I finally swallowed my words and bought into Infinity Miniatures, Anime styled sci-fi wargame which in recent months has produced some truly beautiful miniatures. I instantly fell in love with the ALEPH which is humanities world computer that has manifested its own armed forces. The story is every bit of Masume Shirow’s Appleseed crossed with Ghost in the Shell and I for one and in favour of it.
Aleph seems to be the newest range as it is the smallest. Infinity has been going on now for some two or more years but has been overshadowed by the corporate success that is Games Workshop and the rise of independent games such as Warmachine and Malifaux. Many companies have attempted to capture the essence of Anime styled models outside of the Gundam range but in this writer’s opinion only two have truly hit the mark (Soda Pop Miniatures takes the cute road of Anime commercialism).
Infinity’s love of Anime can be seen in the other forces available we have Naruto style ninja, Akira styled motorcycle, Bubblegum Crisis battlesuits and even what can only be described as Tachikoma and Briareos mecha armies. It is truly a miniature cyber punk feast, and a new medium of talent that can be explored by existing artists.
Miniature wargames over the last two years have constantly tried to expand the borders of expectation by sculpting in new ways, anything to remove the stigma of orcs, goblins and dwarfs. But very few companies have managed to break the mould and create something which is truly unique or as eye-catching as what I have seen on the Infinity website.
Being an experienced wargames miniature painter I went ahead and ordered the full set of these figures, anyone new to the realm of miniature painting should do a little research into what it entails (or ask here!) as it will save you spending a lot on your start-up. Experienced miniature painters will enjoy the challenge of dynamically sculpted figures with excellent amounts of detail, as a painting project I highly recommend.
Game wise, I have not tried the game but will probably do so in the future. I fear it may be like with MMO;s, where graphically the product is astounding but game wise does not appeal to the majority market. I hope in this case that I am wrong, but only time will tell. I recommend checking out Infinity to learn more about their product and the world of wargaming especially if you are a fan of all things mecha and cyber punk!
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