Igao Re-Review

Miniature Reviews


I’ve been pretty negative on the Igao in the past, but Human Sphere drastically improved this unit.  We wanted a Tohaa ninja, we got a Tohaa ninja.  Suck it, human ninjas.

I must apologize to Igao-lovers for all the poo-pooing I did of her last year.  Recently I was embarrassed to discover that Surprise Attack is, and has always been, a -6 mod, instead of a -3 mod.  The old Igao was still not a great unit, all things considered, but that made her significantly better at close combat than I let on.


The modern Igao is a marvelous, frightening, murderous, furious devil.  An Igao stacks together a pile of Close Combat abilities to breezily force -9 to -12 martial arts engagements on her foe.  She will easily cream targets with stats that peak at 13, such as line infantry, remotes, and basic heavy troops.

Recently, the Shotgun profile was updated to carry a superior DA CCW.   Both profiles were upgraded with Stun Grenades, I-Kohl, and CC+2.  Zowie.  I would have been happy with just I-Kohl!  Altogether, she is far better for her model’s purpose (chopping) than the original release.  PH13 is good as always to Engage in ARO, particularly with her Kinematika and I-Kohl, but you may find better results using the Shotgun or Nanopulser―or hiding in your Camouflage state while you still have it.

The Igao still has Frenzy, so should she survive her first glory turn, she will then become Impetuous, and cannot camouflage again for the rest of the game.  Since Frenzy triggers specifically “on your next active turn”, it’s wise to not have her score wounds on the first player turn if it’s your enemy going first.  A big part of her cost is her CH: Camouflage skill, and it’s a shame to waste.

A cornercase tactical note:  The Combi/Nanopulser pairs excruciatingly well with a Nimbus Clipsos for first round carnage.  Nimbus modifiers, being visibility modifiers, apply to Dodge rolls.  Because Nimbus has the reflective trait, it applies to Multispectral Visor users, too.  It does not, however, affect Close Combat or Direct Template Weapon use.

So, to ensure maximum manslaughter odds with maximum nerf to your opponent, list these two girls together, and Nimbus›Igao anything to death.



I own only the real Igao, Madame Igao.  Pendragonstn has extensively converted his Igaos, if you would like to see what can be done with them.  Shotgun Guy Igao reminds me of the Knife Guy Kamael in the starter, yuck.

Speaking from what I own, Madame Igao is a basic and simple assembly, with her head, torso, and left leg in one piece.  The arms pinch together, and the CCW extends about a half inch behind her base.  It requires a little sanding to fit perfectly together, but assembled, it’s in my top three favorite Infinity sculpts.

I rate the Igao 4 out of 5 artichokes.


TL;DR Excellent melee skirmisher.


6 thoughts on “Igao Re-Review

  1. “Surprise Attack is, and has always been, a -6 mod” …Holy shit! (swearing’s appropriate in this case) Damn, I had not realized that either. That IS very beastly. I don’t know about Clipsos Nimbus, just don’t got the ‘solo’ space to fit it in my lists currently, but this is definitely good cause to finally try throwing Nimbus Plus c/o a Sakiel.
    Painted it last week and that lady Igao is definitely one of the best Tohaa poses. All she needs now is a big scythe instead of a spear. (sigh, why doesn’t CB get more creative with melee weaponry in general, they can always fall back on the “whatever, it’s supposed to be anime” handwave excuse). I did buy the male Igao at the same time but, yeah, his pose is very meh.


      1. I like the Morat axe idea, just not some of the poses or the design of the axehead itself, which looks kinda un-Morat-y tbh.
        In general, I’m for more variety in type of CCWs various individual troopers are shown wielding just for visual interest both mini-wise and that whole imaginary cinematic action aspect.


      2. The axehead is just way too flamboyant and huge. Even very big axeheads like a sparth axe are only a few pounds, and not bigger than one’s head. The Morat axehead would be like a dozen pounds and swing like a hunk of rebar.


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