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Pictors Studio08 Apr 2016 5:09 p.m. PST

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I got this model a few weeks ago and finally got it assembled and painted.

It is a nice figure but I had some serious problems with the casting, mostly with the left hand but with the cloak as well.

The model comes in 5 piece including the base.

torso, cloak right arm

left hand, rope

legs

roof piece

base.

It seems as though the legs could have been cast on the roof pieces. Putting it together was something of a pain. The cloak is pretty heavy and even assembled the model has a tendency to fall over.

The cloak and the body are one piece, which is nice as far as assembly goes, but I guess it made it difficult to cast as I was carving pieces of lead out of where the cloak folds.

The left hand was the most difficult thing to deal with. You can even see it to some degree in the finished product. The hand was cast so badly that I had to carve away large chunks of lead and file it down to get it to even resemble an arm. The way it was would have worked if I wanted a Nurgle Batman.

The excess lead ran up to the rope and so it was somewhat difficult to have separation between the excess lead and the rope piece and it required a bit of sculpting to put some of the detail back in. Not too much though.

It didn't help that the piece was the most fragile piece in the kit with the thin rope attached.

None of the pieces would have stayed together without pinning. The legs had to be pinned to the roof piece, the torso to the legs and the left hand to the torso piece.

The sculpting itself is very nice and the model catches the feel of the Miller Dark Knight.

The cloak gives it a feeling of dynamism and the look of it off sets the fact that it causes the model to fall over.

Had it been cast in resin it would have been a lot better The pieces would have fit together better and pinning would not have been an issue. Also it wouldn't be so heavy that it would be falling over all the time and even if it did the point of the cloak wouldn't be as likely to chip.

I'm sending this off to a friend who doesn't game. I'm hoping that he'll put it in a display case or something. It seems a little fragile in terms of falling over to really be comfortable gaming with. If you did you would have to probably keep repainting the cape, even within the game.

The model was about $20 USD which doesn't seem bad for a well sculpted character model with significant (I'm sure) licensing fees. Still for that price I would have expected their QC to be a little more thorough and to have caught the hand issue I had.

I'll probably get another of their models by and by. I've been looking at the Lobo and the Thanos figure. Those two wouldn't be as bad out of scale with other things I have. But if the issues of casting with this one are present in the next one I buy it will probably be my last purchase from them.

Joep12308 Apr 2016 6:02 p.m. PST

I have the same mini, have used him in my games of Batman.
As you said, tricky to put together, but I like this look of him, after I finished.
I've noticed casting issues on my other minis from Knight Games and others have mentioned to be about less than stellar sculpts.
I hope they fix their quality issues.
Joe

gidsy7109 Apr 2016 5:24 a.m. PST

I have Arrow and the Heath Ledger Joker from Knight Games and apart from some mould lines they were good QC wise.

Beowulf Fezian09 Apr 2016 9:55 a.m. PST

I Have Arkham City's Batman and Batwoman. Both are very nice miniatures. I had no Quality issues.

Greenfield Games10 Apr 2016 3:42 a.m. PST

I didn't have those issues with the one I painted. Casting was fine, it doesn't seem off balance…

clifblkskull24 Jun 2019 7:49 p.m. PST

I am starting to play BMG and a ranged weapon question needs help:
To ‘shoot'
Use two AC,roll ROF number of dice ,target Def number is number needed

Question,What is strength of weapon target number to do damage?
Number of stun or blood drops?
Thanks,clif

The Angry Piper25 Jun 2019 4:48 a.m. PST

Great paint job. I own this model too, and it's kind of a bummer to read what I'm in store for when I assemble him.

Knight Models make some cool miniatures, but every one I have assembled required a lot of gap-filling and puttying to look right. I find the larger models (Thing, Killer Croc, Hulk) scale well with Heroclix; the "normal" size models are about the same size, but many have distressingly small heads (Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern) when compared to 'Clix. Many are unbalanced after assembly; I just put together a Clayface that needed a 60mm base to avoid tipping over!

Still, I want this Batman to be my Batman model, whenever I get around to him.

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