Well this was certainly a pleasant surprise. Knight Models has released character cards for their Suicide Squad box set for their DC Universe Miniatures Game. Well, just the Suicide Squad side. Still no rules regarding Batfleck, Joker or his crew. Still, this added 8 new characters from one game to another, effectively giving anyone who might only play the Batman Miniatures Game all they’d need to dive into the other rule set.





With a new team comes a new Team Ability card, too!


And curse them for teasing Amanda Waller and Enchantress. Both of them were listed in the Suicide Squad rule book but we’ve yet to see either of them yet. Heck, we’re still waiting on Raven and Grodd that we’re teased forever ago.

Anyways, as someone who broke into the BMG with the Suicide Squad box set (and awesome birthday present from my friends), this tiny little update it amazing to me. I now have an extra 7 figures (Flagg was released later and haven’t gotten him yet) to add to the table top.

Sound off in the comments below if you plan on running any/all of the Suicide Squad on your next game night.

Happy gaming!

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June is about over which means it is time for Knight Models to release their upcoming preorder list. This time around, we get a nice mix of the two games with two of the releases being a part of their new Multiverse line.

First up, the most important…Wonder Woman!

This makes me so happy that I can’t express into words properly. First, the Holy Trinity is officially playable in Batman Miniatures Game!

Batman Miniatures Game stat card (top) and DC Universe Miniatures Game stat card (bottom)

The thing that is holding me back from getting super excited about the Batman Miniatures Game card is the mounted figure rules. A mount is an upgrade to a character. Whenever you field a mounted character, you have to also have a no -mounted version of the character as well to represent if the mount is destroyed or lost. Currently, there is only one other Wonder Woman figure available and that is in the Batman v Superman (Trinity) set for the DC Universe Miniatures Game.

That nitpick aside, the model is gorgeous, both in physical design and gameplay design. I think what will be a big reason for fielding her is the Godkiller ability. In the BMG, it grants all of her attacks the Magic Weapon special rules and immunity from certain effects. In DCUMG, it grants +1 to Attack and Damage to all attacks against models Level 20 or more. This is a great bonus against characters like Darkseid and Doomsday.

Joining Diana on the battlefield of both games comes the Amazons of Themyscira:

Queen Hippolyta and her Amazon Warriors


Another Multiverse release, the set includes stat cards for both of their games!

 
Now, I could be wrong (and if I am, please correct me in the comments below), but in the BMG you are only allowed to field one model with the Legends classification per force. This means that Hippolyta and Wonder Woman can never be on the same team. However, they can be used in the DCUMG for a team level of 49. The updated suggested build is teams at Level 60, so you still have a little wiggle room for another character.

Now, if I could just get a Steve Trevor and the rest of the squad, I can be a happy man. Granted, it might be a little weird seeing World War 2 era characters on the streets of Gotham, but I’m willing to do that.

Rounding out the Batman Miniatures Game comes an update for the Court of Owls factions- The Parliament of Owls:


I’m always down for increasing any/all factions that are preexisting. The Court of Owls definitely could use it. Over all, standard fair for the stat cards. Though the models for the 1880’s Talon and the High Court Lady look awesome. I’d be interested in trying to paint the fur on the High Court figure.

In addition to the Batman Miniatures Game releases, we have some DC Universe Miniatures Game only releases.
First up, everyone’s favorite Martian- Martian Manhunter

I don’t know why I just love that pose. It’s just so stoic and imposing.

J’onn is a bit of a multi-terrain tank. He’s defense can shift to benefit you depending on the teams you’re facing. He’s offensively adaptable at range and close combat. At Level 15, fits most hero teams as a strong secondary power bourse.

Finally, we have the good doctor himself, Doctor Fate:

That pose is classic and gorgeous. I am curious, though, in how well the figure is attacked to the base. Hopefully it doesn’t suffer from small ankles like some of their others.

Doctor Fate feels like a magical glass cannon. In the right situation, he can tie up and bind many characters. For the most part, the range on his attacks will keep him from harm’s way, but a few good shots and he’ll drop like a fly. 

Over all, super excited for this month’s preorders. Which ones are you excited for? Which ones are you skipping? Sign off in the comments below.

Happy gaming.

It’s been quiet around here for the last few weeks, sadly. I’ve been busy prepping for an annual event called Free Comic Book Day this past Saturday. For those not in the know, FCBD is a day that celebrates the comic book hobby and the people that love them. Every year, I set up at Comic Quest in Evansville, Indiana. 

This year I had a special 11″x17″ print and metal trading card of CardFight!! Vanguard:

Aichi Sendou and his avatar, Blaster Blade.


It was a fun event, but a lot of things didn’t come together until the very in. As such, I didn’t focus on a lot gaming wise this last month. Which was a shame because a lot of awesome news came out of Knight Models and April 28th was International Tabletop Day 2017.

Now that is over, I can start doing some more gaming related things. I have mini’s to paint, cards to sort and games to review.

Happy gaming.

Knight Models have revealed a new character and his minions for the Batman Miniatures Game– Professor Pyg and Dollotrons!

The good Professor and his lackies…(photo by Knights Models)


For those unfamiliar with Professor Pyg, he was introduction during Grant Morrison’s fantastic run on Batman prior to the New 52 relaunch. He was a prominent villain for Dick Grayson during his tenor as Batman, kidnapping victims and turning them into his “Dollotrons” through various robotics, surgical manipulation and drug use.  These Dollotrons are generally genderless monstrousities he created in the pursuit of making people perfect. 

This piece is based on the Professor’s appearance in Batman: Arkham Knight. The video game version is a rather faithful translation of the source material, especially his use of a traveling circus called the “Circus of Strange” as a front for his crimes and experiements.

Professor Pyg’s stat card.


For 90 Reputation and $150 funding, you get a solid figure with two key attributes that I think is fantastic:

  • Medic– He can help remove either 1 blood damage or 2 stun damage from a friendly model. This is an absolute boost to some builds that didn’t have the option to get a medic on the field because of rank or affiliation restrictions.
  • Special Traits: Dollotrons– When hiring Professor Pyg, you get to recruit 3 Dollotrons at no additional cost. This give you 4 figures on the board for a measly 90/$150. The Dollotrons themselves, when alone or outnumbered, aren’t amazing but they have a great ability when kept close to the Professor.

Speaking of the Dollotrons’ abilities…

Dollotrons’ stat card.


As I said before, nothing to amazing except the 6 endurance and the Special Trait Creations of Perfection. The trait makes them worthless (point wise) for being KO’d or made a casualty, which makes them fearless tieup pieces. It also allows them to take any attack that would be directed at Professor Pyg so long as they are within 5cm and have 1sc to spend.

The down side to these beautiful creatures is that they can only be hire with Professor Pyg and, as such, can only be recruited at a max of three models. I had a beautiful team in mind for them if more than three could be used on a team. Oh well. It is still a fantastic set.

This is one I know I am looking forward to. What say the rest of you? Is this a must have for your Batman Miniatures Game collection or a pass for now? Sound off in the comments below and, until next time, happy gaming!

Not even a day after announcing the awesome DC Multiverse range of models, Knight Models posted their March preorders for their April releases.  These are available for preorder now until March 28th, expected shipping date is April 3rd.

The biggest item up has to be the Arkham Knight Campaign Book


First, it’s contains an all new campaign around the Batman: Arkham Knight video game. It also contain at several new rules for multiple new modes of play, as well as update equipment and more.  I’m extremely curious about the “multiplayer scenarios”, as I have a play group of 4-8 people at any given time

Also of importance is the new Akrham Knight model that is the preorder bonus.  It comes with three different head variants, making it very intriguing to buy three copies of the book. They treated us the card for this model several weeks ago.

Arkham Knight Campaign Book exclusive Arkham Knight stats.


A couple more releases the Arkham Knight game round out the selection for the Batman Miniatures Game, including a brand new Nightwing:



We also are get a new Penguin and Street Demonz crew box:


Always happy to see new gang members to flesh out crews. A little disappointed that Reaver and Simmons are both wearing gas masks but do not have the traits, however.

Finally from Arkham Knight, we Penguin Lieutenant:


Also up for the Batman Miniature Game is the Catwoman I talked about here yesterday:

First model from the newly announced DC Multiverse range.


Multiverse models feature stay cards for both the Batman Miniatures Game (top) and the DC Universe Miniatures Game (bottom).


Moving on, Knight Models are also giving us two new models for the DC Universe Miniatures Game.  

First, we have the cousin of Superman, Supergirl:


Finally, they are giving us the King of Atlantis, Aquaman:

His abilities are giving me all kinds of ideas for a water heavy board, as well as trying to add more water to the existing boards.

All in all, some great releases to come out in April. I think my top three must haves are going to be the new Campaign book, Catwoman, and Aquaman.  I wish Supergirl were a DC Multiverse model, giving some extra power to the Batman Miniaturs Game

What do you guys think? What releases are you most excited for?

Until next time, happy gaming!

The other day, I realized that I have a lot of hats tossed in on KickStarter right now.  I just finalized my Mythic Battles: Pantheon pledge and it got me to thinking that a great feature might be to spot light some KickStarters that I and my gaming group think others might enjoy. 

 I figured this week I’d started with a few that I’m personally backing.   

 First up, this one should come as no surprise: GKR: Heavy Hitters!

GKR: Heavy Hitters by WETA Workshop and Cryptozoic Games

Anyone that has been following my blog knows that this was my “Game of GenCon 2016”. I did a pretty big write up of the game at the time, explaining the rules and such. If you haven’t read it, just click here.

At the time of this writing, they have raised $625,271 on a goal of $100,000 with 15 days to go, so obviously they are funded. They have also currently unlocked 21 of 22 listed stretch goals, of which 10 of the 21 are listed as KickStarter Exclusives

 Game wise, there are three tiers:

  • Core Game- $99
  • Pilot’s Edition- $125, includeds plastic miniatures of the pilots.
  • Painter’s Edition- $150, includes the Pilot’s Edition with 4 dismantled and unpainted mechs for customization.

They have several additional buys, but only one is actual game material (the others are original art):

  • Urban Wasteland Expansion- $45, includes 12 turrets for the top of the buildings along with 10 plastic buildings and other cosmetic additions.

Something to note is that shipping on this game is astronomical by comparison to other titles. The base game alone to the United States is estimated at upwards of $45. So the shipping is almost $50 of the base game. 

 I was hyped for this game and was one of the first backers, and I am still hyped, but I have to be realistic.  Initially I had predicted this game to hit $1-$1.5 Million based on the company behind it, the great experience I had demoing it and the amazing PR they have had these last 7 or so months.  However, with the shipping, lack of add ons and questionable lengths between stretch goals, this game hit a brick wall early on.  I’m now predicting $750,000 max if it gets a strong last week push. 

 Still, highly recommend getting in on this through KickStarter if only for the plastic dashboards that are exclusive. I’m in for a Painter’s Edition and Urban Wasteland Expansion myself.

 Next up, Relic Knights: 2nd Edition.

 

Relic Knights: 2nd Edition by Soda Pop Miniatures.

Relic Knights is a game I’ve looked into several times the last couple trips to GenCon, but one I never fully felt ready to take the plunge with. 2nd Edition is poised to change that. Relic Knigjts is a 2 player a sci-fi miniatures game with a heavily anime influenced theme. 

 As of this writing, they are funded with $219,653 on a goal of $50,000 with 4 days left. They’ve unlocked 33 of 38 listed stretch goals, with 6 of the 33 listed as KickStarter Exclusive. Note however that their stretch goals are a bit odd. Some are unlocked add ons at a steeply discounted price or upgrades to existing models. I highly recommend researching the stretch goals heavily so there isn’t any disappointments if you get your package and something isn’t there.

Game wise, there are a few levels:

  • Hero- $70, includes 2-player starter with 2 exclusive models (no stretch goals).
  • Questing Knight- $130, includes Hero pledge, 4 exclusive models, 2nd Edition rulebook and 2nd Edition Upgrade Deck.
  • Relic Knight- $150, includes Questing Knight pledge and Void Break Expansion rulebook.

As for as add ons, there are too many to list.  The whole idea behind Relic Knights: 2nd Edition is to rework the game from the ground up, including all existing models. Some will be left alone, some retired, some reworked.  The add ons for this KickStarter are all existing models at deeply discounted prices. Again, something to research.

Moving on, Rising Sun.



Rising Sun by CoolMiniOrNot

Like all CMoN KickStarters, this one blew up and was funded in a matter of minutes.  It’s not hard to see why. A spiritual successor to Blood Rage, this is a game of political alliances, mythical creatures, ronin and the seasons based in feudal Japan.  It’s a gorgeous theme in a gorgeous package.

With 25 days to go, it is at $1,772,645 on a $300,000 goal. They’ve unlocked 25 out of 26 listed stretch goals, with 15 of the 25 being listed as KickStarter Exclusive.  Several stretch goals are component upgrades and new monsters, but there is a rather big exclusive- a 6th clan! Currently the game supports up to 5 players, but this will allow a 6th player. 

Game wise, they only have one edition for $100. That will more than likely be the retail cost, but it’ll include an exclusive model and all kinds of stretch goals. There are also 0 add ons so far, but they still have nearly a month to go.

This one will easy break $3-$3.5 Million easily. If it doesn’t, I’ll be extremely disappointed. 

So those are the three big ones I’m following and investing in.  Obviously, these are three very different games and they may not be for everybody.  These are just my recommendations.

Happy gaming.

Today, Knight Models announced via their FaceBook page the introduction of the DC Multiverse range of models. These models will include character cards for both the Batman Miniatures Game and DC Universe Miniature Game. This is exciting and a great step in the right direction after saying good-bye to the Marvel Universe license earlier this year.

Their first announced release for this range is a favorite of mine- Catwoman.

Catwoman as they teased her in Instagram back in January.

Based on her 90’s costume, this look defined Selina Kyle and Catwoman for me.  That’s not to say I’m not a fan of the black leather suit, but this suit screamed comic book femme fatale.  I always thought it was a better look for a character who walked a tight rope between the side of the heroes and villains.

Today they finally showed off her stats. Originally, I was just expecting the card for the Batman Miniatures Game, but surprise!

Batman Miniatures Game card (Top) and DC Universe Miniatures Game card (bottom)

For the Batman Miniatures Game, she looks like a recon queen. Several of her traits allow for quick climbing and the ability to avoid several obstacles that would otherwise slow down a non-flying character.  The Special Trait also allows her to maintain her speed when going after those loot objectives. Most importantly, she finally allows me to do a comic themed Gotham City Sirens build (without using video game models).

With her DC Universe Miniatures Game version, Catwoman is the kind of character I’ve been waiting for.  She is a “neutral” hero, which will allow her to play on multiple teams.  At a Level 6 (her cost to field), she is a fantastic support piece that can tie up heavy hitters as well as debuff their defenses (“Bad Kitty” has the potential to reduce their physical defense by 3 points). Her “Comrade Batman” offers some potentially interesting tag team combos with Batman.

Ultimately, at the end of the day and the model not with standing, this announcement is a fantastic thing for Knight Models in my opinion.  If the models in this range remain at the same cost (not sure how much more the cost is for an additional card), you are getting two miniatures for two different games.  That is impressive by any measurement.  The only thing I hope they offer is some kind of physical purchase for cards of older models that were made (or will be made) playable in one system from the other.

Anyways, happy gaming.

Apologies for another late entry to this.  I attended a friend’s birthday bash late on Saturday and didn’t want to update incase we managed to get in a game or two. That being said, let’s get to it!

500 Games in 2017 Challenge:

So, I have a total of 8 games played, only 1 new. It brings me to 33/500 games played, 6/50 new titles played.  This ties January 2016 in total games played. 

CardFight Vanguard:

Finally got in a few games this week.  I think I’ve managed to narrowed down my deck focus to the Shadow Paladins. Kagero will always engulf my heart in the flames, and Link a Jokers are fun, but there is something about the Shadow Paladins that are just amazing.

Batman Miniature Game:

Still haven’t had a chance paint or assemble any more figures, but we did manage to get a game in. It was a four player game, modifying a scenario from the Suicide Squad rule book. It was fun but we still have a lot to learn behind the game.

Relic Knights

So Relic Knights is a game I’ve been interested in for a while now but haven’t really talked about.  When I first looked into possibly dipping my toes into miniature gaming, I researched quiet a few to see where my head would be at in terms of interest. I narrowed it down to three at the time, with Relic Knights making the tight cut. 

Fastforward to Saturday morning and I received a text from my friend asking if I’d watched the newest Weekender from the crew at Beasts of War. They had just wrapped up a week of coverage on Relic Knights, giving away a few starter battle boxes.  Evidently I won a set! 

That seems to be all from the week (last week). Happy gaming!

Twice in one month…

 

Per the game’s official English website here

“Dear all,

We regret to announce that BT05 “Trance Re:union” shall be the last product we are releasing for the English edition Luck & Logic. Words cannot express how much gratitude and appreciation we have for everyone who is a part of our Luck & Logic community.

After the release of BT05 “Trance Re:union”, monthly shop tournament support will continue till the end of December 2017 and there will be a slight change to the Japanese edition tournament scene. Starting from February 1, 2017, English edition cards can be used in the Japanese edition tournaments held outside of Japan. Please also note that only English edition cards are allowed at English edition tournaments.

As part of the Bushiroad Championship Series 2017 lineup as well, Luck & Logic Regional Championships will be held at 8 locations worldwide^. This is the largest Luck & Logic tournament we are holding, and we hope everyone participating will be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Winners of each Regional Championship will receive a fully sponsored invitation to Japan in the year 2018 for the World Finals.

Fans of the Luck & Logic animation will have to wait a little longer for more news on the second season, as some details are still being finalised.

Finally, we would like to convey our sincere apologies and thank you for all your support once again.”

Once again, for the second time in as many weeks, I find myself with one less game to look forward to.  The saddest part of this one, as opposed to Panini’s Dragon Ball Z, this was not a game running on nostalgia. It was a complicated game with deep mechanics that was as close to replicating a strategy game in a collectible card game as you could get. 

While the game will certainly continue and thrive in Japan, it’s dead to the rest of the world. The exception being, possibly, in areas with high enough volume of Japanese speaking gamers.  Every where else, though? What store in their right mind would dedicate game space to it? I certainly know none of my shops will.

Much like Dragon Ball Z earlier this month, the game’s ultimate demise was loudly telecasted a mile away-

  • Lack of advertising: Save for “commercials” during episodes of CardFight Vanguard on YouTube, there was zero marketing for this game.  The on,y time I saw any type of news articles was via iCv2. However, they report on the slightest press release (case in point- They reported that Dragon Ball Z’s final set, Awakening, was actually called Ascension). Great site, though, vist daily.
  • Tournament support was nearly non-existent: During its first year, if you want to call what we got a full year, Luck & Logic events at official Bushiroad tournments were regulated to side events.  It was like they were afraid to try and push the game in any direction other than standby.

Way back on February 5, 2016, I wrote about my excitement for the game’s release. You can read that article here. It wouldn’t be until June 24, 2016, that the game would finally release in English.  I was beyond hyped for this game and I did everything I could to get the game off the ground in my area. 

What I cannot fathom is Bushiroad’s disregard for making money (or any game company for that matter). They make great games.  Their card games are some of the most fun you can get in a collectible care game, beyond (in my humble opinion) what Magic the Gathering or Pokemon.  The ideal that they could be positioned to take away any of the market share from the Big Two and not want to is something I am unable to fathom.

However, that is a discussion for another night. For now, I shall just pour a drink for my Chole deck that could have been.

 

This is a day or two late, unfortunately.  Saturday was a bit of a rough day as I had a mishap regarding the miniatures I’d put together a few weeks ago. That not withstanding, here’s the update:

As usual, the 500 Games in 2017 Challenge

This week, I played:

7 games played, with 1 being a new title.  This brings our totals to- 25/500 games played, 5/50 new titles played. I played 33 games in January 2016.  I would like to try hit 34 games at least, which should be possible with a little over a week left.

As always, we move on to CardFight Vanguard

I didn’t get a chance to play any of the game this week. Which is fine as I am still working on building that mythical Mike the Shipwright deck. Speaking of, I got in a second order of them.

I have 10 now, only 6 left to go.


Update to our first KickStarter arrival: Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia

We got in a couple games in this week (as noted above), but after the first play, I noticed something about one of the Minor Monster character die:

Damaged die in the left, correct on the right.


Either this was intentionally damaged from the shipment or it occurred after our first game. First, the play surface was 100% clear of any and all nonessential components or debris. Second, I even relocated out cat until another room to make sure she didn’t attack/play with the pieces.

Either way, this is a shame considering the cost and length of the project.  This is even more shameful given the early release the game got at GenCon 2016.  That being said, this definitely a blimish towards an otherwise great game.

Finally, there is the Batman Miniatures Game

As I said earlier, went to primer all the figures I’d assembled due to the lovely weather we had. Somehow, in my stupidity, I ended up dropping the box that had all the components in:

10 out of 18 miniatures broken, plus 1 out of 4 lamps.


Luckily, with the help of our Miniature Guru, Scott, I was able to repair them all and get them primed prior to having to go to my normal job. After getting them primed, the only remaining casualty was the knife on the Joker henchman’s arm.  Again, another miraculous repair job thanks to Scott.

That pretty much wraps up our week in the hobby. Happy gaming!