Monday, July 31, 2017

Batman

Batman has always been one of my favorite comic book hero.  I have never subscribed to one interpretation of Batman, either. Old Dark Knight, 60s TV Batman, Batman TAS, video game Batman and many others all have their great moments. But the early Batman was truly something special. Batman's creators took a certain amount of mercilessness from dark vigilantes like the Shadow along with the gadgetry of Doc Savage and made something new and enduring. 

Playing Batman in Pulp Alley is not very difficult and there are many build options that are available. In my very first game, I ran the following Batman and Robin combo.

League: Dynamic Duo
League Perks: Duo, Bastion of Science and Associate (Alfred Pennyworth, Got the Goods and Supplies)

Leader
Health
Brawl
Shoot
Dodge
Might
Finesse
Cunning
Batman
d10
3d10
2d8
3d10
2d10
3d8
3d10
Untouchable
Always counts as in cover against shooting
Wealthy
Before each scenario, you receive 1 resource point (Tip, Backup, Gear or Contact). May be spent or saved
Quick Strike
Once per turn, shift Brawl down to gain a +2d Brawl bonus
Sidekick
Health
Brawl
Shoot
Dodge
Might
Finesse
Cunning
Robin
d10
3d6
3d8
4d8
2d10
3d8
3d10
Agile
Add +1d to Dodge (included above).
Intrepid
Dodge Move in any direction
Dashing
Shoot and Finesse dice are not lowered due to injuries


For the figures, I rebased and repainted Heroclix.  There are some great option for Batman, this particular sculpt is based on the classic pose from Detective Comics #27, Batman's first appearance. 

Batman and Robin alongside a 1/43 scale die-cast Batmobile by Corgi. Getting a fully kitted out Batmobile into Pulp Alley requires a lot of saved Gear points or a house rule point increase. So far, the Batmobile is just for show. 
One of my favorite incarnations of Batman is the Gotham by Gaslight Batman. In this alternate worlds universe, Bruce Wayne becomes the Batman in 1890s Gotham City, facing off against Jack the Ripper and other appropriate period foes. 

For this Batman, I again repainted and rebased a Heroclix model. Robin never appeared in the Gaslight stories, so with that freedom in mind, I took an Artizan cowboy model and created Robin the Kid, an orphaned gunslinger who helps Batman clean up Gotham's mean streets. 



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