This month is heavily dominated by eagerly anticipated Operation Icestorm. There are however two further releases, including a new Tohaa model and (possibly) the best Samurai Biker you have ever seen! Ok there is not much competition for such models, but hey it really does look cool! As in previous months I will rate the models using the “Schreiber scale” (basically between 1 and 5).

Yojimbo

I feel this sculpt really lives up to the hype, as it is one very cool ronin on a bike! The bike itself is closer in style to the limited edition Penthesilea and Kum rider bikes than the current Yu Jing bikes. I suppose this is just the way CB are taking their bikes these days, it certainly looks nice and fills out it’s large base. The Crazy Kolas are the same as previously released, which I am happy about as they are cool (if very comical) models. Interestingly you get a dismounted Yojimbo model, which I think is really down to Infinity forums users demanding it! Thankfully it’s actually very playable, as Yojimbo is a close combat master so may well need to get off his bike to reach some opponents (also mean he can dodge a lot better!).

Yojimbo

Yojimbo

Yojimbo is a mercenary, so can be played by any non-alien army, although in ITS he is restricted to the Japanese Sectorial Force. Yojimbo is a close combat specialist and can certainly pack a punch, but more importantly he can get quickly himself into combat with smoke grenades and his high movement value. To further aid Yojimbo survivability he has no-wound incapacitation, although his low armor means he won’t want to take to many hits and certainly has to watch out for viral and shock attacks.

On the flip side Yojimbo is far from great at ranged combat, with only a contender and nanopulser. The contender only has a burst of 1, which combined with Yojimbo average BS is not a great offensive weapon but can be handy when is comes to ARO’s. The nanopulser is more situational but if your opponent clumps up, they may get a nasty surprise! Still shooting (other than smoke) is not Yojimbo strength.

I would certainly like to own and use Yojimbo and hope to pick the model(s) up. I doubt he will survive many games and I feel he could be order intensive, but also a lot of fun! As I play Nomads I can use Yojimbo as as a mercenary (in non-ITS games), or at the very least a cool painting project. As such I have to give his model a 5!

 

Kotail Mobile Unit

The Tohaa range expands with the new Kotail. I think this is a very solid sculpt, with a cool gunslinger pose. The model has the fantastic level of detail, as seen across the whole Tohaa range. I really like the hood and mask on the model, it makes him look cool and sinister at the same time! The Kotail is not a model that I would pick up just to own, but I do like it a lot so will give a score of 4.

Kotail

Kotail

Looking at the stats, the Kotail lives up to it’s name of Mobile Unit, with a high moment value of 6-4 and super jump. The model also has holo projector level 2, which is such a great flexible and fun special rule. The holo projector will allow you to conceal your Kotail as different Tohaa model (allowing for all sorts of mind games!), or provide protection by having holo echoes which will hopefully take a bullet instead of the real Kotail. The Kotail is not lacking in firepower, with access to duel comi rifles, boarding shotgun or spitfire!

The Kotail has symbiont armor, which provides an extra wound. However there is a significant drawback in losing the symbiont armor, as this gives the mobility and holo projector to the model. Still it’s better to be less effective but still be on your feet, rather than unconscious!

 

Operation Icestorm

Onto the main event of this month, it is of course the new two player starter set. This is such a big release for CB and one which deserves it’s own dedicated review. As soon as I get the box set I will write up a full blog post on Operation Icestorm, it is however safe to say I am very excited about this release!

Operation Icestorm

Operation Icestorm

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