DUST 1947 - Paolo Parente’s Dust
Game title: DUST 1947
Game description: The year is 1947. The war that started eight years ago with Germany invading Poland isn’t over. The conflict has long spread worldwide. Other than the three great blocs, there are but a handful of countries left hanging on to relative neutrality. Throughout the world, the three blocs are fighting to gain exclusive control over a revolutionary ore: Vk. This ore has revealed extraordinary properties and brought forth the design of gigantic combat robots, capable of challenging the world’s most advanced tanks.
My first introduction to DUST 1947 was at PAX Unplugged 2017. I was walking the isles and the amazing display of miniatures at the DUST booth caught my eye. Soon I was playing a demo of the game, drooling over the amazing amount of minis available and walking away with the first-ever Mythos set released. Fast forward to PAX U 2018, a bigger DUST booth, me walking out with both a Mythos and IJN Starter set and a few add0ns, and I’m in mini heaven.
Beautifully detailed miniatures
Simple core rules
Fully customizable to suit player tastes
Hard to know where to start
Full DUST 1947 Review
My first introduction to DUST 1947 was at PAX Unplugged 2017. I was walking the isles and the amazing display of miniatures at the DUST booth caught my eye. Soon I was playing a demo of the game, drooling over the amazing amount of minis available and walking away with the first-ever Mythos set released. Fast forward to PAX U 2018, a bigger DUST booth, me walking out with both a Mythos and IJN Starter set and a few addons, and I’m in mini heaven.
DUST 1947 is a miniatures game set in an alternate history where WWII has been raging on for over 6 years. A new type of ore, Vk, possibly alien in origin, has also been discovered and is being used to power all sorts of technological machines of war such as mechs, Tesla guns, and more. My daughter and I have started out with IJN and Mythos armies using the units below:
Here’s one of my favorite parts about DUST. Each of the Starter Sets comes with everything a new player needs to get into the game. You get units, tokens, dice, terrain elements, a playmat, and a rulebook. You can also choose to buy either Primed or Premium (expertly pre-painted) version of most sets.
Like other miniatures games, DUST can be played as a straight PvP play-until-you-kill-everyone game or with objective-based scenarios. The rulebook comes with a few simple scenarios, but there are also a few larger Campaign Book like the latest, Hellgate, which details the Mythos entering the world of DUST. There are even community events like Paradise Lost where you can participate by downloading timed-release scenarios and submitting your battle results online.
The core rules of DUST 1947 are fairly simple, and cover how to choose a force size, movement, combat, cover, etc… Each unit has some special abilities, its own weapons, and such that add a lot more depth into the game. It can look a bit overwhelming at first due to the sheer number of products out there, but as I stated before, you just need to pick a Starter Set per player and you’re off to the races.
My daughter and I have been having a blast playing the game and it’s even gotten her into painting miniatures, something she’s MUCH better than I am at doing. It’s been amazing learning what our armies can do, figuring out how we want to expand them, and talking about how we can spruce up our mats with some 3D terrain. The DUST community is a fantastic one where players both new and experienced can share their stories, ask for advice, and share their love of a fantastic game.
There’s a lot to love about DUST 1947. If you’re an avid miniatures gamer looking for something new, a new player looking for an excellent system to get into, or a WWII buff looking to spice things up a bit, DUST is an excellent choice.
Several boxes of DUST 1947 units were provided free for this review by DUST USA
Media personality Rob “Devar-TTY” Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of Devar-TTY’s Pawns Perspective, Dev now focuses mostly on video games and TTRPGs. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.