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Holy amazing looking release, Batman!

Knight Models looks to be swinging it out of the park this month in honor of the 80th birthday of everyone’s favorite vigilante, Batman. New starter boxes, new models, an amazing looking store exclusive and a new Batman that looks like he’ll be a joy to paint. Lets take a quick look:

80th Anniversary Batman-

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This may be my favorite Batman sculpt they’ve done so far.

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So it looks like this is indeed a Multiverse model, meaning it includes character cards for both the Batman Miniatures Game and DC Universe Miniatures Game. Anyone that knows me knows that this is an instant plus for me. I have always loved the idea of being able to buy a single miniature (or starter) and it works for multiple games. It just simply adds more bang for your money that way.

Clayface-

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So much nicer looking than the original Clayface model.

Another Multiverse unit. Love it! Keep them coming, please! This model looks sharp. The sculpt is very reminiscent of the animated Clayface.

Team Flash-

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I won’t lie. Ever since the started expanding the CW license for Batman, I have wanted two figures above all else. White Canary and Harrison Wells (Harry!) from Earth-2. Finally getting one of them at least!

Legion of Doom-

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I guess nothing says “speedster” like standing with your arms crossed while smirking cockily.

More speed! More League of Shadows! More magic! A solid looking group here.

Then outside the traditional single or multi-pack releases, Knight Models is rolling out a set of three brand new single player starters (350 point Bat-Boxes). These are interesting because they are comprised of most previously release models (though in the 2nd edition resin!). To make them appealing to existing player bases, it seems, is that they include a couple new models (in terms of units and themed objective markers), physical equipment cards and exclusive scenarios.

The Joker: Clowns Party-

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I am a sucker for the Clown Prince of Crime. This is probably going to be high on my priority list.

The Riddler: Quizmasters-

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The Riddler and his crew here were on my radar for a little while, if for no other reason than I think painting all that green and purple would me fun. That being said, I’ve never bought any, so this may have to be bought.

Interesting idea, however. I am curious if they would release an Arkham Asylum/City/Knight version of the Riddler and his crew as a box? A 350 point arm of those little (and not so little) quizzing mechanical monsters would be fun.

Suicide Squad-

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Alright, a little truth time. This is the only blemish to the entire month of releases. With the exception of the models being resin, this is the exact same team as the Suicide Squad 2-player box released a couple years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I find the idea of getting a new Katana (the only model from the box I never assembled) appealing. However, would it have hurt to include the Enchantress and Rick Flagg? How about an exclusive Amanda Waller?

Honestly, they probably should have released a different hero themed box. It’s Batman’s 80th. Why not a Batman and squad of Gotham Police/S.W.A.T? Oh! A Teen Titans box with exclusive Cyborg and Beast Boy? Or a Birds of Prey box with an exclusive Oracle model?

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Ultimately, this seems to be a very good month if you’re a fan of the Batman Miniatures Game. Hopefully next month, we’ll get a few more Multiverse options though.

What do you all think? What are you picking up or passing on? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

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Another year, another GenCon in the bag.

In the past couple of years, GenCon has felt much too like a convention dedicated to promoting currently active or soon to be active KickStarters. Now, while there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to promote upcoming products, there is something to be said about being able to demo a game, ask how much and take it home then and there on the spot. This year, we can happily report that, while KickStarters were still at the forefront of many companies, that wasn’t the case for the majority of the show.

By now, there are hundreds and hundreds of articles floating around online regarding the news, games and drama of this year’s festivities. Originally, I’d planned on doing daily recaps and news updates on the go this year. However, I was there as a fan and gamer first and foremost. As such, I tended to get carried away and spend more time at one booth than another, demoing something multiple times or not at all. So as opposed to a purely news article, I wanted to highlight a couple things that stood out to me this year.

Privateer Press and Monsterpocalypse

I’m going to be completely upfront and honest- I don’t remember the original game at all. My local comic/game shop had a large banner in their game room (before they demolished it for trade paperbacks) and I think I recall seeing a random booster or two in their closeout/clearance section. Beyond that, however, I don’t remember ever seeing this game new on the shelf or being played. Granted, the original ran from 2007 until cancelation in 2011, which was a roller coaster of a time for me in terms of hobby gaming.

Happily, I can say that won’t be a problem for me this time around.

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The newest edition is a hobby game, meaning the models are unpainted and unassembled. Darn Privateer Press and their amazing looking models.

Originally, we were just going to look at the game. The models were on display at the Privateer Press booth and they looked rather stunning. Demos were standing room only on Thursday, which was completely understandable. The game was just releasing and there was to be an event held that weekend for those skilled enough to build and get their starters to the table. We demoed the game on Friday, having a blast with it. Saturday morning, we demoed it for a second time with a group of friends. Later that day, we bought into it with both Agenda starter boxes and an extra blister of minions. By Sunday, we did go back and buy a second minion box as a 1v1 monster battle works best with 15 minions.

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I’ll be posting our clean up and building of the starters over the next few days.

Renegade Games and Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid

GenCon is a nonstop whirlwind of game demoes and reveals. No sooner a game is announced, its on display in some form. Some of them are things you see coming a mile away, others are games that blindside you. Evidently this is one that decided to blindside us. We wandered over to the Renegade Games booth to check out their latest roleplaying game, Overlight, only to be surprised by this sight in the cabinet:

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While the top models are painted, the miniatures will not be. The Power Rangers, however, will be in plastic of their respective colors.

They made the announcement early on the first day of the show. As of writing this, the game’s Kickstarter is live, funded and well on their way to their fifth stretch goal. Sadly, there are zero gameplay videos yet, but hopefully we’ll see some in the coming week.

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Fantasy Flight Games and Star Wars Legion

Announced during their Flight Report on the first day, Star Wars Legion is finally adding a much needed character to the game- Chewbacca! Not only that, but we’re getting Wookie Warriors units as well! I just want to field an army of Wookie Warriors led by Chewbacca and Han Solo. Remember, always let the Wookie win!

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In all the excitement of the weekend, I forgot to get a photo from their booth of the models.

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They also showed off some Rebel and Imperial themed packs to add a bit of variety to your factions of choice.

Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast and Transformers TCG

Not going to lie, this was one I didn’t expect to actually like. I heard the comparison of “Star Wars Destiny without the random dice elements” and its not too far off. Playing with a set of oversized character cards and a small deck (featuring weapon and action cards), players take turns going back and forth battling out until one player is left standing. The transformation mechanic really sells the game for me. Plus it looks like the art is from the IDW comic line.

So far only a two-player starter and convention exclusive booster pack (made avaliable at San Diego Comic Con and GenCon this year) are out. I think one thing that is going to be a determining factor for the success of this game is what the actual booster packs look like on the store shelf (both in terms of pricing and space). I really hope it doesn’t turn out to be a flash in the pan, money grab situation.

Stand Up My Vanguard

This was actually something I’ve been looking forward to for some time- the Drive Check Podcast Cardfight! Vanguard meet and greet. It was a very casual, laid back event were everyone got one of the new reboot starters (I had to represent my boy Kai) and a booster of Unite Team Q4. Lost first round, but it was nice to play Vanguard with a group not from our usual stomping grounds. Plus, after listening to the podcast and different Twitter/Facebook conversations, it was a treat to finally meet Will and Cole.

Sadly, in all the excitement, forgot to take any pictures of the event.

You Never Know Who You Will Run Into

Another fun thing that happened was we had run ins on the floor with two awesome superstar gamers. The first was John Manganiello, hardcore celebrity D&D gamer. We knew he was going to be there that weekend to promote his new gaming clothing line, Death Saves. Sadly, every time we went by his booth, either the line was too long or he was away from the booth. Luckily we ran into him on the show floor and he was polite enough to pause for a quick photo.

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The other quest run in we had was extremely random but it was none other than Shaggy himself, Matthew Lillard. He was there promoting a new high end Dungeons & Dragons accessory line. That in and of itself was cool, but Scream and Their13en Ghosts were a couple of my favorite horror movie guilt pleasures. Plus…he’s Shaggy!

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In the End

GenCon 2018 will definitely go down as one of the more rememberable years for us. Fitting that it was also our 5th GenCon Anniversary! With lots of new games to play and so many cool announcements for stuff on the horizon, the next year is going to be a great one for gaming. We cannot wait for GenCon 2019!

Until next time, keep your dice warm.

A new troop unit for my new favorite miniatures game is soon on the horizon! Being a primarily Imperial player, it is even better that it is for that particular faction. Introducing one of the coolest Stormtroopers to grace the silver screen in Empire Strikes Back– the Snowtrooper!

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Cool? Get it? I’m so punny.

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Included in the expansion are:

  • Five (5) standard Snowtrooper figures
  • One (1) Flametrooper heavy figure
  • One (1) T-7 Ion Snowtrooper heavy figure
  • One (1) Grappling Hook upgrade card
  • One (1) Impact Grenade upgrade card
  • One (1) Snowtrooper addition card
  • One (1) Snowtrooper stat card
  • Nine (9) various tokens

At 48 points, they base stats are 4 points more than a standard Stormtrooper unit. They offer the same stats as their standard counterparts, swapping out the Precise 1 for Steady. That is a change I’m willing to take. The idea of moving twice then hitting another unit sounds pretty worth the 4 extra points.

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The heavy weapons upgrade cards offer two very different, but very useful, attack options to the formation. The Flametrooper offers a weaker attack in general, but has the potential to increase itself heavily if you can get close enough. The T-7 Ion Snowtrooper is a larger attack but requires readying after each attack.

The other two upgrade cards offered in this expansion are the same two offered in the standard Stormtrooper expansion. Grappling Hooks grant the unit Expert Climber, while Impact Grenades offer a 1 black die attack at Range 1 with Impact 1. Impact Grenades are nice, but as more and more terrain is being officially released via Fantasy Flight and various other 3D printers/terrain makers, being able to avoid the possible damage dealt by varying heights of terrain is a a huge bonus.

All in all, this is a fantastic looking expansion that I cannot wait to get to the table. I think my ideal build with this unit would be:

  • Snowtroopers- 48 points
  • Personnel Upgrade: Snowtrooper – 12 points
  • Heavy Unit Upgrade: Flametrooper – 20 points
  • Gear Upgrade: Grappling Hooks -3 points
  • Total: 83 points

If I have the additional 5 points to spare, I’d probably add the Impact Grenades, but I don’t think they’d be all that needed.

In the end, this is a must buy for the Star Wars Legion collection.

What about you, guys and gals? Am I wrong about skipping out on the Impact Grenades? Should I be thinking the T-7 is the better Heavy Unit upgrade? Or am I wrong all together and should just be fielding a stander Stormtrooper unit? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!

Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

I was trying to avoid this but it was bound to happen:

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A local game/comic shop got in a small shipment for the launch of Fantasy Flight Games’ new Star Wars game. By time I got there, they’d sold all but one of the few core sets they got in. Deciding one can never have too many miniature games in their collection, I pulled the trigger and spent the day assembling the Stormtroopers and Rebel Scum.

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For all intents and purposes, they were a rather easy and straight forward build. They included a somewhat handy assembly guid in the rule book. The Speeder Bikes were probably the biggest issue. The guide clearly shows a peg and groove for the peddles on each bike, but there is no suck peg or groove. So, just a heads up, add the peddles last after placing the Stormtroopers on the bikes.

Going through the rest of the box, it seems like the game will play somewhat similarly to FFG’s other Star Wars’ games, like Imperial Assault and Attack Wing. Hopefully, when I get the game to the table sometime soon we’ll know for certain. I’m being cautious with it, though. There are already a handful of expansions released, including a gorgeous AT-ST (Albeit a gorgeous, $50 AT-ST):

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I want to get a couple games in before going crazy. I’ve yet to find a miniatures game that I could find myself going headfirst into, organized play and all. I could see Star Wars Legion being that game though. The miniatures are gorgeous. The company has a fantastic track record. It’s Star Wars, so the lore already has its hooks in my soul. Plus, the ideas floating around in my head for custom boards…

Anyways, I hope to have a game report sometime soon, like I said. Until then, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

This past Sunday, I was finally able to sit down and get my first real taste of WarMachine (and a little Hordes, too) since we purchased some starters back at GenCon 50.

I was playing a Retribution Of Scyrah build while my friend/teacher/way too patient Scott ran a Mercenary build. We decided on 50 points but I didn’t realize that there were fewer points than that in any of the starters I bought (especially the ones from Privateer Press’ Black Friday sale). So we ended up just doing Warcaster and Warjack vs Warcaster and Warjack.

And as with every game I’ve ever played against Scott, I was obliterated. Needless to say more practice, and more miniatures, are required!

These guys haven’t even been primered yet, but the weather has been too cold for any of that fun stuff. I have a pair of Trollbloods that I’ve been working on here and there that I started on before winter set in. Another friend gave me a starter to add to the fun and I figured I’d practice on them first.

Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Anyways, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

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!

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.

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!

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.