So, anyone who knows me by now knows that I’m a big table top gamer. I’ve devoted quite a number of years of my life, money and time to painting, modeling and playing these games. However, growing up, there weren’t a whole lot of fantasy and sci fi mini options in my area. For the longest time this was dominated by Games Workshop and the assortment of games that they’ve offered. Over the years their minis have gotten much better than when I started, but their price has increased at an exponential rate beyond that which I could sustain multiple armies as I would like. Over the years I’ve been looking for replacement games, looking to Europe and beyond for game companies that may produce quality models and a quality game. Browsing through Kickstarter, I happened across Mantic Games, and a game called DreadBall. Intrigued by what I saw, I began to look even further into what they had to offer. Low and behold they also have a Sci Fi war game called Warpath, and what really caught my attention, a fantasy game. Of course the first thing I look for is Dwarves, which they have in quite a nice amount. Looking through the models, they are look very nice. They look like they are highly detailed and honestly they look like quite an army that I want to paint and model quite a bit. Thanks to The Beasts of War, I finally got my first foray into the fluff and background of the Dwarfs in Mantic’s game world, and I’m more interested than ever. The story surrounding them is quite solid and has all of the classic fantasy Dwarf tropes, though I do not mean that as a negative. Berserkers, kings fitted with gemstones, shield breakers. Everything about it sounds absolutely awesome. The price for what you get is pretty nice as well, and is certainly manageable, which puts another check in the win column for them.
The only problem is that where I live, there aren’t quite as many game stores as there used to be, and those that are still around aren’t always willing to take a risk and stock the models for newer games. So for now, I have to rely on the mini war gaming community to give my fix until I can get my hands on these models and game, and share them with my ever growing amount of local players. Because hell, even if I don’t ever get to really play it (which I will dammit, mark my words!) I’m still going to have a hell of a time painting up some Dwarves, and that is not a terrible fate. At the end of the day, I’m looking to Mantic Games to give me my proper Dwarven fix. Until then, I’ll keep relying on The Beasts of War to keep me informed on what looks to be an awesome game. Hell, they’ve also done a Demo Game to show how to play the game, which is always welcome.