A Year in Pictures 2018

Well it’s been a long year and I have been spotty at best with keeping up with this, hence the delay in getting it out there.

I set out to keep track of how many models I paint in a year, not with a specific goal in mind or as a figure to beat, but to just have a look at the numbers. So without further ado my painted figure count for 2018 was…

175

Not a bad number to be honest, but this year I think I’ll break it down even more. I want to look at how many figures I paint for each game that comes my way, board game, tabletop, or anything else that may happen. This is one ofthe things I’ll be adding to my painting goals for the year, which I’ll talk about soon.

Anyway, enough rambling, here’s the 175 models I painted this year…

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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…

Bat-Family

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…

Crew-1

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!

Red-Hood-&-Alfred

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 😀

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…

Red-Hood-1 Red-Hood-2

And Here is Alfred…

Alfred-1 Alfred-2

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

Gordon-&-Swat

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…

Swat-1 Swat-2

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…

Gordon-1 Gordon-2

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 😀

Knight Models – Black Canary & Green Arrow

Black-Canary-&-Green-Arrow

Some heroes head over from Star City to help out the Batman!

These two I picked up on a whim just because I really liked the models, and I was very glad that they looked just as good in the flesh. Green Arrow I found was a fairly easy one to paint because the majority of him is green, go figure eh :), and the details are so crisp the highlighting was really easy to get on with.

Black Canary was a bit different. Everything was just as crisp as Arrow except for the tights, the crosshatch pattern was fairly flat in a few areas so it took a good amount of time and a steady hand to get them looking how I wanted. The only other thing I struggled with was the face. Due to the sculpt it is quite difficult to not make her look like a certain type of inflatable ;).

Not being that familiar with the character I painted her up as Knight Models have and I wish I’d researched it a bit more before hand. The models based off the New 52 look, which would mean I would rather have had the main body and arms a lot closer to black as she is in the comics.

Here’s some more pics of them both…

Black-Canary-1 Black-Canary-2 Green-Arrow-1 Green-Arrow-2

Knight Models – Red Hood & Batwoman!

Red-Hood-&-Batwoman

My god I love these two! Red Hood for his sheer bad-ass-ness. The mini just oozes cool intimidation and matches the comic so well. Batwoman on the other hand has such a simplicity to her. No clutter, no ostentation, just simple. This really works for the mini especially combined with the nonchalant but confidant pose. Love it!

These two have probably been the best models I’ve had from Knight so far in regards to mold lines, with only a minor area on Batwoman and one down the inside of Red Hoods legs. Construction is pretty easy on Red Hood with only the arms needing pinned on and a wee bit of filler put in. Batwoman was a bit trickier, but only because of the left leg. This leg joins at the knee but because its a v shaped join it was tricky to pin, so needed to be roughed a bit with a file to get a good stick with the glue.

Onto some more pictures…

Red-Hood-1 Red-Hood-2 Batwoman-1 Batwoman-2 Batwoman-3

As you can probably guess, and I know I say it nearly every time, but these where a joy to paint. I loved every minute. Not just two of my favourite models from Knight Models, but two of my favourite models ever!

Knight Models – Gotham City Police!

Cops

That’s four of Gotham’s finest ready to back up my heroes in a fight 😀

I wanted to do something a little bit different with them than to the ‘official’ scheme, but nothing too drastic. So I threw in a little bit of gold to add some colour and let the minis stand out a bit more, and I think it works quite well 🙂

Cop1 Cop2 Cop3 Cop4 Cop5 Cop6 Cop7 Cop8

Another lot of minis that were a joy to paint especially the two unnamed officers(the chubby chap with the flashlight and the lady officer), who are now two of my favorite models from the range 🙂

Next up some more of the Bat Family…