May ’10 releases for Infinity
by Grant Hill
Several new releases for Infinity were announced by Corvus Belli at the end of May ’10. The company are kind enough to provide us with review samples on a relatively regular basis. The average miniature for the Infinity range tends to have a good level of detail and be well cast, with small mould lines. To avoid repetition across our Infinity reviews, the detail and casting will only be mentioned if the particular miniature is different to the rest of the range. Review samples were sent to us for the following May 2010 releases:
- Haqqislam Hassassin Fiday (boarding shotgun)
- Ariadna Chasseurs (adhesive launcher)
- ALEPH Maruts
- PanOceania Knights of Montesa
Hassassin Fiday Price: €7.75
The Fidays are elite assassins that impersonate the enemy before eliminating high priority targets. This is the second Fiday to be released for the Haqqislam faction and is provided in two parts: main body, and right arm with boarding shotgun. Obviously a two part kit should be easy to assemble, and this is no exception. The arm joins at the shoulder using a long, thin peg. After removing a couple of pieces of excess metal the preparation was very easy as the mould lines were almost non-existent. This suggests that whoever is making the moulds/casting is doing a great job of making the most of the sculptors talent.
The right hand is on the barrel of the shotgun and the butt of the gun rests against the figure’s base. This means that trying to have a pose different to that shown in promotional pictures will be very difficult. The pose, relaxed, with one foot resting on some rocks, is pretty static compared to the many “caught in the moment” sculpts that are found in the Infinity range. However, the twist in the hips of this female assassin and the arm coming forward prevent the figure looking flat. The previous Fiday, one of the earliest miniatures in the Infinity range, always seemed like it was sculpted to a bigger scale, so this is definitely a welcome alternative.
- Nice alternative to previous Fiday
- Easy construction but doesn’t look flat
- Perhaps a little static compared to the rest of the range (this may be a Pro depending on your point of view)
Chasseurs Price: €7.75
The Chasseurs are an Ariadna unit that undertakes reconnaissance and special actions. This female trooper is provided as five pieces: main body, pony tail, gun, left arm, and right arm. The adhesive launcher attaches to the top of the right hand via a small nub and recess, while the left hand holds a “slider” that attaches to the bottom of the gun. Both arms join at the shoulder, but the right arm has a shaped recess that means the orientation is fixed to produce the right pose, and this means aligning all four parts for the gun is relatively pain free. In fact, I found attaching the pony tail to the back of the head was more difficult. If the hair isn’t to your taste, or you think it would be accidentally broken too easily, you could leave it off without the figure looking odd. The gap between the pony tail and head needs filling on my sample.
The Chasseur is wearing a slightly less than practical jacket for combat (far too skimpy), but this is certainly fitting with the anime styling of the Infinity universe. There are some nice additional details on the miniature, such as a communicator device over the cap and down to the ear, sunglasses, pouches, rucksack, and a pistol. Personally I find the pose to be a nice compromise, the action isn’t overly dynamic, but neither is it a completely static “at ease” pose that appears odd on the battlefield.
- Easy construction of the usually difficult “gun cradle” type of pose
- Lots of nice extra details
- The pony tail will easily be damaged (but can be left off)
Maruts Price: €35.75
The Marut is a remotely controlled TAG (think battle robot) for the relatively new ALEPH faction. The figure comes as a boxed set that contains twenty pieces and a 40 mm plastic base. Many of these parts are initially hard to describe as they are attached to the sides of the head, knees etc. Some points worth mentioning are that there are two “base extensions” that are placed either side of the base and form the contact point for the feet, and that the Marut has four arms – those aren’t loadout options. As you might expect from a large multi-part white metal kit, at least an intermediate level of modelling skills will certainly help you out. I needed to pin some parts, fill some gaps, and gently bend some parts to get them to fit.
Fully assembled, the figure is about 60 mm from base to the top of the head. I do worry a bit about transporting the figure, being balanced on base extensions and the sword arm sticking out horizontally seem like particularly weak points. While the whole Infinity range is anime inspired, the ALEPH faction definitely take this to heart. This figure is no exception, whilst obviously female (a refreshing choice for a large robot) with breasts and a generous hip area, this fighting robot has high heels and ginormous ears. For a robot it definitely has a dynamic pose, and that fits well with the high-tech background. Personally, I like the overall look, but I can see how it would be pretty divisive.
- Dynamic posing reflects the background well
- Requires some intermediate modelling skills
Knights of Montesa Price: €8.75
The military orders of the PanOceania faction are styled in a manner similar to a futuristic teutonic knight. Powered armour and high-tech rifle are combined with robes, swords, and an overall religious vibe. This figure is provided as seven parts: main body, right leg, back panel, right arm with combi rifle, left arm with sword, and two helmet ariels. The leg joins to the body at the groin with a large v-shape on the body and a similar shaped recess in the leg. On my sample there were small gaps around the waist that you might want to fill. The remaining assembly is pretty straight forward, although the sword is easy to bend and the ariels are quite easy to knock off.
The space fantasy look of a futuristic knight armed with a sword is almost a tabletop gaming cliche, and you probably already know if you like it. This is one of my favourite examples of this type of figure, I especially like that the armour doesn’t look too cumbersome and that the sword has relatively sensible proportions (even if that does lead to the bending mentioned above). The pose is pretty dynamic without being over the top and the characteristic Infinity high level of detail is present, including well sculpted boot tread, lots of intricate panels on the armour, and braided flexible areas around the neck, hips, back of knees etc.
- One of the best examples of the “space knight” genre
- Some gaps need filling in the area where the leg is attached