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These last few weeks have been very busy IRL so very little has been painted. I did however manage to whip this up the other day.
The little vampire. aka Vampire Halfling from Kings of War: Vanguard's Undead Warband Booster, by Mantic Games. Off to count some blood sausages. Or maybe slurp some black pudding. Oh, how he longs to again be able to have some hot cross buns...but they burn his mouth so...
For some reason my camera did not want to focus properly on the face.
What is it with "premium" resin minis and what looks suspiciously like printlines? Has someone failed at the clean-up-of-the-master-print-stage or is it something else that makes such lines a thing? Has someone rushed and cut corners? Why would you release a premium resin model like this?
You can say a lot about Mantic starting out with cheap, "no brand" minis, but that is simply no longer true. Single, normal size resin models clock in at the €10-15 range retail price, the four model booster is a £30 / €40 / $45 box. That is premium pricing. Well, maybe at the lower end of premium but still, premium pricing.
When they charge a premium price, I expect a premium product. Print lines = sloppy quality control. = not premium.
Apart from the print lines on the cape, it is a good mini. I cannot abide the square bases they use for Vanguard, so I printed a 25mm round for it.
Sneaking up on a beefy snack
This mini was finished May 25th 2020.
from the Undead Warband Booster
for Kings of War: Vanguard
Mantic Games, 2020
Made in resin
available from manticgames
By Lidless Eye
Fe fi fo fum, here come the Giants!
Ignore the bases, they are temporary until the Sons of Behemat codex releases and I know what I can proxy them as.
First up we have Devin Townsend...er, the Kings of War Giant.
Then the former Otherworld Giant, now produced by Crooked Dice Games.
And a very iconic piece of loot:
This is one of Mantic's earliest metal minis, the "limited editon" Orc Shaman from 2011. It was AFAIK not available by itself, but added to army boxes, deals and so forth and I believe I got this from the first Kings of War kickstarter in 2012. Or an army box with orcs.
Today, it is on their website and can be had by redeeming 25 mantic points through their points scheme. It was known for a while as "Wip the Half-Caste" but now is back to "Orc shaman" I suspect the "Wip the half-caste" name is some sort of internal Mantic joke.
I must admit I have always found this model to be rather busy and difficult to read. There seems to be so much going on.
more pics and stuff below
On my quest for a Legions of the Dead full painted army for Saga : Age of Magic, I just finished :
- a Behemoth (Colossal Skeleton from Reaper)
- 2 flying creatures (skeleton demon from Ral Partha)
- 2 quadrupede creatures (Skeletal War Dog and Handler from Ral Partha with Giant Skeleton Rats from Mantic)
Next... Bowmen ?
Another unit for my Swampstalkers I was looking for a suitable alternative for Scarecrows, the cheapest zombie-like unit in my army. These goblins from the Hobbit game looked like a good choice - gnarly, twisted bodies with some wounds, smaller in size than plaguebearers I used for a slightly stronger unit of blood worms (my other infantry unit). And I got them very cheap, second-hand - they already came primed white to me, which saved some time. Lots of different washes, picked some details (mainly eyes and wounds/warts - both with GW blood effect). Swampy base of course, as this is the main theme for my army. Cut some of the models legs off to create an effect of them rising from the mud.
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