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Kings of War: Vanguard - the fantasy skirmish wargame

A project in Baltimore, MD by Mantic Games

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A 28mm tabletop fantasy skirmish game. Create a warband of elite fighters, develop their abilities and fight to the bitter end.
Backers: 2231
Average Pledge Per Backer: $122

Funded: $272,409 of $75,000
Dates: Nov 1st -> Nov 17th (17 days)
Project By: Mantic Games
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Latest News

Fangs for all the support! Alternate Frost Fang Cavalry Stretch Goal & Regiment Option!

November 17th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, We're approaching the final moments of the campaign and we're pleased to unveil a stretch goal and Optional Extra that a lot of you have asked for over the past few days: alternate Frostfang Cavalry and the opportunity to buy a... (Read More)

It's been a long day and we're feeling a little woof now...

November 17th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Ronnie is going to be happy because he's got another Dwarf in his special resin Dwarf Warband. For those that have only just joined us on the Kickstarter, the Dwarfs were originally planned for a retail release but Ronnie simply... (Read More)

Dice to see you, to see you dice...

November 17th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Right, we've been doing some tinkering in the background and we're pleased to announce another cheeky stretch goal! At $270,000 we'll upgrade all the various Power Dice you'll be getting in the different pledges and warbands to... (Read More)

Blaine Unlocked and Added to Giant Pledge! Who let the Dogs Out?

November 17th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, YES! What a fantastic achievement, Blaine will be making his debut in Vanguard thanks to your support. This ultimate bad-ass, time-travelling, inter-dimensional bounty hunter will be kicking butts and taking names as a mercenary for... (Read More)

Work in progress renders of the Abyssals

November 17th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Phew... just in time before the end of the Kickstarter we've got a few renders of some work in progress Abyssals. Please, please, PLEASE bear in mind that these haven't been posed or given the final sign off by the studio team here... (Read More)

Ronaldo the Bard joins the Vanguard Party!

November 17th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, We've just reached 2,000 backers and that means...  Ronaldo the Bard will be available to recruit into your warband with a Kickstarter Exclusive character card. Please note, this isn't the final card... although a lot of people... (Read More)

Firebrand lights up the Kickstarter! Blaine finally makes his appearance...

November 17th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, We're on the final stretch and we've already upped the totally by more than $15,000 today. Start placing your bets on where we'll end up. Thanks to all those new Vanguardians that have jumped on board in the past 24 hours and helped... (Read More)

2,000 Backers Stretch Goal is Music to our Ears...

November 17th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, This is just a quick update because we're approaching a very important milestone: 2,000 backers. As a result we wanted to do something to celebrate this fantastic achievement. After yesterday's announcement of the Kickstarter... (Read More)

Kuzlo Unlocked! Translucent Ice Elementals Unlocked! A New Merc... and Blaine Appears!

November 17th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, It's the final day - so we have mixed emotions - sad that the campaign is coming to an end but excited about a couple of things we've still got up our sleeve. Yesterday was a fantastic day and a quick check on the Kicktraq chart... (Read More)

It's good to be bard! Put the next stretch goal on ice...

November 16th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, This will be our last update for today as it's getting late here in the UK and we need some sleep before the final push tomorrow! As such, we'll keep this one short - mainly for Rob's sanity because he's started to lose it talking... (Read More)

Dwarf Warband unlocked! Ronnie celebrates! Will you be Goblin up the next stretch goal?

November 16th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, As you can probably imagine, Ronnie is absolutely over the moon because his resin Dwarf warband is now unlocked. When we started talking about Vanguard, the Dwarfs were definitely seen as an outside chance but thanks to your awesome... (Read More)

Ice Elemental Stretch Goal Melts Away! We Feel a Little Bard About the New Stretch Goal...

November 16th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Yes! The total has passed $200,000, which is an absolutely amazing achievement. Thank you once again to all the people have supported this project and all the new Vanguardians that have jumped on board in the past 24 hours. It's... (Read More)

What's next after $200,000? Ronnie's Resin Dwarfs...

November 16th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Brrrrrrrrrrr… it's getting cold in here, so that must mean we're approaching the $200,000 mark and that chilly Ice Elemental. Earlier we previewed a little bit about what's coming up after $200,000… and now we're happy to show... (Read More)

We're eggstatic about the latest unlock! Can we mech it to $200,000?

November 16th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Phew… yesterday was an amazing day on the Kickstarter. A quick check on the Kicktraq chart shows it was our second best day of the campaign so far and today is already shaping up to be stellar too. Overnight and this morning... (Read More)

Resin Frost Fang Cavalry Unlocked! It's Time to Chill Out...

November 15th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Wow, today's been absolutely crazy, we're smashing through the stretch goals like a Frost Fang charging through his enemies. Talking of the Frost Fang, with the total over $180,000, that means a resin Frost Fang has been added to... (Read More)

Huscarls Join the Nothern Alliance! The New Stretch Goal is Eggcellent

November 15th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Another stretch goal bites the dust and three Huscarls have been added to the Giant Pledge and the $45 Northern Alliance Warband. The main graphics will be updated shortly.  We're also closing in on the next stretch goal. At... (Read More)

Add-on Wednesday is HERE! Check out our range of Optional Extras...

November 15th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Traditionally Wednesday is known as Add-On Wednesday during a Mantic Kickstarter. Last Wednesday was a little bit different because we added something (the Abyssals) for free but this week we're back on track with plenty of optional... (Read More)

Beacon Lit! Huscarls on the Horizon! Fangs for the Support...

November 15th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Woah, three updates already today and it's only 1pm (GMT) and we'll have another later today with a whole bunch of optional extras for you to add to pledges. With all that in mind, we'll keep this one brief.  Now the total has... (Read More)

Pictures of the $20 Warbands!

November 15th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, We've been promising to do this for a while but just haven't had chance. However, we're pleased to say we've finally been able to take some pictures of the $20 Warband Optional Extras. These photographs were taken using our studio... (Read More)

Ice, Ice Baby! Northern Allliance Unlocked and Added to the Giant Pledge!

November 15th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, What a fantastic day yesterday - in fact according to the snazzy Kicktraq chart, it was the second best day of the campaign so far… guess a lot of you like the Northern Alliance ;-) Thanks again for all the support so far and... (Read More)

Giant Stomps Over the Kickstarter! Northern Alliance Stretch Goal Unveiled...

November 14th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, The stretch goals just keep on toppling! With the total now well over $150,000 that means you've unlocked something BIG! The PVC plastic Giant (measuring an impressive 18cm) has now been added to the $150 Giant Pledge… ka-boom!... (Read More)

Three Stretch Goals Smashed! Introducing the Northern Alliance...

November 14th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Wowzers, what a cracking day yesterday. We smashed through a bunch of stretch goals after announcing the new $150 Giant Pledge. So, to bring you up to speed, here's what happened yesterday… Firstly, you pushed the total passed... (Read More)

Giant Spotted! New $150 GIANT Pledge Unveiled...

November 13th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, It's the final days of the Vanguard Kickstarter and we wanted to get things started with a bang this week. We're approaching our next stretch goal but we thought we'd let you know what's coming up at $150,000 because it's a big... (Read More)

Spectres Materialise for the Nightstalkers! And We're Back in Black for the New Stretch Goal...

November 12th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Sorry for the delay in this update - I was stuck at a children's party. Fun times! Anyway, clearly the real party is right here on Kickstarter because the total has just passed $130,000. With the total now over $130,000, that means... (Read More)

Extra Men at Arms Unlocked! The New Stretch Goal Really Sucks...

November 11th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, A very quick update this morning to let you know the latest developments.  First up, the total has now passed $125,000, which means five extra Men at Arms have been added to the Basileans and you've got the option to create... (Read More)

Despoiler Spoiled. We Spy a New Stretch Goal...

November 10th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Apologies for being a bit slow with this update but we've been having some computer troubles. Anyway, we're back with a quick update on today's progress. First off, the total is now over $120,000 and that means the menacing half... (Read More)

Everyone's Getting Stoned! New Nightstalker Spectres Unveiled!

November 10th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Yesterday was another fantastic day, with almost 100 brand new Vanguardians backing the Kickstarter. Welcome aboard and thanks for the support - you've joined at a great time and next week promises to be very special. Thanks to all... (Read More)

Basilean Bonanza Unlocked! New Abyssal Monster! Plus Extra Hard Plastic Men at Arms & Weapon Options

November 9th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, BOOM! That's the Basilean Bonanza locked into pledges. That's taken the model count to 60 in the Two-Player Set and 43 (including those sweet, sweet resins) in the Join the Vanguard pledge, all for just $85. As mentioned previously,... (Read More)

Hellequin Unlocked, Basilean Bonanza, plus Design a Scenario Competition Launched

November 9th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, What an incredible day yesterday. We had the third best day of the campaign so far and 89 new backers jumped on board to take a ride on the Vanguard hype train. So a big thank you to all those newcomers and we're in for a wild ride... (Read More)


November 8th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Wow, today has been an absolute blast! After we announced that everyone who pledged for the $85 Join the Vanguard pledge or the $85 Two-Player Set would get a FREE Abyssals Starter Warband, the total and backer number has been sky... (Read More)


November 8th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, It's Ronnie here! Earlier today you broke through the $90,000 mark, which means we've added a bumper bonus of terrifying Nightstalkers to the Nightstalker Warband in the Join the Vanguard pledge and into the Two-Player Set as well.... (Read More)

Social goal smashed! Alternate Sisterhood unlocked! New 90k Nightstalker Bonanza!

November 7th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Well, that didn't take long, the social stretch goal to share the new Beasts of War video was chopped down quicker than a Horror gulping down its lunch. That now means an extra Sisterhood miniature and an alternate weapon option has... (Read More)

Social Goal Added - Unlock an Alternate Sisterhood Weapon Option & Miniature

November 7th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Not sure if you spotted it yesterday but Beasts of War uploaded a video of Rob from Mantic playing against Justin from Beasts of War. This was a quick demonstration of the core mechanics (based on a slightly earlier version of the... (Read More)

Sisterhood Scouts make their appearance! Plus - Nightstalker Scarecrow Concepts

November 6th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Great news! We've just passed the $85,000 mark and that means two Sisterhood Scouts have been added to the Basilean Warband in the Join the Vanguard pledge and the Two-Player Set.  Silently stalking ahead of the main warband, the... (Read More)

What's coming up this week? New resins! Hard plastic ruins! Abyssals?

November 6th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, It's a new week, so we're ready to kick things up a notch and start adding more cool stuff to the pledges, like new miniatures, scenery and perhaps even something a little bigger (more on that to come soon). At the moment we're... (Read More)

The Horror added to pledges! Now have a butchers* at the next stretch goal.

November 4th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Phew… what a cracking start for the weekend. Earlier today we passed the funding target and now we've crashed through our first stretch goal. Exciting times! Thank you to everyone that has jumped on board in the past 24 hours and... (Read More)

Vanguard is FUNDED! New hard plastics added to the Men at Arms and Nightstalkers Warbands

November 4th - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Yes! Vanguard is funded. That means you’ll be getting a 128-rulebook packed with action-packed gameplay, a detailed campaign system to level up characters, warband lists for Mantic armies, rules for linking Vanguard with your... (Read More)

New Rulebook Pledge Available! Plus Kings of War Starter Warbands Available!

November 3rd - via:
Ho! Vanguardians,Yesterday saw the total keep climbing and today we're closing in on the funding goal and those oh so sexy hard plastic Men at Arms! Sometimes we get excited about the new shinies – who wouldn’t want new Basileans or... (Read More)

A sneak peek at what's coming up! Plus an extra funding bonus!

November 2nd - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, Seeing as we’re approaching the 24 hour mark and we’re edging ever closer to that funding goal, we thought we’d give a little sneak peek of the first stretch goals to whet your appetites. HARD PLASTIC MEN AT ARMSThis is a big... (Read More)

Two Player Starter Set Now Available!

November 2nd - via:
Ho! Vanguardians, As always thank you for all your support so far - it's good to see the total continuing to climb! One of the great things about Kickstarter is that during the campaign we're able to listen to our backers and make changes based on... (Read More)

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