Greetings HeroClix Fans!
We’re back with another team building exercise, featuring characters from the Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. set! Today, however, we’re taking a different approach to team building and will be highlighting characters from writer Ed Brubaker’s and artist Steve Epting’s critically acclaimed run on Captain America. Specifically, we’re looking at the “Twenty-First Century Blitz” story arc from Captain America issues 18 to 21!
Our story brings Captain America across the Atlantic to England in his search for the Winter Soldier, who has traveled to London to kill the head of the mysterious Kronas Corporation, Aleksander Lukin. To start out our team, we’ll add Captain America from the Avengers Starter Set of the Marvel HeroClix: Avengers vs. X-Men Storyline Organized Play event. We’ll use Captain America at his 100-point starting line, which features Running Shot, Empower, Invulnerability and his Take Down special power. Captain America also has an Improved Movement ability which lets him ignore hindering terrain and characters when he moves.
While in London, Cap is met by two old friends, Joseph Chapman (aka Union Jack) and Jacqueline Falsworth (aka Spitfire). The three heroes split up to investigate Kronas Corp’s activities, with Cap and Union Jack checking out a freighter loading and unloading crates marked with the Kronas logo while Spitfire has gone beneath the city to see what the corporation is building there.
We’ve previously shown you the next two members of our team, Union Jack and Spitfire from the Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. set, so you can check out what they bring to the battlefield by reading their respective previews. Union Jack and Spitfire come in at 90 and 95 points, respectively, and have the Invade Your Territory trait so you won’t have to deal with moving around opposing Barrier and Smoke Cloud markers. Union Jack is solid as a ranged and melee combatant while Spitfire makes a great hit-and-run attacker.
Eventually, our trio of heroes close in on Lukin (who is secretly the Red Skull), which means the Winter Soldier is nearby. Winter Soldier has Lukin in his crosshairs of his sniper rifle and is about to pull the trigger when he notices that Cap is in peril, so he drops his weapon to save Cap. The distraction allows Lukin to activate The Sleeper, one of the Red Skull’s giant deathbots!
We’ll round out our team of heroes by adding the uncommon Winter Soldier from the Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. set. Winter Soldier comes in at 95 points and, appropriately, has a special power called Deadly Sniper which lets him use Outwit and Ranged Combat Expert from 10 squares away. Winter Soldier also has an Improved Targeting ability called Ultimate Infiltrator that lets him ignore hindering terrain and characters when he shoots. Finally, Winter Soldier also has the Invade Your Territory trait, just like Union Jack and Spitfire. With his Deadly Sniper special power, Winter Soldier is definitely suited to be your force’s ranged attacker.
All four characters share the Invaders and Soldier keywords and come to a total of 380 points, which leaves plenty of points left over for bystanders, special objects or resources.
Twenty-First Century Blitz ends with Captain America and Winter Soldier defeating The Sleeper, with Cap’s former sidekick slipping away into the shadows shortly after.
If you’re looking for some thematic villains to play against this team, the Twenty-First Century Blitz storyline also features Red Skull, Crossbones and Sin. You might want to consider the Red Skull from the Avengers Assemble set and the Sin and Crossbones duo from the Invincible Iron Man set. Both characters come to 358 points, which leaves lots of flexibility for rounding out the rest of your force.
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