Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A Closer Look at Arkham Asylum

Hi all!
I did say I would give you a better look at the wonderful Arkham Asylum from Knight Models so here we are.
I have set up a little sample game so you can see how big it is compared to the minis from the Batman Minis Game. I will also state again that this is a 'prototype' and not the final kit so you will see a couple of areas where I have tweaked it a little. These have been reported back to KM and have been fixed already for production.

Guarding the front gate are a pair of angels. The base of the one on the right looks a little off as I wanted the wings on each to be central. It's an impressive entrance.

Inside the courtyard are a couple of watch towers. The Arkham guards are always armed a willing to stop an escapees. You may recognise these towers from the Arkham City game island.

Joker, Harley and a couple of goons walk out of the front door. I have added an extra step in front of the door to cover a small gap that was there.

The Green Arrow and his trusty Sidekick Speedy are perched on the roof ready for trouble.
Just to the right of Speedy you can see a small arch I have added to the parapet to cover another small gap.

Two Face and the Riddler climb out on to the balconies for a better look at the courtyard.
Beside the fence here there are a couple of panels i have added that could become electrical boxes. These cover a couple of holes the fences didn't quite line up to.

Another look at the front steps with Harley happily strolling towards the police.

The watchtowers are the perfect vantage point for Batman. He can zip up to them and even duck away in the guards hut if needed for extra cover.

The towers also have more than enough room to move around for a full view of the area.
I had to add the Arkham City Batmobile in the middle as that's where it spends most of the game parked.

Shortly after taking these photos, I got carried away with spray cans.
Lots more to do yet, but it's starting to take shape.

More soon,

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Court of Owls Review and Giveaway

Over on the Wayland Games Blog this week I have  Court of Owls review looking at the starter box and Gotham Butcher.
But, that's not all it is!
By commenting on the article you could also be chosen to win some very nice 'Owly' Batman Mini Game models!

Head over and take a look HERE

- Hendybagder

Friday, 24 July 2015

Wayland Games Cut Batman Mini Prices

Recently I have seen a few comments about Wayland Games costing more than other retailers for Batman Minis.
When I went onto the WG site on Wednesday to check prices for a review, I noticed ALL the Batman minis prices had been cut!
Single figures and two packs around £10.36 and crew boxes for £19.99. Large single figures range in price depending on size but are still as cheap as anywhere else.

Another complaint I have seen is people having to wait for Wayland Games to get stock of an 'available' model. The new site now has live stock levels on so you know if they have it there or have to order it in.

The next complaint was postage costs were too high. They now ship free for orders over £40 and it's about £6 for tracked / enhanced postage if you want it.

After spotting they had the new releases in stock, I wanted to test out what people had been saying and see if there was anything behind these complaints.

On Wednesday night at 9:30pm, I ordered a crew, henchmen and three single packs.
All at the new low prices and all said they had # in stock.
Thursday morning they had all been shipped.
They arrived at 11am Friday morning.

Test 1 results - I can't see what people are moaning about!

So, if you want to grab some new minis, why not check out Wayland Games,

Some of you may know I write for the Wayland blog and will have noticed the Wayland banners on the side of this page. So you don't think this is an ad for them, I wanted to explain what it's all about quickly.
I decided to put this post together after seeing several negative comments when sharing my Wayland articles. People complaining that haven't even dealt with Wayland in the last year or two but appear to be the vocal majority online. I was starting to get sick of them to be honest.
As for the banners, Wayland don't pay for them like a few have suggested. They are part of the Affiliate program that I chose to join and place on here. I do get commission from any sales they generate but this has only been about £45 in almost two years. Not really worth sucking up for.
I hope that clears things up and if you ever fancy helping this page out a little. feel free to click on the banners to shop on the Wayland site.

- Hendybadger

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Marvel Mini Review - Green Goblin + Doctor Octopus

Hi all!
It's time to take a look at some of the recent Marvel offerings from Knight Models.
The last couple of months have seen releases of two of Spiderman's biggest foes. The Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus.

Both of these models come in the usual Knight Models packaging. A blister with all the parts shown on one side held in tightly with foam and the backing card showing a finished version of the model inside.
While these models don't have rules cards like the Batman ones do at the moment, there is talk of a Marvel minis game coming in the future.

Here you can see the parts included in each. I did forget to include the new plastic scenic bases that now come with all KM models.
These parts were VERY clean. Minimal mould lines and only a couple of bits of flash to remove.
The Green Goblins's body is in four parts withe a single part glider and a smoke trail.
Doc Ock is a single piece body with two separate arms and a pair of arms attached to the base tab.
I decided to cut the base tabs off of these to mount them on resin base toppers so ended up with four lose Doc Ock arms.

Glue time......

The Green Goblin was really simple to build. All of the parts fit together really well with barely any gaps, no more than any other metal model anyway.
Doc Ock took a little more work but only due to the fact I separated the base arms and mounted it on a higher base then usual. This meant that I need to do a extra bit of bending on the robotic arms to get him to stand the way I wanted him.
There are quite small connections on the body so make sure you have the arms in the position you want them and then glue them strongly one at a time.

On Wayland Games these will set you back £10.36 each. It might seem a bit much for a single mini but these are quite big, very detailed and licensed characters. Plus, its no more than a ship or character for some of the bigger games out there.

Overall, I am in LOVE with these minis. They are both really big imposing villains that fit the Spiderman setting really well. The sculpts and poses capture each character perfectly and I can honestly say that these are both now up there in my Top 5 Knight Models minis ever produced.
I really can't wait to see what Marvel goodies they come out with next.

Scores -

Green Goblin - 10/10 Badger Points

Doctor Octopus - 9/10 Badger Points

What do you think of them?
Will you be picking up any of the Marvel range?

- Hendybadger

Monday, 20 July 2015

Building the Asylum

As you may have seen the other day, the fantastic team over at Knight Models sent over this fantastic Arkham Asylum kit for me to test out.
Before I cover it in more detail, I thought I would post up a few WIP pics.

I do need to state though that this is a PROTOTYPE kit and has one or two things that need changing before the final release.
Luckily, anything I found was reported to KM and fixed the same day!

Above you can see the main body of the Asylum. I did mean to take pictures as I was building it, but to be honest I was just too damn excited!!!!

Next step of the main buildings. Adding the balconies to the front and back and the towers with gargoyles on top.

Another shot of the finished main building. This thing is HUGE!!!!! That board it's sitting on is 3 feet wide.

The next step was the Arkham Guard towers and front gate with pair of angels. The right angel make look like the base is off to the side a bit, but I wanted the wings central. The base will be covered with grass and such anyway.

Prepping the outer fences. That is a pair of GW clippers to give you a sense of scale.

Aaaaaaand built! This thing takes up an entire 3x3 board all on it's own. I have added a couple of little tweaks to cover the areas that needed fixing but I'll show them in more detail next time.
Now I just need to decide on paint and how I'm going to do the board.
Grass and paths like in the Rulebook?
All concrete courtyard like is shown in Gotham?
A mix of courtyard and grass like Assault on Arkham?

What do you think?

- Hendybadger

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Wayland Blog and Batman Goodies Giveaway

As some of you may know already, I am writing about the Batman Minis Game on the Wayland Games Blog as well as on here.

With my latest post in an ongoing Batman series, Wayland have added a nice little giveaway!
To take part, all you need to do is head to this post HERE and comment with what you would like to see next in my Batman series.
Three random commenters will then be chosen to receive some very nice Knight Models minis. The image at the top here is s little clue at what they might be.

Good luck

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