It's all in the cards

With the Kings of War: Vanguard kickstarter shipping, there is a lot of discussion going on as to what cards are coming with the various warbands.  Well a wee bit of internet sleuthing (it is on the website after all) and I've got them here for you.

First of course is the Northern Alliance, because everyone is so concerned about using their Kings of War models for this.  Oh wait, this has no Kings of War army, so nothing is missing.  :-).

In the warband starter you get cards for (there are multiples of many of these cards)
  • Human Clansman
  • Elf Clansman
  • Dwarf Clansman
  • Huscarl
  • Snow Troll
  • Ice Kin Hunter
  • Ice Naiad
  • Half-elf Berserker
  • Ice Blade
  • Snow Troll Prime

In the Northern Alliance Booster:
  • Thegn
  • Ice Queen
  • Frostfang Rider

In this, and the others, the booster only contains cards for the three models in the booster.

Next up is the Nightstalkers.  Since Mantic has not released any Nightstalker models yet, you can't truly complain that your model is not in the list - they are a model company after all:

Faction Starter
  • Spectre
  • Reaper
  • Scarecrow
  • Needlefangs
  • Butcher
  • Phantom
  • Horror
  • Shadowhound
  • Reaper Souldrinker
  • Butcher Fleshripper

Night Stalker booster:

  • Mind Screech
  • Banshee
  • Shade
Ok, now we have models that Mantic as made, so what do you get with the Basileans?

Warband starter:

  • Man-at-arms
  • Crossbowman
  • Sisterhood
  • Seargeant
  • Sisterhood Scout
  • Paladin Defender
  • War-Wizard
  • Gur Panther
  • Veteran Sergeant
  • Veteran Sister
  • Paladin Chaplain 

Basilean Booster:

  • Ogre Palace Guard
  • Abess
  • Dictator
Finally are the Forces of the Abyss


  • Lower Abyssal
  • Abyssal Guard
  • Flamebearer
  • Succubus
  • Gargoyle
  • Hellhound
  • Imps
  • Tormentor (Champion)
  • Succubus Lurker
  • Hellequin
  • Hellequin Blood-Masque

And the booster:
  • Warlock
  • Seductress
  • Despoiler

This then begs the question - which Kings of War miniatures are NOT in Vanguard.

I am not expecting any of the unique heroes to be included.  In addition, almost none of the cavalry will have cards, as you can buy mounts for your models instead.  Chariots and most monsters (especially those that are mounts - such as dragons) will not be there - they are just too large and unwieldy for small skirmish games.  Finally, there are some models that can be used as others - for example the Basileans have the Paladin Defender for Vanguard (with a cool new model), but you can use any of your Paladin models for him if necessary.  Same with any Veterans, which are simply heroic versions of troops.

This leaves

Night Stalkers
  • Dopplegangers
  • Blood Worms
  • Nightmares
  • Fiends
  • Shadow-Hulk
  • Planar Apparition
  • Terror
  • Screamer
  • Void Lurker
  • Dread-fiend

  • Penitents Mob
  • Heavy Arbalest
  • Elohi
  • Phoenix
  • Ur-Elohi

Forces of the Abyss
  • Larvae
  • Fleshlings
  • Tortured Souls
  • Molochs
  • Abyssal Temptress (without wings)
  • Efreet
  • Archfiend of the Abyss

The ones that surprise me are Fiends, Blood Worms and The Terror for Night Stalkers.  However we know that Mantic is going to be putting out an army that includes these in January (thanks to ICV2 for spoiling it).

I am surprised they don't have Penitents, but hopefully they will have sculpts and Vanguard cards when the new Basilean army is released (which I would expect to be fairly soon).  However since they don't currently make them . . .  Elohi may be too powerful for this scale game.

For the Abyssals, the fact that they did not include Tortured Souls, Molochs or Efreets surprises me, as all of those have models (though I don't think the Tortured Soul models really represent the description).  I guess they fit with the Elohi - large flyers are just probably too overpowered for this level of skirmish.  But Molochs?

Of course expect Mantic to release more models for all factions (including cards) in the future, and these might include the units that don't currently have them.

Because it is all fun and games . . .