Sunday, 21 May 2017

Batman Miniature Game Gold Card Sgt Winslow

At the recent tournament the prize I selected from the pool was a Tournament or Gold Card. A new profile for an existing miniature. In this case it use the Gotham Policeman who normal is a minion anyway and used to fill out lists as he is only 16 rep.

Sgt Winslow Gold Card

Gotham Policeman (who you can take 3 of in a list. Shame they don't do anther pack of cops for this with alt sculpts especially when the female cop in the other police pack is also a minion).


This version of the Gotham Policeman has been renamed to Sgt Winslow based on the Officer from Diehard that first gets called to investigate Nokatami Plaza. Also in the US Series Family Matters (I am not familiar with this show at all). Sgt Winslow can only be taken in Law crews so I can't use him in Green Arrow or Batman lists which is a shame really.

Anyway Sgt Winslow get a nice bump in his stats he is 12 rep more but has higher Endurance and increased strength, Gains detective (cancels a pass), Bullet Proof vest (4+ to with firearms rather than the usual 2+, Veteran (able to reallocate 2 Action counters upon activation) and Order (can spend a SC and get a friendly model to redistribute 2 of there counters).

Sgt Winslow still keeps Arrest and Lantern which can be useful though Lantern I rarely see used.

His weapon has changed from a baton to a tonfa which is Handy and Defensive (Rerolls to hit and block) rather than handy and heavy. (rerolls to hit and +1 strength)

I hope to use Sgt Winslow in my Law Forces crew replacing the Agent O'Connell Officer with the Tazer as a similar price in Reputation but I prefer the durability of the bullet proof vest and the rerolls to blocks is very handy to have. Sgt Winslow will be my objective sitter most likely with the a Whistle equipment giving him the Halt! trait allowing him to slow down enemies approach.

Anyway I felt I needed to make a model of him (I fortunately had a spare set of Gotham Police 1) I trimmed down the baton to keep it more Tonfa like and sculpted on a bullet proof vest using milliput.

I am quite pleased with results and look forward to getting him on the table in my Law crew.



Thursday, 18 May 2017

Batman Miniature Game Batwoman

The First Sidekick for my Law Forces crew finished (and of course she can be in a batman crew as well) Law Forces lists when being built tend to get very large numbers wise very quickly as they don't have many hard hitting models. They tend to have lots of firearms so the funding gets eaten up quickly leaving you to take lots of the Cheap Cops Gotham Policeman/Woman which you can take upto 3 of each.

Batwoman comes in at 95 rep so takes up a good chunk of reputation. Batwoman is a decent fighter, has a batclaw and has medium ranged remote control batarangs and night vision meaning they can used at there full range and ignore pings in there path. Batwoman is also has Searcher a trait you rarely see reducing your opponents strategy points by 1.

Batwoman also has the Criminology trait cancelling the runaway trait when within 30cm (Can't be arrested) so very useful for your cops arresting KO models. Especially hard hitting ones like Dark Knight Rises Bane.

I really enjoyed painting this model but as an older sculpt came in odd pieces. Namely a separate head and lower right leg...... Which annoyingly with how much the cape overhangs the base had to be pinned. I am hoping she survives gaming use and will be stored carefully. I have add some weight to the front to try and compensate for the cape.

I also had a disaster with the base coated model dropping the box I store them in breaking off the head and chipping the paint! I am glad she if finished as I really like the sculpt and look forward to using her on the table.





Sunday, 14 May 2017

Batman Tournament Titan Games Lichfield

Been meaning to write this up since the beginning of the month but alas not had the time due to many real life reasons.

Anyway went to my first tournament this year at Titan Games in Lichfield.  It was a good turn out with 14 people turning up with a good variety of crews.

As mentioned in previous posts I was fielding a 350 reputation $1500 funding list.

My Chosen crew is the Suicide Squad (team)

Harley Quinn (squad)(boss)
Rick Flag
Deadshot (squad)
Katana (squad)
Captain Boomerang (squad)


My first game was Looting vs a Two Face crew run by Mark. This was my first outing with the squad having not played with any of them as part of other crews either. It was a learning experience. Flags multifire is great but only if those dice roll better than 1s and 2s. Same for Deadshots Bullet time lol

I won this game 43-10. Highlights were Rick Flag taking loads of punishment off Two Face goons and Two Face himself. Deadshot got onto an ammo objective and gunned down goon after goon with his custom MG.

Harley ran over and baseball batted Deadshot then did the same to the Riddler. It didn't go all my way. Two Face Tommy gunned Captain Boomerang KO'ing him but fortunately he passed his endurance roll and got back up.

In the end I nearly wiped out Mark's crew all that was left was the Riddler limping off and here the game ended.



Next game was against Liam Callebout a newcomer to Titan I think but a regular tournament player down South and winner of the Worlds Tournament a few years back.

The Suicide squad were facing  an Arkham Knight Nightwing led batman crew utilising the bat signal, ammo and titan objectives.

 We played Dirty money which has two neutral central objectives as well as all our normal ones. This was a tough one there were two narrow lines between buildings lots of lamp posts. This game didn't go as well as the first.

Captain Boomerang fluffed his damage rolls on a lamp post. Allowing Deadshot to be halted and preventing from getting his bullet time off again Azrael. The dice gods deserted me this game ever opportunity to get out some damage with my ranged weapons or attacks and the dice just said nope.

Deadshot was nobbled by Nightwing and then stabbed to death by Azrael. Cyborg flew over shot up Rick Flag with his plasma cannons and flicked on the bat signal.

Harley and Katana tried to beat up a female cop and the Quick Reaction Team guy with riot gun. But whiffed there attacks.

This was a major loss 51-9 to Liam. I really struggled to counter the high mobility and attacks from Cyborg and Nightwing


Round 3 was against Kris Burton who was fielding the new Arkham Knight leader model and Deathstroke. This was going to be a tough game. Arkham Knight is a fearsome sniper is very mobile and has some nasty teleport tricks which still allow him to shoot at his full RoF.

Both AK and Deathstroke also have Undercover meaning the deploy after everyone else.
I managed only to take out the militia brute and the RPG guy. Harley tried to get close to Arkham knight but was gunned down. Deathstroke beat the crap out of Deadshot after he took down the Miltia Brute with bullet time.

Rick Flag again whiffed his shooting rolls. Getting Sniped in return with Katana bodyguarding him and then failing to dodge. Round 4 I was struggling for VP's and now the explosive collars came into play. Randomly rolling between Captain Boomerang and Rick Flag(flag is immune but still included) but alas the dice rolled up Captain Boomerang and off his head blew.

Flag was KO'd by Deathstroke managed to recover but then failed the runaway test at start of round 5.

I forget the exact VP score for this one but it was 43-4 to Kris ouch.

Overview is that the squad are really fun to play. They struggle against mobile beaters like Nightwing, Cyborg and Deathstroke. Arkham Knight is filthy lol.

Against Henchmen heavy crew the squad can hold there own and do really well. I need to rethink the composition of the Squad and look at getting some distract options in there to lower defenses on characters like Deathstroke.

It was a lot of fun. I came away with a tournament Card of Sgt Winslow (Based on the cop from Die Hard 1 who is first to arrive at the tower) which is perfect as I am starting a Law Force crew next and have a spare model to use for him so.

It was a good turnout overall and another is planned for July date yet to be confirmed.


Monday, 24 April 2017

Batman Miniature Game Rick Flag

Just returned from a lovely Easter weekend and the rest of the following week as we sauntered off to lovely Devon for a break with family. Weather was kind and it flew by and ended to soon!

I had hope to return home to this figure arriving in the post but sadly its been delayed. Fortunately as I wanted him for a Tournament on the 28th Pulp Citizen has come to the rescue and loaned me his Rick Flag so I can get it painted and will replace it when mine eventually comes.

Rick Flag Is a Sidekick in a Law crew . But in the movie he is commander of the Suicide Squad and in love with Enchantress one of the members (no further spoilers).

In game terms he can be included in the Squad as he is listed amongst its members and can be the Boss. The Suicide Squad have some cool rules like Suicide Mission meaning they have to score a number of VPS each turn or risk a random member being blown up. The Leader/Boss is always exempt from this rule however as are a few members who have the Volunteer rule like Flag and Katana they can still be put in the pot for selection but nothing happens if you they get selected.




  
My current planned list I am taking to the Tournament is pictured above. Harley is a sidekick and can also be the boss. This means she can't be blown up, Rick Flag and Katana are volunteers so can't be blown up either if randomly selected. I am hoping not to lose to badly that it comes to this!

Harley her self is highly mobile and has some nice buffs like Confusion which weakens opponents and prevent them from using some traits that require Special Counters to be used. Harley also has her bat and a nice ranged attack with her pistol.

Captain Boomerang is there to generate VP's with hit Primary Target loot then go sit on my opponent's objectives lobbing boomerangs at any who come near.

Rick Flagg is to advance and pick off henchmen with his guns and hopefully get into a position to use his multifire rule boosting his rate of fire if he doesn't move.

Deadshot is also there to provide some more long ranged shooting mowing down henchmen. His Bullet Time attack which allows him to move and shoot with two ranged weapons will be used to blow a chunk in my opponents crew. Or in concert with Harley's Confusion (lowers def/att) to try and take down tougher higher defense targets.

Katana is there to fill out the crew and pick off weakened henchmen and protect Harley a little.


All my Movie themed Suicide Squad members. I just hope Knight models release Amanda Waller and some Special Forces to accompany Rick Flag.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Batman Miniature Game Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad

Here she is I had to re shoot the pics as my finger was partial over the corner and it bugged me lol.

This is Harley Quinn the Suicide Squad version. Out of the boxed she is the only one who can go on both sides as she is affiliated to the Joker crew as a Sidekick but is also a member of the Suicide Squad a team of villains rather than a crew which follows a particular set of rules.

Thinking about Harley can also go in a Secret Six team which is something I must remember as I also have AO Bane who can be taken in there as well.

Harley Quinn is such a quirky character in the movies and has a really twisted background with the Joker. I hope to do a Joker crew in the future using the Leto Joker and his Cosplayers as the core .





Thursday, 13 April 2017

Batman Miniature Game Diablo (Suicide Squad)

In the mood to get some more figure finished I plucked up the courage this week to crack on with the last few Suicide Squad members.

These last two have lingered until last mainly due to them both requiring tattoos of some sort painting on them.

Diablo is plastered in them some of which I had to omit mainly because the areas where they were to go are just to small.

The facias one are done to make his head appear like a skull. I really love his character in the movie and the comics which I have recently read he is awesome

Sadly I am not sure how much I well get out of him. Diablo is quite a cheap free agent at 50 reputation he has some really cool rules but what let's him down is his Regrets trait meaning he has to fail a Willpower test everytime he activates in order to attack anything. It's a flavoursome rule those who have seen the movie will know he has to be goaded into Action because of his past.

I like the rule just which it had been reversed so that you had to pass a test in order to make attacks mainly because Deadshot had the leadership ability allowing reroll failed tests and if you had see the film there is a really cool bit where he goads Diablo into using his powers.

Anyway he is done and I shall give him at least one run out for a game. I am hoping we get different version of him when they release the magic expansion. 

I stuck to the studio scheme but chickened out trying to paint the gang symbols on jacket.

Harley Quinn is also finished but I need to re shoot the pics as my finger is in most of them....





Monday, 10 April 2017

Polar Lights Bates Mansion 1/87 scale

Finally got this kit finished. It started out as a small commission for a family friend. They had purchased it but upon opening the kit didn't feel they as a first time builder of such kits that they could do it justice so asked me if I would have a go. Its simple enough kit with a small internal light kit.



I'd not done anything like this before and at first assembling the house was quite easy soaked and scrubbed. Pieces filed and cleaned up. The main body of the house was all in separate sections that link together onto the base.
 The roof sections with the railings attached
 All the remaining odd pieces left off in order to make painting easier.

Here is where I started to struggle. The kit only comes with a base for the top part but includes nothing for the stair case that would travel down to the motel. I asked our friend if they wanted this set of stairs included ad they said yes. The main issue I had with the kit was the lighting I had to think ahead as to where they batteries would need to go as well access to turn on the switch and change the batteries if needed,



I built the base up out of polystyrene in layers and got a rough idea of the layout for it.


So the plan as to build it up but leave a hole for the batteries(inc switch) to live in. The house would then be removable to get to the part. So work began
 I secured the layers down using cocktails sticks and pva between the layers. Then beginning to use polyfilla to add a surface and blend the layers together


 Between drying times I then began to basecoat all the other components.
 The interior was at first painted silver as it was recommended in the instructions as this reflects the light from inside.
 Finally filled out and sealed it now became known as daddies chocolate cake.....


Disaster strikes! Test fitting the lighting and access to lower area resulted in the top cracking. This is when it got a bit of hard work patching and securing down the house and top back to the base. This was probably the most frustrating bit as I'd repair it and it kept breaking again. I ended up having to hot glue gun it all down.

 More painting and adding texture to the cake part of it. 


In the end I decided to weld the house down to the base and leave the roof pieces loose. I then cut a hole in the bottom to get access to the switch/battery housing.


 Finally finished the last few bits Sunday evening I then discovered that when lit and despite a fair few layers of paint that the interior is quite translucent so ended up painting the interior and inside the roof sections with a few coats of black paint just to prevent the light bleeding out.







Some pics with the lighting on. I am quite pleased with the final results

 Mrs Bates!




Saturday, 1 April 2017

Batman Miniature Game Deadshot (Suicide Squad)

Firs Batman miniature done for a while he has been sat started since before Christmas I think but as he has not fitted in any lists sort drifted along. I was also having colour scheme quandaries as well so it got bogged down and put away. Anyway I have a tournament coming up end of April and I'm tempted to get take the Suicide Squad. This version of Deadshot brings a lot of firepower like his previous two versions but its his bullet time special rule meaning he can move and fire two of his guns in one turn. Depending on the combo he can put out 7 shots at short range or 5 at medium meaning something is going to die.....





 One of potential Suicide Squad lists. 345 rep Captain Boomerang for his Primary target loot. Copperhead for Bat signal countering as she has undercover. Deadshot for blowing the crap out of threats. Katana for slicing and dicing. Croc to jump out the sewer onto an objective and hold on for defend/hold on for dear life. I have some other configs in the works but need some other models to take these lists.