Here at Graven Games, we love any opportunity to field huge robots, hulking battle suits and other machines of war in our armies. Today we are looking at the Iron Ancestor, a large combat exoskeleton for the Forge Father faction in Warpath by Mantic Games. We’ve looked at the Forge Father Hailstorm Cannon in the past (see here), so we’re familiar with the heavily armed and armoured feel of the Forge Father faction.
Warpath is Mantic’s own futuristic wargame, with several highly varied factions to choose from including the brutal Marauder Orx and the technologically advanced mining communities of the Forge Fathers. The rules are available for free on Mantic’s website.
Here you can see the retail box of our Iron Ancestor, the box comes with an glossy sleeve which contains a large picture of a painted Iron Ancestor model on the front, and a smaller picture plus some blurb about the Iron Ancestor on the rear. On the rear of the sleeve is also 1 Mantic Point which can be saved up and traded in for free models, tools & accessories. The Iron Ancestor kit is available for £12.49 (around $20) on the Mantic website.
We’ve talked about these boxes in previous reviews, and the’ve always been a nice touch as the plastic case gives you somewhere to store your minis or gaming accessories like dice and counters, once you have assembled the model kit. The box is lined with two sheets of black foam to protect the contents.
Here you can see what comes in the box, a 60mm wooden base, and the 8 pieces needed to build one Iron Ancestor model,
The parts that make up the Iron Ancestor are cast in plastic, and are nicely detailed, here you can see the complete kit minus the base. As you can see there was no sprue to remove.
Here are a couple of closeup shots showing the detail and styling of the Iron Ancestor.
No instructions were included in this kit, but we found it pretty straightforward to build without them. We started by gluing the legs into the lower torso piece, using the built in grooves to line things up. It’s a well balanced model and stands up easily under its own weight.
Next we took the upper torso and attached the backpack type piece, before gluing the whole thing on top of the legs/lower torso. There’s a reasonable amount of poseability due to the ball/socket design of the upper & lower torso.
This is the Heat Hammer, we simply had to glue the head of the hammer to the main arm. We then attached both the Heat Hammer and the other arm (Double Hailstorm Cannon) to the sides of the upper torso.
The last thing we did was simply attach the base to finish off this great looking model. Here are some shots from various angles.
As always, we were interested to see how this model sizes up with models from other ranges. Below you can see the Forge Father Iron Ancestor in the middle, with a Warhammer 40k Space Marine from Games Workshop to the left, and a Mantic Games Corporation Marine (review here) to the right.
We were also eager to see how big the Iron Ancestor is compared with a Space Marine Dreadnought for Warhammer 40k. It’s just a touch shorter and less bulky than the Dreadnought, but still a very heavily armed and armoured warrior.
Mantic describes the Iron Ancestor as the Forge Fathers’ walking tank, combining the flexibility of infantry with the firepower and resilience of an armoured vehicle, and we think this design definitely fits the bill. It’s a great looking model, perfect for Warpath, but also suitable for use as an alternative model in other wargames such as Warhammer 40k. We also feel some of the parts have a lot of potential for use in conversions, especially the legs and weapons. Let us know what you think of this model, or how you have used it in the comments below. If you’d like to see what else Mantic have to offer, head over to http://www.manticgames.com