KoW: Reinforcements Have Arrived

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Check out all of the new options you have for your Kings of War forces Mantic fans!

With the release of Kings of War Historical it’s a great time to start playing Kings of War, or adding some reinforcements to your existing armies. Ronnie mentioned that some new units were coming this fall – they’re available for pre-order now! Take a look at what you can pick up…

via Mantic:

Earth Elementals and Stone Priest

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Literally raised from the ground itself, these powerful Elementals form a hard-hitting unit in battle, while being heavily resilient to your foes’ attacks They can be found among bother the Forces of Nature and armies from the Dwarf realms. Dwarfs have a specific hero who can direct these monsters – the Stone Priest – able to command the heart of the mountain.

Hellhounds and Tortured Souls

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As the mysterious realm of the Abyss bleeds into the mortal world, all manner of strange and dangerous creatures walk the mortal world. Stripped of their soul and form by the Abyssals, the Tortured Souls are trapped in a quasi-existence, seeking out the souls of others to replace their own. Hellhounds, meanwhile, stalk their quarry between world, able to overcome any obstacle to hunt them down.

Naiad Wyrmriders and Slave Orc Gore Riders

Cavalry across Mantica varies wildly, from the brutal gore ridden by the enslaved Orcs, to the magically sustained sea wyrms ridden by the elite of the Naiads. Regardless of how they reach your army, beware other devastating charge.

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Elf War Chariots

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Pulled by swift Elven steeds, War Chariots are prized for racing events among the Elves of Mantica. They are also effective in warfare, as a powerful shock cavalry unit, quite at odds with the more subtle forces of the Elven Kindreds.

What do you want the most?

  • Rudboy TheRed

    Hire painting studio! NOW!!!

    • Zingbaby

      Mantic! – for when you want an army designed by your little sister!

    • Talos2

      That elf chariot is hilarious. Looks like they used dulux and a roller on some parts

  • pad_uk

    I know these figures are a lot cheaper than GWs (about 2/3rds the cost??) but really – they look like they are from the 80’s. I know it’s all subjective and what have you, but… Those chariots are just bad. Sorry.

    • euansmith

      Mantic is very hit and miss. The Snake Riders look okay, and the angry dead guys with fists o’ flame have nice poses and loads of character; but then, yeesh, those awkward, bland chariots. They look like something out of a Dollar Bag of Army Men.

      • pad_uk

        I did wonder if perhaps they are made from green bendy plastic…

        • euansmith

          Worse than that, they used to be made out of Restic; Satan’s own casting material. Fortunately they are moving in to HIPS for rank and file and real resin (or even some new wonder material, called, “metal”) for characters.

          • Hawt Dawg

            Ha ha ha… You made me my spit out a piece of Sushi.

            Satan must be working for PP these days.

          • euansmith

            How 21st Century is that; reading comments on the internet while eating Sushi? It’s like Blade Runner!

          • Hawt Dawg

            It’s how I roll.

            You know, like tears in the rain and all that.

      • Grafton Is Dust

        Indeed. The only sculpts they ever have that are genuinely stellar are their Undead.

        • Talos2

          There’s a resin barbarian for the dungeon game that is pretty much fw quality. Sadly 90% of their stuff is worse than playmobile

    • orionburn

      I don’t like tearing down somebody’s work because I sure as hell couldn’t sculpt something like that, but those horses look like something out of a claymation special. They definitely need better painting/wash/highlights. That can only go so far with those poses. They aren’t pulling an Amish buggy…it’s supposed to be in battle.

  • Koen Cambré

    You can absolutely tell this is the “value option”… I’ll pass.

  • Skeksis

    They shouldn’t have ripped off serial plagiarists GW. If they went fully original you could overlook the bad models. But why remake Flesh Hounds and make them look worse than the real thing? Get some fresh ideas.

    • palaeomerus

      You never heard of Cerberus the mythological three headed dog who guards the entrance to hell? You think flesh hounds aren’t just GW’s lame hack version of hell hounds? WTF?

      • Geko747

        I think he is referring specifically to models rather than the real life/mythological counterparts. KoW have many models that they just copied GW and done a very poor job at it. Seen as though this is an alternative for GW models then they should stick to original concepts for their own models.

      • Skeksis

        No offence but I don’t think you read my comment very carefully.

  • Aaron Ridgley

    It’s sad because Kings of War is a great ruleset. However their miniatures are anything but great.

    • Richard Mitchell

      That is true, its one of the reasons I got so excited with the KoW Historicals ruleset. I can use Mantic’s awesome rules and buy Warlord’s historicals. Historical gaming isn’t a stranger to using models and rulesets from different companies. But I do feel that for other genres, the necessity of a strong aesthetic must be there. That said I can’t wait for FFG Rune Wars to bring flanks and ranks back. Probably one of the reasons GW didn’t want to renew FFG’s license.

  • Rainthezangoose

    God mantic suck.

  • Ozzzzz

    Good value options, as always, for KoW or 9th Age- hell, even old editions of WHFB.

    Mantic fill a fine niche.

  • Sparti67

    The chariots make me want to look through an old JC Penny’s Christmas catalog and circle The Guns of Navarone playset as my Christmas present.

  • Grafton Is Dust

    I’ve got a load of Mantic Zombies because they actually are much better than the GW offering, IMO, but the rest of the range is Meh going on Woeful. :/

  • Benderisgreat

    Hey Mantic, please hire all those unemployed sculptors from Packham. Your sales will improve tenfold.

    Also, either hire a better painter or fire your photographer.

  • Hawt Dawg

    I think I am just going to enjoy the comments on this one.

  • I play games mainly for the aesthetic. I can’t get into mantic because their aesthetic just doesn’t do it for me.

  • Graeme Donaldson

    See I got really excited for the Wyrmriders but then realised that they’re made out of metal and are 28 pieces. Anyone who has had to deal with a Lord of Slaanesh on Daemonic Mount (the Boobsnake) will know the pain of pinning/gluing/transporting metal models of that complexity.
    Mantic have such great ideas, they just don’t seem to have the artists or sculptors.