Stepping back from the edge

As much as I try to be as current as possible with news and reviews, sometimes I'm just not able to get my hands on things quite as quickly as I would like.  When it takes four months for me to get things in - you might have seen it.

But that isn't going to stop me.

Last August Mantic ran a worldwide campaign called the Edge of the Abyss.  They released a campaign book, and in addition they released five resin characters for the campaign (and that would then go on to feature in the Eye of the Abyss adventure for Dungeon Saga).

First up is Artakl, a Ghekkotah Clutch Warden for the Salamaders. 

When her people are threatened by the spread of the Abyss, Artakl must travel far away from her warm homeland on a secret mission that could change the war.

Artakl comes in four pieces - body, tail head and left arm.  Resin is known for holding detail, and this is no exception.  From the scales on the legs to the teeth and ridges in the head, the details are amazing.

Eckter is a Placoderm Defender from the Trident Realms of Neritica. 

All manner of creatures answered Nature’s summons to war, including the aquatic Placoderms. Eckter is determined to fulfill his duty and preserve the balance of the world; no matter the cost.

Again the detail on this model is great.  For this one the very tip of his spear was broken off, however where I going to build this it would be something that would not be hard to fix, by either replacing the spear head completely, or just making a new tip out of green stuff.

A very tough hero for the trident realms with De 6+, ensnare, individual and phalanx - he is a rock that is extremely hard to move.  To top that off, he has a variation on the WindBlast spell that not only moves an opposing unit, but can damage it as well.

Jarvis is a student of necromancy - seeking to find the secrets of the long lost Ophidian empire.

An academic obsessed with the mysterious Ophidians, Jarvis was shunned and cast out by his colleagues. He stole an ancient Ophidian tome and is now on the run in a world at war.

The simplest of all the models, he still has plenty of detail.

The final 'good' hero (for the campaign, Jarvis made his undead army good, and Magnilde and the Varangur fought against the abyss, because they hate the abyssals more than they hate, well everyone else.

Since leaving her clan, Magnilde has roamed the lands surrounding the Abyss, determined to prove loyalty to her god, Korgaan, by bathing herself in the demonic blood of her foes.

Only the second varangur model to be released by Mantic, I am rather liking the idea of the Varangur being more demon hunters than just chaos warriors.  Their goal, much like the Basileans, is to destroy the denizens of the Abyss.  However unlike the heroic Basileans, they don't really care who gets in the way, and will destroy anything that keeps them from their goal.

The final new hero model is for the Forces of the Abyss.

Alluring and deadly, Mau’Ti-Bu-Su seeks a powerful artifact for her infernal masters. She has easily infiltrated the world of mortals, bending them to her will with ease and killing them when they are no longer of use to her.

Mau 'Ti-Bu-Su is the most complex of the models, though actually still simple enough.  Body, two arms and two wings make up this nasty new character.

It was interesting - I believe that the wings are molded on one resin sprue - however mine came on two separate ones, each with the post for the missing wing.  Not truly of any significance, just something I find interesting.

All of these models can, of course, also be used as their specific hero type in Kings of War - they don't have to be the unique living legends.

If you didn't pick up the Edge of the Abyss book to get the rules for these, I believe they are all going to be included in the new Clash of Kings book for 2018, scheduled to be released in two more weeks.

Because it is all fun and games . . .