Wrath of Kings: Rising Conflicts

   Wrath of Kings Rising Conflicts Releases

Today I’m going to talk about the first and latest expansion for Wrath of Kings, and what it means for the game.

Wrath of Kings Hadross Pit Fighters

Rising Conflicts brings new Units, Leaders, and Specialists for all five factions. The rules have also been updated and reprinted in this new book. There aren’t too many changes with these, the most overhaul having been done to the scenarios. There is also a great short story to enjoy that picks up a bit after the narrative from the previous book left off. There are also great descriptive entries to explain the hows and whys of all the new models. Finally they’ve given us something that the last book was sorely missing – some world history for the current era as well as some descriptions of each faction and what makes them tick.

wrath of kings nasier Pelegarth Brutes

Every faction received two new units. For whatever reason they chose to make all of them rank 2, meaning the game has just trended a bit towards smaller model counts. Previously Rank 2 infantry was represented as universally bigger and beefier than rank 1, but that’s not the case any more. A lot of these new Rank 2s are human sized on 30mm bases. Most of these new smaller Rank 2s are just as resilient as their 40mm counterparts, but there is an exception worth mentioning. Goritsi’s new Zeti unit have only one Resilience and Wound, but trade off this squishiness for a strong ranged Willpower attack.

Speaking of unit types, almost all the Rising Conflict units share a keyword with one of the previous unit types. The only exception is one of the new Shael Han units: Celestials. These guys actually come in three types, making them the first unit with three profiles.

Wrath of Kings Goritsi Gorbal Kozakar

There is a little more variation in the leader department. Obviously every new unit got a corresponding Rank 1 leader to go with. But three lucky factions, Shael Han, Goritisi, and Teknes also got a new rank 2. Shael Han’s new character leader is a great looking tiger man who will lead the new Celestial models. While this is cool, I personally think Goritsi and Teknes got something a little more interesting. The new rules update clarifies that leaders can activate as part of a Combined Activation from another leader while gaining the benefits of their own training and the training of the leader who activated them. Two new Rank 2 leaders for existing unit types mean even more variety and combos.

Wrath of Kings goritsi ravener alpha

Finally there are specialists to talk about. Each faction got a different mix of characters and generics. Goritsi, Hadross, and Teknes got big 80mm based Rank 2 generic monsters for specialists while Nasier got an equally massive character. Shael Han got no new Rank 2 Specialist at all, presumably to balance out their weird new multi-type infantry. Every faction also got at least one Rank 1 character specialist. Previously Rank 1 Specialists were all generics. Making a few Rank 1 characters allows for some interesting design space. Characters are limited by design, so they can be a bit more powerful without the fear of seeing them spammed. A great example of this is the new Shael Han archer. He would probably be far too powerful to fill up all the specialist slots in a game, but he works just fine when he’s the only one like him.

Wrath of Kings Hadross Shell Crackers

So there’s my run down. If you want to check out everything yourself, you can download all the cards for free at Wrath of Kings Website. Just mouse over the downloads tab at the top of the page. You can find the new rules there as well. But you’ll have to buy this book to get all the fiction, art, and the gorgeous gallery section at the back of the book. Jen Haley is the studio painter for Wrath of Kings and she’s done an amazing job on the pieces in this book. It’s easily one of the nicest looking gallery sections I’ve ever seen. I don’t think you’ll regret picking this book up when it comes out. It will have a price of $30 when it is released.

Wrath of kings nasier arkazan greatwing

~Hope you enjoyed the article. This new book and the models coming out for it have definitely gotten me excited about playing some Wrath of Kings. I’ve finally started painting the Goritisi army I picked up from the Kickstarter.

 

  • Dennis Finan Jr

    Atrocious

    • ZeeLobby

      Lol. I love em.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        Will see how much you love them shell crackers when you see them across the table. they are B@st** 😀

      • Dennis Finan Jr

        Who doesn’t like teenage mutant ninja turtles?

        • ZeeLobby

          You see potatoes I see potatoes. Personally I think he detail looks great. It really just depends if the aesthetic/theme appeals to you, but the sculpts are great. WoK modellers do a good job capturing posing and motion. Something PP, GW and other big dawgs struggle with often.

      • Richard Mitchell

        Jesus, I agree those minis look cool a.f.

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah. I mean blast away at mantic or Russian basement minis, but these are pretty well designed.

    • wibbling

      Your comment is absurd. Explain yourself, or you are irrelevant.

      • Dennis Finan Jr

        I really don’t think I have explain my opinion.however ,I heard talk of this game and am always interested in inew games, I click the link and see beyond goofy models. Sorry if I hurt your feelings.

        • rantersheaven

          This is a cartoony style, not for everyone. As long as you don’t play 40k or AoS with their pumpkin heads and ham hands, your opinion make sense.

          • ZeeLobby

            Haha, so true. GW has never been that great at proportioning or posing. That said, some of their newer stuff is better, but then it’s released side-by-side with stuff that isn’t.

  • Great to see WoK getting some attention here. It’s a great game and the models have a lot of character.

  • Matthew Pomeroy

    absolutely love this game.

  • Firemind

    The Nasier duders have some really awful minis, this just release just adds to it. The rest of the game has much better minis doe.

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      I love the nasier, especially the ashmen 😀

      • Firemind

        The ashmen do look fine, it’s the more…revealing Nasier minis, but human and beast like that start looking quite shiat imo.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          i will admit the pelegarths are a tad..off 😀

          • DeadlyYellow

            Pelegarths are strange. They’re chubby almost-naked women, yet aren’t really portrayed as sexy (unlike say, the Deathbloom.) Yet somehow they doesn’t annoy me like women figures from other ranges (Kingdom Death, Kabuki, etc.)

            And now that their male counterparts are revealed, the whole thing feels like a satirical take on the typical male fantasy.

        • wibbling

          What is ‘shiat imo’?

          • euansmith

            I think he was the leader of the Imo Clan during the Warring States Period in Japan.

          • ZeeLobby

            LOL. Yes!

          • Jesse Cavazos

            I tip my bonnet to you, sir.

  • DeadlyYellow

    Love those Brutes. Seeing more Sharkmen really make me want to start a Hadross force.

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      I am a unrepetent fanboy, have all the forces, and hadross is alot of fun!

    • euansmith

      Those sharkmen are just excellent; but they don’t eclipse pigmen for the space in my heart.

  • euansmith

    Steampowered, cyber, werewolf; what’s not to like? That mutated, Goritsi, necro-engine, werewolf is pretty darn cool too.

    I wonder how much Jen Haley charges per mini? These paint jobs are smashing, and those bases on the Shellcrackers are lovely.

    Thanks for posting this, Gentle Ben. Wrath of Kings and Dark Ages really produce some nice, unique looking designs.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. I have yet to play either, but the sculpts are always very dynamic and well detailed. You’ve definitely touched on it as well, but the paint jobs for their showcase models is also top notch. Sadly it hasn’t really picked up locally and I think my local store may be clearing it’s stock. I can see how the cartoonish feudal Japan theme might throw some people aesthetically.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        If you ever got to play Chronopia or Mutant Chronicles (the original) and liked it, you will likely love WoK

        • ZeeLobby

          Never had a chance to play those. Was thinking about picking up the second edition of the siege of the citadel game.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            the first version of that was fun (have most of it still) but the true quality comes from the alternating activations which means noone is sitting around waiting for their models to be destroyed.

  • Certs

    Love this game and my Hadross.

    As for the new book… anyone know if it’ll also eventually end up as a free PDF, if specifically the new rules and scenarios?