Mantic Games preview Drakon Lord and Riders

By tgn_admin
In Fantasy
Apr 11th, 2011

Mantic Games have posted a preview of the Drakon Lord and Riders for their fantasy Elven army.

Drakon Lord

From their announcement:

Hot on the heels of last month’s Elf Army Set and Elven Archers comes a new monster mount for the Elf Army – the Drakon. These draconic creatures are smaller cousins of the Dragon, though more fiery and aggressive. In times of conflict, mighty Lords will take to the skies on these fearsome beasts, whose large jaws spew fire over enemy formations or wrap around the necks of the monsters that align themselves with the forces of evil, tearing and ripping out their throats.

An Elf Lord may also gift a number of his lieutenants the use of Drakon Mounts in times of war. These expert cavalrymen take to the skies, lance in hand, circling the enemy before swooping through the clouds and crashing into the ranks of Undead or Orcs, cutting swathes through these terrible monstrosities.

The metal Elf Drakon Lord and Drakon Riders were painted by the guys at Golem and are now available to pre-order before being released on the 25th April. These kits make a perfect addition to the Elf Army Set released last month. Containing over 70 plastic miniatures, an exclusive Elf Wizard on Horse, 10 Extra Free Spearmen and Free Printed Kings of War Rules, the Elf Army Set is fantastic value and the ideal way to start or expand your Elf Army.

  • 4tonmantis

    Wow.. Mantic has GOT to establish some kind of consistency in the quality of their models.

  • cybogoblin

    Agreed. That Drakon is just plain ugly. It’s a bit hard to make out the detail of the rider, so I won’t comment on that.

  • Enormous Stilton

    I agree also. The quality of the scuplt isn’t up there with some of the more promising stuff Mantic’s been doing. The Drakon is just a bit….stumpy.

  • papasmrf667

    I concur, when I first saw this picture I didn’t expect it to hail from Mantic. The quality seems striking, but what really throws me off is the Drakon arms! haha where are they? Perhaps am just not familiar with this beast.

  • Roebeast45

    It looks like they were using Trogdor as a model.

  • cannondaddy

    Some of the blah factor may be the paint job, it reminds me of Games Workshop’s “red period”.

    • cannondaddy

      I got out some old mags to re-experience just how bad it got during the “red period”. If you have it, check out the ‘eavy metal painting guide in WD 161 (US edition). The only thing more shocking than the amount of red is who the studio painter was at the time…

  • Zac

    The pose is unrealistic and the lack of any sort of upper arm makes the model look very unusual.

    A better pose and some arms might make this okay.

  • PanzerKraken

    Awful, their other dragon rider model I think was really bad looking too. Their plastic kits have been pretty nice for the most part, but their big beast riders have been meh.

  • I like chicken.

    Which does not mean everything has to look like one for me. This quite a fail (again). I wonder how many awful kits in a row will be needed to bring Mantic down.

    On the other side, there are enough fanbois out there who decided to jump on the KoW band wagon early and now can’t back down again 🙂

    • They have few really bad kits, though. Most of their stuff is pretty solid quality.

      And is it really jumping on the bandwagon if people just want something different? Rather hostile choice of words.

      • Well, a lot of people praised KoW as THE alternative to WHFB 8th edition. But basically everyone except the people I like to call fanbois went back to WHFB after giving KoW a try. I know that this has many reasons and quality of releases is only one (and on the other site there are many positive points about KoW like the free rules).

        Sorry if I sounded overly hostile. My point is that Mantic still has to proof that they are the next big thing. I don’t see a lot of people playing KoW, and there are very few tournaments. But still some people act like it is a challenge to GW and the saviour of fantasy wargaming. (Note: I’m not saying Mantic claiming any of that, I’m only talking about some of their fans)
        And those “fans” are people who write posts in discussions about 8th edition tournament restrictions t “If you don’t like 8th edition, try KoW, it’s awesome” or who write a review about Dwarf King’s Hold saying that it is no big deal that Mantic packed the wrong sprues into their box because “everyone makes mistakes”.

  • Tomas

    Wow… that truly sucked…

    The jaws/head of that dragon makes it look like it comes straight from a Kinderegg.

  • Darsc Zacal

    Well speaking as a Mantic fan, this is a disappointment for me as well, but unlike others here I see it as the exception rather than the rule. Fortunately I quite like the upcoming Mantic Orc mini’s, and the images I’ve seen from their goblins look very good too. With the way that the KoW rules have developed, and the fact that I can use my GW minis with their system, it all leads me to believe I won’t be going back to using the GW Fantasy ruleset anytime soon.

  • Will B

    These are shockingly bad – I can’t belive they are actually releasing them. If it was 2 weeks ago I would have pegged them as an April Fool’s joke.

    The only Mantic release that has impressed me to date were the Undead. Some of the Orcs looked promising but there appears to be no consistency in the range based on the pictures seen so far.

  • Kolonel K

    Is this a 15mm figure? Becauset that’s the only way I could give this a pass.

  • the Paper Warrior

    if they want to do a retro-fantasy style sculpt they really need to do it for the whole range or this just looks out of place. I don’t want this mini but now that I’ve seen it I want to go watch the old Hanna-Barbara BlackStar cartoon. It was a very cool cartoon.

  • 4tonmantis

    I wasn’t trying to start a huge bashing streak.. I appreciate what Mantic is all about.. and they do have some kits that are quite nice alternatives to more expensive kits out there. This kit though.. it just doesn’t do anything for me.. and the concept is neat.. it really is, but they have to be a bit more stringent about how they screen the models from concept up to production. I just think at some step in that process a few bad calls were made.
    As for the riders.. There are very very few companies that make riders that are separate from the mount that actually look decent.. I do not count Mantic among them and in most cases GW isn’t there yet either… I’m sure this is all part of the growing pains of being an indie (let’s not lose sight of that).