Unboxing: RuneWars The Miniatures Games

Fantasy Flight Games has a new rank-and-file miniatures game on the way and we’ve got an inside look at the contents!

The RuneWars Miniatures Game is heading into stores soon! We got to sit down and take a good look at the core box contents.

RuneWars the Miniatures Game core box is a big box. It’s comparable in side to Star Wars: Armada and has tons of stuff packed inside. It’s enough for two players to have a starting force and get games in, it’s a great starter set and intro into the game.

In terms of miniatures, these are pretty nice plastics. They are pre-cut and snap-fit assembly. If you’re a serious hobbyist you’ll probably want to use some glue for assembly. A once over with a file or modeling knife to clean off any flash might not hurt either. They do hold up well in terms of detail, also. The poses might be limited but that doesn’t mean they aren’t dynamic to start with. The units have a good mix of flowing cloth and armor to create a sense of movement. The larger, centerpiece models are also extremely cool by themselves. I’m a BIG fan of the Rune Golem already.

Uh…Bulk Crash?

The rest of the components are just as high quality. Fantasy Flight Games is known for having tokens in their games and RuneWars does not disappoint. Everything is made from that durable card-board they use with their other products. For the average user that means it should last you for a long time. If you’re a hardcore player, you’re probably going to want to pick-up some acrylic templates as soon as those become available.

Everyone gets a Dial!

The box also comes with three books you’ll want to read through. The first is the “Learn to Play” book. This is your basic breakdown and tutorial for the game. It goes through all the components, basic rules, and the general “how to” for RuneWars. The second book is the “Rules Reference” book. This one is all about the nitty-gritty details of the game. Each rule is numbered and each subsection is labeled. It’s a little bit like a legal document, but in a good way. Everything is written to be explicit and clear. They even have examples included for some of the more complex rules. This is fantastic for anyone who is interested in higher-level tournament play.

The final book included is the “Lore Guide” which is exactly what it sounds like. If you’re already familiar with RuneBound and the associated world, this game is part of that same world: Terrinoth. If you’re not familiar with RuneBound at all, then this book is a perfect introduction. This is a setting that has been cultivated by FFG for years with their BattleLore games, Decent and the RuneWars board game. While many folks will want to dive right into the rules, I find myself drifting back to the lore guide just to learn more about the world of Terrinoth and why these two factions are fighting.

On top of that, the Lore Guide also hints at two more factions that might make an appearance: The brutal Uthuk Y’llan and the Magical Latari Elves.

RuneWars is a game that looks like the start of something big. The core set is a solid buy and creates a study foundation for things to come. FFG has already announced more expansion packs to help fill out the forces. If you’re looking for a rank-and-file miniatures game that will have a strong organized play program and lots of miniature support in the future then you might want to check out RuneWars when it drops later this year.


RuneWars Miniatures Game $99.95

For years, the armies of Waiqar the Undying have stayed within their borders, launching only minor raids across the border. But now, a nameless threat stirs within the Mistlands, and legions of undead cross into the realm of Terrinoth under Waiqar’s command! The Daqan Lords have sounded the call to war, and their finest generals lead armies of warriors and golems to take up defensive positions in the border territory of Roth’s Vale. The first battles of the next great war are about to begin. 

RuneWars: The Miniatures Game is a two-player miniatures game of battles between the great powers of Terrinoth. In each game, you and your opponent will gather armies of miniatures and lead them into battle—blocks of infantry will maneuver for position, cavalry wings will wheel and slam into a weakened flank, and monstrous rune golems or carrion lancers will smash through formations of lesser warriors. Innovative command tools, two distinct factions, and countless ways to customize your experience combine to offer an unparalleled miniatures gaming experience in RuneWars. Finally, with forty-eight beautifully sculpted, unpainted figures, you’ll be able to paint and customize your armies to bring an entirely unique touch to your games and enter the hobby of miniatures painting!


RuneWars: Prepare for Battle!

  • ZeeLobby

    Models look pretty good. Definitely an issue of bland paint job. Would be cool to see these painted in a better scheme.

  • thereturnofsuppuppers

    dont like the dials, but I like the mechanics.

  • Karru

    Sounds interesting, the pricing and scale will decide its fate most likely. The 100$ for the starter box seems fair, considering you are getting two armies to play with. What I am curious about will be the intended scale of the game. Looking at the “expansions”, each “new” unit costs 25$ and come with 2 additional trays. A minimum unit is 2 for the Spearmen, the maximum is 9. That means that the total cost is 225$ for a full unit of those guys. That is definitely not good.

    • EnTyme

      For the sake of comparison, the Kairic Acolytes from AoS, which we should all agree is a fairly expensive game, come in boxes of 20 at $50 each and have a unit size of 10-40, so $100 for a max unit. I’m not sure if it is an apples-to-apples comparison, though.
      When you say “a minimum unit is 2 for the Spearmen,” I assume you mean 2 trays, or about 32 spearmen from what I can tell from preview pictures. Per model, that’s not bad at all, but at that scale, it’ll get expensive fast!

      • Cergorach

        No, two trays is eight infantry or four cavalry for $25. Two monsters is $35…

        If the max is 9, they really screw over people, they would need to buy 10 bases or five boxes… $125 But you could also buy more basic boxes, halves the price of the individual units. Might want the individual boxes for the extra cards though, or in the case of the monsters, a new sculpt.

        • EnTyme

          Wow. That’s terrible. You’re talking roughly $3.13 per model there, plus having a spare tray left over at max size! From my previous example, it’s $2.50 per model and no wasted models.

        • Karru

          That’s what I get from writing these things half a sleep. Yes, you get 2 trays of infantry per box which costs 25$. This means that you need five boxes to get a full unit of ten which is 125$

          It will boil down to scale in the end. If this game is a “small scale battle simulator” with vast majority of units working “just fine” with only 2 trays, then the game has potential. If they make it so that you need at least 4 or even 6 to make a proper unit, they will have a hard time selling this.

          • Cergorach

            The non-missile infantry in the basic box is already at 4 trays. Knowing FFG, you really want to buy the 2 tray unit box because of the cards…

      • zeno666

        Perhaps. But I bet the rules are much better.

        • EnTyme

          Subjective, but fair enough.

    • Cergorach

      Wholly disappointed with plastics used, looks like PVC instead of the rumored model kit plastic (polysterene), superglue is a huge minus imho, especially at this price.

      The pricing is also a matter of perspective:
      US $100 MSRP
      UK/EU £67.10 (discounted)

      US $125 MSRP
      UK/EU £60 (discounted)

      For us in the UK/EU that’s about a 40% difference in pricing in GW vs FFG, GW wins this from FFG in the UK/EU.

      Of course if your in the US, that’s the other way around and FFG wins it from GW in the US.

      • Mr.Custodes

        I can’t remember, is FFG US based?

        • Cergorach

          Yes, a US based company. GW is UK/EU…

  • BaronSnakPak

    Been interested in this for a while. Might have to pick it up if it’s going to be available at Adepticon.