DUST 1947 Rulebook Free Download


The wait is over – the new DUST rulebook is available now!

via DUST Studios:

Finally it’s here, simply download and start reading the rules of the best Dust miniatures game yet!

This edition blends the finest features of the game’s previous versions and allow you to play with current and earlier models alike, giving you both the grid-based and free-form variants of the rules.


The new rulebook covers all of the backstories for factions and characters, and gives you a detailed look at how units work…

dust ssu rule book

The basics you need to know to play…

dust rulebook game play

And boasts fifteen new scenarios…

dust rulebook scenario

Download the Dust Rulebook Now


For more, and to check out all of the minis, visit the Dust Miniatures website.


What do you think of this new edition?

  • OldHat

    Obligatory “avoid at all costs” I always issue for Dust. Grossly mismanaged franchise that enjoys shooting itself (and its fanbase) in the foot.

    • ZeeLobby

      Which is too bad, I actually find the artwork and models more interesting than a lot of alternate past wars games.

      • OldHat

        Oh man, I owned something like $1000 worth of these models, ran a website for Dust Warfare, and was a big promoter of the game, even wrote articles for it here on BoLS. I loved it… but the mismanagement, Paolo hating Warfare (and by extension its players), the insanely toxic community (divisive between game styles, companies, etc), the switch from FFG to BF, and the Kickstarter debacle all managed to show the game had no real future. They should switch from games to model kits akin to Ma.K. (which Paolo borrowed heavily from anyhow).

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah, that’s crazy. Sounds like an insane roller coaster. I’m sorry man, that sounds like a lot to go through. And I feel like I had a lot invested in WFB, lol.

        • Manwiththedogs

          Are you able to elaborate on Paolo’s reasons for hating Warfare? I’m curious.

          • OldHat

            Warfare very quickly overshadowed his baby, Dust Tactics. He was resentful of the Warfare-only community big-time, including the Dust-War.com folks (myself and my crew).

          • Manwiththedogs

            That’s too bad. I would have found myself in the Warfare camp, I had the rulebook and was toying with taking the plunge, then all hell broke lose with BF. DUST just seemed so perfect for the ‘Warfare’ style I was perplexed it took so long to materialise after seeing Tactics.

        • Michael Dangelo

          You did fine work in trying to get that community together and pointed in a good direction. Some of us still remember it fondly!


          • OldHat

            Thanks Mike! That means a lot to me! 😀

        • euansmith

          I got a huge Premium force from the Battlefront Kickstarter (though I am still waiting on some bits to turn up).

          The quality of the minis is great and the painting is outstanding (small children labouring in a sweatshop, I salute your sacrifice and diligence). The rule book was nicely produced too and the rules look kind of fun.

          Unfortunately, the massive hissy-fits thrown by Battlefront and DUST Studio completely killed my enthusiasm for the game. I don’t know all the ins and outs of the situation, but DUST Studio seems to be the common link in all the meltdowns.

  • Ty Hayden

    Every time something new for Dust comes out, it makes me really miss AT-43… Unfortunately, it was mismanaged into the ground.

    • Me too. I have a huge AT-43 collection and still think it’s a great game.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    I think I will save my time and energy for konflikt 47

  • euansmith

    Back to square based movement. I kind of like that.

    • OldHat

      That never went away. Tactics was grid. Warfare (and the later knockoff Battlefield) were gridless. This is what… the… 4th set of Tactics rules in as many years? Ick.

      • euansmith

        Yeah, but at least it is free this time 😉

        • OldHat

          Still too expensive. 😀

          • euansmith

            Harsh, but so funny.

      • Joe Dom GA

        I enjoyed battlefield the most of any mini game I played in the past couple years. Tho the need for special dice I always hate. I’ll probably continue to play battlefield and not bother with this edition. I think this could spell the end of DUST as a mainstream product and everyone just orders stuff direct from HK.

        • OldHat

          Imo, the switch from FFG was the thing that spelled the end of Dust as a mainstream product, since they bungled that whole thing so badly. Then to add to the fumbling, the Kickstarter debacle really beat in a few extra nails in that coffin. Now they aren’t even with a mainstream distributor anymore, so… yea. Dead as fried chicken. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Unless, as I mentioned, they go to just high-detail model kits. Then I am down. 😀

        • Actually the special dice can be replicated by just calling 5 and 6 on a normal dice a hit. I still use the original, simple (and much better) dice, and that’s all they are – 2 hits and 4 blanks.

  • Very disappointed to see such amateurish typography and layout – huge slabs of text crammed together in fully-justified page-wide blocks. Not to mention the damn capitalisation of everything. Sections are almost unreadable. A mess.

    • Manwiththedogs

      The Battlefront rulebook was visually lovely, typical BF graphic design, excellent stuff. This looks like a step backwards for DUST.

      • Yes, Battlefront did a professional job. This is really poor.

        • Except they never sent the models. The BF Kickstarter is what got me out of dust all together. It’s a shame, because the game itself (and the models under FF) was great

          • Luckily I didn’t back the Kickstarter, and I have no idea who was responsible for that debacle. But Battlefront did do a good job on the rulebook and the unit cards.

          • To be fair, they did. I was happy with the books, just pissed about the miniatures

        • OldHat

          Hilariously, all they did was ape FFGs work.

          • That’s simply not true. I have both editions. FFG still had the large cards and BF’s rulebook was completely different.