In our previous blog we explained why Ambush, a new way to play Kings of War at smaller points levels, is so damned exciting.

Ultimately, it has the potential to be a great way to recruit new players so you’ve got more people to crush under the boots of your veteran army play fun, friendly battles with in your local area.


Today we’re explaining some of the changes that make Ambush much easier to play, but also stop people making some incredibly filthy army lists.

(Like Jonny, who asked “How many shadowhulks am I allowed?” – Nick)


Troops For Days

First up, you can include as many Troops and Regiments as you want in Ambush, but Legions and Hordes are banned. Don’t even think about bringing that zombie Legion to a game of Ambush. No, stop thinking it! Put them back in the cupboard. 


Building For Ambush

This focus on Troops and Regiments really helps to get your army painted up nice and quick. What’s more, the game plays a lot faster too, due to the lower nerve values… which means Ambush can get pretty bloody. 

For each Troop or Regiment in the army you may also include one of the following units: 

  • Hero 
  • Monster 
  • Titan 
  • War Engine 
  • Irregular Unit (units with the Fly keyword are also treated as Irregular)

Along with the restrictions above, in games under 750pts you can’t use units that cost more than 200pts, while in games between 750 and 995pts, you can’t use units that cost more than 250pts. Both of these restrictions include magical artefacts, upgrades or purchased spells. 

There are some other army building requirements too but we won’t spoil them all here… However, at least you can start thinking about some potential units to paint up as Troops and Regiments, whilst you wait for the book. 

Stay tuned to the Mantic YouTube channel for some exciting Ambush battle reports, so you can see how fast and furious this style of gameplay is. 

This epic gamer’s compendium brings together all the latest rules, errata, FAQs and army lists for the world’s best fantasy tabletop game, Kings of War – all in one convenient book. Also included in this bumper collection are all new ways to play – Ambush! small scale games, Legendary huge games and everyone’s favourite spectacle – Siege!

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Ranged troops are generally equipped with bows, but some regiments are armed with the rarer crossbow. This archaic weapon is believed to have its origins in the Ahmunite Empire and even as lifeless bones, the so- called ‘Deadeye’ formations can fire it with deadly skill.

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The Kings of War (2022) Veteran Bundle contains everything you need to get you up to speed with the latest changes

Inlcuding the new Kings of War Rulebook (the big red one) includes rules from the Third Edition Rulebook, Uncharted Empires and the changes introduced in Clash of Kings 2022. It also includes all the updates and erratas for those books and combines them into one tome.

In addition, the Rules committee have been hard at work to deliver the changes we’d normally see in a Clash of Kings book, including Siege, Ambush and Legendary battles.

The Bundle also includes the Artefact and Spells deck with 74 updated cards for the new version.

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