Miniature Review: Stephen Amell/Arrow (Batman Miniature Game)

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Arrow (Stephen Amell version)
Cost: €14.88 (US$17)
Release date: February 2015
Get it here: Knight Models

When I was young. I used to like Heroclix, but I ended up walking away from this game. Even though I still play Robotech RPG Tactics, Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40K and paint Reaper Miniatures, I was still missing a quality super hero skirmish game. This is why I am so happy at the end of 2014 to have found the Batman Figure Set. The miniatures are expensive because they’re metal rather than plastic, but I love painting miniatures and the sculpts are generally fantastic (the only ones I don’t like are the current Nightwing and Catwoman models). You don’t need a lot of miniatures on the board, there’s no random blind buying, and the mechanics are a lot more fun than Heroclix. Honestly, Heroclix fans need to start finding this game because many would convert… except those who can’t/won’t paint.

Anyway, on January 19, Knight Models announced three new releases: The Red Good (Jason Todd), Swamp Thing(!!!) and curiously, a Stephen Amell version of Arrow. Now the game already has a Green Arrow figurine inspired by Mire Grell, but Arrow turned out to be a popular TV show and there was demand for that figure, so Knight Models thankfully obliged. As my wife and I are fans of the show (although I prefer my Ollie to be a happier super liberal hothead and have been rooting for Deathstroke throughout season 2) I knew I should add Oliver Queen to my collection. So I ordered her, Swamp Thing (The one I REALLY wanted, but it’s huge so look for that review later) and the Poison Ivy pack (To give plants to Alec Holland) the same day the figure was announced. They arrived on Tuesday February 2nd and I started working on the basecoat and paint. Since Arrow is 95% green, I decided to tackle him first. Here is now an overview of the figure from beginning to end. Don’t forget that you can click on each image for a larger and more in-depth preview.


This is the package the Stephen Amell Arrow figure came in. It is the same packaging as all Batman Figure Set The figures. Don’t forget that you’re going to need to have some paint and super glue on hand.


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The back of the packaging with a paint job by a professional artist that I can never get close to.


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A look at the map with all the stats you need to field Arrow in the Batman Figure Set


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Here are all the parts out of the box. As you can see, there are two heads to choose from – one with the hood and one without. I let my wife choose the head that I would stick on the body and she chose the hood because it was iconic and how she thinks of the character. I agreed, but this choice and the difficulty of painting part of it came back to haunt me. If I had known, I would have just taken the unhooded head and called it a day.


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Here is the fully assembled metal figurine. As you can see I chose the hooded head. The quiver is not glued yet because I wanted to paint it separately. Once in place, it would be very difficult to paint parts of the back.


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The start of the painting work. Oh man, was that head hard to paint. Scale heads on Batman Figure Set the numbers are so much smaller than war hammer and combine figures I usually paint and try to paint these mask eye holes? Oh my god, it was hell. I started with white eye holes, but then I painted the mask and messed up. After several attempts to try and get a white that looked good with the mask and the correct eyehole to mask ratio, I gave up and painted the eyehole black. I did a better job and it looks good, but you can’t really tell from the photo. It looks like a green streak on the face. I swear, it looks better in person.

I also gave the silhouette a smirk instead of a frown. It was for three reasons. The first is that Stephen Amell is a great, upbeat guy, so I wanted to reflect that in the figure. The second was that facial hair and lips were barely present on the face of this sculpture, so even with a light coat of base paint I couldn’t see them and had to pretty much guess. Since this is the start of my second year of painting and I don’t have the sense of touch at my fingertips or the functioning of the ulnar nerves, this was the best I could do. I really botched the face here, especially compared to the other Batman Figure Set characters I painted. Well the body looks fantastic IRL.


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Here we are further with the paint job and the fully assembled figure. I’m really happy with the body part of my Arrow at least because I kept all the details of the figure intact. I just want the face to mirror the rest of the figure. Anyway, I used five base paints on this figure. The body was mostly Citadel’s Abbadon Black with WAAAGH! Flesh on top (both via standard brush and dry brush). A little Nuln Oil (Black Wash) to highlight the crevices that needed it and it was all apart of the usual Lantham Medium blends and shades. For the face, I used Reaper paints. I had Fair Skin then Flesh wash for the lips. I wish the wash had brought out the beard and mouth so I could have done more, but like I said, just a spray of base coat was enough to fill them in completely. They were so shallow. I think I just have a bad head.


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The back of the final figure. It’s times like this that I wish I could take a shot that really showcased the detail and texture of these characters. My new iPhone 6 just doesn’t like focusing on black painted characters.


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Finally, we have the Stephen Amell Arrow alongside the other characters from the Batman Figure Set I painted. Their faces are MUCH better. Still, I’m happy with everything, but the face of this one and Arrow was well worth the money and time spent painting it.

$17 might seem a little pricey for those of you who don’t paint or play miniatures games, but the price is pretty good and way more affordable than what Games Workshop offers for its war hammer lines. The fact that this guy is all metal makes it even more of a bargain. I might go back and take a second one on the road and have it with the head off to see how good I can do with it. I would definitely recommend the figure, but remember as a leader he can’t line up with Batman and you’ll pretty much want to buy Black Canary and Speedy/Arsenal to go with him. If you’re just looking to paint, Arrow was one of the easiest times I’ve had to paint a figure (the face doesn’t resist) and I’m happy with the end result. Knight Models figures are wonderful to paint, even for beginners like me and the Batman Figure Set is great fun. With the release of the very first physical copy of the rulebook next month, there’s no better time to start playing!

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