That Which Feeds
Preview the Spined Threshers of Runewars Miniatures Game
In the Ru steppes to the east of Terrinoth, cracks in reality allow demonic influences to seep into Mennara. Here, the horrific Uthuk Y’llan thrive, calling upon the forces of the Ynfernael to power their spells. Among the most powerful demons summoned by their dark rituals are a monstrous, nightmarish mixture of insect and beast. These dark creatures revel in the fear they provoke, displaying a dark intelligence. To the Uthuk, these creatures are known as the Gw’reth Chuik or "that which feeds." But in the lands of steel, these creatures bear the name of Spined Threshers.
In the early days of Terrinoth, Llovar, a Dream Walker of immense power, raised a great war host of the Uthuk Y’llan, as well as demons, orcs, dragons, and any others who would fight alongside him. This era, known as the First Darkness, nearly destroyed Human, Dwarven, and Elven civilization. With their forces combined, the peoples of Terrinoth beat back the locust swarm, pushing them back into the wastelands. But now, fires can be seen burning deep in the reaches of the Ru, and demons terrorize the borderlands once more.
Spined Threshers are resilient, with a remarkable five wounds and a defense value of two. Stone keeps crack and crumble beneath their claws and nothing short of a full military deployment can slow their rampage. The mere sight of one of these monsters on the battlefield strikes fear into even the most hardened military commanders of Terrinoth. The Spined Threshers use their overpowering ability to inflict fear to its full advantage. If the defender battling the Spined Threshers has a panic token, these scuttling horrors gain the chance to reroll one of their dice. This chance may be vital in battle, as rerolling even a single red die can make your attack strong enough to land eight possible hits if you command a full unit of six Spined Threshers.
The one drawback for the Uthuk commanders who choose to add these monsters to their ranks is the cost of the blood required to summon them from the Ynfernael. A single Spined Thresher costs eighteen points, more than any other non-unique unit in the game, but their sheer power and ferocity make them well worth the investment. Despite their bulk, the Spined Threshers scurry swiftly across the battlefield, leveling everything in their path. With a white speed-one march modifier, it's nigh impossible for mortal armies to delay their assaults for any measure of time. With their Brutal 1 keyword, the demons are guaranteed to always have a threat of at least two as trap enemy soldiers in their Devouring Maws and rip them to shreds with their serrated mandibles.
The Spined Threshers Unit Expansion provides you with two unpainted and easily assembled miniatures, including a new sculpt that was not featured in the Uthuk Y'llan Army Expansion, which you can customize to match the tattered colors of your locust horde, or to reflect the tribe that first summoned the creatures from the depths of the Ynfernael. Those of the Gore Claws often appear as if they are forever streaked in fresh blood, while those called to the Chasm of Eternal Night have blackened flesh that allows them to disappear into the lightless caverns found there.
Beyond the two frightening figures, this unit expansion also offers you a collection of tokens to track the devastating havoc you wreak, and eight upgrade cards to further customize your Uthuk Y'llan. If you choose to invest in a full unit of six Spined Threshers, you can supplement their Brutal 1 and Steadfast [Fear] keywords with Serrated Spines. This upgrade equips your Spined Threshers with the Lethal keyword, equal to the number of stable energy runes in play, for the duration of a melee. But this upgrade is not restricted to the Spined Threshers. You can offer Serrated Spines to any of your Uthuk Y’llan units who have undergone the proper training, turning the very bodies of your locust swarm into weapons and making them deadlier than ever.
Let your foes cower behind the stone walls of their keeps and strongholds. With the might of the Spined Threshers at your disposal, soon all of Terrinoth will kneel before you!
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