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Hello, I was just browsing around the FW website and stumbled upon the Tau Mantra again, and I thought "Hey! these finally might not be on pre-order anymore, maybe I get to see some pictures of fully painted ones!"
But in short, are these things even officially released yet? I've seen they're status for more than a year on FW of just being on pre-order.
If so has anyone ever even seen of these in person before?
I find it a bit hard to believe that people would pay a arm and a leg for something they will have trouble lifting.
Aren't they called "Manta", sticking to the fishy theme of the tau..?
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It looks awesome, my money is they are waiting for a certain amount of pre-orders to come in before putting it into production, especially with it being 895 POUNDS!
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Yes you can actually purchase the Manta Missile Destroyer, at 895 quid it is not cheap. On ATT (advanced tau tactica) there is a thread created by a guy who brought one, and was kind enough to take photos of the build process, these things are literally huge, big enough to play games across the wingspan.
86cm wingspan apparently.. Get a tapemeasure, that's pretty damn big.
I'm having trouble seeing how you'd ever use one in game, though.. Sure, your army will probably have deployed from one, but other than for special scenarios (which could be resolved by random pie plates to represent high altitude bombing) is it ever going to see much use?
Yea the manta looks sweet, I will probably buy one once it finally starts getting produced, not for gameplay purposes tho, i don't think it'll be very efficient, but it would definetely look good if well painted and modeled..
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It has rules in the apocalypse forge world book, as well as a data sheet for deploying an entire cadre from it. By the way it is MANTA, not MATA, or MANTRA, say it... MANTA, as it also looks a manta ray.
The one problem I would have with playing with one would be finding a base and a table i would trust my 2000 dollar model on.
Don't worry man, i'm just messing with ya. The people on ATT came up with one use for the gigantic model, as a kill team table. its easily big enough, but could you stand breaking such a thing to make terrain? Not me, personally i'd chop out the bottom so i could pop my head in, then put some padding in and run around with manta on my head. Noone could beat that as a fancy hat. Of course i'd have to hollow something so could see out, naaaaa, i have the 'force'.
Seriously though, if your thinking of buying one of these things for playing games, just think, how often are you actually going to use it? At my club we have a staggering amount of super heavies (Something rediculous like 11baneblades, 3warhounds, and imperial airforce, a chaos airforce, that forge world greater daemon of khorne for 888pts, a pylon, + some other stuff i've forgotten.) With all of that we've only had about 2 apoc battles, seriously for that price you could get another army. Or a TV, or a girlfriend or a car, or a house, or a business.....ok so i derailed a bit after a tv, but you catch my drift don't you? SET SAIL SHAS"UI!!!