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Geeking Out – Batman on a Budget

I’m not going to lie, miniature gaming is not a cheap hobby. But I’ve tried to put together a set of thematic, reasonably priced lists at the maximum points that the game’s normally played at. Almost all of these lists are coming in at £55 (with a bit of careful shopping), and while they don’t cover all of the games factions, I’ve tried to throw you a few choices. 

It’s a good rule of thumb that you should be able to play the game fully with any faction starter, faction goon pack, and a sidekick and/or couple of free agents of your choice. That’s particularly the case for the newer (Wonderland, Scarecrow, Riddler) or otherwise underdeveloped (Black Mask, Organized Crime).

HERO LISTS
(no starters – see previous articles on Law Forces for that!)

First, a Batman list. This uses the punching power of Batman, with a couple of key classic sidekicks and some cops; my own “basic” Bat-list:

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– Arkham City Batman
– Batgirl
– Damian Wayne Robin&Arkham City Robin
– Cop pack 2 – Agent O’Connell, Female Cop

With a whole Bat family to play with (well, OK, no Dick or Jason, but still) this is a balanced, mobile list with some good generics to lend support.

Next up, Starling City’s Finest, for those of you who like your heroes Green rather than Gothic.

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– TV Arrow
– Speedy
– Huntress
– Black Canary
– Cop pack 1 – male Cop

About as thematic a gang as you can make just now, this lot will leave you with an extra cop (Agent Ron) for variety, too.

JOKER LISTS

Here are two radically different takes on Joker gangs, which I’ve really not touched on much at all. Paralysis of choice is a real problem there (blame the gas!), so hopefully these will help –

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– Joker (starter)
– Starter goons: Ringmaster,Clown, Contra-Auguste
– Harley Quinn Arkham City
– Elite clowns pack: Borgon, Asker
– Clown pack 2: clown with shield, Triston

Joker gangs are about swarms of clowns, with Harley adding speed to them all. If I were starting with Mr J, this would be my choice.

Then again…

– Harley Quinn Arkham Knight (starter)
– Harley starter Goons: Bragg, Worker (from AK Harley Starter)
– Deadshot
– Killer Croc
– Joker’s Titan Thug

As close as a “Task Force X” lineup as I can manage on a tight budget, if you’re so minded, with some classic members of the suicide squad in the mix. You’ll have an extra goon left over, too.

OTHER VILLAIN LISTS.

Two-face is easily one if my favourite characters not just in Batman but in comics generally, so had to get one in there. And thematically, I just love the visual of Deathstroke in there with him.

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– Two-face (starter)
– Starter goons: Zwoowz, Puooup, Twoowt
– Deathstroke (Arkham origins)
– Two-face goons 1: Mottom, Rottor

And this last one’s a bit different, a bit cheaper (£49), and one specially for our editor-in-chief, Ceej:

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– Poison Ivy
– 3 Plants from Ivy Starter
– Swamp Thing
– Hush

This is a slightly deranged list, not for the faint hearted, but does allow you to fully channel the power of the green!

Bane and League of Shadows are a different matter for another time – there’s a wider variety of options but they really need to be considered together as a wider investment.

Remember, these are just suggestions – nothing’s set in stone. But I hope they’ve helped, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s slice of Geeking Out.

Remember to like, comment and share for a chance to win a Damian Wayne Robin!  Winner will be announced at the end of the month, so there’s still plenty of time to get involved!


SAMDAVThe Writer of this piece was: Sam Graven
Article Archive: Geeking Out
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2 Comments on Geeking Out – Batman on a Budget

  1. Thanks Paradigm! I agree it is possible to run smaller lists (AC Bats, Titan Bane, Damian is 350m for about £40). League are such a finesse crew though I’m just generally steering away from them for now. One for the new year!

  2. Nice guide to starting out! Keep up the good work promoting the game! For anyone looking to pick this game up, it’s worth noting that these lists are ‘full’ lists, but the game plays just as well at lower sizes, so you can get playing with just a starter set or a couple of blister packs, have some fun with those and be well on your way to a ‘complete’ list to boot!

    And for the ultimate ‘budget lists’, at 300 Reputation I like the following:

    Batman (Arkham Origins)
    Arkham City Robin
    Nightwing

    or

    Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Shadows starter
    Talia Al Ghul

    Either should set you back about £35, and give you stuff that’s going to be consistently useful.

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