recently released their 28mm sci fi humans, the corporation. I picked some up a few weeks ago and thought I'd post up a review.
I want to point out that this review is my opinion
and not everyone will agree with me.
Let's begin with detail. A lot of people think that mantic's products are poor and lack detail, well these certainly don't! Their made from "restic" which despite being thought of as a resin, I'm pretty sure it is just plastic that is made differently, giving it the detail properties of resin, but other plastic properties. It's not as easy to cut as regular plastic, but it's not too harmful if you inhale it (if you're into that sort of thing)
These minis are packed with so much detail. The casts are really well done with overall few mould lines. They look like generic sci fi humans in flak armour with laser guns, but the nice thing that separates them from imperial guard, lets say: They have a lot of kit on them, pouches and grenades and knives (which aren't massive like the IG ones)
Stylistically they look like a sort of cross between cadians and elysians, leaning more towards elysians. So they're perfect stand ins.
They are realistically scaled, so are more in line with the FW stuff but still look fine next to normal GW minis.
Here's a shot of the components found in the veteran kit.
Detail get's a 10/10
This is where the biggest let down comes with this kit. In the regular marine kit you'll get 20 guys, including parts to make 2(?) sergeants, but the rest of the guys are armed with standard rifles. The arms and heads aren't attached so there is a degree of poseability there, but only a finite amount. Hopefully mantic will do what it did with the forge fathers and release some alternate head/weapon packs to increase the number of poses available.
Now, this isn't too much of a problem for your standard army as most of them will be kitted with rifles anyway. But the more adventurous converter may be a little disappointed.
Pose-ability gets 5/10
The RRP of the twin pack (20 models) is £24.99 making these ~£1.25 a model. A 10 man squad of guard come in at £18, so £1.80 a model. Not a massive saving, but if you compare them to the FW elysians, who they look more like, which come in at £37 for ten, so £3.7 per mini, it's a good deal.
Value gets a 8/10
As said earlier, I'd like for there to be more options in the kit, but it's not too major a problem for me at the moment. And when it starts becoming a problem, I'll see about casting some alternate arms.
There is an issue with the heavy weapons troops. Originally, the gun was going to be on a little 15mm stand of its own, but somewhere down the line that got changed, so the arms of the gunner don't quite line up with the gun. You can do one of three things to solve this:
Heat the arms in warm water and bend them into position.
Cut the base from the gunner.
Raise the weapon up on some rocks or something similar.
I'll leave you then with a few pictures of the two guys I've finished in the last two days:
And lastly, the scale shot: