Joker Crew Commission Complete!

Joker-Crew-Group

I have to admit, this crew was a lot more fun to paint than a lot of the Batman forces I have done before it, and I will be a little bit sad to see them head off to their owner :-P. The reason they were so much fun was primarily because there was a lot more freedom involved in what colours to use, where they were applied, and the bases turned out to be something quite different from what I have done before. Also worth a mention is how great the models are, whilst largely a pain to put together(large gaps, excessive mold lines etc) the character imbued into each mini is superb and you really do feel that each one is an individual.

As you’ll be aware from my previous posts the main job to get this commission complete was to finish off the Circus Clowns, the Joker and a few wee bits on Harley Quinn. So let’s start of by taking a look at the Clown Prince of Crime himself….

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I found the face difficult on this one, constantly having to go back and adjust it a tiny wee bit at a time so as to get the look of the character just right. I think it ended up looking pretty good, even if I do say so myself. I also had a happy accident with this figure. Whilst constructing it ended up with one foot being slightly bent forward, meaning when the other was put flat on the base the other was outstretched in front, giving the look of the Joker almost sauntering forward dramatically.

Next up is the Circus Clowns…

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It was fairly simple to get these guys finished off, from were I left them last time, just a few details here in there.

And finally here’s Harley Quinn…

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Another cracker of a model, whilst it does have some rather small joining points for construction, the details are superb and it captures the Arkham City version of Harley Quinn perfectly.

And in case you missed them, here’s the rest of the crew…

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Knight Models – Joker Crew Commission Continues!

Been working hard on the Joker crew commission, which has been a great amount of fun. Doing something fairly unique and drastically different from the studio paint job has been an interesting and enjoyable experience, and allowed me to flex my painting muscles more than with any of the other Knight Models stuff so far.

As I stated earlier in the week my focus was going to be on detailing the clown goons. Adding some colour to the straps, weapons, bandages and painting on some tattoos. I also got cracking on getting the bases sorted. Here’s how they look now…

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Here’s a closer look at the tattoos…

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Overall I’m really happy with how they have turned out. The colour choices I went with I felt where a bit of a gamble, but I think it paid off.

I also managed to get a good bit of work done on Harley Quinn…

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Another model I really enjoyed painting, and I’m glad I have one of my own to do soon. Was a nice break in between the other models as well, with a nice and different variety of colours.

SO I only have the last few models to do, and did manage a wee bit of work on them…

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I knew I wanted to do something different with the circus clowns armour, and inspired by the edging on the shield went for the green and purple cross pattern. I’m really pleased, and think it really helps the models to stand out and pop.

Now just a wee bit more work on the circus clowns and a lot of work on the Joker to go before I’m finished :D

Knight Models – Joker Crew Commission!

I’ve got started on my first Knight Models commission. Over the next wee while I’ll be working on a Joker crew and I’m quite excited.

The client is after something a bit different from the studio paint job, not going for the Arkham city clothing but with something themed around the Jokers colours instead, so mainly purple and green with a little bit of orange thrown in there too. With that in mind I got cracking on some of the standard goons to start things off and here’s what they look like so far…

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I still have a few bits and bobs to add to them. Straps on the trousers, finishing off the weapons, boots and weapons as well as the bases and adding some tattoos. I also want to add something a bit special to the shield as a flat surface like that is too good an opportunity to pass up :)

I’ve also got some extra crew members and characters to get cracking on with in the form of these folks…

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I’ve left these until last so as to get a better idea where I’m going with the colours, but also because they deserve a little bit more attention. The Joker and Harley are going to be in their classic colours but the circus clowns I should be able to have some fun with and make them look a lot more colourful :)

Knight Models – Batman Crews!

I’ve painted a fair bit for the forces of good in the Batman Miniature Game now and wanted to show off some of the Crews I have put together.

First up the Bat Family…

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and the GCPD…

Gotham-Cops-GroupThese two aren’t crews in their own rights, although the GCPD group could be. The plan was to make up a couple of crews from these two pools. Her’s what I came up with…

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The first is a nice and simple Batman & Robin based crew, with as much GCPD back up as I could fit in and, because I adore the mini, Alfred is there to keep an eye on master Bruce.

The second crew I put together looks like this…

Crew-2

This one is based around the Robins; Nightwing, Red Hood and, well, Robin with some GCPD back up and again Alfred keeping an eye on things.

Both of these are standard tournament sized crews (350rep) as I like to make sure that’s what I’ve got to play with once I eventually get to playing the game. Although the first few times will be with a little bit less than this.

Knight Models – Red Hood Joker & Alfred!

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Knight Models have really outdone themselves on these pre-order exclusive minis, giving us two models oozing character and perfectly reflecting their comic book counterparts. That’s why I now have two rulebooks :D

My only wish is that the Red Hood Joker had been given some unique rules like Alfred has, to make him all that more special. But  what are you gonna do? As it stands I’ve got a cool Joker to use with the Harley crew I’m planning :)

Here’s a closer look at the Red Hood…

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And Here is Alfred…

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Both of these were a lot of fun to paint, primarily because the sculpts are so superb. As usual with Knight Models stuff the details are crisp and clean, with the occasional dramatic element, like the Red Hood’s cloak, but they never feel overloaded. Really good stuff :)

Knight Models – Commissioner Gordon & GCPD SWAT

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More reinforcements for the Batman and his allies are ready to take control of the streets of Gotham.

I got these guys as they were the only other henchman for my Bat forces that I did not have (until Knight Models announced next months releases :(), and they looked like good fun to paint up. They are some great sculpts, with minimal mold lines but did have a fair amount of gaps when putting these together. Gordon especially had some fairly noticeable gaps where his arms join at the elbow. But a wee touch of greenstuff and they were ready to go :).

Here’s the SWAT…

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These were pretty simple, just because there is not a lot of variation in colours and no major detailing. I went with a colour scheme very close to the studio job, as it kept them looking tactical as well as linking well with the police I had already done.

Commissioner Gordon I wanted to do a little closer to the comics and the Animated Series versions, rather than the movie version…

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I’m really pleased with how he turned out, a lot better than I expected to be honest. I wasn’t sure I would really use him in game but I like the mini so much I think I’ll have to squeeze him in once or twice :)

Next up is my Red Hood Joker and Alfred exclusive minis :D

Dreadball Xtreme – Free Agents!

Free-Agents

My next batch of models for Dreadball Xtreme, the free agents!

After the hard times I had with the Kalyshi(I will stop going on about it eventually), I thought I’d treat myself to the free agents as they have a good amount of variety to them. I got stuck in and here’s what I came away with…

Yndij Reaver

Yndij Reaver

Yndij Reaver

Yndij Reaver

My favorite of the Free Agents, the Yndij Reaver. I wanted to give him a bit more of a veteran look so went for some whiter looking fur to help with this.

Vlorox Spinipede & Pusk Rampager

Vlorox Spinipede & Pusk Rampager

Vlorox Spinipede & Pusk Rampager

Vlorox Spinipede & Pusk Rampager

Went a wee bit different from the studio paint scheme on these. The Spinipede was a bit of a homage to my old Tyranid army and the Pusk I just wanted to make look a bit more alien.

Jetari GL14 & Jetari SL22

Jetari GL14 & Jetari SL22

Jetari GL14 & Jetari SL22

Jetari GL14 & Jetari SL22

These guys(do robots have gender?) I wanted to look like what they are, over used practise bots. I knew I wanted a touch of colour to make them stand out at least a little so threw in some blue glowy bits, the chevrons and the red helmets for the tie into the rest.

Avaran Treebeast & Nameless Bloodsucker

Avaran Treebeast & Nameless Bloodsucker

Avaran Treebeast & Nameless Bloodsucker

Avaran Treebeast & Nameless Bloodsucker

These two where the models I liked the least from the Free Agents although the Treebeast wasn’t so bad once I got cracking into him.

Zee Buccaneers

Zee Buccaneers

Zee Buccaneers

Zee Buccaneers

Finally we have the Zee Buccaneers. These guys were a doddle as they’re so small ti doesn’t take long to get ’em painted up.

These guys were good fun to paint. Whilst they still had a fair amount of mold lines, they where a lot easier to clean off but I think I may have missed a couple :(.  I tried to keep a lot of the main colours used similar to the Kalyshi and Blaine as to tie them together when a team is made up. This also got me to wondering if I want to do the same with the rest of my teams, so that no matter what sponsor I use my player pool will all look good together. Something to ponder before I paint the next team…

Knight Models – Red Hood Joker & Rulebook!

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My pre-ordered rulebook landed with me early last week and so did one of the coolest minis I’ve yet seen from Knight Models, the Joker Red Hood inspired by one of the most famous Batman comics; The Killing Joke…

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The model is fantastic, like everything I’ve had from Knight Models so far. Fantastic detailing and the perfect pose for the character. Really happy I pre-ordered to get him. The model comes with his own card, which is a replication of the standard Arkham City Joker just with the picture changed. I would have liked him to have had his own rules or even just a few minor differences to make him unique, but what can you do.

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Whilst i can’t comment on the rules content of the rulebook yet, I can say this is one of the nicest rulebooks I have had the pleasure of reading. It feels content rich without being overloaded and makes amazing use of the plethora of Batman artwork already out there. It’s split into a few different sections, which I’ll show some examples of…

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The rules are the first thing in there, it is a rulebook after all. I’ve had a brief read through to start to get familiar with them and it’s all looking great so far. They are laid out in a good way, and I found it easy to follow and grasp a basic understanding of how things play. The rules are split into two; the basics and the advanced rules. It’s something done in a lt of rulebooks and it’s very welcome. It’s a much easier way of getting to grips with any game.

Her’s a couple of good examples of the artwork within the book…

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Following on from the rules is the scenarios…

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There’s six in the book in total, each giving a good variety of objectives and set ups which should keep the game fresh for a while. Also like any other game there is a good scope for expansion with official and fan made missions, especially with the wealth of stories behind something like Batman for some more thematic games.

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Following on from this is a gallery. This shows all of the miniatures currently available for the range (other than the most recent releases). It all looks very slick and I especially like the group shots with a themed background.

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A large chunk of the back of the book is given up to explore the background of Batman, his allies and his rogues gallery. Whilst a lot will be very familiar to Batman fans like myself, it’s good to have for an interesting read and for those less familiar with the full scope of the 75 years of Batman lore.

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Last but not least is a couple of pages of reference. This is a must for games in my opinion and if a book doesn’t have it I’d be very disappointed.

So, as you can see, it looks great and reads great. This is a definite win for Knight Models and the Batman Miniature game in general

Dreadball Xtreme – Kalyshi Team!

Kalyshi-Team

Started to get stuck into my first Xtreme team, and I thought I would start off with the Kalyshi becuase I liked the models the most. That turned out to be incorrect, but before I open that can of worms let’s take a look at the team…

Kalyshi Strikers

Kalyshi Strikers

Kalyshi Strikers

Kalyshi Strikers

Kalyshi Jacks

Kalyshi Jacks

Kalyshi Jacks

Kalyshi Jacks

Kalyshi Prone Markers

Kalyshi Prone Markers

Kalyshi Prone Markers

Kalyshi Prone Markers

That’s the main eight players and the two prone markers done. I was planning on doing maybe a couple of more to give a bit more flexibility but wanted to stick to what’s out the box at the moment, and I’m glad I did. I found it really hard going to clean and paint these. The mold lines on these models, whilst not numerous, are in some of the most horrible places. Some such mold lines where down their neck and chest, which is a really obvious place, that is really hard to get the right angle to clean. Further to this the models lack a lot of definition leaving a lot of the details looking flat or a bit messy and ambiguous as to what is what.

I decided to do something different with the paint scheme and, inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy’s Krylorians, decided to go for a pink skin with a dark armour.

Overall I was unhappy with the models and in the end know they are not my best work as a result.

In addition to the team I also painted up their sponsor, Blaine…

Blaine Sponsor

Blaine Sponsor

Blaine Sponsor

Blaine Sponsor

In contrast to the Kalyshi, Blaine is awesome. He had little to no mold lines and the definition was great. So Blaine was a lot more fun to paint, and very rewarding after the time I had with the Kalyshi.

I do plan on painting up the Kalyshi MVP, Kailasa, some time in the future in the same scheme for two reasons. To be used as the MVP but also to be used as a guard so I can use this team as a standard Dreadball Asterian team.

Dreadball Extreme Kickstarter Wave 2!

I’ve received a big box of goodies from my Dreadball Xtreme Kickstarter pledge and it’s time to show off some of the new stuff…

Sphyr Team

Sphyr Team

Rebs Team

Rebs Team

Brokkr Team

Brokkr Team

Crypt, Kailasa, M'zei Kein, Galdo & The Excavator

Crypt, Kailasa, M’zei Kein, Galdo & The Excavator

Kryphos, Asylum, Irsala, Phantasm & Lyra the Fixer

Kryphos, Asylum, Irsala, Phantasm & Lyra the Fixer

Schnorkel, Brickbat Vognar, Grak, Deadman Davitz & Brute Force

Schnorkel, Brickbat Vognar, Grak, Deadman Davitz & Brute Force

Xtreme Fans

Xtreme Fans

Xtreme Cheerleaders

Xtreme Cheerleaders

Rush Tracker Cheerleader - I got two of these to use as a rush & score marker :)

Rush Tracker Cheerleader – I got two of these to use as a rush & score marker :)

Ardia Shi'lek Kickstarter Exclusive Sponsor

Ardia Shi’lek Kickstarter Exclusive Sponsor

Dice Bag and Dice

Dice Bag and Dice

This will keep me busy for a while :)