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Mantic Abyssal Dwarf Metal Blister Multi-Review

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

So if you’ve seen my posts here’s over the years, I’ve been collecting the Abyssal Dwarf line from Mantic for quite some time. I have not been impressed previously with the metal casting quality and the hybrid kits that Mantic has used from time to time. I have also run into a few instances were major details on metal pieces were ruined by large flash / miscasts. Thankfully, they have improved their processes enough to produce some pretty decent figures.

Dragon Fire Team Blister Front

Dragon Fire Team Blister Front

Some of the things I like about these kits will cover all 3 blisters and some will be about specific models, I’ll try to highlight each one as I go.  I started this review a while back, but never got around to finishing it, so in the case of these miniatures I finished painting two of these models and not sure if I’ll paint later.

Abyssal_Dwarf_Dragon_Fire_team_blister_back

Dragon Fire Team Blister Back

The dragon fire team was a pretty easy metal kit to clean up in terms of flash and very easy to put together.  The flash locations were in places that easily filed off and made for a clean looking miniature.

Abyssal_Dwarf_Dragon_Fire_team_assembled

Dragon Fire Team Assembled

The one downside to this miniature is that given the 50mm base, it’s super crowded, and later on proved a challenge to paint.  I ended up removing the secondary angry dwarf from the base to paint, which made it a lot easier to manage.  Overall this miniature turned out well and I’ll have pictures of my painted one up in the future with all of my finished Abyssal Dwarves.

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Arhak Soulbinder Blister Front

Arhak Soulbinder was a pretty neat miniature on the surface and I was happy to see some oddball type stuff entering into Mantic’s range of miniatures.  Odd heroes, weird monsters to offset rank and file units is something that I have always liked when playing tabletop wargames.  Now, at the time I picked up this figure, Kings of War v1 was out, since then, Mantic ran another kickstarter and released Kings of War v2.

Abyssal_Dwarf_Arhak_Soulbinder_blister_back

Arhak Soulbinder Blister Back

Sadly Arhak did not make it to Kings of War v2 from what I can tell, but hopefully he’ll end up in an expansion somewhere in the future.  Either way, a robot spider with a flame-thrower is a pretty interesting miniature in my book.  The legs on this mini took some coaxing, but the flash / mold lines were in pretty easy spots to clean up.

Abyssal_Dwarf_Arhak_Soulbinder_parts

Arhak Soulbinder Parts

Abyssal_Dwarf_Arhak_Soulbinder_assembled_front

Arhak Soulbinder Assembled Front

I ended up trying a few poses with the legs and opted for some of them being up in the air like pictured on the blister.  I was hoping to make him look like he was lunging forward, but couldn’t make it work without having to pull out a pile of green stuff to accomplish this.

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Arhak Soulbinder Assembled Rear

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Ba’su’su Blister Front

The last blister was Ba’su’su the Vile, a character who made it from Kings of War v1 to Kings of War v2 and a model who looks very unassuming considering how strong of a character he is.

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Ba’su’su Blister Back

The flashing on this miniature was attached to some small details, which was not the case on the first two miniatures in this review.  This made it a bit trickier to clean up the bottom of his wings.  Aside from that the miniature cleaned up fairly well.

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Ba’su’su Parts

Another thing about this miniature was a set of thin veins on the wings, a neat detail.  But even with the thinnest amounts of paint, some of those veins were filled in by the primer and paint.  In the end, this miniature turned out alright, but I kinda wish it was larger and on a larger base.

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Ba’su’su Assembled

All in all, the metal sculpts and casting quality has improved from Mantic.  Of course, it would be nice to get a plastic miniature with some options and bits on the sprue, but that’s not the case here.  As far as metal miniatures go, the quality is no on par with some of the larger manufacturers out there, but it makes me wonder why they didn’t option for resin for their solo miniatures.  Also, given that some of the other miniatures from Mantic are Resin/plastic combinations, which have varying quality issues, it would seem they were primed for moving to resin and plastic miniatures respectively.

Kings of War – Escape to the City Thraz

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

So we had a chance to get a final game of Kings of War version 1 in this last weekend.  The scenario had a dwarven king fleeing to the City Thraz.  The scenario went well and the game was good fun, here’s a quick recap of the game.

Wargames Factory Skeleton Warriors Review

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

I decided that for my undead army I needed to have a large selection of skeletons and there has always been a large selection of undead miniatures out there.  To fill out my ranks I opted for Wargames Factory Skeleton Warriors.  This kit is all plastic and each box has the bits to create 30 skeleton warriors of various configurations.

Packaging

Packaging

5 Sprues per box

5 Sprues per box

Each box has 5 identical sprues, each containing more than enough parts for 6 Skeletons.  The bits included can create them with bows, spears, swords, and shields.  They even have the bits for some skeletons escaping from the grave/ground.  There are  some quirks with the sprues, however, like, there are two different style of shields, which to some, might not be a big deal unless you’re looking for rank and file troops with uniform configurations.

Front of Sprue

Front of Sprue

There is also only enough bows in each box to equip 15 of the 30 skeletons, which, if you’re looking for a mass of undead infantry, could be trouble if that’s what you’re looking for.  There are, however, enough pieces to do 30 spear and shield skeletons or 30 sword and shield skeletons.

Back of Sprue

Back of Sprue

Each sprue contains 20mm square bases that are decent in terms of quality.  They do not have the bevelled edges that are common among GW products and some third party companies like GF9.  Oddly enough, they match up fairly well with Mantic bases since they are pretty square.  They also have a decent under base depth for magnets in my case, this was a bonus.

Skeleton with Spear and Shield

Skeleton with Spear and Shield

Skeleton with Sword and Shield

Skeleton with Sword and Shield

One of the things that drew me into these skeletons over others were two things, price per box and the sculpts, these are very reminiscent of GW’s 90’s plastic skeletons, very thin, no armor, accentuated ribs, and some sort of disbelief that they were being held together in human form!  On the flip side I was bummed that there were no bits on these sprues for a Standard/Banner carrier or Musician.  You can see in the pictures below I do have both Standards and Musicians in there thanks to the wealth of bits I have laying around.  To be clear, those are not part of this kit.

Unit of 40 Skeletons with Swords and Shields

Unit of 40 Skeletons with Swords and Shields

Unit of 40 Skeletons with Spears and Shields

Unit of 40 Skeletons with Spears and Shields

So for me, I did a lot of digging around for a good skeleton kit, some other metal kits out there were pretty alright, but the cost was higher per model than these were.  From an aesthetic standpoint, these were fairly generic, which was great for what I was looking for, they weren’t themed after vampires, the desert, wearing ornate armor, etc.  For those looking for those things, you will not find it in this kit, but you will find a solid fantasy skeleton warrior kit with tons of options!