Thursday, 15 December 2016

Batman Miniature Game Katana (Suicide Squad)

Fourth member of the Suicide Squad set done. I really love this model and the pose is awesome but it was a royal pig to put together. The arms are separate as are the hands/sword, Sash and sword hilt/tanto.

The sash and sword hilt/tanto weren't a problem just requiring tiny mold lines being filed off and glued in place. The arms/hands holding the sword are where the main problems begin.
Something I've started noticing with CAD designed miniatures is that they always add in these little details like a gap between the hands holding the hilt which look amazing when zoomed in on a pc but once cast are really fragile. Also with how they were on the sprue got weakened just being snipped off. This was even with warnings from others who had assembled her and come across the same issue. If they had just had the hands touching then it would of be far more stronger. As it is I ended up snapping the hands off when cleaning up the piece. 

Anyway I ended up filing it flat and making it all join together as good as possible then just filled in the gaps at the shoulders

I really enjoyed painting her and it has to be one of my favourite characters out of the DC universe.
This version like Captain Boomerang is slightly cheaper at 50 rep compared to her 75 of the Comic version. Squad Katana has taken a slight stat decrease, looses the Adaptable trait and shuriken but gains Bodyguard trait and a Tanto which is Defensive making her quite good at blocking attacks with the rerolls it gives when blocking.

At 50 rep Katan fills some nice gaps in both Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey Teams as well as giving a bodyguard for Law crews. Its interesting to have Commissioner Gordon with a samurai type bodyguard :) Though I suspect when we get Amanda Waller and Special forces to go with Rick Flagg it will make more of a themed crew list.








28 comments:

  1. Well, the pose is terrific, sorry to hear about the assembling issues. Anyway, you made it work perfectly, love it!

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    1. Thanks very much mate. I guess with all the recent sculpts being so nice to go together this one harks back a little to the older sculpts which had similar parts divided.

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  2. Sometimes it pays off to go through all the trouble you get assembling miniatures like this.
    I think this is a great mini, the pose and your paintjob make her stand out and shine. Without hesitation my favourite model from the line up in the last photo.

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    1. Thanks very much. I am pleased with the end results. Lets just hope I don't drop her!

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  3. She turned out well, good work fella!

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  4. Having struggled with similar issues with Bushido models, I feel your pain. But it looks like it's come good and you've painted it really well!

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    1. Thanks dude. Yeah the early sculpts were very similar to this especially if they were more dynamically posed. I guess I've just been spoiled with recent miniatures from them.

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  5. Very nice work as usual mate. :)

    I fully expect to face her soon.

    And not a model I look forward to assembling to be honest. :)

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    1. Thanks dude. My sympathies she isn't fun!

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  6. She looks ace.

    I shall look forward to swearing in frustration as I do mine.

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    1. Thanks Kieron I am sure I will see it on messenger :D

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  7. I like that one! I can already see a few uses for such a figure.

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    1. Thanks Clint, One of my favourite characters both physically and her story.

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  8. She looks great...but sounds like a nightmare!

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    1. Cheers Gordon she was worth it in the end!

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  9. That's a mighty fine figure, Simon.

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  10. Dynamic pose and great job!

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  11. Cracking mini, one of your best paintjobs imho, but my goodness that model sounds even more hellish than the Wonder Woman model I recently put together!!

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    1. Cheers Simon. Very fiddly indeed. I haven't seen the parts for WW is she hard to get together she does look like she has slender limbs?

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  12. Despite the assembly problems she's turned out superb - great stuff Brummie

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    1. Thank you Joe. I am pleased need to get her on the gaming table now :D

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  13. I'm just assembling this figure now. Last one from the box and it's a nightmare. Tempted to chuck it and buy an assembled one on eBay! My box set actually came with two for some reason. On one I broke the hands and on the other I just can't get the arms to stay glued, even trying to pin the one with the sword. Finally got it done but then found I left too big a gap for the other arm to connect to the shoulder and the hand. I'm sure partly all this is my fault, but I've never had such a hard time with a model....

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  14. Yep an utter pain. I did have to fill the shoulder gaps with a bit of putty.

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