Friday, June 10, 2016

From Dust You Came, and To Dust You Shall Return

We've heard the rumors, we've seen the open day pictures and renders.  We've been told that the studio models are being painted and we should have pictures of them soon.

But since when have we ever been content with waiting.  Mighty Ape, an online retailer in Australia has pre-orders for the new Empire of Dust, which I believe is scheduled for release the end of July (remember that when Mantic gives a release date it is the date it BEGINS shipping, not when it hits retail stores)

I do want to also clarify that these are all pre-production images and lists - and they may be subject to change.  The prices are my estimates - Mighty Ape has the australian prices - but those aren't in US $ and may be discounted (so I'm trying to guess at US MSRP).  Also all of these come with bases for everything and mantic points, so I'm not listing those with each entry.

So, without further ado - the Empire of Dust releases:

First up, like they have done for every army they have released (or re-released) for 2nd editon, they have a mega and starter army.  The mega army is basically EVERYTHING in the current release.

  • 40 plastic and metal Skeleton Warriors
  • 20 plastic and metal Skeleton Archers
  • 20 plastic and metal Revenant infantry
  • 20 premium plastic Mummies
  • 3 metal Enslaved Guardians
  • 3 metal Swarms
  • 2 metal and plastic Balefire Catapult
  • 1 metal Pharaoh/High Priest model with alternate components.
  • 1 metal Revenant Champion/Army Standard Bearer with alternate components.


MGKWT101 - Mega Army - $174.99 - confirmed

The smaller starter army is also a good deal, but not as great at the mega army.

  • 20 plastic and metal Skeleton Warriors
  • 20 plastic and metal Skeleton Archers
  • 10 premium plastic Mummies
  • 1 metal and plastic Balefire Catapult
  • 1 metal Pharaoh/High Priest with alternate components.
MGKWT102 - Starter Army - $84.99 - confirmed

For those who just want allies, can't commit to an army box, or need to add on to your existing army, they of course have regiment sets.

Skeletons are the core troop of the army.
MGKWT301 - 20 Plastic and metal skeleton warriors - $34.99 confirmed
Revenants are the more elite infantry.
MGKWT303 - 20 Plastic and metal skeleton revenants- $34.99 confirmed
Speaking of shooting, there are skeleton archers
MGKWT302 - 20 Plastic and metal skeleton archers - $34.99 confirmed

And for longer range, the EoD version of the Balefire catapult

MGKWT401 - 1 Plastic and metal Balefire Catapult with two crew - $19.99 confirmed
It looks like Mantic is not blowing their entire wad at once - so may be saving a few sets back for August.  The following are NOT on the release schedule (for July).

Enslaved Guardians are large infantry, that can be given either 2-Handed weapons or giant crossbows

3 Metal Enslaved Guardians Large Infantry with Options for two handed weapons or crossbows - $29.99?
Where would any desert themed undead army be without the swarms of beetles and scorpions?
3 Metal swarms - $17.99
Two hero blisters are coming out as well.  One makes either the Ahmunite Pharaoh or Cursed High Priest
1 Metal Ahmunite Pharaoh or Cursed High Priest with alternate parts - $10.99?

The other hero blister makes a Revenant Champion or Army Standard Bearer with alternate parts
1 Metal Revenant Champion or Army Standard Bearer with alternate parts - $10.99?
When I get confirmation of the MSRP (as well as item numbers) I will update these.

So for all the dry undead players that not only lost their rank and file game last year, but lost their army completely earlier this year - the Empire of Dust welcomes you to the Mantic Kings of War family.

Because it is all fun and games . . .

8 comments:

  1. I've never played an undead army but those figs are making me want to stock up on gold and turquoise paint! Great thing about Mantic is I can afford to buy a mega army as an impulse buy!

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  2. Not bad at all.

    The prices on that store look a bit too good to be true as there is very little additional cost for the kits with extra metal bits added.

    Existing Mantic hybrid kits are a lot pricier. Mighty ape sell a regular skeleton regiment for roughly 15% off

    Undead skeleton archers are 10 for £18 on Mantics store while Mighty Ape sell 20 EoD archers for the same price. Meaning 20 EoD archers would be 50% off compared to buying 2x10 Undead archers from Mantic.

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  3. Prices are my GUESS based on what I saw on the Mighty Ape store conparing to similar models - I have not seen the US MSRP yet.

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    1. I get that. I wasn't implying that you ware making any statement on prices, I too looked at Mighty ape and compared to what they sell existing Mantic kits for.

      If Mighty Ape are selling the pre-orders at this price, and the price ends up a lot higher, they risk selling stuff at a huge dicount (which might be worth it to drive sales and get in orders early I guess).

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    2. Well I'm the Hobbies Manager at Mighty Ape so I'm the one who does all the pricing :) Suffice to say I know what the RRPs for these releases are & our prices are the equivalent in local currency for our NZ & AU stores.

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    3. Good to hear :)

      Hopefully the existing hybrid kits will be brought in line with the pricing of the EoD kits.

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    4. Mighty ape isn’t Australian, it’s actually a large New Zealand company that uses Australian Taxation laws to undercut Australian retailers by not having to charge GST. So the prices on there should be lower than you would expect. So I can load up on non taxed mini’s!!!!

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  4. Prices are my GUESS based on what I saw on the Mighty Ape store conparing to similar models - I have not seen the US MSRP yet.

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