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Join the ranks of the Abyss

New Abyssal Dwarfs – everything from Gargoyles to Lesser Obsidian Golems – have arisen to join the armies of the Abyss!


Before we begin, there are Bank Holidays in the UK on Friday 17th April and Monday 21st April – and we’re going to be taking some much-needed rest. This means we will have limited support until we’re back in the office on Tuesday.

Right then, want to see all the new goodies?





Pop on over to the website where you can see ALL of April’s and May’s new Kings of War additions. We’ll be featuring a lot more of these new kits soon.

Happy Easter everyone!

Posted in Abyssal Dwarfs, Hobby, Kings of War.

All aboard the Ghost Train

Hi, Ronnie here and I just thought a follow on from my last blog was worthwhile – partly because we are still looking for a Community Manager – and partly because there is so many great things to talk about and the last post got some really great debate going.


I am very excited about the terrain which will be hitting the shelves in May and before that I have a very personal interest in the 2 dwarf armies which get spotlighted next month in the ‘Hellfire and Stone’ book. It is so nice getting the opportunity to dig deeper into the Kings of War world with these books and slowly, piece by piece the world is building up. This time the Dwarven realms get looked at. There is lots of back story to go along side some new rules and heroes. I said we would warn you before release when a book is just 1 print before it goes digital – and the ‘Hellfire and Stone’ is one of those. There is just 1000 being printed so if you need one for your collection you need to get in quick. All the rules and army lists will of course stay valid via the digital route.

I will talk more in my next post about Mantic plans for our future Kickstarters and I am really keen to hear your views. However, it is not fair that we hog all the kickstarter fun for ourselves!!!


I have been approached several times by great people – sometimes developers and other times sculptors for advice and help with kickstarter. Many times I have offered what I hope is useful advice. At times we have seen great projects and given them a shout out. Occasionally, such as with Alessio we also took on the Kickstarter itself and helped him launch Loka.

As we get increasingly busy there is no capacity for us to run any more Kickstarters, other than ones that relate directly to the Mantic universes that we need help funding. In fact it is tough enough for some of our fans to keep up with our own campaigns!

However, there are many great projects that should benefit from the 1000’s of people on kickstarter who have such different tastes yet they all want to get behind projects that excite them. Whenever I see a great project (that is in some way sci-fi, fantasy or hobby related) and think we can help them I will try and give them a leg up. That is usually just a shout out at the start to get them noticed and advice about how to run a good campaign – both beforehand to share from our experience – and afterwards in help with delivering the product – something we usually get on time.

There is no way every Mantic fan will like every campaign, nor want to support them. However, it seems that with Kickstarter becoming such a big place having the support and advice from Mantic will let as many people as possible know about great projects and help them get funded. We obviously cannot give them support that we do with our own, but please if one of them tickles your fancy pop in and have a look.

Later this month we will we giving a shout out to a great little Spanish company called Ghost Train Games. They have a passion for an Alternative American Civil War game they have designed. We have seen the models. They are metal and are designed for a skirmish game. They are really nicely made and the game plays well.


For a sneak peek their website is here…

If you get excited by all things American Civil War and alternative histories this might get you in trouble.

Best wishes and next time I will open up the discussion about what you would like to see from Mantic in the year ahead.

Best wishes


Posted in Renton's rambling.

Unboxing: Dwarfs

There are 10 days until the new Kings of War releases hit shelves – and the Mantic Dwarfs are getting a refreshed army set as part of the new wave!


What is an Army Set?

An Army Set is an affordable way of building the core of your army out of core infantry units, with a few special elite choices to bolster your faction. If you already have an army, Army Sets are instead a great way of expanding your army quickly with fantastic new troops.

It is also the most cost effective way of building an army as each Army Set has a considerable discount over the purchasing the items separately.

So, what’s in the Dwarf Army Set?



Ironclad are the mainstay warriors in the Dwarf Army. Armed with hand weapons and shields, the figures can be modeled with neat little extra like tankards and command options such as a standard bearer.



There are even Dwarf Throwing Mastiffs and two-handed hammers.


Ironwatch are a dual-purpose kit allowing you to build your troops with rifles or crossbows. There are 20 Ironwatch in the army set, meaning you could build one regiment armed with all the same weapons, or two units with either option. The choice is yours really!



With Piercing (2) over Piercing (1), we recommend rifles for punching through armour though if points are tight, stick with the Crossbows.


A Shieldbreaker regiments includes a mix of the 2-figure Shield Breaker frame and the Ironclad sprues, meaning you can create 20 figures with two-handed weapons.

Alternatively, you could build a Shieldbreaker Troop and use the Ironclad sprues to bolster your forces with an Ironclad Troop as well. These two smaller units will be able to take less damage, but make effective flanking units and are a bit more mobile.


Brock Riders

Dwarf Cavalry. On Badgers.

Yep, it’s the Brock Riders and these guys are nasty. A regiment of 10 Berserker Brock Riders puts out 30 attacks. They’re also Vicious, meaning whenever the units rolls to damage, it can re-roll one of the dice that failed to damage.




Berserker Brock Riders are easily the fastest thing in the Dwarf army list with Movement 8, and you’ll also get extra metal components to add a banner and a musician. The Musician piece is an inspire bits of genius from Bob Naismith, as the beaters rattle the drums as they charge into battle.

Ironbelchers and Crew

Featuring the infamous misfire marker, the Dwarf Ironbelcher kit is a dual-purpose warmachine.

You can build the kit as a cannon or organ gun – and because you get two you can build one of each or magnetise them to make changing over the weapons nice and easy.



You also get some very characterful crew as well.

Mantic Points

The Army Set contains 4 Mantic Points which you can save up and use in the webstore to get some great freebies, including the Thinking Elves Elf, Deadzone Mercenaries and more.

All you need to do is collect the right amount for what you want, post them in and place the order online. Once we receive the points we’ll dispatch your order.


The Dwarf Army Set is now available to pre-order alongside the new Bulwarkers, Brock Riders, Herneas the Hunter and more. Check out all of the Mantic Kings of War Dwarf releases here.

You can download the Dwarf Army List for free from the website for most of the rules. Rules for Sveri Egilax and the Dwarf Bombard can be found in Hellfire and Stone.

Posted in Dwarfs, General, Kings of War, Reviews.

Rage of the Elements LOKA tournament at the Mantic Open Day

Our first LOKA tournament is coming to the Mantic Open!

It is a team-based event, where you and your partner will engage other teams for victory. You can read all the rules for the tournament in the Tournament Pack here.

Either Ronnie's focusing on learning the rules, or he's trying to blow Alessio's King over. Hard to say.

Either Ronnie’s focusing on learning the rules, or he’s trying to blow Alessio’s King over. Hard to say.

It’s set to be a great event and the perfect opportunity for you to use all those lovely models from the LOKA game, as well as attend the show and see what’s offer.

Mantic events are light-hearted affairs designed to be fun, so don’t worry if the competitive aspects doesn’t grab you – at worst you’ll be getting to play some great games against some great people ;) And hey, you’ll get to meet the games designer as well!

The LOKA tournament is held on the 17th May – we hope to see you there!!

Posted in Events, Loka.

Through Hellfire and Stone

Hellfire and Stone – A King of War Campaign is just two weeks away from launch and we’ve managed to steal the design files away from Curis for a cheeky sneak peak inside…


The War of the Quartz Sceptre

The book is 48 pages long and focuses around the War of the Quartz Sceptre, brought to life through six playable scenarios. The Hellfire & Stone campaign is not only designed for players with existing Dwarf and Abyssal Dwarf armies, but for those who would like to collect these forces from scratch. You begin the campaign fielding only a few units, and are encouraged to build up and paint your new army between games.


For all you Dwarf King’s Hold fans out there, there’s also the optional “Quest for the Quartz Sceptre” Dwarf King’s Hold scenario.

New Abyssal Dwarf and Dwarf Units

The new book adds new units and heroes to the ranks of the Abyssal Dwarfs and the Dwarfs, including Arhak Soulbinder, Slave Orc Gore Riders, Sveri Egilax and the Dwarf Bombard, and has all their stats and background.


Painting Guides

From painting Abyssal Dwarf Armour to Shields, the painting guides include guides to painting flesh, leather, and cloth.

There’s even a section teaching you how to build scenery for the scenarios and how to paint it.


And more!

Hellfire and Stone includes References Sheets for the two armies, the Disciples of Deception short story as well as printable DKH counters (including the Quartz Sceptre itself!) as well as some great new army shots and even a cool double page map.

You’ll be able to fight the forces of the Abyss in our massive Kings of War game at the Open Day too.

Hellfire and Stone spearheads the new releases for Kings of War in April and May – find out what’s on offer here.

Tomorrow: Unboxing the new Dwarf Army Set.

Posted in Abyssal Dwarfs, Dwarfs, Kings of War, New Releases.