Mantic is going on the Warpath!

At last, the wait is over.

It’s been a while since we last talked about Warpath, but we haven’t been idle. Warpath, Mantic’s mass-battle sci-fi wargame, has been the end goal of all the developments in our futuristic universe for the past few years, and all of that work is now coming to fruition. DreadBall and Deadzone have done a sterling job of introducing new characters, races and technology, and the personalities, cultures, politics and skills that bring them to life. More recently, our forays into new hard plastic tooling have given us the confidence and resources that we need to realise a 30mm scale mass-battle game on the tabletop.

Now, the time has come to get some real community input into what we’re doing. The rules have been released as an alpha test edition over on Beasts of War to Backstage Pass holders, and will go on general release very soon – with some extra additions.

This is your chance to play some games, have your say, and have some fun! We’re really eager to know what people think, and we’ll be collecting feedback here.

Our fans have been invaluable in improving Kings of War recently, and we want to do the same with Warpath to make this the best game it can be.

What is Warpath

Warpath is not just Deadzone with more models. It aims to capture a different style of gameplay, a step removed from the individual models on the battlefield. It takes more of an abstract strategic view, with a strong focus on positioning, suppression, and capturing terrain and objectives. Warpath intends to capture a more contemporary (and hopefully futuristic) style of play – we want to avoid making it Fantasy in Space. Therefore there is a focus on shooting – when units reach melee it tends to be brutal and over very quickly.

The mechanics are relatively simple as with most Mantic games, but they aim to present a wealth of tactical choice, and the game will be won and lost on the decisions made by the players. When to push ahead; when to hold back; when to sacrifice a unit for a better position; when and where to spend your valuable resources for maximum effect? It will take players a while to master the nuances of the rules, and this is a game where those options can only truly be seen on the tabletop – they will not be immediately obvious from a read-through.

Beyond the core mechanics, we want to create a range of armies with a focus on combined arms – an interesting mix of infantry, vehicles, and support units – with a different emphasis and different combinations for each faction. The Enforcers are closest to having a ‘complete’ army in our model range, but to take them the next step they need a vehicle. Considering that even their basic troops have jump packs and jetbikes, tanks made little sense, so we’ve instead taken the Enforcers to the skies…

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This is still not quite finished – we’ve got some detailing to add to the top of the hull along with a few other tweaks, but you can’t deny this is an exciting addition to our range. The transport compartment on the bottom is big enough for a team of five Enforcers, or it can be swapped out for additional firepower to make the fighter into a bomber!

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11 Comments

  1. Just read through the rules and went through my collection making squads, my initial response is “WOO HOO”. I’ve never been very interested in other futuristic games but this one has me excited, can’t wait to get a few games of it in tomorrow. Although I hope you add in a few tanks for the enforcers, I’ve bought a few in another kickstarter that meshes with the Interceptors design quite nicely and it’d be a shame to leave them in the display case once I get them! Besides if ever there was a military that enthused the motto “There is no such thing as overkill” it’s the Enforcers.

  2. Yes!!! Go Mantic!!! Can’t wait to see more and give the rules a go.

  3. Hey guys I had your models for a while for warpath and kow and only really just started to play kow – since playing it my gaming group have gone insane over how good the rules are and have totally abandoned Warhammer fantasy. We have furiously been working on stuff for it and we have started to look at warpath rules and I feel the 2.0 rules are very close feel to the 40k 3rd ed (which was the best Ed nothing like the current mess). 3 things I would like to see from warpath
    – keep the casualty removal – I think the damage worked better before in kow than the smaller units in modern shooting warfare – wasn’t a big fan of the damage in warpath 1.0 as it felt like kow in space. Even with large mass battles this type of warfare should have units at around 5-10 models and not many 10-20 and rare units larger- reserve for conscripts etc
    – keep the hard sci fi feel- I’ve had a gutfull of gothic and this is refreshing – ideally think mass effect- also keep it gritty don’t go over the top with humor
    -finally you need to introduce a new faction that is unique – AI I’ve always wanted to destroy machines – no one else is really doing this think geth/ terminator

    • “no one else is really doing this think geth/ terminator”

      Except, y’know, Necrons.

  4. Mantic Insider a few weeks ago had Deadzone slated for Thursday this week; then it became Friday: Deadzone/Warpath; and now Friday turned into just Warpath. Are we going to have any new info on Deadzone: Infestation anytime soon?

  5. It is total BS that the new rules are only for Beasts of War backstagers!!! Mantic why the hell are you putting the rules behind a paywall? Beasts of War is not even affiliated with Mantic.

  6. I would still like to see tanks in the enforcer range. Maybe a wheeled version with hover mode, but a tank.

    Casualty removal is a must for me too. Visually, it just looks right, and helps tell the narrative of the battle.

    Seriously hope allies are a thing still too.

  7. Not gonna lie, I thought I had enough Enforcers, but that dropship is really making me rethink that policy…

  8. Timothy Stuedemann May 31, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I love that unlike Warhanner 40k Warpath has a proper Dwarf faction. If I am going to buy the models it would be the Forgefathers. Mantic still needs to create the models mentioned for each faction in their rule book. I remember looking through the army list for the Forgefathers in the rulebook and noticing that their were units being used that Mantic did not exist in the store yet. I do know that they are currently working on the faction vehicles. Also what would a forge father space transport look like.

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