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Kings of WarCompany: Mantic Games

Game: Kings of War

Current edition: Kings of War Ed2 (2015-2016-)

Setting: Mantica

Designer: Alessio Cavatore

I've collected the resources for Kings of War I've found interesting.

Setting Kings of War Ed1 Kings of War Ed2 Dungeon Saga Kings of War: Vanguard

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Kings of War WikiPedia entry: Info article.

 

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Background & Setting

Kings of War - Artbooks

The Art of Kings of War, 4 USD (digital)

"Many talented artists have worked on Kings of War since its inception in 2009 and Mantic have compiled the concept art behind the models into this tome, which was originally put together to commemorate the hugely successful Kings of War Kickstarter campaign. Featuring illustrations from industry veterans including Roberto Cirillo, Heath Foley, Bob Naismith and Stef Kopinski, this book delves into the designs behind the models and includes some of the coloured hi-res art from across the range."

Buy the digital The Art of Kings of War from the Wargame Vault

Kings of War - Fiction

The Bloodstone of Cerillion, 3 USD (digital)

"Hundreds of years ago, a great evil rose and threatened to overcome the lands of Mantica. It was defeated by the Elves of House Cerillion, but its legacy remains in the form of the Bloodstone, a powerful a magical artefact. Held under guard deep within the great dwarfen stronghold of Mox, only a select few know of its existence... and even fewer know the truth of its origins.  With an ancient enemy once more on the march, the Elves of House Cerillion must race to the stone before it falls into the wrong hands. They might be the only hope of survival for the Mox - perhaps even the whole of Elvenholme - but the days of friendship between Elf and Dwarf are long gone, eroded away by petty squabbling and suspicions of deceit.  Can the scions of these ancient races put aside their differences, or will evil triumph in the lands of Mantica once and for all?"

Buy the digital The Bloodstone of Cerillion from the Wargame Vault

 

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Kings of War Ed1 (2010-2015)

The Basilean Legacy (MGKWB01-1), 10 GBP, 5 USD (digital)

"The 64-page Basilean Legacy takes an in-depth look at the background and history of the heavenly army of Basilea, complete with Angelic troops and holy mounted Paladins. It also contains two additional army lists for the Forces of Nature and Forces of the Abyss as well as an expanded magic and magic artefact section!"

Buy the The Basilean Legacy from Element Games (-10%)

Buy the digital The Basilean Legacy from the Wargame Vault

Kings and Legends, 6,2 USD (digital)

"Kings and Legends is an expansion supplement for Kings of War which contains rules for a host of Living Legends, mighty heroes and villains who bring even more character to the world of Mantica.    Most of the Living Legends from the Kings of War book make an appearance, with expanded backgrounds and additional rules which let you customise units in their army to reflect the forces they fought alongside. There are also several new Living Legends, including several who were created with the direct input of the Kings of War community.  Finally, the book contains the brand-new Ogre force list. No longer confined to the Kingdoms of Men force list as mercenaries, the Ogres can now take to the field as an entire army in their own right!  This 48-Page Book Includes:      Rules and background for over 20 Living Legends including the Green Lady, Grokagamok and Lady Ilona     The new Ogre force list."

Buy the digital Kings and Legends from the Wargame Vault

 

Hellfire and Stone Campaign Book (MGKWM03-1), 10 GBP

"Storm clouds gather over the jagged peaks of the Halpi Mountains in north-eastern Mantica. The gods foretell that two ancient enemies will clash in this desolate, highland region – the valleys will stream red with the blood of the fallen. From the lip of the Abyss far to the north, a power-crazed king marches his troops to war – a vast army of Abyssal Dwarfs and Slave Orcs, their weapons and armour forged in hellfire, invades southwards eager to conquer and burn.\r\nAll that stands between them and victory are the scattered forces of the Dwarfs of the Free Holds. Outnumbered, and at first unprepared for the howling tide of evil sweeping their way, the Dwarfs have to quickly muster their troops to face their foes in bitter struggle… "

Buy the Hellfire and Stone Campaign Book from Element Games (-10%)

 

Mantic Journal

Mantic Journal 1, 1,6 USD (online)

"The Mantic Journal is your downloadable guide to Mantic, featuring background on the world and races, game scenarios, game development articles, hobby guides and much more.  In Issue 1: The most powerful amongst the necromancers, Mhorgoth wants nothing more than to deliver revenge upon the Elves, intent on raising a horde of Undead Elves from the ruins of the Elven city and ravaging their sacred lands. With the Elves opposing him, the Mantic Journal: Mhorgoth's Revenge tells the story of this conflict with battle reports, hobby guides, articles and the complete guide to collecting a Mantic Army."

Buy the digital Mantic Journal 1 from the Wargame Vault

Mantic Journal 2, 1,6 USD (online)

"The Mantic Journal is your downloadable guide to Mantic, featuring background on the world and races, game scenarios, game development articles, hobby guides and much more.  In Issue 2: Mantic Journal features a journey deep into the mountains as we follow the foolish Dwarf adventurer Garrek Heavyhand on his expedition to rob cursed ancient tombs of their treasures. With brand new imagery and an in-depth look at the dwarfs, Issue 2 contains more hobby articles, modelling tips and more on the world of miniatures according to Mantic."

Buy the digital Mantic Journal 2 from the Wargame Vault

Mantic Journal 3, 1,6 USD (online)

"The Mantic Journal is your downloadable guide to Mantic, featuring background on the world and races, game scenarios, game development articles, hobby guides and much more.  In Issue 3: Take up your weapons, bold warriors, for this issue we have a full set of rules and army lists for you to try out upon the field of battle! (Okay, it’s a table top, but still damn exciting). With more gaming content than ever before, including rules and background for the dreaded Liche King (a finer model of undead evil you’ll never see), this issue of the Mantic Journal is the best yet."

Buy the digital Mantic Journal 3 from the Wargame Vault

 

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Kings of War Ed2 (2015-2016-)

 

Reviews

Fully Painted: Kings of War Introduction: Review video about how to play the game, differences between Kings of War and Warhammer Fantasy.

Master Crafted: Top 5 Reasons to Play Kings of War: Review video highlighting the advantages of Kings of War above Warhammer Fantasy Battles.

Mike Carter (from Until Somebody Loses An Eye): Switching from Warhammer 8th edition to Kings of War 2nd edition: Comparison article about Warhammer Fantasy Battles Ed8 and Kings of War Ed2.

Rules

Neldoreth (from An Hour of Wolves): Kings of War Historical Ancient Combat: Rules, updated to Kings of War Ed2.

Lake Superior Wargames And Tabletop Tactics: Scenarios: An alternative to the scenario rules, using cards instead. It is designed for tournaments, but I think it could also work well in campaigns.

Tactics

Read our Games Nexus article: Kings of War - Tactics

Playthrough

Read our Games Nexus article: Kings of War - Playthroughs - Resources

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Dungeon Saga

 

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Kings of War: Vanguard (2018-)

Vanguard Fanatics (Kings of War Skirmish): Facebook group.

Preview

BlackJack Legacy: Kings Of War Vanguard: Preview video.

TheBeastsOfWar: Introducing Kings of War: Vanguard, with Rob from Mantic: Preview video.

Playthrough - Beta rules (version 11)

TheBeastsOfWar: Let's Play: Kings of War - Vanguard (Beta Demo): Playthrough video, dwarfs vs goblins.

TheBeastsOfWar: Let's Play: Kings of War - Vanguard // Capture the Loot Scenario: Playthrough video, dwarfs vs goblins.

Playthrough - Alpha rules

GeeksZilla: Vanguard Alpha Rules Play-test BatRep Undead V's Abyssals: Playthrough video.

Weight of Fire: KoW Vanguard bat rep: goblins vs dwarves: Playthrough video.

Weight of Fire: Kings of War Vanguard Bat Rep (Alpha Rules): Abyssals vs Undead: Playthrough video.

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Buying the products - Kings of War

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