Well I have used my new brush for the first time. I was quite impressed it holds its point nicely and is good for doing both layers and fine detail such as eyes etc. I am quite impressed the real test I suppose is how long it lasts. Have ordered some brush cleaner so that will be the next test of it.
Onto the miniature itself I've finished Poison Ivy this week mainly to go in my Birds of Prey crew as I have no intention of using her as part of her own crew. I was fortunate enough to pick her up as a single miniature as this one comes in a crew box with 3 plant henchmen.
Paint scheme wise I've gone for the new 52 Version colour scheme but sticking to the layout of leaves etc that cover her body as the original pattern of green is a little different but the detail on this sculpt is far to nice to take advantage of it.
Abilities wise this one has slightly less offensive attacks to her Arkham counterpart as she only has a melee attack of toxic nails which are still nice as they do blood/stun and are handy giving re-rolls to hit. Where both Ivy's shine really is in there special traits. Confusion is a nice trait down to weaken and lock down enemies it has a range of 20cm reduces there attack/defense by 1 making them easier to block/hit (they don't lose counters though) but also prevents the target from spending special counters. Stopping them from making special attacks, running flying etc. The other trait is control pheromones which cause the the hypnotise effect. Meaning the target has to pass a willpower roll or become a member of my crew for an activation. Whats useful is you can obviously hijack a target move it about (you can't harm it though) but also allocating its counters for the next round. If you can catch a model after activating though they're yours for the next round making it good against models equipped with firearms using them to shoot there own team members wasting there ammo and or putting counters in less useful positions leaving them wide open to attack.
I gave Ive a run out the other night against the watchmen and she was quite useful dropping the free agents Attack/Defense with Confusion. Control Pheromones was less useful against the higher willpower models. I also borrowed Strix and field Black Canary, Bat girl, Katana along side Ivy and it was a fun game trying out the new characters. Strix is certainly going on the shopping list.