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A Day in the Corp. A Look at Mantic’s Corporation Army Box.

May 9th, 2012 by Marc 2 Comments

Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal’s a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps! (Aliens. 1986)

Product Info:

This is what the Mantic site says.

A Corporation Army launches in to battle by first sending out Ranger Teams to seize important battlefield objectives before taking out enemy leaders with well placed precision shooting. The enemies cover is then quickly destroyed by Heavy Weapons Teams before the Marines go in, taking out what opposition remains, bringing another planet under Corporation control.

Number of Miniatures: 46

Product Type: Plastic Resin Miniatures

Unit Type: Army Set

This Set Includes:

  • 1 x FREE Warpath Rules
  • 20 x Corporation Marines Includes Special Weapons, energy fist and pistol.
  • 3 x two-man Heavy Weapon Squad with Heavy Laser and Autocannon variants.
  • 10 x Corporation Veterans – 8 Veterans with Special Weapons and 1 x two-man Heavy Weapon Team.
  • 10 x Corporation Rangers includes drop-packs and special weapons.
  • Round Plastic Bases
  • Mantic Points

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted.

£49.99

At first glance I wasn’t overly impressed with the boxed set, Upon opening I was met by several little clear plastic bags full of body parts, well arms, torso / legs, heads and all the other bits required to build the 46 miniatures but without any clue which was which, I couldn’t tell the ten Rangers from the ten Veterans.

On closer inspection it became easier to tell which bag was which, the bag with 8 torsos and a heavy weapon team, ah that’s the Veterans! Maybe simple stickers on the bags would be something for Mantic to look at in the future.

The Heavy Weapon Team was the first model in the kit I assembled and I was very pleased with how well it went together, with only minor corrections, (resin will warp, it can’t be helped.)

In the picture above I have simply added sand to the Mantic 60mm base and washed the figs with a thinned down black paint to show the details, which are excellent.

In this picture we see a basic trooper with a basic weapon and apart from slight differences in the heads and a few special weapons and Drop-Packs, most of your army is going to look just like this, talk about rank and file, but not to much of a big deal.

Again the quality of the miniature was above average and it was very easy to assemble, even without instructions, with a good level of detail, again brought out with a simple wash of watered down black paint.

Here we have a Squad Leader with pistol and energy fist and as per the last two models it went together like a dream. At this point I will note, these are not plastic miniatures they are made of a type of resin and must be assembled with super glue or other contact adhesive and not a polymer cement-plastic glue.

I haven’t assembled any more of the boxed set as this gives you a good example of what you are going to get. Two basic torso poses, one crouching and one walking with left foot back, although this is probable my only gripe with the set.

The Good the Bad and the Ugly:

The Good:

  • Great value for money
  • Scale works with other systems, think lots an’ lots of K’s about 40’000 of them
  • Quality of moulding / little or no trimming required
  • Plenty of classic sci-fi movie character
  • Free Warpath rules included

The Bad:

  • Limited poses
  • Weapon options. Wait! There are no weapon options.
  • Slightly confusing packaging.
  • The parts can be a bit fiddly during assembly. Ok I’m just looking for bad points now.

The Ugly:

  • Move along nothing to see here, they look great.

Conclusion:

Well if you recognised the movie quote I used to kick of this review you will probably have an immediate fondness for these figures, although not perfect I think they have a real character and they remind me of Colonial Marines from Aliens.

No matter if you intend to play Warpath with these mini’s or simply use them as a cheaper, no less expensive option for expanding your existing armies from other systems, this is a great buy. Cheap, quality miniatures are now a viable option.

 

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….