Friday, 27 February 2015

Bat-Builder v2 Update!


The fantastic Bat-Builder, online band builder, for the Batman Minis Game has just been updated to V2.


The site includes all models available, a full FAQ, Player map, Setting up, Traits and more


Each character includes their full rules and a downloadable stat card. All you need to do to create your crew is click on the ones you want.
A nice new addition is the Print function so you can all the info there on a page to take wherever you play!

Head over and check out the Bat - Builder and lets us know what you think.

- Hendybadger

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Batman Rulebook Ready to Ship!


Just a quick post today but it'd big news if you have ordered the new Batman Rulebook.
Knight Models have both versions of the Rulebook plus Red Hood and Alfred in hand!

From the announcement -
"Good morning all, I'm glad to announce we have already received the Rulebooks and we'll start to send them at the end of this week or beginning of next week. We hope we will be able to send them all by the end of the next week."

Yay!

- Hendybadger

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Arkham Dozen Painting - Take 2


A while back I joined in with a Batman painting challenge on the Arkham City Limits Facebook group.
The plan is to paint up 12 Knight Models figures over the course of a few weeks. They called it the Arkham Dozen.
My first choice was a whole load of characters. But as I haven't painted in a while, I decided to swap out most of them and go for easy to paint Henchmen to get me started.
I have posted my new 'Dozen' below.
All models are mounted on Post Apoc toppers from Fenris Games

A couple of points to keep in mind though....
1- I am NOT an experienced painter. I have only painted a handful of models in all my time gaming and those were quite a while ago.
2-  I am learning to use a new camera my wife bought me so the pictures may not be all that great yet.

So that's the excuses out of the way, onto the models.


Models 1-5. League of Shadows Ninjas. Finished.
I though these would be nice and simple to get me going. I'm quite pleased with how they turned out. I may go back and add a little more to the bases though.


Models 6+7. Arkham Robin and Arkham Batman. Finished.
You can't play the game without the Dynamic Duo can you?
For a first attempt, I like them. I AM going to do second copies of each once I get some more painting experience under my belt though.


 Models 8-11. GCPD Police. Base coated.
These were chose for two reasons. 1- They seemed fairly easy to paint. 2- They will make a fully usable crew with Batman and Robin.


Model 12. Clayface. Base coated.
For the last one I wanted to do something a little bigger that can be used by most of the crews. Clayface seems to be a basic mix of browns so shouldn't be too difficult. He's also very impressive looking.

Extras.
If I get these finished soon, I'm also going to do Arkham Scarecrow and the GCPD SWAT. Mainly because I'm using those colours already. They will both be good crew additions as well.

Next up.
The next batch of 12, if we do it again, will be a couple of characters for the League, some Green Arrow good guys to use with the police and the start of my Joker and Harley crew.

What do you think so far?
Any and all comments are welcome.

- Hendybadger

Friday, 20 February 2015

Batman Feb Releases from Knight Models


Knight Models have announced their February releases from the Batman Miniature Game.
They look great!

It may not be as many releases as previous months, but the pre-order from the rulebook has now finished so they are working on getting that out of the door as well.


First up is the HUGE Titan Joker. To get a good idea of his size, he's shown here on a 40mm base.
Taken from the Arkham computer games, this new 130 Rep Leader for the Joker crew will give them a very different way of playing.
Willpower 8, Strength 2+, Attack 5 and Endurance 10 means this Joker will be a beast on the table.
While he loses Kaos Agent, his other Traits make up for it.


Next up is something people have been wanting for ages. Bane Henchmen! These Mercs aren't exclusive to Bane though, they also work with the League of Shadows.
Mohawk and Ted Hunter total 61 Rep and $250. Adding Ice Axes and a Shotgun to Banes arsenal means a lot more Blood damage being spread around.
Both have Veteran and Bulletproof Vests but Mohawk goes one better with Combo on his Ice Axes.


Another small Crew that people have wanted reinforcements for also gets some this month in the shape of Black Mask Thugs.
The Goon and Mule Goon total 42 Rep and both come with Stun damage close combat weapons and the Brutal Trait. The Mule also has Sturdy and Veteran.
The best thing about these though is the fact they are the first pack in the game to consist of only repeatable * Henchmen. This means you can take as many copies of these two as you like to really boost Black Mask's ranks.


The final release for Feb is a set of Take The Lead markers. These are used to see who gets the first activation each turn.
Yes, you could use dice or similar. But they won't look as cool as these!

What do you think of this months releases?

I have posted individual shots of the Henchmen below so you can get a better look at them.

- Hendybadger


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Batman Model Reiew - CWs Arrow and Jason Todd Red Hood


For this review I'm going to be looking at two of the January releases for the Batman Miniatures game from Knight Models.
A pair of 'good' guys that are considered to be more lethal vigilantes that clean the towns up in their own special, deadly ways.
I was over the moon when I spotted these up for order as they are probably two of my favourite DC characters.
CWs Arrow, Oliver Queen and the New 52 Red Hood, Jason Todd.


The packaging is the usual KM standards. Clear blisters that have the part held in tightly with foam and a backing card showing a painted version of the model which also doubles up as the stat card.b


Inside the blisters you will find two 35mm scale, metal, highly detailed, multi-part models.
Each comes with a 30mm plastic base and fold out stat card.

The Arrow is a 125 Rep $0 Leader for the Green Arrow crew. He has medium to high stats across the board and three different types of arrow. All arrows are Mechanic and have Aim. The Standard comes in at 2 Blood, Serrated is 2 Blood and Sharp and the Concussion has 1 Blood, 1 Stun and Flash. All that Blood damage makes me think that this Arrow is from Season 1 and not afraid to kill a bad guy or two.
Arrows Special Trait Multifire lets him increase his ROF by 2 if he doesn't move for 1 SC.
Combine all of this with his other Traits of Acrobat, Counterattack, Good Aim, Hook Arrow, Multifire, Shooter, Stealth and Weapon Master makes him a very dangerous member of your crew.

EDIT: Due to a misprint, Weapon Master on Arrow has been replaced with Master Marksman. MUCH better!

Red Hood is an 84 Rep, $400 Sidekick for the Batman and new Organised Crime crews. With stats only a little lower than Arrow's, Red Hood comes into his own when you look at his weapons and Traits.
A pair of 1 Blood, 1 Stun, ROF 3, Ammo 3 Automatic guns combined with Gunman means he can throw out a lot of bullets per turn. Red Hoods Special Trait adds to this  by letting him shoot at enemies with full ROF while within 5cm of them.
His other Traits of Acrobat, Agile,Kevlar Vest, Martial Artist, Searcher and Shooter means the Red Hood can get where he needs to go, avoid damage and take down his targets easy enough.


A closer look at the models shows that fantastic detail.
Arrow comes in four parts. Body, quiver, bow and head. He also has an additional head so you can have him hood up or hood down.
Red Hood is a fairly simple model of only three parts. Main boy and two arms.
In my excitement to get these two built I 'may' have forgotten to take my usual mould lines picture.
To be honest, it wouldn't have shown much anyway. There was hardly anything on Arrow and Red Hood just had one up the side of his helmet that was easy enough to remove.


The builds for these two were really simple. The parts on each fitted together well with very small gaps on the joints that can be filled with a little liquid green stuff in minutes.
I chose the hooded head for Arrow because I'm terrible at faces.
Like the rest of my collection, I decided to cut off the tabs and mount them on Fenris Games Post Apoc base toppers.



"My name is Oliver Queen. For five years I was stranded on an island with only one goal: survive. Now I will fulfill my father's dying wish. To use the list of names he left me and bring down those who are poisoning my city. To do this, I must become someone else. I must become.. something else." - Arrow, Season 1

The Arrow model is stunning. I love it! The fact it has two head options lets people use the Arrow they want to as well. Or just buy two like I did.
Now the GA crew has an official Leader, I have put together a 300 Rep crew that will be tested out very soon.

Leader - Arrow - 125 Rep - $0
Sidekick - Speedy - 74 Rep - $200
Free Agent - Black Canary - 69 Rep - $0
Henchman - Baton Police - 16 Rep - $0
Henchman - Tonfa Police - 14 Rep - $0

At 298 Rep and $200, this leaves you some extra $$$ to give the police an extra piece of equipment each. Arrow and Speedy won't have any problem taking models out at range while Canary takes them on close up and the Police head for the objectives.

"I'm not talking about killing Penguin or Scarecrow or Dent. I'm talking about him. Just him. And doing it because... Because he took me away from you." - Jason Todd, Under the Red Hood

Red Hood is another stunning model. Some people don't like the pose but I see him as dropping down into the middle of a group of Henchmen and taking out as many as he can.
It is a shame he cant work with Speedy though as an Outlaws crew would have been great.
The Organised Crime crew doesn't have many options at the moment, but the addition of Jason Todd to the Batman crew means all the boys can now be taken together. Dick, Jason, Tim and Damien.

Sidekick - Red Hood - 84 Rep - $400
Sidekick - Nightwing - 85 Rep - $0
Free Agent - Robin (Drake) - 68 Rep - $200
Free Agent - Robin (Damien) - 50 Rep - $0
Henchman - Tonfa Police - 14 Rep - $0

At 301 and Rep $600 it's a little (1 Rep) over the limit but who cares right? With only 1 Henchman available the boys will have to do most of the work themselves. I doubt that will be a problem though. Can't wait to try this one out.

Overall, I'm a massive fan of both of these releases. The scores come to......

Red Hood - 9/10 Badger Points

Arrow - 10/10 Badger Points

What do you think of these?
Will you be picking up either of them?

- Hendybadger

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Titan Joker Preview for the Batman Minis Game

"Happy Valentines Harls. Do you like my new look?"

Beasts of War  have a preview of a new Huge model for the Batman Minis Game from Knight Models.

The massive Joker on Titan is a stunning beast. One of the bosses from the Arkham console games, he's out the crush the Bat.
Can't wait to see this model in person. Looks like he is the size of the Hulk from the Marvel range.

What do you think of him?

- Hendybadger
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