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A 28mm tabletop fantasy skirmish game. Create a warband of elite fighters, develop their abilities and fight to the bitter end.
A 28mm tabletop fantasy skirmish game. Create a warband of elite fighters, develop their abilities and fight to the bitter end.
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Before the first charge, before weapons clash in brutal combat, before the victor gathers the spoils of war, battles will be won by the brave deeds of small, elite bands of fighters.

Commanders rely on their trusted warbands to disrupt the enemies' vital supply routes, light beacons to warn comrades of enemy movement, and seize winning positions on the battlefield. If the raiding parties do their job well, the battle is won long before the troops have mustered.


 

 

  All miniatures come unassembled and will require assembly.

 

 

 


In the $85 Join the Vanguard Pledge, you get:

  • 128-page Kings of War: Vanguard Rulebook (price at retail $39.99)
  • Cardboard Tokens
  • Power Dice
  • D8s
  • 3ft x 3ft paper playing mat
  • TerrainCrate plastic Vanguard Battlefield Objectives
  • TerrainCrate plastic Battlefield Debris
  • TerrainCrate plastic Fences
  • TerrainCrate plastic Walls
  • PLUS: your choice of a Basilean or Nightstalker warband
  • PLUS: bonus Abyssals Starter Warband!
  • PLUS: all applicable stretch goals!

 Delivery date for the Rulebook Pledge is November 2018.

Vanguard recreates cinematic, brutal skirmishes between small warbands of handpicked fighters, set in the same universe as our hugely popular Kings of War wargame. Players carefully select their squad of characters then fight it out to complete life or death missions - that can help turn the tide in the battle to come! 

These can be played as one-off narrative missions between elite fighting forces, but Vanguard is also fully compatible with your larger games of Kings of War. By linking battles in Vanguard to your mass battles, thanks to the innovative interlinked campaign system, victory in Vanguard could mean you’ll gain access to better magical artefacts, new units or even the chance to deploy in better positions. Meanwhile, defeat could force your units to arrive late or your deployment options will be hampered.

As your troops successfully complete missions, they’ll become a renowned force, so we’re also developing an in-depth war band progression system to reflect that. As you play more games, your key heroes will gain new and more powerful abilities and discover new equipment - but wounds suffered might mean they pick up game-changing injuries! No Vanguard campaign will ever play the same, and each force will develop its own style and skills. 

The 28mm plastic miniatures in Vanguard will also represent the small bands of elite battle hardened warriors - the ones any good general would rely on to complete his most important of missions  – but because these fantastic sculpts are compatible with our wider range of fantasy miniatures, your new Vanguard miniatures make fantastic heroes for your Kings of War armies too!

Kings of War Vanguard is a two-player miniatures game that’s played on a 3ft by 3ft battlefield using a new range of high quality miniatures. 

  • FANTASY SKIRMISH RULES – take command of a crack team of elite fighters, including captains, support units, weapons experts, along with grunts and warriors to overwhelm the opposition
  • IN-DEPTH CAMPAIGN SYSTEM – track the progress of your key members to earn experience and gain new abilities or improved stats
  • FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH KINGS OF WAR – use the incredibly detailed, dynamic miniatures from Vanguard as the heroes or elite troops in your Kings of War army. Starter warband lists for existing Kings of War armies will be available from the Mantic Games website
  • 3D SCENERY – use Mantic’s new range of pre-assembled, plastic TerrainCrate scenery to bring your skirmishes to life, and with lots of different scenarios to play every battle will look – and play - differently
  • INNOVATIVE RULES – issue special commands in the heat of battle with the unique Power Dice abilities, and gather your troops with Group Actions
  • EQUIP YOUR FIGHTERS – ahead of the fight, choose from a range of equipment to improve the abilities of your characters, or unlock new and more powerful abilities

 

 Try the game for yourself with the Vanguard Alpha Rules! We've made the core rules available now so you can play the game. What's more, we want to hear you feedback to make Vanguard even better. Post your battle reports and comments here.

     

A skirmish variation of the hugely popular Kings of War has been something that gamers have been asking about for several years. However, we wanted to make sure we got the gameplay and the miniatures perfect!

This Kickstarter will allow us to delve deeper into the heroes and characters of Mantica, in which Kings of War is set, and will fund:

RULEBOOK – Kickstarter backers will receive a rulebook, containing core rules, background material, a range of varied scenarios and details for character progression in a campaign, along with starter warband lists for Mantic armies

FANTASY TERRAIN – new pre-assembled, plastic scenery related to the scenarios in the book

NEW MINIATURES: NIGHTSTALKERS

Nightmares made manifest, the Nightstalkers are the dreams and horrors of mortals twisted into cruel and horrifying shapes. They lurk in the shadows and feed on the most powerful of mortal emotions, such as fear, hatred and pride. Up until now they have remained hidden in the dark corners of Mantica, but now their terrible forces are leaking into the realm. The feast has begun…

For the first time we are creating plastic and resin miniatures for the Nightstalkers. These horrifying creatures appeared in the Uncharted Empires supplement but with this Kickstarter we’ll be able to produce them in all their terrifying glory, and make sure they're central to the stories unfolding across the land. These miniatures will be made in PVC plastic (the same as that used in The Walking Dead) and resin.

NEW MINIATURES: BASILEANS

In a world beset by evil there is a single beacon of hope for the world of man. Holy crusaders and scourges of the Abyss, the forces of Basilea stride forth from their golden city to strike fear into the hearts of evildoers across the land. Their faith is as strong as their martial prowess, maintained by the Paladin warrior-scholars in their ranks and bolstered by the angelic Elohi that march to battle alongside them.

In Vanguard, the Basilean army gets a boost with new, elite heroes and a full warband. These will be made in PVC plastic and resin. PLUS! We've also funded new HARD PLASTIC Basilean Men at Arms.

 

 

 

 

 Rob heads to Beasts of War to explain the background behind Kings of War: Vanguard. Stay tuned to Beasts of War during the Kickstarter for gameplay videos too.

 Andrew and Kev from the Weight of Fire podcast try out the alpha rules.

 Andy from Blackjack Legacy gives his thoughts on the Vanguard alpha rules.

Click on the links below to read more about the development of Kings of War: Vanguard.

Find out more about the background behind the creation of Vanguard and why we chose to focus on the skirmishes before the battles.
Find out more about the background behind the creation of Vanguard and why we chose to focus on the skirmishes before the battles.

 

Power Dice play a key part in Vanguard. Find out how you will use these to unleash special attacks and perform extra actions.
Power Dice play a key part in Vanguard. Find out how you will use these to unleash special attacks and perform extra actions.

 

 

Fatigue gives you the chance to push your heroes to the limit... but there's a definite risk involved and you could be open to attacks!
Fatigue gives you the chance to push your heroes to the limit... but there's a definite risk involved and you could be open to attacks!

 

Group Actions allow your characters to band together and potentially overwhelm a foe with extra attacks and bonuses.
Group Actions allow your characters to band together and potentially overwhelm a foe with extra attacks and bonuses.

 

             
In this blog we explore the basics of combat and find out how you'll be battling it out in Vanguard.
In this blog we explore the basics of combat and find out how you'll be battling it out in Vanguard.

 

In the second part of our review of combat, we look at some of the modifiers and bonuses used in Vanguard.
In the second part of our review of combat, we look at some of the modifiers and bonuses used in Vanguard.

 

As you might expect, terrain and scenery plays an important part in Vanguard, not only as objectives but in combat as well.
As you might expect, terrain and scenery plays an important part in Vanguard, not only as objectives but in combat as well.

 

Campaign play is going to be an important element of Vanguard, allowing you to level up your characters and earn new abilities or equipment.
Campaign play is going to be an important element of Vanguard, allowing you to level up your characters and earn new abilities or equipment.

 

Get a closer look at the character cards you'll be using the game and the stats for the different characters.
Get a closer look at the character cards you'll be using the game and the stats for the different characters.

 

 To add an Optional Extra to your pledge, simply click 'manage my pledge' and up your total by the amount required. You'll then be able to select the Optional Extra you want when we send the pledge manager after the campaign has closed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The below Warbands are made using existing Kings of War miniatures. All models come unassembled and unpainted.

 

 

 

 

 

Shipping is NOT included in your pledge and will be calculated once the campaign has completed. You will be charged during the Pledge Manager for shipping. 

We currently estimate that the shipping costs for the $85 pledges will be approximately: UK $10, Europe $15, North America $18 and Rest of World $30. For the Rulebook pledge, estimated shipping costs will be UK $5, Europe $8, North America $8 and Rest of World $15. We estimate the shipping costs for the Giant Pledge will be: UK $10, Europe $15, North America $20 and Rest of World $32.

All add-ons outside the core pledge will have their shipping calculated and charged in the Pledge Manager after the campaign has finished.

 

Risks and challenges

There are a number of risks with any Kickstarter project, especially getting accurate timings for such complex products with so many components.

With this project, the rules are currently in alpha and will require more playtesting, however we have a dedicated team of playtesters to help with this. Many of the miniatures are already designed but some are still in concept stage. Once we have all the miniatures designed, the next part of the process is the tooling and production. We fully expect to be shipping in November 2018 - however, the exact timing is impossible to predict. We will of course keep our backers up to date as best we can!

To date, we’ve successfully fulfilled 10 Kickstarter campaigns: Kings of War, DreadBall, LOKA, Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Game, the Deadzone, DreadBall Xtreme, Dungeon Saga, Kings of War 2nd Edition, Deadzone: Infestation and The Walking Dead: All Out War.

We have almost finished shipping Warpath and will ship the remaining vehicles soon. Wave One of Star Saga: The Eiras Contract will begin shipping in November and DreadBall 2.0 is due to ship before the end of the year. Our last Kickstarter TerrainCrate is almost ready for tooling to begin and production will start early next year.

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