Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Review: Mantic Zombies and Revennants

Some of you may remember last year I started up a Vampire Counts army using some of the Mantic skeletons and Revennant Cavlry in place of the standard Games Workshop Models. Well in the mail today I recieved the latest additions to this army which is now doubling as a Vampire Counts army in games of Warhammer Fantasy and as Undead in Mantic's Kings of War. Two games that I am 100% Loving at the moment!

So what did I get? 3 Regiment boxes of Revennants.

That's a total of 60 Revenennants!

And 2 boxes of the Zombies Regiment, which should give me around 60 Zombies.

To start off with, let's have a look at what we get out of the Zombie kits.

Here's the Mantic Zombie sprue. There are 10 of these in each Regiment set, each sprue has 3 torsos, 3 legs, 6 different heads, a couple of arms and 2 very neat components that actually allow you to split one Zombie into 2 Zombies.

What's this splitting Zombies talk all about? Simply put, the set contains a piece that replaces a torso with an exposed spine and a heap of gruesome internal organs sagging off the legs. Then with the leftover Torso, you can make a 4th Zombie from one of these sprues by mounting him on another component that makes him appear to be bursting forth from the ground.

Do this with every sprue in a set and instead of 30 Zombies, you'll actually end up with 40 zombies, some of which will look a touch more gruesome then the others!

I managed to put these 20 together in under half an hour though they still have some flash around their fingers and heads that need to be cleaned up.

I'm quite happy with them, they'll be relatively easy to paint yet have some fantastic grisly details like exposed muscles, sinew and brains slopping out that can make them really stand out. I prefer them to GW's Zombies as I found them much easier to assemble and I find them to be much more appropriately scaled. They don't have ridiculously huge hands or heads like their GW counterparts. I also really like some of the heads, some are pretty realistic saggy and rotted looking wheras my personal favourite looks more akin to something from the Evil Dead movies. Very Cool.

There isn't as much variety in these figures as what you can get in other Mantic figures but who really cares about how individual a Zombie looks? Not this guy. And if I want to, a few bits here and there could really personalise them. Good thing I've got plenty of such pieces from the Mantic Ghouls set! Actually some of that could go together very well...

Anyway, Mantic Zombies = Very Cool.

On to the Revennants.

Now the Revennants are Mantic's Equivelant to units like Grave Guard. They're your bigger, tougher much more well equipped sort of "Undead Elite"

Here's a look at the Sprue.

You get Two sets of these sprues per Regiment, each makes 10 Revennants. One sprue (not this one) in the set also has a number of optionbs to make a command group. Now I have to put it out there, Iwasn't sure about these. I really, really like Games Workshop's Grave Guard and I found the pictures of Mantic's Revennants really underwhelming and quite unconvincing.

Yet when I decided to expand the army, the excellent price for the Revennants ($45 AUD got me 60, 60 Grave Guard from Games Workshop would have been $270, no thanks) and considering I'd already got the Mantic Skellies convinced me. At least this way they'd appear to fit in with the army. Opening the box and I was blown away. Absolutely gobsmacked by the sheer amount of detail in their armour, their weapons and well my imagination was well and truly in over drive.

I can't recommend these highly enough. I assembled ten in about the same time frame as the Zombies and there was very little to clean up in the way of mold lines and flash. The legs in the Revennant set are the same as the Skellies but the torsos are very different yet fit just as easily. Some of the Torsos are the same as the Skellies but you get a heap of variant chest and shoulder plates you can put over these and no one would know. The end results speak for themselves.

Personally, I couldn't be happier, they've really surprised me with how good they actually are. I'd highly recommend these to any Vampire Counts player or Kings of War: Undead player. For the $ you pay and the quality of what you're getting, they're a steal.

I'm going to have to really push myself to paint these to the best of my ability to really showcase just how great these models are. I'd rate this kit easily 10/10

I have painted more of my last Mantic Order, I'll have to try to get somne pics up of them tomorrow. Next on my shopping list for the army is some wraiths, a revennant king and perhaps some catapults... or a varghulf... or both...

And on a completely unrelated note, I just wanted to share this, the Mt Gambier (where I live in Australia) RSL has just recieved a generous donation from the Australian Defence Force in the form of a Decommissioned Leopard Tank (one of the many phased out by us finally getting some of the American Abrams) and I managed to get my picture taken by it.

We're so used to playing around with our little model tanks in war gaming and yet there's no comparing to the real thing. To actually stand in the presence of such an enormous and powerful vehicle... It's quite awe inspiring.
In terms of scale, it's pretty Damn big too.

Anyway, thanks for reading!
Till next time!
- Beau

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Shape of Things to Come...

So, in the process of getting everything back in order here and there's a lot of loose ends to be tied.
How did my race to get 2,000 pts of marines done in 13 days go? Alright. The army turned out ok, it was nowhere near my usual standard though. I actually felt like it weakened my painting abilities because I painted them lazily by pretty much using 3 colours per man and washing them with blacks and browns and didn't even attempt any detailing.

How'd they play? Terrible.
Most unrewarding experience ever. At Demonicon I frequently referred that a Gypsy curse was hanging over the army. With the amount of bad dice rolls that army had, I might have been right.

Suffice to say they haven't been unpacked since I got home and that was over 2 months ago.

This then leads into what has become a major problem for me. I don't enjoy playing with spce marines. I did once, but not anymore. For a variety of reasons, theme and gaming wise, I've just grown tired of them. I guess that's to be expected, I've used them for over 10 years and very rarely tried any other races. I've come to the conclusion that in order to enjoy my games of 40k more, I need something completely new.

The solution?

I've always found the Eldar appealing. The powerful weaponry, the style of their armour and Tanks, the Aspect Warriors and the capacity for the army as a whole to be a real thorn in the opponent's side.

An Eldar spect army has always been something I'd like to do but never actually got around to.
At the moment my biggest problem with painting is not only am I sick of painting marines (we worked out the other day that I'd painted over 1,200 through the course of my 11 years of wargaming) I have what many of us like to call "Painting ADHD" my attention span is very short. Towards the end of a 10 man squad I start to need to paint something completeley different, its why I haven't painted hardly any marines of late! With an Aspect warrior army, this isn't a problem. I like that I can paint the army with a more diverse range of colours and still make it look good and yet it can still appear unified.

I also love that I can design a list of specialists to try and cover a variety of aspects so that the units that excel at tank hunting are supported by units that excel at decimating infantry etc.

That said, I don't want to waste my time and make a great looking army that can't win a game if it tried.

So without further ranting, here's what I'm looking at doing:


Eldar Farseer - 90 pts
Ghosthelm, Rune Armour, Shuriken Pistol, Witch Blade, Runes of Warding, Guide


10x Dire Avengers - 162 pts
Exarch with Shimmer Shield and Power Weapon, Defend
Mounted in
Wave Serpent - 135 pts
Twin-linked Bright Lances

10x Dire Avengers - 162 pts
Exarch with Shimmer Shield and Power Weapon, Defend
Mounted in
Wave Serpent - 135 pts
Twin-linked Bright Lances

5x Rangers - 95 pts


5x Fire Dragons - 120 pts
Exarch with Firepike, crack shot and Tank Hunters

5x Howling Banshees - 102 pts
Exarch with Triskele and Acrobatic

Fast Attack

5x Swooping Hawks -152 pts
Exarch with a Sun Rifle, Skyleap and Intercept

Heavy Support

Falcon - 175 pts
Pulse Laser, 2x Shuriken Cannons, Holo fields and Spirit Stones

Falcon - 175 pts
Pulse Laser, 2x Shuriken Cannons, Holo fields and Spirit Stones

I've never made a list with Eldar before and my only experience with Eldar is getting my butt kicked by them. I've chosen this list with some obvious specialisations like the fire dragons and the list is a mixture of units that I think would play relatively good with the rest of the army and I would enjoy painting. I have the list on WargamerAU at the moment to get some feedback but any C&C would be welcome here.

- Beau

Back In Action

Hello to all those who read my blog out there, It took far longer then it should have but I'm finally back up and running.
Suffice to say, I think my prolonged absence requires an explanation! Shortly after my last blog, My long suffering laptop finally died. There's not much you can do when the video card actually physically melts... Well you can but along with the other list of problems that PC had and how expensive it would have been to fix them, I was better off saving the money to buy a new one.

Problem there was I was still looking for work so saving up money was easier said then done. The only net access I had was occasionally borrowing my girl friend's laptop to check my emails and accounts, I never had enough time to sit down and blog much or do much at all really. Then I managed to forget my password to my blog spot...

Not Ok.

Nonetheless, I now have a shiny new desktop, a new job doing office work at my Dad's business whilst getting a qualification in Business Administration, I have my pass word back and here I am.

So apologies for not keeping up with my blogging, hopefully I can make up for that with what is yet to come :)

- Beau