As geeks, we all remember the classic bit from Highlander (I won't say the first, because I prefer to live in my own reality ("I reject your reality and substitute my own" - Adam Savage) where the god-awful sequels don't exist - "There must be only one".
Yes you can play other games. And yes you can buy miniatures from other companies.
Heresy you say. Blasphemy!!! Burn his miniatures at the stake!
But even a die-hard Mantic pathfinder (pronounced fan-boy) like myself occasionally needs to get other minis.
This is especially true for armies that Mantic does not make themselves - which now includes all 33 lists in the Historical book.
I am still amazed at how popular historicals are (yes, I thought it was mainly old grognards who played them), and even more so how excited I got about them - because in the past I have hated painting humans. But when I first went through the book I decided I needed to have two armies so I could demo the rules. After a while I decided on Celts (or Babarians in the book) and Romans - in part because I was able to find plastic miniatures (from Warlord games) for the armies, and these two fit together (i.e. it made sense for them to be fighting, as opposed to Crusaders vs. Egyptians).
My three boys bought me a Celt army for my birthday ( which took less than a week to come in from the UK), and my wife bought a couple of units of Romans (one of which has still not arrived from a store in the US - go figure). It occurred to me that I like to show the models for all the Mantic releases that I get - so why not for Historicals?
So first off is the celt warrior sprue. Warlord is using Renedra to cast their hard plastic sprues, so the quality is top notch. Mantic used Renedra for their earlier products before they started having them made in China - and the first two sets that came from China (Goblin spitters and Basilean Men-at-arms) are some of the lowest quality plastic sprues I've ever seen). Sharp detail - and I notice a 'style' on how the sprue is laid out.
|Celt Warriors Front|
|Celt Warriors back|
|Celt Warriors Command Front|
|Celt Warriors Command Back|
|2 of the horse sculpts|
|2 more of the horse sculpts|
|Last horse sculpt, plus 5 more shields and banner / horn for command|
|scowling standard bearer|
|Celt Chieftans from behind|
The one thing I don't like (and wasn't anticipating) was that they would not have enough shields for all the warriors. So for each box of 40, you need to buy another pack of 20 shields, as well as more decals (I'll need two sheets of decals).
Not being a history buff, I don't know if this was based on how the units actually fought (i.e. was it more of each warrior furnishing their own equipment instead of the army itself supplying them? Is this simply an army that is struggling for resources, so can't equip everyone fully? Were they not able to fit them on the sprue? And if it is the last, then why not include the metal bits to finish them off in the box (even it it raises the price a bit?
Regardless of the answer, looks like I'll be making another small order to Warlord to finish these off.
Because it is all fun and games . . .