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1  Kings of War / Undead / Re: Wraiths on: July 10, 2011, 07:51:08 am
I wonder if you will be able to field units of 10 when the Undead lists are updated.
Having just been at the open day the answer is yes.

I like Wraiths for the 20" charge.  However the counter-charge can really wreck them due to only having Nerve 2.  Three damage and they are dying on 9+.  They need to be used very carefully.
2  General Category / News & Rumours / Re: Open Day 2011 & Painting Competition on: July 10, 2011, 07:39:37 am
I have put some pictures up from the open day
http://lyracian.blogspot.com/2011/07/mantic-open-day-2011.html

Ronnie said during the tour that they are shipping out 60,000 figures a week at the moment. The next edition of Kings of War rules will have three new races - Human, Goblins and Twilight Kin (Dark Elves). They are also looking into the cost of remaking the byssal Dwarf in plastic to see if it is feasible.
3  Kings of War / Dwarfs / Re: The new dwarf army box... on: November 17, 2010, 06:51:26 pm
My friend picked up the Dwarves.  I am sticking with just the undead.  I have no storage space for another  army!
4  Painting & Modelling / Miniature Showcase / Re: Half a Horde of Zombies (Gerry Lee) on: October 31, 2010, 08:43:33 pm
They are looking decrepit and putrid.  Just like they should.
5  Kings of War / Elves / Re: Should Mantic do a Wood Elf army? on: October 31, 2010, 08:37:44 pm
I'd prefer them to concentrate on more races first before looking at subraces.
That is my view too.  More races means you can convert more WHFB players.  Wink
6  Kings of War / Undead / Re: Zombies: a short review on: October 26, 2010, 11:06:19 pm
Good review Lyracian.  I don't know if I'll mix them with the Ghoul bits. 
Thanks.  I wanted to try out the mixed ghouls, having done so though I would not do it again.  They are just not quite close enough fit at the hips to look right.  I would use ghoul weapons on the Zombies again as that works aesthetically.   Not sure on Zombie heads for ghouls.  Most of them have some open skull work at the back...
7  General Category / New Members / Re: Greetings Mantic Fanatics! on: October 25, 2010, 10:00:03 pm
I am a fairly average painter myself so I know what you mean.  Still the more I try the better I get.  Smiley

I love Mantic models too.  They are cheap and look good! What more could you want?  Personally I do not think I will buy any WHFB stuff from GW unless it is a really nice character model.  My rank and file will all be Mantic made.
8  Kings of War / Undead / Zombies: a short review on: October 24, 2010, 09:27:40 pm
Mantic's Zombies!
Each sprue has parts for three full zombies and two bits allowing you do make four possible zombies from each sprue.  There are 10 sprues in a box although I had an extra one as an appology for a shipping error they made.  Mantic had said the zombies would be compatible with their ghoul range so I decided to see about mixing a few ghoul parts into the horde and see if I could make forty zombies from a single box.

Sadly the size of the hip joints on the ghouls is not quite the same as the zombies so the parts do not mix very well together.  At least the meat cleaver and other spare weapons from the ghouls where useful in adding some extra variety to the zombies.  I found I loved the style of the 'legless' zombie pulling itself along the ground so much that there were still a couple of pairs of legs left when I had finished.  Since I still had some spinal columes I just made more!  So I finished with 42 zombies.

I would say that pushing a single 'thirty zombie' box all the way to 40 models is a bit of a stretch since you would end up with a lot of spinal-tap zombies.  I would expect most people to get 35 models from a box.  The extra models are great for raising the dead in WHFB but not much use for Mantic's own KoW rules (they have fixed unit sizes) unless you buy six boxes to get enough spares for a whole regiment.

These are the two ghoul torsos together with a group of spinal-tap zombies.  The ghouls have zomibe head and hands to help them fit in to the group.  Also pictures is my zombie champion rebuilding himself from bits after having lost a fight. 


EDIT: Is is just my computer?  The photos are not loading at all...
You will have to look at my blog to see them - http://lyracian.blogspot.com/2010/10/undead-project-raising-dead.html
9  Painting & Modelling / Miniature Showcase Feedback / Re: gaarew's Miniature Showcase Feedback on: October 24, 2010, 09:38:52 am
Yours Zombies look wonderful.

Thanks for the painting tips.  I have seen Tamiya products in the local model shop so will pick some of that up when I get around to painting my Undead (which is going to be next summer after I finish Uni).
10  Kings of War / Undead / Re: Undead Giant Rats? on: October 23, 2010, 12:58:55 pm
At the open day Rats cost
20 points for a 45p troop
40 points for an 80p Regiment
60 points for 150 point Horde.

So 40-50% of the unit cost.  The thing is every undead unit heals one point each combat anyway (assuming of course they actually inflict damage).  So the rats are only adding 1-2 points of extra healing.  If you give the Horde Spears for Phalanx it starts to make a difference.

I think it works for Phalanx hordes, but I am just not convinced at the moment about Regiments & Troops.
The extra healing is nice but for the cost taking Revenants who inflict more and take less damage due to better attack/defence seems preferable.
11  General Category / New Members / Re: Salutations Readers on: October 23, 2010, 12:45:36 pm
Hi Estarriol, Well I am only playing games about once a month so Uni is taking up most of my time.

Hi John,  I think I saw you then.  We were playing on the other table.  I was the man in the hat with the two year old

Do not know why picture is not displaying.  Just click it to see me...

My wife is at work, 1500 word assignment written, daughter playing with her train set so I am going to see how many Zombies I can assemble this afternoon.  Grin
12  Painting & Modelling / Work in Progress / Re: gaarew's Dwarf army on: October 22, 2010, 11:22:44 pm
Your Dwarven Characters are looking nice.  Now we just need some close up shots of the other units!  Smiley
13  Kings of War / Undead / Undead Giant Rats? on: October 22, 2010, 11:17:24 pm
Salutations Readers,

Having read the Beta & 2010 Edition rules I really like the idea of Giant Undead Rats and the extra healing it offers a unit.  However they do seem very expensive for what you get!  I am not sure they are really worth 50% of a regiments cost as opposed to spending points on a Necromancer and just healing or Revenants who take less damage.  At least with a Horde you only pay 40% and the higher nerve means you are more likely to benefit from the effect.

I have only played one game so far so not really had any chance to try them out in a real game.  What views do others have on skeletal rats?
14  General Category / New Members / Salutations Readers on: October 22, 2010, 11:11:28 pm
Salutations Readers,

I expect, just the same as anyone reading this, I am a gaming fanatic.  I have draws full of toy soldiers, Magic the Gathering cards and lots of board games.  My preferred games are Blood Bowl and 40k.  I am very busy at university, as well as having a two year old daughter, so not playing much at the moment.

I recently purchased the Mantic Undead army as my brother wanted to start playing WHFB and to my mind Mantic's offering was the best choice on the market.  I went to the open day with some friends and one of them purchased the Dwarf army after playing the KoW demo.  So we are looking to have some games of that as well.

Ne cede melia,

Lyracian.
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