Taiyo Dynasties Samurai Miniatures Game
Taiyō Dynasties - The War of the Falling Petal. A skirmish miniatures game based in feudal japan with an animalistic twist.
Taiyo Dynasties Samurai Miniatures Game
Taiyō Dynasties - The War of the Falling Petal. A skirmish miniatures game based in feudal japan with an animalistic twist.
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"Taiyo, the life energy that passes through all living beings. Flowing through the body, it allows the daily tasks of a farmer to be completed swiftly, and the strikes of a warrior to be strong and just. The Sohei are said to be able to use their Taiyo to levitate above the trees. Meanwhile, we sages of the Great Temple can move an object through the fabric of the world, breaking the teachings of time and being.The Great Masters use their power to help the people, and seek enlightenment.
But I fear others will use it to oppress, and kill.”
- Sage Yamasakura of the Great Temple.
A Skirmish miniatures game for 2 to 4 players, Taiyō Dynasties takes place in an alternate history Feudal Japan where humans never existed and beastmen took their place. As a third great war looms over the nation of Hanani, Taiyō, the magical life force that flows through all things, has been harnessed by the clans and warriors of the land. As tensions grow between the Wafuto Imperial Army and the oppressed Atsuda clans, warlords and vagrant ronin alike seek to unlock the mysterious powers of Taiyō, and turn the tides of battle in their favour.
Taiyō Dynasties is the creation of Alex Atkinson, a tabletop game developer working out of Japan. Narratively, Taiyō Dynasties takes its influences appropriately from Japanese history and Asian folklore. On the tabletop, Taiyō Dynasties is a quick, easy and accessible miniatures game suitable for players of all ages and skill levels. We believe it's a perfect skirmish wargame to get started with, even if you've never picked up dice and miniatures before.
Pledge at the Samurai Pledge level for the game starter set.
This Kickstarter aims to launch the War of the Falling Petal starter set for Taiyō Dynasties. This box includes everything you need to play a two person game; Taiyō Dynasties is a skirmish-scale wargame, and uses very few models - keeping everything quick and easy, from the painting to the playing.
Character abilities are presented on cards and included in the box. Decisive actions are decided through simple six-sided dice rolls. Coins are used to add resource management mechanics to the game, and lend the game a degree of tactical depth that can keep even the most competitive wargamers coming back for more.
Players can choose their warbands from the unique clans and factions of Hanani, and with their forces they will wage war for land, riches and honour. With the clash of katanas, the whistling of arrows and the incantations of ancient magic, ancestral enemies settle age-old grudges and new rivalries are born among new recruits in glorious moments.
The land of Hanani is torn apart by the War of the Falling Petal, and all must choose a side; Ally yourself with the Wafuto Imperial Army and crush your enemy with superior steel, or take up arms with the Atusda Vanguard and defend the holy sites of your ancestors with guerrilla tactics. Take the vows of the Akira yakuza, and cut deals and establish yourself within the crime syndicates operating right under the shogunate's nose. Meanwhile, the Reputan Trade Federation is open to those of a mercenary leaning, who would seek riches and treasures on the high seas, indifferent to the ideologies driving the War.
Taiyō Dynasties is a thoroughly "tried & tested" skirmish wargame with an accompanying fictional world, both of which have been over five years in the making. Our small, independent team have poured a great deal of love, attention and energy into making sure the game is everything that a fully-fledged, actively supported skirmish miniatures wargame should be. Be sure to follow our updates to learn more - in them, we'll be covering even more of everything that's presented on this page, such as the lore, mechanics and development process of the Taiyō world!
This campaign seeks to fund the production costs for at least 400 copies of the first starter box for Taiyō Dynasties, The War of the Falling Petal, and establish a core following for what we believe can be a popular and well-supported skirmish miniatures wargame.
This Kickstarter will release the first two Warbands; The Imperial Army and The Atsuda Vanguard. Further Warbands, such as Gang Akira and Samejima's Crew, will be released as stretch goals. Check out the add-on section to see the current Warbands that are available, and be sure to check for any new warbands we might add as the campaign progresses!
Taiyō Dynasties' models are 28mm heroic scale miniatures, standing between 32-60 mm tall and cast in high quality resin. Some assembly and painting is required, but our range goes together very easily with just a little bit of superglue. With all the characters cast and prototypes in hand, all our base models are ready for mass production.
The models have been 3D designed by Alex Atkinson, Thomas Lishman and Jason Burns, and have been cast by Matt Hobday of Goya Games, who has been working round the clock over the last few months to ensure a hassle-free production is all ready to go. Our studio miniatures were painted by Tom of Skullboy Studios, who found them fun and easy to paint!
Our models are available in the War of the Falling Petal starter set and also available in separate warband box sets. Each box set contains dice, tokens, bases and character cards for the models.
In Taiyō Dynasties, players take control of small warbands and play out thrilling, character-driven skirmishes rich with strategy and story alike. A warband is made up of Heroes, Elite Units, Troops and other unique characters. With 5 to 12 models in each warband, the game is fast paced and all characters are an essential part of play. Only through leveraging tactical acumen with the unique abilities of your units will you take victory.
Our ruleset is already written and well-into playtesting. In that aspect, we want you to be a part of its development. For the full Taiyō Dynasties ruleset, follow this link for the BETA rules!
Join our facebook group to be a part of the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaiyoDynasties/
As with many tabletop games, resource management is a crucial aspect of the game. Every model in your force produces coins for your resource pool during a game, and the amount generated is shown by the symbols on the model’s card. As such, the way you compose your army is also important. You pay for each action in the game with these coins, keeping the flow of the game clear and concise. The coins will be made of metal and are part of our Dragon Scales coin line!
Each character in the game has a set of special actions that define the way they fight. With clear and helpful character cards to keep track of your models, you will never be taken out the action. Ultimately, we want the Taiyō Dynasties ruleset to be quick, easy and understandable, whilst offering a great deal of tactical depth.
You can get immersed in a narrative campaign just as easily as you can play a one-off battle to prove your tactical might.
All the character illustrations are by Nexzerker. To view all of our character cards, simply follow this link!
Watch the simple gameplay intro video below. It shows the basics to get started with Taiyō Dynasties. To learn more about the rules and gameplay, read the BETA RULES, or drop us a line in our comments section and we'll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.
The Taiyō Dynasties ruleset has been thoroughly tested in house, at gaming events and at wargaming clubs. Once the Kickstarter version of the game is released, the first edition of the rules will be published and the final artwork will be added. Every pledge level comes with a free PDF copy of the final rules. This reduces postage costs and allows you to get updated versions of the rules for free as the game develops or as new miniatures are added. If this Kickstarter proves to be successful, we can look at funding a printed version of the rules in the future!
For the full Taiyō Dynasties rules follow this link for the BETA RULES!
Interview on Beast of War
Our standard pledge - The Taiyō Dynasties War of the Falling Petal Starter Set. This pledge includes The Wafuto Imperial Army, and The Atsuda Vanguard, plus all the components needed to play.
War of the Falling Petal Starter Box Contents
- 10 Resin Models - Miyamoto Sensei x1, Goru Warrior x1, Tamarin Sohei x1, Chimp Ashigaru x1, Chimp Shashu x1, Wafuto Tarou x1, Panda Elite x1, Ookami Samurai x1, Ookami Senshi x1, Teppou Inu x1
- 30 Metal Coins
- 10 Model Cards
- 8 Plastic Dice
Wanting a few warband boxes but not looking to get the starter box? Then this is the pledge for you!
Work out your total from the add-on section (after the Clan/Faction section.) Once the Kickstarter has wrapped up, simply choose from the add-ons section and tell us what you want.
*Please note that delivery on stretch goal war bands will take longer to fulfil - we estimate November.
The humble Ronin pledge - thank you for pledging to support our game! With this tier, you will get your name in the release of the digital rulebook and any future rules or supplements we release. You will receive a copy of the final ruleset in digital upon completion, in addition to a bundle of free digital rewards such as artwork and screensavers.
Above is the estimated shipping cost for the average backer, based on the weight of 1 to 3 Starter Boxes. Our boxes are not very heavy, and we aim to keep shipping costs down with the game's compact nature.
The game will ship worldwide in September with stretch goals following in November. During the pledge manager we will ask for your shipping address and add-ons. You will also be able to upgrade your international shipping to tracked international shipping. All UK orders will be tracked.
We want to support local game stores with the release of Taiyō Dynasties, and as such we offer this tier to benefit small businesses and brick & mortar retailers. With this pledge, you can put down a deposit to register your interest in purchasing at least three starter set boxes at retailer's price.
We may request store verification upon pledging for this tier.
This tier includes:
- Copies of the War of the Falling Petal Starter Box, and/or Taiyo Dynasties Warband Boxes.
- This £20/$26 pledge stands as a deposit and agreement to register your interest in purchasing at least three Starter boxes
- In the mean time we will add your details to the list of 'Retail Stockists' of Taiyō Dynasties on our dedicated website. Carriage and Shipping will be calculated when we are ready to ship.
- All items will be sold to you at retail discount.
The War of the Falling Petal predominantly concerns the conflict between the Wafuto and Atsuda Clans, and they're the stars of this starter set. As the world of Taiyō Dynasties grows however, we'll look to adding many more factions, miniatures and forces to the world, allowing you to play out countless stories and battles in our rich and vibrant setting!
The highly militarised canines that rule with an iron fist. Mostly consisting of wolves, dogs and bears, the Wafuto Clan definitely has the ferocity and raw power to take out any enemies that stand in their way. Perhaps gifted with too much brawn and not enough brain, the Wafuto often lack the peace of mind necessary to utilise Taiyo in the ways that other species have mastered. They more than make up for this with sheer military expertise and ruthless, well-trained soldiers however, and The Wafuto Clan are perfect for the cut-throat gamers.
Led by Wafuto Zaifun, the Wafuto Clan are the largest clan, and have more than earned the right to call their leader Shogun. In 1699, The Wafuto Clan rose to power after the 8 year war knows as The War of Dogs. Owning most of mainland Hanani, the Wafuto hold large swathes of territory, and have drawn a great of natural resources from the land - chiefly, iron and gunpowder. Unfortunately, the Wafuto have also stretched their armies far and wide in order to assert such dominance, and as such, have lost almost all power over the nation's many islands and their respective sea trade routes.
Ruling over the lands with an iron fist and crushing any signs of rebellion with haste, players looking to take control of Wafuto's roaming Imperial Army warbands will find themselves playing hard and steadfast in order to obtain victory. We've painted our Wafuto warbands in rich reds and golds, but the clan's splinter factions and vagrant warbands can, and often will, enamel their armour in a great variety of bold colours to proudly showcase their wealth and power.
The War of the Falling Petal Starter Box contains the following: Wafuto Tarou x1, Panda Elite x1, Ookami Samurai x1, Ookami Senshi x1 Teppou Inu x1. It also contains bases and character cards for all the miniatures. That's all you need to play a full game of Taiyo Dynasties!
Made up of primates, apes and monkeys, the Atsuda Clan are a highly intelligent and peaceful people, but in no way defenceless. Often comprised of peasant militia and warrior monks, Atsuda Vanguards utilise their innate agility, stealth and prowess to wage guerrilla warfare against the oppressive Wafuto.
Atsuda Vangaurds often rally around their transcendent Taiyo Sensei, who, utilising their mastery over Taiyo energy, conceal sound, cast powerful magics, and teleport troops great distances with little more than subtle movements of the hand. With such arts and an iron will, the Atsuda Clan are not to be underestimated. This faction is great for the thinking player who looks to utilise every trick at their disposal in order to achieve victory.
Led by Atsuda Chatoto and driven by vengeance, the Atsuda Clan have begun to harness their otherwise peaceful Taiyō energies in a more offensive manner than ever before. Unlike the Wafuto, the Atsuda maintain control over many of the Southern Islands, and although they have less resources and manpower than the Imperial Army, the clan has dedicated itself to rigorous training regimes. While the Wafuto hold power and sit cleaning their claws, the Atsuda have something to prove. They have been limited to their island exiles for too long, and now they look to turning their knowledge and power to the reclamation of their ancestral lands.
Players taking control of Atsuda Vanguards will find their forces require some level of thought; the Atsuda cannot muscle-out the forces of other clans easily. With graceful agility, cunning guile and masterful maneuvering however, the Atsuda can triumph in almost any given situation. We've painted our Atsuda Vanguards in deep greens and browns to reflect the clan's dedication to camouflage and subterfuge, but as the Atsuda Clans seek monastic sanctuary in almost any environment, their haori jackets and light armour are often dyed and painted to match their given habitat.
The War of the Falling Petal Starter Box contains the following: Miyamoto Sensei x1, Goru Warrior x1, Tamarin Sohei x1, Chimp Ashigaru x1, Chimp Shashu x1. It also contains bases and character cards for all the miniatures. That's all you need to play a full game of Taiyo Dynasties!
£60 - An additional copy of the War of the Falling Petal Starter Box
Includes: 10 Resin Models, 30 Metal Coins, 10 Model Cards, and 8 Plastic Dice.
£45 - Atsuda Vanguard - Warband Box
Includes: 7 Resin Models, Miyamoto Sensei x1, Goru Warrior x1, Tamarin Sohei x1, Chimp Ashigaru x2, Chimp Shashu x2, 18 Metal Coins, 5 Model Cards, and 4 Plastic Dice
£45 - Wafuto Imperial Army - Warband Box
Includes: 7 Resin Models , Wafuto Tarou x1, Panda Elite x1, Ookami Samurai x1, Ookami Senshi x2, Teppou Inu x2, 18 Metal Coins, 5 Model Cards, and 4 Plastic Dice
Terrain and accessories will be available in the pledge manager;
- Japanese 28mm terrain starter set for Taiyo Dynasties by Sarrisa Precision
- Sakura flower metal Dragon Scales dice by Ulfsark Games
- Acrylic tokens for tracking health and status effects
- Extra sets of the metal coins for Taiyo Dynasties
We will be releasing additional Warbands as stretch goals to help expand the world of Taiyō Dynasties!
Consider increasing you pledge to help us reach your favourite!
When will I get such stretch goal models?
These stretch goal warbands are in alpha at the time of this Kickstarter launching. The 3D models will be created after the Kickstarter campaign ends. The rules will simultaneously be tested and brought to beta state in September. At this point the character stat cards will be released for open beta (i.e; you can play with them) while final production of the resin models continues. In November, the open beta will close and the final stat cards will be printed and shipped with the models to backers who ordered stretch goals. Stretch goal rewards will arrive between November and Early December.
To view all the Beta Character Cards, Click Here!
If you wish to have your stretch goals sent separately from your starter box, please send us a message.
Check out the £55,000 stretch goal - OUR KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE - All starter boxes get double the number of troops - At this point we have funded enough to produce 1000 sets and our unit production price can be reduced. Therefore, we can reward our Kickstarter backers with 4 extra models!
We proudly present our Stretch Goals!
Gang Akira are the melee-only powerhouse force. Capable of being fielded as a stand alone warband or as a vicious accompaniment to a Wafuto Clan warband, the Gang features four named characters: Akira the Boss; Bo the Sumo; Aiko the Geisha and Chi, alongside two Akira thugs. For a fast moving and aggressive play style, these hounds are the way to go.
The Gang Akira box set contains the following: Akira x1, Bo x1, Aiko x1, Chi x1, Akira Thugs x2. It also contains bases and character cards for all the miniatures.
Samejima’s sea-faring crew have a lot of firepower at their disposal. Muscle-bound alligators toss anchors at enemy ships, and drag them within range for frog pistoleers to leap aboard and rain fire down upon the enemy deck. Meanwhile, turtle cannoneers blast holes in the hull of the enemy vessels, ensuring nobody gets away without a proper fight.
The crews of the southern seas have no political allegiances, and will pledge their firepower to anyone - as long as they're the highest bidder! Samejima's crew can be allied with any other force as Mercenaries, or fielded as a stand-alone warband.
The Samejima's Crew box set contains the following: Samejima x1, Croc Deckhands x2, Frog Pistoller x2, Turtle Canoneer x1. It also contains bases and character cards for all the miniatures.
OUR KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE - All starter boxes get double the number of troops - At this point we have funded enough to produce 1000 sets and our unit production price can be reduced. Therefore, we can reward our Kickstarter backers with 4 extra models!
The Drummers of Raijin are an incredible example of the way the Atsuda monks have harnessed their ceremonial Taiyō energies into offensive forces. With each strike of their ancient drums, the Raijin monks send electrical Taiyo energies coursing through the air, melting armour, stunning generals and electrocuting enemy forces. The Drummers of Raijin can be fielded alone, but make for a great addition to an Atsuda warband, providing heavy-hitting ranged support.
The Drummers of Raijin box set contains the following: The Kaminari Twins with Drum Golems x2, Goru Jikata x1 and Macaque Ouchi x2. It also contains bases and character cards for all the miniatures.
We're super excited about the possibility of expanding the Taiyō Universe and if we reach high levels of funding we can begin discussing which forces and models the community would like to see realised next. Leave us a comment with what you would like to see!
Alex Atkinson - Creator & Project Manager - UK
The creator of the Taiyō Dynasties game and the owner of Ulfsark Games. Alex is responsible for all of Ulfsark Games' previous kickstarters, including the hugely successful Dragon Scale Dice and Coins range. Alex has worked very hard to bring Taiyō Dynasties to its current state, and has poured an immense amount of love, care and attention into ensuring Taiyo Dynasties is the best game it can possibly be. The game started as a small project that Alex worked on with Nexz, an illustrator from Argentina. However, as the project has grown over the last 5 years, he's handpicked a team of talented individuals to bring Taiyō Dynasties to life.
Nicolás Amarilla (Nexzerker) - Concept Artist and Illustrator - Argentina
Nic has been on the project from day one, and his creative talents have shaped the strong visual design of Taiyo Dynasties throughout. Nic is an incredibly creative person and has become an indispensable asset to the project, and he will continue to work with us throughout Taiyo Dynasties' future. You can view Nic's Portfolio here!
Sam Sleney - Editor and Project Management - UK
Sam joined the project during the final lead up to the Kickstarter. He has a very successful track record on Kickstarter as the creative director and project manager on the SINS RPG, and as social media & marketing manager for Room17's Tenfold Dungeon range. Sam's role on Taiyo Dynasties covers a bit of everything, from kickstarter project management, rulebook editing and game design.
Matt Hobday - Goya Games - Resin casting and production - UK
Matt has an incredible career history, having worked at both Games Workshop and Mantic Miniatures. He has since set up his own casting company and will be producing all our models for the final production. We are looking forward to working with him - rest assured, our model production is in safe hands.
Tom Lishman - 3D modeller - UK
Tom was the main modeller for the Atsuda Vanguard warband. He has worked on many other projects, including many of Steamforged Games' miniature range. Tom has a great eye for detail and captures a great human-like emotion in the faces of characters. In addition to his work on the Atsuda Vanguard, Tom will also be working on our stretch goal models. You can view Tom's Portfolio here!
Jason Burns - 3D modeller - US
Jason was the main modeller for the Wafuto Imperial Army warband. Jason brought a great visual style to the warband with their heavy armor and aggressive stances. He has shown great support and enthusiasm for the project throughout and is excited to get to work on our stretch goal models. You can view Jason's Portfolio here!
People or organisations that have helped contribute to the production of Taiyo Dynasties.
Akiharu Kitagawa - Musician - Composed and performed "Taiyo Dynasty / 太陽ダイナスティ"
Sonny Bundgaard - Imitation of Life - Painter and Sculptor
Tom - Skullboy Studios - Commission Painter - Contact - Skullboystudio@gmail.com
Hillary Wilson - Landscape Artist
Søren D - Playtester
Justin Bintz - 3D Artist
Vivek Chandra - Knights of Dice - Casting Consultation
Ross Connell - More Games Please - project consultancy
Greebo Games - Prototyping for Taiyo Dynasties
Zealot Miniatures - Prototyping for Taiyo Dynasties
Nørdmarked - Club and Event management
Chillcon Derby - Event & Convention hosting
Nottingham Board and Wargames Club - Wargaming Club & Playtesters
Nottingham Tabletop Collective - Tabletop Developer's Club and Playtesters
Needy Cat Games - Game Designers and Founders of Nottingham Tabletop Collective
Risks and challenges
This kickstarter is the most ambitious and exciting project that we have undertaken. There are going to be many challenges we must face and whilst we don't expect to run into any major issues, we owe it to you, the backer, to be transparent and honest about any potential challenges.
-Packing and Logistics - Although having run many kickstarters and found the best method for packing and posting for ourselves, this project is potentially operating on a much larger scale than our previous kickstarters. We will therefore we will be working closely with Spiral Galaxy Games to fulfill this project.
- Quality control - All the orders being processed will go through quality control checks to make sure that everyone's products are up to scratch. However if there is an issue with your models it will be on us, and we will replace or refund the model. This will be a challenge as thousands of models are going to be packed. Nonetheless, we believe it is something worth taking our time over.
- Delays and Updates - A kickstarter of this size, particularly when met with success, could have delays and as such we're taking a very studious approach to planning. We will make sure to keep everyone in the loop at all stages. Pictures and some tracking details will be shared to keep everyone up to date. Furthermore, you will be instantly notified about delays. We hope to have none, and we have already got the prototype models in hand, ready made to remove many of the delays that pre-production bring. Our model range will instead go straight to production on the wrap-up of the Kickstarter. The same cannot be said for stretch goal rewards due to planning logistics. However, we hope to use the experience we have already gained from the pre-production of the current products to swiftly and efficiently put any stretch goal models into production ASAP upon the Kickstarter's conclusion.
- Stretch Goals - One of the most time consuming parts of the development phase is the design and prototyping. Therefore stretch goals could take some time. This is especially the case if we reach larger stretch goals.
There are many risks to business as a whole and Kickstarters are not exempt from this.
- Suppliers shutdown - If this occurs with Goya Games it would cause delays. However, Matt Hobday is a reliable businessman and caster with an industry reputation, and we have no reason to believe there is a risk of this. In addition, given the local nature of production we can obtain our molds in the event of disaster. Furthermore, with all our model designs being 3D designed, we can just print more masters using digital back ups. We've been in touch with alternative casters and back-up production teams should anything go terribly wrong.
- Health and Natural Disasters - Alex, the main project manager, is in very good health both physically and mentally, and shows no signs of producing ailments that would stop him from working. Nottingham is our main base of operations and is not known for any large scale natural disasters. Therefore we can rule these out.
This concludes our brief review of the risks and challenges. Please feel free to message us if you have any pressing comments, concerns or questions regarding the production of this Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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