Kings of War Monsters: Designing the Winged Slasher

For our final monster blog this week, we go through the design and creation of the Winged Slasher, and why sometimes, you need a bigger base…

The only thing worse than an Orc Krudger is one mounted on an equally ill-tempered reptile. The Slasher is a winged terror and an idol of destruction to the Orc hordes, but  it can also be found flightless,in service to the Goblins.

The Slasher had a tall order to fill, design-wise. In appearance, Slashers are basically Wyverns – winged reptiles that have been captured and led into battle by the Orcs and Goblins. So, we started with this concept to design the creature.

However, while the initial miniature would just be for the Orc Krudger, we had to future proof the design for further releases too. This meant creating a creature that could be built with or without wings, be mounted by a hero and have the option to carry a goblin howdah or warmachine.
The pose and overall design was restricted by the multi-purpose nature of the miniature. Because there will eventually be a howdah variant, the creature would need to be low to the ground, with a level back – no rearing up (otherwise those poor goblins would fall off). The riders and the planned design for these would also dictate the size of the miniature, which brings me onto a touchy subject – basing.

With all the design considerations in mind, it meant that we seriously had to think about the size of the base the Slasher would come on. In the Kings of War rulebook monsters are listed with a standard base size of 50mm… although that doesn’t mean they can onlycome on a 50mm base.
When we originally started producing monsters for Kings of War, we were restricted on the base size by the type of models we could produce. These were mainly metal so anything bigger than something like the Berserker Lord on Brock would have probably required a small crane to move around the battlefield. Of course, we could have sculpted the Slasher in a reared-up position, like the Brock, but just think about all those poor goblins falling off the howdah #goblinsadface.

The opening of our in-house resin department means that we can now create very big and incredible cool-looking monsters that don’t require a trip to your local crane hire each time you want to play a game, and fit a better design brief. In the case of the Slasher, this has meant it comes on a chariot size base (50mm x 100mm) but it looks frickin’ cool and is future proofed for alternate versions with a howdah or warmachine.

As we create more monsters for Kings of War, the bases will be looked at in each case. Some, like the Greater Water Elemental or Chroneas don’t pose a problem because of… well… their pose. But where something just simply wouldn’t be possible we’ll review the standard base size and amend it accordingly. What’s more, with the annual releases of Clash of Kings we can review base sizes on a model-by-model basis. So, for once, it’s not all about that base.

If your Orc horde needs a powerful Warlord on his own destructive mount, the Orc Krudger on Winged Slasher is out now! Order yours here!

18 Comments

  1. I think you are missing the point that many gamers will simply not buy the miniature because the base becomes a disadvantage while playing your game system. It seems like you took the lazy design road instead of capitalizing on the opportunity to make something really special.

    Model looks amazing. For the record. But many gamers choose function over form. Right, wrong or indeferent.

    • Well Mantic state the bas for the Beastie is 50×100 so Tough 🙂

    • @Willy Wonka-
      Rule book / CoK updates still specifies 50*50 for now, that trumps what the model comes with and this blog post.

    • Exceptional bases rule trumps that. The model is 100% legal in game.

    • @Dave – agreed, not arguing that. Wonka seems to be implying that we have to use 50*100 now though, see his comment further down. That’s just incorrect (as of right now).

  2. Any similarity to Maw-Crusha is purely coincidental, huh?

    • Eye rolling. Where is the similarity?

    • Sleeplessknight June 23, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      This model looks nothing at all like the Maw Krusha.

      …. It looks like the Maw Krusha’s retarded cousin.

    • The concept sketches were created before the GW miniature was released

    • Doug’s point is quite interesting. Lots to speculate about there, but it would just be speculation.

      That said, yes, the two are similar, but again I’d take Mantic over their competitor. The Mantic sculpt is more credible, the sweep of the wings more interesting and dynamic. It isn’t always about scales, spikes or skulls. The Krudger on Slasher is a splendid model an I look forward to getting one.

    • Rubbish get youre head out of GWs BUTT 🙂

  3. I have based Dragon-fire team on 25×50. I would base this one on 50×50. Very doable. I love the model. Would buy it over “the other one”.

  4. Great model, definitely going to buy at least this variant. Your Orc miniatures line is one of your best, and indeed THE best on the market IMO, certainly at cost to value. Too bad the list isn’t as inspired and well crafted. You would sell more.

    I’m averse to institutionalized, annual rules churning by non-professional enthusiasts, however well intentioned. Scenario generation and campaign ideas? Sure. Structural game changes? No. If there are rules design flaws, fix them – professionaly – and be done. Institutionalized structural instability is almost daring your base to move on.

    • No need to worry about the rules committee – they do a lot of great work, but everything has to be okayed by Mantic in the end.

      CoK is introduced every year, at the same time every year, and it includes a small number of balancing changes. It keeps the rules stable.

    • I’d rather have the RC than “professionals”. The RC plays, all the time, and is intimately familiar with how changes will affect things. Do they make mistakes and over-corrections some times? Sure, but they are dialing in the best version of KoW each time a CoK is released, and I hope they continue to do so. The rules have only gotten better thus far.

  5. Hey Maw Crusha looks Naff like most GW, This is mini is cool, Unlike GW Fanboy Junk which is only bought by Saddos:)

  6. Model looks great, not the color pallet I would use but still looks great! The concept art does make me a little sad. I don’t know why, but to me the sketches always look like a neat model no one is making. A blind, subterranean dragon with slick eel like skin and long black spines kind of like the Fell-Beasts in LoTR. I always thought if the Goblins captured a Giant lizard that’s what it would be like, chained and pulled out of a slimy cavern pool time forgot.

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