Rats and Infinity Factions Three

•December 29, 2014 • 3 Comments

Quick little update on some things I’ve got going on.

Mrs Von Deadlock and I have been enjoying playing the excellent boardgame Mice & Mystics over the festive break and it has spurred me to get a bit of paint on the cute minis that come with the game.

Here we have some work in progress pictures of three of the evil rat guards.

Mice & Mystics Rats WIP

Pretty basic paintjobs but they’ll serve as worthy adversaries for the heroic mice once I’ve painted the metallics on their armour plates and viscious looking cleavers.

Next up we have the start of a third faction for Infinity, this time some vanilla PanOceanian troops.

300 points of Infinity PanO

The models in Infinity are so great that I find it hard to resist the lure of picking up more shinies. PanOceania were one of the factions that come in the Operation: Icestorm starter set, along with Nomads, and here you can see the seven PanO models from that set expanded out to 300 points by adding a Trauma Doc, a Swiss Guard and a Neoterra Bolt Hacker. Eventually I plan on putting together a NeoTerran sectorial army but I figured I should focus for now on making the starter set missions playable. I’ll be taking the same approach with the Nomads from that set also.

I just ran a bit of an audit of my “grey pile” of Infinity miniatures and it turned out to be (unsurprisingly) damning just how many I have sat unassembled in boxes. So I’ve decided to focus on getting 300 point playable lists ready and painted for all my factions.

As PanO and Nomads are my third and fourth factions I plan on doing a bit of a speedpaint on the minis in order to get them to table as efficiently as possible.

For this bunch I’ll be using a fairly vanilla colour scheme of pale blue and orange or yellow accents though one thing I may add is some urban grey camouflage material. I’ve seen someone do it on the Data Sphere forums and thought it looked cool enough to steal.

Really hoping I can share some more progress updates on these guys before too long.

Cynthia “Headshot” Bane, Sulphur miniature

•December 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Seeing as there’s only about a week and a half to go on the already funded Sulphur project over on Kickstarter I thought I ought to get my Sulphur mini finished. Here she is, Cynthia “Headshot” Bane, in all her post apocalyptic sniper badassery:

Cynthia "Headshot" Bane Miniature

Cynthia "Headshot" Bane Miniature

Cynthia "Headshot" Bane Miniature

Cynthia "Headshot" Bane Miniature

Really enjoyed painting her and the resin cast was wonderfully crisp.

If you’re a fan of a Mad Max style post apocalyptic genre then I definitely recommend you head on over to the Terragnosis site to check out their range of minis and/or pledge on their Kickstarter.

Devas and Myrmidons

•November 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Funny how the painting mojo waxes and wanes. I’ve been in another little hiatus this past month or so, barely picking up the brushes at all. I have been assembling the lovely Nomad and PanOceanian minis from the Operation: Icestorm box though.

That said, just this week I decided to get back to the painting and resumed work on some of my Aleph who have been sat in an undercoated state for some time.

First up we’ve got a work-in-progress shot of a Deva Functionary

Aleph Deva Functionary WIP

This was one of the first Aleph models I assembled and I regularly use her in game so it’s criminal that I’ve taken this long to get paint on her. Really pleased with the choice of pale hair and I think she looks really different to the studio version – almost like a different model entirely.

Next is WIP on a Myrmidon Hacker

Myrmidon Hacker WIP

Myrmidon Hacker WIP

In game I have never bothered with the sectorial lists and running fireteams. I always feel they’re a bit overpowered and sort of avoid them out of protest. But as they say: “if you can’t beat ’em join ’em”. So I’ve been putting together more Myrmidons. This one’s a hacker with crazy hair and some weird goggle situation. I like it.

Picture’s a bit too contrasty, unfortunately, but you get the idea.

I promise it won’t be two months before the next update! *Sneaks away sheepishly*

Infinity O-12 High Commissioner

•August 26, 2014 • 4 Comments

One cool thing that Corvus Belli have been doing lately is adding non-combatant miniatures to their Infinity range and also providing scenarios and missions to use them in, such as those found in the Dire Foes boxed sets and also Campaign Paradiso.

I like my games to be narrative and objective-based so the idea of playing kidnap, rescue or escort missions with civilian models really appeals, and that’s what we had in the last Paradiso mission I played against John the other night (Mission 203). Results-wise it was a 5-0 washout with John’s PanO successfully disabling a comms antenna so I couldn’t track his dropship and then managing to evacuate a scientist from said dropship, although the game didn’t play out quite so one-sided.

Anyway, we needed a mini to represent the scientist in game so I opted to use the new O-12 High Commissioner miniature and give him a white coat to make him look a little bit scientific.

O-12 VIP Miniature

O-12 VIP Miniature

Quite pleased with him considering he was a relatively quick paintjob and it was useful practice painting whites, which can be fairly tricky.

In case anyone is interested in a recipe, here I used:

Vallejo Model Colour VMC White
VMC Medium Grey (actually a light khaki kind of colour)
VMC Flat Brown mixed into the grey for darkest shadows

This gave a fairly warm white colour overall compared to the purple-greys I’ve been using on my Aleph.

Infinity Haqqislam Odalisque

•August 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

If there’s one thing Infinity gives you it’s tongue-twisters like that in the blog title!

So, next up in my brief return to Haqqislam is the one miniature I used unpainted in my recent game with James: the Odalisque with Spitfire. In game she was unusually ineffective as she got pinned down behind an ODD-screened Lizard TAG. That was a rarity though as she’s usually a hard-hitter thanks to her No Wound Incapacitation ability (pretty much like having 2 wounds) and a Spitfire.

Here she is all dolled up:

Infinity Odalisque Miniature

Infinity Odalisque Miniature

Infinity Odalisque Miniature

I really must get another couple of them assembled as they make a neat little three girl fireteam, apparently, and the other sculpts are particularly nice. I’m undecided about this one, which is heavily manga inspired and has a slightly cartoonish-looking face. She’s got that Spitfire assault machine gun though so she had to come first!

Infinity Open Weekend, 27/28 September

•August 18, 2014 • 1 Comment

Just thought I’d spread the word for an Infinity Open Weekend event that’s happening at the end of September here in the UK.

It’s a two day event happening at the Tabletop Nation venue just north of London and features the folks from Corvus Belli showcasing Operation Icestorm, running seminars, demo/participation games, a painting competition, etc.

Announced activities (subject to change):

Saturday 27th September
Corvus Belli – Meet and Greet
Operation Icestorm – Demonstration Games
Tabitha Lyons – Meet and Greet
Infinity – Terrain Demonstration
Infinity Open Gaming
Plus for VIP Ticket Holders on the Saturday
Corvus Belli – Seminar I (ticket holders only)
Dire Foes Challenge – (ticket holders only)
Lunch – (ticket holders only)

Sunday 28th September
Corvus Belli – Meet and Greet
Infinity – Terrain Demonstration
Operation Icestorm – Demonstration Games
Infinity Painting Competition
Infinity Open Gaming
Plus for VIP Ticket Holders on the Sunday
Corvus Belli – Seminar II (ticket holders only)
Infinity – Terrain Workshop (ticket holders only)
Lunch – (ticket holders only)

Sadly the date’s not good for me so I’m not able to attend, which I’m rather disappointed about. I like the sound of the mini-convention format and I’d love to support it for Infinity.

Instead I shall just have to spread the word 🙂

Infinity August Previews – Aleph and Haqq

•August 8, 2014 • 1 Comment

Something a little different today as I’m going to be taking a quick look at a couple of preview images coming out of Corvus Belli for Infinity factions I play.

First up, we have the Ghulam Infantry specialist box set, for Haqqislam:

Ghulam are the bog standard cheerleader troop choice for Haqqislam and now we’ve got resculpts for the Hacker, HMG and Sniper, and a missile launcher replacement for the Panzerfaust.

I have mixed feelings about this group. Mostly I love the new sculpts – particularly the HMG guy as the old one is especially ugly, and I also really like the Hacker’s pose.

However, it seems a shame that the ladies appear to have the same head sculpt. Also it brings up the challenge that we’re starting to get nicer resculpts for models I already own. I say a challenge because the aesthete in me wants to replace the old ones with the newer shiny ones and I’m less motivated to assemble/paint any of the old sculpts I’ve already got. Will I ever get around to assembling my Kum Bikers, for example? (though there is something quirky and sci-fi about those mono-wheels)

This resculpt issue is particularly acute in Malifaux, where I’ve got a fair amount of metal minis that are now being universally resculpted in plastic by Wyrd. eBay may have to come into play.

Anyway, back to Infinity and we have the second preview of interest to me: Thamyris the Aiodos.

He’s apparently a very good Hacker dude for Aleph so I’m tempted. That said, I’ve had a lot of utility from my Posthuman Mk2 Hacker, and therefore don’t feel that hacking is something I’m missing in my Aleph lists right now.

As for the sculpt, I quite like it although the casual look feels a little out of place with the sleek futuristic designs of the Aleph faction. Thamyris looks like he should be nonchalantly chewing gum, stood on a skateboard and listening to Avenged Sevenfold. He’s even wearing skate shoes! Lastly, and it seems like heresy to say it, I’m not a fan of the paintjob on the face and blue hair.

Please bear in mind that these minor criticisms are relative to the extremely high bar that Corvus Belli have set themselves and they continue to be top of the pile for 28-32mm sci-fi miniatures.

I have to say I’m really enthused about Infinity right now and feel like I may be over the hump in terms of the beginner learning curve. I can’t wait to play again and am also really enjoying fast-painting the minis that I’ve had sat assembled and undercoated for some time.

Finally, I have some grand plans for terrain and a gaming table setup that looks totally awesome in my head. More on that in later posts.