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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Arhak Soulbinder Parts


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.


Arhak Soulbinder Assembled Rear


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.


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.


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.


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.

Deadzone Enforcers Plastics Review

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

So the final shipment of Deadzone Kickstarter stuff arrived, bringing in one of the kits I was most interested in, that being the Plastic Enforcers.  The initial run of Plastic/Resin combo miniatures had already arrived and they are ok, but that material isn’t the best to work with.  This kit comes with two sprues that create 5 figures.

Sprue 1

Sprue 1

Each sprue has a set of legs and a torso that have been lettered so you can easily identify the core parts that go together.  Unfortunately, there aren’t instructions / fully number and identified parts.  For some, this isn’t an issue, for others it might be, you can take that for what it’s worth.  Personally, I like seeing that sort of thing with kits, and part of me doesn’t care cause I can make whatever I want!

Sprue 2

Sprue 2

The quality of the plastic is great and the sculpts for these figures are pretty nice.  You have the ability to create multiples of the Assault Enforcers or regular Enforcers but not the special weapons.  These guys are fairly tall, for example the Assault Enforcer is 36MM from the bottom of his foot to his eyes.

Assault Enforcer Assembled

Assault Enforcer Assembled

The scale seems a bit big for the scale of the game, but at the same time, if they are large mechanized dudes, then it’s a decent fit.  Each of the figures went together well ad the joints for the limbs are a shallow round bubble structure with a matching dent on each limb.  This allows you to position/pose each model to some extent.

Enforcer 1 Assembled

Enforcer 1 Assembled

Enforcer 2 Assembled

Enforcer 2 Assembled

Enforcer Incinerator

Enforcer Incinerator (can only build 1 per 2 sprues)

These sprues do have a single limitation that bummed me out, you can only create 1 special weapon per set of 2 sprues.  It’s a shame that there isn’t two of the left arm bits that go with the special weapons sprues, it would have made each set that much more versatile.

Enforcer with Burst Laser

Enforcer with Burst Laser (can only build 1 per 2 sprues)

I really dig these guys, the figures are nice, the details are pretty good and the kits truly are much better than the plastic/resin kits that Mantic makes.  I’m glad that they are still pursuing proper plastic sprues and the quality has been improving with each one they make.  These guys will go well with the the other enforcers that are in plastic/resin and the kit sells for $19.99USD as of the time I’m writing this.  As I mentioned, I got these as part of the Deadzone Kickstarter, this was a late shipment from them, but it still arrived, so no complaints there.  If Mantic ever decides to work on it’s Warpath game, this army is sure to look pretty swell.

End of the year + Deadzone!

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Sorry for not posting in awhile or doing much of anything hobby related, but this place becomes a ghost town when I’m not gaming.  I’ve been able to do a little bit of of work on getting Deadzone stuff prepped for us to play in the near future.  Also, I’m pretty excited to try out the next version of Kings of War now that the kickstarter finished up.  I also have been working on a better way to take photo’s and post them here, but I’ve yet to post anything here yet, hopefully the next batch of images will look even more sharp than before.  With that said, until next year!  Here’s some pictures of things I’ve been working on.

Deadzone_Mauraders_painted_1 Deadzone_Mauraders_painted_2 Deadzone_Mauraders_painted_3 Deadzone_Mauraders_painted_4 Deadzone_Mercenaries Deadzone_terrain_1 Deadzone_papermat_on_hardboard Deadzone_terrain_2 Deadzone_terrain_3