Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Batman: Ultra Violent

A friend, Jack Glanfield, over on the Arkham City Limits group has been doing some stunning things with his Batman minis, some UV paint and a blacklight.
As a fellow Schumacher Batman movie fan, he has taken a lot of inspiration from the 90s movies Batman Forever and Batman + Robin.

 Mr Freeze's suit glowing as he goes to take another of Gotham's diamonds.

 Bane switches on his Venom / Titan feed and gets pumped full of raw power.

 The Batman in his experimental 'Beyond' suit calls forth his glowing Batmobile.

 The Riddler is a tricky character. But under the right conditions you can always see his clues.

Batman stalks around the Gotham Museum at night, waiting for Freeze.

Its not just the models that glow. The Star Tech labs sign lights up the area.#

What do you think of the UV Batman look?
If you want to give it a go yourself, you can find the paints online at Visual Bliss.

- Hendybadger

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Checking In!

Hi all,
Just taking a moment to check in and let you all know I'm still here.
Got tons of hobby stuff going on behind the scenes at the moment so all sorts of goodies coming up in the next few weeks.

As I plan the future posts, what would you like to see?
Let me know in the comments.

- Hendybadger

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Building a Batcave!

As you may have guessed by now, I'm getting hooked on making boards for the Batman Minis game.
So far there are 2 cities, an industrial district and a dockyard and asylum to come.
Then Ian Alcock posted this up in the Arkham City Limits Facebook group...........

A Batcave! Yes!
After seeing Ian's picture my mind started to wander off thinking about what I would add to a Batcave board and how I would make it work.
Using Ian's idea as a base, I'll start off with the same materials. Polystyrene, expanding foam, a 3x3 board and some MDF.
I want to end up with a multi level board with walkways, pillars, platforms and a ground floor. Batclaws and flight will be great but I also wan't to make sure all model can get to all areas.

There are a few features I really want to include -
A tall pillar with landing pad for the Batwing.
An armoured door at the side of the board for the panic room.
Some water coming in a few inches from one edge for a couple of Bat Boats.
A large and low level rockpile with large platform on for multiple Batmobiles.
A road leading from the Batmobile parking to a cave at the board edge.
Stairs to Wayne Manor in one corner.
A trophy platform with some of the classics on like a giant T-Rex, playing card and penny.
A Batcomputer platform with Robin's costume in a glass case and maybe another Batsuit as well.
If I can fit it in, I would also love to add an area on the ground floor for the Bat Tank.

The usual street lights and sewers aren't really going to work in this setting.
Instead of street lights, I'm going for some dome shaped lights mounted in the floors.
Instead of sewers, access hatches in the walkways and platforms should do the same job.

I'm going to need to gather together a few things for this though.
 Eaglemoss Batmobiles and Batwing from the Automobilia range.

Heroclix Bat utility belt with case (or two) and a Robin Costume,

 The new Super Computer screens and chair from Multiverse Gaming

WargamesTournaments Necromunda scenery set.
Plus a T-Rex, playing card and giant penny.

After all that I hope Knight Models come out with some more Court of Owls Talons and Batman's Thrasher armour.

So, that's the plan at the moment. What do you think?
Is there anything you would add or remove?

I'm off to convince my wife I have somewhere to store it!
- Hendybadger

Sunday, 14 June 2015

City Gameboard Mk 2!

I have added a few new goodies to city city gaming board which has changed it quite a lot now.
Apologies for the rubbish mobile phone pics but that's all I had at the time.

To answer your questions........
Van, containers, billboards, crates, skips, bins, phonebooths and models are from Knight Models
Hydrants, Arkham gate, concrete barriers, portaloos and base toppers are from Fenris Games
Rooftop details are from Ainsty Castings and Armorcast
Batmobile and Batwing are from Eaglemoss
Large Bank is from TT Combat
Large water towers are from Impudent Mortal
Corner Pub is from Timeline Miniatures
Corner Apartments are from Multiverse Gaming
All other buildings (grey and red) are from Sarissa Precision

Several more pictures below.
Let me know what you think.
Anything else I should add?

- Hendybadger

Friday, 12 June 2015

New Knight Models June Releases

Hi all!
Knight Models have posted up their June releases for the Batman Miniature Game.
Available to order now from KM and should be in the shops in a couple of weeks.

First up is something I have been wanting for ages.....

A Court of Owls boxed set!!!!!!!!
This new set comes in around the 220 Rep mark making it one of the largest boxes so far.
Benjamin Orchard is the Leader with the Talons William Cobb, Strix and Xiao Loong as Henchmen.
If you want to look up the characters, Orchard is in the Talon series, Cobb is in Batman, Strix is in Batgirl and Loong is in Red Hood and the Outlaws.
They are limited to only using Court of Owls models though.

The Court also get a Free Agent in the shape of Felix Harmon, the Gotham Butcher.
A big and dangerous Talon from the Talon comic series, the Butcher is 81 Rep and makes the Court up to a full 300 Rep with their initial release.

Hush has also arrived as a Free Agent for Joker, Ivy, Scarecrow and Riddler.
At 73 Rep, Tommy Elliot brings some good firepower and some interesting new rules to these crews.

The final figure for this month is Firefly. a 73Rep Free Agent for all Villain crews.
The first flyer and flamethrower in the game means that a lot of Villain crews will be hiring his services.

The June releases are finished off with some Court of Owls counters and a pair of MDF Bank of Gotham Safes.

You can check out all of the new goodies as well as the full rules cards on the Knight Models Site.

Does anything this month take your fancy?

- Hendybadger

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Review - Multiverse Gaming Corners Apartments, Street Lights and Sewers

Recently I received a great parcel from Mutiverse Gaming. Some samples of their new Dark City 30 MDF terrain range. A 3 floor Corner Apartment Building and a set of Street Lights and Sewer covers.

It's taken me a little while to get the post together due to issues mentioned in a recent post, but I can finally review these lovely kits!

First off, lets take a look at the sheets these parts come on.
In the top image, the parts on the far right are window sills and wall bracers. The second image has a small row of window details.
The 5th picture below was something I hadn't seen in MDF kits before. This 'grey board' is a thinner and lighter sheet used for extra details.

The parts came out of these sheets really easily. There were very small tabs on them to hold them in place, but they were taken out really quickly with a craft knife. They didn't even need cleaning up afterwards.

The Street Lights come in several parts. Most of them though are stacked on the main pole to create the light and case around it at the top. Very simple to put together and everything was a great fit.

The floors of the building were quite simple to arrange. As a corner building, it has 5 walls and the parts for each floor are all on a single sheet together. No getting mixed up with similar parts this way which is great.

One of my favourite things about this kit was fairly simple but very effective. Each floor comes with bracers that fit over the tops of the wall joints. Where with other kits I have had to hold or clamp parts together while they dry, these bracers do the job for you while also adding extra strength to the building.

Once the floors were dry, I found that they stack really nicely. Each slips onto the one below without being forced but due to the size of the pegs, they don't slip or move around at all.
The 'grey board' details with this kit really do add a nice touch. Edging bricks, window frames and door details pair with the window sills and small sill toppers to make a building that really stands out against its competitors.

The street lights and sewers are very nicely sized. As it's a 30mm range, they are bigger than most others on the market but it makes them look more realistic with models around.

The ground floor of the building also has movable doors. These are on stands and fit snugly in the door frames or can be opened for play inside the building or even as a quick route through instead of around.

So you can see the overall size of these kits, I have added the Dark Knight and his sidekick as that's the range I will be using them with.

As I was given these to review, I don't really want to comment on the price too much, but if you wanted the the Apartment Block is around £23 and the Lights and Sewers set are £4.50.
I think these are great prices and I will be buying some more for my table very soon.

All in all, I LOVE these sets. The ease, details, strength and size all appeal to me.
They are both getting added to my City board for my next game.

Time for the scores....

Lights + Sewers - 8/10 Badger Points

Apartment Block - 10/10 Badger Points

Keep and eye on the blog for more from Multiverse Gaming in the near future and a MASSIVE thanks goes out to them from sending me these goodies to review.

- Hendybadger

Friday, 5 June 2015

Court of Owls Talon Preview for Batman - The Gotham Butcher

Over on the Facebook group Arkham City Limits they have another preview for the Court of Owls in the Batman Minis Game.

Felix Harmon a.k.a The Gotham Butcher.
One of the most brutal and uncontrollable Talons of all time.

What do you think of this model? Will you be picking it up?

- Hendybadger

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Hush Preview for the Batman Minis Game

Over on the Wayland Games Blog I have had the chance to write up another preview for the Batman Minis Game from Knight Models. Hush!

You can check out the full article HERE

What do you think about Hush?
Will be be added to your collection?

- Hendybadger
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