We have been approached with the temptation of starting an Escalation league for Mantic’s Kings of War fantasy wargame.
For those who do not know of the system I will provide you with Mantic’s own words;
“Kings of War is a mass-battle fantasy wargame set in the world of Pannithor. Rank upon rank of soldiers march into bloody combat, while winged demons battle fiery dragons overhead. From launching devastating bombardments of artillery, to tactically out-flanking your opponent’s forces, Kings of War is a game of exciting, expansive fantasy battles.”Kings of War 3rd Edition Free rulebook
If you are interested in looking deeper at the game’s rules follow the below link to be taken to Mantic’s website
What is the League?
The idea is simple, get as many people playing KOW as possible. However for some painting a “full” army can be challenging, so we think it’s easier and less daunting to do it in small stages. The aim of this campaign is to build and paint a small number of points each month, for six months. This will result in players having a fully painted 2000 point KOW army once they pass the finish line.
In addition to encouraging the development of player’s armies we aim to get people playing. In the spirit of this there will be a game challenge every month that requires you to use the models you have painted so far. We hope to host this during the “KOW last Tuesday” monthly meet up at the club, but don’t worry if you can’t make it to the event, life does after all happen. As long as your game is played within the next month that is fine. So there’s plenty of time to arrange a game and play it if they cannot attend on the last Tuesday of the month.
Here’s the guidelines
Players can either build a new force or add to an existing one, but for the challenge you can only use miniatures that you have painted and assembled that month. So starting on the 1st month you need to declare your miniatures for that month that will make up your starting 500 pts. You MUST have a 500 point, legal KOW force to game with by the end of the month, standard rules for building armies apply. Players should post up their progress once completed so we can keep the relevant posts updated.
Points for building your army are given as follows;
- 1 point for building your selected unit(s)
- 1 point if you finish painting them (3 colours & wash minimum)
- 1 point for basing them(this has to be creative, sticking models to plain bases will neither cut the mustard or earn you points)
- 1 point for completing a bonus challenge when applicable
In addition to the units to paint each month there is a bonus challenge. This can vary from converting a model, making some objective counters or loot markers, painting a freehand design, modelling a banner or writing a short bit of background on your army or it’s general.
You can play as many games as you wish but only 1 game each month counts towards your league points. A league game must be agreed that it is point scoring by both players before the game starts. League points are scored within your games as follows
- 1 point for each player playing the game
- 1 point for the winner of the scenario (A draw does not award any additional points to either player)
Monthly points will be tallied and posted on the face book group and the person at the end of the 6 month league who has the most points will be the “Kings of War Escalation League Winner” Remember this isn’t about the best painted; just that your army IS painted, keep in mind a minimum of 3 colours & wash are required to get the “painted” points. We are not being strict with what type of models are used within the league as long as units fit standard base sizes so feel free to get creative. If you want to use a historical miniatures as a kingdom of men army that’s fine, Kings of war can cater for any models from ancients through to pike and shot.
Should players that wish to build using papercraft, that is fine, just keep in mind you’ll get points for building them, however you obviously won’t get points for painting, although there are still points to be earned through creative basing. You’ll have to win plenty of games and knock out the bonus challenges to rack up those points.
NOTES:- Some games may be timed with a chess clock, as free apps are available for smart phones as well as actual physical clocks should players want to buy one. Due to the nature of KOW, buying regiments or troops of miniatures it can be a bit difficult getting the exact number of points each month. We are allowing a leeway of +- 40points which can be added/deducted the next month. For example if I selected units for my first 500point list and came up 15 points short I could select magic item(s) totalling 15pts to make the round 500pts OR carry them over to the next month enabling me to build 315 pts of troops instead of 300pts. Alternatively if I found myself a bit short on points I can “borrow” up to 40 pts from the next month, but then I’d be left to build a force of 260pts in the following month instead of the full 300pt.
These are the dates relating to the first round of the league
- 30th September – deadline to join the league
- 31st October – deadline to build your first 500 pts army list
- 30th November – deadline to complete your first game
Should you be interested in playing please let us know either here, through our facebook group or through discord. We look forward to seeing what you can put together.