Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Yes it's Infinity January release time again!
It's rapidly becoming my favourite time of the month... not that I have anything else which happens on a cycle every month you understand. But yet again it's time for Corvus Belli's servers to go into complete and utter meltdown and fall over as the weight of expectant fans crushes their puny none-Maya compliant servers! If Aleph was involved you just know this sort of shenanigans wouldn't happen. Any way as with last month I'll discuss the various releases from a aesthetic point of view as well as a gaming and tactical point of view. However, you might want to ignore my tactical advice because the only reason I seem to win is because the dice faeries still love me.
Die Morlock Gruppen
I don't really like the original sculpts I have to be brutally honest. Well I didn't like one of the original sculpts, the female one was OK. But when I saw these bad boys on Angel Giraldez's Blog a few days ago now I have to say I thought they looked absolutely brilliant. My favourite has to be the X-Men Beast inspired miniature. He's all sorts of awesome if you ask me. Mr Green and scaly isn't too bad either so he too gets my thumbs up. No doubt though many people will like little Ms Knife ears, the elf wannabe, or perhaps the blue skinned vixen with the dreadlocks and a weird looking boomerang! Lets be honest here, even if you're not an Infinity fan you have to admit these look pretty damn cool. So what are they like on the table? Well they're cheap as chips close combat troopers for the Nomads, with Martial Arts Level 2 and CC18, they're not bad. They are sadly impetuous though, which means they'll go tearing after the nearest enemy, which can be a pain in the proverbial. They do come with smoke grenades, which you know, is nice and you can actually get some of these for 0swc and 7 points if you take the chain rifle variant. They're in the Bakunin Sectorial Force, but sadly you can't make them into a link team to get rid of that irksome impetuous. They do however have one of Infinity's more 'fun' rules... MetaChemistry. Before battle you roll a D20 to determine what extra ability each Morlock has from +1 ARM to Total Immunity and many cool skills in between. They might not be the best troopers in the game, but they are lots of fun. These bad boys and girls will definitely find their way into my collection.
2nd Irregular Camorean Regiment
Well we have another wolf boy for the Ariadnans. I have to be brutally honest and say I've not been a big fan of the 'werewolves' in space. Now while this isn't too bad a sculpt, indeed in many respects it's quite good, I have to be honest. I don't like him! I don't like his pose and I don't like the way the kilt or clothes look. The Chain Rifles look a bit silly in his hands, and to me his head seems too small for his body. So yeah I think we can say I'm not a fan. What's he like on the table then? Well he's tooled up with grenades and smoke grenades. Those piddly little guns as I said are chain rifles. He also comes with an Armour Penetrating Close Combat Weapon. He's a quick bugger though, with MOV 6-4, but like the Morlocks before him he's also Impetuous. However, he does come with V.Courage, total Immunity and Super-Jump. So for 0 SWC and 22 points he's not all that bad really. He's also got a brilliant PIH of 16 so he can dodge duck and dive with the best of them and with CC18 he's no slouch when he get's in close. I suppose though the question for many will be is that 22 points better spent elsewhere? I think he's not a bad option. Sadly like the Morlocks though the Caledonia Sectorial can't turn them into a link team to remove the pesky Impetuous rule. Bugger!
Well at least it's a more dynamic pose for a Haqqislam miniature! Let me be blunt. I was starting to think the entire Haqqislam military were ex-catalogue
models with their poses! At least this chap looks like he's trying to kill somebody. Sadly though we've all seen him before, he is in the Haqqislam starter set. So this is just a single miniature release. However, he was a stupendous resculpt of the original Janissaires who for my money looked a bit awkward. So again it's not a release to get the pulse racing, even if it is a welcome release as you can now start building a good looking link team of these. So again what's he like? Well he's Heavy Infantry for a start off, with BTS -3 he'll be a bit susceptible in that department. He does though have a pretty good PH 14, CC 15 and BS 13, considering the points of around 45 with 0 SWC or 1 SWC if you take him as your Lieutenant. He's a Religious Trooper as well, so he's not running away when things get a little tough. But he's the real kicker if you're playing a Qapu Khalqi sectorial force you can use these in a Link Team. True it'll be an expensive link team but there are lots of cheap troopers in the Haqqislam force! I always thought Janissaires were a good option any way and with 2 Wounds and ARM 4 they're that little bit of heavy armour that many Haqq lists need.
Ah yes, another miniature we've sort of seen before. While I'm pretty certain that this IS a totally new sculpt we've seen plenty of Teutonic Knights before. Now I happen to be a big fan of Pan-O's knightly orders and I happen to think this miniature looks equally as awesome as all the rest. I am ever so slightly jealous of Pan-O players and their knights. So what's he like on the table then? Well like the Janissaire he's Heavy Infantry but he has the much better BTS of -5. He has 2 Wounds and ARM 3. So he's a tough cookie alright. He's also MOV 4-4, which isn't too bad for HI trooper. CC18, BS14, PH14 WIP 13, Linkable in a Link team in the Military Orders sectorial list. Frenzy, Berserk, Jungle Terrain, Religous Trooper with V. Courage... honestly for 42 points and SWC 0... I'm tempted to say these bad boys are some of the closest things in the game to being broken. Compare that statline to the Janissaires above. What's not to love about them? Seriosuly. Combi-Rifles and Panzerfaust's aren't bad weapons either. Pan-O have it so easy!!!
The Noctifer with spitfire is one of my favourite miniatures in the entire Infinity range. But this? This is not one of my favourite miniatures in the Infinity range. Not because of the detail or the awesome looking Missile Launcher, no. It's the pose. He looks like he's falling down those steps in a comedy pose. Not a fan. There's no weight in his movement 'if' he's moving down the stairs, and I don't like how he's holding the Missile Launcher at all. Ah well, he's a damn fine option on the table though. He makes an excellent defensive choice just like his spitfire variant, except he can stop TAGs. True his BS isn't the best at 12, but coming out of Combat Camo with his TO Camo he should be unopposed for his first strike against most things. He's also V. Dogged, which is nice. At 42 points and 1.5 SWC though he doesn't come cheap at all. A good option though for Shasvastii lists.
So that's this month sreleases done. Honestly? You can colour me disappointed this month with what they've released. Hands down the best release this month by far has to be the Die Morlock Gruppe for my money. But what do you guys think? Peace out!