So Corvus Belli/Blue Table Painting lifted the lid today on the new Neoterran Starter box that’s due for release some time later this year. I must admit, I’m more than a little intrigued, being a PanOceania/Neoterran player.
Of course, I’m concentrating a little more on my Aleph at the moment, in the lead-up to the Spring Challenge which is only 6 weeks away, but that doesn’t mean I won’t pick this box up at some stage later in the year, as those new Bolt models are lovely:
I absolutely love those new Combi Rifles, which look a lot more ‘realistic’ (although the magazine curving backwards requires some suspension of disbelief), and the integrated holo-sight looks great. If only it were easier to convert my older PanO models to have similar weapons!
The box as a whole contains 6 models; an Aquila Guard with Multi Rifle – a very useful addition who I’ve always found has pulled his weight (on those rare occasions where he’s not been rooted to the spot by a Hacker or dived for cover lest somebody scratch his paintwork!). With his is a Swiss Guard with Missile Launcher – something I’ve not had much experience with (preferring the HMG version), but after hearing how fearful my regular opponents are of a combat-camo attack from a BS15 model with Armour 5, a variant with Missile Launcher must scare them even more! Also included in the box alongside the Bolts and these two heavy-hitters is a Hexa with Spitfire – a great model that is fun to use on the tabletop too.
There’s a lot of speculation as to how the Bolts will play and what their profile will be. Rumours and information gleaned from various discussions with the game designers thus far seem to lead along the path of them being equivalent to the Nomads’ Wildcats – combat engineers, and by the looks of the models, they’re carrying satchel-charges (or D-charges in Infinity-speak), so that at least seems true. Whether these guys will be Medium or Light Infantry is still up for debate, although looking at their armour, I’d say it’s more likely going to be Medium. They’ll most likely be linkable too, which gives me a real dilemma when it comes to forming more Neoterran lists in the future!
One of the more interesting rumours about the Bolts is their ‘mine launcher’ (or whatever it gets officially named) – a weapon which can shoot Mines – something which I’ve seen in first-person shooters years ago (the Prox Launcher from a Quake 2 expansion springs to mind) and could give a Neoterran list a really different feel (currently, they feel to me like a fairly standard PanO list with a couple of decidedly nasty Aleph units along for the ride!). Having some – possibly linkable – Engineers will go a long way to helping them out in the Infinity Tournament System missions, which require specialists of some kind to complete certain objectives.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the profiles and rules for these guys though, and I’m sure my regular opponents will be concocting anti-Swiss Guard strategies already!