Friday, 3 February 2012

Unboxing Ninjas!

Got me some more Infinity stuff.  Ninjas specifically.  Ordered two from Wayland Games and two from Maelstrom (uneconomical, I know, it just turned out that way).  The Wayland ones arrived today.

This first one is a special character, Oniwaban Shinobu Kitsune. Oniwaban is more of a title meaning 'Gardener' - pertaining to a Ninja chief's knowledge of poisons, but I'm pretty sure her given name means 'Stealth Fox' or something.  Anyway.
     One of the difficulties with Infinity models is the assembly - as they are in True Scale as opposed to GW/PP's more cartoony 'Heroic Scale', the pieces are smaller and more delicate to plonk together.  This is especially true of this lithe female character, and especially true of one of the two arm configurations, which has her posed in the process of drawing a sword i.e. the one I want. A tad typical of my luck I must say.  I also have to stick her head on, because of all that hair.
In-game, she's an Oniwaban - a stealth close combat one-hit-kill assassin with no ranged weapons at all, and ranged weapons are King in Infinity.  Models with high CC usually shoot and waggle their eyebrows at the enemy, daring them to get closer.  Unless they've got stealth, like Ninjas and Oniwaban.  Or smoke grenades. Or both, like Shinobu Kitsune.

The second is a bog standard Ninja, who comes with sword/scabbard arm configuration and a combi-rifle for some reason.  Well, the reason is that he has a combi-rifleis that his basic loadout includes one I suppose, but I have no idea where it would go.  I could glue/strap it to his back, but that would not be aesthetically preferable, and gluing it onto his base seems lazy.  It'll probably be the first addition to my Infinity bits box I suppose.  Nevertheless, I don't see any major difficulties arising to assembling him, past the normal 'small fiddly bits' problem.
In-game, he'll be deployed close to the enemy front lines for harass and killy duties, preferably shooting people off, despite his CC prowess, as closing with an enemy in CC often dispels his greatest defence, the TO: Camouflage (read: invisibility stealth suit).  Close Combat doesn't happen often in Infinity, yet I've gone and chosen the army that literally brings a sword to a gunfight as my starter army.

Sounds fun.


  1. Shinobu is actually better than the standard Oniwaban at shooting single targets, because she has a Combi Rifle. I know her model doesn't have it, but Infinity models that are showing off their CCW often don't have their gun modeled on, or have it loose like on the Ninja.

    Yu Jing is stereotyped with new players as the CC faction, but aside from some CC specialists they're actually very competent at shooting, so don't sweat it.

    1. Yeah, I forgot that Shinobu has a Combi-rifle, although the Oniwaban has that Nanopulser thing - more effective than monofilament CCW in some situations I'm sure.

      Aesthetically, I can understand why you'd leave a gun off a Ninja.