Saturday, March 25, 2017

Northstar Miniatures: Death in The Dark Continent - Darkest Africa Wargame Rules Pre-Order

Northstar Miniatures will be launching their Nickstarter pre-order campaign for Death in the Dark Continent on March 31st, and it will run till April 14th.

The Nickstarter pre-order campaign for the new game 'Death in the Dark Continent' begins next Friday. Every copy ordered will come with three exclusive African civilian figures, designed by Mark Copplestone for the game's release. The first 5 days you will be able to buy the book at the 'early bird' price of £18.79, the actual retail is £25.00. Once we sell 300 books, the Chokwee Elephant Hunter will be given away to every Nickstarter participants. We have a further selection of exclusive miniatures we'll be giving away as the numbers of books sold increases.

Limited Edition Darkest Africa Miniatures

More Copplestone Castings figures that saw very limited release in the past. These though will be given away as spend rewards in the DitDC Nickstarter. The more books we sell, the more free figures we'll give everyone. The Masai Chief by Mark Copplestone. This figure was once on limited release. He'll be available to buy again for the duration of the Nickstarter, to participants only. The African Knights. These figures are the private range of Kev Dallimore. He is allowing us to distribute them during the Death in the Dark Continent Nickstarter.

Savannah Knight - Bornu African Knight Miniatures

Northstar Miniatures will be releasing the third incarnation of the popular Death in The Dark Continent wargame rules as a proper hardback book counting 180-190 pages. You will be getting two games in the new version of Death in the Dark Continent. As well as the main wargame, Chris Peers has added a new Man V Beast hunting game to the book, where players take the roles of hunters and animals and stalk each other down.

"The Chief of the blue-coloured cattle, who was so confident of his strength, had refused to flee when the Matabele approached. Their onset was as the voice of lightning, and their spears as the shaking of a forest in the autumn storm. The Matabele lions raised the shout of death, and flew upon their victims.." Stooping to the ground on which we stood, he took up a little dust in his hand: blowing it off, and holding out his naked palm, he added "That is all that remains of the great chief of the blue-coloured cattle!" The words of a Native Guide, South Africa, late 19th Century.

Ila warrriors emerge from ambush, startling the local baboons. (In game terms the Ila are Elite Skirmishers.) Kev Dallimore painted them with the tall grass on the bases. The game encourages you to base the figures on 60mm by 30mm, which allows you to 'go to town' on making them mini dioramas.

Below you can see the covers of all three Death in The Dark Continent prints starting with the latest cover at the left followed by the second and first edition cover artwork of these splendid Darkest Africa rules. The original book had around 46 pages, the latest book will have an astounding page count of almost 200 pages, all filled with colonial splendour!

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