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Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > Issue Ten > PAINTING GUIDE: RUNEWARS MINIATURES GAME


Make your mark on the tabletop by learning how to decorate the Daqan Lords and Waiqar the Undying armies, including grunts, heroes and giant monsters, found in the wargame’s core box

You would have to have been living under a rock if you had not caught the buzz that surrounded the launch of Runewars. Not least because it’s a miniature game that encourages you to paint and customise your forces – not something Fantasy Flight has been known to do in the past. Being a fan of the miniatures found in most of Fantasy Flight’s games I was interested to see how they fared with a whole host of fantasy warriors and monsters.

I was very impressed straight out the box. Each figure is exactly what you’d expect, with lots of little touches of character and a variety of poses. Each infantry unit consists of four different poses, two in the case of the knights, which lends to a varied feel when they’re massed together. The monsters really are something else. Each towers over the rest of the forces and make a great centrepiece straight out of the box. They also feel like the most unique fantasy element found in the box. Although we may have seen undead wyrms before, I think Fantasy Flight’s carrion lancers are the best looking on the market. The heroes felt a little underwhelming, looking and feeling more like sergeants than the leaders of armies, but the excellent scenic bases they come with help make up for this.

Take a look at my spin on the forces and how I painted each up to form its own distinct force.


Abaddon Black

Agrax Earthshade

Cadian Fleshtone

Caledor Sky

Caliban Green


Doombull Brown

Druchii Violet

Evil Suns Scarlet

Guilliman Blue

Hormagaunt Purple

Jokearo Orange

Karak Stone

Khorne Red

Kislev Flesh


Liberator Gold

Mechanicus Standard Grey

Pallid Wych Flesh

Rakarth Flesh

Rhinox Hide

Runefang Steel

Runelord Brass

Screaming Skull

Sotek Green

Steel Legion Drab

Temple Guard Blue

Ulthuan Grey

Warplock Bronze

White Scar



Most of the models in each of the Runewars Miniatures Game starter box factions are made up of very similar elements, meaning much of them are painted in the same way. Start painting your forces using the guides below for each faction – Daqan Lords and Waiqar the Undying – and you can create a force that looks unified and ready for the battlefield.

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