Geeking Out – Justice For All… And a Competition for YOU!
Yes, Justice comes in many guises this July from Knight Models, be it the JLA, the JSA or all the way from Themyscira.
It’s also been an exciting month with the release of free Suicide Squad rules for the DCUMG (CLICK HERE) and a new battle pack “Amazons of Themyscira”, so check out our reviews of this month’s models and make sure to enter the competition to win yourself a battle pack of your very own (details of how to enter at the bottom of the page)!
Firstly, the not-so Little Green Man, the Martian Manhunter himself. What does it take to scare the Man of Steel? Given that at 15 he’s a top end character – albeit a point cheaper than the lower cost Supes – and he brings a whole host of versatility with it. The fact that it’s a single cast (no building required) sums him up, actually – despite having lots he can do, he’s pretty straightforward.
He’s solid, almost as fast as Superman, very strong, very tough (great mental defense especially), and can attack physically, mentally or with energy to tackle pretty much any foe. His specials allow him to phase through, so terrain isn’t a worry either. Essentially, he’s a giant beating stick, and an extra choice for pure Justice League.
But the Justice Society of America get a look-in too, in the form of Dr Fate. Now in many ways he could almost be considered a trickier Manhunter. Trickier to build (though not too fiddly, and a beautiful sculpt), and definitely trickier to play. He can’t attack someone who hasn’t attacked yet, and he’s highly reactive, with the ability to negate an opponent’s passive abilities proving to be extremely potent if used right (I am a massive fan of negation queen Ravager, so this makes me very happy). His similar breadth of attack types – especially mental – is very impressive, so at 13 points he’s a solid choice for any hero team.
Themyscira brings its own brand of justice with the Amazons of Themyscira boxset. It’s a great idea, as this is a complete 350 point faction box for BMG (albeit a Legend set – full expansion rules here) though the models are a little on the fiddly side. Not the worst by any means, but KM have a history of tiny female arms. In BMG, on paper at least, Hippolyta is rightly terrifying as the most expensive Leader in the game. The rules are relatively simple, and the Amazons likewise – with the PDF rules sheet in front of you, you’re pretty much good to go. As a set they’re a great way to learn core mechanics and get some solid, bmg fun.
However, it’s in DCUMG that these are designed to shine. Hippolyta herself is good but there’s an awful lot of choice around the 12 pt mark where she sits. She is a potent nuisance though, combining melee, range and blast magic attacks with super jump. Obviously she’s designed to play best with her Amazons and her Leadership/5 has potential when running a large, low level team – ironically, she’s great if you’re used to running a BMG horde. But, of course, that is exactly the point as this a bridging, entry point product.
And her Amazons don’t disappoint, either – in fact, are likely to crop up on many a table, because at 7 points each they’re cheap magic attacks, again with huge table coverage from super jump. Amazon 3 with her ranged attack will likely become the bugbear of many evil lists, but don’t overlook spear wielding Amazon 2 who has a ranged 2 melee attack – always an absolute nuisance for dealing with shooty characters, as you sit and poke them in safety.
Finally, Wonder Woman gets a movie makeover, complete with warhorse. The model is a somewhat intimidating build for a novice, but the sword and torso being one piece limits the fiddling, and it’s well balanced generally.
Like the Amazons, she’s a BMG legend, not designed for standard play but great for fun, friendly games. Interestingly, her triple-gatefold card formally introduces the new mounted character rules, and it’s exciting as much as anything else to see the direction the game is going in. It’s hard to clearly express how utterly brutal she is. Let’s go for the fact that, even at 240 for a sidekick, she’s effectively a match for Superman – indeed, she and Hippolyta together are more expensive than the World’s Finest, which should give some perspective!
From a Dcumg perspective, she’s definitely in keeping with the power creep we saw with Super Man and the new tournament format of 60 points. As obvious as it may be to say, being 3 points more, she’s a better version – but not in ways that are immediately obvious. Sure, she’s immune to lightning (nice touch); her bracelets can grant her +3 def once per turn, even against ranged, plus her shield can allow her to negate an attack also. All great. But she’s lost super jump. Boo.
However, it’s the way her mount is represented that’s so powerful – because she has base speed of 8, and improved speed of 12 (matching super jump) and thereby increasing her flexibility, plus Size 4 / large base meaning she is a match for the other giant characters – very clever piece of design, especially coupled with Godkiller making her even more deadly to Level 20+ characters. Really well conceived model all round.
So there you go. What takes your fancy? Let us know in the comments!
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The Amazons look like a brilliant team. Really looking forward to seeing them fielded.
The Amazons look like a brilliant team. Really looking forward to seeing them fielded.
It is so cool to see Wonder Woman make her entrance to BMG. Worlds Finest vs Amazon Legend!
This is awesome! Wonder Woman is already my favorite DCMU character to play and these seem like an AWESOME addition!
I agree, and it’s nice to have choice between 2.
Good review, keep ’em coming!
Cheers, will do!
I like where this is going, and I’m hopping on board right now.
Looking ace! Nice team to fight the new gorilla grod team.
Dude, Spoilers! ;) Don’t forget to post with your surname!
What a bunch of awesome releases in June! Definitely going to be picking all of these up. :)
Yeah, great month, isn’t it?
Cheers! Don’t forget to post with your surname!
The Amazons and WW are the big splash releases this month and I’m glad to see the Multiverse trend continuing. Will definitely be giving them a close look. I’m a big fan of Martian Manhunter as well and can see him edging Superman out of my lists.
Superman (Trinity) @ 16? Yeah, I agree. Superman (Elseworlds) @ 18 is worth it for the extra power that Kingdom Come can take though I reckon.
I’d love to run a Themyscira crew. That would only be my seventh one or more…
freebies yes please
That’s the spirit!
Once again, great article
Love the Doctor fate model!
Indeed, and the rules aren’t bad for him either ;) Don’t forget to post with your surname!
Wonder woman and the amazons, are a fresh air to the game.
Martian are a beast, awesome stats!!
Yeah, I was worried that the new mini-factions would throw the game(s) off but they’re looking like just fresh play styles. Be interesting to see what Grodd brings next month!
I dont like feminism but love WONDER WOMAN! :D great contest! kudos!
I love this game, I’m so glad knight models is continuing to produce it!
The more I play DCUMG, the more I love it. Still very fond of the crunchy joy of BMG though.
I really dig the Amazons sculpt. Haven’t gotten around to see the movie yet though, but I hear good things! Would be nice to see some alternative paintjobs for them with some bolder leather and detail colours like blue or red.
I’m with you there, almost Artemis (rebirth) style.
I agree on the tiny female arms, but the amazon s look like a blast to play!
Yeah, it’s a bit of a bother. Don’t forget to post with your surname!
The JSA are awesome can’t wait to paint some Amazon’s!
More JSA please KM! ;) Don’t forget to post with your surname!
Loving the look of the amazon warriors and great write up
Many thanks! Don’t forget to post with your surname!
Awesome write up! Really excited to hit the table with Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman! Thanks for the chance to win!
Cheers, my pleasure!
Beautiful models! A good month with some solid choices.
Great read! There’s certainly some powerful stuff in there, but nothing that seriously steps on the toes of anything else. I’ve playtested Wonder Woman a bit off the horse, and she’s insane in BMG
As she should be ;) I agree, this month actually seems to be about preserving game balance (as does next, tbh).
Awesome write up and thanks for the chance to win some minis!
Much obliged, and my pleasure!
Loved the movie and the Amazons are really promising. Hope to see them soon home.
:D yup ;)
Very, going from strength to strength.
Nice write up. I didn’t realize the Amazons were Legends as well in BMG. Thanks!
Cheers! Happy to help!
Yup, they are pretty snazzy!
If only KM would get a decent distribution going in Aus, international postage is killer.
Well I have some sympathy there, as my country marches away from Europe…
Movie was good looking forward to trying the amazons
Yup, they look fun. I do like these alternate play modes!
Nice article and analysis ! :)
Cheers, much appreciated!
The amazons have finally given me a theme to build a dcu team around. I still feel like 13 point Wonder Woman has her place compared to her horses counterpart tho!
Yeah, I’m liking the thematic sets we’ve been getting. I take your point about 13 pt Wonder Woman, be nice to see some lists around both.
KM have knocked these sculpts out of the park as usual, thanks for the breakdown. One of the highlights of every release is reading these articles
Much obliged! Means a lot to hear you say that :)
Still not managed to grab a chance to see the film yet, but these look like a great contained set for BMG. Big J’onn looks pretty awesome too :D
Pesky kids, interfering with our geek time ;)