Skies of Fire

Hot on the heels of last month’s Elf Army Set and Elven Archers comes a new monster mount for the Elf Army – the Drakon. These draconic creatures are smaller cousins of the Dragon, though more fiery and agressive. In times of conflict, mighty Lords will take to the skies on these fearsome beasts, whose large jaws spew fire over enemy formations or wrap around the necks of the monsters that align themselves with the forces of evil, tearing and ripping out their throats.

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An Elf Lord may also gift a number of his lieutenants the use of Drakon Mounts in times of war. These expert cavalrymen take to the skies, lance in hand, circling the enemy before swooping through the clouds and crashing into the ranks of Undead or Orcs, cutting swathes through these terrible monstrosities.

Elf-Drakon-RidersThe metal Elf Drakon Lord and Drakon Riders were painted by the guys at Golem and are now available to pre-order before being released on the 25th April. These kits make a perfect addition to the Elf Army Set released last month. Containing over 70 plastic miniatures, an exclusive Elf Wizard on Horse, 10 Extra Free Spearmen and Free Printed Kings of War Rules, the Elf Army Set is fantastic value and the ideal way to start or expand your Elf Army.

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Watch out for details on the new Salute Army Deals later on today, these will be available from the website for a limited time only!

13 Comments

  1. Great Idea, cracking looking models, the Elves have got even nastier……

  2. I hope we get to see an updated elf army list soon…

  3. I want to reserve judgement as the angles and paint-scheme could be clouding my judgement.

  4. Nice to see the older armies still getting new releases. A nice idea too, though from the angles shown here the models look a little ‘flat’ to me. A shame they’re not plastic kits too, though I guess the market wouldn’t be big enough for that.

  5. These are being compared to ducks by many people and I have to say I can see why.

  6. I’m not a fan. The Elf Lord’s Battle Dragon looks like a living creature. These look like mantlepiece ornaments.

  7. What's his Name? April 12, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Looks like a mix of an overweighted chicken and a rocking horse.

    Since the undead your miniatures gets more uglier than the one before.

  8. From an artistic standpoint these are not very appealing. As Alex Holker said, these don’t feel like they could exist. Specifically, the necks are way too large, there isn’t any sort of practical sense of what the legs are doing..or how they’re attached to the body.. or how they would create locomotion.. The wings seem like they were simply mounded on via a large blob of milliput.
    I’m not saying these things to be mean.. I’m saying them because I’m a little puzzled after seeing the great quality that’s coming from the Orc line and from several of the previous models of the Elf range and others too. Please.. use a “do-over”..

  9. Sorry guys, but these are a definite miss.

    2 particular points:

    – Jaws are square, as if they’ve been dislocated, or as if they move up and down like a nutcracker’s mouth. This looked fine on the mawbeast since that model is supposed to be just a giant gaping mouth, but for these dragons, having a big box-shaped head really looks bad.

    Whereas if you look at the concept art for the drakons, the jaws have a proper hinge joint and are much slimmer. Not sure why the head design from the concept art didn’t make it into the sculpt.

    – Posing is totally static. They really do just look like they’re standing there. I can appreciate that flying poses would not have been possible, but some sort of running pose would have made the sculpts dynamic rather than static.

    With the heads leaning forward, the riders could also have been sculpted leaning forward to add to the sense of “horizontal and moving”, rather than “upright and static”.

    The rearing lord drakon is is the best sculpt out of the 3 for this reason, but the drakon’s head is still enough to kill the sculpt.

  10. I for a first will be slightly critical, they do not look as good as the other Elf Dragon, I like them but I will admit the angles and style of the Dragon seems odd. It may well be that I am just unused to this style of Dragon but thats my two cents.

  11. Wow this is very nice, hope to see more of this. This is all I want, original units that you can call your own Mantic, your own for Kings of War. Something that people will buy for your game. My tip of the hat to you!

  12. I’m not quite sure how these got the OK for production. I don’t think the rest of the Elf range is that great, and I love some of the other models in other races.

    The proportions are off, the details just aren’t there, and I’m afraid that it is visually apparent in the head and wings of these beasts. It makes them look cheap, like Dollar Store toys.

    I hate to leave a somewhat negative comment, but I really believe in Mantic and want to see this company do great things. These models are not great things, and I felt the need to voice it.

  13. Hmmm. A poor entry from Mantic who has really been on a great upswing on sculpts until these. Proportions, mouth angles, wing detail… 🙁 I appreciate moving towards a distinctive ‘Mantic’ look, but don’t lose sight of basic standards in sculpts that gamers are looking for today. I recommend continuing to show greens before production to get feedback as I think several revisions on these could have really improved them.

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