Mantic announces new faction, Basileans, for Kings of War

By Polar_Bear
In Fantasy
Jul 22nd, 2013

Mantic has announced an all new faction for Kings of War, the Basileans.

From the announcement:

In case last week’s Kings of War Week wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got another exciting week coming up for you.

Yes, the Basileans are coming! Mantic’s first Human army is an absolute stonker, with a unique look and some truly jaw-dropping models. It’s one of the most complete ranges we’ve released in one go, and they’re getting a full army in the upcoming supplement, The Basilean Legacy. Stay tuned to the blog this week for more details!

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  • Gallahad

    Sooo sad that Mantic missed such a big opportunity. Of all the basileans, only the paladins and paladin knights are OK. The angels are very static sculpts with tiny heads, the sisters look like mutants, and the monstrous cat cavalry got changed to some sort of cat horse abomination. The men at arms might be good, but we have yet to see any production casts (all we have seen so far are painted up printed masters) and many manufacturers have shown that much can happen twixt concept and production runs.

    The KoW kickstarter should have launched Mantic into serious contention with GW for massed fantasy combat. Instead it is largely a giant “Meh” with only 1-2 sculpts worth getting excited about, many decent but bland, and a couple “how the heck did that get OK’d for production?!?” sculpts.

    Nobody out there is going to pick up KoW on the strength of the new miniatures.

    • Nope, but they are picking it up for other reasons despite the “ok” or “bland” sculpts people are bemoaning.

    • Sevej

      Where did you see the sculpts?

      • Gallahad

        You can see them at a variety of places: the kickstarter page, the mantic blog, the mantic store, the mantic forums, dakka dakka, warseer, and various blogs.

        Start here: Blog with Pics a compilation of many of the previews available kindly put together by whoever runs that blog.

        • Oy, those sculpts are not very good imo, very static as you said.

        • Veritas

          They’re not horrible, but they’re not very good either. They look like late 90’s sculpt quality.

          • Gallahad

            That is a good way of putting it.

          • grimbergen

            eech…The girls on cougars (cougars on cougars?) are nice, but yeah the others look like the uninspired PPP from confrontation CAOR, or worse, the old mage knight stuff.

  • HaHa – the cats are awesome – with just a tiny bit of putty on the nose you can have a Scooby-Doo cavalry!

    • Gallahad

      Now that would be funny.

      The cat+horse=chorse cavalry are especially tragic when you look at the Basilean hero on the lion. Now that is monstrous cat cavalry. Why couldn’t they produce a unit of nuns riding something similar?