. All 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!
You can purchase any of the Infantry Starter Hosts in metal or resin from the graphic below - either as single purchases or as part of the "FIVE INFANTRY HOSTS" reward.
Each Infantry Starter Host almost always contains:
- 1x Commander
- 1x Infantry unit of 10x miniatures, including champion, banner bearer and herald where appropriate
- 1x Monstrous Infantry unit of 5x warriors (50mm) or 3x warriors (60mm)
Note that 60mm monstrous infantry units (such as the Srónax) can only be produced in resin regardless of whether your purchase is for a metal host or a resin host.
Each of these Infantry Starter Hosts will be released to the public in similar format later on this year.
Support Starter Hosts are exactly the same as Infantry Hosts in terms of costs, and always contain:
- 1x Support Commander
- 1x Support Unit of 10x miniatures, including champion
- 1x Monstrous Support Unit of 3x warriors, including champion
Note that 60mm or 80mm monstrous infantry units (such as the Bholg of Acaill) can only be produced in resin regardless of whether your purchase is for a metal host or a resin host.
Each of these Support Starter Hosts will be released to the public in similar format later on this year.
As well as the Infantry Starter Hosts we have a number of hosts containing monstrous infantry, based around the same principle of 499 gold or Encounter Host size, where possible.
Each Monstrous Infantry Starter Host almost always contains:
- 1x Monstrous Commander
- 1x Monstrous Infantry unit of 5x miniatures, including champion, banner bearer and herald where appropriate
- 1x Monstrous Beast
Note that 60mm monstrous infantry hosts and all of the monstrous beasts will only be produced in resin regardless of whether your purchase is for a metal host or a resin host.
Each of these Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts will be released to the public in similar format later on this year.
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!
As well as the main rewards, there's also the rule book, accessories and so forth to ensure your games of Darklands runs smoothly; presented here as special offers, as they're often a bit cheaper than purchasing them on the webstore.
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.
Something new for you in this project is the long-awaited Darklands Positioning Laser! This is a Class 1 laser so extremely safe to use.
A positioning laser immediately ends a line of sight argument!
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 (so new they're not yet produced), 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 III, with the links below.
- Darklands: Savage Hordes III Part Deux - How to Manage Your Pledge
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!
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.
Risks and challenges
With eleven highly successful Kickstarter projects concluded, four of which having fulfilled 100% of its rewards (Darklands: a World of War, Darklands: Monstrous Mounts, BaneBeasts: Mighty Monsters and BaneBeasts: Mighty Monsters Part Deux), two more 95% through (Darklands: First Edition, Darklands: First Edition II) and the remaining six (Darklands: New Kindreds, Darklands: Metal Age, Darklands: Savage Hordes I, Darklands: Savage Hordes II, Darklands: Mighty Monsters and Darklands: Savage Hordes III) 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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