With all the hoopla of the new edition I kind of forgot about posting about the actual new releases! They were also revealed a little later than usual, which might have been a factor as well. Anyway, let's have a quick look before the May releases hits us!
First out is another boxed set of Neoterra Bolts for PanO. This time we get the different special weapons the Bolts can equip and I'm impressed. I like these guys and girls before, but these new redesigned guns really make them that much better! I especially like the MULTI sniper rifle and boarding shotgun. In game they're still a bit meh, but an updated stat line has been hinted at when 3rd ed. is released later this year. In my best Jeremy voice: Should I start a Neoterra army? Is that a good idea?
Next up is the Tohaa Clipsos Infiltrator. Quite a nice looking model. Good flow in the coat and although I didn't like Tohaa guns from the start I've come around big time on that and their sniper rifles are some of my favourites now. I also really like the face on this guy; he looks nice and sinister! In game the Clipsos is pretty much your bog standard infiltrating skirmisher except he has the option to bring the interesting Swarm grenade or a Nullifier. Hmm... perhaps not that bog standard after all!
Well, well, well... a couple of years(?) after the release of the original boxed set we finally get a Druze spitfire to complete their loadout! I love the look of the Druze and the Yu Jing spitfire is probably the best looking out out there so they should combine into an awesome model! And it does look cool, it's just that I feel the pose is slightly awkward. I'm really being picky here but, hey, Infinity miniatures are of such a high standard that you need to be extra critical of them to see any faults. Anyway, it's still a model I will pick up as part of my Druze Shock Team sometime in the future...
Now for the resculpt of the Haqqislam Kum Motorized Troops and their new bases. First off, I shouldn't really call this a resculpt as that implies an updated and refined design. This is more like a remake/reboot/reimagining of the Kum and I both like and dislike them. The models are brilliant! CB have nailed the biker look and the machines themselves look great. What I don't quite like is that the (relatively) original idea of the monobikes of the first Kum felt a lot more sci-fi and exotic than the simple Hells Angel in space that we got now. I agree that they needed an update (I've never seen anyone use them) but couldn't they have been made equally cool looking but keeping the one wheel design? We'll never know but although I think these are beautiful I'm sad to see the old ones go. Still, I'm sure we'll see a lot more Kum actually in play which is always a good thing!
Last but certainly not least is the Morat Vanguard equivalent to the Neoterra box above. A second box of Morat infantry, this one with all the special weapons you need. The redesigned Morat look great, although bordering on too big, and I love their updateded weaponry! Big, boxy and utalitarian looking. My only gripe with this set is that I would have prefered to have one set of bodies in a slightly more dynamic pose. Still, I'm not complaining. The new Morat really are a great step up from the old ones. Also I like this new way of releaseing line infantry - two boxes and you're pretty much set for any loadout you want. I have yet to pick up any Keisotsu Butai for example, and I'd love to be able to get them like this. Hopefully after a nice bit of resculpting. Hehe!
This month CB also released three size packs of bases: 25mm, 40mm and 55mm. I'm sure you've heard by now that there have been some changes to how models will be based in the future. Basically all TAGs, bikes and remotes will now be on the larger 55mm base. Still you won't have to rebase your old models as the 3rd ed of Infinity will use the silhouette rule so basing shouldn't be all that important anyway. I think the 55mm bases will make for much better looking TAGs at the very least, and probably remotes as well. On the other hand, my Guija is actually quite small (TAGs have grown!) and fits perfectly on its 40mm base so I'll probably just leave it as is. Oh, and finish painting it!
That's it for April! We'll be back here again very soon though as the May releases are just around the corner. This months winner to me is the Bolts. I always get inspired by new releases to start a new army and the Bolts are no exception. Then again, I need to spend my time and money budgets wisely. There are many games and models out there!