Vanguard Pre-orders are up!

Pre-orders for Mantic's new Kings of War Skirmish game - Vanguard - went up today.  So what exactly is out there?

Of course you have the book with all the rules, as well as starter army lists for 14 warbands (however I believe Mantic is planning on producing PDF versions for the armies that are not in the book (which are armies that they don't make miniatures for at this time)).

  • Full rules for playing Kings of War Vanguard, covering combat, power dice, terrain, and more!
  • 12 challenging scenarios
  • Background for the world of Mantica and the factions who fight there
  • Starter Warband lists and faction specific spells for the Basileans, Dwarfs, Elves, Northern Alliance, Forces of Nature, Forces of the Abyss, Ogres, Trident Realm, Abyssal Dwarfs, Empire of Dust, Goblins, Nightstalkers, Orcs, and Undead
  • Equipment lists for arming your troops
  • Advanced spell book with alignment-specific spells
  • Rules for Campaigns, from building your Company, advancing through experience, to tying your games into Kings of War!

Of course, to play Vanguard you need power dice
  • 5 Red Power DIce
  • 2 White Power Dice
  • 1 Blue Power Dice

There is also a special set of Terrain Crate objective markers for vanguard
  • 3 PVC Plastic Ancient Standing Stones
  • 1 PVC Plastic Pyre with detatchable flames
  • 1 PVC Plastic Captured Princess
  • 1 PVC Plastic Dragon's Egg
  • 1 PVC Plastic Fallen Spy
  • 1 PVC Plastic Rune Stone
  • 2 PVC Plastic Piles of Treasure
  • 3 PVC Plastic Piles of Supplies

The kickstarter also included an exclusive Dragon's Egg objective marker (but they have managed to keep it hidden so far :-) ).

There are four warbands coming out initially - all with new miniatures (well, two exceptions - the dwarfs and lower abyssals) and all will have cards to use the models in your Vanguard warbands.

All of the faction starter sets and boosters are MSRP £24.99 / $39.99 / €34.99.

First the two player starter set comes with Basileans and Night Stalkers, so we'll start there.

For the Basileans, there is the new basilean plastic booster.

  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Paladin Defenders/Chaplains
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Men-at-Arms Sergeants/Veteran Sergeants
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Sisterhood
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Sisterhood Scouts
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Gur Panthers
  • 5 Multi-part Hard Plastic Men-at-Arms/Crossbowmen
  • 26 Warband Cards, including Special Rules Card, Spells Card, and Stat Cards
  • 15 Bases

The redone Men-at-arms sprue (which I believe will allow you to make them with spears, hand weapons or crossbows)
Paladin Chaplain
Paladin Defender
Veteran Sergeant
Gur Panther
Sisterhood Scout
Sisterhood Scout
Then there is the Resin booster
  • 1 Resin Ogre Palace Guard with weapon options
  • 1 Resin Abbess
  • 1 Resin Dictator
  • 3 Warband Stat Cards
  • 3 Bases


Ogre Palace Guard
The ogre actually has options for it's weapons.
Ogre Palace Guard

The Nightstalkers also have a plastic starter

  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Butchers
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Horrors
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Reapers
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Phantoms
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Shadowhounds
  • 5 Multi-part Hard Plastic Scarecrows/Spectres
  • 26 Warband Cards, including Special Rules Card, Spells Card, and Stat Cards
  • 15 Bases


This includes the new hard plastic scarecrow / spectre sprue.  This is also compatible with the existing zombie and ghoul sprues (to make dopplegangers)

 There is also a resin booster
  • 1 Resin Mind-Screech
  • 1 Resin Banshee
  • 1 Resin Shade
  • 3 Warband Stat Cards
  • 1 Clear Plastic Flying Base
  • 3 Bases

Mind Screech

The Northern alliance is a brand new faction, with a starter and booster.  The starter includes a hard plastic sprue of dwarfs who are part of the faction.
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Huscarls
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Ice Kin Hunters
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Ice Naiads
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Snow Trolls/Snow Troll Primes
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Half-Elf Berserkers/Ice Blades
  • 5 Multi-part Hard Plastic Dwarf Clansmen
  • 26 Warband Cards, including Special Rules Card, Spells Card, and Stat Cards
  • 15 Bases
Half-Elf Berserker
Half-Elf Berserker
Ice Naiad
Ice Naiad
Snow Troll

Snow Troll
 The booster

  • 1 Resin Thegn
  • 1 Resin Ice Queen
  • 1 Resin Frostfang Rider
  • 3 Warband Stat Cards
  • 3 Bases
Ice Queen
Frostfang Cavalry
But where is the Ice Elemental?

The Forces of the Abyss are also getting some new models.  The starter set has a lot of new models, though it includes a sprue of hard plastic lower abyssals.

Abyssal Starter
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Hellequins/Blood-Masques
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Succubi Lurkers
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Flamebearers
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Abyssal Guard
  • 2 Multi-part PVC Plastic Gargoyles
  • 5 Multi-part Hard Plastic Lower Abyssals/Flamebearers
  • 26 Warband Cards, including Special Rules Card, Spells Card, and Stat Cards
  • 15 Bases
Abyssal Guard
Abyssal Guard
Abyssal Flamebearer (I can see this being used as an Efreet for Kings of War)
Abyssal Hellequin
Abyssal Hellequin
Succubus Lurker
Succubus Lurker
There is also an abyssal booster
  • 1 Resin Warlock
  • 1 Resin Seductress
  • 1 Resin Despoiler
  • 3 Warband Stat Cards
  • 3 Bases

Succubus Seductress


Finally, the dwarfs (because they are Ronnie's favorites) are also getting new models:

Ok, so these aren't being released yet, but this is the first I've seen of them, so of course I wanted to share a little bit.

Oh, and they have a limited number of one more tiny miniature (full release is in January, but 500 are available in October)

Of course all of these new models are also compatible with Kings of War (and I believe the Clash of Kings 2019 will have rules for all the new models that don't have units yet).  So which faction are you playing?

Because it is all fun and games . . .