Monday, 29 August 2016

Robotic Dolls (Joker Henchmen)

Grr - sometimes I hate painting stuff, I really do. I paint to play (I don't like the sight of bare minis in games, so painting is very much a necessary evil for me), and sometimes I find it really arduous. That was the case with these Robotic Dolls. Unfortunately the detailing was soft, and did not replicate the level of detail depth visible on the Knight Models studio versions (which were presumably resin casts; as an example, folds are visible on the studio minis which were not apparent on these metal casts). Well, regardless, they are now done; they could be better, but I am moving on from them - they will pass muster and are good enough for the table.

The Robotic Dolls are creations working for the Joker in the Dark Knight Returns story-line (the same one which included the Sons of Batman), and I think the minis are pretty faithful representations, although I would have preferred crisper casts from the masters. In game terms they are pretty much one-shot flying bombs, because with Defense 2 and End 3 or 4 they won't last long if attacked. Until I give them a go on the table I am not sure how useful they are since they are unlike any other characters available right now in terms of rules. Although they have Laughing Gas attacks, using them precludes their self-detonation in the same Activation, giving your opponent opportunities to take out a Robotic Doll unless you feel confident of Activating it late in a round, then winning the Take the Lead draw to go first in the following Activation. Bobbie Mk II (far right, hands in pockets) seems the most effective of the three, and both his Attacks will affect a cluster of enemy models.

Finishing these takes me to seven Joker Henchmen, at over 165 Reputation, so I really should paint a Joker soon to consider actually playing them! In addition, I have moved past the milestone of 50 painted BMG minis with these three, so I *may* do a big 'everything so far' group shot soon to celebrate.

BMG Painting Summary
BMG characters owned: 226 (added: nothing)
Percentage of owned characters painted: 23.0% (52 models)

18 comments:

  1. ha, fantastic Dolls. A little creepy!

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  2. I think you did a good job on them.
    They look like toys just like they should be.
    They are a bit Ugly and freaky, but that's got nothing to do with your painting ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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  3. They look great despite the details being softer.It will be interesting to face a Joker crew and they seem like they could be quite fun to use.

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    1. Cheers mate. :)

      Maybe a Joker crew before too long; one thing I have considered is they really probably need Follow Me and Inspire to work effectively, so that has its own implications.

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    2. AC Harley has Follow Me. Just sayin'.

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    3. I know. My least favourite Harley, but she becomes a necessity by default. :)

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  4. Hmmm... I own these minis myself, and if someone of your talent had some problems with the sculpts it doesn't bode well for me. Having said that, your Paint-jobs look tip top :-)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words mate. :)

      It may be just my critical eyes re: the sculpts, or my ageing eyes struggling with my perception of 'softer' detail. :P

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  5. Sorry to hear about the sculpts, but for what it's worth I think that you have done a great job on them.

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  6. I think they have come out alright. very creepy!

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  7. Lack of detail isn't evident. It helps that they're not meant to be realistic.

    Are you doing Dark Knight Joker next, or does his white suit put you off?

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    1. He is prepped and has the base pale grey for the white suit already painted. :)

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  8. These look creepy. And that simple colour scheme makes them even creepier. Good colour choices.

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    1. Thanks very much FourEyedMonster. :)

      I can't take credit for the colour scheme though as it follows the original comic books. :)

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