Thought I would post here rather than start a new thead.
IN the mail 2 days ago with a Waylands order we received 2 Mantic Journals issues 3 and 4 that came with the ruleset and army lists for Kings of War. After a quick read through the game looks quite promising. My dad and I are going to playtest the game with LoTR proxy models quite shortly to see whether or not we really do like it. Hey a free ruleset?! Why not!?
The strangest thing is that units or regiments are under the effect of a new mechanic called Nerve individual models to not have wounds like WHFB. Models are not removed but everytime the unit is damaged the opponent tests the units nerve on a 2D6 which can cause the Unit to Standfast, Waver or Rout! depending on the roll. More damage done increases the chances of routing the unit, once the unit is routed it is gone and has fled the field. Personally I think it is a good rule as you don't have to spend half the time removing models from a ranked up unit
The game is not focused on remembering a plethora of rules and actually has all the special rules in one place eg Fire Breath (n) where n is the number of attacks. Everything is streamlined and easy to pick up. I basically understand everything on the second read through! You could easily proxy models from WHFB for this game.
The 5 races at the moment being Undead, Orcs, Elves, Dwarfs and Absyssal Dwarfs. I think the other 3 races being just around the corner which are Goblins, Humans and Twilight Kin.
Undead regenerate their units damage which can be further increased by their heroes. Immune to Wavering but cannot at the double. They also have their way to acquire extra movement through specials.
Orcs squabble and have a greater chance of damaging other units (Crushing strength)
Dwarfs have Headstrong which means they ignore Wavering results on the Nerve test on 4+
Elves have Elite which means they get one re-roll per unit.
I'm interested in the Elves at the moment and dad likes the Undead.
The minis themselves are very nice and very affordable.
Definetely true, I can get an army in the area of 1500-2000 points with a case for 150 pounds or about 250 Aussie. Thats 155 models for the Elves (this includes cavalry, monstrous heroes and warmachines). I really hope I like this ruleset as that army deal is really hard to resist.
Oh, and the mission statement is a game for gamers by gamers.
I would urge people to download the rules and check it out.