Christmas Blogs: Kings of War in 2020

27th Dec 2019

Rob Burman

Welcome back to another of our Christmas blogs! After kicking things off with a Cyber Sale yesterday, today we’re covering what’s coming up for Kings of War in 2020. Spoiler – it’s a LOT.

First up it’s worth saying that the Kings of War: Third Edition launch went amazingly well and continues to perform fantastically. The response from the gaming community has been epic and we’ve seen players new and old getting stuck into Kings of War like never before. Community projects like the Blackjack Legacy Slow Grow campaign are really helping to inspire people (including Mantic staff) to get involved and paint up their armies. And even Ronnie got his dwarf army finished.

In 2020 we’re going to continue to grow the Kings of War community and pretty much every month we’ve got a Kings of War-related release or we’ll be talking about something new coming up for the game. Basically, 2020 is the year of fantasy (lowercase f)! We’re not going to run through everything here, but we’ll pick out some of the most exciting elements.


Since the Nightstalkers first slithered their way into the world last year, we’ve had numerous requests from players to release units like the Reapers, Phantoms and Shadowhounds outside of the mega army or army boxes. Well, hold onto your butts because these are all available to order RIGHT NOW! They’ll be shipping from January 20th, alongside the Gamer’s Edition rulebook.

That’s not all for January because we’ve also got the Northern Alliance Dwarf Clansmen Reinforcement Pack – predominantly for Vanguard, but you could mix them into a unit of standard dwarfs for a Kings of War unit.

Plus, there’s the wonderful Crocodog ‘pet’ for ogres.


Moving into February and March and we’ve got some short, angry customers for Vanguard and Kings of War! The Abyssal Dwarf are marching into view alongside a host of nasty monsters and new heroes.

The big news though (no pun intended) is that the Abyssal Dwarf release features the first ever hard plastic sprue for naughty dwarfs. On the sprue you’ll find the pieces needed to build Blacksouls or Decimators. These are some of the nicest hard plastic fantasy miniatures we’ve ever made and we can’t wait to get them in your eager hands!

In February we’re kicking the Abyssal Dwarf celebrations with a new Vanguard wardband (more on that next week), then in March we’ve got the full force of the Abyssal Dwarfs, with the army and mega army, along with Grotesques, core infantry and the amazing Hellfane. If you thought the Steel Behemoth was cool, then the Abyssal Dwarfs have gone one step further with this magnificent monster.


Skipping forward to the summer and there’s something mean and green on the horizon… goblins! After the huge popularity of the goblins in Vanguard, particularly the Reinforcement Pack with a Rabble, Spitter and Sharpstick goblin, we’ve gone back to give the hard plastic sprue a massive overhaul. The aim is to produce goblins that look more like those fantastic metal ones from Vanguard.

Using everything we’ve learnt about making awesome, multi-purpose hard plastic kits over the past few years, we’ve redesigned the goblin sprue so you’ll be able to make Rabble, Sharpsticks or Spitters from the same kit. If these pictures don’t get your green juices flowing, then we don’t know what will.


As if all this wasn’t exciting enough… we’re building up to a massive Kings of War global campaign later this year. After the great success of Edge of the Abyss, which introduced new characters, formations and changed the game map, this year’s global campaign will be even bigger.

The Abyssal Dwarfs have been digging deeper than ever underneath the Halpi Mountains and they’re close to unleashing an ancient magic that can be used by the Forces of Good and Evil for their noble or nefarious agendas.

We’ll be officially announcing the date for the global campaign (currently called Halpi’s Rift) in a few months, but now’s the time to get your army started. Once again, the outcome of this campaign will affect the development of Pannithor and the map will change based on YOUR results!

All this is really only the tip of iceberg for our Kings of War releases in 2020. So, make sure you’re signed up to the Mantic newsletter to get the latest developments on everyone’s absolute favourite mass battle game. ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE.