Kings of War

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Kings of War is the mass combat fantasy miniatures range and game from Mantic Games. From terrifying Undead to elite Elves, Kings of War is a high quality, affordable miniatures range, with Free Game Rules written by esteemed author Alessio Cavatore (of Warhammer 40,000 fame).

 

Introduction

Fast, Furious and Fun. If you’re looking for a fast, large scale fantasy wargame, with solid in-depth tactics as well as simple and balanced rules; Kings of War is for you. Kings of War keeps all of the complex tactics and strategic depths of the genre, while also managing to keep the rules short and easy to learn. Combined with incredibly cheap miniatures, free rules and compatibility with models from other games like Warhammer Fantasy Battles, there is little reason not to give Kings of War a go.

For experienced miniature wargamers, picking up and playing Kings of War will take a matter of an hour or two. For people relatively new to wargaming (or experienced gamers that want to cut their research time), we have compiled a quick and simple guide to help you dive head first into the hobby.

 

Step 1: Choose a Faction / Race

As with most war games, the forces of Kings of War are divided into separate factions and races. Races within the Factions of Good and Evil can only team up with their own Faction (though this doesn’t prevent them from fighting one-another) while the Neutral Races can ally with any Race or Faction (be it Good, Evil or other Neutral races).

If you want the awesome fire-power of the Abyssal Dwarf Mortars and Rocket Launchers, but crave the unstoppable hordes of the Orcs; you can simply build an army that combines the two! But, that’s more for larger games. There are rules that dictate how you combine different units from different races, and we will go over them. For now choose your Core Army (the main one you want to build up) and you can get an idea of an Ally Race to add to your army later on.

Good Races

  • BasileaIn 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.

  • DwarfsShort in stature but as unyielding as the mountains themselves, the Dwarfs are a proud and noble people who attach a great deal of importance to heritage and custom. It is a naïve opponent indeed who does not acknowledge the Dwarf talents for war.
  • ElvesAn elite fighting force as skilled with spear as they are with bow. One of the oldest of the civilised races, the Elves have mastered warfare as they have every other pastime to which they turn their minds.

Evil Races

  • OrcsOrcs live for war in a quite literal sense, having been bred for that very purpose by the machinations of an evil god. Over the centuries, they have developed neither culture nor civilisation, busy as they are locked in eternal battle with anything in reach, including each other.
    • Official Free Rules
    • Our Getting Started Guide (Coming Soon)
  • GoblinsEquipped with scraps of armour and shields of all shapes and sizes picked up from the debris of battle, and armed with a mix of rusty, blunted weapons, the Goblins are not exactly elite troops. As such, Goblins have a natural preference for keeping their distance and peppering the enemy with missile weapons.
    • Official Free Rules
    • Our Getting Started Guide (Coming Soon)
  • UndeadThe dead do not rest easy in Mantica, for there are those who would use them as macabre puppets to fulfil their own mortal ends. Skeletal foot troops and cavalry shamble onwards in a relentless tide, overwhelming any who stand in their path.
    • Official Free Rules
    • Our Getting Started Guide (Coming Soon)
  • Abyssal DwarfsTwisted, evil parodies of their mountain-dwelling brethren. The Abyssal Dwarfs make use of slaves to bolster their numbers, and dark technologies to rain fire and destruction on their foes.
    • Official Free Rules
    • Our Getting Started Guide (Coming Soon)

Neutral Races

  • OgresWhen an Ogre army takes to the field, the ground shakes and enemies tremble. The massed might of the Ogres is a tidal wave, dashing aside any who are foolish to stand before it. If you meet them on the field of battle, your only hope can be that it was your general that paid their fee.
    • Official Free Rules
    • Our Getting Started Guide (Coming Soon)
  • Kingdoms of Men –

 

Mantic Games currently have more races in development. But since their rules are still in “Beta Testing” and Mantic Games do not provide any supported miniatures, we have decided to leave these out of our guide for now (as the lack of support and changing rules makes them unsuitable for new players).

 

Step 2: Assemble & Paint Your Army

After you’ve chosen which army you wish to control, the next step is to build your army, then get them painted and ready for battle. For this we will be providing “how to” guides on getting your models ready to play with, including showing you how to use the Recommended Accessories from our Getting Started Guides.

 

Assembly

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Painting

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Basing

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Step 3: Conquer The Battlefield

Now that you have your army all built up, it’s time to get some battles under your belt!

 

Playing Your First Game

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Tips & Tricks

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