Although modern-style detailed miniatures give a flashing, modernized look to board games, miniatures have been being utilized in the board game industry for quite some time now. High quality miniatures are pretty likely to help your gaming sessions feel more immersive and they also add just enough aesthetic to the game board to make moving pieces around an entertaining task.
The significance of miniatures has grown up to the point where some board game publishers introduce their brand’s specialty in manufacturing high tier miniatures. They attempt to recreate the concepts used in board games in a physical form that is also pleasing to look at.
This business model has proven to be successful and that shows just how much well-designed miniatures can improve one’s experience with a board game. That is obviously because all gamers enjoy playing with lifelike mini statues.
Additionally, I consider myself a man of great sense of fashion and perhaps irrationally, I tend to find a lot more joy in board games that feature an acceptable set of good-looking mini figures.
All these reasons lead to the writing of this article, in which I’m going to tell you which board games we believe to have the best miniatures.
Oh and if you’re by any chance under 3 years old, I suggest that you avoid these games for the time being.
Board Games that Feature Mind-blowing Miniatures
Here are our picks for the best board games with the most astonishing miniature designs.
10. Mechs vs. Minions
The wildly popular board game Mechs vs Minions is an intense battle of wits and luck, as teams of players compete to build up their mechs and battle the minions. Players must use their strategic skills to outwit their opponents and emerge victorious in this epic struggle.
This game, published by Riot Games, captures the cooperative experience of League of Legends and brings it to the tabletop gaming world. Players can team up and battle against the never-ending waves of minions in a strategic and immersive environment, allowing them to experience the same excitement and challenge of the popular online game.
Mechs vs Minions is an exciting board game that features highly detailed miniatures of a stunning art style. It should also be said that given the unbelievably large number of minion figures included in the game, the attention to detail is remarkable.
Experience the ultimate sci-fi survival horror as you play Nemesis, published by Awaken Realms. Feel the terror as you explore the depths of the unknown, facing off against relentless enemies and unforgiving environments. Test your mettle as you battle for survival in a world of terror and chaos.
Nemesis is an incredibly entertaining game that is just as enjoyable to lose as it is to win. Even in defeat, you will have fantastic memories of every single session, which along with the exceptional design of the game’s miniatures, makes it a truly unique and memorable experience.
The game’s gorgeous miniatures aside, Nemesis is a great game for players who are looking for a unique and immersive cooperative experience that combines The Alien movie franchise with some of the most popular elements of Among Us. The game is highly tactical and replayable, and features a unique horror element.
8. The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring
The War of the Ring board game is a two-player strategy game based on the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, The Lord of the Rings. The game was designed by Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, and Francesco Nepitello and was published by Ares Games.
Players are divided into two teams for this one, the Free People (FP) and the Shadow (SH). The Free People are represented by the Fellowship of the Ring, while the Shadow is represented by Sauron and his minions. Each side has its own set of extremely well designed pieces, including characters, armies, and fortifications.
The goal of the game is for the Free People to destroy the One Ring and defeat Sauron, while the Shadow must capture the Ring and bring it to Mordor.
This game is a fun, engaging journey into Middle Earth and its battlefields. The stunning miniatures featured in the box of the game hold great thematic and aesthetic value and are among some of the best we’ve ever seen.
7. Blood Rage
Blood Rage, published by CMON and widely popular for its miniature design, is set in a mythical Viking world and is a game of area control and resource management. Players take on the role of Viking clans and compete to gain the most glory before Ragnarok, the end of the world. Players must strategically manage their resources, build settlements, and battle their opponents to gain control of the land and ultimately become the most powerful clan.
Players will engage in an all out brawl over control of ancient Viking territories, summon powerful monsters from Norse legends, dwell with the gods, and complete challenging quests. Only the player who accumulates the most glory will achieve their rightful place in Valhalla.
CMON has spared no expenses when designing and producing this game’s miniatures as they look fabulously detailed and well polished. If viking battles are your cup of tea and you enjoy a game with cool minis, this game is the perfect choice for this weekend.
6. Star Wars: Armada
Engage in massive fleet battles and take command of iconic Star Wars ships like the Imperial Star Destroyer and the Rebel Alliance’s MC80 Home One-class Star Cruiser. Outfit your fleet with powerful squadrons of starfighters, and lead your forces through the enemy frontlines with cunning strategy and sound tactics. Experience the thrill of Star Wars space combat as you take on the role of a space explorer and battle for the fate of the galaxy in Star Wars: Armada, the strategic space battle game designed and published by Fantasy Flight Games.
Immersive gameplay, the competitive intensity of the game and the nostalgic feeling it evokes are all reasons why Star Wars Armada deserves a spot on your shelf. However, my personal main reason for enjoying this game is the amazing play pieces it features.
This game allows you to test your strategy and wits against your opponent in the shoes of a space admiral and does so while looking incredible. Paired with a game board that suits the space theme, Star Wars Armada is truly a gem among Star Wars themed board games.
5. Rising Sun
Rising Sun is a highly acclaimed board game for 3 to 5 players, designed by Eric M. Lang and published by CMON in 2017. Set in a feudal Japan, the game puts its main focus on strategy, negotiation, and warfare as players take on the role of ancient gods (Kami) and strive to rebuild their empire. With its unique blend of mechanics, Rising Sun offers a truly immersive experience.
In Rising Sun, clans must use a combination of politics, strength, and honor to rule the land in this captivating board game. Featuring stunning miniatures and intricate artwork, the game requires players to navigate the complex political landscape of feudal Japan to gain the most honor and emerge victorious. With a variety of strategies and alliances to explore, Rising Sun offers excellent replayablity and hours of fun.
This game’s miniatures are well designed and better executed. A subtle yet artistic take on the pieces moved around the board that is quite a sight to see.
Twilight Imperium is an absolutely incredible journey into the sci-fi world of space battles and strategies. The player is given the option to choose one between the many paths that are available to victory and the freedom of playstyle that this game offers is truly unique.
This classic adventure features a great collection of minis with its own innovative and stylish design. Each session of Twilight Imperium lasts between 4 to 6 hours and is guaranteed to noticeably differ from the others, thanks to the great variety of scenarios that’s been implemented in the gameplay.
3. Kingdom Death: Monster
Another title that is widely recognized for it’s eye-pleasing use of shockingly good looking miniatures is Kingdom Death: Monster.
Kingdom Death: Monster is a strategy board game for four players who take on the role of monster hunters who just barely survived an ambush by a terrifying beast. These hunters later build their own settlements and agree to celebrate their victory with a yearly lantern festival followed by an exercise of ceremonial monster hunting. The game is a story-driven campaign that takes place over approximately 30 years in this fantasy world.
If you are into monsters, fantasy fiction and board games with exceptional design in miniatures, this game is surely worth your attention. It’s a love letter to all the fans of dark fantasy in the form of a tabletop adventure that in my opinion, is nothing short of a collection of high quality action figures.
There’s great emphasis on replayability and decision making in the design of this game and as a result, every time you play it with your friends you’re going to find new ways to have fun with it.
Scythe is a favorite here in our HQ and its amazingly designed minis are part of the reason why. This game is a highly acclaimed and award-winning game that has been around since 2016. It is a competitive game for 1-5 players that takes place in an alternate-history, steampunk-style 1920s Europe. Players must play as the leader of one of five factions, each with their own unique abilities and strategies. The goal of the game is to gain the most points by the end of the campaign, which is achieved by conquering territories, building structures, and enlisting new recruits.
This title is a highly strategic game that challenges you to think ahead and plan your moves carefully so that you can beat your rivals. It is a game of area control, resource management, and tactical combat. The player who is most successful at balancing their resources, building their structures, and recruiting new recruits gains the most points. The game also includes a variety of different strategies, such as aggressive expansion, defensive play, and diplomatic negotiations.
Scythe is a great game for those who enjoy strategy games and are looking for something new and exciting. It is a game that can be enjoyed by both experienced and new players alike (it even offers a online version) and is a must-play for those who want their game board to look as good as it plays out.
Cthulhu: Death May Die is a horror-themed board game created by CMON and Guillotine Games, based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft and in the same universe, set in the 1920s. An underground cult is secretly working towards summoning Cthulhu and you as the players have to work together to stop that from happening.
The game board is divided into four sections, each representing a different area of the world. Each section has its own set of cultists and monsters that the players must battle and overcome. The players will also explore the world, searching for clues and items that will help them reach their objectives and stop the cultists.
Cthulhu: Death May Die is a great game for fans of the horror genre. It captures the atmosphere of Lovecraft’s works perfectly and provides an exciting cooperative experience with perhaps the most fabulous set of miniatures that I have seen in a board game. CMON went all out on this one and it shows!
Which of these board games do you think has the best design in miniatures? Are your favorite miniatures included in our list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!