Kings of War: Forces of the Abyss

My Forces of the Abyss Mega Starter Army from the Kings of War Kickstarter is here! What a nice unexpected surprise to close the year. Let’s have a look at these new miniatures from Mantic!

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This first sprue allows you to build Lower Abbysals or Flamebearers

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And a look at the back side

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The Sucubbi sprue

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And a look at the back side

These two sprues form the backbone of the Forces of the Abyss army, one of them being a dual kit. They’re some of the nicest plastic kits I’ve seen from Mantic. And I like that they no longer have integrated bases. Now it’ll be easier to have them on unit bases.

You’ll find the usual extra bits on the sprues to build a standard bearer and a musician, and in the case of the Lower Abbysals there’s even a two-handed axe. But only one. The unit entry gives you the option to switch the shields for two-handed weapons, so if you have many sprues (the Mega Starter Army includes 16) you could build a unit with that weapon option. I hope Mantic releases an upgrade kit or something to allow the 2 weapon build in a more cost-effective way than buy lots of sprues, though.

Both sprues also have a few small Imps on them that you can use to either decorate your unit bases, or bundle them together, as the Imps have their own entry on the army list.

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The Molochs are made of metal. You get 6 unique heads, but out of the 3 bodies 2 are the same

This is a heavy kit. I like the six head options, two of them have some specially sad/pathetic expressions that I love. I was wondering why the strange combination of arms (four left options, but only two for the right), but seeing the promo pictures I believe that instead of the duplicate left arm with a sword I got, the kit comes with a right arm with a sword.

Not shown here are the Abyssal Champion and the Abyssal Ifrit, because they were missing from my package. The Mega Starter army also comes with a bag of Gargoyles, but I’m not showing them because it’s an old kit and restic. So my interest for it is pretty low, I’m not looking forward to cleaning those.

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The Abyssal Fiend is a big resin kit.

Besides the army bundle, I also got the Abyssal Fiend. Renamed to Archfiend of the Abyss on the army list. It’s a really nice kit, and you get the option to build it with or without wings, to reflect the entry options. Even if it’s a slightly expensive upgrade, I’m going to build mine with wing because rule of cool. You can see mine has the wings piece slightly damaged, but I believe it’ll be an easy fix.

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