You dirty rat!

Since the initial release of the Uncharted Empires supplement for Kings of War 2nd edition, people have been asking when is Mantic going to make miniatures for some of those armies?  With the 3rd edition version, some of the armies have been updated to match more Mantic models.

However now come the first actual models for one of those armies, under the Abyssal Dwarf banner - Ratkin!  Ratkin slaves can be taken in an Abyssal Dwarf Vanguard warband, but they are also the first step towards Mantic making a Ratkin army itself!

Like the Infernox, these come in a larger blister.

The blister has 4 Ratkin Slave cards, and the Slave Driver card (which was the only command model available in the downloads - interesting they only released the card with this set).

This is an all metal set, with four bodies, 4 heads, 4 left arms and 4 right arms.

The heads are all interchangeable, however the arms aren't really. as much.  They are not flat joins, and some of them fit the bodies in very specific ways.

Unfortunately in my exuberance to assemble the models, I forgot to take the picture of the final pieces for the last model.  Extrapolating which ones they are from the previous pictures is an exercise left to the reader :-)

So this can be the start of both a Ratkin and a Ratkin slave army.
In a Ratkin Slaves army, which is a themed army from the Abyssal Dwarfs, Mantic everything but the Slave Warriors and Slave Death Engine Impaler.  For the vermintide, use the rat swarms from the Piper for Deadzone (available both to buy or with all those Mantic points  you have been accumulating).

For a full Ratkin army, Mantic now makes

  • Wretches
  • Nightmares
  • Vermintide
  • Tunnel Runners
  • Night Terror
  • Tangle(1)
  • Brood Mother

I've always thought that you might be able to make warrirors, spear warriors and maybe even other infantry units using Veermyn models if Mantic made heads that didn't have gas masks on them (there is only one on the sprue that doesn't).

A comparison of a Veermyn stalker model with a ratkin slave.

I've also heard you can use orc arms with them - and maybe even goblin arms.  The real key is the heads.  But soon we may have actual ratkin models anyway.

Because it is all fun and games . . .