This is getting ridiculous, I’ve only ever played what, three games of Infinity, and my model collection is starting to overwhelm me.
Today I’m going to share something that may be useful if you’re just starting to collect models and play Infinity. Behold, my amazing three step-guide to not making the same mistakes I’ve made. Or, as I like to call it: Collecting Infinity the Smart Way.
- Step One: Only buy models that you really want to paint.
In other words, buy for looks, not for stats. I know this sounds counter-intuitive when what you’re trying to do is control your collecting, but bear with me. Pretty much all Corvus Belli’s Infinity range looks kind of cool, and if you go around buying models because they look cool and might be fun to try out, you’re going to buy models every time your mood changes or you think of some new synergy. And pretty soon you’re going to be swamped. Buying to paint also means you can get whatever you like. So what if you’ve decided to play Yu Jing but you want the ALEPH Asura? Just buy her! Now you have a beautiful model in your collection to use as a proxy, and a leg-up on an ALEPH force later. Why not buy your favourite model from each faction? You’re just buying them to paint, right?
- Step two: Paint them.
This will not be a problem because you’ve only bought models you wanted to paint, not models you kind of wanted to try out and who are now staring at you accusingly from their blister packs with their cold metal eyes.
- Step Three: Play games with the models you have, and proxy the rest.
When you find things that work well for you, then go back and buy them. Return to step two.
If I had followed this plan I would now have a dozen models I really love painted up, including a viable gaming army. Instead I have a viable army of eight painted models, and a bunch of unpainted Celestial Guard, Remotes, doctors, Shaolin Monks, and Nomads. If the constant attempts to sell and swap still-packaged models on the Infinity Australia facebook page is anything to go by, I am definitely not alone.
You’ll notice I didn’t suggest buying a starter pack. This is because I have bought three, and each one had mostly models I liked, and one or two that are still in their packaging. The money I might have saved on a starter was outweighed by the money I spent trying make the starter into a force that was interesting to me. I would have spent less and had fewer unpainted models lying about if I’d bought what I liked piece-meal and proxied from the beginning.
So there you have it. If this helps even one person, I’ve done what I set out to do. Infinity is fun and the models are some of the best out there, so get to it.
All the best,