EDIT (28 SEP 2012): “Clean up” time. Was in a rush to post this yesterday, and it showed.
Been on a “collage-making” kick lately. Making ’em, dropping them into old posts here (and noting the revision appropriately), and putting them into my “profile album” over on HCRealms.com. Decided to revisit the Knights of Wundagore, which I’d only touched on over in my HCR album.
Also, as a bit more of a “preamble”, WizKids is debuting its new Vehicle rules in the up-coming BATMAN HeroClix set. After that set, there’s a follow-up CTD (“Counter-Top Display”) set, a mix of single-figure and 3-figure blind booster packs, called BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM. We’ve seen this done before, with one of the 2011 AVENGERS MOVIE releases, where the 3-figure packs had (1) characters not found in the single-figure boosters within the same release and (2) they were a thematically consistent “theme”.
Looks like in STREETS some of the 3-figure boosters won’t have three figures, but one Vehicle and one “rider” (or “Pilot”, under the new Vehicle rule mechanics). So far, we (the fans) have only seen Huntress and her “peanut-based” motorcycle.
For more info, recommending that you not only visit www.heroclix.com but also HCRealsm.com’s “The Evidence: Index” thread for links to other “evidence collection” threads. Some of the most recent and exciting info has come out a dinner slideshow for retailers done by Alliance Games Distributors. Like this shot — http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=326&pictureid=24492
I’m excited. Love the Vehicles concept. Love the possibilities. Including expansions of the concept. Mentioned the potential for “giant-robots as Colossal “Pilot-required” Vehicles, I believe. 🙂 And, I assume more multi-purpose “generic” vehicles, like more motorcycles. Maybe Vehicles that are also “Animal” characters, like the winged, Pegasus-like mounts of characters like Black Knight and Dreadknight.
Speaking of “Knights”…
The Knights of Wundagore!! Members of the New Men, a “race” of artificially evolved animals created by one of the creepier and obsessive Marvel personalities, the High Evolutionary.
The High Evolutionary made it into the game (finally) a few years ago in the MUTATIONS & MONSTERS set. A good, playable clix. Since his entry, though, WizKids has also introduced the concept of “Minions”. And a lot of “leader” type characters since have recieve Special Power-sporting “Minions” of thier own.
Mostly, I just would love to have some Minions for the High Evolutionary in the game. My thought originally was the Knights would be great to have these generics, maybe as Uncommons, split-dial style, so you could choose between ranged combat focused or close combat focused roles.
Now that WizKids is introducing Vehicles, they ought to break out that FANTASTIC FORCES era Atomic Steed mold and a double base, make some Atomic Steed vehicles. Pilots for the Atomic Steeds: Again, maybe making use of “split-dial” designs?
To re-hash: WizKids has a couple of design techniques it’s been getting plenty of mileage out of lately: “Multiple Starting Line” dials and “Split-Dials”. The “MSL’s” are one continuous dial, sub-divided by alternate starting lines, offering a selection of point-cost options. Example: GG#045 Thanos from GALACTIC GUARDIANS, with starting lines for 300 points and 150 points.
The “Split-Dials” tend to have two separate starting lines, each for the same point-cost. Example: GG#014 Astral Dr. Strange, costing 13 points with two starting lines to choose from.
Ideas for the Knights of Wundagore: Two characters, as in two separate figures. Sculpts based on two different Knights. Each figure has a “split-dial”. One “life” is a representation of the character the sculpt is based on, selection of power to reflect both the character and a role for him on a HeroClix team; the other “life” would be more of a “generic”, a “Minion” special power design, but a similar combat role on a team. By “combat role” I mean close combat or ranged combat “focused”.
So, two Knights figures, each with a “split-dial”, one a close combat piece and the other a ranged combat piece, all capable “Pilots” for atomic steeds.
I don’t know. It’s worth exploring.