Frontline Gamer reviews Warpath

By Polar_Bear
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Mar 2nd, 2012
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Frontline Gamer gives us a look at Warpath and lets us know how they feel about it.

Well… I’m intrigued…

Frontline Gamer takes an intial look at Warpath from Mantic games. This is the fifth article in the ‘Games that intrigue’ series.

Ah, good. The feeling’s mutual, then.

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  • Soulfinger

    Good review. Of course, “They’re now taking Games Workshop on directly at their own game so to speak” doesn’t quite ring true. The fact is, GW is getting boatloads of free market research from Mantic. What’s the market like for space dwarves or space skaven? Well, GW is going to find out at no cost to them thanks to Mantic. If the money is there then BAM, GW will put out some jaw dropping armies and take ownership of that revenue stream. It’s not as though Mantic can send out a cease and desist over concepts native to the Warhammer setting.

  • SirAngry

    @Soulfinger, that’s kinda my point, with regards to Mantic taking GW head on. I’ve written other articles about the ‘strategy’ as such. I think it’s either:

    A) Exceedingly brave and bold of them.

    or

    B) Exceedingly naรฏve of them.

    As with all of these things, I guess, only time and history will tell. My gut instinct though is that I’d personally have steered clear of the fantasy in space vibe again. GW have done that with 40K, and while it was original when they did it. it’s kinda stale now 25 years on. There’s so much they could’ve done differently, but it seems Mantic’s goal in life is to try and do what GW do… but cheaper. We’ll see if it’s a good long-term business plan or not I guess.

    P.S. By the way I’m Frontline Gamer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • StygianBeach

    Excellent review. I havenot purchased any Mantic models yet. So far I like their Ghouls and Zombies (hate their elves) from Kings of War. The Orcs and the Dwarves are not inspiring enough but the Corporation looks good.

  • We were discussing Mantic Games the other night and asked ourselves how Ronnie could secure the vast amount of start up capital to push Mantic Games on the market the way he did, with no apparant ties to other minifacturers.

    A lot of money had to be put up in advance, and I doubt that they are in the black yet. Since the 2008 crisis banks have been rather cautious with giving out credit, and although it is a very sound business idea, I was surprised that someone could do that when other established but much smaller minifacturers are struggling. Just a different vision?

    Our conspiracy theory runs like this: Mantic Games is funded by Mark Wells to cover the low-cost market – which in pricey GW’s case is a huge market share.

    From a commercial point of view it would make a lot of sense, and itยดs common practice in the consumers market. It would also explain why Mantic Games can produce strikingly compatible miniature lines without GW going onto them. In the past, GW standard legal practice seem to have been rather proactive and slightly “bullying”. Has anyone heard of any action from GW against Mantic Games yet?

    Well, itยดs a bit tongue-in-cheek, obviously, and I am not a big fan of conspiracy theories (bad boys are ususally much less clever than what we give them account for, in reality) but it still made us wonder…

    ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • SirAngry

      @StygianBeach, thanks for the compliment, it’s much appreciated. There are plenty more awesome articles on my Blog where those came from ๐Ÿ˜‰ honest!!! lol.

      @Treslibras, sorry to say your theory isn’t right I’m afraid, and as far as I’m aware Mantic are indeed in the Black. Ronnie owned a lot of shares in GW, but also retained his shares in the company that originally produced Games Workshops plastic miniatures, the same company who I think is now responsible for Warlord Games plastics, Avatars of War plastics and also Mantics stuff. Or so I’m told. In short Ronnie actually brought a lot of capital with him when he started Mantic up!

      The reason GW can’t stop Mantic is because what have they actually copied? Dwarfs? Erm generic and others do them? They did Kaos Dwarfs and GW did slap them and so they’re now Abyssal Dwarfs. Elves? See comments above, ditto Twilight Kin. Their Goblins owe more to the Goblins in Labyrinth than they do GW and their Orcs are very different looking to Brian Nelsons creations. Nope Ronnie knows as an ex-insider just what they can and can’t enforce and he’s being very canny with it. Simple as that really. I’m kinda rooting for him because I always liked Ronnie. Sadly big huge games just aren’t for me.

      • Thanks for the additional info! And, well, as I already said – a typical conspiracy theory (i.e. not very much based in reality). ๐Ÿ™‚

        I am a fan of Mantic Games myself (the Undead) and I enjoyed your article very much!

        • SirAngry

          No worries, it’s a shame that more conspiracy theories aren’t true, they tend to be far better and more interesting than reality!!! lol.

          Also again thanks very much for the compliment.

  • swiftdraw

    Hey, its the site that got me introduced to Infinity. Background still makes my eyes bleed! ๐Ÿ˜› Great write up though. After reading this, still going to take a wait and see approach to the game itself, though I might start getting the Corporate troops if they end up being a decent amount cheaper than IG troop packs.

    • SirAngry

      I’m glad to hear I encouraged you to get into Infinity! Not so glad I make your eyes bleed. ๐Ÿ˜›

      As to the Corp mini’s, I think that most people I know who are looking at then are doing so as Imperial Gaurd mini’s. They certainly look the part and for me are better than the old Games Workshop Guard mini’s that are starting to show their age.