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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:

BackerKit surveys are coming! Get ready for your Pledge Manager email
5 months ago – Sat, Jul 02, 2022 at 05:18:42 PM

The good news is we are now ready to go as Kickstarter has completed their bit and transferred all pledge information into BackerKit, our pledge manager of choice. This update contains a lot of helpful information, so please read it. If you have any questions or need help, please message me, Andy Hobday, as I am only too happy to help.

Kickstarter has had an issue with 22 backers unable to complete their pledges. As we don't want anyone to miss out, Andy Hobday will be contacting each person individually to see if we can get something sorted out in BackerKit.

Over the next couple of days, everyone else will be receiving an email from us, via the pledge manager, with a personal link to their BackerKit survey. It’s important to respond to your survey as swiftly as you can since we need this information to fulfil your pledge. To be able to send it to you by the end of January 2023 we need you to have completed your survey by the 31st of August 2022.

Example pledge manager email

When you receive and open your email, click the button 'Click Here to Respond' to get started.  By doing so you will be taken to the starter screen for your personal pledge survey.

Example survey starter screen

Select 'Get Started!' to, funnily enough, get started. We have asked you a few questions, to begin with (we hope you don't mind). These questions are a guide to help you understand how we have handled your pledge plus a couple of bonus questions asking you what you would like to see added to the range in the future.  If you don't want to answer anything just 'opt-out' each time, it is more than OK to do this.

Example survey question 1
Example survey question 2
If you have included the Fort STLs as an add-on in Kickstarter you'll be asked to confirm at this stage

Once you have completed the questions section, you can select packs up to your pledge amount if you have backed at the 'Choose your Packs & Pledge' level or over-pledged at any of the pledge levels or purchase any add-on items for an additional cost. This is all done in the Add-ons section.

Select packs up to your pledged amount or add more!

When you have finished choosing, click 'NEXT' and you will be taken to the next screen and asked for your shipping address.

Enter your full name and postal address to calculate the correct cost of shipping

Your shipping information will generate your postage and packaging costs and will be added to your pledge along with any extras for other add-ons.  Payment for all extras is expected on the 'confirmation' screen via credit/debit card or PayPal unless you have already added extra funds to your pledge amount to cover this.

Final screen to confirm and complete your pledge survey - click 'Place My Order!'

On 31st August 2022, we will lock completed backer pledges, which will be any that have completed all stages of the survey, with a plan to charge any extra card payments during the following day on the 1st September 2022. Locking pledges informs us of what we need to manufacture for the fulfilment, helping us to deliver on our goal of shipping all completed pledges by the end of January 2023. If you miss this end of August 2022 deadline, your pledge will likely be sent later than the end of January 2023.

Locking pledges also enables us to add all eligible freebies, as at this stage, we will be able to work out precisely what each pledge qualifies for and add them—more about this below.

Choose Your Packs & Pledge Level

If you backed at the Choose your Packs & Pledge, pledge level you will have your pledged amount as credit in your account which you now spend on Add-ons.  Choose the packs you want by adding them to your account.  If you want one of every pack select the 'All the Outremer Figures' product and we will have you covered. You can back for more than you have already pledged by paying the extra amount as you complete your pledge survey.

The Antagonists Pledge Level

If you backed at The Antagonist pledge level, you would already have the first ten white metal packs of miniatures automatically added to your pledge manager. You will be able to add additional packs in the add-on section. If you want one of everything, click on the 'All the Stretch Goals, in the Add-ons sections, and we will have you covered. You can back for more than you have pledged, paying the extra amount as you complete your pledge survey.

All the Franks, All the Muslim Warriors or All the Outremer Figures

If you backed at one of these pledge levels, you will already have the white metal packs of miniatures automatically added to your pledge manager. You will be able to add additional packs in the add-on section. You can back for more than you have pledged, paying the extra amount as you complete your pledge survey.

A Unique Sculpt by Paul Hicks Pledge Level

If you backed for a Unique Sculpt by Paul Hicks, you will automatically have the initial ten packs of miniatures in white metal added to your pledge manager. Andy Hobday will also be in touch very soon via email to discuss plans for your unique sculpt by Paul Hicks. You can add additional packs in white metal in the add-on section.

Terrain Pledges

The following is what you need to know if you have backed one of our Terrain pledges, you can add figures in the pledge manager and add all the figures from the Kickstarter select 'All the Outremer figures' as an add-on product, and we will do the rest.

Digital Terrain Files (STLs) by November 2022

If you have backed or plan to add the digital files to your pledge, we aim to have them available for you to download by the end of November 2022. There will be further updates about this over the coming weeks, so more information to follow. You can add figures to a digital pledge but be aware that if you add anything that needs shipping, you will be charged postage and packaging costs as you complete your pledge survey.

Fortified Hospital (physical terrain), initial pledge of 25 by January 2023

If you have backed for a physical Fortified Hospital, it will be sent in its own separate package to protect it from being transported with a heavy selection of metal, and because it is big! If you back for both figures and fort, in most cases, the postage will reflect this. However, we are NOT charging you the total amount for postage twice. We have decided to share some of the cost of sending two parcels with you.

Fortified Hospital (physical terrain) second wave pledge of 25 by May 2023

If you backed for a physical Fortified Hospital added as a second wave pledge level during the Kickstarter, everything above applies except your fort will be sent out by the end of May 2023. Everything else you choose will be sent to you in a separate package simultaneously as the other pledges by the end of January 2023. It is just the fort that will arrive later.

Fortified Hospital (physical terrain) third wave pledge of 25 by September 2023

If you backed for a physical Fortified Hospital added as a third wave during the Kickstarter, everything above applies except your fort will be sent out by the end of September 2023. Everything else you choose will be sent to you in a separate package simultaneously as the other pledges by the end of January 2023. It is just the fort that will arrive later

Please note, if you have pledged the amount for a fort but not backed at one of the Fortified Hospital (physical terrain) pledge levels you must contact Andy Hobday as soon as possible so we can allocate one to you.

Freebies

All FREE bonus miniatures, The Monk (the Early Backer Exclusive Miniature), 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.
  • 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.

We have included extra shields and extra weapon options in the add-ons section if you want them. Also included are a selection of products from previous Barons' War Kickstarters, which we believe fit right into the Outremer setting.

A selection of products from the current range can also be added to your pledge

If you need to review your information or pledge status, after you have received your initial email, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://the-barons-war-4-outremer.backerkit.com.

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account.

Please remember that answering your survey promptly helps us get your pledge out to you faster. BackerKit helps us save lots of time by streamlining the survey process, automating data organisation, and providing us with pledge management software to make it easy to process shipments.

I hope the above makes sense. Please ask questions if not, as I know, there is a lot to digest. Once again, thanks for all your support. With the help of Footsore Miniatures & Games, we can't wait to send out The Barons' War 4: Outremer pledges to you. Standby, you will receive your pledge manager email in the next couple of days!

Stay Safe!

~Andy & Paul (Hobday & Hicks)


PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

If everything goes to plan, this will be our production schedule for the campaign:

  • May 2022 - Kickstarter Campaign
  • July & August 2022 - Pledge Manager
  • July, August, September, October, November & December 2022 - Production
  • November 2022 - Deliver STL files to Digital Backers
  • End of January 2023 - All pledges despatched for Delivery
  • End of May 2023 - The second wave of Physical Fortified Hospitals despatched for Delivery
  • End of September 2023 - The third wave of Physical Fortified Hospitals despatched for Delivery

Pledge Manager opening Sunday 3rd of July 2022
5 months ago – Thu, Jun 30, 2022 at 02:03:51 PM

A relatively short update just to let you know that the Outremer pledge manager will be going live on Sunday, the 3rd of July 2022, which is this Sunday. I did mention in earlier updates that it would likely be the end of this month. However, the success of the Kickstarter has meant there was a lot more to get ready this time, and I wanted to double-check to ensure everything was correct and ready to go. 

When it does go live, you will receive an email that looks like the image above from Paul and me. You will gain access by clicking on the 'Click Here to Respond' button.

I will send out a further update over the weekend with all the information you need to complete your survey and manage your pledge. If you need any help or you find an issue, please do not hesitate to contact me, and I will do my best to help you.


OUTREMER ACTION TOKENS

The imagery by Steve Beckett for the new Action Tokens to tie in with the Outremer setting

There is no reason why you can't use your existing Action Tokens for games played out in the crusader states. However, if you want everything to tie in like me, we have you covered. Steve Beckett has designed new Outremer Action Tokens, which we have added to the pledge manager for those who want a set. The eagle-eyed among you will notice there is a new 'Exhausted' token. We have included it as the Outremer book has new rules for your warriors becoming exhausted. It's all that fighting in the sun that does it.

If you have any questions before the weekend, please get in touch. If not, the next time you hear from us will be when the pledge manager opens!

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.

An Update about the BW4: Outremer Pledge Manager
5 months ago – Mon, Jun 27, 2022 at 02:54:02 AM

It's almost the end of June, so when will we get access to the pledge manager? 

Well, if everything goes to plan, it will be this week. The final step we have to take is to obtain approval from BackerKit, and we will be requesting this tomorrow, Monday the 27th of July 2022.

If you are not aware, BackerKit is the pledge manager we will be using and, in our opinion, one of the best, which is why we keep using it. For example, all pledge details submitted during the Kickstarter campaign have been seamlessly transferred over and are waiting for you. BackerKit helps us to save lots of time by streamlining the survey process, automating data organisation, and providing us with pledge management software to make it easy to process and keep track of your pledge shipments. 


EMAIL INVITATION TO THE PLEDGE MANAGER

You will soon receive an email that looks like this from us

When we get the green light, you will receive an invitation email sent to the same address as your Kickstarter email. This email will contain a private link to your individual pledge manager account, and it is essential to log in and submit your responses as quickly as possible since we need this information to process your pledge.

We've added some of the current range in the pledge manager, including the rulebook and dice

If this is your first time, do not fear! On the actual day the pledge manager opens, we will send out a guide, via an update, explaining how to use it. It will include a detailed walkthrough, with images, explaining each step of the process. Both Paul and I will also be available throughout the entire process, not only with updates, but on hand to provide individual help where needed.

So in short not long now until the Outremer pledge manager opens. We will notify you as soon as we are ready.

~Andy & Paul (Hobday & Hicks)

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

A Quick Update - One Week On
6 months ago – Sat, Jun 11, 2022 at 12:07:32 AM

Ayyubid Spearmen painted by HVM workbench

Everything looks on track for the Outremer pledge manager to be open by Friday 24th of June 2022.


ADD-ONS FROM THE BARONS' WAR RANGE

While work continues setting everything up, we are proposing to add the following packs from the current The Barons' War range as add-ons:

We have chosen packs we think fit into the Outremer setting. If you believe we have missed something particularly vital that should be considered, please let us know.

If you want to view them before the pledge manager goes live, you can find them on the Footsore website.


DROPPED PLEDGES

When the campaign ended, Kickstarter spent a week collecting pledges. With this completed, we are waiting for the pledged funds to be transferred. This process usually takes between 7 - 10 days.

Kickstarter has had issues collecting from 21 backers, each of whom we have contacted individually to let them know. Once the pledge manager (BackerKit) opens, dropped backers can be addressed by completing their pledge there.  If you have any questions regarding this please get in touch.


AND FINALLY...

Right, that's all for now, we are aiming to be back next week with our guide to using the pledge manager and a confirmed start date.

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.

Knights of St. John painted by HVM workbench

+15 Hours - What Happens Next?
6 months ago – Fri, Jun 03, 2022 at 03:08:09 AM

Hello, everyone, we are almost 15 hours on from our Kickstarter finishing and I thought it would be helpful to send a quick update explaining what happens next.  I know there is a lot here as I have tried to cover as many questions as I can, so please read if you are a backer.

Kickstarter Collecting your Pledge Amounts

When the Barons' War 4: Outremer project ended yesterday Kickstarter started to collect your pledge amounts which they say can take up to two weeks.  Please check to make sure that your pledge has been collected successfully, you will receive an email from Kickstarter informing you if not. After two weeks, Kickstarter transfer all pledge information over enabling us to open the pledge manager. Until this happens we have to sit patiently and wait.

The Pledge Manager

While Kickstarter does their thing, I am in the process of putting together the pledge manager with the aim of having everything ready as soon as possible - I think it will take about three weeks, I'm aiming for the 27th of June 2022 for it to be available.  If you haven't participated in a Kickstarter before, the pledge manager, when it opens, is where you check and manage your pledge, choose any add-ons/packs and spend any extra pledge money. It is like a self-contained Outremer Kickstarter website for this campaign.

You will be given access via your Kickstarter email and be invited to confirm your pledge type.

In the pledge manager, you will be asked for any further information which we need, such as your postal address.  You will also be able to add extra packs or add anything else that is available, paying for these separately if needed. There will be an opportunity to add figures to your terrain pledge, choose to add All the Outremer Figures in one go or add all the Stretch Goals if you are an 'Antagonist' backer.

Once you have made your decisions and finalised your pledge the cost of shipping will be calculated and added.

The pledge manager offers PayPal as a payment option, which Kickstarter doesn't.

Freebies

When it comes to the 'freebies' they will be added to your pledge in the pledge manager right at the end, once you have finalised your pledge and it has been locked in preparation of being shipped. We wait until you have finished with pledge manager to make sure we assign the correct freebies to the correct backers.

It is important to note The Monk (24-hour miniature), The Muslim Commander, The Military Order Knight Commander, The Turcopole Guide, The Mamluk Champion and the Holy Relic miniature pack will only be added to physical pledges for postage reasons.  If you qualify for the 24-hour exclusive miniature you will be asked to pay for the postage costs if you do not have a physical pledge.

A digital PDF of the Outremer supplement book will be made available to all backers who complete their pledge once the book is completely finished.

What do I do when it is ready?

When the pledge manager is ready to go live I will prepare a "How to..?" guide which will be shared as an update explaining how everything works. I will also be on hand for anyone who needs my help.  If you want to contact me another way, not through Kickstarter, follow me on Facebook I have a page which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/andywarhost, you can message me directly there.

If you backed for "A Unique Sculpt by Paul Hicks", I will be contacting you separately via email after the pledge manager opens to discuss the process for having your miniature sculpted by Paul.

Footsore Miniatures & Games who will be manufacturing everything for us have already started to make production moulds. The Footsore guys want to be ready to start manufacturing in bulk as soon as you complete your pledges, so we can start shipping orders in a timely fashion which I think is great news indeed.  Our printers will also start printing forts this month.


That's all for now, while we wait, if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me.

~Andy

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