Friday, 23 January 2015

Batman Model Review - Arrow Nyssa al Ghul + Arkham City Ra's al Ghul

Today's review is a couple of people that have caused several problems for Arrow and Batman in the past.
Nyssa al Ghul from the CW series Arrow and Ra's al Ghul from the Arkham City console game.
The League of Assassins / Shadows have just become a lot more dangerous!

Packaging is the usual Knight Models blister packs. Foam holding the model parts in place and a backing car showing a painted version of the model which also doubles up as the game stat card.
There is something a little different this time though.On the bottom right corner if Nyssa's card is the CW Arrow logo! The first model from this series in the game so far (Arrow out this month) so I wonder how many more we will see?

In the packs you will find two 30mm plastic bases, two new design fold out stat cards and two highly detailed, 35mm scale, multipart metal models.

Ra's al Ghul , Head of the Demon, is a new Leader for the League. 125 Rep $0 with Willpower 8 and average to high stats. He's expensive but well worth it once you look at his weapon and Traits.
His Soultaker Sword gives 2 Blood damage each time and removes an opponents Willpower. On top of that he also has Weapon Master on it.
His other Traits are Elite Boss: Ninjas, Grand Strategist, Immortal, Martial Artist, Mastermind, Precise Blow, Undercover and Veteran. You are going to need to throw a LOT at Ra's to stop him.

Nyssa al Ghul, Heir to the Demon, is Ra's' daughter and new League Sidekick. 83 Rep and $300 means shes another expensive choice but again, worth taking once you look at what she can do.
Willpower 6 and average stats don't look like much. But add in her 2 Blood Bow, Kruki knife, Acrobat, Good Aim, Hook Arrow, Martial Artist, Master Marksman, Reflexes and Stealth and you have a great fighter who can get any where, shoot anyone and hold her own in close combat.

A closer look at the parts.
Nyssa has main body, quiver, bow arm and arrow arm.
Ra's has main body, head, sword arm and small left arm.

A VERY close look at the two bodies for mould lines and issues shows that there is almost nothing.
These were so quick and easy to clean up and get ready to build.

Building these was fairly simple. The parts all slotted together easily with only minimal gaps that may need a little filling. They each had something I'm not keen on though, metal parts that need lining up and gluing in two or more places at the same time. Grrrrr! It's probably because I have huge hands, but I can never seem to get parts like that in the right place.
Ra's' arms need to be glued at the shoulders and wrist at the same time to get them to line up properly. Nyssa has the same with her arrow arms attaching at the shoulder and the top of the quiver.
Although these type of parts annoy me, they do give stunning poses. Both of the models look to be in the middle of drawing their weapons and joining the fight.
Ra's does have the old 'foot on rock' thing going on but again it adds to the pose and can easily be removed and replaced if you wanted to. I decided to hide it behind some rubble.
Nyssa is standing on the edge of a rooftop. I can't decide if I like this or not. It does add to the character of the piece really well but at the same time it doesn't really tie in with the rest of the crew. I ended up basing it on the floor so it looks like it's a bit more rubble.

Each of these models cost roughly £12. Not bad for characters compared to several other popular games. Especially when these are bigger, very detailed and licensed.

Nyssa and Ra's add some serious skills to the League of Shadows / Assassins and if used together, they are over half of a standard sized crew on thier own.
If you want to use them together in the League, a list to look at could be-

Ra's al Ghul - 125 Rep
Nyssa al Ghul - 83 Rep - $300
Seeker Ninja - 27 Re- - $200
Ying Ninja - 30 Rep
Yang Ninja - 31 Rep
Lotus Ninja - 48 Rep - $100

That gives you a crew of 344 Rep and $600. Leaving you with $900 to spread some useful equipment between the four Ninjas. Nyssa would appreciate an Ammo Crate objective placed some where hard to reach with a good vantage point as well.

I do like both of these releases. They make me want to use the League which I didn't really want to use at all before. Probably because it was Dark Knight movie based and I'm not really a fan of those movies.
I can forgive the multi-glue parts as that is balanced by giving them great poses.
All in all I would score them -

Nyssa al Ghul - 8 / 10 Badger Points

Ra's al Ghul - 8 / 10 Badger Points

If you like the League or want some enemies to face Batman and the Arrow, I would recommend picking up both of these.

What are your thoughts on these two?

- Hendybadger

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Batman Model Review - Black Canary and Speedy / Arsenal

I think it's about time I caught up with the Knight Models reviews on here.
By the time I have covered the Nov and Dec releases, it will be time for the Jan ones to arrive!

First up are two of Green Arrows partners in crime fighting. Black Canary and Speedy / Arsenal.

The models come in the usual Knight Models blister packs. Parts held in tightly with foam and the stat card also acts as the display side showing a lovely painted example of each model.
Inside you will find....

Two 30mm bases, two new design fold out stat cards and two multipart, high detailed 35mm scale metal miniatures.

Black Canary is a 69 Rep $0 Free Agent for Green Arrow. An Eratta has also added Batman to her affiliation so she can also be used in a Birds of Prey crew with Batgirl and Huntress.
As a close combat specialist, shes comes with Martial Artist, Acrobat, Hidden and Technique. While shes doesn't have any weapons, Canary can still dish out Stun Damage with her bare hands.

Speedy / Aresenal is a 74 Rep $200 Sidekick for the Green Arrow crew. This is not a man you want to get in the way of. Standard Arrows with 2 Blood Damage and an Explosive Arrow combined with Rapid Fire means he is fully kitted out for taking down even the largest enemies at range.
With the Red Hood out this month, I hope he will also work with Speedy as an Outlaws crew would be great. Then I just need to start begging for Starfire!

A closer look at the parts for each.
Speedy has a main body, head, quiver, bow arm and arrow arm.
Black Canary has a main body, head and two arms.

As you can see on the bodies, neither of the models really had any mould lines to worry about. A quick run over each with a file and they were ready to build.

The builds for each models were fairly simple. Both models arm tabs needed  little trim to fit snug but that's something I expect to do with metal models anyway so it wasn't really an issue.
For these models I have removed the base tabs and placed them on resin toppers to match the rest of my collection.
Do be careful with Speedys bow though, the part where the bow and hand meet is easy to bend so I expect it would be just as easy to break. The size means it wouldn't be easy easy to fix!
Honestly, my only complaint for either would be the classic 'foot on rock'! To be fair, it would be easy enough to remove and replace with something more street-like and it does give each an awesome action pose.

I wanted to sow this stunning painted image again as it's Knight Models own copies and the photo was taken by Luis and Celso, the graphic designer and community manager, specifically for this review! (Thank You!)

Each of these models is going to cost you roughly £12. Maybe a little more or less depending on where you buy them. That's about the normal character price for the other big games on the market, plus these are amazingly high detail, a larger scale and licensed. To me £12 is fine. I wouldn't complain if they were cheaper, but who would?

While they haven't had a Leader to be used with yet, the end of this month sees the Arrow from the CWs hit show so you can expect some killer crews to be out there soon.

Arrow - 125 Rep
Speedy - 74 Rep - $200
Canary - 69 Rep
Huntress - 66 Rep - $100
Baton Cop - 16 Rep (Could pass for Diggle)
This gives you a low model count but dangerous looks 350 Rep crew. You will have some $$$ spare but I wouldn't worry about that with the amount of arrows that will be flying about. Make sure you take an Ammo Crate objective and hope you opponent has one as well.

Overall, I LOVE these two models. Great sculpts, great rules, easy to build but each has foot on rock.
The scores are going to be......

Speedy - 9 / 10 Badger Points

Black Canary - 8 / 10 Badger Points

I would highly recommend picking up both of these!

What do you think of them?

Next up, the Al Ghuls!

- Hendybadger

Monday, 19 January 2015

Red Hood and Loki join Arrow, Swamp Thing and more for the Jan Releases

The Knight Models Marvel and DC releases have just hit. They are awesome!

First up we have the anti-hero, Red Hood (Jason Todd). The model looks fantastic and his rule can be seen below.

Red Hood is an 84 Rep Sidekick for the Batman and Organised Crime crews. He goes up against 3 other Batman sidekicks, but if you wanted short ranged killing, Jason is your guy!
The Organised Crime Affiliation is great as it lets him run a street crew from Under the Red Hood.
The down side? Jason can't work with Speedy / Arsenal so no Red Hood and the Outlaws.

Next up we have this months only Marvel release. The God of Mischief, half brother of Thor, Loki.
Loki gets his classic comic look which is stunning. He doesn't have game rules yet, but Knight Models have said there is a game in the works.

The next Batman Minis Game release is Swamp Thing. While we did see a preview a couple of days ago, KM have now added his rules card as well.
A 150 Rep Ivy Sidekick with Affinity: Batman and a massive 11 Endurance! This guy is going to see a lot of table time on both sides of the law.

The final model for Jan is CWs Arrow. The preview was up last week but here it is again as a recap.
I can't wait to get Oliver to lead my Green Arrow crew. Plus it's the same week as the show starts again!

 The Tokens this month are for the businessman of Gotham, the Penguin. The logo is great. Going to have to grab a couple of packs of these I think.

Last but not least are the Arkham City Warning Signs. These will be great for rooftop cover and LOS blocking.

Which is your favourite release this month?

What would you like to see with the new rulebook next month?

By the way, Knight Models have said that those people waiting for more Henchmen will be very happy next month.

- Hendybadger

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Swamp Thing and Arkham Warning Signs Preview

The team over at Beasts of War have a couple more previews for the Batman Minis game from Knight Models.

First up is the avatar of the 'green' known as Swamp Thing!
No sign of rules for him yet but I expect he will be linked to Poison Ivy's crew in some way. Maybe a link to the good forces as well.

The second preview is a set of Arkham City warning signs.
Depending on the size of them, these could be great for adding cover to rooftops and blocking LOS between them. I can see Batman ducking behind one to avoid Deadshot.

What do you think of these?
Will they be on your shopping list?

- Hendybadger

Thursday, 15 January 2015

YOU HAVE FAILED THIS CITY! CWs Arrow Preview and Rules

Beasts of War have an awesome preview from the team at Knight Models for the Batman Miniature Game.
(Click pics to view larger)

ARROW! This new Leader for the Green Arrow crew is CW's own hit series version played by Stephen Amell. (Can't wait for the rest of series 3 next week and series 4 has been confirmed!)

The Hood / Vigilante / Arrow is a stunning model that comes with two different heads. Hood up or bare head.

I think Knight Models have captured this character really well and the bare head option even looks like Amell himself.
The preview wasn't just the model though, I was his rules as well!

As the Leader of the new Green Arrow crew, Arrow clocks in at 125 Rep. A lot of points but he looks worth it.
With a ton of Blood damage, Willpower 7, 3 types of ammo and his Multifire rule, Arrow is going to be an absolute beast on the tabletop. Your opponent is NOT going to want to get in the way of his bow.

Although every time you take out a bad guy you MUST quote "You have failed this city!"

What do you think of this new addition to the game?

- Hendybadger

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Batman (painting) Begins! The Arkham Dozen!

Just as I started to sort out some painting for my Batman minis from Knight Models, a challenge appeared.
Drew in the Arkham City Limits Facebook group has started the Arkham Dozen challenge.
A way for a group of people to keep each other motivated while having fun and getting some painted minis on the table.

The Arkham Dozen challenge is 12 Batman Game minis over 12 months. Minimum of one finished model a month. If everyone finished before that, another batch will start.
My initial choices are......

 Arkham Batman and Arkham Robin. A 200 Rep starter gang.

 Arkham Joker, Arkham Harley and two clowns. Another 200 Rep starter gang to face Batman.

Speedy, Green Arrow and Black Canary. 260 Rep (not quite legal) gang.

Nyssa al Ghul, Origins Deathstroke and a Ninja. 260 Rep to face Team Arrow.

The VERY rough base coats are down and I think I'm going to go with the well known schemes on all models. I haven't painted in a very long time so don't want to go for anything too adventurous to begin with.
The selection may change as the challenge goes on depending on releases. If something appears that I prefer it will make its way to the front of the queue.

I will keep the blog updated with the progress as I go.

Right, back to the painting table.

- Hendybadger

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