Back to the Batman Board…

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With my recent foray back into the Batman Miniature Game it was time to get cracking on with the game board once again. Whilst I’ve not done much to it since the last time we had a look, my brother has been doing a little work.

After getting a whole load of industrial type terrain, he’s been hard at work getting it built, a little bit painted and adding LEDs! We now have a light up gaming board! Just check out how it looks ready for a game…

With the addition of the light up buildings and the Suicide Squad Box Game buildings we really have the board coming together. Now all we need to do is get to painting the whole lot properly…

Batman Miniature Games Tokens

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With me getting back into playing the Batman Miniature Game a bit more often I realised I needed to pick up a few more tokens to help keep track of everything, so off to the wonderful Counter Attack Bases I headed.

Their Superhero Skirmish Range is where I picked up all the rest of my tokens for the game when I was first starting out and they’ve added to the range since I was last there, meaning they have nearly everything for every situation you could think of.

The first thing I needed was something for the action counters for the character cards. Since I’m using a Batman/Law forces force as well as a Harley gang I wanted some action counters for each of these forces. Their shield counters work perfectly for the Batman side of things, shown here in blue, and the Harlequin design is perfect for the Harley gang, shown here in red. These are both around about the same size, both perfect for fitting into the attribute slots on the character cards and are not too badly priced for what you get, £5.00 for 25 counters.

Next up I wanted to get some tokens for both ammo an any titan that might be picked up during the game and they had an Ammo/Titan Set just waiting for me. At only 35p each it meant I could pick up enough to cover all the ammo that the guys have from the start and any extra I may have purchased for them. Much like the action counters before, these are the perfect size to keep on or near the character card whilst not taking up too much room.

The final thing I wanted to pick up was some Activation Markers as I’m terrible at remembering who’s already gone. I really love the Arkham themed design of these and they’re a really great way to keep on top of your tracking.

I also got a bonus in the box in the form of some extra ammo tokens which turned out to be incredibly useful. I hadn’t thought about the models that have two ranged weapons and the need to maybe track more than one type of ammo.

As usual I’m really happy with the quality of the tokens I got from them and will no doubt be back again soon to buy some more 🙂

Knight Models – Suicide Squad Game Unboxing!

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Boom! Just like that I’m pulled back into Gotham and the world of the Batman. It’s been over a year since I’ve touched any Batman related models, mostly down to not enough opponents in the area, but I’ve been keeping up with the releases and keeping an eye on what Knight Models are up to with the property. I was pleasantly surprised when they announced a two player starter box, based off of the Suicide Squad movie, but knew I needed to get ahold of one and see if I thought it was any good.

I’ve been keeping up with Knight Models since fairly early days. The days when all they had available for learning the rules was a badly translated PDF rulebook and the one main thing you notice with a product like the Suicide Squad Box Game is how far they have come in such a short amount of time. The shiny, sumptuous box this game comes wrapped up in is a beauty. Never before have I been this impressed by the box of a game. The artwork is on point perfectly blending the movie characters into a comic book variation of themselves and the logos and text are all presented in that slightly cooky Suicide Squad way. Everything is bright and bold, but more importantly strong. This box is a solid beast. Take a look for yourself…

Even the interior carries this asthetic making for an awesome whole. Inside is all the gibbons needed to play. The poppet card buildings, tokens, rulebook and character cards are all stored above a strip of foam and a pink plastic tray for all the miniatures…

This box looks amazing and you can really see it standing out on your games shops shelves.

So let’s take a look at some of the exciting things that come in the box. The first of those that I couldn’t wait to get stuck into was the buildings. Printed onto nice thick card these come in their frames alongside the tokens…

I eagerly popped out the buildings and after a relatively stress free 15-20 mins I had some wonderful buildings ready to go…

Honestly I like some MDF, more realistic looking, buildings myself but these are a stellar addition to the game for an easy to build and cheap way of gaining a great looking table. They are absolutely chock full of Batman character. Little details like riddle markers, Harvey Dents campaign office and Batman and Wonder Woman posters to name a few, litter the buildings. Each section is double sided meaning you create a completely different building just by swapping them, but in another stroke of genius, you can also stack them to create larger buildings. Once built they were also surprisingly strong. These will definitely hold your model or a whole gang with no issues.

Overall I’m really impressed with these buildings and am hopeful that Knight Models will embrace them and hopefully release bigger and bette variations.suicide-squad-rulebook

The next item on the list is probably the most vital for beginners, the rulebook. This is a soft back version that is slightly smaller than it’s hardback counterpart. Like the rest of the set it’s heavily Suicide Squad themed, although the cover is the only part that is lifted directly from he movie the rest is the same comic art style as the cover of the box.

It contains an overview of the rules needed to play the game, but does not go quite as in depth as the main rulebook nor does it include any of the information included in the Flash and Arrow book other than how to build a Suicide Squad team. This is not a bad thing and fairly par for the course when it comes to a starter box. This will keep you going for a fair wee while but once you start getting into other gangs or characters you will need to pick up the full rulebook.

One of the things it does contain that the main rulebook does not is a themed mini campaign to play with the included miniatures. It’s nice to see new scenarios to play the game being featured in all the books coming out.

Finally let’s take a look at the other gubbons and tokens that are included in the box.

The box game give’s you a set of take the lead counters for each faction, objective counters for each player, 4 dice, a set of 4 sewers and 4 lampposts and a mysterious reputation points chit. All of these are made from the same card as the buildings so are the same great quality and definitely a fantastic starting point for the plethora of tokens you need for the game. The lamppost markers are a bit of a nuisance. They won’t stand if just stuck into the card base that comes with them, but will stand when you add a 30mm base underneath them, but if this was the intention it would have been good to include enough bases in the box. Still better to have them than not though.

The dice are very nice, but when you’re playing can take a wee while to get used to and decipher. It’s amazing how used you are to seeing the dots presented in a specific way and how easily a little difference can throw you off.

Last bu not least is the miniatures and their character cards…

As you can see the back of the cards omit the usual image of the model and have instead gone for something a bit different. Each of the Suicide Squad members has symbol based on the look of that character and the Joker gang just has the same symbols the Joker himself. Harley has her own symbol and since she can be in both gangs her colour is a mix. The stats side of the card is the same as any other BMG character card, filled with the same artwork and awesome rules.

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The miniatures themselves are nice but I will start off by saying I’ve never been a fan of the movie models in the range anyway. Each one does a fantastic job of capturing the essence of the movie character and they really do look like them, especially the Joker. There is the usual light amount of flash and the biggest problem that I’ve had with Knight models mini’s, really small joins. I really don’t like the insanely thin join point on the miniatures that is impossible to pin, but it is something I’ve come to expect. I’ll have a bit more of an in depth look at the miniatures once I have a go at building and painting them, hence just the Knight Models pictures for now.

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I also managed to get one of the pre-order Batfleck miniatures, yay! This is one of the movie miniatures I can get behind as I really like what they’ve done with Batman in the DC movie universe and this miniature perfectly embodies that version of the character.

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Overall I’m really impressed with this box. The production values are at the top end of the scale across the board meaning you get exactly what you pay for if not more. I hope it sells well considering that the movie it ties into didn’t do very well for itself (I loved it), and draws in a whole new bunch of people into this fantastic game!

 

 

An Unexpected Absence!

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve popped anything on the site and for that I apologise. It’s mostly been real life getting in the way, with me having to stay at the in-laws for a month while the family and I sort out a new place to live taking a lot of my enthusiasm away from the painting, whilst the actual hassle of moving and unpacking took away an time I have had in the last few weeks. Honestly though the biggest thing eating my time and passion for painting has been this….

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I just couldn’t put it down, not even for a paint brush. Not even to paint Batman figures. I’m not even sorry. It is awesome.

Luckily Knight models have started releasing some figures from the game that fit perfectly with what I was doing before my break, and I have these on their way to me…

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These will definitely get me away from my console and sitting at the painting table 🙂

I also had some very welcome news about getting some of my painting published, which I’ll give you all the details on next time…

The Beginnings of a Harley Quinn Crew!

A few months back my lovely wife got me a fair amount of Knight Models Joker Crew models, unfortunately it was right around the time I started a commission for a Joker Crew. This meant all my enthusiasm for the project went into the commission, which turned out exactly how I would have wanted mine to. Whilst I enjoyed it enough to do the same with mine, I felt something different would be a good change of pace, especially since I’ve not really strayed from the Knight Models schemes when painting their models, other than with that commission.

This led me to the idea of a Harley Quinn based crew, and I have to admit I took heavy inspiration from the Arkham City: Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC pack…

harleyquinnsrevengedlc2So I got cracking into the models and only after a few licks of paint I knew this idea would work for me. I found it hard to put the brush down.

I started off with a few basic guys…

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And also a couple of the Shield Clowns, on which I used the shields to really show off their allegience :)…

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Although I have found out since starting to paint these guys you can now only take one shield henchman :(. Really pissed that I won’t be able to use both in the same crew, but if it helps make the game better I’ll just have to live with it.

I’ve also begun working on some of the more elite henchmen, trying to add something a bit more special with them…

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Sitting behind these guys on the painting queue are some of the characters to lead the pack in the form of both versions of Harley…

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and Mr Hammer, who I have converted with some cutting and a touch of greenstuff to make him fit in with the rest a little better…

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In all honesty I struggle to work with greenstuff so I’m really pleased with how he has turned out 🙂

Last but not least is a couple of objectives for them…

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I might try and make these a bit more Harley than Joker, but not sure what I want to do yet 🙂

Building a Batman Board! – Part 2

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Continuing on from my last post, let’s take a look at the last few odds and ends I’ve picked up to get my Batman board up and running. In addition to all I’ve gone over so far I also have the Corner Apartment Building and Street Furniture I reviewed for Multiverse Gaming Terrain last week, in case you missed it here they are again 🙂

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These great sets and many more can be picked up from Multiverse Gaming Terrain :).

As I said last time I had a special bit of terrain for the board which is also my favorite of the lot, the good old Batmobile…

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I picked this bad boy up on ebay, but it is from a range of die-cast Batman vehicles from Eaglemoss. They have a fantastic selection, but I had to go for the Animated Series version as I have loved it since I was young and enthralled by the series.

Next up was some more scatter and buildings, this time coming in from Counter Attack Bases, who you may remember I got a good amount of tokens for the game from.

I picked up this great building from them…

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The 3 Storey City Apartment Building is a nice kit, but since it lacked floors on the interior I decided to make it a dilapidated and boarded up building. All I did was glue some cut up bits of lollipop stick over the windows before putting it together, simple 🙂

In addition to the building I also picked up some barriers for more general scatter…

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The Railed Fences/Barriers are nice, simple and cheap making a great addition to the board.

Here’s how it looks so far, with and without models…

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I still think I need to get a bit more buildings and bigger bits of scatter, especially for round the edges of the board. I do have my eye on some bits and pieces, and will be sure to post about them when I get round to picking them up 🙂

Building a Batman Board! – Part 1

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With a lot of the minis I have for the Batman Miniature Game painted and ready to play I thought it was about time to focus my attentions on getting a board, scenery and some scatter terrain ready.

So off I went to source my first batch of stuff, which there is a fair amount of choice available, but the first thing I wanted to get was some buildings. So I picked up a great warehouse set off the TrollTrader on ebay…

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As well as the building itself, this set also comes with a selection of crates to fill it a little…

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For only £26 it is an absolute bargain. It’s a fairly sizable building that I thought would be great as you can use the interior for the game as well. Here’s how it looks with some models…

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I wanted to grab some stuff to fill it even more and really make it look like it’s in use, so picked up these…

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I ended up getting 10 sets for only £23, and the picture above only shows the 2 I’ve built up so far! You can get these off ebay as well here.

Next up was a wee bit of scatter and the all important lamposts. While I’m aware that Knight Models do their own set of lampposts and sewers they are fairly pricey, so I wanted to get something that would make a good stand in for now. Again Trolltrader was the place to go…

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I picked up 2 of these to make sure there is enough lampposts for any situation. It also gives the added advantage of a wee bit more general scatter 🙂

On the subjest of some scatter terrain I also picked up a couple of cars for the streets of Gotham…

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These are the perfect size for games, and whilst they are a bit banged up, I think this works well in the context of the game.

Next up I’ll look at some more scatter, another building and a really cool car terrain piece 🙂

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 😀

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 🙂