I’m not a Pheasant Plucker…

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…I’m a pheasant plucker’s son,

but we’ll continue pheasant plucking,

till the pheasant plucking’s done.

My father taught me that nearly two decades ago. Only now do I realise he was trying to trick me into admitting congress with game birds.

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I recently painted a total badass figure. Sinister and menacing, the Imperial Agent Pheasant Rank quickly became on of my favourite models in my collection. The unit’s full name given by Corvus Belli is “Imperial Agent, Pheasant Rank (YĚJĪ)”. Yějī, which means Pheasant is pronounced close enough to “Yeah, jee”. It is made of the characters “野” which means “wild” or “undomesticated”, and  “鸡” which means chicken.

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Fun fact, if you look at the right hand element of the Character for chicken, that is the character for bird (鸟/Niǎo). Kind of looks like a bird in profile, doesn’t it? That’s totally intentional. Many Chinese characters are abstract pictograms.

The MSR profile is widely considered online to be the worst loadout for an already horribly cost inefficient profile. Still, I could not say no to this sculpt. Perhaps my loyalty to the dragon will be rewarded when the next wave of updated profiles are released.

[EDIT] Massive cost decrease!

I just love how this guy turned out. Curiously, I did not add any Scrofulous Brown to his armour panels like the others as it made him look too bright. The non metal metal, a technique for which I am a total amateur, turned out acceptable.

SAMSUNGWhat’s more, I can now link my Bao Troops!

SAMSUNGI AM THE LAW.

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It’s A-Bao-t Time, Part 3

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It’s A-Bao-t Time, Part 1

It’s A-Bao-t Time, Part 2

At some point in the last week I painted the 4th Bao, the sniper, but never got around to posting him. Judging by Cho’s split boxes thread, he’s the most sought after Bao there is. BS12 and MSV2 means he is popular even outside the Imperial Service. Within the service he’s the obvious choice of a link leader because extra burst on a Multi Sniper Rifle firing DA ammo is horrific. He’s left handed, lucky it’s not bolt action. It will be interesting to see how his profile changes in the new edition.
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It’s A-Bao-t Time, Part 2

SAMSUNGWell there’s no denying that these have been agreeable models to paint so far. Three down, one to go. But I think we are overdue for a language post, so let’s talk a little about the terminology.

“Bào” means “leopard”, as the unit description correctly points out. It rhymes with “now” and uses the character ““.

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Like many Asian animals and some of the more famous African ones, leopards were lucky enough to get their own single character to denote them. All the animals on the Chinese Zodiac fall into this category. Other animals who were maybe not known in the formative years of written Chinese Language or not really distinct enough from the major players tend to be denoted with two or more characters which describe them as a variation of an existing animal, like for instance the Kangaroo of Australia, known in Mandarin as a “袋鼠 / Dài shǔ”, two characters meaning “bag rat”. Some other animals get a phonetic rendition of whatever they were called when introduced to the Chinese, like the Koala (考拉/ Kǎo lā). Sometimes they manage to pull it off so the phonetic rendition also has meaning that relates to what is being described but I can’t think of any off the top of my head.

Moving on, Bao is the only part of the name Bao Troops, Judicial Watch Unit the creators provide Chinese for. If I were to provide a full name it would go something like this.

豹部队 (Bào bùduì) – That’s the easy part.

The subtitle on the other hand is a bit more difficult. The following is a stab in the dark, it is by no means the official translation and would probably have a real Chinese speaker rolling their eyes.

司法部防御单位 (Sīfǎbù fángyù dānwèi) Means something like “Justice Department Defence Unit”. Not sure if it implies they are a defence unit belonging to the Justice Department or they defend the Justice Department.

豹兵 (Bào bīng) – (Updated according to the Human Sphere N3 logo redesign)

What’s interesting is Corvus Belli seems to be using a variation of the Mandarin Squares system to name units in the Imperial Service. It’s a very nice touch. I’m interested to see where the upcoming Zhanying agent, a name that could be translated as any combination of War hawk, Fighting Falcon, or Battle Eagle, fits in to the system seeing as it seems to be an original concept.

It’s A-Bao-t Time, Part 1

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Reinforcements have arrived – and boy do they Enforce!

“Bào Troops… like the Inquisition but with automatic weapons and X-ray vision.”

Extract from the chapter “Primary threats” written by analyst technician Katharina Baum. The Black Hand Cover Agent Operative Handbook.

Leopard (Bào) is the symbol of the third and fourth ranks of Imperial civil servants. In the Imperial Service, military ranks are only granted to public servants with special or “sensible” kinds of tasks.

“Structures of Imperial Service” by Julie Gerrold, University of Manaheim web-publisher, Concilium Prima.

The Bào (Leopard) Troops are an elite squad dedicated to tying up any loose ends the Imperial Service may have left behind in the path of progress. They are basically the Emperor’s headhunters, dangerous people, who live on the edge and are always moving between zones of moral shadows. The Bào Troops are an unrelenting and merciless unit exclusively dedicated to the hunting of insurrectionists, traitors and those disaffected towards the Emperor and the StateEmpire of Yu Jing. Just to clarify: if Celestial Guards are euphemistically said to have a “bad reputation”, next to the Bào they are as angelic as their name suggests.

Bào Troops comprise a force of tough and absolutely fanatical men, but in a twisted way. They are a bunch of thugs with a badge who disdain the barriers between good and evil and who are faithful only to their own code. Their main motivations are their unconditional loyalty towards the Emperor and their visceral hatred towards any enemy of the Dragon. These two regimental directives make the Bào Troops as recklessly brave as they are insensitive towards human life; in them lies both the hero and the villain, with a history of renowned actions on battlefields alongside fearsome atrocities in policing and internal security tasks.

Executions, pogroms, torture and dreadful interrogations are the hallmarks of the Bào Troops. The outrages committed by this unit in its repressive activities have been so brutal and notorious that even the omnipresent machinery of the StateEmpire media control has been unable to cover them up. So, to avoid the so called “rabid hounds of the Dragon” again unleashing their inner psychopath, the Emperor himself has ordered them to now always act under the supervision of an Imperial Agent Pheasant Rank. However, to these sadistic and savage professionals of the human hunt, whose operating terrain is the most absolute moral darkness, there is no lash that can hold them back in their obsessive crusade against the Emperor’s enemies.

I blame this impulse buy on the lack of any news in the lead up to third edition. I always considered the Bao Troops unit description to be a little too edgy for me, but later it occurred to me that if you want to hold together a conglomerate of cultures as diverse as Yu Jing, you’re gonna need guys like this. I also wanted some faceless mooks who could proxy as Celestial Guard if needs be.

SAMSUNGI put the usual orange to work with no deviations for the most part. The loin cloths were done by mixing Games Workshop Dark Angels Green with Regal Blue. Both these paints are discontinued so it’s not exactly future proof though.

I just love these models. If I am lucky they will be joined by a Zhanying Imperial Agent soon enough. Roll on N3!

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