Ares Expedition - The Terraforming Mars Card Game

Desert of the Dead, fantasy wargaming miniatures!

A project in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, UK by TrollTrader

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Mummies, elves, halflings and other fantasy miniatures from an undead desert.
Backers: 986
Average Pledge Per Backer: £121

Funded: £119,022 of £5,000
Dates: Aug 9th -> Aug 26th (18 days)
Project By: TrollTrader
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Latest News

115 Unlocked! 120 In our sights!

August 26th - via:
Hi all Wow, 115 fell quickly enough! You guys are smashing this. The Dread Sphinx will be a thing and we are now going for the yet to be properly named bathing Hex. Again this is very early concept art, it might get wheels, it will get much more... (Read More)

110,000 unlock. The Next Goal WIP and Rei has drawn up an Elven Ranger.

August 26th - via:
Hi all Wow, another goal taken down in our last day. The Lynx Warriors are now available as a £20 add on. Rei has begun drawing the Undead Lord on Dread Sphinx but its a very early WIP I think this will get a flying stand but we haven't decided on... (Read More)

Hawklings unlocked! Next up are the Lynx Warriors!

August 26th - via:
Hi all Rei has ALREADY drawn up a concept for the Lynx warriors this morning and I hope they get unlocked as quickly as the Hawklings did! If unlocked these elves will be an add on of £20 for 20 These last stretch goals WILL be included in the... (Read More)

100K & BEYOND! More Add Ons, More Limited Editions. More Stretch Goals

August 26th - via:
Hi all What a morning waking up to the last of the stretch goals having been downed. We still have some little bits left up our sleeves though. Some add ons we hadn't shown off until now :D The lamps and urns would be great with the tomb set but also... (Read More)

Day 17 Review, what to expect tomorrow

August 25th - via:
Hey all It was the last full day in the campaign today! Never expected to be at 90,000 at this point and to have over 700 backers! Really incredible response to our project thank you! 1800% FUNDED, can we get this to 2000% and take down that final... (Read More)

Concept sketch video! New backers galore!

August 25th - via:
Hi all Rei has produced a load of great concept work on this campaign and we filmed her drawing up one of the stretch goals! Enjoy! You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 Yes the... (Read More)

Day 16 Review, what to expect tomorrow

August 24th - via:
Hi all We are in the last 48 hours and have brought a whole load of new backers into the campaign today! The funding total is rising and it looks like we might take down those last stretch goals! If we do then we have some more ideas for other things... (Read More)

Ben shows off the mdf terrain and we check out the adventurers box!

August 24th - via:
Hi all We filmed the below video at the start of the campaign and in the wild blur of stretch goals unlocking left and right we forgot to share it! Its still a good look at the MDF terrain in the campaign, it just hints at the Tomb/Dungeon which we... (Read More)

Day 15 Review, what to expect tomorrow

August 23rd - via:
Hi all We smashed it today! The Ultimate pledge hit the campaign and the Burning Goddess was unlocked pretty much immediately after that :D That means we are over 1500% funded! Current backer count is 623! Amazing stuff! Next up is the Desert Titan.... (Read More)

The Ultimate Pledge! Oh and the small matter of 70k too!

August 23rd - via:
Hi all You wanted it and now its here! The Ultimate Pledge to rule all others :D This saves a whole bunch off of buying the individual add ons and ensures you need nothing else (unless you want even more of some of the units I suppose) If we unlock... (Read More)

Day 14 Review, what to expect tomorrow

August 22nd - via:
Hey all! Well today was great! We unlocked another stretch goal or two and saw a bunch of new stuff added to some pledge levels. We are now well over 1300% Funded and only a few backers away from 600. Where can we get to in the next 4 days?! Tomorrow... (Read More)

A new piece of multi functional scenery & 70k Goal next in line, lets go!

August 22nd - via:
Hey all We have now entered the final 100 hours of the campaign! How exciting! We unlocked the 65k stretch goal and as such have a mighty fliying lord to lead our armies. Next up at 70k we have something we got asked for from the beginning.... (Read More)

Pledge BOOSTS!

August 22nd - via:
Hi all! Before we get into the boosts we have another Unlocked Stretch goal! The Undead mounted lord is now available as a £12 add on. Now we can take a better look at our £65,000 target! Pledge boosts! We did some maths this week and figured there... (Read More)

Day 13 Review, what to expect tomorrow

August 21st - via:
Hi all Another day down on our campaign and we had a whole bunch of RPG add ons thrown into the mix. We also broke 60k funding and now have over 550 backers! WOW! Whats coming tomorrow? Well that is really interesting! We have the Pledge boosts I... (Read More)

59K Goal Unlocked! RPG ADD ON FEST!

August 21st - via:
Hey all! We smashed another goal since the last update and the undead heavy cavalry are now a thing on the campaign! They need a lord to lead them though. This guy looks suitably mean and unlocks at £62,000! More Add ons I hear your cry! With all of... (Read More)

Day 12 Review, what to expect tomorrow

August 20th - via:
Hi all A BIG day today! We revealed all of the remaining Stretch Goal maps and some new add ons! Tomorrow Warlord Games are stopping in and hopefully we can get a little video done to get some more details for those of you interested in Warlords of... (Read More)

Airship Unlocked and ALL Stretch Goals Revealed!

August 20th - via:
Hi all We have just unlocked another stretch goal making the airship available as an add on in the campaign. Rather than revealing just one additional you now get to see them ALL! We have some ideas beyond what you see here but we can cross that... (Read More)

Day 11 Review, what to expect tomorrow

August 19th - via:
Hey all The total funding crept higher today as we revealed our mercenaries among other add ons. We unlocked the Carnogon and now reveal our Sky Pirate Airship which unlocks at 56,000 Tomorrow we will have a few more things to bring into the mix like... (Read More)

1 WEEK TO GO! Biggest Add on Update yet!

August 19th - via:
Hi all! 1 WEEK TO GO We are now entering the final week of the campaign in a great position, we are over 1000% funded and have nearly 500 backers! Now I want to see how far we can take this! We still have some more stretch goals to unlock and we have... (Read More)

A new add on and something to read while we work on a larger update.

August 19th - via:
Morning all! While we work on a big update for this afternoon I thought it might be nice to leave you with a little story and a new add on :)  Masudi was pleased with the progress his party had made so far into the tomb; he was sure he would strike... (Read More)

Day 10 Review, what to expect tomorrow

August 18th - via:
Hey all! Excuse the lack of updates today. I was driving a large portion of the country and got home a lot later than planned! Before doing so I was working out the maths on the pledge levels and seeing if we can have some more free includes and... (Read More)

Day 9 Review, what to expect tomorrow

August 17th - via:
Hi all Again the sun is setting for another day. Earlier we broke into yet another Goal Map, had a whole bunch of new add ons appear and reached 1000% FUNDED. That is amazing thank you!  We have just over a week left of the campaign and I still have... (Read More)

Undead Halflings and a New Hero to lead them!

August 17th - via:
A lot of people have been asking about getting our undead halflings into this campaign. While we don't want to add all the regiments a bundle seems fitting! With the retail release of the undead halflings only a couple of months away we thought it... (Read More)

48k! Another Goal unlocked and another TWO revealed!

August 17th - via:
Hi all The Halfling on flying carpet is unlocked! Flying high above the battlefield these little fellows can forage for food that is unreachable to their kin. They also escape some of the ground based dangers of our desert. A whole host of Halfling... (Read More)

Mummy, Mama, Mah!

August 17th - via:
Hi all I bring you more add ons this morning! We start with our classic mummies, there will be 5 variants within this set  Next up are the shambling mummies, again 5 variants  Lastly our popular Halfling Mummies return as a fitting add on for this... (Read More)

Day 8 Review, what to expect tomorrow

August 16th - via:
Hi all Another day is over, we shared some new goals, some new add ons and had a chat in the comments! Tomorrow I have more of the same as we aim to reach 1000% funded. This weekend will see a whole host of updates and hopefully we will get into some... (Read More)


August 16th - via:
Hi all I promised you a suitable place for our adventurers to quest and here it is! When we were planning this campaign Mike was really keen to make this MDF Tomb set. So far he has designed half of it and is in the thick of making the rest. It is... (Read More)

400 Backers! New Goals!

August 16th - via:
Hi all Amazing to see we now have 400 backers and still 10 days to go in the campaign. How far can this go?! At 44,000 the Halfling Dune Veterans have been unlocked, available as 20 miniatures for £20 Whats the next stretch goal I hear you cry?!... (Read More)

Day 7 Review, what to expect tomorrow

August 15th - via:
Hi all Another day has flown by and we are now over 800% funded. That's incredible thank you all! We are charging towards 400 backers in the campaign and with just over 10 days left to go there are still so many more miniatures to uncover in the... (Read More)

Ben shows the evolution of his MDF Monuments, NEW GOALS TOO!

August 15th - via:
Hi all Ben and Jason recorded this video where Ben shows us how his MDF monuments evolved during their design You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 At just £10 for 5 pieces no... (Read More)

Our first social goal is broken! Adventurer reveal and a place to raid is coming!

August 15th - via:
Hi all The first social goal has been taken down revealing a second adventurer! Our desert dwelling dwarf has joined the party! I can't wait to show you the rest and some are pretty close! Both of our revealed Adventurers are now available as single... (Read More)

Morning everyone! What would you wish for?

August 15th - via:
Hi all A new add on hits the campaign early today in the form of Genies! A £20 add on for 5 miniatures Did we break another stretch goal too? WE DID! The Gorgon Archers are now available in the campaign and 2 have slithered into the RPG pledge for... (Read More)

Day 6 Review, What to expect tomorrow

August 14th - via:
Hi all Another day is closing on the campaign and yet again we've unlocked more stretch goals, revealed awesome new ones and had extra add ons pop up in the form of 40mm based brutes and beetles! Will there be more tomorrow? Lets wait and see! There... (Read More)

36k! New Goal Unlocked, New Goal Revealed, 2 New add ons!

August 14th - via:
Hi all We've unlocked another stretch goal and as such the Assassins are now part of the campaign. There will be 1 free in the elf battalion. If you buy multiple elf battalions on the same pledge we will ensure you get as many different poses as... (Read More)

Carnevale Foreign Noble - Story and Info!

August 14th - via:
Hi everyone! Lewis here. You may know me from Carnevale and a few other of our TTCombat games and things. I'm here today to have a quick chat about the Foreign Noble miniature, as well as show you a little story our very own Dave has written about... (Read More)

Day 5 Review and what to expect tomorrow!

August 13th - via:
Hi all Another day has been and gone on the campaign, we saw new add ons in skeletal form, a liche and a lord came with them. An elven chariot, cavalry regiment and some scavengers were all unlocked with over 30 new backers coming into the project.... (Read More)

MDF Buildings Painting Tutorial

August 13th - via:
Hi all I promised you some MDF related content today and here it is featuring Scenery Set C. Jamie and Jason have put together a short video to show you a quick and easy way to paint up the desert buildings from this campaign You'll need an HTML5... (Read More)

£32,000 smashed! £34,000 Revealed!

August 13th - via:
Hi all Another stretch goal unlocked today! Wahoo! The Scavenger Packs are now available as a £10 add on! Whats next? More Elf Cavalry! Our Hexes have taken to mounts and are charging into battle. At least they will be if we hit that next goal! See... (Read More)

300 backers! A Liche walks in to a desert

August 13th - via:
Hi all 300 backers at this point in the campaign is awesome! Thank you all for your support now available as £5 add on Not alone, Rei also sketched up this awesome Lord As our new Liche is busy raising the dead we thought it would be a good idea to... (Read More)

The Sun Rises on day 5!

August 13th - via:
Hi all 300 backers nears! If we hit this milestone a brand new character add on will hit the campaign. A Liche that Rei drew up yesterday that is being referred to in the office simply as 'The Walker' The Bow Giant render was waiting in my inbox this... (Read More)

Day 4 Review, what to expect tomorrow!

August 12th - via:
Hi all! Another great day in the campaign, we revealed a Giant and a whole load more goals got unlocked too! We are nearing 300 backers in the campaign which is amazing, maybe we can get over that line tomorrow and in the process unlock a bunch more... (Read More)

A variety of poses, Social Goals & the next Stretch Goal!

August 12th - via:
Hi all! A lot of people have asked if their will be pose variation between the units! There sure will! Many will have command groups and at least 5 poses among the troops. This is not true of every unit, some do not have commands and some of the... (Read More)

26,000 Goal unlocked and £28,000 revealed!

August 12th - via:
Hi all It seems so long since our last update, must be an hour or so right? Well another goal has been downed so the Jackal Horrors are now an add on with 1 being included free in our RPG pledge. Next up at £28,000 we have If this unlocks then the... (Read More)

500% Funded at £25k! That deserves an update! A Giant Update!

August 12th - via:
Hey all 500% Funded and we aren't even 72 hours from launch yet. Amazing! Thank you all! People have been asking about the sizing on the Giants so I thought it would be nice to clear that up. We are currently planning for them to be 100mm. This could... (Read More)

Sorceress unlocked, Jackal Horrors next goal. Day 4, lets go!

August 12th - via:
Hi all What a great opening weekend for the campaign! We smashed through a load of stretch goals the latest being our sorceress on flying mount. Next up! £26,000 - Jackal Horrors! These big nasties guard the largest tombs in the land, feasting on... (Read More)

Day 3 Review and plans for tomorrow

August 11th - via:
Hi all Another wild day saw us hit £22,000 with only 48 hours gone on the campaign. Now as the night closes in here in the UK we have brought in a load of new backers today and unlocked even more goals! Tomorrow I will be back in the office and Ben... (Read More)

20k and I'm out of SG Map Graphics until tomorrow! Next goal revealed!

August 11th - via:
Howdy all Ben and I put together a few more stretch goal graphics yesterday and figured that doing up to 20k before Monday should be fine. Looks like we were wrong! This awkwardly leaves me without more goal map graphics until tomorrow but I can... (Read More)

Are we really looking at the 20,000 goal already?!

August 11th - via:
Hey all! The 20,000 goal is in sight and we aren't even 48 hours into the campaign! What a great response, thank you :) So a regiment of centaur archers are going to be added to both the dead army and dead battalion. They are also available as a £20... (Read More)

Centaur archers gallop into sight.

August 11th - via:
Hi all! Back from the beach and another stretch goal has been unlocked, the Golden Guard are an available add on and a regiment of Centaur Archers is next on the list! 10 of these will be free in BOTH the dead battalion and dead army pledges. That... (Read More)

Golden Guard! 5 more Mega Pledges available

August 11th - via:
Hi all Well it took almost an hour for that last goal to fall! Im about to pop out to the sands myself for an hour (the beach not the desert, one of the bonus points of living in Cornwall). If any goals get hit in that time please bare with me until... (Read More)

So much slithering!

August 11th - via:
Hi all! Just a quick update as we smashed ANOTHER goal! The spear armed Gorgons have arrived and are now available as a £20 add on. Whats next you cry?! Let me reveal it to you! These deadly serpents unlock at £17,000. Then we can reveal the third... (Read More)

Gorgons alive!

August 11th - via:
Hey all The Undead Giant with bow was unlocked while I was in the comments and now the next goal map is loaded! Starting with some Gorgons! I should note that the base size on these is subject to change. I think they might end up being 25x50 They... (Read More)

A new day! Another Goal Unlocked, another one revealed!

August 11th - via:
Morning all! During my sleep the shadows were unlocked and we hit 200 backers! I can now reveal our next target (which we are right on the brink of unlocking). An Undead Giant with Bow! This guy went through a lot of head designs before we settled on... (Read More)

Day 2 review!

August 10th - via:
Howdy all! A great second day on the campaign saw us unlock a whole bunch of stretch goals. I think Im suitably prepared for you tomorrow but lets wait and see what the new day brings! For now, I am off to bed so please excuse a lack of activity for... (Read More)

Goals Goals Goals!

August 10th - via:
Howdy All! Wow just look at these goals getting smashed! I had to ring Ben and get him to head over to the office to put some more graphics together. We honestly didn't expect to be so far along by this point of the campaign! We then spent a while... (Read More)


August 10th - via:
Hey all As I was writing this update another goal got smashed! So not only are the elf bolt throwers now available (1 is included free in the elf battalion pledge) but also fearsome snapping scorpions have risen from the sands. One is included for... (Read More)

4th Goal down, another revealed!

August 10th - via:
Hi all! Well this is certainly exciting, another goal downed. Chariots are now a danger the elves must consider when battling against the undead! Help them unlock their bolt throwers so they can hope to take out the wheeled threats before they get... (Read More)

Giant Unlocked, Chariots are next!

August 10th - via:
Hi all OK, it didn't take long to get that Giant unlocked! We have the render for this mighty beast which I can show you now. Giant! Since this render we changed the scorpion on his head slightly to stop it from being an easy break of the tail.... (Read More)

7,000 Goal unlocked, 8,000 revealed and its BIG!

August 10th - via:
Hi all The little charmer on top of our Stretch Goal map is doing a fine job at bringing these extra items out of their pots today! The flying elves (name tbc) have taken to the skies and are now available as an add on. 5 are added free to the Elf... (Read More)

Day 1 Recap, Social and Stretch GOALS!

August 10th - via:
Hey all! What a great opening day on the campaign! We were all set to launch at 5pm last night and at roughly 4.55 there was a power cut in our offices. We later found out that it had hit a large portion of the UK! It lasted for about 30 minutes... (Read More)

FUNDED! What to expect from tomorrow!

August 9th - via:
Hey all! You've caught me a little off guard as I wasn't expecting to fund tonight. Thank you! We launched the project a few hours ago and to already hit goal is awesome. Its a good thing we have 30 or so already planned stretch goals to start taking... (Read More)

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