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SoCal

 lord_blackfang wrote:
I have the Hellequins, they are PVC and better than most PVC (Warmachine, Reaper Bones...). Worse than what CMON puts out of course, their PVC can barely be distinguished from HIPS.


CMON dropped the ball with Zombicide Invader, or whatever it was called. The minis that came with that game were really melty with shallow details, like some of the worst plastics from the MERCS range. Mantic’s Star Saga PVC plastics have their weaknesses, but they’re not as bad as the worst of the Z:I stuff.

I found Mantic’s Deadzone hard plastics, the Peacekeepers, GCPS troopsand Asterian Marionettes, hole up to any (non GW) plastics on the market. However, they are more true scaled than GW minis, and that takes some getting used to.

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Have followed Mantic since they first appeared (backed both KoW Kickstarters etc.), and while I haven't kept up with their recent releases have experience with most of their back catalog.

Saying it is uniformly bad is just hyperbole. It has it's ups and downs imo. The Ogre range is very good imo, the Abyssals are pretty good too. The Basilean range is a bit all over the shop (I had the unfortunate experience of ordering about a dozen sprues of their first Men at Arms run. That was an unpleasant surprise )

Other ranges are more subjective. I quite like the elves, but can see why others wouldn't. I don't like the Dwarves, but can see why others would. I think the undead skeletons are showing their age and in need of updating, but the zombies/ghouls still stand up.

More explicitly, I have found the quality of Mantic resins (not restic, but proper resin) to be uniformly excellent. That includes KS exclusives etc., the big Abyssal demon and so on.

I'd recommend doing your home work before committing, but there is definitely some quality there, albeit not consistent.
   
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Myrtle Creek, OR

 kodos wrote:
 privateer4hire wrote:
Restic was the name for their plastic resin hybrid used for those models.

There was never a plastic/resin hybrid, Restic was just a harder PVC they used first to get away from the softer Boardgame PVC people were complaining about (used in the first KoW Kickstarter for some models)
It was just a little bit to hard and they changed now to something in between, not as soft as Boardgame plastic but not as hard as the old Restic


I stand corrected. Whatever it was, it sucked though.
   
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My local group has limited experience with mantic miniatures but I have never heard anyone complaining about the material. That has been troops and such though, no monsters. The reason why we have such limited experience is that so much of their model line is (in our opinion) godawful. Things like the ogre army where some of the newer units look good, but the core has legs that are a completely different scale from the upper body AND stuck doing the pee-pee dance. Or dwarves with beards that look like someone cut off a metal gw slayer mohawk from the 90s and stuck it on their chin. If says a lot when someone wants to buy OOP GW dwarf infantry that predates mantic as a company over what they are offering right now.

Not to say it is all bad, far from it as there are a load of models that are great (like the entire nightstalker line). Like any company they are hit and miss, but boy do they miss a lot and when they do they miss razorgor levels of bad.

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Privateer




Austria

Their Resin (in comparision to Finecast or FW Resin) is really a dream to work with
I ordered the Vanguard Goblin Mercenary because I needed the Lizard for a different project. Removing the rider was easier as it would have been with HIPS and I managed to keep the upper body intact and also could recreate the full sattle
(I also got the PVC horses to replace the old GW Empire Knights ones as those from Mantic fit better in size with the old metal knights and after hot/cold water treatment they also fit very well together. And GW does not sell any fitting new horses at all)
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And while their old Man-at-Arms were bad designed, and the Goblins a bad kit, they were available for cheap and combined make some nice Halflings
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And some timer ago, just out of curiosity, compared the possibilities of converting old GW Marines with plastic card or using Enforcer bodies with Marine Bits, to create True Scale Marines
While the Enforcer are missing the classic GW Marine look, I like kit a lot and to me they are the superior SciFi models (on par with the new Primaris kits, but a very different style) and I still regret that I did not get the "100 Enforcer for 100€" package black Friday sale years ago.
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privateer4hire wrote:
I stand corrected. Whatever it was, it sucked though.

Yeah, I only used some bits/weapons and never touched the rest.
I am just glad those are gone forever

NinthMusketeer wrote:If says a lot when someone wants to buy OOP GW dwarf infantry that predates mantic as a company over what they are offering right now.

That GW had one of the best Dwarf Miniature lines ever made before they got into the "make them big without knees" plastic kits (and the 2 boxes were not even compatible with each other)
funny thing is that you get the old OOP metal ones cheaper than their Fireslayers

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Alaska

I have been very happy with the Trident Realm minis for KOW. I did the Vanguard KS and liked the Northern Alliance, especially the Snow Trolls and the large beast with a rider. I had no interest in the Abyssals until I saw the minis. I REALLY liked them.
I am assembling lots of Enforcers and GCPS now and I prefer them to Space Marines and Imperial Guard.

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 kodos wrote:

And some timer ago, just out of curiosity, compared the possibilities of converting old GW Marines with plastic card or using Enforcer bodies with Marine Bits, to create True Scale Marines
While the Enforcer are missing the classic GW Marine look, I like kit a lot and to me they are the superior SciFi models (on par with the new Primaris kits, but a very different style) and I still regret that I did not get the "100 Enforcer for 100€" package black Friday sale years ago.


Never thought about crossing mantic/gw bits, but the Enforcer with SM shoulder pads/backpack/head looks pretty awesome.
I'll keep on eye on eventual future Enforcer sales, they suddenly became much more appealing....
   
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Well, I’ve seen plenty from friends and I’d say that their quality is more miss than hit.
The model I’m currently painting for commission is pretty rough. When I have to file off the 3D printing artifacts off of a model that’s pretty bad. And that’s not including the poorly placed mold lines on a figure that’s in 7 parts.

The lack of QC is the main reason I wouldn’t buy anything from them. Ever.
   
 
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