Tuesday, 20 January 2015

I touched Infinity and I liked it! PT 2: Scenery/Crates

Time Owning Infinity set without having played Infinity Set: 16 weeks and 2 hours.

Blame the child people, blame the child. 

So with the release of Third edition for Infinity (no idea what the primary difference is) Corvus Belli released their rulebook online and free to download, my first reaction...

I need more low profile scenery! 

That was my biggest observation for Infinity. Small, low-level scenery (it’s like a scatter cushion, doesn't do much but people claim it looks nice) is really not a priority for 40k players, as they need to cover the whole squad of guys, and not just a single one.

Whereas in Infinity that can make a significant difference, as getting an ARM bonus is pretty critical (or so I'm led to believe)

I've always loved low-level scenery in 40k as a means to bring the battlefield to life. Sure, the large stuff is where you play, and its where you will be aiming tactically for but if you throw 10 amazing buildings onto a flat surface you would be thinking ‘what’s in between those two ruins, where is the street? Where are the street lights or the kerbs.
With Infinity’s bent on the Technical Sci-fi rather than the gothic, only certain buildings and moods would suit playing over. From the fluff, its unlikely there would likely exist a bombed out building with Imperialist propaganda, or a mausoleum of skulls, or a crater. War is not total here. So there needs to be greater evidence of daily life. Consoles, crates, benches, trees fricking trees, vehicles etc!
Mmm Atenocitis
Unlike 40k, where you can have rubble everywhere, the need for actual completed items of scenery is much higher, things need to appear to be working, and not tumbled to the floor. They need purpose. 

Therefore, everything tech-y is great for Infinity. And that scratch buildable tech stuff is everywhere.

Some wooden floor beading   Concrete k-rails/dividers

One of the simple stocking fillers that I received was a tiny cube puzzle game. Tech crates!

Double bottle caps glued together and painted. More crates

Stacks of materials covered in PVA'd heavy tissue paper. CRATES!

(I'm going for a warehouse themed board if you couldn't guess)

Laser cut MDF is also a saviour here, as the function of the laser cutter being angular leads the assembled buildings towards appearing more like Infinity than like 40k.  

Looking forward to using the building below.  This was one of the presents from the missus for Christmas, and arrives flatpacked about the density and weight of 2 GW hardback codexes. 

Many of the buildings now in production are just amazingly detailed when assembled, and still cheap and durable. My terrain set that I intended for Necromunda style 40k can be used in Infinity without change.

Though I will be adding all of the rails again this time.

In the next few days I aim to trial a game of Infinity.

Just like the last few months.

Time Owning Infinity set without having played Infinity Set: 16 weeks and 5 hours.

1 comment:

  1. The PVA tissue paper stuff always looks soooooo much better then I would think it would look. Such a cool process and technique!