Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Knight Models Marvel Review - Dr Doom and the Punisher

Today I'm going to take a look at a couple of Knight Models most recent releases for the Marvel 35mm range. Dr.Doom and the Punisher.
While they don't have a game for these models yet, KM are said to be working on a Supers rules set due out in the near future that will let you use your favourite Marvel and high powered DC characters on the tabletop. No reason you couldn't use these in any other Super Hero game until then though.

First up lets take a look at the packaging. Both come in small clamshell blister packs with the parts held in tightly with foam. They also each have a display card that shows a stunning painted example of the mini on one side and the general logo of the Marvel group they are linked to on the other. Fantastic 4 for Doom and the skull for Punisher.

Each model is a highly detailed 35mm scale metal mini that needs assembly and painting. They both also come with a 30mm plastic round edged base.

Dr.Doom a.k.a Victor von Doom is one of the oldest and most well known Marvel villains. Long time enemy of the Fantastic Four, he has also taken on several other characters including the Avengers and X-Men on occasions. Even though Doom is a master of magic and science, he was still beaten by Squirrel Girl once!

The model for Dr.Doom comes in only two parts. Main body and flowing cape. The feet of the main body are on a pile of rubble, but it looks easy enough to remove if you want to base him a different way.
There are small mould lines running round both parts, but nothing that took too much effort. I recommend and set of small diamond flies for jobs like these as they make it easier to get into a couple of the harder mould lines inside to folds of the cape.

The Punisher
The Punisher is also known as Frank Castle. After his family were killed, he decided to become a one man army and take out all crime he could. He has crossed paths with other Heroes like Spiderman and Daredevil but usually likes to work alone. Red Hulk drafted him on to the new 'red' Thunderbolts team, but that isn't going so well.

The Punisher model is in four parts. Body, head, large gun arm and small gun arm.
Each part has a shaped plug that fits into a corresponding hole on the body to give you the pose. I do suggest clipping or filling down these plugs a little as that will give the parts a tighter fit.
There are small mould lines running around each part but they were very easy to get rid of with  small file and a couple of minutes.

Time for glue........
(I didn't notice the backgrounds were the wrong way around until I uploaded the pictures. Sorry)

These models were very easy to put together. But I did shorten all the plugs on parts so that may have had something to do with it. Dooms cape will need holding while it dries to keep it in the right place but when it's done it looks great.
Both Punisher and Dr.Doom have very characterful and imposing poses. The sculpts really grab the feel of each character. I decided to base these on the Post Apoc toppers from Fenris Games to match all of my other Supers minis.

Online you can find these minis for around £12 each. OK, it seems a bit much for a single model but it is a high detailed, large scale, licensed product. Plus it's no more expensive that characters for some of the other well known games on the market.

Overall, I'm impressed with these models. While they aren't a couple of my favourite Marvel characters, they are still nice enough to make me want them anyway.
For the pair I would score them .....

8 out of 10 Badger Points

Cant wait to see what Knight Models do with this range in the future.
If you want to see what others are doing with these models, why no check out the Marvel / Superhero Miniatures + Gaming  Facebook group.

Next up for review, the new Mobsters for the Batman Minis Game.

- Hendybadger


  1. ARGHH... I was desperately trying to steer clear of this range, as I already own a mountain of Heroclix super-hero stuff, but these postings of yours have finally broken me down and I've ordered some. Curse you HendyBadger for your excellent postings!! :-)


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