Taskmaster (Chaos War 047)

The 139-point Tasky is on the high end of the Leaders of the list, costwise. But with his ability to automatically boost the Attack and range of adjacent allies upon a successful Leadership roll, he’s well worth the points — especially because he also sports Enhancement regardless of his rolls! Add to that his great numbers, wild card ability, Thunderbolts ATA and power-copying trait, and it’s no wonder the trainer of super-villains everywhere steals a spot high on the list.


#2 is on the side of the law:

Commissioner Gordon (The Dark Knight Rises 027)

At 99 points and only 5 clicks long, Gordon looks like he might be a better fit for retirement than leading the troops. But look at what his Leadership SP brings: 1) it effectively works on a 4-6, with 4  only adding an action, 5 working normally and 6 dropping tokens from two pals sharing a keyword/TA with him. He’s also got Defend (with 18 DV!) and PD to benefit his adjacent friends.

They also benefit Gordon; his trait gives him Mastermind to protect those five short clicks, and it works on pricer pieces if they share his keywords or TAs. Oh, and he’s got Outwit and Sharpshooter and Indomitable, too.

It’s a wonder that between him and Batman that Gotham hasn’t become Disneyland.

The #1 Leadership piece in Heroclixin is also a Gothamite:

Nightwing (Batman Fast Forces 003)

Dick Grayson has the best version of Leadership yet: he can treat any adjacent ally as cheaper for the token removal. It just doesn’t get any better than that. He’s a good crackin’ figure beyond that, too, with Outsiders TA and great numbers and powers.

#6 is

Captain James T. Kirk (Star Trek Away Team 001b)

The famed skipper of the U.S.S. Enterprise is the next boss on the list. Like almost all of the rest, His version of Leadership comes with a bonus: when he rolls 3-4, he can throw a token on an opposing character within 3 squares. Given that he starts with Charge and Combat Reflexes and has the Federation Away Team TA to enable him to make a strike as far as 17 squares out, he’ll have ample opportunity to affect foes that way.

The downside is that he might be too isolated from fellows for them to take full advantage of the normal effects of Leadership. But that’s on the player to ensure that doesn’t happen to Heroclixin’s #6 Leadership piece.

#5 is another from a non-comic property:

Bartolomeo d’Alviano (Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood 004)

His Leadership SP not only works as normal, but he can drop a token off a friendly as much as 55 points more than his 70 AND from four squares away! Aside from his super-Leadership, though, he’s just a competent melee fighter. Still, Bart’s the #5 pick for Heroclixin’s list.

#4 can barely fight at all, being crippled:

Chief (Crisis 036)

Unlike many others on this list, The Chief’s SP Leadership “Manipulate” doesn’t really grant extra actions to your total for the turn. Instead, players will usually opt to build tokens that give pushing allies a 66% chance of avoiding the pushing damage. The ability to essentially give pals Willpower much of the time is potentially powerful.

But Chief makes the top half of the list despite his lowish 63-point cost because he’s packed with a half-dozen team-enhancing powers including “Manipulate:” Outwit, Perplex, Mastermind (that works on higher point figs that share his Doom Patrol and Scientist keywords), Outsiders TA and Support. It’s more than enough to earn his spot as Heroclixin’s #4 Leadership piece.


Finally: The top three Leadership figures in Heroclixin’s Decision 2012.


Maria Hill (Avengers Movie 011)

At a mere 51 points, Maria Hill is FAR too inexpensive to rate as a good general Leadership piece in the modern game. But her Special Power makes her great for SHIELD generics: she grants +AV to adjacent allies with the keyword. Combined with the Willpower she gets via the same SP, she benefits fellow SHIELD mooks greatly. Moreover, since SHIELD team tend to be composed of swarms of low-cost characters, the extra actions of Leadership are much needed.

Because she’s a great piece for the power on the SHIELD teams she’s most likely to appear on, Cobie Smulders Maria Hill is Heroclixin’s #10 top Leadership piece.

Next is a bad guy:


Moloch The Mystic (Watchmen 018)

At first glance he looks just like a mere Mind Control piece with zero defenses besides Shape Change, but he’s got a great form of Leadership that grants the user of the extra action Willpower. That character could be himself. You just have to be sure to declare which of your actions of the turn is going to be the extra one.

His long 10 range enables him to stay out of the main fray better than many, and his Underworld TA means he’s likely to carry or be carried by fellow Underworlders. His 79 points puts him a sweet spot, points-wise, to be a great boon to the teams he’ll show on. He’s Heroclixin’s #9 top Leader.


#8 (tie)

Capwolf (Captain America 061)

Superman (DC 75th Anniversary 050)

Both sport special Leadership that allow, on a 6 roll, the ability to remove a token from himself instead of a cheaper pal. Capwolf’s is a little better still, as it’s a trait instead of a first-half-of-dial SP and he can opt to drop the token off any adjacent Animal instead of himself. He’s also 100 points to Supes’ 120, with better AV, a full dial of BCF and Super Senses and nearly as much Battle Fury. But Superman is better in a fight, with a full dial of Toughness, JSA TA to help his or allies’ DV, perma-Leap/Climb, the ability to be carried and Indomitable. He’s also a slightly better general leader.

Both tie as the 8th-best Leadership figs.


Back to SHIELD for the next:


Steve Rogers (Captain America 031)

A Leadership trait and solid 99 cost would seem to put Rogers even higher on the tops list. And when you consider that he outright grants his adjacent Avengers- and SHIELD-keyworded pals the SHIELD or Avengers TAs, respectively, his Leadership is almost incidental to his utility on the team. Add to that his high AV as well. His weakness is a total lack of armor, making him a tempting target for KO. But Rogers is still the #7 best Leader by Heroclixin’s standard.


Next: The next three leaders elected by Heroclixin’.

I had another Top Ten idea I was preparing for this week, but it occurred to me that with America voting in the next leaders of the free world tomorrow, Heroclixin’ ought to list the Top Ten best Leadership pieces in the game.

What qualifies one to be a great leader?

  • The right point cost. It can’t be too low, because you want to be able to remove tokens from cheaper teammates upon successful rolls. But a leader too costly could crowd out the build total, leaving you with no other characters to use the extra actions granted by Leadership.
  • The ability to stay adjacent to allies with minimal effort. Your leader needs to always be in position to remove tokens from less-costly allies with the 5-6 roll. That means being a taxi or being taxiable.
  • Using that adjacency for something other than Leadership. It only works a third of the time, so the Leader really ought to have something else to benefit — or benefit from — adjacent allies.
  • Starting Leadership. Pushing to get to the power is useless. But…
  • No more attractive power on click #2. Nightwing (Crisis 029) is a prime negative example: though he begins with Leadership, unless a player is either using one of the feats associated with it (Inspiring Command, Contingency Plan) or married to leveraging his top-dial Incapacitate, Nightwing’s nearly always going to get pushed to click #2 for his Perplex. A better leader will not require feats and will get some actual mileage from the power.
  • Finally, the leader should have followers to benefit from the Leadership. Does she have any teammates that are a natural fit for her style (via team abilities, keywords or whatever)? This is taken into account.





OK. Those are the ground rules. Starting tomorrow, see what Heroclixin’ voted as the 10th, 9th and maybe 8th best Leadership figures in the game!

Continuing Heroclixin’s photographic record of Super-Strong figs that can hold objects, again. Here we continue  the DC HeroClix 10th Anniversary roundup!

I mentioned yesterday that I observe All Saints Day (though I’m not a Catholic). Frankly, I only do so nominally, if at all. It’s still fitting that today’s photo is of the closest thing in comics to sainthood, Superman!

As you see, Superman (DC 10th Anniversary 021) has plenty of room in the booth for the object! One can also squeeze the older, thinner objects between his cape and the back of the booth.

Since it’s Thursday — formerly known as Thor’s Day — here’s a pic of Thor  (Marvel 10th Anniversary 005):

A token fits under his tricep, barely.


Heroclixin’s taking a few days off in preparation for November’s Top Ten list, to begin either Monday or Tuesday.