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September Releases: The Archimedes arrives to astonish!

With September almost upon us that can only mean one thing, more new releases for Dystopian Wars and Warcradle Scenics that will be available to pre-order soon.

The distinct whir of technology can be heard as the Enlightened power up the advanced weaponry found in the Archimedes Battlefleet Set. The marvels of the Enlightened are on full display as the Archimedes begins to impress, confuse and decimate.

Ready to take a ‘swing’ at the competition, the Commonwealth are employing the use of their own Vitruvian Colossi to ‘cut’ to the chase and assure victory with the Marena Battlefleet Set. Reinforcements inbound as the Scandinavian Frontline Squadrons offer any Ragnarok Battlefleet more firepower.

Available for the first time as individual terrain kits, the Red Oak Town Set 2 and Estun Village Sets offer you the perfect backdrop for any wargame.

Due to be released at the end of September 2022.


Warcradle Studios September Releases


Dystopian Wars

There’s lots of new pre-orders for Dystopian Wars this month as the Enlightened launch the Archimedes Battlefleet Set, the Marena provides exceptional power to the Commonwealth and the Scandinavian Frontline Squadrons enhance the Ragnarok Battlefleet.


Dystopian Wars September Releases


Archimedes Battlefleet Set

Archimedes Battlefleet Set

Science marches onwards as the Archimedes gets ready to put on a show. This gigantic set showcases the latest advancements in technology with a wide array of impressive weaponry and serves as a perfect way to start an Enlightened fleet.

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A flagship of the Enlightened fleet, Vault ships were conceived as massive floating platforms to deploy their larger engineering and scientific marvels. In this manner, the Archimedes class is usually fitted with either a Callimachus Chrono-Lathe or Diophantus Chaos-Orb, both so intricate and sophisticated in their crafting that like much that is not understood in the Dystopian Age, they are considered magical by the uneducated.

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Other fleets are centred around the graceful, and superbly equipped Nansen Explorer. Designed for long voyages far from friendly ports, with extensive laboratories, training facilities and cartographic equipment. The Nansen class is in many ways the ultimate expression of Covenant naval ambitions. 

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The Plinius support carrier carries dozens of Scythe fighters and can launch them from hydraulic ramps. This allows the Plinius to partially submerge when the ramps are closed making it very difficult to see and target. Built around the same hull as the Plinius are a number of other cruisers. The Quintilian bombardment cruiser mounts heavy rockets that it can launch at distant targets before returning below the waves.

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The Tacitus assault cruiser favours two hardpoints for turrets, most often Particle Beamers. The Claudius merchantman is designed with extra hull space and is the backbone of Enlightened logistics, the ingenious engineers still managing to squeeze in a number of torpedo launchers to protect them from pirates and other hostiles.

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While these Cruisers are able to lurk just below the surface the Diogenes and Praxilla class submarines are able to operate at significant depths. These large automata operate under a number of pre-programmed subroutines and are effective at hunting down and destroying enemy vessels.

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Utilising Sturginium Agitators to wreak carnage against enemy capital ships, the insectile Ketos use surprise and cold machine logic to maximise the impact of their attacks.

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Designed by Paulette Aronnax, Lotan is amongst the most common of the Oceanid Assault Machines. Shadowing Enlightened convoys, these segmented automata strike unexpectedly when needed.

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The Newton class are built by the Yemoja shipyard around a massive spatial displacement drive known as a Void Engine. Able to tear a passage through two otherwise unconnected locations, the Void Engines use technology developed at Wells Chasm.

A battlefleet represents a huge investment of resources and talent for the Covenant of the Enlightened. Deploying several Origen class Lathe Ships in support ensures that the risks to such an investment are greatly reduced.

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Not every Covenant Commodore has access to a Descartes Control Ship and so the Yemoja shipyard created the Vesalius to ensure that the welfare and effectiveness of their cetacean allies are maintained. Of course, in a faction that rarely does things by half measures, there are certain fleets that contain multiple Descartes and Vesalius to support hundreds of Physeters.

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Enlightened Frontline Squadrons are the mainstay of the Covenant’s fleet. With experienced commanders on the bridge and veteran engineers maintaining advanced technologies within the hull, ships such as the Lovelace cruisers bring volleys of particle cannon fire and aetheric broadsides to bear against those who would stand in the way of progress.

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The architects of the Dystopian Age, the Covenant of the Enlightened wield their formidable intellects to sweep aside those ignorant or deluded who stand in the way of Scientific Progress.

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These masters of technology covet knowledge above all things and believe that it is only they who can steer humanity on a path to enlightenment. With their wondrous war-engines, the Covenant of the Enlightened take every opportunity to demonstrate their technological supremacy.

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The discoveries that were intended to herald a new era for humanity are instead used to punish those who would misuse them. Only when the Covenant are lauded as the rightful leaders of the Earth, can the world be brought into a new dawn of achievement and prosperity.

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This box contains:

  • 1 x Archimedes Vault Ship (can also be built as either The Shneider or Nansen Class ship)

  • 2 x Advance Cruiser (can be built as either a Newton, Zumeena, Vesalius or Origen Class ship)

  • 2 x Support Cruiser (can be built as either a Plinius, Tacitus. Claudius or Quintilian Class ship)

  • 2 x Frontline Cruiser (can be built as either a Stiletto, Lovelace, Copernicus, Antarctica, Chatalet or Ulysses Class ship)

  • 2 x Assault Machine (can be built as either a Ketos or Lotan Class machine)

  • 2 x Enlightened Escort

  • 6 x Merian (can also be built as a Germain Zebek)

  • 6 x Submarine (can be built as either a Praxilla or Diogenes Class ship)

  • 2 x Orca Token

  • 2 x Physeter Token

  • 2 x SRS Token


Marena Battlefleet Set

Marena Battlefleet Group

More Vitruvian Colossi are set to emerge from the murky depths, ready to lower its deadly axe on any unsuspecting vessel. That’s right, the Marena Battlefleet Set is here to continue the destruction that the Hochmeister Vitruvian Colossi started, but this time for the Commonwealth.

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The Marena Vitruvian Colossus is a wonder of engineering that inspires ice-cold fear in the hearts of the enemies of the Commonwealth. A towering sight on land and no less impressive at sea, it is as versatile as it is imposing.

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Its Mag-Rail Axe can be used to make crushing attacks that rain down upon enemy vessels or be launched at range causing a magnetic field that can stick a vessel on its current course. This can be particularly troublesome when combined with the Cryo-Generator that stands as the head of the machine, creating icebergs ahead of the opposing craft that it now may find itself impossible to avoid.

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The Boyar Heavy Frigate packs a surprising punch for its size. Woe betide any captain who mistakes these vessels for a standard frigate. Their combined firepower can be surprisingly devastating if one makes a mistake identifying them. The squadron captains have used this to their advantage by meeting their opponents head on, appearing to be less threatening Rurik Frigates to the unaware, only to turn and show their second gun batteries at the last second where they unleash twice the firepower that was expected. This is often the last mistake that their enemies make.

This box contains:

  • 3 x Marena Vitruvian Colossus (can also be built as Kostroma Vitruvian Colossus)

  • 6 x Boyar Heavy Frigate


Scandinavian Frontline Squadrons

Scandinavian Frontline Squadrons

The Scandinavians are a group of proud naval nations in the Imperium. Their vessels are fabricated primarily by the Norwegians at Akers Mekaniske Verksted. This large shipyard produces huge numbers of Hoth Heavy Corvettes for use by the Scandinavians throughout the Imperium’s fleets.

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Built around an exceptional propulsion system, the engineering behind the Gungnir is a closely guarded secret amongst the Scandinavians. Captains have standing orders to scuttle their ships rather than let it fall into enemy hands. The explosive charges throughout the engine room ensure that the advantage will remain with the northern nations.

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Prowling the bitter northern seas, the Scandinavian’s Odin class Reavers are often painted in dark colour by their crews, preferring to strike at dusk or at night.

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Long sharp lines distinguish the silhouette of the lethal Jotunn. A prized command by Scandinavian captains, the powerful vessel has advanced targeting systems to enable it to maximise its firepower against its target. 

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This box contains:

  • 2 x Jotunn Assault Reaver (can alternatively be built as an Odin Reaver or a Gungnir Light Reaver)

  • 4 x Hoth Heavy Corvettes


Warcradle Scenics

This month the Red Oak Town Set 2 and Estun Village Set will be available as separate terrain kits. Now that they are being offered as individual kits you can outfit your Red Oak Town or Estun Village as you envision it.


Warcradle Scenics September Releases


Red Oak

Create the perfect backdrop to host gunfights and saloon brawls that spill out onto the streets of Red Oak with the range or Red Oak individual terrain kits seen in the Red Oak Town Set 2.


Red Oak Bank

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In the American frontier, the bank is not just a place to keep your dollars. Anything of value, from gold bars to family heirlooms, from Sturginium deposits to refined artworks can be safeguarded by the town bank. Such protection in the Dystopian Age does not come easily or cheaply, in times of crisis, the bank can be one of the most fortified and well-defended buildings in town – at a price.

This set contains:

  • 1x Red Oak Bank Building

  • Optional signage for a Red Oak Town Hall


Red Oak Cartwright

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The advent of the Iron Horse has been a boon to the scattered settlements of the American Frontier. Of course, even these wondrous technological marvels require maintenance and recharging from time to time. Cartwrights, like this one, offer affordable services to the good folk of Red Oak – certainly preferable to dealing with the Enlightened as their assistance often literally costs an arm and a leg…

This set contains:

  • 1x Red Oak Cartwright Building

  • Optional signage for a Red Oak Delivery Office


Red Oak Distillery

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Distilleries are an important part of any growing town. A booming industry in the Union frontier, it is highly lucrative being able to supply the good folk of the West a steady supply of hooch, rocket fuel and other more medicinal libations.

This set contains:

  • 1x Red Oak Distillery Building

  • 1x Barrel


Red Oak Gallows and Clock Tower

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Justice is often delivered in the Union Frontier at the end of a noose. This happens a great deal at the Red Oak Gallows and Clock Tower. In such turbulent times, these gallows are both a form of macabre entertainment and a warning to the citizens that lawlessness will not be tolerated. Legally, the execution can only be carried out at an appointed hour and only by a Lawman. Many outlaws have gone to their deaths, watching the clock tower as it ticks towards their final moment, waiting for a reprieve that never comes.

This set contains:

  • 1x Red Oak Gallows

  • 1x Red Oak Clock Tower


Red Oak Post Office

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While for the very wealthy, near-instant communications can be achieved through radio and other more esoteric means, for most the Post Office represents the only means of communicating with the world outside the town limits. 

Typical delivery was between a month and ten days, depending on the importance of the letter or package and of course the cost. The Post Office is an important place to not only send and receive messages but also for the local community to meet and share news as it arrives from the Union and beyond.

This set contains:

  • 1x Red Oak Post Office Building

  • Optional signage for a Red Oak Doctors


Red Oak Residence

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The Red Oak Residence is of a common design found throughout the settlements of the West. Cheap and plentiful timber is supported with steel joists and copper conduits so that homesteaders have access to all of the modern conveniences that the RJ-powered Dystopian Age can offer. These modern homes are always in demand, so act quickly to secure your very own piece of the West!

This set contains:

  • 1x Red Oak Residence Building


Red Oak Town House

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The multi-levelled Town House is typical of the homes the more wealthy settlers inhabit out West. Not only does this bring about a new gameplay element with its size, the building itself is hugely customisable and is compatible with elements from the Red Oak Residence to create a truly unique set of buildings for your town.

This set contains:

  • 1x Red Oak Town House Building


Red Oak Watchtower

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Dominating the skyline of towns like Red Oak, these watchtowers allow the residents to keep a watchful eye for the telltale dust clouds that announce the arrival of Iron Horses and the bandits who often ride them. With parts to assemble it instead as a water tower, the Red Oak Watchtower is a great addition to your table or even the centre point for one.

This set contains:

  • 1x Red Oak Watchtower Building

  • Options to build a Water Tower.


Estun Village

Perfect for all your favourite fantasy wargames such as Frostgrave and Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms, create your ideal settlement with the range of Estun Village individual terrain kits


Estun Village – Blacksmiths

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The Blacksmith of the Estun is one of the most revered men in the village. He may not be a warrior though he could certainly hold his own in a fight. Instead, he is held in such high regard for without him the whole village would fall into disrepair. Everything from nails to horseshoes to swords makes its way out of that glowing forge.

This set contains:

  • 1 x Estun Village Blacksmiths


Estun Village – Church

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The Church is a place of welcome to all, no matter their faith. It has been this way for all time. The tree carved above the door has come to represent many things through the ages. The World Tree that connects the realms, the Sun God’s influence on the earth below, even the Tree of Woe upon which the God-son was crucified.

This set contains

  • 1 x Estun Village Church


Estun Village – Market

Estun Village Market

No village can stand for long without trade and Estun is no exception. The Market Stalls are the vibrant hub of the village, with exchanges for goods and services happening almost constantly. Just as important here is the trade for information, stories diffusing from here as quickly as the smell of preserved fish.

This set contains:

  • 1 x Estun Village Market


Estun Village – Saw Mill

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If there’s one thing that the people of Estun can rely on, it’s the forest. Food from anything the people can forage as well as game, protection from the blizzards that come down from the mountains, but most importantly the timber from the trees themselves. The Saw Mill processes much of this to build and repair the dwellings of the village’s folk as well as trade with other villages.

This set contains:

  • 1 x Estun Village Saw Mill


Estun Village – Tavern

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Even when all is quiet in Estun, the Tavern still has sounds of revelry. Mead, ale and wine from faraway lands are consumed by the hogshead. Life is hard in the mountains and everyone needs a place to ease the aching bones. Skalds know that they can pass through and get fed and watered for the price of a story. Can a village without a tavern truly be called a village at all?

This set contains:

  • 1 x Estun Village Tavern


Estun Village – Dwelling

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The Dwellings of Estun are known for miles around. Well built and sturdy, just like the people of the village. The shields above the doors are not purely symbolic, though they do show that these folk are protected.

This set contains:

  • 1 x Estun Village Dwelling


Estun Village – Watch Tower

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The Watch Tower has stood for longer than anyone can remember. Stories say that this was the first building in the village, a remnant from an empire long since fallen. Whatever the truth, horrors of all kinds have been spied from these ramparts. Without which, ambushes might have brought this settlement to its knees in ages past.

This set contains:

  • 1 x Estun Village Watch Tower


There’s a massive amount coming to Dystopian Wars and Warcradle Scenics soon. What are you looking forward to the most? Make sure not to miss out when they go live for pre-order on the 26th of August 2022 at your FLGS or Wayland Games Online.

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