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A great report from the Spring Challenge last weekend. I will have to crack on and get mine done soon as well!

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Another great time was had down in Exeter for the Spring Challenge. I didn’t do as well this time around as I did at the Winter Challenge, finishing 20th out of 30 players. I put this down a little to making some daft choices during my games, plus over-confidence in the ability of my Dakini remotes, who all died in every game without achieving anything of note!

300pts of Aleph - click to enlarge 300pts of Aleph – click to enlarge

The lists I took were as follows:

List 1

Deva Functionary(Lieutenant) Devabot with Heavy Flamethrower
Deva FunctionaryDevabot with Heavy Flamethrower
Deva FunctionaryHacking Device
Dakini TactbotParamedic
Dakini TactbotParamedic
Dakini TactbotParamedic
Dakini TactbotHMG
NagaMonofilament Mines
Sophotect
Yudbot
AsuraSpitfire

List 2

Deva Functionary(Lieutenant) Devabot with Heavy Flamethrower
Deva FunctionarySensor
Deva FunctionaryHacking Device
Dakini Tactbot

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The Spring Challenge starts tomorrow with a Joint Ops tournament tomorrow and then a Spec Opp tournament on Sunday. I will be heading down to Exeter with my Shasvastii force for the Spec Opp tournament.

This will be my second Infinity tournament, the first being the Winter Challenge last November where I used my Nomads. I can’t say I as confident with my Shasvastii, as they are not as forgiving as my Nomads. However I am excited to use the aliens and am really happy with how the force looks. Below is a sneak peak at my force I will be using, expect more photos next week!

Shasvastii Force

Shasvastii Force

Sun Tze, The Art of War

Images of the new Sun Tze model for the Yu Jing have been released. Once again this is a re-sculpt of one of the older Infinity models and once again it’s a vast improvement. I think the new Sun Tze model is simply fantastic.

Syn Tze

Syn Tze

In the game Sun Tze looks very impressive. He is an elite heavy Infantry with a an armor of 5 and 2 wounds plus No Wound Incapacitation. This puts Sun Tze resilience on par with Asuras and Charontids, however Sun Tze goes a steep further, as he has Total Immunity. After facing Karakuri, this is an ability I have learnt to fear! Total Immunity will make Sun Tze very difficult to kill as special ammunition , commonly the bane of heavy infantry, has no special effect against him. On the offense Sun Tze is perhaps a little lacking for such an expensive model, with a BS of 13 and Multi-Rifle. However this will be sufficient to deal with most opponents.

Sun Tze literally write the book on war, so fittingly he has Strategos Level 3! This allows your force to have a significant tactical advantage by placing up to two models in reserve, whilst your opponent can not put any model in reserve. The only disadvantage of using Strategos, is it will be obvious that your lieutenant is Sun Tze. This makes him a very high priority for your opponent to kill. Thankfully, as mentioned, Sun Tze is very resilient.

The new Sun Tze model actually has a shotgun, so we should see the stats for this option soon. Sun Tze is a really impressive model both in terms of rules and the miniature. I expect we will see more players drawn to Yu Jing, just because of the quality of this model!

I just finished painted my Nomad Lizard TAG. I find this model divides opinion, as it’s one of the older TAGs. Personally I think the models is fantastic as it looks archaic and low tech. This suits the Lizard background being an obsolete TAG that the Nomads “pimp”. I really like the fact that the TAGs weapons are in it’s arm. Also the pilot is really obvious on this model, not hidden away into the center of the TAG.

Nomad Lizard TAG

Nomad Lizard TAG with Moderator

I am really happy how the paint job turned out. I added some free hand pattern to keep it consistent with the Harlequin theme of my Nomads.

Nomad Lizard TAG

Nomad Lizard TAG

I changed the base from th thin 40mm one that the model is sold with to a 50mm resin urban base. I think this base suits it better, even if I might have issues taking the model to an official tournament!

Nomad Lizard TAG

Nomad Lizard TAG

Below are updated photos of my Raicho. I did not use flash on the camera this time. I think the photo looks more like the models is in “real life”. It’s also kinder to my painting!

Raicho TAG

Raicho TAG

Here is another photo of the Raicho.

Raicho TAG

Raicho TAG

I have been trying to take photos of my models collection, so here is a selection of my Tyranids! Expect to see the rest of my Tyranid army soon!

Tyranid Swarm

Tyranid Swarm

The Hive Tyrant is a conversion using the 2nd ed Zoanthrope, Lictor, Hormagaunts and 3rd ed Hive Tyrant. In addition there is a load of green stuff!

Hive Tyrant

Hive Tyrant

Hive Tyrant

Hive Tyrant

The Carnifex below is a 2ned Edition “Screamer Killer”. I absolutely love this model, it has so much personality (an odd concept for a Tyranid!).

Carnifex

Carnifex

Below are images of “Hunter Slayers”, which was the old name for Termagants. These were released during the 1st edition of 40k (Rouge Trader). They are tiny compared to the new plastic Termagants.

Hunter Slayers

Hunter Slayers

A close up of the “Hunter Slayers”.

Hunter Slayers

Hunter Slayers

Morat Aggression Force

Below are photos of part of my Morat Aggression Force. I decided to put this part of my Morat Aggression Force on eBay so that I could fund buying the new Morat models. Hopefully the force will go to a good home, as it’s quite a competitive selection of models!

Morat

Morat Aggression Force

Morat

Morat Aggression Force

Morat

Morat Aggression Force

The next batch of releases for Infinity are already showing up on the web. So far we have seen the newly sculpted Daturazi and a new Tomcat Doctor and Zondcat. Check out the images below to see how cool these new sculpts look!

Daturazi

Daturazi

I absolutely love the new style of the Daturazi. They look fierce and primal, surly a force to be reckoned with! The only downside is that these new models are so good that they show up the older models,  which to be fair are 8 years old! (check out the image below).

Unlike many other ranges in Infinity, the new Morats are so different to the old that mixing the two would look odd. I plan to update my Morats over time and am so happy with the new sculpts, that I won’t begrudge replacing my existing Daturazi models!

Daturazi

Daturazi

It looks like the Tomcats are soon to be sold in a box of 3 Tomcats (Doctor, Engineer and Tomcat with D.E.P) and a Zondcat. The new Tomcat Doctor is a solid sculpt that is very in keeping with the existing models. The only real give away that the Tomcat Doctor is a new model, is that it has a much smaller flamer/combi-rifle. I know some players may have an issue with two models in the same box having the same weapon that looks differently, but I am fine with this. Anyway fluff wise I could imagine an engineer having a larger custom made weapon!  The Zondcat is very stylized, with a heavy manga influence.  Personally I like the model, but I expect it will split opinions.

Tomcats

Tomcats

My only grip with this new box is that three Tomcats is a lot for any list, so don’t expect to use all of these models at the same time. Instead the box just gives you all the options you could need. As I already have the Tomcat Engineer, I will just have to see if I can get the new Tomcat Doctor from the split box service that ChoKonnit provides on the Infinity forum.

Tomcats

Tomcats

I recently received my Customeeple camo silhouettes for both my Combined Army and Nomads. Infinity is a very visual game, with amazingly well sculpted models fighting over fantastic terrain. I feel that these Customeeple camo silhouettes further improve the already high visual look of the game and without costing a lot!

The camo silhouettes are less than a pound each (even cheaper if you buy the set of 5), so really affordable. The postage from Spain was also very reasonable. The silhouettes are high quality acrylics and perfectly match the troop outline that they are taken from. The colors are vibrant and as you can see in the image below really make your camo markers “pop” on the table.

Malignos with camo silhouette

Malignos with camo silhouette

I painted the bases of my silhouettes the same way as the army they represented. I used super glue to fix the silhouettes onto the bases. Be carful when you are doing this as the super glue could “mist” the silhouettes. I was very careful and so had no issues, but In hindsight I think PVA glue may have been safer and just as good. I also painted a number and type of camo (i.e. CH or TO) onto the base, although I have not had to refer to that during a game so may remove this.

Prior to this using  Customeeple camo silhouette, I had used camo tokens. Whilst these do a perfectly  fine job, they don’t capture the cinematic feel of a model using camouflage stalking it’s prey (I am think of Predator here!). They also do not capture the height of the marker, which is considered to be that of a standard line trooper.  Customeeple camo silhouettes solve both of these problems! Representing the height of the model in particular is really helpful as you avoid simple mistakes, like not putting the marker out of line of sight or into cover.

A camo silhouettes stalks the objective room

A camo silhouettes stalks the objective room

The makers are also a nice visual reference, rather than a numerical reference. For example I found it easy to remember that my Seed Solider silhouette concealed an Aswang, rather than write down and remember that camo marker 4 concealed an Aswang. Perhaps I am just a visual person but I found this a great aid to keeping track of what camo maker concealed which models, which can get confusing when you could have 10 running around! 

I would strongly recommend these camo silhouettes to any Infinity player. In particular  those that play Shasvastii or Ariadna, who often have a lot of camo, would really benefit from using these camo silhouettes. You will get to see something that represents your army on the table, rather than just camo marker “blips”.

Shasvastii force with silhouettes

Shasvastii force with silhouettes

If there is anything that I think could be improved on, it would be a clear distinction between normal (CH) and TO camo. Personally I have used the silhouettes that represent TO models as TO camo i.e. use the Notifier marker for a Malignos. As Customeeple do status markers that go beside bases, perhaps they could do a marker that states what type of camo the silhouette represents?

Overall the camo silhouettes are a great gaming aid, that I am extremely glad I brought!

I often see new players asking what they should buy first to get into Infinity. The large model range can be overwhelming, so the “vanilla” (instead of sectorial) starter sets are often seen as a safe way to get into the game. They are also great value, normally saving you the cost of one model.

There are some considerations on the value of these starter sets. In an effort to aid new players I have rated the starter sets out of five and provided some reasoning behind my score, as well as a brief review of the box contents. If you feel I have under or over scored a starter set, please leave a comment!:)

Haqqislam Starter Pack: 5 out of 5

The set provides approximately 119pts and 0.5 swc. This set including a Janissaire, Hunzakut, Naffatun and three Ghulam.

Haqqislam Starter Pack

Haqqislam Starter Pack

The Janissaire is the heavy hitter of the list, although he has a fairly standard stat line for heavy infantry. The remainder of the list includes four light infantry (one with a nasty flame thrower!) and a skirmisher (the Hunzakut). As such the set provides a good mix of troops, at a decent number of points. The set even includes a special weapon, the sniper rifle, which is rare for a stater set. What gets this set to a 5 out of  5, is that the models are so finely sculpted.

ALEPH Starter Pack: 5 out of 5

This set has some simply amazing models! The set includes an Asura, Naga, Deva and three Dakini Tacbots. If I had to pick a favorite model, it would be the Deva.

ALEPH Starter Pack

ALEPH Starter Pack

At 172pts this is one of the highest pointed starter sets. The set has a good mix of troops including one heavy infantry, one skirmisher, three remotes (that act like light infantry) and an elite light infantry (the Deva).

If the box has any downsides it’s that it includes remotes, so you need to include a hacker which is not ideal for newer players. In fact my advice for newer players would be to ignore the hacker requirement to field remotes, until you get used to the hacker rules. The only other downside is that the Asura is very expensive, so can unbalance low point games. Even considering these drawback the range of models and quality of sculpts makes this set a fantastic purchase. It gets top marks from me!

Tohaa Starter Pack: 4 out of 5

This is the latest of the “vanilla” starter sets. The set gives 164pts and 0 swc and includes a Ectros, Cilpsos, Sakiel and three Kameal.

Tohaa Starter Pack

Tohaa Starter Pack

The set contains a good mix of one heavy infantry, three light infantry, one skirmisher and an elite light infantry.  Interestingly there are a lot of lieutenant options within this set, as the Ectros, Kameal and Sakiel all good candidates. The models can be used to make one Tohaa fire team, which would be a good way to introduce this game mechanic.

The models are all very nicely sculpted, however I am not a fan of the pose on the Ectros. I have been told that it looks better in person, but going by the photos I am not sold on the sculpt! However overall the quality of the sculpts combined with the variety of troops makes this a solid starter.

Yu Jing Starter Pack: 4 out of 5

The set contains a Shang Ji, Domaru, Celestrial Guard and three Zhanshi. The set is approximately 124pts and 0 swc.

Yu Jing Starter Pack

Yu Jing Starter Pack

This is a solid starter set that has two well priced heavy infantry and four light infantry, which I think is a good mix, altough it would have been nice to include a skirmisher (like the Guilang) to get used to the camo rules.

The Shang Ji is one of  my favorite heavy infantry models in the Infinity game (move 4-4, armour of 4 and light flame thrower!), so well worth using! The Domaru is an interesting heavy infantry model, as it has a short ranged weapon.  Because it’s short threat range the Domaru is very cheap and one of the few models that is good in combat in the Infinity game!

The models are a few years old so are not as finely sculpted as the best Infinity miniatures. However they are still superior to miniatures from many other ranges. This is the only reason I did not give this starter set a 5 out of 5.

Ariadna Starter Pack: 4 out of 5

This set includes three Kazaks, Veteran Kazak, Highlander Grey and a Chasseur. The set provides approximately 121pts and 0 swc.

Ariadna Starter Pack

Ariadna Starter Pack

The Veteran Kazak is on the pricey side (especially for Ariadna) but with no-wound incapacitation, I think he justifies his points. The Highlander Grey will adds some extra aggression to the force, whilst the Chasseur provides stealth. Overall the set looks balanced to me.

As with the Yu Jing starter pack the set is a few years old, so although the models look great they are less fine than the newer Infinity releases.

Pan Oceania Starter Pack: 2 out of 5

The set contains four fusiliers, one Orc Troop and a CrocMan. The set is approximately 113pts and 0 swc.

Pan Oceania Starter Pack

Pan Oceania Starter Pack

This set that looks really out dated. In particular the CrocMan is one of the worst Infinity models (I really do not like it!). The fusiliers are ok, but look out dated with their large guns.  In fact the Orc Troop is the only model I particularly like in the set.

The only reason this set did not score lower was that fusiliers are very useful to have and for some reason these are still the current fusilier sculpts.

Combined Army Starter Set: 2 out of 5

The set is approximately 180pts, making it the highest pointed starter set. The set feel unbalanced as it includes one very expensive Charontid, a fairly expensive Malignos and then much cheaper vanguards and a witch soldier.

Combined Army Starter Set

Combined Army Starter Set

This set is getting phased out and with good reason! The set includes some very out dated models, noticeably the morat vanguard which have been recently updated. It won’t be long until the witch soldiers are also updated. Even the Chrontid is a much poorer sculpt than the newer HMG variant. The only model player tend to want is the Malignos, which has dated well.

I think this set has had it’s day and I would avoid buying it, unless you got it for an amazing discount!

Starter Pack Nomads: 2 out of 5

The set provides 111pts and 0 swc. The set includes a Mobile Brigada, Zero, Securitate and three Alguacil. This set is another example of out dated models.  The only model that I would consider buying is the Zero, which although has an awkward pose does have some charm.

Starter Pack Nomads

Starter Pack Nomads

Playing wise this box set is not too dissimilar to the Haqqislam starter pack, as it includes a heavy infantry, four light infantry (unfortunately this includes a Securitate, which is considered over priced) and a skirmisher. However the level of the sculpting is worlds apart!

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