Thursday, 28 May 2015

What's Going On?

Hi all,
As I have said here recently, apologies for it being so quiet over the last few weeks.
While I have five minutes, I thought I would take the chance to explain why.

I run this blog in my spare time. Well, the small amount I have anyway. In that 'real life' thing, I help run the family business and have a wife and two small children at home. Boys of 3 and 1 at the moment. They come first above all else so that blog and models are only touched after they are in bed.
Our youngest has had lots of issues since he was born. Nothing major, but it does involve all sorts of appointments and such. So over the last year my general gaming has been narrowed down from everything I like the look of to the things I find extra cool. Comic Superheroes!

Knight Models have been my main focus and they have been great by sorting out some nice toys and some fantastic previews and exclusives. Big thanks to Harry, Victor and the Boss especially!

Since my Knight Model hobby began, I have taken up a larger role in the Arkham City Limits Facebook group on the Admin team. It's not a lot of work but it takes up a little time every now and then. The rest of the team are fantastic by the way!

After a while of writing about Batman on here, Wayland Games asked me to write about Batman for their blog as well. Awesome! It did mean splitting my time between the two though but it ended up in more content over all getting out to a LOT more people.

Over the last few weeks, a family member has been rather ill so that has meant quite a bit more work in the family business for myself and less spare hobby time. I don't mind as sometimes you just do what needs to be done.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, an official writing job appeared! I couldn't turn it down. It does also take a chunk of my weekly hobby time though but it is hobby based so it's good fun.

All in all, free time is in very short supply at the moment. It's been at least a couple of weeks since I manged to build or paint a model.

That takes us up to today. My family member is recovering, the writing project is 50% complete and the new Knight Models releases have just arrived.
If all keeps going well, I should be back on the blogs full time within the next week.

Thanks to all of you for sticking with ToaTS and I'll See you soon with all sorts of reviews and new goodies.

- Hendybadger

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Exclusive Batman Court of Owls Preview - The Talon William Cobb

The fantastic team at Knight Models  have just sent this over.
A preview for William Cobb. A Talon for the new Court of Owls crew,

Cobb is THE Talon. Well, the first one that Batman meets anyway. Ancient reanimated assassin and Dick Grayson's great grandfather. Cobb takes out anyone the Court want him to and especially likes killing Waynes.
This model seems to have been pulled straight out of the pages of the comic as it captures the character and details perfectly.

Cobb comes in at 68 Rep and is only a Henchman! This makes it look like the court may be a low powered Leader and some very strong but expensive Henchmen. An elite force that can take on any challenge.

Armed with some Blood giving knives, Cobb uses Combo, Martial Artist and Precise Blow to become a serious threat in close combat.
Getting in to combat won't be a problem for him either. Deploying further with Undercover and then using Elusive to help avoid ranged attacks means Cobb will have no trouble crossing the board.
Don't forget that Henchmen can take Equipment as well. Do Stealth or Climbing Claws sound like good additions?
If he is taken down, "Reanimated Owl" lets him reroll the KO recovery roll and get back into the action much quicker. While he sound all round amazing, he does have a big weakness. The cold!
Mr Freeze can cause some serious extra damage to this Talon if he isn't careful.

What do you think of this Talon?
Are the Court of Owls going to be your next / first crew?

- Hendybadger

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Board #2 - The Industrial District

You may have noticed recently that this blog and my posts on Wayland have been a bit quiet.
This is due to that 'real life' thing happening and not having much free hobby time over the past few weeks. Everything should be back on track by next week hopefully though.

But, last week I received my goodies from the Impudent Mortal Kickstarter and a lovely building from Multiverse Gaming. (reviews coming son)
When I had a little spare time, I sat down with a knife, some PVA and a HUGE box of laser cut MDF and ended up with this!
Board number 2, the Industrial District.

It's going to take a while to get this all painted but what do you think of it all so far?
(sorry for the dodgy pics. They were all taken on a mobile)

Joker and Batsy meet once again at Smiley's (Ace) Chemicals
Speedy takes up position on the new Multiverse building.
Bane and Clayface fight it out at Star Tech (Labs)
Team Arrow appear from underneath the Factory Club (Verdant)

Wayne Enterprises ship into this area often.
Harley and Mr J join Scarecrow and Clayface.
Robin arrives in the Batwing
Joker's clowns cover the walkways, skylights and water towers.
Batman and his team take up base in Verdant.

- Hendybadger

Monday, 11 May 2015

The Bat-Builder Gains Article Links. Want Yours Added?

In it's ever growing role of the best Batman Game resource online, Bat-Builder has now started to add article links to individual model listings.
See Swamp Thing below.

At the bottom of the page for each model are links leading to articles on several blogs and sites (including this one). There are only a few at the moment but they want more!

Somehow, I have been nominated to gather and read them all.
So if you have a blog article, review, unboxing video or anything you think should be added, please email it to myself HERE.

Looking forward to seeing what gets sent it.

- Hendybadger

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Batman and Marvel May Releases from Knight Models

Earlier this week, Knight Models put up their new releases for May.
For Batman game are a set of Bane Thugs including one on Venom, Lady Shiva and some female non-elite Ninjas for the League, the Joker's Daughter and some Black Mask action counters.
The Marvel range gained the fantastic Doc Ock and a multi-pack of Doc Ock, Spiderman, Green Goblin and Venom.

You can check out the rules cards HERE and the pictures of all the models below.

Which do you like the look of this month?

- Hendybadger

P.S. Sorry for the lack of substantial posts recently. Real life has been a bit hectic. Should be back on it properly soon.

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