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10Jul/181

Oathmark Elf Infantry

Further plastic kits were introduced for the new Oathmark - Battles of the Lost Age system by Osprey Games and Northstar Miniatures, among them new Elven.

Oathmark Elf Infantry

I was able to get my hands on a single sprue for this review, of which 6 are in the complete box with 30 Miniatures in 28mm scale. The price is set at 25 GBP. As you can see, each sprue contains options for spearmen, regular soldiers with hand weapon and shield or archers. And additional pieces for standard bearers and officers. In the box are 30 plastic 25mm square bases by Renedra as well.

The cast is properly done, only a few mould lines and good use of the space within the frame. Each sprue comes with 5 different bodies in chain mail, 7 sword arms, 5 spear arms, 5 pair of arms for archers, 5 shield arms and 5 different shields, along with 10 different heads and a couple of additional bits for customization (feathers, quivers, daggers etc.).

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As I have only 5 bodies to build this review around, I'll split them. After removing the mould lines, it starts with the five different bodies of the Elves.

Oathmark Elf Infantry

Two of which are becoming archers. You have five different pairs of arms, with some drawn bows and others idle carrying the bow in one hand and an arrow in the other one. I was unsure if the arrow goes on the left or right side of the hand, but looked at a couple of pictures and artwork and went with left to the hand and bow.

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The remaining three will be a one spearman, a banner bearer and the champion with a sword, so that all weapon options will be covered.

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As the bodies are prepared, next up the heads. I chose five out of total ten available. I went with two without helmets for the archers and three with helmets. The champion will later receive additional detail to pop out.

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Now with the almost fully assembled set of five, only the quivers, shield and crest for the champion was missing.

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Where do they stand along with other fantasy miniatures? Direct comparison to the Oathmark dwarves in the first picture, with some "related" human warriors from Frostgrave and a Fireforge Men-at-Arms in the second, and along with some Warhammer Elves, Beastman and Orks in the third.

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As you can see, the five already form a small warband. An entire box will easily give you three proper smaller regiments of 10 each.

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Conclusion
These elves sculpted by Michael Anderson, who did the Pike&Shotte Landsknechts for Warlord Games, are a well-rounded plastic kit. They cover the classic elf-like features from many fantasy books and stories. Slender, tall beings. Along with the metal miniatures and upcoming cavalry set, you can form a whole army at a reasonable price. So this is not only a good starting point for the new / upcoming Oathmark setting, but a strong sign towards the competition. Not directly for those who play Age of Sigmar, but the 9th Age community, along with some Kings of War players, as these are from my point of view more appealing than Mantic's petite Elves.

At 25 GBP for 30 Miniatures, this is set at a regular price range as many other plastic kits out there. If the cavalry is a good match and they handle the mounts in a proper way, I can see this becoming a really attractive range along with some characters. If you are not into Oathmark, these might be a good starting point for A Fantastic Saga or the upcoming SAGA Fantasy supplement, or some of the larger fantasy rule sets.

Oathmark - Battles of the Lost Age is a brand by Northstar Miniatures and Osprey Games. Oathmark has a Facebook page as well.

The reviewed product item was provided by the manufacturer.

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  1. Thanks for this great review. I was looking for one on the elves and yours was the first I could find. Good job on general on your numerous reviews on this blog! Keep it up.


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