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Original metal manticore (6th edition army book) base size? 
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Slave (off the Altar)

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Hey folks,

I think we only had the one Manticore model (Metal with a beastmaster on top) and I came across one on Ebay recently that I bought.

I can't figure out if putting it on the 50mm base was the right decision though! I can't tell from the army book with confidence and the pictures I found online very wildly, some even being rectangular.

So do we have any idea if it was the big 40mm one or the 50mm one?

Malekith comes on a custom 50mm making me think that the Manticore comes with the 40, but I guess it could have also changed at some point.


Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:13 pm
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Cold One Knight
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Manticore was always on the 50mm base to my knowledge, as were all monsters in 6th edition.

The Dark Pegasus is the one to fit on a 40mm base.


Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:27 am
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Slave (off the Altar)

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Cheers Nostromo!

Strange how much overlap there is between Dark Elves, Dark Eldar and Night Lords fans(We must all just be fans of sadistic torture :lol: )


Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:01 am
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The original manticores (back in the days of 3rd ed) were on 40mm bases.

The general rule was always that you should use the base that the model came with. If it did not come with a base, it's pretty much up to you as to how to base it - there are two main philosophies: i) pick a base that seems right relative to the size of the model or ii) pick a base that is the same size as the most recent models for that monster so that you are not at a competitive advantage over your adversaries.

I did have a minor spat playing a game of 8th edition some years ago. My manticore with master attached was on a 40mm base and was pretty small in height. That meant that my opponent could not see him using true LOS and so could not shoot him. He was a bit put out because, had I been using the most current model of manticore, he would have been able to see him and shoot him. The end result was that the manticore master was able to swoop in and murder his Vampire Count general without getting shot. Technically I was in the right, but I think his point had some merit too. It was a friendly game so it didn't matter that much.

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Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:44 am
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Trainee Warrior

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The metal manticore came with a 50mm x 50mm base indeed. I recently assembled mine:
http://druchii.net/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=78742

Interestingly, I found this page on the eefl forum, where the base size for 8th is mentioned as 50mm x 100mm..
This would mean that the latest manticore came with a different base size.


Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:17 pm
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That is correct. The last manicure was on 50mm by 100mm IIRC. GW went that way towards the end, it was part of their make monsters and everything bigger so that they looked more powerful and they could charge more for their purchase.

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Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:23 pm
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And what base size did the dark pegasus come with in 8th? I found an overview on the eefl.forum that said 40x40mm, but that seems awfully small.
Considering regular cavalry comes with 25x50mm, it seems appropriate to mount it on a 50x50mm.


Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:33 am
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