Wet behind the ears

Ok, let's just lead off with the coolest item we are talking about.
Trident Realm Support Pack: Riverguard Dambuster
MGVAR403 £14.99/€17.99/$19.99
When the rivers under the protection of the Trident Realm are encroached upon by humans, dwarfs, or elves, the Riverguard deploy their heavy cavalry. These giant amphibians are tremendously strong; ready to leap over dam walls and lay waste to their constructions and their defenders with ease. 

I saw the Riverguard Dambuster at Adepticon, and it is just a fantastic miniature.  C'mon, who doesn't love a frog riding a bigger frog?

Ok - now that you have stopped drooling - Trident Realms are getting their Vanguard release in July.

Trident Realm Warband Set
MGVAR101 £29.99/€39.99/$44.99

The kingdoms of the Trident Realm are proud and territorial, and can commit to violence with little provocation. The lord of any land-bound territory would be wise to treat their inlets and coasts  cautiously, lest they stir the fierce Neriticans who claim them as their own. When the Trident Realm stirs the very seas boil –storms rage, waves crash upon coastlines and the tides rise only to retreat, revealing the Neritican host, water cascading off shells and armour, and ready for war.

This of course means a warband set and several boosters.  This comes with 2 Naiad sprues (10 Naiad Ensnarers/Heartpiercers), 2 resin Thuuls, a metal Naiad Centurion/Envoy, and a resin Thuul Mythican, as well as the base Trident Realm card pack for Vanguard.  Also there are the little otters on the Naiad sprue to make the Otter Bevy with as well.  Plus you get the base warband cards.

Now I've heard people whinging about the cost of models for Vanguard, and these starter sets that don't have new models in them.  This one is a great deal for the models however, as just the two sprues and two single models add up to over $56 (not including the 2 Thuuls (a troop is $40, so put them at $4 each - so you get $65 worth of models for $45 plus the Vanguard cards.

There are six boosters as well.  First is, of course, the Riverguard DamBuster (see above, then come back when you stop drooling).

Then there is a Placoderm Defender.  This is a resin version of the Eckter model from the Eye of the Abyss Kings of War campaign last year.

Trident Realm Support Pack: Placoderm Defender
MGVAR201 £9.99/€12.49/$14.99

Fishmen warriors covered in tough, natural, scale mail, Placoderm Defenders are stoic champions, able to hold back whole bodies of troops single-handedly.

The next is the Water Elemental - which is great as it can be used both in the Trident Realm warband as well as Forces of Nature. (It is a little disappointing that neither the Dwarfs nor Nature have the Earth Elemental as a booster yet - so there still isn't a way to get just one).
Trident Realm Support Pack: Water Elemental
MGVAR402 £12.49/€14.99/$17.99
Naiads are closely attuned to the sea and this connection runs both ways. When the anger of the Neriticans is roused, the anger of the waves manifests as violent Elementals. These beings can be summoned and controlled by Thuul Mythicans, but still pose a risk to all.

This comes with not only the Water Elemental card, but a Naiad Envoy card as well.

The Riverguard Sentinal is the same metal model that is currently available for Kings of War

Trident Realm Support Pack: Riverguard Sentinel
MGDVAR202 £7.99/€9.99/$12.49
Riverguard Sentinels are given responsibility for whole river basins or lake systems. It is their duty to relay all news to their Neritican superiors and they are regularly visited by the royal envoys of the Trident Realm in order to make their reports.

The Riverguard Support Pack comes with three of the metal Riverguard (instead of the Kings of War set which has 10), as well as 2 cards for Riverguard and one for the new Riverquard Treeleaper.  With the Sentinal as your command choice, you could make an all Riverguard warband if you wanted (including the Dam Buster as your Large choice)

Trident Realm Support Pack: Riverguard
MGVAR301 £12.49/€14.99/$17.99
The Riverguard are the ever watchful amphibian sentinels for the Trident Realm. Their ability to leap beyond enemy lines and cause panic with their poisonous attacks is much prized by their Neritican commanders.

The final booster pack is the Giga, containing one of the Kings of War Giga models and card, but also the Neritican Archmage to give you another spellcaster (though I'm really curious what this model would be?)

Trident Realm Support Pack: Giga
MGVAR401 £12.49/€14.99/$17.99
The deadly pincer-like claws of these huge crustaceans can crush and slice through even the thickest plate armour while their own natural protection makes them a fearsome foe.

So it looks like the Trident Realm is fairly spoiled for it's single large model choice.  While the giga and water elemental both look to be pretty powerful (both have CS(2)) - I think it is just simply going to be overshadowed by the DamBuster (because it is both new and cool)

So it looks like the full list of warband units may be:
From the existing Vanguard Easyarmy site

  • Thuul
  • Riverguard
  • Otter Bevy
  • Naiad Lurker
  • Thuul Mythican
  • Water Elemental
  • Naiad Centurion
  • Naiad Heartpiercer
  • Giga
  • Riverguard Sentinal
And then the new cards coming only with the models.
  • Riverguard Dam Buster
  • Placodem Defender
  • Naiad Envoy (with the Water Elemental)
  • Riverguard Treeleaper (with the Riverguard)
  • Neritican Archmage (with the Giga )
(Thanks to our friends over at https://www.fantasywelt.de/ )

Because it is all fun and games . . .


  1. I will start a Warband from what models I have left from my TR army but I will lack cards. Which is painful really.


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