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The rise and fall of Mannfred von Carstein

Mannfred von Carstein is one of the Warhammer world’s most infamous and inscrutable villains. For hundreds of years he has lurked in the depths of Sylvania, plotting his rise to power. Now he has come to power, but not in the manner he expected…

If you got your hands on Warhammer: Nagash at the weekend, you may already have read about Mannfred von Carstein’s involvement in Nagash’s resurrection. For those of you that haven’t, it didn’t quite go as Mannfred planned. He fully intended to resurrect Nagash – that much was true – and bind the Great Necromancer to his will using his own formidable necromantic skill. Mannfred’s phenomenal arrogance was to be his undoing. No one has mastery over Nagash, especially not an upstart Vampire.

Following Nagash’s resurrection, Mannfred found himself entirely at the mercy of the Supreme Lord of the Undead. His nefarious plans were instantly curtailed, his evil plans eclipsed by those of his new master. His sire, Vlad, was even brought back from the underworld, much to Mannfred’s disgust (and despair). However, Mannfred was also rewarded for his part in Nagash’s rebirth, his most obvious gift the Dread Abyssal Ashigaroth, the Gorger upon the Meek.

Ashigaroth takes the form of a bat-faced nightmare, mirroring the personality of his master. His bones are charred black by the burning skulls crammed inside his body, a physical representation of the feeble souls he devoured in the underworld. Ashigaroth takes the form of a bat-faced nightmare, mirroring the personality of his master. His bones are charred black by the burning skulls crammed inside his body, a physical representation of the feeble souls he devoured in the underworld.
Mannfred wields Gheistvor, the Sword of Unholy Power. Like its owner, Gheistvor has become more powerful following Nagash’s resurrection and now burns with ethereal energy. Mannfred wields Gheistvor, the Sword of Unholy Power. Like its owner, Gheistvor has become more powerful following Nagash’s resurrection and now burns with ethereal energy.
Mannfred also carries his iconic sickle-shaped staff, the souls of the dead bound within it screaming along its haft. Mannfred also carries his iconic sickle-shaped staff, the souls of the dead bound within it screaming along its haft.
The new, plastic rendition of Mannfred is a faithful reproduction of his resin miniature, albeit with more elaborate armour and wargear. The new, plastic rendition of Mannfred is a faithful reproduction of his resin miniature, albeit with more elaborate armour and wargear.

If you want to find out more about Mannfred, make sure you pick up the Sigmar’s Blood Campaign Book and the novella of the same name, which set the scene for Nagash’s resurrection perfectly.