Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Hunter - Tohaa Gao-Rael

This month sees the release of the Gao-Rael, the awesome new Tohaa hunter.  In the fluff, this unit was specifically designed to combat the Shasvastii - actually, scratch that, they were designed to hunt down the Shasvastii like the vermin they are.  That's straight out of the unit description, by the way:

"The appearance of the insidious and treacherous Shasvastii, expert in all kind of camouflage and deceit, was initially a hard blow against Tohaa forces. The Shasvastii hidden assassins and shooters caused many casualties after their entrance into the conflict. However it didn’t take long for the Tohaa Trident to create specific units to counter this new danger. And to a civilization like the Tohaa, having spent such a long time living in constant conflict, “to counter” has a definitive meaning. Therefore, the main trait of the Gao-Rael unit is its operational disposition. This special unit hasn’t been conceived to combat hidden Shasvastii shooters as battlefield foes, but to hunt and exterminate them like the vermin they consider them to be."


If that doesn't give you an idea how how ruthless these suckers are, I don't know what will. The Gao-Rael are trained to actively hunt down the best infiltrators in the galaxy and put bullets in them, and they are well-equipped to fulfill this function on the Infinity tabletop. With an MSV2 and symbiont as standard equipment, the Gao-Rael can make those Discover checks with ease and survive puny AROs long enough to ice those pesky Shasvastii infiltrators that pollute your front lines.

In terms of numbers, the Gao-Rael have a cheap Combi/ADHL option at 32 points (this can be a 0-swc Lieutenant!), or you can swap those for a Boarding Shotgun and the new Swarm Grenades for just a few points more.  It's nice to see that CB isn't making this just a straight trade between Combi and Shotgun - if you want the Grenades, you have to give up your Combi.

From there, the Gao-Rael can take the Sniper Rifle that was released this month for 37/1.  You'll notice that the non-Multi aspect of the Sniper Rifle makes it less of a points and swc burden on the Tohaa army, and canny use of the Fireteam: Tohaa rule can give the Gao-Rael Sniper 3 solid shots instead of the standard two, in part making up for the loss of special ammo.

The last option is a Spitfire, and who doesn't love a Spitfire on an MSV2 model?  This loadout weighs in at just under 40 points and 1.5 swc, and adding this particular Gao-Rael to a Tohaa Fireteam gives you a burst 5 weapon.  Very sweet.

Just...watch out for fire ammunition. ;)  Luckily for these particular Tohaa, the Shasvastii have very little of that...

Unpacking - Tohaa Diplomatic Delegate

Here is the new Tohaa Diplomatic Delegate, front and back, courtesy of Von Skyfury over on the Infinity forums!




Unpacking - Kaplan Tactical Services Spitfire

Here is the very cool Kaplan Tactical Services model with Spitfire, both front and back courtesy of Von Skyfury over on the Infinity forums.




Unpacking - Combined Army Corax Spec Ops

Here is the Combined Army's Corax Special Ops unit, front and back, courtesy of Von Skyfury over on the Infinity forums!




Unpacking - Aleph Starter Box

Here are the contents of the Aleph starter box, courtesy of Von Skyfury over on the Infinity forums!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Unpacking - Haqqislam Hassassin Lasiq Viral Sniper

Here is Haqqislam's deadly Hassassin Lasiq, wielding the lethal Viral Sniper Rifle, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums.


Unpacking - Nomads Bakunin Starter Box

Here is the Nomads' Bakunin starter box, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums!

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Unpacking - Combined Army Gwailo Spitfire

Here is the Combined Army's Gwailo with Spitfire, front and back, courtesy of Ironmonger over on the Infinity forums!





Unpacking - Haqqislam Ghulam Doctor

Here is Haqqislam's Ghulam Doctor, courtesy of MillingSkink over on the Infinity forums!


Unpacking - Haqqislam Fiday Rifle

Here is Haqqislam's Fiday Hassassin with Rifle, courtesy of MillingSkink over on the Infinity forums!


Unpacking - Haqqislam Ghulam HMG

Here is Haqqislam's Ghulam with HMG, courtesy of MillingSkink over on the Infinity forums!


Unpacking - Haqqislam Ghulam Hacker

Here is Haqqislam's Ghulam Hacker, courtesy of MillingSkink over on the Infinity forums.


Unpacking - GoGo Marlene

Here is Corvus Belli's promotional model, GoGo Marlene, courtesy of Bardelius over on the Infinity forums!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Unpacking - Yu Jing Shinobu Kitsune

Here is Yu Jing's elite Oniwaban assassin, Shinobu Kitsune, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums.


Unpacking - Yu Jing Shang Ji Invincible

Here is Yu Jing's Shang Ji Invincible, armed with Combi-Rifle and Light Flamethrower, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums.


Unpacking - Yu Jing Imperial Service Sectorial Box

Here is Yu Jing's Imperial Service Sectorial (ISS) box, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums!

Boxed set

Pheasant Agent

Hsien Multi-Rifle

Celestial Guard

Wu Ming Boarding Shotgun

Unpacking - Yu Jing Daofei with HMG

Here is Yu Jing's Daofei with HMG, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums.


Unpacking - Nomads Tsyklon Sputniks

Here are the Nomads' Tsyklon Sputniks, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums.


Unpacking - Nomads Securitate HMG

Here is the Nomads Securitate with HMG, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums!


Unpacking - Nomads Reverend Custodier Boarding Shotgun

Here is the Nomads Reverend Custodier with Boarding Shotgun, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums!


Unpacking - Nomads Interventor (male)

Here is the Nomads Interventor, male sculpt, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums!


Unpacking - Nomads Tomcat Engineer

Here is the Nomads Tomcat Engineer, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums!


Unpacking - Haqqislam Hassassin Muyibs with Spitfire and Rifle

Here is the double-blister of Haqqislam's Hassassin Muyibs, with Spitfire and Rifle, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums.


Unpacking - Haqqislam Hassassin Farzan Boarding Shotgun

Here is Haqqislam's Hassassin Farzan with Boarding Shotgun, courtesy of Isaacch over on the Infinity forums.


Unpacking - PanOceania Acontecimento Regulars Combi-Rifle and Spitfire

Here are PanOceania's Acontecimento Regulars with Combi-Rifle and Spitfire, courtesy of MillingSkink over on the Infinity forums!


Unpacking - Haqqislam Kum Motorized Troops 2

Here is the second box of Haqqislam's Kum Motorized Troops, courtesy of MillingSkink over on the Infinity forums!


Unpacking - Haqqislam Kum Motorized Troops 1

Here are Haqqislam's Kum Motorized Troops (bikers!), courtesy of MillingSkink over on the Infinity forums.


Unpacking - Haqqislam Izzat Beg

Here is Haqqislam's insane biker, Izzat Beg, courtesy of MillingSkink over on the Infinity forums!


Unpacking - Nomads Prowler Combi/ADHL

Here is the Nomads Prowler, wielding Combi-Rifle and ADHL, courtesy of Madpat over on the Infinity forums!


Unpacking - Yu Jing Celestial Guard Spitfire and Multi Sniper

Here are Yu Jing's Celestial Guard with Spitfire and MULTI-Sniper Rifle, courtesy of Houtex73 over on the Infinity forums!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Wu Ming!

The new Wu Ming sculpts have been spoiled, and man...I'm glad I have a bit of extra cash floating around for the next few months.  These guys (and gals?) look fantastic.

Borrowed from Angel's Blog here
Combi-Rifle and E/Mitter - That is one cool new Combi.  I'm guessing the E/Mitter is underslung, but I really like the size of the new Yu Jing rifle.  The older one was nice, stylistically speaking, but it's always seemed so big compared to the non-power-armour models carrying it.  Hopefully this trend will continue with new Yu Jing models.

On a numbers basis, I think the Combi Wu Ming is just what the doctor/Imperial Agent ordered for a "cheap" fireteam filler.  The Boarding Shotgun was ok, but it wasn't a long-ranged threat by any means - in a fireteam, you're trying to maximize the amount of ARO shots your opponent is facing, and a Boarding Shotgun just doesn't have the distance to present a serious threat against something in Cover/with Mimetism or TO or ODD.  Maybe play experience will change my mind, but right now I'm really liking this loadout.

MULTI Rifle and Light Grenade Launcher - This looks like another underslung weapon, or maybe the LGL is hidden somewhere.  At any rate, it's nice to see that they've adopted the Crane's size/scale of MULTI weaponry for more models, and it's also very nice to see that the MULTI Wu Ming isn't in a potentially awkward pose.  I tend to like models that have their guns down in either a running or cease-fire stance - now that I think of it, this model's pose very closely resembles the pose of my T2 Rifle Veteran Kazak.

On the battlefield, I'm not sure how often I'd take this loadout.  I like the possibilities of the indirect template weapon, but that's almost 50 points dedicated to something that I probably won't be firing while the HMG is around.  That said, when the HMG bites the dust, this will probably end up becoming the fireteam leader, so I'll probably get a chance to try it out in a bunch of games before I decide whether I really love it...or really hate it.

HMG - Drool.  Finally.  This one's the money-shot.  I've held off on buying an Invincible HMG just because I'm a big fan of the penal legion/ISS feel (and hey, no Cube!), and I'm glad I did.  The weapon itself is intimidating without looking cumbersome, and the sculptor hasn't departed significantly from the style of the old HMG.  The butt's a little different, sure, but it makes it look less bulky and a bit more up-to-date.

On the table, this is my go-to model for a fireteam leader with the Wu Ming.  I even plan on using it in vanilla Yu Jing, just to have a relatively cheap Heavy Infantry HMG on-hand.  Finally, not having a Cube means I can bring it out against the Combined Army player who's just joined our meta without fearing his Sepsitor attacks.  Even if I didn't want the entire box, I'd be sorely tempted to get this guy on a split-box deal just because!

Light Rocket Launcher - Micro-missiles for the win!  I have to admit that this sculpt took me aback, but only for a few seconds.  The Light Rocket Launcher looks like a tricked-out drinking straw at first, but when you actually look at the details...it's a pretty impressive piece.  It's even got a brace for the Wu Ming's shoulder, and the model itself seems to be posed just after a shot.  Very cool.

In terms of rules, I'm not sure exactly what to think yet.  It's not the strongest of ARO weapons outside 16", and it weighs in at a whole 3 points more than the HMG...but at least there's a 1 SWC discount.  I think the model is very cool, though, and B3 Fire ammo (in a fireteam) isn't anything to scoff at...so yeah, maybe I'll throw it down on the table a few times, just to see how it does.

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An awesome release for Yu Jing players, and ISS players in particular.  I can't wait for these suckers to hit the shelves!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Unpacking - Haqqislam Tuareg Hacker

Here is Haqqislam's Tuareg Hacker, front and back, courtesy of Hordshyrd over on the Infinity forums!



Unpacking - Combined Army Sphinx

Here is the Combined Army's Sphinx TAG, courtesy of Hordshyrd over on the Infinity forums.



Unpacking - Combined Army Shasvastii Starter Box

Here is the Combined Army's Shasvastii starter box, front, back, and bagged, all courtesy of Hordshyrd on the Infinity forums.