OK so to those of you who are clued up and not watching the World Cup this may not be exactly breaking news… A while back I managed to get a view of some dwarf 3ups from perennial thorn in GWs side, Mantic Games. Thorn in the side? Why yes! Have you seen the fantasy plastic miniatures these guys produce? Generally I think they are of good quality and look suitably fantasy-ish. The scale is slightly more delicate, with waify elves and skinny skeletons rather than the butch, chunky productions of Games Workshop figures but they are squarely aimed at the Warhammer Fantasy market. Although obviously they would never promote their figures as suitable for WHFB, they certainly are. Seeing as GW don’t own the intellectual property rights over elves and skeletons at the moment (although this may be subject to change), legal issues are neatly sidestepped. So here are their latest offerings:
My impressions? Well if you want an army that looks like a CAMRA convention with pots and pans on its heads then go for it. The Games Workshop versions are more interesting. However, I don’t think that firstly my opinion counts, and secondly aesthetics are Mantic’s main selling point. The thing is with these armies is they are ridiculously cheap when compared with the GW equivalent. You can pick up a decent sized force for WHFB for pocket money prices that fits the scale, looks nice and even comes with it’s own carry case included in the price.
So what does this mean long term for WHFB? Especially considering the recent price hikes by GW? Are we going to see a shift towards more affordable miniatures with the big players reduced to being rules producers? Maybe not yet… But for now extra choice and competition in the marketplace can only be a good thing.