Kings of War: Vanguard Beta Rules Now Available

What is the beta test?

The main rules are pretty much locked down at this point so only some clarifications or minor edits are expected or required. Otherwise they are good to go.

The playtest scenario is the same as the one in the Alpha – it’s simple and is useful for balancing the forces. The other scenarios that will appear in the book will be tested once initial balancing work has been done on the faction lists.

Factions – the beta will initially only focus on the BASIC army lists that will appear in the book for each faction. The full lists will then be tested once the core elements have been and points values etc. have been balanced between and within the factions. Kickstarter backers get the expanded lists (card decks) for the warbands they’ve pledged to receive: Nightstalkers, Basileans, Forces of the Abyss and Northern Alliance.

How do I take part?

Play some games! And then post feedback on the Mantic Forum in one of the following ways:

  • Create a [BATREP] thread where you describe your game, the make-up of the warbands and the result. Include any good or bad points about the rules or the units in the game. Is anything too good or too weak? Is anything pointed incorrectly? (e.g. thread subject “[BATREP] Dwarfs vs FoN”). If a combo is too powerful or a game breaking selection of units is possible (e.g. spamming something) this also needs highlighting (in fact please go out of your way to find them so we can fix them!).
  • Create a [DISCUSSION] thread for a particular topic you want covered. (e.g. “[DISCUSSION] Should trees be allowed to branch out?”)
  • Create a [SUGGESTION] thread if you have a good idea you would like considered. (e.g. “[SUGGESTION] Pink goblins in rah-rah skirts”

The main goal of the beta at this point is to get the balance and points values right for all the core units in the lists, plus make sure all abilities are useful. We’ve included a smattering of command, support models etc. If a warband is hard to build due to the units we’ve made available, let us know and we’ll juggle things around.

The beta rules, scenario and all the basic faction lists are available below:


  1. Soo, I don’t see any humans beside Basilea. Are you guys slowly dropping KoM from the basic factions in KoW?

    • Patrick Lefèvre February 12, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      I think the KoM are too diverse to make a single list as they cover basically anything from the biblical era to roughly the 17th century.
      You have 2 human lists however which are Basileans and Northern Alliance.

  2. No Varangur either. Are they being phased out?

  3. Mantic needs to keep ALL of their armies. Don’t bring out an army then drop it. This is why I would rsther them be very selective on what armies they bring in.

    They need to have a KoM army for this. I dont buy the thing about kom being too diverse and covering too much time. Just make very generic troops for them.

    Where is the brotherhood as well? This could be a very interesting army to make for this, having them focus on cav it would give a super unique play style.

    All armies in your game need to be here especially if the name of the game is KINGS OF WAR:Vanguard….

    • Hi Lee – those armies not mentioned above will have downloadable lists at launch, rather than being included in the main rulebook. We are beta testing these lists at the moment as they will need to go to print sooner than the remaining armies.

  4. Thx Rob, this is good news, but it still looks like you guys are pushing the armies you don’t make models for to the margins. While this is understandable, it kinda flies a bit in the face of how KoW was first introduced.

  5. I noticed the dwarves had lost the ranger and ranger captain option is this a new change at all or a miss upload as I enjoyed using them in alpha testing.

  6. Any hope of a Salamander army for Vanguard? I think Mantoc should focus on creating miniatures for the armies that already have a list rather then creating new armies with miniatures before the existing list’s minis are created.

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