So, I’ve returned from Salute (and what a fantastic day it was – more on that in another post) with a fairly modest haul, which I’ve been able to assemble over the last couple of days (it so happened that Salute coincided with a week off that myself and Mrs Leeman had booked!)
While at the show I’d pre-ordered a bunch of ‘Designed for Infinity’ stuff from Micro Art Studio – The set of 3 Holo Ads, plus a set each of the newer Holo Ads (Set 1, Set 2) which hook onto the walkways and buildings. In addition to these wonderful bits of scatter terrain, I also picked up an Objective Room and Garage. I also added an extra set of roofs to my order, so that I could cover and allow access to the top of the Objective room if I wanted to.
Ordering all this stuff before the show allowed me to get 20% discount, as opposed to the on-the-day discount of just 10%, which meant that all the above only came to just under £60! Bonus!
Discount-gloating aside, I did also pick up a few bits on the day – a pair of Bandua Wargames Q-Building packs, which should add some much-needed height to my table, as well as a few extra pieces of large terrain!
I was relatively restrained on the miniatures and dice front (despite ordering the guys to stop me if I tried to buy any dice…), and came home with this little lot:
5 colour-coordinated dice for my Aleph and PanO (yes, I co-ordinate my dice to the army I’m fielding…) plus 4 blisters in a 4-for-3 deal – a Myrmidon with Spitfire, Naga with Monofilament Mines, an Ekdromoi with HMG and a Spec Ops model for my Aleph – not the biggest haul in the world, but it’s more than made up for with all the new terrain I came home with!
Of course, you don’t come to this blog to look at product shots from other companies websites or shots of blister packs, and that’s why I’ve assembled and photographed them for you!
First off, the Myrmidon, who’s had a bit of work done on his base to remove the pile of rocks and instead have some kind of ‘box’ added (I wasn’t imaginative enough to come up with a clever name for whatever that is I’ve sculpted!). I clipped the sides of the rock pile into a rectangular shape and smoothed it off with Green Stuff, and even indented a little hexagon design onto two of the sides (because Infinity = Hexagons on all the things). Unfortunately my impatient nature meant that it needs a bit of extra work to neaten up as I attached him to his base a little too early and the green stuff was still quite soft, so I’ll return to him before painting and neaten it up a bit:
He’s a bit of a strange model in comparison with the other Myrmidons – it’s like he’s been sculpted more in the heroic scale of things, rather than the more realistic scale of the other Myrmidons. Hopefully he won’t look too odd next to them!
Next is my Naga with Monofilament mines. I’ve often proxied my Naga Hacker as the Monomine version, and I’ve had a lot of fun with him – now I could field a pair and really make things difficult for my opponents!
Next is a model I’ve been wanting to get for a while, which can serve as a multitude of proxies, or even as a Spec Ops when we play games which allow them:
I’m not a huge fan of the ‘I’m a little teapot’ stance, but it’s a nice model festooned with pouches and extra equipment which should be fun to paint (or a nightmare, one or the other!)
Finally, I tackled the Ekdromoi, who went together wonderfully, although the rear wings etc were a nightmare as they have the smallest contact point in the history of mankind! Still, a blob of green stuff helped, and it’ll be mostly hidden by the dark crevice and paint job:
He’s leaning forward a little more than the studio model, but I prefer it as it looks more animated, like he’s sprinting around firing, rather than leaping upwards. Still, he should add some nice mobility options to my Aleph, who tend to play as a fairly slow-moving army currently.
To round off this post, I figured I’d illustrate just how crazily big those Bandua buildings are, so here’s a couple of shots to show how big they are next to the models:
It’s a looooong way down from up there!