In the final part of his series, Nick Williams finishes off his orc army. Ok, we’re down to 340 points remaining of our 2000 point limit but I already have a very strong army build. It’s time to start fine tuning. My priorities are a bane-chanting Godspeaker, another Regiment of Gore Riders and then probably some Artefacts. For the Godspeaker, a mounted version with Bane-Chant comes to 105 points, add on the Gore Riders and that takes me to 290. With 50 points left over, we’re down to just Artefacts to add. The Inspiring Talisman artefact is quite a popular one to add to the Godspeaker, however I have a different plan! I know of some of the Artefacts that are coming in the 2017 Organised Play book (given I wrote some of them, you’d hope that would be the case!). The first one I want to add is one that adds Rallying(1) to a unit. That would be perfect on the Godspeaker. The great thing is that while Rallying is normally restricted to a maximum of +2 Nerve, it stacks with the Orc Wardrum, so Orcs can now effectively get up top +3 Nerve on their units by having [...]
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In the third part of his series, Nick Williams adds some ‘chaff’ to his orc army. We’re now starting to run out of points with just 565 remaining. One thing this army is sorely missing so far is some disposable chaff units. Units that are designed to gum up the enemy and die at a time that suits you. If they magically survive then they can claim some objectives. Usually with a fast list like this, some light cavalry at speed 9 or 10 with Nimble would be best. Unfortunately Orcs don’t have access to any light cavalry, so the other suitable unit is the lowly troop of Skulks. At 75 points Skulks are very cheap and with Speed 6 and Vanguard they can get all the way across the board by the end of the first turn. They can certainly get up in the enemies face fast enough to screen Gore Riders. Skulks are also good at sitting on top of objectives. A quick hint is not to necessarily grab Loot with them. Move up, sit on top of the Loot and the enemy is forced to take you out in combat. If you picked up the Loot then when they [...]
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With the Kings of War Summer Campaign approaching later this year, a few of us here at Mantic HQ have decided to start new armies in preparation for the big event. Global campaigns like this are a great way to inspire people to get involved with the hobby and we wanted to take part too. Each week, Zak, Dave and Rob are planning to meet up and engage in some serious hobby time, while also painting and prepping at home too. Dave and Rob have a little bit of a head start but Zak is determined to catch up. Dave is hard at work on his Empire of Dust army in this shot. Look at the intense concentration. Over the course of the next few months, we’ll be keeping you up to date with their progress and we’d love to see the army that you’re prepping. In fact, now’s a good time to consider starting a new army, as the UK price is currently frozen to £49.99 before it goes up to £59.99 on February 1st, plus if you order a starter army, you’ll be in with the chance of having it upgraded to a Mega Force for FREE! Anyway, [...]
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In the second part of his series, Nick Williams adds a Gore Rider Wing to his orc army. My experience with this type of army tells me that it’s not just the big Stampede Hordes that are tricky, but it’s the numerous fast units also buzzing about. Before you can even deal with the Stampedes, you have to take care of the fast units. Gore Riders are perfect for this. They’re respectable heavy cavalry and while they’ve got fairly low Nerve at 13/15, they do get Crushing Strength(1) so still fight effectively in drawn out combats. They are also cheaper than other heavy cavalry units! I’d like to fit as many of these in as possible, but three regiments of them feels like a good starting point. Like the Fightwagon Hordes, Gore Riders work best when double charging enemy units. With three regiments, I can lose one or have one charge blocked and still have a very effective force. In terms of support, this Battlegroup requires an Inspiring source, so another Mounted Flagger will be taken for this group. If I have the points to spare at the end I’d like to take a War Drum for this group as [...]
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Written by Nick Williams One of the articles that players in the community requested was an article not just on how to write an army list, but an example of the thought process that goes into an example army list itself. So, with my Abyssal army having nearly a solid year of gaming under its belt and suffering from multiple plane and train journeys (including two trans-Atlantic flights and two other flights where it had to be checked into the cargo hold…), it’s time for it to retire and for me to put together another army for this year. I’m leaning strongly towards Orcs. Specifically reviving a theme that I’ve used a few times – all cavalry. I really like the Orc Gore Riders. I’ve ran a similar list in the past that concentrated on Gore Riders and did quite well with it. I’d like to try that again, so let’s talk through planning a 2,000 point army. One of my favourite opponents, Dan King, runs his Herd army around two Stampede units, backed up by numerous faster units and some cheaper throwaway units. It’s a really effective build that I think can be replicated with Orcs with an often [...]
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After the success of last year’s Brush With Death Painting Competition, we’re delighted to announce that we’re now launching a dedicated painting contest for The Walking Dead: All Out War. That’s right, we want to see your incredible work on Rick, or perhaps a stunning paint job on a particularly nasty Walker. Plus, we’ve even got a special category for diorama pieces featuring two or more miniatures, which means you can recreate some of the iconic moments from the comic – Rick meeting back up with Lori and Carl, Dale keeping watch in the Atlanta Camp, Rick riding through Atlanta on his horse, surrounded by Walkers… the choice is yours! The prestigious Brush With Death trophy. The Mantic Team will have the challenging task of picking the overall winner in each category. Each winner will be awarded our superb Brush with Death trophy, pictured above. There are two categories to choose from: The Walking Dead: All Out War – Single Miniature The Walking Dead: All Out War – Diorama Here’s a great Kickstarter exclusive Negan, as painted by Paul Welsh. You can find the full rules, including model guidelines here. Plus, if you haven’t already picked up your copy of [...]
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For centuries it has remained still, but The Abyss is growing. The denizens of this terrible place have finally unlocked its awful secrets and now it spreads like an open wound across the face of Mantica. Whatever gets in its way – woods, armies, farmlands, mountains, even entire cities – are swallowed into its chaotic depths, where they feed the fires of its cruel inhabitants. This summer we’re organising a huge event for Kings of War that will let YOU change the face of Mantica forever. The Abyss is growing and spreading its wickedness across the land. The Forces of Evil, have been emboldened by its despicable energy and are amassing in the shadows ready to strike. Meanwhile, the Forces of Good will have to put aside their differences and unite, unless they want to be washed away by this terrible tide. The fate of Mantica rests in your hands – will you watch it burn or fight to the bitter end to protect it? NOW’S THE TIME TO START PREPARING Although the Summer Campaign is planned to take place between July and August, now’s the time to start planning the army you want to take to the battlefield. If [...]
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In a continuing effort to improve the quality of the DreadBall experience for all fans and players, DGBY is proud to announce round five of the DreadBall Provisional Code Amendments. The following proposed changes to DreadBall bylaw are now open to closed-comment by all qualifying Head Coaches allowing you to help shape the future of the Galaxy’s best sport! Welcome, sports fans! The DreadBall Rules Committee is proud to present the final major Playtest Packet for DreadBall 2.0. Though we will continue to update the Playtest Packet with additional changes and information throughout the playtest period, this packet will round out the last of the remaining teams, and show off the major changes to the DreadBall Ultimate format. As always, we’re very interested in the perspectives of those Coaches that are actually out there playing games, and we’re counting on you to generate feedback so we can continue making this sport the best it can be! With all teams having been released at this point, you can really use any team you wish, though don’t feel like you need to own the team first. If you’re interested in helping us in our playtesting, be sure to download [...]
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For those of you of a Sci-Fi gaming orientation, 2017 is going to be a great year. Mantic’s Sci-Fi wargame, Warpath will hit stores in April, alongside a slew of new releases to accompany the game. Set in the same shared universe as Deadzone, DreadBall and Star Saga, Warpath scales up the conflict between the various races to all out war, wherein the fates of whole planets hang in the balance. But in a galaxy where even planets can be bought and sold, life is cheap. A New Kind of War Warpath comes in two variations. The first, which just holds the title of ‘Warpath’ is designed for massive sci-fi battles. Units are abstracted into teams, streamlining play and allowing you to scale the games you play up to apocalyptic levels. Whole platoons of infantry march into battle alongside sophisticated war machines weathering orbital fire from enemy spacecraft. This is the mass-battle gaming at its best. Warpath: Firefight is for those who prefer a more in-depth experience in their sci-fi wargames. Units are comprised of individual models, led into battle by heroes and commanders instructing troops on the ground. These games tend to be smaller than Warpath games, but no less exciting [...]
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Despite the fact that The Walking Dead: All Out War didn’t hit retail until the end of the year, it’s already having a huge impact on the gaming community. Since launch we’ve seen some incredible paint jobs over on the The Walking Dead Fanatics Facebook group, watched some great gameplay videos and spent an entire weekend playing with the guys/gals at Beasts of War. Wave 2 The first wave of the Kickstarter shipped in November and we’re now busy at work on Wave Two. All the rulebooks, equipment cards, Survivor cards and event cards have been approved by Skybound, while the studio has been busy playtesting and proof-reading the new expansions. We’re planning to start shipping wave two to Kickstarter backers in the spring. Wave Two includes a host of great products, like the Greene Farm and Woodbury expansions, plus Survivors such as the mutilated version of the Governor, Tyreese, one-handed Rick and Hershel. All these releases will then be spread out at retail through the remainder of 2017 and 2018. Creating your own Survivors Just in case you didn’t know, in the Days Gone Bye expansion, there are rules for creating your own Survivors. Recently we’ve seen more and more community-created characters (including a few cheeky [...]
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