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Infinity Spring Cleaning

Infinity Spring Cleaning

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Project Blog by joshtogo Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

So…I've fallen in love with the world of Infinity. I've acquired a boat load of their metal. I've assembled quite a bit of it. I started and finished painting up most of the Aristeia! minis. However, to date I've not painted a single Infinity mini. Part of that is because I've been intimidated by what others have done and I want to do the quality justice. Part of it is that I've become a bit overwhelmed with everything I've purchased. So, here's to getting more of what I have assembled (because otherwise I'm likely to repurchase a model/box by mistake) and to getting some of it painted. While it's unlikely I'll have anyone to start playing this with for some time, now is a breather to get at least two armies painted up so that I'm ready to go once I can go out and play again.

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Furry Barrels

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Furry Barrels

So I got distracted from my main project of getting Defiance all painted up. These scatter pieces just arrived from Warsenal and I couldn’t resist putting them together and painting them up.

I love the little pods–it’s nice to have round shapes on an otherwise angular playing space. I had fun playing around with the airbrush.

The barrels on the other hand…they’re a really nice little kit. I just had to discover that aggressively sanding MDF is not a good idea. Unless, that is, you want the end product to look furry. Oh well. From any reasonable distance the fur isn’t quite as noticeable.

Better pics & new terrain

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Better pics & new terrain
Better pics & new terrain

My Acid House terrain box came in today (I’m really really pleased with it) and I figured it’d be a nice chance to show it off and get some better pics of my test models.

Red is done

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Red is done

I may be missing a few steps with the pics in the gallery but the process was (all paints Vallejo):

  • base with 70.815 Basic Skin Tone
  • washes with 70.859 Black Red until pretty well covered (but not uniformly as that would defeat the purpose)
  • washes with 72.011 Gory Red until well covered but not uniformly
  • Add a bit of 70.845 Sunny Skin to Gory red and highlight
  • add a bit more Sunny Skin and do another careful highlight, focusing on the edges
  • edge highlight with pure Sunny Skin

This is the first time I’ve used washes this extensively. I was more than a little surprised at the effect. I’ll definitely be using them more than I have been as I mainly relied upon them to as a final stage to unify things/smooth my transitions.

Testing

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Testing
Testing

Got a chance to paint up some test for the CA. I’ll post better pics soon but I’m pleased with how they came out. For the Nox I pretty much just followed the “How to Paint Shasvasti” pamphlet that came in their paint set.

Priming

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Since I took the pic in the previous post I spent an evening priming everything that was bare metal. There are many moments/stages in the hobbying process that I find particularly gratifying: getting minis assembled is one, having a solid basecoat on is another, finishing the final highlights and seeing a mini really come to life is another. I noticed last night that priming is another, particularly priming with an airbrush (and a hairdryer–an essential tool in the process). When the shine dies down and you can really see the detail it’s exciting.

I will also say that CB’s sculpting and keying of minis has improved leaps and bounds over the years. Priming everything it was pretty clear which figures were early CB sculpts and which were more recent. I was also reminded of the wailing and gnashing of teeth while assembling the early ones and the really straightforward gluing from the new sculpts.

So good on you Corvus Belli! Keep the minis coming (though my wallet and my groaning shelves say otherwise).

The state of the collection

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The state of the collection

So…this happened. Not sure how or when but it did. Not quite everything is assembled but most everything is. Still haven’t played a game so that makes this even more silly but it has caused me to cut back on my board game purchases. I only have so much junkie in me and it’s been redirected toward miniatures games of late.

Enemies on their bases

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Enemies on their bases

Now to get to painting everyone.

Bases are done

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Bases are done

It was a bit of a slog but I got all the bases done. I should have enough for the Defiance enemies and all of the other Combined Army stuff I have. In the end I’m pleased with these. I think they work pretty well.
The process was pretty much what I laid out on the previous post, though I did do the final wash with a darker purple (the 74.026 Purple Hex rather than the 74.027 Amethyst). You can see a step by step in the gallery, going back in time—though you may not see much of a difference from highlight to highlight.

Batching bases

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Base purpleBase purple
First highlightFirst highlight

Made some progress on these. Not too much further to go but boy are there a lot of bases here. I’m just hoping I don’t have to do another batch to get all the CA I have onto bases—though this is more than enough for what’s in Defiance.

Enemy on base

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I think these will work. I think these will work.

Enemy bases

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Enemy bases

Here’s a test base for the enemies. These are MicroArtsStudio “Possessed” base toppers. They’re supposed to go into round lipped bases but…they fit perfectly straight on the Corvus Belli bases.

Process:

  • a succession of dry brushes with the colors in the first two gallery pics, working L to R and ever lighter
  • Painted the tentacles/growing bits with ever lighter touches of the colors in pics 3 & 4 in the gallery, with a wash of the darkest as a final stage
  • Picked out the orb with the Montana paints in the last gallery pic (the labels have rubbed off so I can’t list their names)

Overall I’m pleased with the result. I worry it may be a bit too busy and detract from the minis and/or the game. It may have been better to put everything on the same base style. Time will tell. My Infinity CA will definitely be on these so I’ll probably keep the Defiance ones on them too.

A few more to finish upA few more to finish up

Heroes on bases

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Heroes on bases

So I got all the heroes I currently have primed and on bases. I had to fIght with my airbrush to get the primer to flow (tip: don’t try and use opened bottles of primer that have been sitting for a couple of years. Most airbrushes don’t like lumps).
ive learned that I’ll always have to touch up the primer after I get things onto the base as I always scratch some off. But that’s just par for the course.
I’m really looking forward to getting these painted up but I may work on the Combined Army bases and attaching them to said bases first. Then I’ll be set to just paint tiny fighting men, women, and creatures for a good while.

Hero bases

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Hero bases
Hero bases

I’ll be putting all of the Combined Army on different bases but I painted up the ones I settled on for the heroes. Nothing fancy but I thought they match the board art pretty well. They’re from Death Ray Designs (I can find out which if anyone is curious) and went together well (though you can see some that I got completely off center).

Process: I faffed about a whole lot on these. Multiple steps that may or may not have made a difference. I started with a dark grey and then did dry brush runs with successively brighter grays. That was too streaky still so I then sponged on some sepia ink and hit the panel edges as well. Then I sponged on pale grey to create a variegated but not dirty look. Then edge highlights with a really pale grey, largely over the bits I’d just darkened with sepia. Finally the edges got an orange brown, then highlighted up to a pale yellow and then a wash over them with the original orange brown.

I’m pleased with the result. I had a similar experience with my Nomad bases where I did a whole mess of stuff, each step of which didn’t really work or show up much but taken together did create a depth/texture that I liked.

 

A productive afternoon

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Defiance coreDefiance core

Whew. That took an entire afternoon. I forgot how long it takes to put minis together.
I also forgot how wonderful Corvus Belli minis are and what a joy they are to put together. Only one of these was even slightly janky and that was only very minor.
i am glad, however, that this was not my first Infinity experience since I knew what I was in for.
Still a bit more to do before I get to painting the bases and finally to painting the actual minis. I’ve learned that, for me, the best thing is to cut off almost all the tab on the feet until I have something that works like a pin…before I get to the painting. You can see some of what I’ve already gotten to in the pic.

Defiance is here! And all washed and shiny!

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Defiance is here! And all washed and shiny!

Just got my Defiance first wave and I’m so excited! Beautiful components, art, card quality, packaging…I could go on and on.
Had a chance to take an inventory (almost everything was there) and get them scrubbed and rinsed (I keep a used head for my electric toothbrush around just for this purpose).
Basing and painting Defiance will be my big spring project—fitting that we’re a year on and I’m set to do another Infinity spring clean. (I do plan to paint up my Relic Blade minis before that though—they’ve been waiting patiently and deserve some attention.)

Objective Markers

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Got these from CustomMeeple ages ago. Finally got them assembled and painted. This has definitely been a spring of cleaning for me.

Pano, and thereby Icestorm, is finished!

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Pano, and thereby Icestorm, is finished!

Whew! That was a long haul (okay fine, only two months but that felt like ages) to get to this point. I learned a lot and definitely improved some as a hobbyist–first time really doing anything other than grit/texture bases. When I started this spring clean I really was just hoping to get my minis assembled but this was a great excuse to get some starting armies ready to go. I shall confess, however, that I’m probably going to take a break from Infinity for a bit. Maybe revisit Mythic Battles where the minis aren’t so detailed that I feel obliged to paint them to as high a standard as I can achieve. We’ll see.

I’ll probably go back later to paint the Kamau’s faceplate black. I find it annoying that CB isn’t consistent in their art but I’ve settled on faceplates as a way to differentiate the sectorial armies. I’m going with red for Neoterra (mostly–my Swiss guard is still blue), green for Acontecimento, black for Varuna, and blue for Military Orders and for Svalerheima/Winterfor. Obviously I’ll throw in appropriately colored accents as well. Sidenote: I’ve decided that all Pano swords will have a red gleam regardless of sectorial.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with the result (although my photography still sucks. That may have to be my next project: taking better pictures).

Now to get a game in!

Working on white

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Working on white

I decided to do the white panels on the armor and I’m glad I did. It really breaks up the blue and keeps it from being overwhelming.

Lots of blue

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Armor is doneArmor is done

After all my careful Work with the blue I was nervous about the recommended final wash with Vallejo Dark Prussian Blue  I should not have been as it really smoothed things out and tied it together

Now to decide whether or not to put in the white panels that CB have envisioned. Then some black and white on the clothes and finally the red and green for Neoterra and Acontecimento. I’ll likely leave the finer details (logos, numbers, etc.) until some future date like I did with the Nomads.

 

Progress is being made

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Progress is being made

Took a break to finish up my Crisis Protocol collection. It may just be my project that folks aren’t interested in but there was a definitively lower level of engagement there compared to this project. I hope that’s not a sign that Covid killed the game, what with no organized play so close to when the game released. But I digress.

Back at the Pano troops. I shall confess that I struggle more with blue than with red but I’m making slow headway. Multiple passes, each one making these come a bit more alive. Hard to see but the troop on the left has an extra set of highlights than the one on the right. This is an exercise in being bolder as the more extreme I go on the edge highlights the more these pop.