Remote Revisions, Part 3

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Remote Revisions, Part 1
Remote Revisions, Part 2

At the end of Remote Revisions, Part 2, I pondered which poorly advised task I would take on next: Repainting my Yáozăo Remotes or rebasing my Yáoxiè Remotes on 55mm bases. With a pair of 55mm bases just sitting around, I looked at how I would actually achieve a base swap on these notoriously fragile figures. The transition will be made even harder by the fact that they overhand their bases with little extensions that are actually glued to the vertical surfaces of the base. In the image below, I have highlighted the outline of the extension.

SAMSUNGTo place the remote centrally on a larger base, I’m going to have to do away with the extension, which would leave no surface area for the remote to connect to the base. So, I concluded that I will need to leave a layer of the base extension under the foot of the remote (highlighted in green) to glue down on the base, which will then be hidden with green stuff. This whole plan hinges on being able to cut the base extension very evenly, without causing the thin leg to twist. The best tool for this would be a hobby saw, but I don’t have one. This means these guys are stuck where they are for the time being until Remote Revisions Part 4, and Remote Revisions Part 3 goes to the loveable Yáozăo Remotes.

Like the Yáoxiè Remotes, I decided very early on that I would have these guys in my force because it seems authentic. You’d be hard pressed to say Infinity is realistic, but by the same token, it is internally very rational. What I mean is, the setting is used in sensible ways, and one of these is the G: Servants: Robots that doctors and engineers can manipulate from safety to revive/repair casualties. It protects the life of both the doctor and the patient. I also thought it was very cute in the little blurb in Human Sphere how the frontline soldiers of Yu Jing lavish affection on them. This kind of military tech makes sense in the near future setting, hell, half the tech already exists.

As I decided very early on that I would have them, I purchased the Yu Jing support pack very early on in the process and we all know what that means…

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NEON ORANGE!

I will say again for the record that I was and still am quiet satisfied with how the old orange looked on the gang. I Just like the new one more, and it’s easier to highlight or repaint if there is a mistake when painting. It also does not use a dreaded white undercoat (what the hell was I thinking there?). It looked particularly good on the little Yáozăos, whose tiny geometry would have made them a nightmare for my lightly stupider and less patient past self to paint well. I repainted them in the same manner as the previous remote revisions. I also greatly touched up the Zhanshi Doctor and Engineer who control the little things. Thankfully they did not have a lot of orange in the studio scheme.

So without further ado, time for some before and afters.

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Before…

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…and after.

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Remote Revisions, Part 2

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There’s a blast from the past, with my old orange out in full force. When I first embarked on Infinity, I envisioned myself collecting like a believable regular army unit from the future, so I intended to have lots of state troops. I also figured with the way war is going now, remote units should be the first line of offence and defence. For this reason, the Lu Duan was one of the first units I decided I had to have, long before I knew its place in the game. Anyway, for the same reason as all the others, this guy got a repaint. Again I was quiet satisfied with how he looked, but get a load of this!

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I was so happy with it I grabbed some accessories of Customeeple right away

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At some point we will be seeing Remote Revisions Part 3, where I try to rebase these guys on 55mm stands. Or possibly I redo those adorable Yaozao. I’m apprehensive about trying either.

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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Remote Revisions, Part 1

With N3 hype in maximum overdrive, I’ve had a hard time keeping my hands off the Infinity collection. Having finished off the last Bao, I looked over the some of my first models and committed to the task I always knew was coming but have never been brave enough to attend.

The Yaoxie Rui Shi. One year ago I assembled and painted that model and it remains the most challenging model to put together of my miniature career. Like everything before my Zuyong Invincible, this Rui Shi was painted in my old orange. Like my previous revisions, I was not dissatisfied with the result but once I learned the magic of Scrofulous Brown, like the Shaolin and Guifeng, I knew it was only a matter of time before I repainted this remote or wrote it off trying. Given my previous experience of handling the model, which has indeed broken more times in the past year than any other figures I own thanks to its two antennae, I was confident of the latter outcome.

I felt physically unwell as I closed in with the brush, a feeling not unlike a farmer who must put down sick livestock after trying his best to save them.

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In this photo you can see the super glue coating this model thanks to it’s legacy of exploding like a crash dummy action figure with the slightest provocation. I did the legs first because I expected they would be easier to revert once I revaluated my decision to repaint the figure.

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After adding the Cavalry Brown to the legs, I started to feel more confident in what I was doing. About half hour later it looked like this.

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Still can’t believe it.
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The Yanjing have eyes!

SAMSUNG After the successful experiment in updating the orange robes of my Shaolin Warrior monks to my new orange, I again pushed my luck by partially repainting a figure that surely did not need it.2014-12-07 13.46.20I was immediately happy with how this sinister looking fellow turned out when I painted him last year. My normally cartoonish traffic cone orange looked realistic and deep. I attribute this to the larger scale and newer design philosophy CB has mentioned from time to time, aiming to make models easier to paint. Still, when I painted my Zuyong Invincible using the new orange recipe I was in a pinch. Despite how much I liked the new orange I had no plans of putting a brush near this guy, that was, until a series of delays with new releases lead to me being bored out of my mind itching for something to paint. I followed the recipe pretty closely, although I was a bit more stingy with the Scrofulous Brown to get a darker finish befitting the Gui Feng’s nature as a back operator amongst black operators. SAMSUNG SAMSUNG

First Infinity board!

Off the floor and onto the table, I’ve got wood! Medium density fibreboad wood that is.

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This is the story of how my first purpose built Infinity board came to be.

As a longtime 40k player I have for many years been responsible for holding on to everyone’s terrain. Me and my brother did the lion’s share of painting and basing but we did get a lot of really cool pieces from the people around us, so mad props to them. Our first serious board, my brothers brainchild, was a now discontinued static grass mat from Games Workshop pasted to a 6×4 foot MDF board that was then cut into 6 24×24 inch tiles. A selection of the 40k terrain on one of these tiles is shown below.

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Rampaging space clowns assault a position held by mutant cultists and genetically modified super soldiers who are also evil. Just another day in 40k.

That must’ve been something like 10 years ago. We later bought a Citadel battlemat for days where the game would not be coming to us and our friends had a big enough table. Pretty sure GW has retired the battlemat in favour of the Realm of Battle.

Persistent urban legend in Infinity is that American players across the country first tried out the game on their existing 40k tables. Upon activating their first troops and being gunned down by snipers in ARO, they vowed “never again” and set about creating the most complex, tortuous, convoluted and multi-layered terrain set ups imaginable. Needless to say I needed something more suitable for Infinity.

On discovering that I had taken up Infinity, a friend of mine through my older brother, and long time wargamer thanks to his own older brother handed me over his Mordheim terrain. His own hobby interests had taken a backseat on account of having a life and had been carrying around an absolute trove of classic wargaming material in the boot of his car. A sample of the Mordheim setup is shown below.

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No cover sniper paradise. 0/10 Would not play.

I did my first demo games to learn how it all works with this terrain. As cool and suitable as it is, it doesn’t really reflect the Sci-Fi setting so much. You could pass it off as a Highlander settlement on Dawn, but that  will have to take a back seat till I meet someone who plays Ariadna. Another problem was I moved to a smaller apartment, with only a coffee table to play on. The 2×2 feet boards when arranged in a square had way too much overhang, it was not safe to play on.

So I went back to the drawing board. I needed a board that could be stored when not in use, but would not fall off the coffee table. I resolve to build it out of 2 rectangular sheets of MDF that would lie perpendicular to the rectangular coffee table. Luckily Bunnings has standard pannels of MDF in 1200mm x 600mm x 6mm sheets. I weant with 6mm high because 3mm MDF sags too much. I grabbed a pair of the boards and some cheap grey spray paint.

Ice storm came around and with it the Moto-Tronica scenery pack, I grabbed a pair of those scenery packs to populate the board. These alone can not really fill out a 4 x 4 foot table, so I needed something extra. Due to amazing foresight, I had held on to the plastic inserts that come with Kejia brand frozen Jiaozi, and a plastic tray that comes with 1 kg of minced beef at Woolworths, because they looked like they might be able to become terrain some day (Sadly the cubic metres of packing styrofoam from washing machines and fridges I’ve accrued over the years remains waiting for the day it becomes the terrain it sorta kinda looks like). These plastic pieces got hit with the same grey spray paint and presto, I had my first purpose build Infinity table, infinitely configurable and easy to store, created in one hour after all the materials were acquired and at a very low cost.

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Monk-y Magic

The Shaolin warrior monks was a set of models I just had to have even before I understood the rules, and a quick glance at the homepage is enough to see that I am happy with how mine turned out. I actually repainted those guys recently, after I discovered the magic of scrofulous brown. My first infinity figures were painted in a much brighter, more vibrant orange not unlike a traffic cone.

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This was achieved by painting Games Workshop Firey Orange (long discontinued) over a white undercoat (ugh), then washing it liberally with Baal Red (recently discontinued). I quiet like how the orange turned out, especially on my remotes. But on the Shaolin it always reminded me of a hi-vis raincoat. Once I finished painting Sun Tze and saw how awesome he looked in matching duds with the ZuYong Invincible, I knew one day I would be redoing my Shaolin to match. I was absolutely loath to strip them for fear that the brushing could bend or snap the shock staves, and although the orange robes are striking, they are a fairly small part of the model. The open gong fu poses on all but the much maligned combi-rifle figure also made access fairly easy to do without taking them to bits.

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I painted over the robes very similar to my usual orange, but played with the order a bit to distinguish the fabric of the robes from the armour of the heavy infantry. First I painted the cloth orange brown, then washed it with cavalry brown, same as before, but then without doing the white highlights, I did a layer of scrofulous brown, then washed it again with the cavalry brown. Then a smaller layer of scrofulous brown was applied, and the extreme edges done in a mix of scrofulous brown and skull white. I’m not sure how much of that was necessary, I winged it on the first guy and then did it on the others to be consistent.

As I wrote earlier, I didn’t hate my first attempt at all, but I feel the new look works much better. Encouraged by this success, I would later redo the armour on my Gui Feng spec ops, but that will have to wait for another post.