During my funk I have shopped around for new game systems, leaping into Corvus Belli's Infinity and Wyrd Miniature's Malifaux with both feet. The radical shift in my gaming needs come from the lack of local opponents for my slowly forming ImagiNation army (at least until I decide to start a second army....). I have also found that to be able to paint consistently I need be able to see finished products on a regular basis. With my ImagiNation army, I "assembly line" paint eight figure batches at a time. While once completed this allows me to put a whole "company" on the table in one shot, it causes me to have long periods were its hard to see that I'm making any progress at all. I get burned out a little after spending two or so hours painting boots and rifles...
To this end, my painting needs have pushed me to take on smaller, skirmish scale projects at the same time as painting up large hordes of figures. The two advantages of the skirmish game is that for the most part, every miniature is unique versus my ImagiNation one, where in reality, other then hats, facings and sometimes boots, every single model is the same. The second advantage is that I can pour a lot of effort into painting each model individually, usually being able to complete them after one or two painting sessions.
Having the mostly GW 40K members of my wargaming club gushing over more sci-fi models like those produced by Infinity is also a bonus, as they tend to overlook all the details I put in the less flashy historical models.
Anyway, on to a few pictures so that I don't post an all text based blog entry:
For 60$ less then a GW rulebook, full colour with absolutely gorgeous pictures, the Infinity rulebook is a fantastic buy. It is also available for download from Infinity's website, but lacks all the artwork and fluff.
The first two of my "SCOTS IN SPACEEEEE!!!!!" (Read with a loud, deep and forceful voice) completed. These models are from Covus Belli's FANTASTIC Infinity range of models. These are the "45th Highland Rifles" and come in a box of four. The remaining two are sitting on my painting rack. My first attempt at painting tartans... I think they came out well enough for a first try.
A little teaser of what is to come:
More to follow...