Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Flash vs Arrow - The Brave and The Bold Miniature Review

Tonight is the start of something a lot of DC fans have been waiting for. The Flash vs Arrow cross-over, "The Brave and the Bold". A two part episode over two nights on the CW.
If you live in the US, you can watch it on TV or online. If you don't, download the HOLA browser add-on and check out http://www.cwtv.com/ to watch the episodes just after they have aired.

To mark this event I thought it would be good to have our very own Flash vs Arrow here on the blog. And I just happen to have those two minis from Knight Models handy!
So, lets have a look at Barry and Oliver!

Both of these models come in the usual Knight Models packaging. Clear blisters with the parts held in tightly by foam. Behind that is a backing and display card showing a painted example of the model inside.
When you open the blisters, you will find.....

Two highly detailed, 35mm scale, multi-part metal models. Two 30mm plastic bases. One stat card for the Green Arrow. The cards rules can be found HERE.
I would have loved to have these two face off across the table but the Green Arrow is the only one with rules for the Batman Miniatures Game. Although, a lot of people are asking for Flash rules and Knight Models are good at responding to what their customers want.
There's always the upcoming Supers game though. I'm sure they will both get rules for that.

The Green Arrow

His name is Oliver Queen. After five years in hell, he has come home with only one goal: to save his city. Now others have joined his crusade, to them he is Oliver Queen. To the rest of Starling city, he is someone else. He is ... something else.

The model for the Green Arrow comes in five parts. Body, left arm, right arm, quiver and scenic base.
As the body and base are separate, it would be really easy to have him standing on something else if you wanted to.
As you can see, there are very minimal mould lines on the parts. The only ones that needed much cleaning were on the Bow and that was a little more effort that usual, but only because I was being extra careful to not bend the bow.

The Flash

His name is Barry Allen and he is the fastest man alive. When he was a child he saw his mother killed by something impossible, his father went to prison for her murder, then an accident made him the impossible. To the outside world he's an ordinary forensic scientist, but secretly he uses his speed to fight crime and find others like him, and one day, he'll find who killed his mother and get justice for his father. He is The Flash!

The Flash comes in only three parts. Body, head and left leg.
He had slightly more mould lines on him than the other model, but as he is wearing a bodysuit it made it really easy to clean up.
Watch out for the size of the head.With my big badger paws I managed to drop it a couple of times.

Time for glue......

Both models were fairly easy builds apart from one little issue each.
The Green Arrows arms really need to be stuck on at the same time to get the positioning right. This did leave little gaps at the joins but that's often something you get with metal models.
The Flash had a tiny gap around the leg but it will be simple to fill. The problem came when I cut off the base tab to put the model on a resin topper. (Caused the problem myself). His foot left a very small contact area with little room to pin.
Super glue and patience worked though.

Both models capture the feel of the characters really well and are packed full of detail. The image below from Knight Models really shows them both off in all their glory.

This is a hard fight / review to pick a winner from.
The Green Arrow looks amazing while the Flash isn't quite as impressive. I think that's more down the the characters costume than the model though.
The Flash was a perfect fit with a few more mould lines while the Green Arrow needs a little work on the arms but is very clean.
Both are spot on the the characters.

For me I think the final scores will have to be......

Flash - 8/10 Badger Points

Green Arrow - 9/10 Badger Points

Oliver takes this one. But only just. I can't wait to get them on the table together in one game or the other.
But who will win on screen?
Check out The CW, via the HOLA app if you aren't in the US, and let us know what you think of the cross-over. No Spoilers Please!

For more DC model goodness, also check out the Arkham City Limits Facebook Group.

- Hendybadger


  1. Are the scales different? I thought both were 32mm? Flash looks smaller.

    1. They are the same scale. I think it's just the poses that make them look different.

  2. the bases are 32mm not the models


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