Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Falcone Crime Family (Long Time No Blog)

"Long Time No Blog" - why? I hear you ask (think? type? LoL) ORIGINALLY this was meant to be a joint effort between multiple people, and they all let me down one by one - new year (5th Anniversary of the Batman Miniatures Game too) brings with it new challenges (including the ACL News Page, as well as the Arkham City Limits being the Official Knight Models Group Now too and a fresh start, so here we go again LoL!

What to review first, isn't that the challenge with any set of new releases - I could start with the new Arkham Knight Campaign Book, but there have already been some great reviews (even one from ACL Member Sam Graven, I don't really see the point at the moment - maybe later as a retrospective review, when folks had had more time to digest it).

So, instead - I shall be talking about the new Organized Crime releases. But rather than breaking down the rules, and meta-analysing their usefulness in competitive play - I shall be talking about the Miniatures themselves.

First off, I have to say these are some of the best castings I've seen from Knight Models - smooth, only a few lines and some of that "tin foil" flash you see on miniatures sometimes to clean off, a real joy to assemble.

The new Flagstone bases are fantastic - I love them (I shall be using the "rubbly" bases exclusively for the DCU game personally, the extra wreckage and debris look feels appropriate to that game to me for some reason).

Onto the miniatures! Today's review the Falcone Crime Family!

Carmine Falcone (a Leader Model for the Falcone Crime Family - 85 Rp/$0.00) is one of the best conceived and understated Miniatures Knight Models have produced. Just having him standing there, sniffing a Rose creates an almost "Godfather" level of Sinister to him. The Miniature, Standing Casually with his right hand in his pocket oozes class, style, and menace. Carmine required almost no cleaning - just a little filing, and (obviously) scoring at the arm joint (the hand/arm holding the Rose is a separate piece) to provide purchase for gluing.

Vipera (a Henchman Model for the Falcone Crime Family - 27 Rp/$300.00), is another relaxed pose - but one that says "you're dead" to me, almost hinting at the calm before the storm when he moves into action. Like Carmine, Vipera required almost no cleaning up - and like Carmine, Vipera came in two pieces with his Silenced Pistol arm being a separate component.

Onto Troy Sins (another Henchman Model for the Falcone Crime Family - 16 Rp/$0.00), who (quite wonderfully in my humble opinion) looks quite bemused/confused - maybe he's not quite as bright as his fellow Crew Members or maybe he's confused as to who Carmine Falcone wants him to bash in the head first. Either way, its a great pose that just oozes character. Another two part casting (the baseball bat arm is a separate component) once again, it was easy to clean up and assemble.

Lastly, for the Falcone Crime Family Crew set "The Bull"!

The Bull (also a Henchman Model for the Falcone Crime Family - 22 Rp/$0.00), is a beefy kind of a guy, although its not clear whether he's a little overweight (his neck hints at a double chin) or that he's older but muscular under that suit, he looks the "thuggish" part (he kinda reminds me of "Butch" from Gotham). A one piece casting, the Bull was mostly flash and line free - with only the "tin foil flash" under the arms.

Alberto Falcone - The Holiday Killer (a separate Blister to the Falcone Crime Family Set) is a Sidekick Model for the Falcone Crime Family - 60 Rp/$350.00. An absolutely stunning model (that REALLY reminds me of the Actor Mads Mikkelsen for some reason) - and once again a two part casting (the hand/arm holding his cigarette is a separate component) and as with the other releases in the Falcone Family part of the BMG Range, it was really easy to clean up and assemble.

As they stand, these models are a good solid start giving you a beginning crew with a Reputation of 210 and Funding of $650.00!

To this "core" you can add the Gangster Henchmen Boris & Dirty Tom - as Carmine Falcone has the Trait "Elite Boss: Gangster, any Crew led by him can include any number of Models classed as "Elite: Gangster" (plus Carmines "Lord of Business gives him an extra $500 funding to play with) - which would put you on a Reputation of 275 and Funding of $1200.00!

To that you could easily add a Free Agent (or Maybe some Black Gate Prisoners) to bring things nicely up to 350 Reputation.

I have to readily admit, the new Organized Crime Miniatures are some of the nicest Gangster Types produced for any Miniatures range I've seen.

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