Thank you for your feedback and comments…

Since our Elves hit the shelves about 6 months ago we have generated quite a bit of conversation and comment – and hurrah for that! The Hobby is all about choice and opinion (and lots of soldiers – obviously!!). At Mantic we read and give thought to it all – and as you can see for the forum we don’t edit or moderate topics that criticise or comment on the models or what we are doing (well, mostly true – we do sometimes we go round to critic’s houses and jump on their armies!).

There is one thread and comments that I have seen here and on other forums that is worth a thorough answer. I’ll try and give it an answer here:

Question: Why Metal,  (and why is that more expensive than I want Mantic to be?)

1) We are a plastic toy soldier company!  That is the end goal, and where we will get too. However this takes time and money. We are putting out in plastic all the core regiments for an army. We then add some elites, cavalry and heroes – until we can get these made in plastic – so you can build and complete your army. While these few bits of metal are more expensive than plastics – they are still much cheaper than the competition – compare the price of 5 metal Mantic Cavalry with other metal fantasy cavalry units on the market . This also means the average price of a large army is still very low – because warmachines, and huge infantry blocks are available in plastic at great prices.

We also get to sculpt some really interesting pieces – that would not be viable in plastic. In the coming months you will see some truly fantastic metal sculpts, to support the incredible new Undead plastic range. A few heroes, and some big interesting, characterful pieces. In time we will add more and more plastic (Zombies, anyone?) to the Undead range, as we will to all our armies – until you can buy the fantasy battle army of your choice in metal at a great price.

In three months our Dwarf army comes out (more, much more on this from next week onwards!) – and again you will be able to buy the core of a Dwarf Army for £30 ($60 and E40), two of these sets plus some great metal add-ons will give you well over 100 models, including characters and 4 warmachines – enough for a fantastic force.

Please do keep posting and discussing everything you like (and don’t like!). We read most, if not all, of what everyone writes, and we try to respond through the forums and blog as we can.

Until then, thanks for looking and supporting Mantic. Please keep spreading the work, buying the models and making your local gaming store stock it (again more on this next time).  Until we have it all in plastic, we will keep working to make Mantic a Hobby company whose armies you enjoy buying – always fantastic models at great prices (even if a few are in metal!).

Thanks for the feedback, please keep it coming.

PS: Free shipping is back again by the way, please use the FREEDELWW code at the checkout by popping it in the correctly labelled box.

13 Comments

  1. Mantic Blog – We have 6 months of comment and feedback – thank you. http://www.manticblog.com/?p=818

  2. Again with the zombies!!!! Aaarrrggghhhh! “Anyone?” Yes me! I need zombies like iI need brains! BRAAAAAIINSSSS!
    Date on Dwarves aswell! Whooop *Doing a Dwarven Stomp*
    I may get lynched for this but I like metal! m/
    No complaints on that front here.
    Keep the info coming Mantic!

  3. Great to know it’ll all be plastic one day, it’s nice to finally buy models that are value for money. I’ve just put my Ghouls together and in my opinon they are the most scary looking models i’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to see what you do with Orcs or Demons…..

  4. I’m normally very hesitant about metal models since they’re much harder to customize and “make your own”. But considering the price and detail of your metal minis i’m willing to be a bit more lenient.

  5. “In three months our Dwarf army comes out (more, much more on this from next week onwards!)”

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE… *pause for breath* EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    I’m a little excited by that piece of news… I can kill the next three months by knocking together an Undead army for Impetus.

    As to the question of plastic and metal…
    I’ve always believed metal to be the better option… I find the level of detail is generally of a higher standard and enjoy painting them much more. Unfortunately it gets rather expensive… Which is where plastic comes in handy. I will always prefer metal characters and elite units while the core blocks can be made cheaply from plastic kits. I think you’re doing it just right 🙂

  6. While I certainly don’t mind metal characters – I think I would prefer Mantic take a slower, all plastic pace.

    Like I’d rather they had released the plastic elves, and then 6 months to a year later release a second wave of plastic calvarly, dragon riders, and whatever the 2nd warmachine was.

    There’s no hurry imo – the 4-5 standard infantry sets are plenty to start a big army and I’d rather wait a year or so for more sets than get metal that are $$$ and I’d replace in 5 years for plastic versions.

    It just feels like everyone’s been waiting for years for other companies to slowly move to all plastic, and now a great new company comes out and we’ll have to wait for years for them to be plasticized too.

    Kudos on the plastic undead calvary coming out later this year. It was nice to hear.

  7. I think that metal models are ok to be honest, they are detailed and they are in small enough groups to not need modifying. I may have to buy some dwarves for the pitbull or whatever dog is on the sprue lol.

    Keep up the amazing work Mantic!

  8. Besides making great figures for us to buy for our armies at affordable prices, one of the most important things that Mantic has to continue doing is exactly what you’re doing with this thread, this entire forum and even your whole site.

    And that is to keep a two way line of communication open with your customers. Keeping us in the loop as it were. Well as much as you’re able to. I very much appreciate having some idea of what you have coming up in the way of armies and releases, even if we don’t always get all the details. Surprises are good too.

    Lastly, continue as you have been. I’m enjoying the ride so far. Just… Please don’t forget us once you’ve become a big successful megacompany.

  9. Guys, for me ytou have hit the nail on the current head !

    I want lots of troops and the only way I can do that is in plastic, whihc you do very well and at a cost which is not an insult. I can afford ‘those’ prices but I simply couldn’t stomach it, the sense of being ‘ripped off’ is just too much and at the moment more than the ‘Obvious One’ is at fault.

    So far only Mantic has stood out with qaulity and quantiy in one package, long may you continue…

    I have friends who are snobby regarding plastic, one made a bold statement and said that he hates them and would never buy them…then the Undead came out…poor sod…all my other buddies will bebuying them or have bought them and the youngest member of our club is getting exited about dwarves as before he could not afford the current crop ‘out there’.

    So the few models in metal is really no issue for me or my friends and we are very happy for you to continue down that road…except for one and he is really only interested in Napoleonics anyway so is not your targte audience…but keeps looking at my ever increasing horde of Undead with misty eyes and a sense of regret…so I make sure that when he comes round for games night they are on display near him…ahhh, ain’t I a nice bloke…

    I have always wanted a massive orc army and it look like I will finally get one because of the trend to switch to plastics. My one concern is that I don’t want them loooking like ‘comical’ GW ones. I hope that you are going to make them mean, nasty and evil looking. The orcs I think will be your biggest challange, the elves got the attention, the undead put you on the map and but the orcs can make you own it…

    Bestest Regards
    Madan

  10. I add to darscs comment on becoming a “megacompany” and also aim the following at madans last sentence = Truer words were never spoken.

  11. Bring on the Zombies!

    Without a doubt, Mantic’s miniatures are the best out there. The mortifications on the Ghouls, the massive amount of bits on the tiny sprues, the generous, generous price: all amount to awesome.

    I’m one of the most negative people you can meet (as my D&D group…) but I have nothing but good things to say about Mantic’s miniatures.

  12. i actually have been defending you guys and the metal choice on some things. The point i always make, as you guys have, look at the price. you still get about double the models for half the price.

  13. New models are the core what makes this hobby awesome for me. Seeing you guys crank them out at this rate and at this quality and price makes me so excited about fantasy wargaming. I love how you even include all the amazing metals in the biggest package deals. The prices on those deals are like you make the metal models in plastic!

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