KoW: Heroes of the Edge of the Abyss

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The Edge of the Abyss looms close–only these heroes from Mantic can pull us back.

Mantic’s Edge of the Abyss summer campaign supplement is about ready to launch. In their excitement, they’ve unveiled the five new heroes who are at the heart of this months-long campaign. Each will be getting their own Dungeon Saga adventure, and will be helping to guide the shape of the campaign. I am a fan of the variety we’re seeing here–we’ve got at least two nonhumans that look amazing in the form of Artakl the Ghekkotah Clutch Warden, and Eckter the Placoderm Defender. I am shipping them already, OTP 2017, calling it right now.

You can see the love in their cold, steely gaze.

Anyway, why don’t you scroll on down and check out these nascent heroes of the abyss, figure out who you’ll use in your army, and more importantly, who’ll be the subject of your summer fanfic extravaganza.

via Mantic

Each of these new heroes is being made in resin by our in-house resin team and, even if we do say so ourselves, these are some of the best Kings of War miniatures we’ve ever produced. Thanks to the resin, the detail on them is absolutely top notch and we reckon they’ll play a starring role in battles long after the summer campaign has finished.

So, with the painted miniatures now available for everyone to see, we thought we’d reveal a little bit more about the background of these five characters. Remember, as well as using these characters in the summer campaign as Living Legends, they can also be used as standard heroes, which we’ve added in brackets after each one.

ARTAKL (GHEKKOTAH CLUTCH WARDEN)

Plucked from a seemingly simple life of hunting in the jungles surrounding The Three Kings, Artakl is thrust into the harsh world of Mantica to fight alongside her fellow Salamanders. However, her ability to blend into the shadows of the battlefield makes her a deadly assassin who can appear from nowhere and silence her foe with the slash of her blade.

ECKTER (PLACODERM DEFENDER)

Eckter has spent time both on land and in the watery kingdoms of the Trident Realm. For a time he fought alongside the Forces of Nature against the abominable orcs that stalked the land. Before returning to the sea, he promised that if the Green Lady should ever need his services again, he would gladly provide his spear. In the years that passed, he hoped and prayed that she would never call upon him but with the Abyss threatening to overwhelm the land, it’s time for Eckter to venture back to dry land once more.

MAU’TI-BU-SU (ABYSSAL TEMPTRESS)

Mau’ti-bu-su revels in the torture and destruction of her victims. She will often stay on the battlefield long after the fighting is finished to find those unfortunate souls who are clinging onto the last gasps of life. However, rather than speeding up their demise, she takes great pleasure in prolonging their agony before sending them into the fires of the Abyss.

JARVIS (NECROMANCER/WIZARD)

Unlike many that delve into the forbidden magic of necromancy, Jarvis is determined to ensure it doesn’t corrupt his spirit. In the war against the Abyss, he only resurrects those brave souls willing to fight for Good and leads his shambling hordes with a mix of pride and revulsion. But always there is that tug to darkness and Jarvis just has to ensure the battle against the forces of darkness is not also a war for his soul.

MAGNILDE (CHIEFTAIN)

Since leaving her clan, Magnilde has roamed the lands surrounding the Abyss, determined to prove loyalty to Korgaan by bathing herself in the demonic blood of her foes. With each sacrifice she feels herself becoming closer to the ancient god and one day she will return to her clan, ready to lead the Varangur to war against the Abyss… or anyone else that stands in her way.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE OF THE NEW HEROES AND WHAT ARMY WILL YOU BE PLAYING IN THE SUMMER CAMPAIGN?

PRE-ORDER THE HEROES AND EDGE OF THE ABYSS SUPPLEMENT NOW!

Okay, I could also ship Jarvis/anybody.

  • cudgel

    Much better.

  • dave long island

    I’m liking the Mantic Lizardtards more than the GW Lizardtards.

  • euansmith

    Hopefully this is the shape of things to come for Mantic characters… that, and an announcement that they are going to remake the Ogres in something better than restic… please.

  • Mata Pollos

    for me, its the best choice for fantasy wargaming in regiment format…
    decent prices and decent minis… in the end, the paint job makes the diference…

    • Heinz Fiction

      Plus easy to learn rules and fast gameplay.

  • Hagwert

    Wow… the fish guy is really good and some decent looking female figures too …..look out GW they know your week spot !