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…

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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 🙂

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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Mantic Games – Battlezone Sci-fi Ruins!

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I just received the BATTLEZONES: SCI-FI RUINED DISTRICT from the nice people at Mantic Games, so I’d thought I would share my thoughts as I worked my way through a box, building and painting up a few new buildings for my Deadzone board 🙂

Out the Box: First off here’s how the sprues look straight out of the box:

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…as well as a sprue of the connectors common to all of the Battlezones terrain.

As we’ve come to expect from this kinda terrain it’s very nice stuff. Strong, detailed and easy to get together :). It’s a nice variety as well allowing all kinds of ruins to be built from this set alone, combine it with some of the Urban terrain and you could make some truly unique buildings for any game. For Deadzone everything you get is perfect, suits the game really well and is the perfect size and shape for it. For other games it’s a bit more restricted as it sticks to a 3″ x 3″ cube format, although a little extra work and you can make them into any weird and wonderful shape you wish.

Building: I had a few ideas spinning around as to what I wanted to build up with these. A couple of small ruins would be perfect to act as individual sections of cover or positioned in the right spot, separated parts of the same building :), and I wanted to see what could be made up only with this box, so I started cutting and gluing and got these…

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The terrain only needs a wee bit of cleaning up, a few sections where they were clipped from the sprue as well as getting rid of mold lines in the hole connectors would be slotted into. You get a few rubble sections that act as a connector, which you can see in the top left of the picture. It’s a simple but cool piece that adds to the overall look of a ruined building nicely.

There was also a couple of sections that allow for some free-standing rubble. Here’s how they look straight out of the box with a smidgen of glue (they come as two halves that slot together)…

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Combining with the Urban Box: I also wanted to create a couple of bigger buildings like the Bar and Cafe that I’d worked on previously. Something with character, which meant (to me anyway)it should be a target, something that the Council would want rid of in the event of containment protocols and therefore ‘ruined’.

The first idea was a coms station of some sort and after fiddling about for a few hours I put this together…

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I managed to make it almost exclusively with bits from the ruins box and spares bits from an Urban district box. Anything I couldn’t find a suitable piece for from the Battlezones parts I used a few varieties of plastic bit’s and pieces instead, most of which I got from the local hobby shop. I’m going to continue adding some extras onto this building to help increase the character.

After all that I still have a fair few bits leftover to do another building, which in my head at present should be some kind of lab or medical centre, have to see what I can do…

Deadzone – Terrain Photoshoot!

With the last piece of terrain(for now)for my Deadzone board done I took the chance to get some photos of a few bits and bobs of it all together, with and without some Rebs…

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It’s good to get a sense of scale on the Dreadball pitch, which still looks a little small, but I’m happy with how it all looks together and the character it adds to the board 😀

Deadzone – Dreadball Pitch Terrain Finished!

The Dreadball pitch has now had a lick of paint and is all the better for it 🙂

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I decided to add some of the colours I used on the buildings to give the pitch a link to it’s surroundings. So I added it on the top half of the concrete barriers and the goals/nets/tubes/scoring mechanism. I also added some colouration on the pitch itself in the form of strike zone markings and a centre line. Both of these were applied by airbrush after a coat of hairspray, so I could give them a chipped worn look. I didn’t bother with any salt on these as I wanted much larger areas of chipping. I also added a couple of white crosses to give at least a vague idea of where one cube begins and another ends 🙂

Deadzone – Dreadball Pitch Terrain!

An idea struck me whilst I was making up the Antenocitis Billboards and adding the Dreadball poster in particular. What if there where street style Dreadball pitches, like you see in basketball and football in real life? Not something like used in Xtreme, but something used by the kids and adults alike of the cities and colonies. With that in mind I set out to try and figure out the best way to make something like that and discovered this on Antenocitis Workshop:

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This would work really well to get the main shape onto a base. I had a couple of wooden backs from frames lying about, intended for basing some terrain, so cut one to the size I wanted, 3 x 2 cubes or 9″ x 6″. With that base size in place I had a limit to the size of the pitch and how much of the above to cut into shape and size, I wanted it a little smaller than the base so I could add a few extra bits around the edges, specifically some barriers and some strike posts. Using some of the Antenocitis barriers, a few bits of Deadzone terrain, metal tubing and a wee bit of guitar string, this is what I came up with…

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It looks a little small when compared with the size of the figures, but I think any larger and it would take up way too much space on the board, and I think at the end of the day it does what it’s supposed to do- add a characterful piece of terrain to the board, something that makes it look like people did at one time or another live and play in the Deadzone 🙂

Now to get the blighter painted 😀