The January Releases Are Here!

The Celestial Gatekeepers and Tricksters have been much anticipated, the models are wonderful, and their rules make them exciting additions to Shael Han armies across Arikania. These are the first of the Shael Han units from the Wrath of Kings: Rising Conflicts book to be released.

To find these releases in the CoolMiniOrNot webstore, simply click on their names in the post below.


WOK03011   Celestial Gatekeepers (2)

Stalwart and powerful, the Celestial Gatekeepers are tireless guardians of Shael Han’s holy places. They have been summoned to the battlefield to protect all of the House’s territories as a whole, sprinting forward blindingly fast to crush foes in their armor-shattering jaws.

  • Highly detailed plastic miniatures
  • This box of Rank 1 Specialists are a great addition to any Shael Han force.
  • The Celestial Gatekeepers are excellent guardians and will be best used escorting Leaders or important units to their targets.

Box contains: two (2) Celestial Gatekeeper models, two (2) 50mm bases, and their Wrath of Kings unit cards.


WOK03012 Celestial Tricksters (2)

The laughing children of misdirection and malicious pranks, the Celestial Tricksters of House Shael Han use magical manipulation and illusionary influences to slay their enemies with madness and frustrating lunacy.


  • Highly detailed plastic miniatures
  • This box of Rank 1 Specialists are a great addition to any Shael Han force.
  • The Celestial Tricksters are maliciously mischievous and use their Will-based attacks to cause opponents to strike themselves or others, and to lead enemy models around the table against their wishes.


Box contains: two (2) Celestial Trickster models, two (2) 30mm bases, and their Wrath of Kings unit cards.

2016 – What a rollercoaster ride! Aiming to be more steady in 2017.

Well, what can we say? 2016 proved to be an incredibly tumultuous year for us as far as Wrath of Kings goes. We started out with strong plans for a great year, and in April we started to deliver on our promises. We had a burst of great releases to coincide with AdeptiCon, and these then filtered out into retailers around the world. wok_honorandtreachery

Wrath of Kings: Honor and Treachery was our first foray into a two-player starter set format. We provided two starter forces of our most popular factions (Goritsi and Nasier), quick start rules, a scenario and some 2D-punchcard terrain, all for $60. Throughout the year, this set was a good seller, very popular at all of the shows we attended.


We also released the first wave of boxed sets from the (then forthcoming) Rising Conflicts book. Nasier and Teknes saw the bulk of the love, with Infantry and Specialist boxes for both, while Goritsi received some fantastic werewolf Characters.

At CMON Expo in May, we made a few quite grand announcements about the future of the game and the way we’d be releasing the rest of the Rising Conflicts boxed sets over the year. We basically said that we’d release three more boxes in August, and then follow that up with two boxes each month until all the units from Rising Conflicts had been released. This was a very good plan, and we were very excited about it, but like all plans, it didn’t survive contact with reality. More on that later.


We were able to create and  launch the Wrath of Kings Organized Play Kits (there’re two of them) in August, with the first prizes being handed out at GenCon. This is something that the community had been asking for, so we were excited to be able to provide it. If they do well, we’ll certainly look into doing more in the future.


And that mention of GenCon leads us on to the downswing in the second half of the year. That great plan wetland about earlier? This is when a number of factors beyond our control came into play and caused numerous confusing delays for us, the product, and the excitement for you, the Wrath of Kings enthusiast!

For GenCon in August we were able to airfreight in a limited number of copies of the Rising Conflicts book, the Book One Unit Cards, and the three boxes you see pictured above. These sold quickly at the show, but weren’t worried at the time, we knew our sea-freight was just around the corner.

Sadly, that was not actually the case. When Hanjin Shipping collapsed it disrupted our supply lines considerably. Stock was delayed as new shipping companies were found, another was a knock on effect for our planned Q4 releases. When the above products did arrive in our warehouse, there was confusion about the new street dates that compounded the issues, and delays stacked up.

Rather than try to air-freight in any number of the previously slated Q4 releases, we made the tough decision to postpone their release until we could be certain of the full amount of stock being in our warehouse.

All in all, there was a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth. Confusion reigned and we (perhaps incorrectly) pulled back from making any announcements or promises until we knew we could achieve our goals. We thank you all for your continued patience, and we look forward to moving on in 2017.

Speaking of which…

This Friday, January 13th, we have the first of the “two boxes a month” releases. Finally, the forces of Shael Han get some reinforcements in the form of the first of the Celestials.

wok03011-shaelhan-celestial-keepers wok03012-shaelhan-celestial-tricksters

The Celestial Gatekeepers and Celestial Tricksters are both Specialist boxed sets and the first that cover the Celestial spirits that work alongside the forces of Shael Han. The Gatekeepers are fiercely dogged guardians that will not let the enemy escape once they get a hold of them. The Tricksters are capricious spirits who seek to sow as much discord as possible, tricking their opponents into striking themselves and luring them around the battlefield.

In February…

We have another two boxes that will release in February, and Nasier gets some new Characters, while Teknes gains a couple of brutal Specialists.


Kor Kallum is a massive Rank 2 Specialist Character who was the prototype for the Greatwing project. He can not only fly, but also switch between a number of special abilities that buff his already solid melee attack or weaken the options of the opponents around him. Vallenya Rhabar is a Rank 1 Specialist Character who is the quintessential Nasier assassin: infiltrating, side- and shadow-stepping, and finding the weakness in her opponent’s defenses.


The Butchers of House Teknes are Rank 1 Specialists focused on destruction. Although their attacks are quite considerable already, as these hardy warriors suffer damage their rage just adds to the carnage they leave in their wake.

In March…

And then we come back around again to Hadross and Shael Han. With these releases, each faction will have received three new boxed sets from the Rising Conflicts book.


The Neritic Horrors from House Hadross are literally animated collections of thousands of living corals. Herdsman Deepcallers have bound Neridian spirits into these formations to create these walking reefs. These Rank 1 Specialists cause dangerous Aura effects as they shamble across the battlefield.


And perhaps one of the most anticipated boxed sets from Rising Conflicts – the Celestial Host. This boxed set contains the Infantry component of the Celestial forces, and includes a Rank 1 Leader (the Avatar of the Monkey) and two each of the other Rank 2 Infantry models (Avatars of the Elephant, Bear, and Snake). Each of these Celestial spirits has a different focus in battle, from entangling the enemy, to soaking up damage, to obviously tearing their opponents limb from limb.

In conclusion…

It has been a rough year for us on the Wrath of Kings team. Some things have gone incredibly well, and others spectacularly poorly. However, thanks to your constant support, we stand ready to face the new year with all we have. We look forward to continuing this journey with you.

The Wrath of Kings team.

COMMUNITY FEATURE – 2017 UK Nationals!


It is always wonderful to hear tales of enthusiastic communities around the globe putting together events (from demo days to campaigns to  full-blown tournaments), and it is exciting to see folks who have been championing Wrath of Kings take that all one step further.

We’ve been talking with Gareth Anderson on and off for a while now, and we are very pleased to be able to announce a great focal event that he is running in May 2017 – The Throne Wars (Wrath of Kings UK Nationals)!

Here’s a link to the event listing on Facebook:

But here are the details listed again (for convenience and for those folks who don’t use Facebook):

It is a great honour to finally announce the UK nationals event ‘The Throne Wars – Claim your Crown!‘. this event is a culmination to a lot of work behind the scenes between myself and Coolminiornot to organise and I hope to make this the biggest gathering we can and a great event.  

The tournament will be held on Sunday, 28th of May at Element Game’s brilliant North West Gaming Centre in Stockport. This spacious venue has all the boards and terrain we need as well as parking, on-site bar and the Element games store itself. There is also a hotel opposite for people wishing to stay the weekend and there are many places to eat nearby.

Registration will be open from 9:30am with the 1st round starting at 10:30 prompt. We will be playing at skirmish level armies using the official ‘Conquest of Kings’ tournament system (

Entry will be £10 which will include the hiring of the venue, prizes and a complimentary ‘goodie-bag’ That will contain some very special items. Prizes will be awarded for placement as well as bonus prizes for best painted, sportsmanship, best in-faction and the much sought-after wooden spoon! The prizes themselves will include promo-items, product and maybe aspecial surprise or two. I’m not looking to make any sort of profit for this so all the money after the venue will go the prize pool with it only growing with more people who attend.

Whether you are new to the game or a seasoned pro a fun day of games awaits and this can only lead to bigger things, so I hope we can get a strong turn out and make this a yearly extravaganza. :D

To book your place you can email me [email protected] or PM me. I am also hosting a Dark-age event on the Saturday. This is another coolmini game based on a dystopian sci-fi planet!

Thats it for now. Any questions please PM and I hope to see as many of you there as possible! Stay tuned for more updates!

ADEPTICON – Tickets go on sale on Monday, November 21!


Although AdeptiCon itself doesn’t roll around until March 23rd, 2017, registration and tickets sales begin next Monday! That’s right. Ay 8pm Central Standard Time in the USA, you will be able to buy your badge for the four-day long show, and sign up by all sorts of awesome gaming and hobby activities!

For Wrath of Kings fans we have a number of events scheduled. These will be run in our own CoolMiniOrNot gaming area right next to the vendor area.

Thursday, March 23rd
• 10am-2pm – Wrath of Kings Build & Play – Sit down with a bunch of like-minded folks, assemble your Faction Starter set (purchased at a discount) and them jump into some games of Wrath of Kings. This event is perfect for those who are introducing friends to the game, or would like to start a brand new faction.
• 2-6pm – Wrath of Kings Skirmish-level Tournament – A three-round tournament where you will face off against some of the best players the Chicagoland area has to offer. Check out the tournament rules pack in our Downloads section here. There will also be a tasty prize pool!

Friday, March 24th
• 6-10pm – A Prelude to Ravenswood – Our first real scenario game that sees the forces of House Goritsi take on those of House Nasier. Community member Bobby Limoggio has been working hard to put this all together and we invite you to check out his hard work. Spot prizes will be handed out for heroic feats and dastardly deeds!

Saturday, March 25th
• 10am-2pm – Wrath of Kings Build & Play – Sit down with a bunch of like-minded folks, assemble your Faction Starter set (purchased at a discount) and them jump into some games of Wrath of Kings. This event is perfect for those who are introducing friends to the game, or would like to start a brand new faction.

Sunday, March 26th
• 12-4pm – Wrath of Kings Skirmish-level Tournament – A three-round tournament where you will face off against some of the best players the Chicagoland area has to offer. Check out the tournament rules pack in our Downloads section here. There will also be a tasty prize pool!

Additionally, we’ll have times when you can just sit down and play through a few games of Wrath Kings with your friends.

Although the events are not listed on the AdeptiCon site at the moment, they will be up on Monday (the AdeptiCon team have the events list) and ready for you to purchase tickets!

We look forward to seeing you all there for what is one of the biggest tabletop wargaming shows in the US!

The Wrath Of Kings Team

The Colors of Arikania – Teknes

Colors of Arikania is an irregular series of articles designed to help you get your Wrath Of Kings miniatures painted quickly and well and boost the look of your forces on the tabletop. We’ll start by covering the key colors associated with each Faction.

House Teknes – Union Worker & Lineman Defender – painted by Dave Taylor


For House Teknes, we determined that the four main colors for our basic force would be:

• Iron – The Union Workers and Lineman Defenders wear a lot of heavy iron.
• Pig Flesh – The pig faces of the Union Workers are very characterful.
• Deep Blue – Teknes infantry typically sport some blue clothing.
• Brass – Teknes warriors often wear various steam-powered backpacks made of brass.


As the Teknes models were awaiting a lot of metal and darker colors, I decided on a simple black spray primer for both the Union Worker and the Lineman Defender.

Throughout this article we’ll refer to various paint colors. For this article they are all from the Army Painter range of colors, as noted by the prefix AP.

Teknes Heavy Iron


Step One – Basecoat the iron armor and weapon with AP Gun Metal
Step Two – Wash with AP Dark Tone
Step Three – Highlight with AP Gun Metal
Step Four – Highlight the edges with AP Plate Mail Metal

Teknes Pig Flesh


Step One – Basecoat the skin with AP Barbarian Flesh (to cover the back primer coat, you might need to use two or three thin coats of the flesh color).
Step Two – Shade with the AP Flesh Wash
Step Three – Highlight with a 3:1 mix of AP Barbarian Flesh and AP Matt White

Teknes Blue Cloth


Step One – Basecoat the cloth with AP Dark Blue
Step Two – Highlight with a AP Griffon Blue
Step Three – Highlight with a 2:1 mix of AP Griffon Blue and AP Matt White

Teknes Brass Backpacks


Step One – Basecoat the backpack with AP Weapon Bronze
Step Two – Shade the backpack with AP Strong Tone
Step Three – Highlight with a 2:1 mix of AP Weapon Bronze and AP Plate Mail Metal

Completing the Teknes Infantry


All that remained was to finish off the details (wrappings, weapon hafts, white lines etc) and complete the base of the models. For these bases I simply used PVA glue and sand to fill the base, then added a couple of small rocks and some tufts of grass from The Army Painter.

Massive Updates [Stat Cards, Motivations, and More!]

Players! As you know, Wrath of Kings: Rising Conflicts will be releasing soon- so to get everyone pumped up, we’ve done some major updates across our files!

•All Stat Card Files have been updated to include all units appearing in Rising Conflicts!
•All existing cards (aka Book 1) have been updated to the versions appearing in the Premium Card Set (unless noted in the errata section, the only thing that changed was font size).


•Rules File has been updated to mirror the one found in Rising Conflicts.
•Note that aside from Toggle (covered in the ERRATA section of this post) section, no Core Rules were modified- Merely some verbiage changes to clarify some points.


•Motivations have been updated for Rising Conflicts. In addition, we have uploaded the Motivation Cards (also appearing in the Premium Card Set 1) to the site.
•Note that many Motivations received minor changes, and some were removed and replaced entirely, so be sure to check with the Motivation Cards Document, the Rules document, or your own copy of Rising Conflicts!


•Game Size document was updated. No structure changes, just some clarified text, and renaming of “Intro” size game to “Patrol”.


•With the release of Rising Conflicts, some units have been tweaked from their original versions for the purposes of game balance and flow. We will give a rundown of changes by faction:

Knockback(x) has been modified to now force enemies directly away from the model causing Knockback.
Toggle abilities have been changed in regards to how they work.

“Some models possess ongoing abilities or auras that
require them to perform an action for the power to become
active. These are called toggle actions. Most toggle actions
do not require a roll to activate. Once the toggle action has
been performed, the ability becomes active. Toggle effects
remain in play until the beginning of that model’s next

•No Nasier units received specific modifications or erratas at this time.

•With Rising Conflicts, the Resonate mechanic has received an overhaul in how it functions. This change affected nearly every model in the faction. as a result, a faction-wide re-balance took place. Each existing unit in Hadross has been modified. Please see the Stat Card link above.
•While most units in Hadross received modification due to Resonate changes, Carcharian Frenzies, Chargers, and Gar, the Gladiator received major revamps to streamline their play-style and role in the army. Again, please see Stat Card link above.

Brief Summary: The Carcharians now have access to the Pain Fueled special ability, gaining increased stats, as well as applying Resonate, when damaged-but-not-killed. In addition, their attacks have been combined into one new “Feeding Frenzy” attack that heals upon killing an enemy.

•No Teknes units received specific modifications or erratas at this time.

•Range of melee attack on The Wrath has been increased to 2″
•Due to the above, The Warchild received an overhaul in abilities, including Command abilities.
•Due to under-performance issues, the Iron lotus Warriors, Black Lotus, and Madam Mui have been overhauled. Please see the Stat Card link above.

Brief Summary: Originally the Iron Lotus’ just didn’t have enough going for them- out-shined by either The Dragon Legion or The Children in most aspects.The Iron Lotus’ now specialize in single target destruction. Their melee attack has gained a 2″ range and now may re-roll all dice when targeting single enemies. In addition, the unit is now completely immune to Will Attacks. Finally, the Black Lotus now gives them the option to gain an additional [+1]Rate to their attacks (for a potential of 2 re-rollable dice). Finally, the Insight of the Black Lotus means that, upon rolling an Overpower result (with your potentially 2 re-rollable dice, remember!) you can force a Magic Attack on yet another enemy.

•No Goritsi units received specific modifications or erratas at this time.

Wrath Of Kings: Rising Conflicts – a walkthrough.

With Gencon just a few days away, we know that many of you are really excited to get your hands on Wrath Of Kings: Rising Conflicts! For those of you who can’t make it to the show, we also thought you’d like a chance to take a quick look through this lovely new book. Lead developer Michael Shinall gives us a look through the latest book, and also a look at the Wrath Of Kings Book 1 Premium Card Deck.

We hope you enjoy it.

Organized Play – Our New OP Kits!

Back in May, at the CMON Expo, we talked about the Organized Play (or OP) kits we were planning for Wrath Of Kings. Well, we are ver happy to announce that Aaron and the lovely folks at Battle Bin are currently packing up our OP kits, and they’ll be delivered to us just after Gencon. We are very excited!


We have two OP Kits for Wrath Of Kings – Kit #1 and Kit #2 – so that we can switch up a few things in the kits to add variety to your prizes in-store. Once we know the rate we’ll be going through the OP kits, we’ll be able to better plan more variety, but we think these are starting out pretty well.


In both of the kits you will find:


• 10 x 1″ pins – we have 2 pins for each of the 5 factions in Wrath Of Kings.


• 3 Certificates of Victory. These can be personalized by the Event Organizer to recognize any sort of achievement from the event.


These items are found in either Kit #1 OR Kit #2


• 12 Heart/Wound tokens – the same as those used in our Arcadia Quest boardgame (Kit #1)


• 12 Morale tokens from Battle Bin – these can be used to keep track of your army’s Morale during a game (Kit #2)


• Three packets of 5 Art Cards, featuring the concept art from a few of our favorite factions (Kit #1)


• Three packets of 5 Art Cards, featuring art of battles and characters of the world of Arikania (Kit #2)


• One Organized Play Card (in a pack of 12), this card is designed for use specifically in Organized Play events (Kit #1)


• One Organized Play Card (in a pack of 12), this card is designed for use specifically in Organized Play events (Kit #2)

So there you have it. They’ve been a long time coming, but after Gencon, they’ll be in our warehouse and ready to send out into the world. Please let your friends, gaming buddies, clubs, and local stores know about these. We’ll post again once they are available.

Gencon is almost here!


We very excited to finally be able to reveal the name of the Wrath Of Kings “Book 2″. At Gencon next week, and then in stores later this month, you’ll be able to get your hands on Wrath Of Kings: Rising Conflicts!

This book takes the place of the previous rulebook, includes all the rules, loads of great new lore that drives forward the story of Arikania, and the rules and background for more than 30 new units!

Additionally you’ll be able to add to your Hadross and Goritsi forces with their new boxed sets: the Shell Crackers and Carcharian Pit Fighters for Hadross, and the Ravener Alpha for Goritsi.

Finally, we’ll have a brand new deck of cards for you. The Wrath Of Kings Book 1 Premium Card Deck contains the unit cards for ALL the Leaders, Infantry, and Specialists from the first Wrath Of Kings book, as well as a handy Defense Chart reference card AND all of the Motivations provided in card form!

So, if you are at Gencon next week, please stop by and say “Hi”, and pick up few new excellent models, cards, or book to add to your Wrath Of Kings collection. If you can’t make it to the show, don’t worry, these should be available in your local store by the end of August.

• Wrath Of Kings: Rising Conflicts – $30

• Wrath Of Kings: Book 1 Premium Card Deck – $20

• Hadross Shell Crackers (2) – $20

• Hadross Carcharian Pit Fighters (12) – $35

• Goritsi Ravener Alpha (1) – $35

(prices are in US dollars)

Colors of Arikania – Nasier

Colors of Arikania is an irregular series of articles designed to help you get your Wrath Of Kings miniatures painted quickly and well and boost the look of your forces on the tabletop. We’ll start to covering the three key colors associated with each Faction.

House Nasier – Ashman Swordsman & Pelegarth Bloodmask – painted by Dave Taylor



For House Nasier, we determined that the three main colors for our basic force would be:

• Black – primarily for the clothing/boots of the Ashmen/Pelegarths.
• Deep Red – the Nasier all wear their ritual demon masks, and most of those are a deep red.
• Purple/Grey Flesh – the warriors of House Nasier have flesh that is as hard as stone, in a purplish grey.


To help understand where the highlights and shadows would fall on the models, I first primed them all over with a black primer. Once that was dry, I sprayed the Pelegarth with a white primer from a raised angle (about 30 degrees) to create shaded areas on the model. As the Ashmen are primarily black or metal, I left this model primed black.

Throughout this article we’ll refer to various paint colors from both the Vallejo and Army Painter ranges. These are typically available from your FLGS, or through our webstore. You’ll be able to recognize these by the prefix we use: VMC – Vallejo Model Color, VGC – Vallejo Game Color, VMA – Vallejo Model Air, AP – Army Painter.

Ashman Cloth



Step One – Highlight the black areas with VMC German Grey
Step Two – Highlight with a 1:1 mix of VMC German Grey and VMC Basalt Grey
Step Three – Highlight with VMC Basalt Grey
Step Four – In order the soften the highlights and give the highlights a slightly brown appearance, shade with a thinned wash of AP Strong Tone

Nasier Masks


Step One – Basecoat the mask with VMC Hull Red
Step Two – Highlight with a 1:1 mix of VMC Hull Red and VGC Bloody Red
Step Three – Highlight with VGC Bloody Red

Pelegarth Purple Flesh



Step One – Basecoat the flesh with a thinned VGC Hexed Lichen
Step Two – Highlight with a 2:1 mix of VGC Hexed Lichen and VMC Light Grey
Step Three – Highlight with a 1:2 mix of VGC Hexed Lichen and VMC Light Grey
Step Four – Highlight with VMC Light Grey

Completing the Nasier Infantry



All that remained was to finish off the details (gold, wrappings, weapon hafts, etc) and complete the base of the models. For these bases I simply used PVA glue and sand to fill the base, then added a couple of small rocks and some tufts of grass from The Army Painter.