I’ve been reading some pretty alarmist nonsense of the interwebz of late about Mantic’s as yet unreleased Marauder Orx for their as yet unreleased SF game: Warpath. You may have noticed I said “unreleased” twice there. That’s the clue.
People are getting all bent out of shape about how terrible and disastrous things will be when Mantic release these miniatures. Apparently the oceans will turn to molten tin and the skies will rain marmalade. Or something. Either way, it won’t be good. How do they know? The models aren’t out yet?
It’s like this: Mantic showed some photos of the painted models a day or two ago. It seems that they’re based on their original orc sculpts for Kings of War, and that spells Disaster. To me this sounds like unnecessary panic and dismay for two main reasons:
1) You’ve not seen the models yet (not properly; not as sprues, not up close).
2) Loads of models in all mediums (plastic, resin, metal) are routinely converted from previous ones, and nobody bats an eyelid. Happens all the time and probably a lot more than you realise. GW and Privateer do it (along with pretty much everyone else in the business) and have done forever, so why shouldn’t Mantic follow the industry norm?
How about we start again…
Hi everyone. Look! Mantic have made some cool new space orcs called (wait for it) Orx! They look a bit like this:
See. That didn’t hurt, did it?
Now I think that they look like they should build up into a fine bunch of models with an appropriately mix of armour types and finishes, odd-looking weaponry with blades and gubbins bolted on and a characteristic feral appearance all round. Sound Orcy/Orky (Orxy?) to you? It does to me. So why does it matter whether they’re conversions of other models? How is that relevant when they’re on the tabletop, chopping ForgeFathers into catmeat? Doesn’t that just mean that you’ll find it easier to make your army look even more cool and feral because you can swap bits between kits and know they’ll be interchangeable? I’m seeing a bunch of positives here and no downsides.
Of course, if the Mantic Orc style isn’t your taste then they’re not for you, but you knew that anyway. If you imagine Orx in silver spandex leotards, or smart uniforms with upside-down V logos on the chest, then you need to play a different game (and possibly see a psychiatrist). Most folk expect Orx (however they are spelled) to be feral and nasty, vicious and scruffy, ramshackle but psychotic aliens. This looks like them.
I can take other photos of these if anyone wants to see particular bits, and I do have the command sprue as well if anyone is interested 🙂
If you guys can play nice then I’ll put some more pictures up tomorrow. I’ll also have a go at building some and showing the bits, etc if anyone’s interested later in the week. Maybe I’ll even dig out some of the KOW ones and see how they fit in, or (shock, horror!) try to get some paint on them. No, I didn’t think you’d believe that.
Of course, I understand that not everyone can like everything. That’s cool. But let’s leave the spurious arguments to the politicians. If model A is converted from model B that says nothing at all towards the qualities of either model. It is irrelevant. Let’s comment on what we have now.