13 March 2017 | Runewars Miniatures

Hooves of Steel

Preview the Oathsworn Cavalry Unit Expansion for the Runewars Miniatures Game


The most frightening sound during battle with the Daqan Lords isn't the clash of blades, the winding of crossbows, nor even the creaking of the Rune Golem's massive limbs. No, it is the trembling of the world from the relentless hooves of the powerful Oathsworn Cavalry. Enemies of Terrinoth live in fear of these lifelong warriors, sworn to a baron or free city until their dying breath. The fear is well founded, as any lucky survivor of a battle will tell you of the flash of steel crashing through the battlefield, the swords and spears of the riders perfectly in sync with their mounts, cleaving through whatever enemies stood in their way. 

The Oathsworn Cavalry Unit Expansion features four new Oathsworn Cavalry figures, enough to field a two-tray unit or increase the size of another unit, as well as five new upgrade cards for use with any army. The Oathsworn Cavalry Unit Expansion is one of the quickest ways to expand your army and customization options in the Runewars Miniatures Game.

Unrelenting Soldiers

The Oathsworn Cavalry are one of the swiftest units in the game with their command dial offering a full suite of movement options. With the impact keyword, their two charge modifiers will give any opponent they ram into a panic token.

The Oathsworn Cavalry also have two different melee attack options, one earlier in the round, and one later. The earlier option saddles the cavalry with an inability to modify the attack for additional damage, but with an initiative value of three, it will be hard for your opponent to strike before their already considerable attack. Their red melee attack has an initiative value of seven, meaning the cavalry will attack late, but can be modified to include additional damage, sacrificing speed for power. 

The suite of options the Oathsworn Cavalry have for both movement and attack make them one of the most dangerous units in the game, and a worthy addition to any Daqan Lords army.

On the defensive, the Oathsworn Cavalry are difficult to take down. Their defensive value of two makes dismounting a rider difficult to achieve, and with a white defensive modifier on their dial, they can become a defensive wall, provided you’re willing to give up other helpful modifiers.

The Oathsworn Cavalry's resolve is also difficult to shake, their loyalty never in question. With the ability to spend two surges to get an inspiration token, placing a bane token on the cavalry and having it stick is quite a monumental task.

With the Oathsworn Cavalry Unit Expansion and Runewars Miniatures Game Core Set, you can field a four-tray Oathsworn Cavalry unit for 34 points, giving the unit additional durability and allowing for more upgrade options. Additional Oathsworn Cavalry Unit Expansions will allow you to field a six-tray unit for 46 points or even a nine-tray unit, which sees a massive force of Cavalry have their threat increased by one, setting you up for three damage for every hit icon you spend at a cost of 68 points.  

Upgraded Forces

The Oathsworn Cavalry Unit Expansion also comes with five new upgrade cards that can be used with any army. These upgrade cards not only allow you to put up more of a defensive front, but allow other units in your army to strike with the speed and ferocity of the Cavalry themselves.

One of these new upgrade cards is Dispatch Runner.  For seven points, the Dispatch Runner Upgrade gives you the ability to cause another friendly unit within range 1-3 to make a melee attack, letting your forces get in consistent attacks with unexpected speed and frequency. Dispatch Runner gives you the opportunity to quickly strike back after an unexpected assault, or to wipe out enemy units before they have a chance to attack. Importantly, this upgrade does not cancel whatever action you set for the unit at the start of the turn, allowing the target to make a melee attack without disrupting your original plans. But be warned, the stun token received from Dispatch Runner can be used to cancel the unit's modifier dial during a later action.

A Dispatch Runner attached to the Oathsworn Cavalry allows Kari Wraithstalker to make an immediate melee attack against the Carrion Lancer at the cost of a stun token!

Furthermore, fortifying your army with Flank Guards  ensures your opponent will never get the drop on your unit by flanking them, completely eliminating the extra die they would get for engaging your unit from behind. This upgrade is perfect for units that can cover distances very quickly and always have to be watching their backs, much like the Oathsworn Cavalry. While your unit will still be surrounded by enemies, their Flank Guards will completely eliminate the advantage flankers receive. 

Adding more trays to units traditionally increases your threat and allows that unit to take more damage as they have more figures to remove, but Shield Wall allows your larger units to gain an additional defense value when they are being attacked by an enemy with fewer trays. Identical to the upgrade card in the Runewars Miniatures Game Core Set, Shield Wall provides additional protection to your hordes by turning their massive numbers into an impenetrable curtain. If you attach it to the Oathsworn Cavalry, their sturdy defensive value of two is increased to three when they are being attacked by a unit with fewer trays, and further increased to four if you use the Cavalry's defensive modifier. 

If you want your units to become an offensive powerhouse, a mere five points allows you to use Moment of Inspiration which gives your unit an additional white die when making a melee attack. An additional white die not only provides you the oppurtunity for more damage, but also the oppurunity for a mortal strike, damage that completely ignores your targets defense value!

The final upgrade card in the Oathsworn Cavalry Unit Expansion pack is Heraldic Surcoats  which sees your opponent draw one fewer card when inflicting a morale test, to a minimum of one. For five points, this limits your opponent's options when inflicting a morale test, and means your unit is much less likely to be hit with a nasty effect. 

Terrinoth's Finest

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While Terrinoth houses many brave warriors, few are as emblematic of the pride of Daqan as the Oathsworn Cavalry. These brave warriors are sure to improve any army they supplement with their bravery, boldness, and unstoppable power.

Watch your enemies tremble in fear with the Oathsworn Cavalry Unit Expansion (RWM03) when it releases in the second quarter of 2017.

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