von BK-Christian | 13.05.2020 | eingestellt unter: Kings of War, Warpath/Deadzone

Mantic Games: News vom Open Day

Der Mantic Open Day fand diesmal online statt und jetzt gibt es gesammelte Bilder und Videos.

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Last Saturday saw the world’s first Virtual Mantic Open Day. After our traditional spring Open Day had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, we decided to take the event online so that Mantic fans around the globe could join in with the fun.

Although nothing will recreate the chaos and fun of an actual Mantic Open Day, we absolutely loved being able to hang out with so many of you. Throughout the day on Saturday, we had Q&As, live streams of games, painting sessions and sometimes Rob even managed to work the technology properly!

Just in case you missed anything from over the weekend, we just wanted to recap some of the highlights and share some pictures in juicy high-definition.


Rob kicked off the day with a brief Warpath Universe Q&A. This chat covered everything from Deadzone to Firefight and a little bit of DreadBall for good measure.

The star of the show was most certainly the upcoming Asterian Spectra. This is a new mech for the Asterians in Deadzone and it’s already got heads turning.

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There are two weapon options (sword and gun), plus two head options that can be mixed and matched. That awesome blue shield is actually going to be translucent resin to give it the appearance of an energy shield. Also, it might not be clear from the pictures, but the Spectra is an impressive 11cm tall. We cannot wait for this to go up for pre-order once release dates have returned to normal.

Elsewhere and there were a number of questions from viewers about the future of Firefight and Warpath. Both Rob and Ronnie confirmed that neither games are going anywhere and Mantic will continue to support them. It was also mentioned that Firefight is getting some further development to make the link between Deadzone and Firefight much closer. Stay tuned for more on that.

Finally in the Warpath Universe, Rob confirmed that DreadBall will be getting a brand-new supplement in early 2021. The concept is an update of the old Challenge Cup, with a mix of new planets/locations for teams to play on. Each of these new environments will have different ways to play too. Exciting stuff, even though it’s early days for that one.

You can watch the full video below:


Luigi held a fascinating live sculpting seminar and answer questions from viewers. During the seminar, Luigi sculpted a Ratkin birthing daughter. This is a new miniature for the upcoming Ratkin Vanguard warband. Birthing daughters are mentioned briefly in the Uncharted Empires supplement but their role will be greatly expanded in Ratkin lore. Here’s a little extra about the birthing daughters…

The inequality between the roles means that enmity is rife among the birthing daughters – as they fight to become the Brood Mother’s favourite – and gossip constantly swirls around their ranks. Most is petty jostling for recognition but occasionally a would-be Brood Mother will challenge the lair by gathering other birthing daughters around her. The fighting is vicious as the rival camps brawl amongst each other and after a bloody scrap, the victor and her followers will eat the losing leader and her supporters. As an extra precaution any pups recently birthed by the rebels are devoured too – lest the desire for rebellion is passed on. The remaining birthing daughters and Brood Mother gorge themselves on the sweet meat of young flesh in a frantic display of cannibalism. One of the birthing daughters I questioned confessed that when her sisters were hungry, they would spread rumours of a rival Brood Mother just to trigger a challenge so they could feed on the pups.

From the safety of her lair, hidden deep on the seventh level of the nest, the Brood Mother leads with a ruthless cunning. She dispatches her birthing daughters to scurry throughout the clan and deliver her commands. However, it appears it is not uncommon for these messages to be interpreted in a way that will greatly benefit the receiver. The war chief that first receives the message often claims the Brood Mother has given his battalion the easier flank in battle or extra troops, for example. There are shrieks of treason if any dare questions the legitimacy of the Brood Mother’s instructions. The birthing daughters are keenly aware of their own powerful influence in this process and will readily accept bribes from recipients keen to ensure they’re first in line for the Brood Mother’s diktats.

Can’t wait to hear more about those! And here’s the video of Luigi sculpting a birthing daughter.


While Luigi was busy sculpting, James from Needy Cat Games was giving wannabe games designers an insight into how to get their games made. This was actually the first part of a six-part games design course and you can find details about the rest of the course on the Needy Cat website.


In the afternoon, Matt Gilbert gave us plenty of scoops from Pannithor. We started with a quick update about the upcoming ogres for Vanguard, including some work in progress pictures of the painted Berserker Bully, Boomer Sergeant and Matriarch.

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Continuing the Vanguard theme, Matt confirmed the next warband after the ogres will be Ratkin and that a Salamanders warband is about to go into playtesting too.

Moving onto Kings of War now and there was plenty to take a look at, including some new miniatures for the Nightstalkers.

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The Dreadfiend is the champion version of the standard Fiends. It stands roughly twice the size of a normal fiend and it’s suitably freakish. Like the Fiends, this will be available in resin.

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Up next, the Soulflayers are the cavalry equivalent for the Nightstalkers. These are six-legged mounts able to flit through reality and will also be available in resin.

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Matt also mentioned the Well of Souls for the Forces of the Abyss. We reckon this unit/terrain piece could find a home in a lot of different armies or even used as an objective in your RPGs.

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Finally, Matt showed off this stunning piece of artwork featuring the goblins fighting against the Ratkin. The piece is called War in the Holds and Matt hinted that it might have something to do with a new two-player starter set. Let the wild speculation begin! You can watch the full interview with Matt below:


Our next interview featured the best moustache in publishing owned by Vince Rospond from Winged Hussar. Vince gave us a great update on all the Mantic tie-ins coming from Winged Hussar, including the recently released Drowned Secrets by Ben Stoddard. He also confirmed that more books are coming, including a DreadBall novel and the second part to Christopher Verspeak’s Warpath trilogy. Talking of that, if you want to read the first part (First Strike) then it’s currently free to download from the Mantic website.

Vince also gave some tips and advice if you’d like to see your own novel published by Winged Hussar, so make sure you watch the interview (it’s split into two parts because the internet broke).


While Rob was busy interviewing Vince, the Dash28 crew was previewing some of the new magical supplement rules for Kings of War on Universal Battles. These new magical rules were due to appear in a new summer campaign book, which is currently a bit in limbo due to lockdown.

However, Matt James from the RC has done a great job creating some bombastic magical rules that really add a different gameplay element to your battles. Now, don’t worry hardcore tournament fans, these magical rules are designed for narrative play and come with a big health warning: NOT DESIGNED FOR TOURNAMENT PLAY. So, before you start worrying the sky is falling (possibly a spell in the supplement) please remember these won’t be appearing at your next tournament.

Instead, they’re designed to tie in with the online campaign, whenever that comes and are meant to be a lot of fun.

So, with that in mind, enjoy the video below:


The action-packed day wrapped up with the main event: Ronnie Renton. Once he got his connection working, Ronnie covered a whole host of topics including the Walking Dead, current Kickstarters, Kings of War, sci-fi, Hellboy and more!

There’s quite a lot to digest from this one, but basically:

The Walking Dead – push the tournament scene more next year, possibly more coming from the Telltale videogames and we’ll look back at the filling in gaps from the story

Kickstarters – TerrainCrate 2 is about to go on boats, while League of Infamy is still on track

Sci-fi – Ronnie mentioned again that we’re looking at reworking Firefight to make it more accessible and improve the link between Deadzone and Firefight

Charity auctions – this week we’ll be launching some charity auctions to help raise money in light of the coronavirus outbreak. We’ll have more details on that in the days to come.

Hellboy – Ronnie announced that we’re making Giant Robot Hellboy! This is based on a drawing Mike Mignola recently did to raise money for charity and we’ll be following suit. More details to come shortly, but Giant Robot Hellboy is designed for solo play and part of the proceeds will go to charity.

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Talking of Hellboy, Ronnie also played the Hellboy Dice Game live. This will be coming out later in the year and you can watch Ronnie play at home in the video below.

Phew, so as you can see it was an absolutely action-packed day… and we’ve probably missed something. Thank you again to everyone that popped in to watch or ask questions. As much as we were disappointed that we couldn’t hold a normal Open Day, this was still a great way for us all to hang out. The good news is that on the back of this virtual Open Day, we will be ensuring there’s a virtual element to future events too.

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Quelle: Mantic Games



Chefredakteur von Brückenkopf-Online und Tabletop Insider. Seit 2002 im Hobby, erstes Tabletop Warhammer Fantasy (Dunkelelfen). Aktuelle Projekte: Primaris Space Marines, Summoners (alle Fraktionen), Deadzone/Warpath (Asterianer und Enforcer), Kings of War (Basilea und Oger), Dropfleet Commander (PHR).

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Mantic Games: Neue Vorbestellungen



  • Weiß jemand, ob es den coolen Flieger der Menschenfraktion eigentlich irgendwann von Mantic wieder zu kaufen gibt?

  • The Walking Dead: „… push the tournament scene more NEXT year … POSSIBLY more coming from the Telltale videogames … and we’ll look back at the FILLING IN GAPS from the story“

    Enttäuschend, für mich einfach nur enttäuschend …

      • Vor 2-3 Jahren war „The Walking Dead All out War“ eines verkaufsstärksten – wenn nicht sogar das verkaufsstärkste – System von Mantic. Vor dem Erscheinen von „Call to Arms“ im vergangenen Sommer gab’s dann aber eine ziemliche Durststrecke und seitdem kam außer ein paar Boostern nichts hinterher. Keine Erweiterung, kein neues Scenery Pack oder etwas anderes, um neues Interesse für das Spiel zu entfachen oder um Fans mit etwas Interessantem zu versorgen.

        Jetzt heißt es, dass Lücken in der Story gefüllt werden sollen (vermutlich mit Modellen, die bislang als zu belanglos galten) und dass im nächsten (!) Jahr die Turnierszene gefördert wird. Und eventuell kommen Neuerscheinungen rund um die Telltale-Videospiele … All das unter „ferner liefen“ gemeldet, was für mich bedeutet, dass Mantics Focus insgesamt kaum noch auf dem System liegt. Und das finde ich persönlich schade und enttäuschend.

      • Da schließe ich mich an. Für mich ist TWD eines der liebsten Mal-, Geländebau- und Spielprojekte der ca. letzten zwei Jahre. Solo- & Kampagnenmodus usw. sind eine tolle Sache. Nun habe ich schon fast alles, hätte aber tatsächlich gerne noch mehr. Da gab es zuletzt nicht viel. Die Aussichten, „Lücken füllen“, sind nicht sehr viel versprechend. Vielleicht denken sie, die Kuh sei genug gemolken… 🙁

      • Turnierszene erst nächstes Jahr zu unterstützen macht schon Sinn dieses Jahr wird es da nicht mehr viele Möglichkeiten geben.

        Ansonsten ja kann ich jetzt nachvollziehen das des enttäuscht.

  • Also ich fand den 1. Virtual Mantic Open Day große Klasse! Es waren so einige Teilnehmer dabei, auf jeden Fall mehr als in den Mantic Bunker (HQ) gegangen wären ^^! Es war toll mit den Designern und der Mantic Crew in direktem Kontakt stehen zu können. So konnte man da auch noch den ein oder anderen Infoschnipsel entlocken :). Die Livesteams hatten anfangs einige Start Schwierigkeiten, was aber gelöst werden konnte. Es gab viele Aktivitäten, wie zum Beispiel auch Live Demos zu Mantic Spielen, oder Mal Sessions via Video Konferenz. Außerdem gab es während des Open Days noch besondere Deals mit teilweise ordentlich Rabatt, im Mantic Webshop.

    Die Teaser und Ankündigungen machen definitiv große Lust auf mehr, da kommt so einiges auf uns zu, auch wenn nicht alle glücklich gemacht werden können/konnten – aber das wird wohl nie möglich sein 😀 … auf die Ratkin sowie die neue 2 Player KoW Box freue mich schon sehr. Während eines Streams mit Ronnie, welcher die neuen Plastik Goblins zeigte, hielt er aus versehen auch ein neues, Master Modell für die neuen Plastik Ratkin in die Kamera – Grandios! 😀

  • Mantic ist ein ganz ganz großartiger Hersteller.

    Ich finde den Käufer für deadzone unglaublich cool.

  • Zu Beginn fand ich Mantic (bis auf TWD, was mich schnell überzeugte) eher uninteressant. Die Sculpts waren manchmal einfach zu grob für meinen Geschmack. Das hatte so einen merkwürdig eigenen Mantic-Stil, nicht immer im Positiven. Aber es wurde und wird immer besser. Die Soulflayers und der Well of Souls, aber auch Deadzone sehen gut aus.

  • Wenn ich mir die Soulflayers ansehe, stellen sich mir folgende Fragen:

    Warum muss man den idiotischen Fliege-Schwebe-Geschwurbelmist von GW imitieren?

    Können Fantasypüppchen nicht einfach ihre Kackstelzen auf dem Boden lassen?

    Maaaaan. Jeden Blödsinn muss man nachmachen.😁

  • Bin die Tage mal wieder über Deadzone gestolpert, über das man ja viel Gutes hört.
    Reicht da der Starter (habe schon ein paar Geländesets von früher, falls ich vertikaler bauen will auf den Feldern), oder sind auch welche von den Erweiterungen unbedingt zu empfehlen?

  • Ich mag Mantic grundsätzlich sehr gerne, DeadZone macht einen super soliden Eindruck, Kings Of War an sich auch, selbst wenn ich eher der für Vanguard wäre. Haben mich quasi zum Fan während ihres KS zum Hellboy Brettspiel bekehrt, sind einfach sehr nette Jungs die auch keinen Hehl draus machen das man damit Geld verdienen muss aber versuchen dabei ihre Kunden so gut zu behandeln wie es geht und erlebe sie seit dem als sehr transparent was mir irgendwie wichtig ist.

    Hoffe ich finde noch die Zeit mir das Hellboy Würfelspiel video anzusehen. *süchtel*

    Weiß einer auf die Schnelle wie groß Robot Hellboy wird?

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