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Announcing Dust Tactics Premium Edition
Dust Premium Miniatures | Published 04 August 2010

Welcome to the world of Dust Tactics, a world where a chance meeting with alien technology in the Antarctic has forever altered the course of history. Set in an alternate 1940s reality where this alien technology fuels gigantic machines of war, the forces of the Axis and Allies clash over rare mineral deposits that will inevitably decide the fate of the world…

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition!

This board game for 2-4 players filled with professionally painted models that have set new standards for the quality of miniatures available to hobby gamers. Produced in small batches, under exacting conditions and supervision, the Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition will the be centerpiece of any gamer's collection. Never before have master-painted miniatures of this quality been made available in a wide release.

If you are fortunate enough to be at Gen Con Indy 2010, the Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition miniatures will be on display, and will also go on sale to the public at 4pm on Thursday, August 5th. Also, be sure to stop by the Fantasy Flight Games booth where Creative Director Paolo Parente will be signing at 2pm Thursday through Saturday.

Read more details about this remarkable product, and see photos of the magnificent miniatures on the Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition website!


Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare Premium Edition features stunning professionally painted miniatures. Based on the popular universe created by artist Paolo Parente, these games present an alternate 1940s reality in which alien technology fuels gigantic machines of war, and the world's superpowers clash over rare mineral deposits that could ultimately decide the outcome of WWII.

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Published: 8/25/2010 10:38:46 PM

LOL!!!  These prices are hilarious!!!

Games Workshop is a real bargain compared to this kinda pricing!!!

Published: 8/9/2010 11:10:16 AM

 My buddy Rodney won a set on Sunday. The paint jobs are fantastic, but sadly having played the game it's a waste of time. 

Published: 8/7/2010 11:59:52 PM

This will never reach the WotR CE level of Ebay scalping.

WotR CE already had a dedicated fanbase b4 the CE came out.

WotR CE offered more to than the normal edition than just some reasonably well painted miniatures.

Anyone who is good at painting miniatures will not be interested in wasting $200 for someone else to paint there figures.


So to sum up the demand simply wont be there for the sets to reach ridiculous level of cost like the WotR CE  did.

Published: 8/7/2010 10:18:18 AM


Luckily it isnt a limited release item.

"Dust Tactics Deluxe Edition is produced at a level of quality that is not feasible for a mass-produced product. A unique production workflow allows this remarkable edition to be painted in small batches to achieve a consistently high-quality result. This not only assures master-quality miniatures in each box, but allows us to initiate additional production runs when there is a demand for it."

It may be done in limited runs, but the secondary ebay scalpers can shove it as only truly mentally deficient people will pay the artificially inflated prices they will ask for this when they list it as "OOP Limited Edition" etc.

as for hefty shipping costs. Not much anyone can do about that and certainly not under FFG's control.

Published: 8/6/2010 9:11:06 AM

Well I'm not bitching about the price but about the sale model. By making it a limited exclusive release they may offer a better paint job but it will also create a secondary market who will become the only way for those of who don't have the mean to shell out $200 extra buck at the moent to get the painted set. Plus those of us who live outside the US will have a hefty sum to pay for s&h... I understand some of you will see this as whinning but actually it's more regrets than anything else. :-/

Published: 8/6/2010 2:59:34 AM

To those of you kvetching about the cost of the painted set:

Yes, $300 is a lot of dough to spend. That said, depending on the actual quality of the paint jobs which so far is not really known, how much time do you think it would take you to paint 34 miniatures to (what we assume) to be above average tabletop quality paintjobs?

I play and paint a lot of miniature wargames myself, and I have to say that if these are as nice as people who have seen them today are saying, it would be worth every penny of that $300. More so than buying the set unpainted for $100 if you're the sort who enjoys painted models on the table to suspend disbelief.

I like to think my time is worth money and if it takes me a couple hours a piece to do a rudimentary paint job on an infantry model, then it becomes apparent that the cost of the set isnt that bad. So lets assume that it takes a minimum of 2 hours to paint each model to a decent level. Based on this assumption, it would be around 70ish hours worth of work to complete them. If you rate your time to be worth a minimum of $10 per hour, then...$300 is a far cry than the expenditure you would have other wise spent on doing it yourself or paying somebody else to do it.

By all means continue to hate the price of the set, but keep in mind how much work goes into these and you might bring context and appreciation as to why the cost is what it is for this set.

All of this is assuming that the painjobs are better than what is found in the AT-43 sets anyways.  As a miniature painter myself, I have to say that AT-43 was a pretty good value even at full retail price since it was less work for me to do. Its nice to play a painted miniature game without ever having to lift a brush. The sense of quality of course is subjective, but considering the points above it is good to keep in mind what goes into painting them before the waling and gnashing of teeth commence. However to being fully informed, we need more pics from FFG in order to ascertain for ourselves if the quality of the paint job is worth the price.

The Sundance Kid
Published: 8/5/2010 2:14:55 PM

whining about whining is still whining.


Thought I would point that out for some. =)

Published: 8/5/2010 1:51:57 PM

@PanzerKraken: I'm not ignorant of the fact that they will be nicely painted, I just said that as a product I'm not able to afford them. I would have prefered a less stellar product like the miniature from the Tannhäuser game or the one from the At-43 and Confrontation lines from Rackham. I want use them in my game not be afraid of touching them ;-P

Published: 8/5/2010 12:45:50 PM

Lot of ignorance here.  These aren't supposed to be cheap machine paint jobs, but actually professionally done work with full detail.  Those who have seen them on display have said they are gorgeous.  This is a limited edition also, you don't like it, well don't buy it.  This isn't a mass market product offer so it's not going to be cheap, hence you have the cheap box set.

Average paint time for a single 28mm model is around 2-3 hours, so your getting 68+ hours worth of work.  Professional model painters also tend to usually charge up to 3 times the cost of a single fig for paint services for any type of hobby gaming.

The $300 price is reasonable for the quality it would seem. 

Published: 8/5/2010 12:08:12 PM

I totally understand that $5.5 for a paint job, especially if as good as what's been shown on promo pictures, may be cheap but my budget can't allow it.

Now if FFG had offered a separate painted pack for each army, that would have allowed to buy both and split the costs between the painted pack and the basic game. Of course this does mean that I would have had both the coated and the pre-painted minis but that's fine.

Published: 8/5/2010 11:57:41 AM

i saw the deluxe edish on display at comic con a couple weeks ago.  the paint job is awesome.  i'm getting this as soon as it's available.

Published: 8/5/2010 10:32:51 AM


There are people who spend even more depending on a job.  10 $ per figure is no so unreasonable if someone spends 2h or more on one figurine.




The question for me is if the paint job is decent enough to justify its price. Well, we will see.


But I'm wondering if it would have worked better for FFG to supply a painted edition with a pretty basic paintjob (for example the Rackham army deals which nearly only have the basic colors) at a lower price. I think that this would have been better for the biggest parts of FFG's usual customers.



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