Thursday, 6 August 2015

Blue Penguins


No, not a post about explicit waterbirds, but after the silliness of the 'Duck Tank' post I'm back on track with the last* of my Penguin Crew thugs; Blue Penguin#1 armed with a hunting knife and Blue Penguin#2 brandishing his pistol and knuckle duster.  Not the most imaginative of monikers, but they will suffice for the time being.
*for the moment anyway!


I have made comment before regarding my love/hate relationship with 'Knight Models' Batman miniatures and here we have another example of the ludicrous casting.  Blue Penguin#1's hand, brandishing the hunting knife, is actually a separate piece and given how small it is I decided to risk the greensuff and superglue approach as opposed to pinning.  All seemed to be holding fast until part way through the painting process Blue Penguin#1 took a tumble and sure enough the hand fell off!  Cursing,** I reached for my pin vice and set about doing what I should have done to begin with.
**Perhaps Blue Penguin is a suitable moniker after all!


Still, we got there in the end and ultimately I'm quite please with the results, although the casting on Blue Penguin#'s right hand is a little poor, masking all detail there; definitely check this out if you get the option to see the pack before you buy.  This 'little and large' duo are almost comical in their appearance and I have a certainly affinity with the heavier set chap sporting such a splendid haircut. 


So with only a couple of days until the Batman comes calling, I need to firm up the crew for Sunday's game.  As this will be the Penguin's first outing we are keeping things simple and starting with a 200 rep game, which should in turn generate $1000 ($1500 for me because of Penguin's Lord of Business trait).  I have spent some time on the 'Bat-Builder', but any advice is always gratefully received.  Below is what I'm thinking of starting with and I was hoping to load up Royal Penguin with the extra ammo and grapple gun, if that was allowed? Clicking on the image should make it bigger. 



55 comments:

  1. Wow!... not comical at all, these fellows are intimidating! As for the haircut... well, nothing wrong with EconoMode style... ;) Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, I do like a close shave!

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  2. I shall look forward to the Battle Report!

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    1. Hopefully not too long now but I must remember to charge the camera!

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  3. Nice work again Lord Michael :)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, still not sure that I can get used to the new title though. ;)

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    1. Thank you Martin, starting to get the hang of it now.

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  5. The only advice I would give – after I failed miserably first time out – is that holding objectives is the key to winning, so the more bodies you can include the better, although it does help if they can inflict blood damage too!

    Alas this is one game that does not reward characterful crew choices :(

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    1. I too have a love/hate relationship with these models. They look awesome but are terrible to put together. You wait till I post about my SWAT guy!

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    2. My only worry about having a larger group is that I'll forget where I've got to, as for blood damage, that is the plan! ;)

      A SWAT guy in pieces, is it Sunday already? :D

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  6. Running a small crew is trickier early on, as there's no room for error. However, I find what's most important is using the models you like most.

    Using less models will give you less rules to worry about/forget, and against a Bat-crew, numbers are never as much of an issue as they are against others.

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    1. Thank you Kieron, that was certainly my thought regarding a smaller unit, less to forget. If I can put down the SWAT team early on, I should be fine!

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  7. Great job yet again Michael. And good luck with the game - I expect a full battle report!

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    1. Thank you Mike, I shall certainly do my best.

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  8. Lovely work Michael.
    The only advice I'd give, is that loaded dice help :D Though to the Victorian gentleman this would probably be a suggestion meriting an instant calling out - unless you suggested it to Harry Flashman (not that he'd of needed reminding!).

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    1. Thank you Roy and you are quite right there shall be no underhand shenanigans here, unless of course our back is well and truly up against the wall!

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  9. They look very cool Michael - great job

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  10. Excellent stuff, Michael. I hate pinning hands, so I can well sympathise with the green-stuff and superglue attempt. They look very good painted up - most intimidating. Looking forward to see how you get on in the game!

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    1. Thank you kind Sir, I really should have known better, but was worried that the slightest slip would see a very expensive model ruined.

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  11. Yet more reasons why my will power is starting to crumble! They really are tremendously good.

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    1. Thank you Clint, just a couple of miniatures wouldn't hurt! :D

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  12. Great job Michael! Best wishes on the game!

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    1. Thank you Anne, really looking forward to Sunday.

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  13. More awesome coolness, Michael. Your camo work is flawless.

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    1. Thank you Dean, that is really kind of you.

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  14. Worthy additions to the penguin brigade! :)

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    1. Thank you, it os building into quite a sizeable force now.

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  15. Excellent additions to your Penguin crew. :)

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  16. Lovely work Michael, now I wait to see the AAR from their first outing.

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    1. Thank you Terry, I'm sure the report ill not be too long now.

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  17. Excellent work!

    Oh, man, I hate miniatures with little teeny tiny bits like the hand! Glue alone usually isn't enough, and drilling a hole for pinning is a pain. Sometimes I will find a suitable plastic bit to use instead of the metal bit that comes with a mini, because plastic is easier to drill and pin. But all too often there aren't any suitable plastic bits. So I have some minis that have been sitting around for ages, un-pinned and unfinished.

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    1. Thank you and I have to confess pinning these miniatures is starting to put me off. They look great, but are not cheap, so I'm always worried that I'm going to do damage to my considerable investment!

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  18. Firstly, it's great to have you posting so regularly as it's always a pleasure to pop by.
    Secondly, superb job on these henchmen Sir Michael. You'd think such expensive metal would be free of miscasts and the pinning problem has come up on several occasions over numerous blogs regarding this line.
    Good luck in one's first foray into Gotham.

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    1. Bob's that's incredibly supportive of you, I am certainly enjoying having more time at the moment to spend on hobby related matters. Looking forward to the game on Sunday, frantically trying to finish off some terrain pieces before settling down to have a run through with the rules.

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  19. Nice additions Michael. I pin everything these days i'm to clumsy not to!

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    1. I am much the same Simon, I really should have known better.

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  20. Splendid additions to yoir gang!

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  21. Very realistic flesh tones on the top of the head Michael and I should know.

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  22. Wack wack wack! Beautiful painting. Have a great time gaming.

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    1. Thank you Jay, really looking forward to Sunday.

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  23. Wonderful crew!
    Looks like a hard job for Batman. ;-)

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