Monday, 1 June 2015

Review - Comparison of GW & Mantic Zombies


GW & Mantic (right) Zombie

I recently painted up a Mantic Zombie Regiment and an equivalent Games Workshop unit and thought it might be useful if a put up a comparison.

The figures are about the same height but the GW model is bulkier. Both are plastic kits but the GW is multipose with all sorts of options. The GW is disappointingly sculpted. It has very exaggerated cartoon features with enormous hands and the bits don't fit together too happily.

GW Zombie Regiment

On the plus side one can put together a really chaotic looking regiment with all the GW options but the models seem very crowded on the movement tray because of their bulk.

Mantic Zombie Regiment

The Mantic models are much, much faster to put together and are easy and quick to paint. Speed is not an entirely irrelevant issue when creating zombie hordes. On balance I think they look as good as the GW models, albeit with a very different style.

In terms of cost, the RRP of the GW set is £20.50 for twenty which is a fair price considering all the options available. The Mantic zombies currently weigh in at an RRP of £24.99 for forty or £29.99 if including the metal upgrade parts for the command models. Command models are purely decorative in Kings of War and command zombies strike me as a non sequitur so I don't think they are worth the extra fiver. You may feel differently.

So there we have it. 
Both sets are decent value for money but on balance I recommend the Mantic offering because : (i) they are cheap - two regiments for £25, (ii) they are easy to model, and (iii) I like the look of them.



8 comments:

  1. Nicely put John, another thing about the Mantic vs the GW ones, is, most zombie games don't use armed zombies, their hand & bites being enough. Thus I agree the Mantic Zombies look much better!

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    1. Good point, Terry. Zombies aren't armed.

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  2. I have 40 of the mantic ones and use them in Deadzone as extras for Zombie games, but they are very nice models to work with, and a very good price.

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  3. Nice Zombies and a great comparison.
    cheers

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  4. Yes there totally different style wise. I think the advantage with the plastic kits is there easy to customise. I have seen the Mantic zeds mixed with there ghouls with great success.

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    1. One of the advantages of plastic is certainly its mutability.

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