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Gotham City Gangsters – Carmine Falcone and Falcone Bodyguard!

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For today’s DC HeroClix: The Dark Knight Rises preview, we bring you a man who controlled Gotham City’s underworld until he was double-crossed by Dr. Jonathan Crane (aka Scarecrow).  From the movie Batman Begins, please welcome mob boss Carmine Falcone!

 

Most of Gotham City’s government officials are either on Carmine Falcone’s payroll or they’re afraid of him.  To represent the hold he has over Gotham City, Carmine Falcone hits the battle map with a trait, Money Isn’t Power – Fear Is, which allows him to use Incapacitate.  When he does, roll a d6 and on a result of 5 or 6 Carmine Falcone isn’t given an action token for using Incapacitate.

Carmine Falcone begins his dial with Stealth and Mastermind in his movement and defensive slots, respectively.  Mastermind, in fact, is on each of Carmine Falcone’s clicks.  He also has a special power in his damage slot, The Boss, which allows him to use Leadership.  When Carmine Falcone uses Leadership and the result is a 3 or 4, you may remove an action token from a lower-point friendly character within six squares that shares a keyword with him.  On Carmine Falcone’s third click, the mob boss may have lost Stealth but he still finds a way to stay away from the law via PlasticityThe Boss special power also hangs around on Carmine Falcone’s third click.  On his last two clicks, Carmine Falcone trades in his special power for Probability Control to make sure the odds are ever in his favor!

Carmine Falcone comes in at 50 points and a range of five.  He also has the Underworld team ability, which allows him to carry another character using this team ability during a move action.  He can carry two Underworld users if they both have a lower point cost.

With a low point cost and the Brute and Gotham Underworld keywords, Carmine Falcone makes an excellent addition to any force as a support piece.  However, Carmine Falcone can also be the focal point of a force when paired with the Falcone Bodyguard!

Falcone Bodyguard can be played as either a rookie or experienced character.  Both versions hit the map at 40 points and have a range of five.  Like Carmine Falcone, they also have the Brute and Gotham Underworld keywords and the Underworld team ability.

The rookie Falcone Bodyguard begins play with two clicks of Charge in his movement slot.  Charge disappears on his third click but returns on his final two clicks.  Defensively, Falcone Bodyguard starts his dial with three clicks of a Minion special power, Step Into the Line of Fire, which allows an adjacent character named Salvatore Maroni or Carmine Falcone to use Shape Change.  However, on a Shape Change roll of 3 or 4, Falcone Bodyguard and the adjacent character may be placed in each other’s squares and Falcone Bodyguard must be attacked instead!  On the last two clicks of Falcone Bodyguard’s dial he drops Step Into the Line of Fire in favor of Toughness.

The experienced Falcone Bodyguard starts his dial with two clicks of Leap/Climb to help him get in the way of any attackers who try to take aim at the boss.  That’s supported by two clicks of Close Combat Expert in his damage slot.  Defensively, Falcone Bodyguard begins with two clicks of Combat Reflexes.  Mid-dial, Falcone Bodyguard switches tactics and drops Leap/Climb in favor of Charge.  Defensively, he picks up Toughness for two clicks.  On his fourth click, Falcone Bodyguard drops Charge and goes for a two-fisted attack (Flurry).  Exploit Weakness appears in the last three clicks of Falcone Bodyguard’s damage slots as he knocks the wind of out opposing characters with a punch in the gut!

That’s all we have for today! Please join us for our next DC HeroClix: The Dark Knight Rises preview when we spotlight a felicitous fan of felines with a penchant for pilfering others’ property.  Until next time, keep your Clix off their KOs!

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Batman Begins – Master Bruce Wayne!

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For today’s DC HeroClix: The Dark Knight Rises preview, we visit with Bruce Wayne during a time when he trained in Asia with Ra’s al-Ghul and Henri Ducard.  From the film Batman Begins, please welcome Master Wayne!

 

Clocking in at 50 points, Master Wayne begins play with a full dial of Smoke Cloud to represent the training he received in theatricality and deception.  He also possesses the Batman Ally team ability, which allows him to use Stealth. In addition, he also has the Underworld team ability, which allows him to carry another character using the same team ability – or two characters, if both have a lower point cost!

Master Wayne learned to be mindful of his surroundings, which is why he has Combat Reflexes on the first three clicks of his defense slot. A special power, Training Among Criminals, appears on those same three clicks but in his damage slot.  With this special power, Master Wayne can use Shape Change and Perplex.  When he uses Perplex, he may only target himself.

Leap/Climb appears in the first click of Master Wayne’s movement slot and represents his journey to find Ra’s al-Ghul.  That’s followed by two clicks of Charge, which works well with the Combat Reflexes in his defensive slot. Leap/Climb reappears on the back half of Master Wayne’s dial to allow him to either reposition for another attack or regroup to heal or try a different tactic.  Speaking of the back half of Master Wayne’s dial, he drops Combat Reflexes on his last two clicks in favor of Willpower. He also drops Training Among Criminals for a straightforward use of Outwit.

Master Wayne possesses the Gotham City, League of Assassins, and Martial Artist keywords.  He makes a great addition to any team and leaves plenty of room for some heavy hitters and support pieces.

That’s all we have for today!  Join us for our next DC HeroClix: The Dark Knight Rises article when we continue our previews from this exciting set!  Until then, keep your Clix off their KO’s!

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Batman Begins: Ra’s Al Ghul!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Today we continue our previews for the DC HeroClix: The Dark Knight Rises set as we visit with the “leader” of the League of Assassins.  From Batman Begins, we present Ra’s Al Ghul!

Ra’s Al Ghul possesses a trait called Interpose that let’s  Ra’s Al Ghul use Leap/Climb, as well as allowing him to swap squares with an adjacent friendly character that fails to make their Shape Change roll.  Given that Ra’s Al Ghul has both the Batman Enemy team ability, allowing him to share his attack value with an adjacent friendly figure, and the Underworld team ability, allowing him to carry other friendly figures using this team ability, his odds of having someone to use this trait with are pretty good.

Ra’s Al Ghul begins play with Stealth to keep him mostly protected from range attacks.  Since close quarters is where he wants to be, Ra’s Al Ghul has Combat Reflexes to make him harder to hit, and Close Combat Expert to make sure he hits hard!  After this opening click, Ra’s Al Ghul switches to Charge to rush an opponent, and Willpower will ensure he can use his Close Combat Expert if the opposing figure didn’t fall!

Mid-dial, Ra’s Al Ghul continues to be able to use Charge and Willpower, but now he attacks his enemies with his sword as he begins a run of Blades/Claws/Fangs.  After this, Ra’s Al Ghul switches back to Combat Reflexes as he should be in close combat for the rest of his dial.  At the end of his dial, Ra’s Al Ghul loses his sword and fights on with Close Combat Expert.

Ra’s Al Ghul possesses the League of Assassins, Martial Artist and Ruler keywords, so finding a theme team to include him on should not be challenging, and at 60 points, he won’t be a bad investment on other team builds.  In addition, don’t forget that for an additional 7 points, Ra’s Al Ghul qualifies for the League of Assassins Additional Team Ability, found in the Print ‘n Play section of our website, allowing lines of fire to be blocked to this character if they are adjacent to a wall or blocking terrain.

We hope you enjoyed today’s preview!  Join us again this next Monday as we continue to explore the DC HeroClix: The Dark Knight Rises set as we present the rebellious student to this master!  Until then, keep your Clix off their KO’s!