Batman Miniatures Game Tokens!

As anyone who has played the Batman Miniature Game from Knight models knows, you need a good amount of tokens for having a game. Whilst Knight Models have a good selection of tokens out, some areas are still only accounted for by print out and cut paper counters.

Whilst looking about I found Counter Attack Bases, who offer a good amount of stuff perfect for the game in their Superhero Skirmish range ;)

So I got the old wallet out and ordered some stuff up…

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First up was some nice KO and Knocked Down markers. It’s important to differentiate the two plus I don’t like laying down my painted models, so these tokens are great :)

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Then we have some effect markers, which I haven’t use as yet, but are gonna be really handy when the time comes.

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I also picked up some objective markers because they are fairly cheap, and a good stand in until my painting queue is a bit shorter and I can get onto some of the fancy ones from Knight Models themselves.

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My final purchase from Counter Attack Bases was some blood and stun markers. Knight models also do these, but these ones where a good deal cheaper and just as good.

I did support Knight models however when it came to Take the Lead counters, picking up two sets to cover every eventuality…

Turn-MarkersThe only thing left for me to pick up is a set of templates for expansive and explosive weapons as well as a good amount of tokens for use as action counters, which Counter Attack Bases have all of :D

Multiverse Gaming – Dark City 30 Street Furniture Review

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After working on the Corner Apartment Building Review earlier this week I moved my focus onto my second review of some terrain from the wonderful people at Multiverse Gaming Terrain. This one covers the much smaller but no less valuable Street Furniture set. This one, more so than most of their other kits, seems like it is made for the Batman Miniature Game. Each crew will need at most 3 lampposts and 3 sewer markers to cover the standard game setup, and maybe more depending on the crew taken or strategies selected and this set will cover that wonderfully.

First and foremost, let’s take a look at how they come to you…

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I have to admit it was one of those kits that I took my first look at and was fairly perplexed as to how it would do together (the lampposts mainly, the sewer covers are fairly simple :-P), but the instructions, available as download from Multiverse Gaming Terrain’s website, where so clear one look was all it took to know what to do :)

The only advice I would give on the construction is to be extra careful when cutting out the smaller ‘rings’. They are fairly thin, and even a small slip with your hobby knife and you’ll chop ’em to bits.

Here’s how they looked once glued together…

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And with the Batman, to give a sense of scale…

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Finally here’s my thoughts on the pros and cons of this kit:

Pros:

Cheap; Another bargain kit, coming in at 5.99 euro (about £4.30), two of these kits will sort you out with everything you need for Batman(or any other games) for under a tenner :)

Simple; The whole set only takes about 20 minutes to get together

Quality; As with the Corner Apartment Building it feels strong and secure

Cons:

Stability; The bases on the lampposts are fairly small and I would like to add some more to them, just to make sure they don’t get knocked over during a game (not that that would damage them, just a minor annoyance when you’re gaming away)

Multiverse Gaming – Dark City 30 Range

My Final look at Multiverse Gaming Terrain is a look at what else is in the Dark City 30 range that I would love to get a hold of and use in my games of Batman :)

The range has only just arrived on the scene and it’s already got a great range of full on buildings and small details that add something really special and really help set the scene.

Let’s take a look at what they have other than the Corner Apartment Building and Street Furniture sets I have already reviewed :)

Buildings:

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Here is the Office Building, a fairly large and imposing building very much in tune with the aesthetic of Gotham :). At 49.99 euro (around £36), it’s a bit more expensive, but I think the character more than maes up for that :).

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This is the Apartment Building, very similar in design to the Corner Apartment Building but without, you guessed it, the corner. A mix of this and the corner variant could make a good looking city scene.

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Everyone of these building’s has an option to buy extra floors, so if you want a much higher level, be it one extra floor or 7 you don’t need to buy the original kits and have extra bottom floors.

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Detailing Kits:

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The Aircon Ducts kit is perfect for adding to the existing buildings or your own. Certainly makes it more interesting than your standard flat roof :)

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The Fire Escape Stairs look like they will add a great element of character to your buildings, but also work on a functional level during your games as a cool way to make it up and around buildings.

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The Atlas Statue and Gargoyles kits are two of my favorite from this range. If you have ever watched the 80’s to 90’s Batman films, you will know that these scream Gotham City as well as being an awesome place to perch a hero or villain so they can survey the field of battle :)

Whats Next:

That’s the full range of Dark City 30 terrain. For now. But it seems they are hard at work on many other cool projects, such as this awesome diner…

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Make sure you like their Facebook page, as any new or preview stuff seems to pop up there first :)

Multiverse Gaming – Dark City 30 Corner Building Review

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As a fairly new company Multiverse Gaming Terrain asked for a few sites to review some of their products and I was lucky enough to be one of those selected to get some goodies to have a look over.  With a couple of ranges designed for different scales of games (30mm and 15mm), I was excited to take a look at their Dark City 30 range as from the previews I had seen it looked perfect for the Batman Miniature Game :)

I received from them a couple of kits to look over. The Street Furniture kit as well as the Corner Apartment Building. Todya I’ll be having a look at and giving my thoughts on the Corner Apartment Building, but keep your eyes peeled in the next couple of days for the same on the Street Furniture :)

So without further ado, let’s take a look at how the building looks straight out the envelope it came in…

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As you can see it looks pretty good detail and quality wise. It’s cut onto good thick MDF, which should mean a nice strong building once put together. The cutting itself is perfect, with a lot of the pieces just falling straight off the sprue and any others only needing the one cut with the old hobby knife. The one peice I was pleasantly surprised to see was the detail sheet…

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This is cut from a thick sheet of card and gives some sections to detail the corners of the buildings as well as the windows and doors, something lacking in a lot of the other kits I have seen.

So far this kit is looking pretty good but let’s see how it goes together…

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Construction took me around an hour to an hour and a half, and was a doddle. Each kit has a set of downloadable instructions available from the Multiverse Gaming Terrain webpage which are clear and concise. The only issue I had was an error in the way I constructed the top floor, meaning it won’t slot on properly without cutting off some pieces. This is an error that has been addressed with an edit to the instructions, but I would still make sure you keep an eye on this when building your own. It’s an easy mistake to make, even for experienced builders :)

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Overall I found this to be an exceptional kit, definitely worth the asking price of 31.99 euro (around £23), in fact on reflection that price is stupidly cheap for the quality of this kit. As you can see from the images, the detailing is superb. The touches on the door, windows and especially the addition of the cornerstones (which hides the joins brilliantly) are a genius touch which I am certain will be ‘borrowed’ by other manufacturers in no time.

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I also love that each floor separates easily but still feel secure when attached, as well as movable doors. It means you can move the action indoors, floor by floor, and add an extra dimension to your games.

In conclusion here’s some pros and cons of the kit:

Pros: Cheap; At only 31.99 euro (around £23) it’s a bargain.

High quality; The MDF is thick and the way it goes together means it feels very secure.

Detailed; The patterns etched into the walls are fairly standard, but the additional card details jsut add that extra wow factor.

Functional; It’s designed with gaming in and around it, and suit a variety of games.

Cons: Honestly the only thing that comes to mind is the roof construction in the instructions, but this has already been addressed and I think in part it’s down to my own error and excitement to get it together :)

Head over to Multiverse Gaming Terrain to order yours, and keep up with news on their ranges via their facebook page :)

Finally let’s take a look at it with a few miniatures, that’s what it’s for after all and it gives a good sense of scale…

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Joker Crew Commission Complete!

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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…

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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