Why Play the Elite and Few In Infinity and How

Pride of Rodina

Kyle Randolph's the name and Infinity's the game! I've been playing wargames since 2006 and I've been playing Infinity since 2013. I started with Ariadna, only using Kazaks, but now I've expanded my collection to include more than 8 different armies. Find my complete bio in the "About the Authors" section as well as a link to my personal blog, all about Infinity, for a double whammy of awesome!

9 Responses

  1. Deathbird says:

    This is a great post and follows my own philosophy for MO. I tend to take an expensive link and TAGs fairly often and find they work really well and a hard to deal with.
    The one thing you didn’t mention in too much detail is using lots of HI ot TAGs even though this is what the thread leads to. It might be due to the ariadna focus but the advice works for all armies. Good job

    • Pride of Rodina says:

      Glad you enjoyed the article and that it wasn’t too foreign in it’s ideas 🙂
      True, I was trying to keep it vague so it could include all factions. That’s why I didn’t mention taking HI or TAGs much, but I figure folks could fill that in for themselves, or read the countless threads that are popping up on the forums. I can also see how the article was a little too focused on Ariadna. That’s my main faction and pretty much the one that leads the most to spam lists, so I probably focused on them too much.

  2. Reece Gordon says:

    This article inspired is to run a 300pt single combat group tourney. If you’re in the middle Tennessee area, come join us in October!


    • Pride of Rodina says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article Reece and I’m honored it encouraged your local group to start an ‘elite’ tournament! That sounds pretty rad and I hope more people try doing interesting and fun tournaments like this, keep it up!

      I sadly will be heading to Iowa at the same time as your tournament (for another tournament), so I won’t be able to attend. Do keep me posted about any other tournaments you folks will be running! If there’s one thing the Pride of Rodina loves, it’s throwing down some dice 😉

  3. BazlordPrime says:

    Spasibo for this post, Pride!

    I flirted with Infinity about a year ago, but the “cheerleading” aspect really bugged me (especially after i got noob-stomped by a Yu Jing list running 8 Kuang Shi to fuel a Su Jian mini-TAG 🙁

    This post gives me hope that maybe i can play this pretty cool game without descending to the depths of “cheerleader-ploitation” myself, so I’m starting to get interested again.

    While I’m here, do you have any thoughts on whether any particular Faction might get me closest to a “one order per model” play-style? I’m not sure whether the variety of Elites is the best gauge of that, or whether other things like Tohaa triads etc would also help. Thanks!

    • Pride of Rodina says:

      Sorry for the late reply BazlordPrime. I sometimes miss things, so forgive me.

      Yeah, some people like doing that, but I’m not really one of those people. I wouldn’t say I’m the best Infinity player in the world (I’m obviously not 😉 ), but I do fairly well. Of course, you’ll almost always end up with a few “cheerleaders” here and there, but it’s up to you who they are. Will they be Kuang Shi sitting around in a Fireteam, or will they be powerful Ariadna Tankhunters, lying in ambush with adhesive launchers? I play a more moderate approach, where I have a few “cheerleaders” (about 2 -5 per list), but most of them have a purpose, besides providing orders. I don’t want to write a massive reply, so I’ll leave it there, but feel free to reach out to me again if you’d like some elaboration on this point 🙂

      Phew, that’s a tough question. I mean, in all honesty, EVERY faction can play exceptionally elite and that will be even more true when the next book comes out and we get the “elite” secotrials a lot of factions are currently missing. I play Ariadna, which is the typical swarm style of army, but I don’t play swarm style at all. I definitely play an elite style with them. I’d advise you to pick an aesthetic or general playstyle and then fine-tune what elite models you want to use. As mentioned, I am more of an elite player myself, but I also play almost every faction in the game, because they all have their own version of the elite playstyle. Feel free to ask for any further on picking a faction as well, I’d be more than happy to help!

      • BazlordPrime says:

        Thanks for the reply. Two days? I wouldn’t consider that late at all.

        After thinking about it a bit, and reading your reply, I realise now that you can take models that are intended to sit on ARO, and you can then use their orders on the more active troopers, so that’s fine.

        The issue i had really was with my opponent’s build, so what that means is I’d just need to have a list that can cope with that kind of gaminess when it happens. In that particular example – 8 Kuang Shi & Su Jian – i would’ve been better off having adhesive launchers, E/M weapons, K1, hackers, etc. at the ready to ARO the Su Jian once it started rampaging, so that really cane down to my inexperience, both in list building and in knowledge about this sort of thing being possible. And how horrible it could be!

        Anyway, the three factions I’m keenest on are Aleph, Combined Army & Tohaa. Is there any word on when the Shasvastii are going to be overhauled? I like them. Also like the EI Aspects – Anathematics, Charontids, etc. Are they going to be in a Sectorial of their own? Tohaa triads seem like good value. And Tom & Kip came up with a beautifully cheap (which, if I’m honest, really speaks to me 😉 10 order Aleph list, consisting of the Starter box, Sophotects Box, and Achilles (v1). I’m not keen on the Steel Phalanx Sectorial, but some of their characters are hilariously good!

        What are your thoughts?

        • Pride of Rodina says:

          Ha ha ha! Touche, well my apologies for this late reply, then :p

          Ah, okay. I got you now. Yeah, you’d need the ‘proper’ tools with deal with that kind of cheeky stuff, then. Hackers and anything AP would be excellent. Su Jian are nasty, but even nastier when being supplied orders from a bunch of Kuang Shi. Something else to consider is using troops who can get to the Kuang Shi (AD or Infiltrate) and wipe them out, crippling the Su Jian.

          I actually play Tohaa myself and I love them; however, I’m waiting for them to be expanded on some more in the next book (which answers your questions about Shas). This next book will be out some time next year and we should have more info, with a better release time frame, later this year (hopefully at GenCon, which I will be attending). The EI Aspects will have their own sectorial, at some point. No one knows when, though, because it’s kind of a ways off. I’m guessing at least two and a half years from this point in time. ALEPH is pretty good, but I can’t handle the characters myself. If I wanted deadly robots, I want them to be nameless and faceless, darn it! That’s why I’m more partial the the ‘Vedic’ side of ALEPH, with Nagas, Devas, Asuras, and the like. They should be getting an official sectorial in the next book, as well, I hope. Without knowing much else, besides wanting to play an elite force, I’d suggest Combined Army or ALEPH. However, I did make this little quiz for my own blog that might be of some help to you: http://www.prideofrodina.com/p/infinity-faction-quizzes.html
          Let me know what you get and think, and I can help you out some more from there 🙂

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