Monday, 27 October 2014

The Batman Miniatures Game. What is it?


Half of the time I post something online about the Batman game there is a comment along the lines of  "This is a thing? An actual game? Why did I not know about this?"

So, I thought I would put a little post together to explain what the game is and what it's all about.


The Batman Miniatures game is produced by Knight Models. While the company is based in Spain, they supply gaming stores all over the world and produce the rules in several different languages.
You can find the latest update of the English rules HERE.

The game is a small skirmish game based on the low/non super powered side of the DC Universe.
A medium sized game can be played on a 3 foot x 3 foot board with roughly 3-8 models a side. Depending on your model choices obviously.
Instead of the usual 'kill everything' of a lot of games, the Batman game works on scenarios, victory points and objectives. You could lose your main characters and still have a chance of winning which is a great thing as you can keep pushing until the very end.
I'm going to have a deeper look at these rules on here at a later date.


Each player gets a crew or gang. At the moment there are several main characters to choose from to start planning your crew around.
The good guys have Batman, Green Arrow, the GCPD and the Watchmen.
The villains get Joker, Penguin, Two Face, Bane, Black Mask, Poison Ivy, Mafia and the League of Shadows.
Once you have your starting point, there are lots of ways to build with a ton of different well known Heroes, Villains and henchmen.
Each crew has 4 types of models starting with ...........


LEADERS. These are the big hitters. From Batman to Bane, Leaders can be anything from skilled tacticians to walking tanks. Each has it's own style of play and helps the rest of their crews in different ways. Apart from the odd exception, you only ever get 1 Leader.
Need some help or want someone else to lead the crew? Try.....


SIDEKICKS. The Sidekick slot is filled with some great characters like the Green Arrow, Nightwing and Harley Quinn. If you take a Leader you can also take 1 Sidekick. OR, you can choose to not take a Leader and have 2 Sidekicks instead.
Not sure if a model is a Leader or Sidekick? You can download the rules card for every model direct from the Knight Models site.
If you want to take even more well known heroes and villains, check out .......


FREE AGENTS. These are the 'other' people roaming the streets of Gotham. Deathstroke, Catwoman, Killer Croc, Scarecrow, Huntress and more.
For a game you can usually take 1 Free Agent per gang size level (there are points values to determine these sizes). So 1 in a small game, 2 in a medium and 3 in a large.
On the rules for some Leaders and Sidekicks you may spot the words 'Affinity: NAME'. This means that characters can become a Free Agent if taken with the named character. For example, Harley Quinn can follow Poison Ivy or Ivy can follow Bane.
The rest of your crew is made up of ........


HENCHMEN. These often form the bulk of your force. Most only work for certain crews like Penguin or Two Face but there are a few that will work for anyone that pays.
Henchmen come in a couple of different types with each having several different skills and weapons. Named Henchmen can only be taken in your crew once each while un-named Henchmen can be taken in multiples. Some of the named ones can also be Elites.  You can only take 1 of an Elite type, like Elite Gangsters, unless you have a character that is an Elite Leader. Two Face is a good example as he is an Elite Leader Gangsters which lets him take several Gangsters at the same time.


While most of the models in the game are based on the Arkham series of computer game, the range also covers things like DC animation, Comics, Movies and Series. Like the Dark Knight above of Classic below.


I think that's enough info for one post.
If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments below or check out the Arkham City Limits Facebook Group which is full of very helpful people.

I will leave you with a few more images of the stunning models in the game. Check out the rest HERE.
Until next time - Hendybadger






9 comments:

  1. I didn't realize that most of the cards and rules for the game were available as downloads. Very interesting and worth having a look.

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    1. Yep, all available to download and try.

      There are a couple of card updates on the BMG forum here - http://www.batmanminiaturegame.com/forums/english/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=979&sid=4d3f6d8aae26a5a575675a4ae4ac2ffa

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  2. Thanks for sharing your review of this, very comprehensive. :)

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  3. I like the background, the figures are outstanding, the background is great as I used to read a lot of DC stuff..... But I worry it would get a bit boring with Batman plus 1 other versus a super villain and a bunch of goons each time.... Or maybe green arrow and night wing or the cops allow some variation?

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  4. You don't just have to use the good guys vs the bad. Two Face and Black Mask could face off over a gang war, Penguin and Joker could go head to head, Ivy and Bane wanting the same toxins etc.

    If you do want a good guy side though, you can go for a Batman, Green Arrow or GCPD crew. These could be led, not just by Batman, but by Green Arrow, Nightwing, Batgirl, Com Gordon and more to be released in the future.

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    1. Just noticed your avatar. There is also a WATCHMEN crew!

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  5. Darn it, you're removing all the reasons I have for not getting into this game as I have the scenery ready for the pulp city reboot..... Do the watchmen figures actually have rules? And I assume the marvel figures don't? One of my gaming group is a big marvel fan so being able to play "crossover" games would probably tip it over the edge.

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    1. Added a crew photo to the end of the article. The Watchmen rules can be found on each models individual page. Here's Nite Owls - http://www.knightmodels.com/index.php/shop/show/viewproduct/nite-owl/IdProduct/285

      The Marvel models don't have rules YET. But, there is a Supers rules set for them and the other DC models on the way.

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