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$8,976
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

About

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!

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Backing Darklands: Starter Hosts II 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.

Eoric's Pack, Werwulf Unit
Eoric's Pack, Werwulf Unit

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 Darklands: First Edition Quick Play Guide to learn how to play very quickly, and have a good look at the Lands of Darkness Kindred Guide to give you an insight into the lore behind the game.

 

Additionally, 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!

A couple of years ago we unveiled the simply awesome Limited Edition Drinking Companions, and we still have a few of them left - so we thought we'd offer them to you!

 

Produced in metal only and presented to you in a numbered Mierce Miniatures blister pack, each Drinking Companion is limited to 100 casts only on a first come, first served basis.

So that we know how many are left on this project, reserve yours (after you've increased your pledge) by sending an e-mail to us at kickstarter@mierce-miniatures.com, letting us know how many of each drinking companion you are reserving.

They won't be available to purchase on the webstore - we'll simply remove the Moneyback from your eventual pledge total and create an order for you with your drinking companions.

We'll keep you updated on the comments section of the project as to how many of each have been sold every day, and even every minute if stocks get low...

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!

As well as the hosts listed in the stretch goals, 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.

Available Infantry Starter Hosts
Available Infantry Starter Hosts

 

Most of these Infantry Starter Hosts are already released to the public; new ones will be released to the public in similar format either later on this year or early next.

Below are more Infantry Starter Hosts from previous recent projects, but they won't be available for a while...

Forthcoming Infantry Starter Hosts
Forthcoming Infantry Starter Hosts

 

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.

Here's the Infantry Starter Hosts you can fund for this project!

 

The Anglecynn Werwulf Infantry Starter Host includes digital resculpts of Hrōr (in progress), Eoric's Pack (complete) and Wulfric's Pack (forthcoming) by Bob Płociennik. Both Hrōr and Eoric's Pack will come with four weapon combinations - sword and claw, sword and shield, spear and claw and spear and shield. Wulfric's Pack will come with three weapon options - claws, sword and claw and great claws.

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.

Available Support Starter Hosts
Available Support Starter Hosts

 

Some of these Support Starter Hosts are already released to the public; new ones will be released to the public in similar format either later on this year or early next.

Below are more Support Starter Hosts from previous recent projects, but they won't be available for a while...

Forthcoming Support Starter Hosts
Forthcoming Support Starter Hosts

 

Here's the Support Starter Hosts you can fund for this project!

 

The Anglecynn Werwulf Hunter Support Starter Host includes digital resculpts of Hrōr with a bow, called Hunter Hrōr (in progress), two units of Sigewulf's Pack and a unit of Eoric's Pack by Bob Płociennik. Eoric's Pack will come with four weapon combinations - sword and claw, sword and shield, spear and claw and spear and shield.

There's also a deal for those who want more than one host, in the shape of the FIVE INFANTRY HOSTS bundle (which can be either infantry hosts or support hosts). Save loads of money on your infantry and support hosts if you grab this!

 

There's a deal for the infantry and support units within those hosts, too - the FIVE INFANTRY UNITS bundle!

As well as the Infantry Starter Hosts and Support Starter Hosts we have a number of Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts, based around the same principle of 499 gold or Encounter Host size, where possible.

Available Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts
Available Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts

 

Most of these Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts are already released to the public; new ones will be released to the public in similar format either later on this year or early next.

Below are more Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts from previous recent projects, but they won't be available for a while...

Forthcoming Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts
Forthcoming Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts

 

Here's the Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts you can fund for this project!

 

The Anglecynn Wælwulf Monstrous Infantry Starter Host includes digital resculpts of the Wælwulf Thegn, Cearl, and the unit of Wælwulfas, Wulfric's Pack. Both Cearl and Wulfric's Pack come with claws, great claws and sword and claw weapon options, and Creoda the Guthwulf adds some punch to the host itself! It doesn't have to be Creoda either - it can be either of the other two in the Guthwulf unit, but note they won't be available for a while as Allan Carrasco won't be sculpting them until later in the year.

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.

There's also a deal for those who want more than one monstrous infantry host, in the shape of the FIVE MONSTROUS INFANTRY HOSTS bundle.

 

Save loads of money on your monstrous infantry hosts if you grab either of those!

As well as the Infantry, Support and Monstrous Infantry Starter Hosts there's also a few Mounted Starter Hosts, again based around the same principle of 499 gold or Encounter Host size, where possible. Note, however, that all of these are Forthcoming and may not be available for some time.

Forthcoming Mounted Hosts
Forthcoming Mounted Hosts

 

Each Monstrous Infantry Starter Host almost always contains:

  • 1x Mounted Commander
  • 1x Mounted Unit of 5x miniatures, including champion, banner bearer and herald where appropriate
  • 1x Mounted Unit of 5x miniatures, usually including a champion

Note that 6 and 80mm Mounted Hosts and any monstrous beasts will only be produced in resin regardless of whether your purchase is for a metal host or a resin host.

There's also a mighty savings deal - the "FIVE MOUNTED HOSTS" bundle (in metal or resin) - which gives you a HUGE discount if you go for five mounted hosts.

It saves you over 50% from purchasing the hosts individually!

As well as the starter hosts, you can purchase all of these stretch goals individually:

 

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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-ish 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 a 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 IV, 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 with your pledge. 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 - £4.00
  • EUR - £10.00
  • ROW - £10.00

Note, here, that NO shipping is free for any shipment wave.

 

Darklands cover artwork by Stefan Kopinski
Darklands cover artwork by Stefan Kopinski

 

                                                            

 

 

 

The Lands of Darkness
The Lands of Darkness

 

                                                       
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Click for a larger image

 

                                                     

 

 

Two young happy fellows enjoying a Darklands battle!
Two young happy fellows enjoying a Darklands battle!

Intrigued? Download the Darklands: First Edition Quick Play Guide to learn how to play very quickly, and have a good look at the Lands of Darkness Kindred Guide to give you an insight into the lore behind the game.

 

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Risks and challenges

With seventeen highly successful Kickstarter projects concluded, eight of which having fulfilled 100% of its rewards (Darklands: a World of War, Darklands: First Edition, Darklands: First Edition II, Darklands: Monstrous Mounts, Darklands: New Kindreds, Darklands: Metal Age, BaneBeasts: Mighty Monsters and BaneBeasts: Mighty Monsters Part Deux), one more 95% through (Darklands: Savage Hordes I) and the rest in varying degrees 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.

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