Mantic: The Warpath Universe is Expanding

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New Veermyn, Forge Fathers, and GSPS – take a look!

We’ve seen an update for Deadzone – now it’s Warpath’s turn for new models…

via Mantic:

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Warpath Universe is an affordable range of high quality science-fiction figures compatible with Deadzone, our forthcoming Warpath mass battle game in early 2017.

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There are three new kits that have never been available separately before – the Enforcer scouts known as Pathfinders, updated Forge Father Steel Warriors (that can also be built as Stormrage Veterans and Rekkhyrrs) and the rat-like Veer-Myn Nightcrawlers. Also available are the Veer-Myn Progenitors and the re-release of the Forge Father Brokkrs and the GCPS Strider – that can be used with Enforcers, Plague or Rebs, too!

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These are perfect for Deadzone players looking to expand their Strike Teams, those wanting to get started with Warpath or add characterful additions to any miniatures collection!

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All of the rules for playing games with these models are included in the Deadzone 2nd Edition Rulebook, which is available separately or as part of the Deadzone boxed game. You can also use them with the Warpath Beta rules available to download from our Free Rules page!

We’re also supporting Deadzone with the release of the brand new Organised Play kit. This pack allows you to run one day Deadzone event in stores and clubs with rules for rankings, prizes for winners and an exclusive rules sheet for a new Deadzone Mercenary – the Enforcer Captain Black. If you want to get your friend together and give it a go, just ask your store to contact their Mantic Trade Representative to order a copy.

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The Warpath Universe release will continue into September with light vehicles and a huge Plague release in October, alongside the return of a Deadzone Expansion. You can find all of these great kits in the Warpath Universe section of the webstore. They’ll be shipping and available in local retailers from the 22nd of August!

 

What do you think of these new additions?

  • Alienerd the unbannable

    “With our exclusive range of plastic Nuns of Battle!”

    • dinodoc

      I believe that would be official confirmation that Mantic had declared war on GW.

    • ZeeLobby

      They don’t have those yet, but who could blame them. It’s not like GW will ever update Sisters.

      • palaeomerus

        Creating a female equivalent to the Enforcers would be kind of pointless since there are apparently female Enforcers.

        • ZeeLobby

          True. Doesn’t mean there can’t be a female religious order down the road.

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            religion doesn’t feature highly in this universe, which is a good thing to differentiate it from 40K.

          • ZeeLobby

            True, still doesnt mean there isnt a planet of crazy nuns out there! I mean having one religious sect is still a far cry from 40K, haha.

    • jcdent

      Just make them less sexy or overloaded with details (than what Raging Heroes are going for) and you’re gold.

    • euansmith

      They already make the Basilean Sisterhood for Kings of War. Hopefully they will redo them soon, as the current minis are woeful.

  • dave long island

    Skaven + Space = Spaven

    • palaeomerus

      Skaven were always just Maglubiyet’s wererat cultist from old D&D with the serial numbers filed off, anyway.

      Beastmen were rip offs of the broo from RuneQuest.

      GW made their orcs green because D&D had suddenly made their own green and pig faced to avoid charges that they had stolen the orc idea from Tolkien, which was especially lame since Tolkien gave the generic term for an orc as a goblin which is public domain. What makes this funny is that shortly after TSR made their Orcs green and pig faced to distinguish them from Tolkien’s version, George Lucas put Gamorean (green pig faced) guards in The Return of the Jedi just to shake things up. GW’s green orcs got reinforced by Blizzards Warcraft and Warcraft 2 to being the new Orc visual standard until Peter Jackson’s movies came out.

  • blackbloodshaman

    Veermen look nice, and finally a cool looking space dwarves army.

  • marsultor

    wow! within the breadth of one post players get what they begged GW for and were denied: Squats and Space Rats. Coincidence?

    • GoodOleBoy01

      Probably not, and that’s why I give my gaming money to Mantic now instead of GW, because Mantic BLOODY LISTENS to players.

      • ZeeLobby

        I mean they definitely grew off of providing what GW ignored, so I’m glad to see them actually fleshing out core products as well. Their Sci Fi line is definitely better looking model-wise than their fantasy.

        • blackbloodshaman

          The warpath rules look fantastic too.

      • They don’t listen to players who ask for assembly guides or even parts lists in their box sets.

        • ZeeLobby

          Neither does PP and they’re doing fine. For any veteran its pretty easy.

          • And therein lies the problem.

            If Mantic want to grow beyond the p***ed-off ex-GW player market, and bring in new players, they NEED to cater for the whole market. Which includes non-veterans.

            And you only have to look at a few Youtube videos by veterans to see lots of complaints. I don’t see the same complaints about PP stuff, so I doubt they do it as badly as Mantic.

            You just get unmarked bags of bits within other unmarked bags of bits, it doesn’t even state whether they’re hard plastic or restic (so which glue do you use?).

            It just needs details on the website, that’s all that’s necessary. But no, they’re too busy scrambling to get cash for the next Kickstarter to actually finish their previous commitments.

            They don’t even have enough pictures of the models on their website to see what goes where. And some of the pictures in their rulebooks are blurry so you can’t see the detail. WTF? This is 2016!

            Mantic actually make me appreciate paying extra for GW, because I have NEVER been confused while building a GW kit. The detail on GW kits is better, and even the plastic works better with glue than the Mantic plastic. Plus GW gives me painting guides, different colour schemes and the picture on the box can actually be built with the parts included in the box.

            I’ve invested heavily in Deadzone, I love the game, and it is superb for introducing new players to wargaming, but the Out Of Box Experience with Mantic is terrible. They will never grow beyond a GW-knockoff company until they address this.

            And it wouldn’t take much effort for them to fix it. They even have some of the information hidden in the updates on their Kickstarters. And whatever their packing lists are they give to the people who do their packing, they must exist, right? Although with the amount of mistakes made, I have my doubts.

            I worry for the future of Mantic. If they always need to be chasing the next dollar instead of finishing what they’ve started, their cashflow must be in dire straits.

            Prove me wrong, Ronnie.

          • DocNacho

            Ronnie said in a video from gencon that kings of war has become self supporting and that the next releases will be going direct to retail, namely kings of war historical and kings of war skirmish. They are thinking the same will happen with deadzone by the end of the year.

            I admit, I have had trouble with their kits in the past and would love to see them address that, but, in the grand scope of things, Mantic is still a relatively young company. I think we’ll eventually see the gold standard equivalent from them as their games are fun and they do, more often than not, listen to their customers.

          • Mantic is 8 years old. The boss used to be GW’s Managing Director. Don’t use the “it’s a young company” excuse. They know by now what they are doing. They just CHOOSE not to do it.

            They have turned over multiple millions of dollars. At what point do we start holding them accountable for their actions? If we don’t stand up and protest now, why would they ever bother to go to the gold standard? They wouldn’t think they needed to.

            I have spent hundreds of pounds on Mantic products. I really want them to succeed. But they’ve got to stop acting like a company being run out of someone’s garage.

    • Gunsheeplol

      I’ve hardly seen anyone ask to bring squats back or for space Skaven.

      What were people actually asking for? Deathwatch was one of the main ones.

      • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

        Squats get mentioned all the time on here, as do Hrud, which a lot of people still see as Space Skaven.

        • Squats get mentioned, yes. But only as a punchline.

          Space dwarfs is a concept that should have died out with the Squats.

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            A lot of people like them, and a lot of manufacturers make them. If you don’t like them fine, but in a universe with space-ogres, space-elves, space-orcs, space-lizardmen, space-broo, space-dark-elves and space-melnibonian-chaos-guys you can hardly argue they are out of place!

          • Do you honestly think, in this age of political correctness, that if someone made a new fictional race of characters based on a real genetic condition (that is sometimes regarded as a disability) that it would be allowed? It would be regarded at the very least as tasteless.

            Dwarfs are in games because they were invented in a different time, and have become “acceptable” because of that. I think people should let the idea fade away naturally. Not keep bringing it back to make a quick buck.

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            Dwarfs are in the game because they feature in mythology and medieval literature, like most of the other fantasy races, and it is those mythological figures they are based on. In general the legends are actually pretty positive. You might as well not have giants because some people suffer from conditions that make them very tall or ogres because some people have brow ridges, or berzerkers because some people have anger issues…

            Extra short, tall, beautiful, ugly, angry, peaceful, stupid etc variations of human are kind of easy hooks for the imagination. Lets not make political correctness interfere with imaginative fiction, especially when no offence is intended or usually taken.

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            Dwarfs are in the game because they feature in mythology and medieval literature, like most of the other fantasy races, and it is those mythological figures they are based on. In general the legends are actually pretty positive. You might as well not have giants because some people suffer from conditions that make them very tall or ogres because some people have brow ridges, or berzerkers because some people have anger issues…

            Extra short, tall, beautiful, ugly, angry, peaceful, stupid etc variations of human are kind of easy hooks for the imagination. Lets not make political correctness interfere with imaginative fiction, especially when no offence is intended or usually taken.

          • Exactly, there’s an infinite number of invented mythological races out there, so why choose to perpetuate one that is so close to the mark?

            If someone came up with a new race tomorrow called “Downies” who have low intelligence, a flattened skull, narrow slanting eyes, and a short, flat-bridged nose, there’d be uproar.

            Times change. People are more aware of stereotyping and pigeonholing. And from that comes more tolerance and enlightenment. I’m not saying we should ban Dwarf race references from games or fiction, but where we can allow it to fade out and be consigned to history, we should.

            Game Of Thrones does dwarfs right, btw.

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            if GoT followed your rule though there wouldn’t be any dwarfs in it.

          • Nice try at subverting my words. 🙂

            They don’t have a Dwarf race, they have a human with dwarfism. I know you’re smart enough to see the difference. 🙂

          • Severius_Tolluck

            oh wow i need coffee! I was skimming this post and swore i read “space milli-vanilli” instead of melnibonian

          • Severius_Tolluck

            come to think of it, that would be a hilarious sight to see…” Space Dreads” all their attacks are sonic waves from floating dj tables playing euro house and edm…

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            painted red, green and gold?

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            in space no-one can hear you lip sync!

      • marsultor

        Players long ago quit asking for Squats or space Skaven, so it has been a long time. But they did as once upon a time. Regarding Squats, GW tried to ignore the repeated requests at first and then finally – when the requests were too numerous to ignore – came out in an (almost angry) response and just said “NO, so stop asking!” (Oh, Father, forgive them – they were just asking for a continuation of what people had invested in. The cheek!) As for space Skaven, it was just an idea that was floated mostly by the fan base. At some point GW shot down the notion and laid that to rest. But there was interest.

        • Gunsheeplol

          For every player asking for Squats or space skaven there would have been a thousand asking for Deathwatch. Yet people are writing here that GW doesn’t give people what they want yada yada yada

  • Phil Turner

    Ughhh……..ugly stuff

    • palaeomerus

      Not enough skulls or top-knots. Guns are too small.

    • Hawt Dawg

      You are way too kind.

  • blackbloodshaman

    Cant wait till the rule book comes out, I’ll be starting me some veermen

  • Bryan Ruhe

    I feel like the previous line of Veer-Myn looked less cartoony. And I’ve never liked the Forge Fathers. Little chunks of ugly metal plates. I think it may be the beardguards that kill it completely for me.

    • euansmith

      If wearing a beard is a big part of your culture (Hipsters IN SPAAAAAACE!) and you don’t want to run around with your bare chin exposed to smallarms fire, toxic environments and chewing gum, then a “beard guard” is a good idea. Unlike all those Space Marines running around with their helmets on 😉 I rather like Mantic’s latest take on the Forge Fathers. The previous versions were rather more amateurish.

  • I hope you’re right. They need to start getting their act together supporting existing ranges, rather than putting all their efforts into the next Kickstarter.

    They’re fragmenting their own player base at the moment.