Thursday, 9 July 2015

Mantic.. Mantic.. Mantic.. KoW eh?


Ok let me start be saying this isn't a ''I hate Age of Marmite, I'm leaving'' type of post as well my Warhammer is still stuck in 3rd if I game it at all atm. But rather a post about KoW and I'm quite impressed and even a few of the Mantic range is growing on me... 

Ugh don't tell anyone!




For those that don't know:

'Kings of War' is the miniatures wargame from Mantic Games. Designed to go along with the accompanying 28mm Fantasy Ranges the game features players manoeuvring large blocks of miniature soldiers around the battlefield in search of victory.

'Kings of War' is a new concept for mass battle miniature wargaming -- a game that is both easy to learn and fast to play! With few and simple rules, there is little to get in the way of the fun and slaughter. 'Kings of War' is a challenging game of strategy, where you can pit your wits against your opponent without devoting half of your brain power to remember a plethora of convoluted rules.

And that’s not all, the innovative turn structure allows you to play 'Kings of War' using a time-keeping tool (like a stopwatch or a chess clock) to time your moves. As the seconds tick away, the pressure and excitement this adds makes 'Kings of War' unlike any other large-scale wargame you've ever played before.

Units are given simple ratings such as 'Melee Attack', 'Defense' and 'Nerve' and then augmented with special abilities that characterize the different fantasy races that inhabit the world. In 2012, the "beta" rules were updated and a full ruleset was released. Abbreviated rules are available on the mantic website, and the full army lists for many factions are also available for download. Currently army lists are available for Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Abyssal (evil) dwarfs, Goblins, Orcs, Twilight Kin (evil elves) and the Undead hordes. An expansion includes an Ogre army list.


Add to this KoW2 is out soon and is up for pre-order, the gamers set of rules is only £10 which includes 11 army lists and full rules which is just being the fluff sections from the full rules.

Or you can get the PDF for free just like the first KoW :)

Now people will be saying their ranges look ugly or not too there tastes.. I in part agree as some of it is utter crap. But having said that the more I look the more the gems pop out and I get thoughts of getting a force...

Are they Oldhammer? Feck no! Do I care? Not really hehe


I'm not sure what race I may go in for, maybe a type I have never done in any other setting before..

Ogres

Why?

This!

Oh hairy mother of Christ!

Take meh monies!

Well thanks for looking and keeping your mind open :)

12 comments:

  1. I've played a few games of KoW and bought the Revenant skeletons box. I like the rules and pledged on the v2 Kickstarter. Quite a fast paced rule set that allows large battles in a single evening. No faffing around removing individual figures either. Could do with some work on the fluff/narrative front but hopefully some of that will be addressed in the new v2 rules...

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    1. I've now watched a few games played and I'm hooked, so fluid and still has that random factor without being to chess like. I'm going to try and drag my Club mates into for a game or 6.. plus it gives me an excuse to buy some new toys hehe

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  2. I played my first game of KoW two weeks back using my old WFB minis. And it was great fun - enough strategy involved yet simple rules which meant the game didn't take too long or get bogged down. If you have WFB armies they should fit most of the lists to a fair degree - chaos and skaven being the obvious exceptions as there are no armies for these yet. But I have seen a fan based chaos list and I understand Mantic are planning a ratmen army in second edition. The only obvious drawback I can see in KoW is one needs a fair few minis to play as it is mass combat rules.

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    1. Mini wise as it's set unit size and no removal then multibasing and having the same footprint will cut numbers down alot. Or if you are me I have so many WhFB figures/armies that I don't need to worry too much :)

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  3. I'm getting the 2nd edition and intend on trying it. Haven't played yet, but I keep hearing nothing but good things.

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    1. Theres a few complaints about it but the Mantic fanbase is really rather loyal and love the game. Its really good to see.

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    2. I've yet to see a gamesystem without at least "a few complaints about it" ;-)

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    3. My own ruleset ''Chicomunda'' 100% of people who played it love it hehe

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    4. Chicomunda sounds great, where can I download the .PDF? : )

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    5. No PDF but the rules are as follows:

      Turn up at BOYL
      Drink a Beer
      Put Toys on table
      Drink a beer
      Put toys on table then remember you have already done that
      Drink a beer
      Talk
      Drink a beer
      Forget about the game and drink a beer

      Theres also a expansion pack, it replaces beer with Jager and BOYL with a strip club

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  4. Take that expansion is over 18s only......

    Lol.

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    1. Unless you pick up the ''Fake ID'' Limited Edition box :)

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