Sunday, 1 May 2016

Batman Miniature game Katana

Busy work schedule has meant not much going on in Brummie towers. I managed to get one figure finished this week as well as a little bit more work on some post apoc ruins.

First up the BMG (Batman miniature game) Figure I finished this week is Katana. Katana is a Free agent and shows up in various comics with Birds of Prey and her own story arc. I really love this character she is armed with a soul taker Katana which carries the soul of her dead husband within it. I have recently read her comics and they are pretty dam awesome.

In the BMG Katana is Free Agent available to both Green Arrow and Batman crews and offers some close combat support doing blood damage with her sword which is nice as a lot of these crews tend to do a lot of stun which you can heal. Katana also packs some shuriken for a little bit or ranged punch and has some nice little buffs and debuffs she can do with Precise Blow and Feint traits. 

Terrain wise I returned to some my Mantic ruins and added some more texture to the bases ready for painting. It needs sealing again with black paint/pva.

I also picked up some cheap trees from China and have begun to have a little play with them. I need to mock up some standard tree bases rather than the post apoc themed one below.  I think they look quite decent.

The 10cm tree

 The 8cm tree

Also picked up a cheap Topiary ball from Home Bargains for £2 the leaves are quite small on these. I plan to snip it off and to some of the ruins and onto the car above.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Batman Miniature Game Gotham City Police Sets 1 & 2

These are the henchmen for the Batman, Green Arrow and LAW crews. Pretty much basic cops.  Both these are lovely I really like the style and poses of the cops in these sets. The cops all have different rules O'Connell the tall chap has a Tazer and Agent Ron has a pistol. The other two cops are quite similar with just the odd trait making them slightly different.

The only annoying thing about these two sets is they both contain a minion. A minion is an unnamed character who you can take upto 3 of in a gang. The first set has the bald cop and the second set the female cop is the minion. I just wish would re package them so you could buy the minions in a single pack.

My Green Arrow crew ready for there first game!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Batman Miniature Game Arsenal

Greetings everyone Salute weekend in the UK. Sadly not going but have been enjoying the many facebook pics and posts.

This week I finished off Arsenal or Speedy as he was formally known as. Sidekick to Green Arrow he brings his explosive arrows to the party.

The crew so far it has plenty of mobile firepower. Looking forward to fielding these in a game soon.
Next up the GCPD!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Batman Miniature Game Green Arrow (Comic)

Sorry folks been super busy during half term and working away and have been neglecting the blog a little bit. Things have settled down this weekend a bit.

Anyway hobbywise i've done bits and bobs over the past few weeks. I've started my next crew for Batman this time more of hero centred one in the form of a Green Arrow crew. The cool thing with this crew is I can swap out the ket characters and turn it into a Batman or Law themed crew later down the line.

I know very little about Green Arrow background apart from the basics but its something i'm doing some research into.

First up is Green Arrow himself this version is from the comics and is a sidekick in the crew but can also be taken as a boss. I shall probably pick up the TV version (leader) and the recently released Animated series Green Arrow gives your more choice and different play styles. I am not sure what pieces he came in as I got him used and he came assembled. I think most likely both arms and the base certainly are separate. I'm not to fond of the tactical rocks they put on the base of some of these characters. But not sure how I could change them.

The Comic version as I understand it is more a mobile shooter compared to the TV one which is more of a turret type character.

Next up for this crew is Green Arrow's only Sidekick so far (This may change with the new Flash/Arrow expansion being released next month) called Arsenal as he is now called or Speedy as i'm told he was referred to. I have finished him but the photo's aren't great so will retake them and stick them in a post later in the week. Supporting the heroes will be a bunch of normal police officers and they are being painted in a batch so as to try keep the uniforms a similar colour.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

League of Shadows Bane Crew BMG

Well some new leadership is in order for my Mercenaries for the Batman miniature game. I have a new version of Bane to lead them this time the Dark Knight Rises or DKR(movie version) he has slightly different skills but is still great at knocking the crap out of people and KO'ing them but converting all that stun to blood damage is a struggle with all versions of Bane. So as an experiment I have decided to switch my crews affiliation (I lose the Venom Soldier as he is Bane only) to League of Shadows I get more options for Sidekicks, free agent and henchmen wise but can only take DKR version of Bane. There is one character in particular as to why I have switched affiliation.

First up of the new leadership is the main man (in my eyes anyway) DKR Bane. I really love the iconic pose of this model. The only annoyance and real a shame was the casting quality of it. It was so plastered in mold lines and had a terrible one down the right side of his face meaning I had to more or less file the eye socket and eyeball into shape. Paint scheme wise I pretty much copied the colour scheme from the movie (which surprised me how much dark blue was in there rather than black). Positive thing was that he was a single piece model.

Downside to this Bane doesn't count as large so can be knocked down by other normal size characters, does not move as fast, loses the lethal blow attack and finally the master fighter trait (+1 to hit). The trade off he has combo unarmed which means for every 2 unarmed attacks he dishes out he gets a 3rd free so can dish out a lot of attacks, strategist gives the crew 1 more strategy point so can take extra strategies or better ones, Desensitized means regardless of damage his will power doesn't get reduced so he can still perform to the max until he goes down. Bane also has true love Talia which means if she becomes a casualty he gets +1 willpower and +1 attack until the end of the game. Taking of Talia.........

Here she is! Talia Al Ghul will be his sidekick (replaces the venom soldier bodyguard points wise) she is not as monstrous in combat but has a katana which does double blood damage per hit and she is quite quick and agile with acrobat Talia can't romp about on her own as she is likely to get mobbed but paired up with someone they can be a nuisance together. I had Talia used against me in the tournament and she chopped up Mohawk quite ably. Colour scheme wise I didn't want to go all in black like Knight models did and went for brown leather and cream riding jodhpurs. (Much to Kieron's amusement with his love of Jilly Cooper novels!) I think she fits in with the mercs in this colour scheme more.

I think If I was to go the ninja side of the LoS I would probably use other characters instead of Talia (Unless I get hold of Talia's alt card)

Finally a different Free Agent this time Deadshot gets replaced with DKR Scarecrow. Now this guy at a glance doesn't seem to do a lot. Not great in combat his drug spray is short ranged though potentially useful against a clump of henchmen. But the reason why I'm taking him is for one special trait 'Death or Exile' This character can target one ko'ed miniature within 20cm from him, the targeted miniature becomes removed from the game as a casualty. This is an awesome trait similar to arrest but with a range of 20cm! Meaning he can hang around behind Bane and remove the characters Bane puts down. Well thats the plan anyway. This guy was easy to assemble just comes in two pieces body and the out reached left forearm/hand.

As you can see its still fluffy with Bane, Scarecrow and Talia (though there is no movie Talia so  far) all starring in the The Dark Knight Rises movie.

At the moment the new list is as follows

DKR Bane
Talia Al Ghul
DKR Scarecrow
Smash with Loyalty Tattoos (gains bodyguard trait)
Mohawk with Climbing Claws
Dallas with Ammo + NVGs
(cheesy some will say but really my only range threat)

Monday, 21 March 2016

Batman Miniatures Game Huntress Free Agent & Tournament news

 Meh another one of those weeks last week again most the family has been ill mainly my wife Louise and my eldest Carmen spending the first half the week sleeping with them both catching a nasty viral bug. So it has been busier for me than normal. I did game with Pulp Citizen on Tuesday night and tested out another combination for my crew.

Friday I took off as my youngest was poorly again FFS!!! So had an early start to the weekend and around looking after folks I got a bit of painting in and finished Huntress pictured below.

Saturday was the day of the Tournament In the end I took my original list of

Origin Bane
Venom Soldier
Dallas with Ammo
Ted Hunter
Mohawk with Titan

It was a positive experience and it was great to get 3 games in and was a good learning experience as well. It was good to meet Kieron of Cheaphammer!!! in the flesh. We didn't get paired up for a game but his Titan Joker gang look awesome and scary!

First game was Plunder against a great guy called Chris Carr and his Two Face Crew with Lobo as a Free agent. It contained a fair few guns and I was a bit concerned at first. There was plenty of cover. A fast advance (one of my strategies) saw my crew in the centre with Bane smashing down henchmen left right and centre and jumping on my own objectives early on I managed to prevent Two Face from getting into the area. End result Win 45vps to 35vps. I also managed to take out Two Face which was awesome Lobo was not far off but he was beginning to chew his way through my own henchmen.

A brief break for lunch and onto the Second match against Dan (sorry forgot his surname) this time was Patrol (reach your opponents deployment zone) against a Batman crew (without batman) it was lead by Commissioner Gordon with Azrael and AK Red Hood two swat and two cops. This was a massive defeat for me 39-7 It was a hard board to slog across with a large wall with two openings in to get through and to my objectives.

In hindsight I should of just dug in on my side and let him come to me but I didn't and he managed to neutralize my guns and then pick off every one else one by one as they tried to get through the wall. I also let him get into my back field via one of two sewers so he managed to sit on his ammo objective and rack up the points. Superior mobility was my downfall.

The Final Game was against Greg Joynson and his League of Shadows crew. It had an interesting line up Talia boss, Free Agent Grundy, Dallas, McGregor, Yang, Lotus and Pavilion A. This was perhaps the most enjoyable game as we sort of had similar henchmen. It was a close fought Draw I really could of done with someone to dish out the blood damage as Bane managed to KO both Lotus and Yang but could remove them as casualties. His Dallas with NVG's I managed to Neutralise early on with Deadshot allowing my Dallas to KO Grundy again I couldn't cause enough blood damage to remove him either. This I think would of won me the game had I been able to score those much needed points. In the end it finished 17-14 to me which is a draw.

Overall the day was awesome it was a great bunch of people I finished 7th out of 12. Pulp Citizen with his Court of Owls managed to comes 6th and Kieron fought well and finished third well done mate!

Defo going to be doing more batman tournaments. My list is going to be tweaked a little or I may take another crew altogether next time. Onto which is Huntress who I finished on Friday. Huntress is a Free Agent being able to join Batman, Arrow crews currently though this may change when the expansion for the game gets released soon as Birds of Prey and 'Teams' may change how crews are configured. A joy to paint a painted the cape separately and the attached it at the end. Pinned for extra security.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Titan Tournament Bane Crew

Been a MEH week this week, Both kids in and out of school being ill, burst water pipe in the kitchen MEH! Despite not getting much hobby stuff done I Did get a great game of Batman in Monday night at Pulp Citizen's .Getting a bit more familiar with my Bane Crew i'm taking to the Tournament this Saturday. We forgot a few things still so have made a sheet of all my characters abilities so I can just take a glance during play and hopefully use them a bit more to there full potential

Crew composition is currently looking at being the following 

Origin Bane 93 rep
Deadshot 76 rep $300
Venom Soldier 57 rep
Dallas 35 rep $600 + Ammo $200
Ted Hunter 31 rep $250
Mohawk  30 rep + Titan Dose $100
McGregor 27 rep

For a total of 349 rep and $1450

L-R Deadshot, McGregor, Mohawk, Bane, Venom Soldier, Dallas, Ted Hunter

I tried Night visions goggles on Dallas on Monday's game and though nice I still spent two turns legging it to an ammo objective to get a final shot at the end of the game. So going to try in the game tomorrow night extra ammo just to see if  I can live without the NVG's are really needed plus some strategies can give me extra lamposts so another thing to consider.

Bane was much better and knocked down a couple of henchmen. I need to pair him with some one who can do blood damage though and finish off those he puts down. Venom Soldier was pretty good as well need to pair him with Bane more still and remember some of his abilities like Hardened (turns first blood each round into a stun).

Deadshot was great and simple to use, Mohawk did pretty well against Strix with his Ice Axe combined with a Titan Dose boosting his attacks upto 6 doing 1 blood each managing to mortally wound Strix allowing Deadshot to gun her down after she sliced down Mohawk. Ted was nice missing his first few shots but shooting down Cobb in the back and KOing him in the final turn managed to leg it into the enemies deployment zone and jumping onto an ammo counter snagging some much needed extra VPS.

Another possibility may be to drop Ted and take Smash instead. This would do two things give some one to follow Bane and Venom finishing off those they KO and would also free up $300 funding allowing cash for NVG's or a batclaw.

Lots to think about still!

Playing against a Poison Ivy crew which will have some guns in and plays different with there static plants. I'll also be facing Hush and Deadshot so should be a different game style to play against tomorrow night.

As promised a shot of the lamposts from the TT Combat City Scenics Street Accessories set. Sadly not had time to work on the 6 barricades that come with set but maybe I can get them done this week. At the moment i've started the League of Shadows mainly priming and the flesh has been done. Not sure how I want the ninjas to look yet whether to go for a blueish hue or maybe even greenish tone to the black.

Talking of Green very tempted to start working on my Green Arrow crew as well. I spent last night basing Green Arrow and Arsenal and filled in a some gaps on them both as wellas Black Canary and they are ready for painting.