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The Barons' War 4 - Outremer (The Crusader States)

Created by Andy Hobday & Paul Hicks

New, highly-detailed, 28mm medieval miniatures, terrain and retinue lists taking the award-winning The Barons' War to a new setting.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

November (almost December) is here what have we been up to?
3 days ago – Tue, Nov 29, 2022 at 06:27:22 PM

Hello, we thought it was time for another update to let you know what has been happening behind the scenes. We have news on the Outremer book, the fort STL files and pledge fulfilment.

The Outremer book for The Barons' War 

A mock-up of what the Outremer will look like when we have finished

After sharing the earlier preview mock-up of the book, this month we are able to show you actual pages taken from Andy's screen. Steve Beckett has been working dilligently on the layout while we provide feedback, our focus is to finish off and get the book to the printer early next month (December 2022) as scheduled.  

The book so far is shaping up to be a cracker. It brings new rules, characters and a set of linked scenarios to let you recreate warfare in Outremer using The Barons’ War rules. 

Players will find their existing models from western Europe are ideal as visiting crusaders.  They can be supplemented by local Christian troops to represent the mixed population and hybrid culture of the settled crusader states.  Those who prefer smaller elite forces will want to try the military orders – the Templars, Hospitallers and their less numerous brethren, the Teutonic knights and even the leper-knights of St Lazarus. 

Conversely, the armies of the cultured Islamic world offer a diverse range of options.  Just like contemporary Muslim emirs, players can tailor their forces to their preferred style of play, drawing on the distinctive military traditions of the Fertile Crescent. 

The history of Outremer was shaped by many notable leaders.  We have included a small selection within the book.  Some of the names will be familiar to you, particularly those associated with the Third Crusade. If we haven't included the named character you want to add to your retinue you will be able to create them via the character creator.

As it currently stands we have gone way over our page count allocation. Once trimmed down we will have lots of extra content for blog articles to share on our Warhost website. 

The world of Outremer offers immense potential for playing games of The Barons' War, and we hope you will enjoy it as much as us!


Hospitaller Fort STLs

Different views of the printed and painted fort in all its glory (painted by George Asling)

By the end of this month we will have the fort STL files ready for download.  Those of you who pledged for the files, or for the physical fort, will have access to them in the next 7-10 days.  Please bear with us for an additional few days while we decided on the best way to make the files available. You will receive an email notification from us when we they are ready to go.

If you have backed for the physical fort, we thought you might like to see pictures of production progress. We are well on track to have the first batch of forts ready for January 2023.


Getting ready to pick pledges

Each box contains 100 packs of Outremer figures - which means we are almost ready!

We are planning to lock pledge addresses in early December in preparation for fulfilment. This is your last chance to check and ensure we have your correct address. We will be sending an email warning when this happens to give you a few days to make any necessary changes.

The next step will be moving your pledge information onto the fulfilment system, which will manage all aspects of pick, pack & despatch. During December, you will receive an email notifying you when your pledge has been moved on and is ready for the chaps at Footsore Miniatures & Games to fulfil. The positive news is we are still on track to ship all pledges by the end of January 2023.

That's all for now, but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Have a great week, and stay safe!

~Andy & Paul (Hobday & Hicks)

Why not join The Barons' War Facebook Group and checkout the WARHOST website the home for The Barons' War game.

Mounted Turcopoles covering the flanks of the heavy armoured knights

October is here what have we been up to?
about 2 months ago – Thu, Oct 06, 2022 at 06:32:35 AM



Hello, we thought it was time for an update to let you know what has been happening behind the scenes. Now we have locked pledges, we can get to work on delivering the BW4: Outremer Kickstarter.


The Outremer Retinue Lists

A mock-up to provide an idea of how the Outremer book will look

The first draft of all the warrior profiles is now with Steve Beckett being laid out. This new (and largest) section of the book has entries for Settled Franks, Crusading Franks, Military Orders, the Forces of Islam and Bedouin & Bandits. These pages provide all the rules needed to include the warriors of Outremer in your games of The Barons' War. We also have tentative rules for the Mongols, but we are not sure if we can fit them in. Each new faction will be accompanied by artwork from Peter Dennis alongside lots of pictures of lovely painted miniatures by HVM workbench, Ben MacIntyre (Brush Demon) and Steve Beckett.


Production and Packing

Footsore Miniatures and Games have been cracking on with pledge production. Plenty of casting of white metal miniatures is taking place. The metal mountain weighing in at over a tonne which arrived on site last month, is being used up at a fast rate of knots!


Cast the miniatures--> Pack the individual blister codes--> Box in quantities of 100--> Store as stock ready

Rumour has it that Paul Hicks will be making his way up to Footsore Miniatures HQ in the not-too-distant future to spend a couple of days helping to build stock. We will bring you lots of photos of him working hard in a future update.

Sarissa Precision has produced the Outremer Action Tokens, full colour printed MDF and they look splendid! The new artwork helps to place games in the realms of Outremer. They include new exhausted tokens, the knight on his knees under the hot sun, for a new rule to replicate fighting in an unforgiving climate.


All new Outremer tokens designed by Steve Beckett & produced by Sarissa Precision

Alongside this new exhaustion rule, other additions include new weapons, new mounts, holy relics, sieges and new terrain rules, all of which help to set the scene of fighting in the deserts of the east. Let's hope we can squeeze it all into the new book.


The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, also known as the Leper Brothers of Jerusalem

Everything is looking to be on schedule for pledges to leave Footsore by the end of January 2023. You will be the first to know if this changes for any reason. 

That's all for now, but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Have a great week, and stay safe!

~Andy & Paul (Hobday & Hicks)

Why not join The Barons' War Facebook Group and checkout the WARHOST website the home for The Barons' War game.


2 Days to go before we Lock Pledges!!
3 months ago – Tue, Aug 30, 2022 at 11:14:19 PM

This update is a massive friendly reminder we have only two days before we lock completed pledges on the 1st of September 2022. Please make sure your pledge is completed by midnight on the 31st of August 2022, enabling us to dispatch it to you by the end of January 2023.

We can not guarantee your pledge will be despatched at the end of January 2023 if completed after the 1st of September 2023 deadline. If you have any questions or need help, please get in touch with me ASAP.

Once locked, I will be adding all the freebies to completed pledges that are eligible next week!

Have a great week, and stay safe!

~Andy & Paul (Hobday & Hicks)

Why not join The Barons' War Facebook Group and checkout the WARHOST website the home for The Barons' War game.

10 days left before we lock pledges!
3 months ago – Mon, Aug 22, 2022 at 03:08:48 AM

Hello everyone, I thought it would be a good idea to send out an update today letting everyone know there are only have ten days left before we lock completed pledges. Locking pladges enables us to deliver BW4: Outremer to you by our deadline, the end of January 2023. 

Confirming your choices provides Footsore Miniatures & Games with the final pack numbers they need to produce stock. Currently, there are 124 uncompleted pledges, which is about 16% of the total. It would be great to have all finalised, if possible, by the last day of August, enabling us to crack on delivering everything for everyone.

A few backers asked me why they are still receiving reminder emails inviting them to complete their pledge when they have completed their pledge. It turned out they had done everything EXCEPT click the button at the end, saying ‘Place My Order’. Clicking this button is the fail-safe to ensure that you are indeed finished. We can't lock your pledge until that button is clicked.


Painting the Outremer Range

With the phenomenal success of the Kickstarter, the new Outremer range is extensive. With this in mind, we have spent this period starting to get the new miniatures painted as we will need images of painted models for the book. Besides the fantastic work already done by HVM workbench, we have drafted two other painters to help us. We thought you might like to see some of their work so far.


Ben MacIntyre (Brush Demon)

Steve Beckett (Miniature Giant)

There are plenty more packs to complete and our plan is to continue to share painted images as they are finished. Hopefully we will have everything done by the time the pledges start to land and you can use the pictures for ideas and inspiration.


How many packs do we need?

Having figures to paint indicates Footsore Miniatures & Games have started the manufacturing process. As it currently stands today we will need in the region of 14,500 packs to fulfil the Kickstarter. I asked them how the project was progressing and they sent me the following images.

Brand new Outremer blister cards
One of the Footsore casting machines has been dedicated to our project
Fresh castings waiting their turn to be packed
Stock beginning to be stored ahead of schedule

 It is still early days for production which will start in earnest once pledges are locked. This provides us an accurate stock numbers for what will need to be produced. 


I plan to send another gentle reminder towards the end of this week flagging the deadline of the 31st of August 2022 for pledges being locked. We can't guarantee your pledge will be despatched by our deadline, which is the 31st of January 2023, if it isn't completed by then.


If you have any other questions about what you need to do or about the pledge manager, or anything else, please get in touch.

Stay safe!

~Andy & Paul (Hobday & Hicks)

Why not join The Barons' War Facebook Group and checkout the WARHOST website the home for The Barons' War game.

How are we doing & why aren't my Freebies included?
5 months ago – Tue, Jul 12, 2022 at 03:31:51 PM

Hello everyone, I thought I'd take this opportunity to let you know how things are currently going with pledge management.

All pledge emails have been sent and so far you have completed 518 out of 793 pledges, that's 65% done which is just brilliant, providing us already with a good idea of how many packs we need to produce. Yes it's a lot!

We are still on track to lock all completed pledges at the end of August, in 50 days, so there is still plenty of time.

Locking your pledges provides us with concrete stock numbers for fulfilment helping us to deliver on our goal of shipping by the end of January 2023. Current stock numbers tell us that the current top five choices are:

1. Military Order Knights on foot 1

2. Military Order Knights on foot 2

3. Military Order Knights on horse 1

4. Ayyubid Archers 1

5. Ayyubid Archers 2

If you haven't finalised everything yet and need a reminder of what you need to do, check out our walkthrough provided via an earlier update which can be found here.

Please note, if you do miss the end of August 2022 deadline you still receive your pledge, as long as you complete your survey.  However, it is very likely to be shipped later than the end of January 2023.

FREEBIES

If you are still wondering "Why aren't my FREEBIES listed in my pledge manager?" we have the answer for you right here.

All FREE bonus miniatures, The Ayyubid (Muslim) Commander on foot, The Military Order Knight Commander on foot and The Holy Relic; plus a copy of the printed Outremer book, with the Turcopole Guide & the Mamluk Champion will be added by us to any and all qualifying accounts once pledges are completed and before being locked to give you the maximum opportunity to qualify.

How you qualify:

• The Monk, 24hr Early Backer Exclusive Miniature: backed the project in the first 24 hours and purchase at least one pack of miniatures - all backers up to and including backer #643 are eligible.  This has been added to pledges already

• The Ayybid (Muslim) Commander: back the project for at least £45 (exc. postage)

• The Military Order Knight Commander: back the project for at least £80 (exc. postage)

• The Holy Relic: back the project for at least £240 (exc. postage)

• Printed Outremer book plus Turcopole Guide & the Mamluk Champion: back the project for at least £45 (exc. postage)

• Digital Outremer book: All backers who complete their survey. Sent via email when ready, most likely end of December 2022.

If you have any other questions about what you need to do or about the pledge manager, or anything else, please get in touch.

Stay safe!

~Andy & Paul (Hobday & Hicks)

Why not join The Barons' War Facebook Group and checkout the WARHOST website the home for The Barons' War game.