December ’10 releases for Infinity

By Grant
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Jun 28th, 2011
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Review
by Ian Wood

Corvus Belli sent us the following December 2010 releases for Infinity to review:

In common with Grant’s Infinity reviews I’m not mentioning casting quality unless there is something particularly good or bad about a model, Corvus Belli’s casting quality is generally good and consistent.

Combined Army Gwailos price €8.75

The Gwailos are the strike force of the Shasvastii, named by the humans after Cantonese demons.

Sharing the typical Shasvastii long feet and elongated head, the Gwailos with Multi-Rifle doesn’t slouch as much as the other Gwailos model instead being in an almost running pose. The Shasvastii suffer from the usual SF alien problem of being too humanoid but the overlapping armour plates, head/feet and slightly organic-looking equipment shapes do distinguish them fairly well.

This is a five part model with the torso/legs, two arms, head and the rear tabard. The parts were generally very clean with feeder channels going to sensible places. The rear tabard has a feeder going to where it connects with the back of the body but this area is completely hidden once assembled.

The arms connect to the torso via quite large ball/cup joins allowing quite a bit of movement. The left arm + rifle and the right arm fit together much better than they do on some Infinity models, with a small pin on the right wrist fitting neatly into the right hand on the underside of the rifle. Likewise a pin on the top of the neck fits well into a hole on the underside of the head. The way the Gwailos fits together is particularly important as they can be taken as Link Teams where 3-5 models work together so you will tend to need more of the same unit than normal. With this in mind, the two released Gwailos models have been designed to have interchangeable arms for maximum flexibility

Also included in the blister pack is an acetate sheet for the model’s Nanoscreen, a high-tech piece of “portable cover”.

Pros:

  • Clean sculpting
  • Cohesive styling with the other Shasvastii models
  • Designed for arm swaps

Cons:

  • Rifle arm obscures front of chest

Haqqislam Hafza Unit price €13.25

Hafzas are the officer corp of the Haqqislam forces, using holoprojectors to disguise themselves as other units, allowing them to fight in the front line without being targeted.

This pair of poses provoked extreme reactions on the Infinity forums when they were released. Personally I love the “hero pose” with crossed arms but it’s not to everyone’s taste. The crouching figure has an exceptionally dynamic pose for a crouching model, sighting down his rifle while keeping a low profile. The two figures are clearly modelled as wearing the same type of armour.

The standing model is a single piece casting, unusually for Infinity models other than basic Line Infantry. The review model had near-invisible mould lines. There is an optional Rifle/Shotgun for the standing model with a small nub which fits into a mounting point on the back of his belt.

The crouching model comes in four pieces, the head + torso + left leg, the right leg, the right arm + rifle and the left arm. The right leg fits into place fairly well, the gap will need some filling but follows the line of the panels on the models buttocks. The shoulders have wide curved areas with small locating nubs/holes like most of the other Haqqislam models and like the Gwailos the arms/gun fit together well.

Pros:

  • Very consistent styling and details
  • Distinctive poses

Cons:

  • Distinctive poses

Ariadna Moblot Sapper HMG price €8.75

Moblots are a French regiment of Heavy Infantry.

In common with other Sapper models like the Zoauves, the Moblot Sapper comes with a 40 mm base with scenic elements. in this case, a low wall to rest the AP HMG on and a small hillock that the Moblot is reclining against. The model shares the standard Moblot features of plain helmet, goggles and shoulder armour plates plus the general present-day styling of most Ariadna units.

The base comes in two parts with the wall separate while the figure comes in four pieces. The legs and torso fit together with minimal gaps, mostly hidden by packs on one side and a holstered pistol on the other side. The arms fit into v-shaped grooves in the shoulders, locking into place well, with the butt of the HMG fitting into an indentation in the chest armour.

The front wall sits on top of existing detail on the main scenic element, you couldn’t leave it off as the model’s left foot rests on the wall but it does mean that detail is there if you wanted to do a conversion. The model generally fits well onto the base with the two feet slotting into place against the surface detail, however the holstered pistol at the hip will potentially need the grip filing down slightly. Gap filling will be required where the wall meets the ground.

Pros:

  • Characterful model

Cons:

  • Large base makes model placement awkward, prone model can lead to LoS issues

Aleph Myrmidons price €24.00

The Myrmidons are stormtroopers for Aleph, the AI that runs much of the Human Sphere.

Sharing stylised poses with their leader Achilles, the Myrmidons also echo his armour design with pointed knee guards, fluted shoulder armour, integral backpacks and smooth shin pieces. The triple-slit helmets are a nice nod to the Greek origins that the Myrmidons are based on.

Each of the four models in the box set comes in four pieces: head, torso + legs and two arms. The box contains two each of two different bodies plus four different sets of arms.

The arms fit into the same concave shoulder plus locating nub as used on Achilles with a decent area for gluing. Care is needed when putting together the pairs of arms as the left arm for the Combi-Rifle and the left arm for the Boarding Shotgun are very similar. By the way, the side of the box shows which weapon is which.

The four identical heads have long necks fitting into deep concave holes on the top of the torsos, allowing a reasonable amount of movement. Like the Gwailos, the four sets of arms are designed to fit onto either of the bodies, potentially giving you eight slightly different poses although each pair of arms fits slightly better on one body type than the other.

Pros:

  • Cohesive design between these models and Achilles
  • Very clean lines

Cons:

  • Overly dynamic poses may put some people off
  • SirAngry

    I must be going mad or something, but when did distinctive or dynamic poses become a bad thing in miniature sculpting? Have we been that brain washed by the market leader that we now think bland identikit 2D plastic models are a thing of beauty? I’ve read a few reviews of miniatures from different companies now where people have complained of too much ‘animation’ or things are ‘too dynamic’ now I’ve seen too distinctive? I personally love dynamic poses and detailed surfaces as always with these sorts of thing its probably best if people get the mini’s in there hands and decide for themselves.

    • To be fair, it does say “may put some people off”.

      I think it should be fairly easy for anyone to decide whether that’s a “con” or not for them.

      • Veritas

        I think SirAngry may have been writing about the Hafza. I think it was probably just a slip on Ian’s part, but he didn’t qualify his opinion in the pros and cons section like he did for the Myrmidons.

  • SirAngry

    My point is also more general, not just about this review per se, I’ve seen people review and criticise interesting and animated poses, which just seems bizarre to me as a painter. We’re at a stage now where people praise flat static poses that do nothing for composition over inspired sculpts that are full of life and action. I hope the reviewer knows that these Infinity pieces don’t need to ‘rank up’ or run around in huge hordes and are meant to be individual sculpts that retain their own internal consistency while mimicking certain aesthetic design motifs from within their faction. However I think the phrase ‘overly dynamic’ is in and of itself a statement that the poses are ‘too dynamic’ which as anyone who has seen the miniatures would know is just rubbish. Sure they’re strong poses, but ‘overly dynamic’? hmmm. It’d have been good if the pieces had actually been assembled and we saw pictures of them completed. I just think its a poor review.

    • If you click the name of each miniature you can see the studio assembled versions.

      The reviewer is very familiar with Infinity and certainly knows that they don’t need to rank up. As a review is, by definition, someone’s opinion, he is entitled to say whether he feels something is overly dynamic, just as you are entitled to disagree.

      • SirAngry

        As I’ve seen its IJW who has reviewed them I can see he’s more than familiar with the range, however I still would have preferred to have seen the miniatures put together without paint and green stuff, because we all know that Angel Giraldez is a bit of a wizard with the old paint. Also still think the review on the whole is poor, which is surprising given how well informed and reasoned IJW’s posts are. That’s my opinion and I’m entitled to it.

        • I’m still unclear what’s poor about the reviews*. Given the time available, photos of assembled models would mean not doing the component photos which personally I find more valuable and feedback suggests that many readers agree.

          Remember that this isn’t *one review – as per the title it’s a series of capsule reviews rather than an in-depth review of a single blister or box.

    • Zac

      I’ve seen people review and criticise interesting and animated poses, which just seems bizarre to me as a painter.

      Gamers often have a different perspective on those issues though.

      • SirAngry

        Yeah I take that point, and I understand it to a degree, especially say when playing with rank and file. I just feel a lot of people have been conditioned over the years to think static poses are good and dynamic poses are somehow bad.

  • As the reviewer, you can be pretty sure I know that Infinity figures don’t get ranked up. Many of you already know me as IJW on Infinity & Warseer and @wartrader on Twitter… 😉

    The reason for putting dynamic/distinctive posing as a con (you’ll notice that its also down as a pro in places) is that the more extreme a pose is, the more polarised opinions are on the model.

    As mentioned for the Hafzas, the standing ‘hero pose’ version provoked really extreme reactions on the Infinity forum when it was announced. Personally I love it for the attitude, others loathed it for a pose you’d never see on the battlefield. In the same vein, the crouching model was praised for having narrative and atmosphere (which it does) but from a gaming perspective it has some bad LoS issues.

    The main issue that I thought might put people off with the Myrmidons is that their poses are very stylised, some of them looking more like bodybuilders holding poses rather than people in the middle of a movement. The sword-wielder is particularly bad for that.

    • SirAngry

      Well thanks for clarifying those points Ian. Sorry I still think your review is a bit weak, for the reasons I’ve listed above. The review didn’t tell me the sorts of things I’d have wanted to know as a consumer. I’d have liked to have seen the miniatures assembled without the paint on.

      • Well, you’ve already got the component photos which show more of the detail on the model than photos of assembled models.

        Other than photos of assembled models (and bearing in mind that this is a capsule review of a month’s releases) what else did you feel was lacking from the reviews?