Name – Batman: Miniatures Game.
Manufacturer – Knight Models
Type - Tabletop Miniatures Game.
No. of Players - 2 (More players are possible but the game is designed for 2)
Age Range - 14+. The rule-set is a little complex at first reading and the models require assembly and painting.
Rulebook - 125 pages, Full colour. Free Download from Knight Models.
What You Need to Start.
A rulebook*, two gangs of around 200 points (around 1 – 6 models depending on the crew), some D6’s, a template set (free from Knight models), a measuring tape*, white board pens (if stat cards are laminated) or counters and a playing area of at least 3' x 3’ very heavy on multilevel terrain.
* One each would be better though.
Extras Needed – Tokens for objectives printed out and ideally laminated.
Area Needed - 3’ x 3’ play area on a 4’ by 4’ table is best so you can lay out cards and rule books and all the other things you have about you when playing.
Time Needed – Games take around 45 minutes at the 200 point level (recommended by Knight models). Your first few games will take a little longer as you get used to a few of the unique rules.
Gang sets for each faction are around the £30 mark with single characters and booster available for about £15. There are some much larger characters, (such as Killer Croc) that are a little more expensive but a proportional cost for the amount of metal involved.
Almost all the gang boxes are around the 200 point mark or more, but for those few that aren't blisters with booster henchmen and/or secondary leaders are available.
This presumes access to basic war-gaming gear such as measuring tapes and a playing area and terrain for it. If you’re starting from scratch then the price obviously increases.
Mantic Games do a modular building scenery set at a very reasonable price if you’re looking for buildings for a gaming table for around the £20-25 mark. I myself have built a Gotham board using a few of these packs and some Mantic gargoyles for that Tim Burton feel. I can’t stress enough though how densely packed your board should be, setting up avenues, alleys and blockades will all add to the immersion of your game.
The above costs are courtesy of my FLGS Titan Games so may vary based on your location.
Models will require assembly and some preparation (not to mention painting). So those new to the hobby may find a few overheads on top of the relatively cheap buy in, I can recommend the army painter construction sets to get you started for less than £10 and Mantic Games and Army Painter do some cheap starter sets for paints too.
Expansions – New models are constantly being released based on the DC comics, Rocksteady games and Time Warner movies. All the rules for these new models come included in the models blister pack.
A Brief Overview.
The Batman: Miniatures Game focuses round one of modern cultures most iconic characters, the dark knight himself Batman. Players take control of small gangs of heroes or villains based on Bob Kane’s creation. Games revolve round a desperate scramble for control of Gotham city. The miniatures game takes influences from not just the comics however but video-games, films and even the old 90’s Paul Dini and Bruce Tim cartoon series (well worth a watch for some inspiration).
The key to the game is it miniatures. Miniatures statistics are broken down into 7 attributes, all of which are used in different parts of the game.
It's also worth mentioning that several of the characters are available in multiple versions with slightly altered statistics based on their respective interpretations. Batman (for example) is available in a number of versions ranging through comic and movie interpretations...
...and characters such as Bane, Harley Quinn and others are available in multiple different versions as well.
Thanks to Citizen_W of the 'A Murder of Ravens' blog for writing damn near all this introduction article.