Received my Mantic Games Enforcers the other day and finally got around to building and painting some up. Here’s some WIP Shots and comparisons with various figs.
Made with the increasingly common plastic/resin material, they are great multi-part, powered-armor human troops. Depending on your paint scheme, the generic menace lets you field them as either Stalwart Terran Defenders or Oppressive Corporate Minions. They are slightly larger than stock figs, similar to the old StarShip Troopers plastic, but the size difference can be explained away, them being elites encased in hi-tech body armor.
While not as pose-able as you think they would be, there’s still a good dynamic and variety, and the restic? plesin? holds all that combat armor detail nicely. The range lacks vehicles and crew-served support weapons, but it will give you an excuse to stalk the internet for suitable substitutes (like this.)
Price-wise, US customers will probably find TheWarstore is their best bet. At the end of the day, if you’re looking to create a cool, non-gothic, sci fi army of human power-armor troops, these certainly fill the bill.
Played a demo the other day at my FLGS – Game Night.net – on 6A in Barnstable, MA. – and decided it was time to move my KemVar up a few spots in the painting queue. I still need to mark facings on the bases, but I’m pleased with the results:
Seeing as MERCS is usually demo-ed on small gaming areas, I re-purposed a couple old pieces of terrain for an outdoor industrial setting. Needs a bit more weathering and some additional resin scenics for clutter/cover, but I think it’s acceptable.
Now to carve out some time and get back to GNN for more gaming.
Read the article at the link for more information. Basically it’s a sci fi, deep-space board game in the vein of Dead Space and Aliens. The crowd-funding method of 4000 plus backers raised nearly one million dollars to see the game enter production.
I pledged a Biohazard level, plus additional for some of the extras. I’ll end up with double the regular amount of figs, all kinds of special characters and terrain. A screaming deal if wargaming is your thing. This was my first participation in a Kickstarter campaign and I’m glad it went so well.
Nearly a million bucks… wow.
Not to be a buzz-kill, but I can’t help but think if that same crowd-funding technique and passion couldn’t be poured into non-recreational, charitable causes.
I’ve been a fan of MERCS Miniatures from the first figure, the Yellow Jacket Heavy Machine gunner. Great dynamic, superb detail, intelligent sci fi, near-future infantry, the MERCS line has only gone from strength to strength in a few years, and currently offers figures for six factions.
The independent faction known as the FCC is one of my favorite. I’ve got a soft-spot for their rag-tag, hard scrabble look and bought them as soon as they were available. Here’s a shot of the original six figs. Notice the head-swap in the back left using a GW scout.
Unfortunately I’m unable to find anyone interested in playing the game, so I’ve employed the figs in various roles as generic militia/scavengers in other games like 5150 and Fast-play House Rules. To buff out this generic force, I took the liberty of giving them a Mobile Gun Platform for Heavy Support, and recently purchased transport in the form of an Antenociti’s Workshop APC.
The other day, I figured it was time for a few more line grunts, so I kit-bashed three new riflemen with Defiance Games, MERCS mod kit pieces, some GW, MaxMini resin, Pig Iron and Starship Troopers bitz. Tart up the bases similar to the originals, and voila, I had new recruits.
The challenge was not simply to match the color-scheme, but the dynamic, rugged look of the original figs. They’re not perfect, but they work. Here’s a family shot.
I’ve got MERCS Kem-Var in the queue, along with two AW Warthog ADV jeeps. I’ll be keeping an eye out for suitable drone support.
Picked up this lad to fill the Heavy Support slot in my Nova-Russian force. A “Jotums” remote combat mech from the Infinity line, he/it manages to mix spindly and menace in the same model. Might need a bit of weathering, but overall I’m pleased with the results.