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On the painting table: Batman Miniature Game!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Red Hood Joker WiP

As I documented in my previous post my first Batman Miniatures Crew will be a "Joker" crew using the limited edition Red Hood miniature. This miniature came along with a pre-ordered copy of the (now sold out) alternative cover Joker rule book.

Primed with Vallejo Surface primer panzer grey. You can see the Secret weapon base from the town square set. This set has a nice full manhole cover which I will be using for sewer entrances in game. 



Blocked in some base colors. The cape is VMC cad red. The vest and gloves are P3 beaten purple, and the white shirt/wingtips on the shoes is P3 trollblood highlight. I obviously have a long way to go as I have done zero highlighting or shading at this point.

Here is the painted base. I did my standard stone triad. I used some secret weapon pigments for the rust on the manhole and dirt on the stones. 

I recently picked up some of the Army Painter Zombicide paints (mainly for the jumpsuit orange/jumpsuit wash) and decided to try out the filthy suit color on Joker's suit. I wasn't 100% sold when I began putting this color down but it has grown on me significantly and I think I am going to roll with it for not. If when all is said and done I decide I don't like it I can always just repaint it black without much issue. I would really like to pinstripe the suit but my freehand skill are lacking to say the least. 

As a Reminder the crew is:

  • Joker (Red Hood): 90 rep 
  • Clayface: 116 rep 
  • High security prisoner: 48 rep
  • Turk: 25 rep/$400
  • Prisoner (stick): 17 rep

Total: 296 rep/$400

I'm still learning the rules so I am not sure if I get to buy additional gear with the remaining $600 cause the blackgate prisoners aren't technically Joker henchmen. If they are I ill throw on some gear to spice these guys up a little.

Well that's all for now have a great week y'all and more updates later in the week.....hopefully.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Batman Begins

I begun working on my first crew for the Batman Miniatures Game. I decided to do a Joker crew using the exclusive Red Hood mini which was available from pre-ordering the Joker version of the rulebook. I have no idea if the crew I designed is any "good" but at this time I'm not too concerned about that just liked the feel of it. I have been tinkering around on http://bat-builder.com/ just designing different crews with the minis I own.


Exclusive Red Hood (Joker) primed and ready for crime

The full crew: Joker, Clayface, and three Blackgate inmates

Above you can see the first 300pt crew I designed and intend to paint. I still have a very preliminary understanding of the rules but from what I read a "traditional" Joker crew is like the Cryx/Legion of BMG as they ignore rules and are dirty. I do love the look of the regular Joker henchmen but decided to avoid the "OP" version and just get into models I liked. I also figured by painting the Blackgate inmates early on I will be able to swap them in and out of a bunch of villain crews since they are one of the generic bad guy henchmen.....essentially kill two birds with one stone. 




My first finished mini for BMG is Clayface. He is on a 40mm Secret Weapons base. He painted up really quickly as I airbrused his base color of P3 bloodstone. Once the base coat was dry I just went back and forth with different GW washes and drybrushing bloodstone and other orange/browns until the mini felt done. I then picked out the details on the fact and gave the mini a coat of satin varnish so it looked a little more wet. There is the first member of my first crew done....time to keep on moving.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Been Too Long

Hey y'all! It has been too long since I have posted anything and need to get back in the swing of things. I recently stopped working the night shift at work and have been getting used to "human hours" once again. I have been relatively inactive in the gaming department since Templecon (haven't played a game since in fact) and the last mini I painted up was Horgle for the donate or paint challenge. It seem to be a trend that after Templecon I go into a Wamachine rut and look at other games.....this year has been no different just a little more pronounced. I have been playing different board games with my buddy Greg. I've also picked up Forbidden Island and played that with my boys as well as King of Tokyo. I have also gotten back into the x-wing miniatures game by Fantasy Flight after they released the Scum faction and I saw they announce one of my all time favorite ship will be released in the next wave. I'd say the two things pulling my attention away from Warmachine have been getting back into golf and new game..



While I still enjoy Warmachine/Hordes my gaming attention has been pulled by the Batman Miniature Game (BMG) by Knight Models. The recently released their rules in print version with exclusive miniature available with purchase. I'm a sucker for "exclusive" miniatures so jumped in with both feet. I've picked up a bunch of minis and some MDF terrain to start playing games in Gotham City. I have also picked up the Devil's Shadow for my Warmachine mercenaries and hope to get them going relatively soon.

So just a quick post to get back in the swing of things and hopefully painted Batman minis and more will be showing up more regularly here. Have a great weekend y'all.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Templecon......Nearly Here!

Hey y'all! Well it has been a little while since I have posted but I am still trying like hell to meet my challenge painting goal. The idea of having three fully painted lists and being able to play in IG is long gone but I am holding out hope that I can get the single list done.

I took some time examining my lists and have played around with an Ossrum list to try and make it "easier" to get painted in time. I have played this list in a test game and was happy enough with how it played to be willing to switch over to this for my challenge list (sorry Thexus but your time will come). Here is the list I am looking at currently and how far along each model is towards being painted:

* General Ossrum: 98% done just need some detail work but I can call him done
* Earthbreaker: ~80% done. I need to wash the yellow metals, highlight the purple sections, some detail work, finish the base, and do final assembly
* Gastone: 50% done.
* Galleon: 95% done. I need to pick out a couple details and then do final assembly
* Thor: 80% done. I need to clean up some sections I missed and do some detail work
* Dougal: 15% done
* A+H: 25% done. Basecoats are down on most sections
* Gobber Tinker: 20% done. I have completed the cart section but the gobber himself is only primed at this time
* Press Gangers: 30-40% done. I have been playing around with these guys trying out some new things so each mini is at a different stage. Some of the minis are close to done while others aren't fully basecoated.

If I had focused on this list a little earlier I think I wouldn't be under this kinda time crunch but what fun would that be ;) I have a unit of hammer dwarfs at like 80%, three units drudges at anywhere from 50-75% done, three drudges all at about 80%, and a couple other minis well under way but my split personality and delusions of grandeur had me all over the place. Sorry for the lack of updates and photos but the house computer was acting up and I have been spending the free time in the cave painting.

I doubt I will post again before I leave for Templecon on Wednesday but if you are going to be at Templecon feel free to search me out and see if I made it.....anyone in a Team Spite shirt can point me out.......and if you are there Wednesday night come have a birthday beverage with me....I'm sure I'll have a few.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Templecon Painting Log Update #8

Merry Christmas Eve y'all. I'm writing this blog post while I wait for the little guys to be fully asleep before Santa puts stuff under the tree. I had a fairly productive beginning to this week. It was fortunate I was able to get stuff done early as the rest of the week will be pretty much shot for hobby time what with Christmas and travel and what not.

After my last blog post it was only fitting I got this gentlemen done. All that's left to do is black out the rim of his base and put some grass tufts and static grass down. All the grass will be done on the army at once. 

I assembled a unit of hammer dwarfs, primed them, did my three color airbrush for grey armor, and started to sponge on the battle damage (after this photo was taken). These fine fellows will most likely be in my Ossrum list. 

Alexia1's risen. I decided I wanted no part of actually painting the risen and that there would be absolutely no time to paint them so ghostly was the only way to go. I did a multicolored airbrush and based them. All in all I am pleased with the quick and dirty results for all 20 risen and all that's left to do is black out their bases and obviously the grass like the good captain above. 

Lastly I primed the nomad from the last challenge update and did the first color of grey on the armor plates. I didn't have time to do the highlights when I did the hammer dwarfs which is why he is lagging behind them. 

Not photo'd: I basecoated the flesh on the old metal unit of drudges, started the grey sections of the earthbreakers arm plates, did a little skin work on Rhupert, and a few other minor things which aren't jumping to mind at the moment. OK my wife is telling me the boys are out color time to get to work. 
Merry Christmas all and hopefully Santa leaves you all that shinny new toy you've been looking for!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Templecon Mercenary Musings (List One)

As Templecon approaches and my pile of unfinished mercenary models continue to pile up I need focus my time on banging out only the models needed for Templecon. I intended to have my cephalyx force be my Templecon painting challenge army but I may have to shift the challenge army over to my dwarf list. I have signed up for every event at Templecon currently but I think I would like to focus on iron gauntlet, team tourney (with Northblade and Adam), and hardcore as the "for sure" events. Seeing as IG is a three list event and needs to be fully painted it may force Thexus to the side for this convention. At the current time I am sure Damiano is one of my three lists. List number two will be an earthbreaker list run by either Ossrum or Durgen (I keep going back and forth). I run into trouble when I start trying to pick list number three. The final list is between Drake MacBain and Exulon Thexus. I have no delusion of grandeur and do not expect to reach the "gauntlet rounds" of IG but I don't think I can have a three list pair that will be unable to make a 75pt which is why Thexus is looking more and more like the odd man out.

I have to lock up my list and I think the Damiano list tis the one I need to sure up first as some of the units can potentially spill into my dwarf list. I recently played in an event and was running this Damiano list:

Captain Damiano (*6pts)
* Rocinante (9pts)
* Sylys Wyshnalyrr, the Seeker (2pts)
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters (Cylena and 9 Grunts) (10pts)
Kayazy Assassins (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Kayazy Assassin Underboss (2pts)
Alexia, Mistress of the Witchfire (4pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts)
Kell Bailoch (2pts)
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (2pts)
Wrong Eye & Snapjaw (9pts)
* Bull Snapper (3pts)

I really enjoyed the list and while I didn't play it perfectly by an stretch of the imagination it did do what I wanted and I was poised to win when a dice spike of 17 on 3d6 at dice off 5 put Damiano in the dirt (killed him to the point). I have no problem with this as it is part of the game but it got me thinking about what I can build into my list to help avoid this from happening again. That brings me to list idea #2:

Captain Damiano (*6pts)
* Nomad (6pts)
* Sylys Wyshnalyrr, the Seeker (2pts)
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters (Cylena and 9 Grunts) (10pts)
Kayazy Assassins (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Kayazy Assassin Underboss (2pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
Gastone Crosse (3pts)
* Vanguard (4pts)
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts)
Kell Bailoch (2pts)
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (2pts)
Wrong Eye & Snapjaw (9pts)
* Bull Snapper (3pts)

This list is obviously very similar to list number one except I drop Rocinante to a Nomad and dropped Alexia2. I like the idea of Alexia2 but I didn't get much use out of her in the game I played and I get the feeling she is a model you need to have some practice with to really make her sing and I'm just not going to have that time before February. Putting Gastone and the vanguard in there gets me some quality boostable guns to make up for the loss of Rocinante and the all important shield guard so I can potentially avoid that one final shot assassination which got me last time I played list one. I also like the idea of the possible Gastone/Galleon going into the earthbreaker list at 75pt if needed. I did a third list because I can't leave well enough alone and have to keep tinkering all the time. Lets take a look at #3:

Captain Damiano (*6pts)
* Rocinante (9pts)
* Sylys Wyshnalyrr, the Seeker (2pts)
Greygore Boomhowler & Co. (Boomhowler and 9 Grunts) (9pts)
Kayazy Assassins (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Kayazy Assassin Underboss (2pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
Gastone Crosse (3pts)
* Vanguard (4pts)
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts)
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (2pts)
Wrong Eye & Snapjaw (9pts)
* Bull Snapper (3pts)

Once again very similar but I was able to get Rocinante back into the list at the expense of Kell and the Nyss hunters while slotting Boomhowler and Co into the unit spot. While they will not be as effective at range as the Nyss hunters Boomhowler with deadeye can get some work done and really gum up the works as a tarpit unit. I feel I will be a little more tempted to cycle death march over to the Boomies from time to time which I'm not sure is a good or bad thing as it is really freakin' amazing on Kayazy.

I think for the present time I am leaning towards list number two but three is still in play. If I go with number three I can play Durgen/Earthbreaker and put the Nyss with him. If I go with list number two I'm more likely to play Ossrum/Earthbreaker and have boomies available if I want. Once I settle on the Damiano list I will be able to pick a dwarf list and once lists one and two are locked in I can see my 75pt options between the two lists and that will help select between Drake and Thexus for list three.

So what do y'all think? Damiano list 1, 2, or 3?