With 24 hours to go until the launch of TerrainCrate (6pm BST/1pm EST April 26th), we’re letting Ronnie loose on the blog to explain why we’re doing this slightly off the wall Kickstarter… Sometimes I do things that are a little, well, offbeat? A little different, not what’s expected. Occasionally this confuses and causes problems, other times it later turned out to be a great idea. You have to be brave to run with these. The safer plan is to play it safe – but then that has never been Mantic’s style, now has it? 😉 So, I think we are back in one of those – might be genius, could be madness moments. It’s always a bit tough to tell before! However, stick with me and then you can all pass comment. I guess one of the reasons I got into gaming with miniatures was because the aesthetic is important to me. One of the best moments of the game is when you get down to eye level and look over the shoulders of your painted army, across the terrain and see the horde arrayed before you. Previously we have indulged a few of my passions for wargaming terrain [...]
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With the unfortunate Walker “accident” of Jonny P, Chopper is joined with John Jack for the latest episode of Mantic North America. Apologies to everyone for the lateness of the episode, we’ve had some technical issues but we’re back and on track! In this episode, John and Chopper chat about the KoW Summer Campaign, wave 2 of The Walking Dead: All Out War and the new hotness Warpath! 00:00 – 16:20 Intro/The Walking Dead: All Out War 16:20 – 37:37 Kings of War 37:37 – 1:00:23 Warpath 1:00:23 – 1:12:07 Deadzone 1:12:07 – 1:19:22 Dungeon Saga 1:19:22 – 1:36:33 AdeptiCon Wrap Up/Ronnie’s message 1:36:33 – End Wrap Up
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The Mantic Open Day (May 6th) is fast approaching, so we wanted to give you a run down of exactly what you’ll be able to do during the day… plus we want to announce a very special FREE gift for all those that attend. You better read on to find out more… FREE ENFORCER INTERCEPTOR That’s right! Attendees will get a free Warpath Enforcer Interceptor worth £24.99*. Honestly, we’re not kidding! We want to get the Warpath word out there and one of the best ways is showing off the awesome vehicles, which aren’t hitting retail as individual purchases until June. LEE AND CLEMENTINE BOOSTER FOR THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR The Lee and Clementine Booster sold out within an hour at Salute, so we’re expecting it to be popular during the Mantic Open Day too. We’ll have limited stock available during the event, so you’ll need to get here nice and early. For those of you who can’t make it, you’ll be able to pre-order the Lee and Clementine booster on our website all weekend, along with Wave Two of The Walking Dead, both of which will ship towards the end of the month once Kickstarter backers [...]
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In the third of our Warpath Community Blogs, Coach Andrew Jashyn tells us how he came to be playing Firefight. Over to you, Coach! “Man, I loved Warhammer 40K. I loved the game, the lore and especially rolling buckets of dice. It was a great obsession. The hobby, converting the models, I was in all the way. Then, about 4 years ago I went to Adepticon and met a crazy and energetic English fellow that introduced me to a skirmish game that came with this awesome cubed terrain. That was the turning point. I picked up a starter box, boosters and a few Mercs. When I got back from the con, we stopped playing Warhammer 40K and replaced it with Deadzone. I was hooked again on a smaller, faster and better game. It was all we played and obsessed over. I loved the models and the lore. Fast forward one year, I bring the Forge Fathers to the first Deadzone tournament, and become the Adepticon 2015 Deadzone champ. But something was missing. While Deadzone is my favorite game by far, I still miss all those buckets of dice. When I started to inquire about Warpath I was surprised what I [...]
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Salute is the biggest event in the UK wargaming calendar (well, apart from the Mantic Open Days, of course) and this Saturday (April 22nd) we’ll be there in style! For starters, we’ll be celebrating the launch of Warpath – our epic sci-fi battle game – and we’ll have the UK launch of the show exclusive Lee and Clementine booster for The Walking Dead: All Out War. Our Salute highlights include: FREE MINI! come to the Mantic stand (TB03) and claim your free Walking Dead: All Out War Walker. That’s right, a cool miniature that’s completely free… while stocks last. THE UK LAUNCH OF LEE AND CLEMENTINE! This will be your first opportunity to pick up the show exclusive Lee and Clementine Walking Dead booster in the UK and we’ll have very limited numbers at Salute. Don’t worry, the set will be available online during the Mantic Open Day on May 6th too. TRY OUT WARPATH! We’ll be holding demos inspired by the Operation Heracles Two-player Battle Set, giving you the chance to go hands-on with the swift and deadly Enforcers or the stalwart Forge Fathers. CAN YOU SURVIVE AGAINST THE UNDEAD? Take to the streets of Atlanta in our Walking [...]
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Time for the third look at the Starter Forces in May’s line up! Today, the doughty Forge Fathers of the Star Realm take the spotlight as we go through the new Forge Father Starter Force. The Forge Father Starter Force contains a great variety of heavily armoured dwarfs that are capable of protecting the interests of the Star Realm… with brutal consequences, if necessary. As always, there is a good core of hard plastic infantry – 30 Steel Warriors – in the set. These sprues are really versatile, as they allow you to build not only the Steel Warriors, but many of the different kinds of veterans available to the Forge Father army. These are specialised units wielding heavy weapons for dealing with massed armour or hordes of infantry. The Steel Warriors are solid infantry. They have a higher than average defence stat and come with the Headstrong special rule, which allows them to remove suppression each turn. They can be upgraded to take a unit leader and a Hailstorm Autocannon, which, combined with their own weaponry, is great at supressing enemy units. All of their ranged weapons are armour piercing, which allows them to take on foes with a [...]
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In the second of our articles focusing on American Warpath players, Joe Neet talks about taking his monstrous Plague Strike Team for Deadzone and turning it in a full Firefight army. Warpath has been around longer than some realize, and I am very excited to see this fantastic game being revitalized! Deadzone has been a great system for fast, fun and furious skirmishes across the war torn universe. However, I for one cannot wait for larger battles filled with tanks and scores of infantry. Warpath and Firefight have combined what I love from Kings of War, smooth gameplay on a large scale, and have added some unique mechanics like Strategic Assets and Command Dice. These mechanics add a whole new dimension to the game, not only is there your miniatures and scenery, but now you as the player have decisions and actions that can affect the outcome of the game. Let’s quickly look at what Commands are and show an example. Commanders are able to influence their army to go above and beyond their normal limits. Certain units and characters will have a Command Value that will determine what and how well then command their troops. Your command pool is [...]
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Following on from yesterday’s look at the Enforcer Starter Force, today we will be going over another army set in detail – the insidious Veer-Myn. These secretive creatures seemed to have followed mankind expansion across the stars and now stand ready to strike from the shadows. At fifty-one miniatures, the Veer-Myn Starter Force has the highest model count of the new sets – a true horde of vicious rodents to overwhelm other forces! The main core of the force is made up of Nightcrawler infantry. Rather than being fielded as large units as you might expect, Nightcrawlers are instead limited to small teams of five. On the tabletop, this plays in an odd way, saturating your opponent with more targets than they could possibly hope to counter. Whilst each unit is weak on their own, when used in cohesion they can be very powerful – this is the basis on which the Veer-Myn force is built. Each Nightcrawler unit can be upgraded with a Malignus – this is a cross between a heavy weapon operator and a leader. These can be used to add potent (if unstable) firepower to a unit, making one of your tiny Nightcrawler units suddenly very [...]
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Next month sees the release of not one, but four new army sets for Warpath, covering the Enforcers, Forge Fathers, Veer-Myn and Asterans. These Starter Forces are perfect for getting a new army on to the battlefield, containing lots of core troops supported by elite units and force commanders. We’re even releasing four new heroes to fight alongside them too- you’ll hear more on each of these later! Today, we’ll be taking a look through the Enforcer Starter Force and how to use its contents on the tabletop. The core of any Enforcer Strike Team are the Enforcers themselves. Although considered to be line troopers in the context of the army, they are anything but when compared to other forces. Enforcers are mankind’s super-soldiers – designed to take on any threat to the GCPS. The Starter Force comes with twenty hard plastic Enforcers, who can be built as either strike squads with ranged weaponry, or assault squads with close-quarters weaponry. You can upgrade these with specialist equipment, such as Burst Lasers or Incinerators and there’s even components to build a sergeant, who can take an Energy Gauntlet. Personally, I would run these in two units of ten models each. Ten [...]
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This is the first in a series of community spotlights from our American Warpath and Firefight players. First up is Shane Knerl. Over to you Shane… Deadzone was exactly the game I was looking for coming from light skirmish games like Heroscape. It introduced the painting and modeling aspect of the hobby in an inexpensive format with great models to work with. After a while I started to look for a larger, deeper game. What made Warpath and Firefight so appealing was that the models I had been collecting for Deadzone are compatible. My Deadzone Enforcers blended seamlessly into Firefight, and as I add more units and vehicles, the step up to Warpath will be just as easy. The expanded playing field of a 4×4 or 4×6 grid-less map means that all of my Battlezones terrain has become part of the fray. I can scatter it about, making the scenes I imagine when reading the various sourcebooks and novels like First Strike. When deciding on a faction, I wanted to try one that I hadn’t played before in Deadzone – having played melee heavy factions like the Plague, the long-range survivability of the Enforcers and even tried the balanced options [...]
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