Monday 31 August 2015

Working on Modern Game Boards

Hi all!
I made a mistake. A BIG mistake. In my excitement of building Arkham, I used the back of my city board and didn't realize until it was too late.

This did give me the perfect excuse to work on some new boards though.
Overall I'm planning 5 different boards to use with the Batman game, some with interchangeable scenery, some fixed.

I dug out and old file I had from Fat Dragon Games and got to work.

The first one needed some roads as it's going to be a city block. I wanted to keep and angles there to break up the usual cross board fire and charge lanes and force some interesting movement.
These buildings can be moved or replaced so it makes it a very flexible board that can be used for a lot of settings. Most buildings here are from Sarissa Precision but they could get replaced or stacked higher yet.

Next up, again using the Fat Dragon tile was an Industrial District.
I want for a single road this time going around one corners. I know that opens up cross board lanes but on this one they will be blocked with more scatter terrain.
The buildings are also interchangeable on this one so new bits can be added to swapped with the city block. The TTCombat Bank will probably head to the city while the Impudent Mortal bits need to stay on a higher board like this one.

Talking of swapping things around, there will be some new additions to these boards soon.
TTCombat have a new gothic warehouse and courthouse that would be a great fit. The Olympus building from Multiverse Gaming is also a good size and very well detailed. I hope we get to see some of the city buildings Knight Models had at a show a while back as well.
The industrial district will be getting some love from Wargame Model Mods. A Hydro plant with a moving generator and lights, a tech building with lights and some silos to go with the chem plant.

Board #3 will be a dockside board.
My friend Jack sent me a printable board (below) that fits the setting really well and it will be filled with Wolsung warehouses and walkways along with a big crane from Fenris Games and a water section for the Bat-Boat!
A couple of the above buildings might also fit as well as a Lincoln building from TTComabt and a great Warehouse from Multiverse Gaming (neither pictured)

Board 4 is something you have seen a lot of on here already. Arkham Asylum with a base created 'just' for that set.
Work continues on this and it should hopefully be finished soon.

Finally is board 5. The Batcave!
The picture below belongs to Ian Alcock but it's a good representation of the sort of thing I'm going for though.
There are things in the works for this one but I don't know how far off it will be at the moment.

What boards are you working on at the moment?
Do you think this will be enough for any setting I might need?
If not, what would you add / remove?

Until next time.....

Friday 28 August 2015

New Knight Models Batman + Marvel Releases

It's that time of the month again folks, Knight Models have posted up their new Batman and Marvel releases.
I know I have said they are getting better each time, but this month they have really stepped it up and cranked out some stunning minis.

Rocket Raccoon, core member of the Guardians of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Although the Marvel models don't have rules yet, I'm glad he's out now for when the game happens.
Plus the model looks awesome.

Jason Todd a.k.a Red Hood. The second Robin turned bad then good(ish) again.
Red Hood is a 88 Rep $500 Free Agent for a Batman crew. Armed with Dual Handguns, the Takedown ability and the Arkham Knight themed Teamwork, he's a great addition.

Azreal, crusader for the Church of St.Dumas and potential replacement for Batman.
At 77 Rep and $150, Azreal adds a lot of Blood Damage as a Free Agent for Batman. His Sword of Sin is Sharp, has Crit Fire and even rolls two Crit dice and uses BOTH results.

Harley Quinn gets some help in the form of a Henchman pack. 38 Rep and $250 together they ar a good boost to her crew and the addition of an RPG will cause issues to the bigger foes.

Hugo Strange, creator of Arkham City leads his patients into the battle. Able to control and boost Henchmen with Mental Disorder Traits, Hugo is a bargain at only 44 Rep. He can be taken as a Free Agent with the Riddler, League of Shadows, Black Mask and Organised Crime.
The Arkham Inmates cost 67 Rep for the Free and can be taken by any Villain crew, They are better alongside Hugo though.

Previewed here recently, the Riddler appears with a whole Bot army.
The key points of this new crew are three different types of Bot that can be taken up to three times each and the fact they don't use normal objectives. Each model can lay down Clues during their activation and the VP per turn is worked out by the amount on the table. The opponent can remove them though!

Batman and Law Forces get a new Objective in the form of the Bat Signal.
This can be marked as On or Off by manipulating it and gives VP at the end of the round depending on the setting. It also has room to add an LED if you really want it to work.

Finally are some Riddler and Red Hood markers. Used for Willpower, Action Counters, Ammo or whatever you like.

What do you think of this new batch of releases?
Will you be picking any of them up?

I'm off to place a sizeable order!
- Hendybadger

Thursday 27 August 2015

Batman Worldwide Tournament - UK Prizes

Today we have some news on the prizes for the Batman Worldwide Tournament.
The UK event will be held at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham which you may recognize as WAYNE MANOR from the Dark Knight movies.

While there is still a boxes of official goodies to come in from Knight Models and DC Comics, all this is in hand.....

Two, yes TWO, Arkham Asylums! This will be for the overall winner and the best Cosplay.

All of these other goodies are up for grabs as well. KR cases, canvases and assorted Batman bits.
As I said, there is still stuff to come in from KM and DC so expect to see lots of models and comics as well.
I'm sure ToaTS can sort out some minis as well ;)

With a month to go, there are now only 30 places left for this event.
If you want to take parts, tickets are £12.50 and payable via Paypal to

Will you be playing Batman at Batman's house on Batman day to win some Batman stuff?

- Batman.......... I mean Hendybadger

Monday 24 August 2015

Arkham Knight Riddler + Bots - Exclusive Batman Preview

The awesome guys over at Knight Models have just sent us a very nice preview.
In Arkham Knight, The Ridder has an army of Bots he uses to place Riddles around Gotham and to try and stop Batman.

Now he has brought them to the Batman Miniatures Game!

What do you think of this new crew?
I can't wait to get them on the table and outsmart the Bat!

- Hendybadger

Batman International Tournament - UK Event - 1 Month Away!

Hi folks!
The Worldwide Batman Miniature Game tournament is only 1 month away! (Well, 1 month and 2 days)

With that in mind, the blog here on ToaTS will be a little quieter over the next few weeks as we get things prepared like finishing off Arkham Asylum and swotting up on the rules and FAQ.

The event pack for the UK tournament is now up. You can find it HERE and it contains full info on the games, location and painting events along with the cosplay competition and more.

If you want to take part Tickets are £12.50 payable via Paypal to
Please leaved your contact details when making payment. An e-ticket will be sent to you prior to the event.
Be quick though as half of the tickets have been sold already.
With prizes like Arkham Asylum kits and goodies direct from DC, this is an event you don't want to miss.

Will you be taking part?
If so, see you there!
- Hendybadger

Thursday 20 August 2015

Little Heroes Charity Fundraiser is now LIVE!

Hi all and welcome to the Little Heroes for Little Heroes charity fundraiser for the Downs Syndrome Association.

As some of you may know, almost two years ago our son Nathan was born with Downs Syndrome. He also had several linked medical conditions. This made the first year, to put it bluntly, hard and terrifying! Not knowing what the doctors were going to say next.

But, we have had an AMAZING support network around us for Nathan. Doctors, nurses, therapists, Portage workers and more. They have supported our family through everything that has happened over the last couple of years and helped understand Nathan's needs.
Because of this we wanted to do something in return. Little Heroes was then born!

So, What is Little Heroes?
For this fundraiser we are asking for people to paint up some Hero or Villain miniatures and donate them. These will then be gathered up and auctioned off here on ToaTS with ALL proceeds going to the Downs Syndrome Association.

We also have the backing of a few gaming companies that have donated some great prizes for those taking part.
Lots of MDF Scenery from Multiverse Gaming
2 Paint Racks from Impudent Mortal
Bases and minis from Fenris Games
Harley Crew, Killer Frost and Arkham Inmates from Knight Models
Deathstroke Metallic Funko Pop from Limited Edition Comix
Marvel Figure Pods from Delabole Spar
TTCombat Digicore tower, Court of Owls + Markers, Hush, Firefly and Lobo from Andrew Bruce
Batman Mini Game Rulebook,  Arkham Legends AK Batmobile from Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher
Ironman x2 from Andrew Campbell

These won't be for the usual 1st, 2nd etc though. They will go for things like most models donated, most fitting model, most raised at auction, most spent at auction and so on.

If you want to take part by painting a Hero, the deadline to get them in is November 27th and they need to be sent to-
Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher
Grain Cottage
PL33 9AN

If you would like to get in touch or maybe you run a company that would like to take part, you can contact via email at or via the Facebook page in the box on the top right.

Once the models are in, the auctions will go live on November 28th for a week. More info on that closer to the time.

The original deadline before the extension did have meaning. October is international Downs Syndrome Awareness Month and the 21st is because of chromosome 21, the cause of Downs Syndrome.
But letting more people get involved is much more important than having it on the right day.

To get everyone started, we already have our first donations. Arkham Origins Deathstroke from Luke Tickle.

Mega Man from Andrew Brown

Two Face crew plus extra Henchmen from Adam Russell Reeves.

Metal Man, Hellboy, TMNT, Rocket and Groot by WJ

Club BURNZ by Phil

Comic Harley by ZAB

Thing by Neil

I really hope this goes well and PLEASE spread this around as much as possible.

Back with more on this soon. I need to decide what to paint!
- Hendybadger

Monday 17 August 2015

MDF Terrain with Lights and Moving Parts on Kickstarter

There seem to be 100s of new wargaming kickstarerters launched every month these days. But every now and then, one really stands out.
For me this time it's Integrated Wargame Buildings by Wargame Model Mods.
Some very nice modern and near future terrain.

What makes these different from all the other MDF scenery ranges out there? Lights and movement!
These buildings will really make your table stand out.

Almost every kit in the campaign have built in LED lighting available in a range of colours. If that's not enough, pieces like the Hydro Power Plant above and Satellite Dish below even have constantly moving parts.

Still not convinced? Check out the prices. The Hydro Plant and Dish look like they should be in the £50-60 bracket minimum. The Hydro Plant is £30 and the Dish only £27! These are the most expensive sets in the campaign as well!

On top of that, if you want 3 or more buildings they get even cheaper again!

Head over and check out the project HERE and let us know what you think.
Below are a few more of the kits available.

- Hendybagder

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