Dungeon Saga – Last Few Hours!

It’s been a crazy time since I last posted about the Kickstarter only 48 hours ago. Stretch goal after stretch goal has been absolutely smashed and another $200,000 has been raised. All in two days!

Take a look at all the great stuff that has been unlocked and, if your sitting on the fence, hopefully this will sway you (you only have a few hours to go)…

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That’s a lot of cool stuff. We also finally managed to unlock something people seem to be foaming at the bit for, the simple door…





And one of my favorites is some kind of giant Abyssal beasty which will come in something similar to one of these concept designs :)…




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There has also been a couple of great articles over on the games designers, Jake Thornton, blog. These delve into what else will be in the game including hero advancement, downtime between dungeons etc. Check ‘em out…

Getting Along Famously

What’s The Difference Between Core And Advanced DS?

Hero Experience In Dungeon Sagas

Dungeon Saga Downtime

Build Your Own Heroes


And if that doesn’t get you hooked on this great project and running here to pledge, I really don’t know what will.

Dungeon Saga – Only 60 Hours To Go!


That’s right, there is now only 60 hours left to grab yourself an amazing deal, a whole host of figures and a plethora of Kickstarter exclusives in what has shaped up to be one of Mantic Games best Kickstarters to date!

I’ve already pledged for the game, and to be fairly honest I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to. For $100 (approx £65) you get all of the following…

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Value for money? Hell yes! Even if you are sitting thinking ‘I’ll just pick it up at when it hits retail’, you’d be paying out £50 or so, and only getting about 50% of the models that you see above, and that doesn’t even touch on the exclusives and add-ons!

So far I’ve been incredibly impressed with the add-ons and stretch goals, but there are a few that have really caught my eye. The two expansions for a start, the first the Warlord of Galahir adds an entire new story to your quest and lets you use the fantastic Kapoka dryad character you get in your basic pledge…


The second, my favorite by far, is the Infernal Crypt, adding in a whole host of fantastic Abyssal models. These have been in the background for Kings of War and Mantica in general for years, but this is the first chance to find out anything really solid about them and get a great look at their appearance. And boy do they look fantastic…


I’ve always had a bit of a thing for evil fantasy armies, so these guys really float my boat (in a lake of fiery blood, obviously). There’s even a wee bit more to come for the Abbysals in the form of a creature to lead the forces you get in the expansion, but that requires some more pledging from all you lovely people out there. Hint, hint ;)

One of the most recent stretch goals to be unlocked was for this tome…


And I was surprised to say this is the one I’m most looking forward to. Just take a look at what it will contain…

- Write an in-depth background section describing the Mantica setting and the races that inhabit it.

- Add a comprehensive system for building your own heroes and villains.

- Add a character pad for keeping track of your newly-designed heroes on the tabletop.

- Boost your bonus cards and counters to include new equipment and spells.

That’s gonna extend the life of the game extensively, hopefully making it a lot more RPGish whilst it’s at it, whilst also expanding on the lore and background for the Mantica universe. This thing is really building up Mantics fantasy setting to a massive degree, very similar to how Deadzone has been doing the same thing for the Warpath universe.

Finally I wanted to touch on the legendary characters. These will be the ultimate bad ass version of the characters you get in the basic pledge, with the best armour, weapons and equipment, and I hate to sound like I’m repeating myself, but they look damn good…

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So, really, what are you waiting for? Get over here and jump on board! The more of you that do, the more likely I get some more free toys as well :D

Deadzone – Plague Painting Guide!

With the main bulk of my Plague force fully painted and ready to rip some faces off, I thought I would share the methods I used to get them looking how I did these guys…



Flesh: Basecoat of Pallid Wych Flesh

Wash of 3:1 Druchii Violet and Lahmian Medium

Wait for the previous wash to dry and add a light wash of 3:1 Drakenhof Nightshade and Lahmian Medium

Once dry add a fine highlight of Pallid Wych Flesh


Blue trousers: Basecoat Kantor Blue

Highlight of Altdorf Guard Blue

Highlight 1:1 Altdorf Guard Blue and White

Fine Highlight of 2:1 White and Altdorf Guard Blue


Orangey Brown Sectons: Basecoat Tau Light Ochre

Wash of Agrax Earthshade

Highlight of Tau Light Ochre

Fine highlight of 1:1 Tau Light Ochre and Pallid Wych Flesh


Guns, Blades & Metals: Basecoat of Doombull Brown

Stipple on Trollslayer Orange then Fire Dragon Bright

Lightly drybrush Leadbelcher to the edges

Wash of Agrax Earthshade

Fine highlight of Leadbelcher to some of the edges and stippled onto larger areas


Green Spines & Armour Plates: Basecoat of Caliban Green

Highlight of Snot Green

Highlight of Moot Green

Fine Highlight of 2:1 White and Moot Green


Glowy Green Faces: Add a coat of watered down Moot Green on and around the eyes and mouth. This should be about 5 parts water to 1 part paint.

Allow to dry and then add a coat of 3:1:1 Water, Moot Green and White, leaving the outer most parts the original colour

To finish off add a dab of 3:1 White and Moot Green to the centre


Jackets, Straps and Pouches: Basecoat in Black

Add a highlight of Mechanicus Standard Grey

Highlight with Codex Grey

Fine Highlight of Celestra Grey

Wash with Badab Black


Belt Buckles: Basecoat XV88

Highlight with 2:1 XV88 and Yriel Yellow

Highlight Yriel Yellow

Fine Highlight 1:1 Yriel Yellow and White


Bases: The first step for my bases was done before any undercoating and was as simple as adding a coat of the GW texture paint Astrogranite. This gives it the texture, but with enough spacing between them to feel like a concrete surface. It also has the added bonus of filling and hiding the seam around the circular section around the feet and the slot in the base.

Once the rest of the figure was painted I then moved onto the base as the last step.

First was a basecoat of Mechanicus Standard Grey

Then a drybrush of Codex Grey

Another drybrush this time with Clestial Grey

And a final drybrush of Terminatus Stone

To make it feel a bit more natural I then added a coat of watered down Dryad Bark to most of the base. I reccomend a very thin coat, at least 5:1 Water and Dryad Bark

I then added small patches of a 5:1 mix of Water and Doombull brown to add further variation.

Finally I painted the rims of the bases black to tidy them up a bit.

And there you have it, nice and simple but good looking none the less, even if I do say so myself :D

If I happened to miss anything that you want to know about, just leave me a comment :)

Deadzone – Plague Booster!

So I have added a booster to my Plague force…IMG_9484

This will give them a wee bit extra oomphf, especially with a couple of Frag weapons in there:). I’ve painted them up to match the rest of the force, with the only real difference being the coats worn by one of the Mortar crew and the grenade launcher bloke. These I went with black on to stick with the theme and give them a trenchcoat feel. Here’s how they look now…

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The only one of them still not done is the swarm. I don’t see myself using it anytime soon so I wasn’t in a rush to get it done, but I will eventually get it panted :). But for now that’s the Plague force complete. When it comes to models anyway. I’ve been getting quite into writing the fluff for these guys which I’ll show off soon, along with some pics of the whole force together :D

Deadzone – Plague Strider Finished!

This model is a beauty! I found it really easy to put together, especially as the components allow a great degree of flexibility to the pose, giving you an awesome looking model no matter what :)

I’ve chosen to paint it in the same fashion as the clothing for the Stage 3s to give it, and them, a uniform feel. Although I knew I would also need to make it look a bit more worn and worse for wear. Here’s how it turned out…







I painted this before fully constructing, as it would be a lot trickier to get right otherwise. I left the arms, the cockpit front and the pilot off to paint separately.

This gave me the inspiration for some back story to the Plague force I’ve put together, as well as some scenery once the force is ready.

The idea centers around a corporation, Feist Security Technology, that operates in a similar manner to a police force, with the notable exception they only serve and protect those that pay for the privilege. Whilst escorting a shipment from a client corporation all hell brakes loose leaving a few Plague infected Feist security troopers . These troopers keep spreading the Plague, instinct taking them back to the central Feist buildings and spreading the sickness throughout, garnering a good mix of well trained grunts, specialists, equipment and a Gr77 ‘Riot’ mech.

Even made up a logo to go with the corporation…


It’s only the start of an idea, but I’m gonna run with it and see where ti takes me :D

Deadzone – Plague Stage 1 Finished!

The final model from the Plague starter, the Stage 1, is finished. Now I’ve got one hell of a beast to lead the swarm, pack, herd?

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I’ve painted him pretty much the same way as the Stage 2s, as there’s not much different other than the size. I did find it hard to decide which bits should be armour plates or flesh as the definition between the two seems blurred at best ob the model, although I’m still pleased with how he turned out :)

Next up will be the Strider :D

Deadzone – Plague Stage 2’s Complete

Another 3 models are done from the Plague faction starter bringing it ever closer to completion. This time it’s some of the big guys…

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I’m happy with how they turned out, although as they don’t have any of the orange and blue the Stage 3’s have they do look a little out of place alongside them.

They have been painted using the same methods as the Stage 3’s, except that the armour was given a basecoat of Caliban Green before the highlighting process began.

Deadzone – Plague Stage 3’s Complete!

I’m cracking on with the Plague faction with the stage 3’s getting the first licks of paint. Just the flesh done for now…


It was surprisingly easy to get the flesh the way I wanted it, and if you fancy giving it a go here’s how I did it…

Basecoat of Pallid Wych Flesh

Wash of 3:1 Druchii Violet and Lahmian Medium

Wait for the previous wash to dry and add a light wash of 3:1 Drakenhof Nightshade and Lahmian Medium

Once dry add a fine highlight of Pallid Wych Flesh

And after adding a wee bit more colour…

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I didn’t really change anything from the tester as I really liked how that one turned out and I’m really pleased with how they look together :)

Here’s a run down on how I painted the other bits and pieces…

Blue trousers: Basecoat Kantor Blue

Highlight of Altdorf Guard Blue

Highlight 1:1 Altdorf Guard Blue and White

Fine Highlight of 2:1 White and Altdorf Guard Blue

Vests: Basecoat Tau Light Ochre

Wash of Agrax Earthshade

Highlight of Tau Light Ochre

Fine highlight of 1:1 Tau Light Ochre and Pallid Wych Flesh

Guns and Blades: Basecoat of Doombull Brown

Stipple on Trollslayer Orange then Fire Dragon Bright

Lightly drybrush Leadbelcher to the edges

Wash of Agrax Earthshade

Fine highlight of Leadbelcher to some of the edges

Green Spines: Basecoat of Snot Green

Highlight of Moot Green

Fine Highlight of 2:1 White and Moot Green

Dungeon Saga – Dwarf Kings Quest

Mantic Games are currently working on their latest Kickstarter for Dungeon Saga: Dwarf King’s Quest and it’s already a record breaker. It managed to reach it’s funding goal in just 4 minutes! That’s right 4 minutes! Wow! So let’s take a look with whats been happening and all of the reasons I’ve pledged towards this already fantastic looking game :D


It centres around the classic struggle between a party of heroes and the forces of darkness, represented by the Undead. One player takes on the mantle of the Necromancer and controls his evil host, whilst up to four other players can lead the mighty heroes on their adventure.


The game contains coloured plastic miniatures and full colour, modular dungeon tiles ready to use right out of the box. No assembly is required.

Whether you’re a veteran of the dungeon genre or you’re simply looking for a great game to play with the kids, Dungeon Saga has something for everyone!

This Kickstarters very unique in that there is only a couple of options for pledge levels; $1 for those looking to back, but can’t afford the whole shebang and $100 to get the game and all of the extra stretch goal goodness that has already been unlocked. Take a look at what you currently get for that price…

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Worth $100? Definitely. Without a doubt this is already looking like incredible value for money, with a great amount of miniatures, extras and Kickstarter exclusives. It looks like just this will keep you going with the game for a good amount of time.
Let’s take a look at the current stretch goal and some of my favorites already locked in….

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That’s some very cool plastic terrain for the game which reminds me in a very nostalgic way of Heroquest and the terrain that came with that (in fact the whole thing reminds me of Heroquest, which is no bad thing :))


My favorite of the unlocks so far has to be Blaine! A regular of every Mantic Kickstarter so far, it was amazing to see him in a Fantasy game and if the concept art is anything to go by this will be one cracking model!


Resin version of all the main heroes will be available to add on to your pledge, but their also doing the Legendary versions. These will be for when your heroes have advanced through the story and gained items and abilities that make them so much more special. It’s great to see that this can be represented on the figure and not just the stat cards :)


The first part of the first expansion being made as part of the Kickstarter was this great hero, a shapeshifting Dryad. Another great piece of concept art that gets me reallt excited for the miniature but also a great sneak peak at what could be done for the nature force for Kings of War!


Also unlocked is the first expansion, Warlord of Galahir, introducing some greenskins to the game.

As you can see thats a fair amount of great stuff and I have’nt even showed you all of it! Head over to the Kcikstarter page and take a look for yourself; https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1744629938/dungeon-saga-the-dwarf-kings-quest

You can also check out a couple of videos, a couple of which are from a seminar held here in Edinburgh that I went along to with none other than Ronnie Renton…

There’s also a couple of competitions going on at the moment, both of which give you the opportunity to win a pledge in the current Kickstarter, or 5 copies of the retail copy of the game. The first you can find on Deathwatch Studios Facebook Page and the second being run by Board Game Geek, so get over to both of these pages (they are separate competitions so make sure you enter both) and hopefully you win the awesome prize. Best of luck folks :D

I really hope you will come along and pledge for this great game, not only because it will hopefully net me some more shiny toys, but because it looks like it will be an awesome game. If you’re new to Kickstarter you can check out our Guide to Pledging, Stretch Goals and Add-ons here. Mantic will of course be on hand to answer any questions you might have!

Please pledge your support and spread the word – we appreciate your support!