Sunday, 5 July 2015

Batman Scenery Review - Construction Set and Dumpsters



Hi all!
I think it's about time that I catch up with some of my Knight Models reviews.
Over the next few weeks I will be look at 3-4 months worth of Batman and Marvel releases. Some on here and some over on the Wayland Games Blog.

I'm going to start off today with a bit of MDF scenery. The Construction Set and Dumpsters for the Batman Minis Game.


Both of these sets come packed in clear bags with a Batman topper. These bags mean you can see exactly what you are getting before you even leave the store or open it.
They also each include some very handy building instructions. Something a few of the MDF kits out there at the moment are missing.


The Dumpsters come as a set of two on identical sheets while the Construction Set is split between two sheets. These sheets include two skips (one Wayne, one Queen), a Wayne pallet, and a pair of barriers.
The Construction Set came off of the sheet really easily while the Dumpsters needed to have a craft knife run around the back of the parts lightly to remove them. Not too bad as it's something you often expect to do while building this sort of scenery.

Time to glue!


These Dumpsters were very easy to build with the instruction sheet handy. Each section is a couple of layers thick to add raised detail and the fronts have Gotham City cut into them to add a little extra of a 'Batman' feel to your board.
The only thing to watch out with this is the pin that runs through the back of the lids. You will need to run a file over the mould lines to get a good fit. When you do though, it lets you open or position the lids however you like. Another nice little touch.


The pair of Skips that come on the Construction Set were an easy build. You make the main structure and then add the details on top. This makes them very sturdy and strong.
While both are the same design, they have different logos on. One for Wayne Enterprises and one for Queen Industries. Batman's and the Green Arrow's own companies that are involved in several industries in the DC world.


The other items in the Construction Set are the two barriers and the Pallet. The barriers just need the feet gluing on so are beyond simple. They are handy to place around the board though.
The Pallet took a little more work as each strip attaches to roughly three others. Little bits of glue and a bit of patience is needed for this one but it looks fantastic when finished with a Wayne Enterprises logo displayed across the top.

So, how do they scale against the miniatures?


The answer? Really well! These bits of scenery are ideal for blocking paths, adding cover to duck behind and increasing your chances of a 'Ping' roll when being shot at.
The logos also also help make your board feel and look like an actual DC setting.

To buy these kits you are looking at around £4.80 for the Dumpsters and £7.99 for the Construction Set. Prices from Wayland Games.
While they aren't the cheapest scatter terrain on the market, for the quality I think they are a fair price.

Overall I would give them-

Dumpsters - 7/10 Badger Points

Construction Set - 8/10 Badger Points

What do you think of them?
Good additions to a board or not?

More scenery coming soon.
- Hendybadger

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Batman: Ultra Violent


A friend, Jack Glanfield, over on the Arkham City Limits group has been doing some stunning things with his Batman minis, some UV paint and a blacklight.
As a fellow Schumacher Batman movie fan, he has taken a lot of inspiration from the 90s movies Batman Forever and Batman + Robin.

 Mr Freeze's suit glowing as he goes to take another of Gotham's diamonds.

 Bane switches on his Venom / Titan feed and gets pumped full of raw power.

 The Batman in his experimental 'Beyond' suit calls forth his glowing Batmobile.

 The Riddler is a tricky character. But under the right conditions you can always see his clues.

Batman stalks around the Gotham Museum at night, waiting for Freeze.

Its not just the models that glow. The Star Tech labs sign lights up the area.#

What do you think of the UV Batman look?
If you want to give it a go yourself, you can find the paints online at Visual Bliss.

- Hendybadger

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Checking In!


Hi all,
Just taking a moment to check in and let you all know I'm still here.
Got tons of hobby stuff going on behind the scenes at the moment so all sorts of goodies coming up in the next few weeks.

As I plan the future posts, what would you like to see?
Let me know in the comments.

- Hendybadger

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Building a Batcave!


As you may have guessed by now, I'm getting hooked on making boards for the Batman Minis game.
So far there are 2 cities, an industrial district and a dockyard and asylum to come.
Then Ian Alcock posted this up in the Arkham City Limits Facebook group...........

A Batcave! Yes!
After seeing Ian's picture my mind started to wander off thinking about what I would add to a Batcave board and how I would make it work.
Using Ian's idea as a base, I'll start off with the same materials. Polystyrene, expanding foam, a 3x3 board and some MDF.
I want to end up with a multi level board with walkways, pillars, platforms and a ground floor. Batclaws and flight will be great but I also wan't to make sure all model can get to all areas.

There are a few features I really want to include -
A tall pillar with landing pad for the Batwing.
An armoured door at the side of the board for the panic room.
Some water coming in a few inches from one edge for a couple of Bat Boats.
A large and low level rockpile with large platform on for multiple Batmobiles.
A road leading from the Batmobile parking to a cave at the board edge.
Stairs to Wayne Manor in one corner.
A trophy platform with some of the classics on like a giant T-Rex, playing card and penny.
A Batcomputer platform with Robin's costume in a glass case and maybe another Batsuit as well.
If I can fit it in, I would also love to add an area on the ground floor for the Bat Tank.

The usual street lights and sewers aren't really going to work in this setting.
Instead of street lights, I'm going for some dome shaped lights mounted in the floors.
Instead of sewers, access hatches in the walkways and platforms should do the same job.

I'm going to need to gather together a few things for this though.
 Eaglemoss Batmobiles and Batwing from the Automobilia range.

Heroclix Bat utility belt with case (or two) and a Robin Costume,

 The new Super Computer screens and chair from Multiverse Gaming

WargamesTournaments Necromunda scenery set.
Plus a T-Rex, playing card and giant penny.

After all that I hope Knight Models come out with some more Court of Owls Talons and Batman's Thrasher armour.

So, that's the plan at the moment. What do you think?
Is there anything you would add or remove?

I'm off to convince my wife I have somewhere to store it!
- Hendybadger

Sunday, 14 June 2015

City Gameboard Mk 2!



I have added a few new goodies to city city gaming board which has changed it quite a lot now.
Apologies for the rubbish mobile phone pics but that's all I had at the time.

To answer your questions........
Van, containers, billboards, crates, skips, bins, phonebooths and models are from Knight Models
Hydrants, Arkham gate, concrete barriers, portaloos and base toppers are from Fenris Games
Rooftop details are from Ainsty Castings and Armorcast
Batmobile and Batwing are from Eaglemoss
Large Bank is from TT Combat
Large water towers are from Impudent Mortal
Corner Pub is from Timeline Miniatures
Corner Apartments are from Multiverse Gaming
All other buildings (grey and red) are from Sarissa Precision

Several more pictures below.
Let me know what you think.
Anything else I should add?

- Hendybadger








Friday, 12 June 2015

New Knight Models June Releases



Hi all!
Knight Models have posted up their June releases for the Batman Miniature Game.
Available to order now from KM and should be in the shops in a couple of weeks.

First up is something I have been wanting for ages.....



A Court of Owls boxed set!!!!!!!!
This new set comes in around the 220 Rep mark making it one of the largest boxes so far.
Benjamin Orchard is the Leader with the Talons William Cobb, Strix and Xiao Loong as Henchmen.
If you want to look up the characters, Orchard is in the Talon series, Cobb is in Batman, Strix is in Batgirl and Loong is in Red Hood and the Outlaws.
They are limited to only using Court of Owls models though.


The Court also get a Free Agent in the shape of Felix Harmon, the Gotham Butcher.
A big and dangerous Talon from the Talon comic series, the Butcher is 81 Rep and makes the Court up to a full 300 Rep with their initial release.


Hush has also arrived as a Free Agent for Joker, Ivy, Scarecrow and Riddler.
At 73 Rep, Tommy Elliot brings some good firepower and some interesting new rules to these crews.


The final figure for this month is Firefly. a 73Rep Free Agent for all Villain crews.
The first flyer and flamethrower in the game means that a lot of Villain crews will be hiring his services.


The June releases are finished off with some Court of Owls counters and a pair of MDF Bank of Gotham Safes.

You can check out all of the new goodies as well as the full rules cards on the Knight Models Site.

Does anything this month take your fancy?

- Hendybadger
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