After spending years on the sidelines of the fantasy tabletop wargame, Kings of War’s lizardmen-esque Salamander and stout Halfling forces are getting full army releases. Fully revealed in a publisher blog post yesterday, Mantic Games has announced a full army roster for the Salamanders releasing in June, and teased a few Halfling units coming this Summer – with rendered miniatures to boot.
The new Salamander army will be composed of a mix of conversion sculpts, combining existing sprues and additional pieces to create new builds, and wholly new units. It doesn’t look like a huge departure from the existing handful of Salamander models, including the same anthropomorphic reptiles, dinosaur-like beasties, and lots of bones, complete, of course, with fanciful names like ‘Scorchwing Regiment’ and ‘Ghekkotah Slasher’.
We’ve got a glimpse of some of the new units, including Unblooded heavy infantry; the rhino-dinosaur-hybrid Rhinosaurs, and their attendant riders; the Ghekkotah Skylord, riding a fire-laden Scorchwing; and the Ghekkotah Slasher, boasting a mounted ballista on the back of the massive reptile, and which Mantic Games says is a variation of the Goblin Slasher miniature.
Take a look at the full list of new Salamander minis below:
- Rhinosaur Cavalry Regiment
- Tyrant Regiment
- Scorchwing Regiment
- Ghekkotah Skylord
- Clan Lord on slasher
- Ghekkotah Slasher
- Unblooded conversion pack
- Ceremonial Guard conversion pack
- Corsairs conversion pack
- Arkosaur Mage Priest
- Battle Captain
- Ceremonial Guard Captain
Alongside the Salamanders, Mantic has released details of the new Halfling army, introducing the stout warriors as a separate faction to Kings of War Third Edition, rather than keeping them as meer additions to the League of Rhodia.
Details are sparser for the hobbits, but we’ve got a look at one musket-wielding infantry set, and another cavalry unit. Except the cavalry unit isn’t actually a cavalry unit at all, but is made up of halflings riding muzzled dogs. A couple of them are even wearing top hats. Could halflings be the most stylish fantasy race? Probably.
In-keeping with the silliness, the halfing’s new hero unit, Muster Captain, will also be riding a giant canine.
Mantic Games also announced minor releases coming this year, including new elementals to field with the Salamander forces, additional drakon minis, and a new ogre warlock sculpt, all coming in May.
Kings of War Third Edition was released in 2019, overhauling the game’s ruleset and introducing new factions to the fantasy tabletop wargame.