Remote Communications.

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I never really talked about the names of the Yáoxiè Ruì shī, Yáoxiè Lù Duān and Yáozǎo remotes that I repainted earlier, probably because I was still in shock that I didn’t ruin them (until I did).

So lets start with the two Yáoxiè.

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The character 遥/yáo is common to all Yu Jing remotes because it means “remote”. To say it, start with “cow”, change the first letter to a ‘y’, then try and de emphasise the ‘w’ as best you can. You should be pretty close. Rhymes with the Tao in Hac Tao. The second character, 械/xiè is a little harder to pull off but I will try my best. Take the ‘sh’ from ‘shot’ and follow it up with the ‘ye’ from ‘yes’, but all as one syllable. It means “weapon” or ‘tool’.

On to specific Yáoxiè.

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The unit description of the Ruì shī states that they are named after the Chinese Guardian Lions which are a common feature outside doorways wherever Chinese can be found in bulk. A curious custom, pairs of these statues usually flank the entrance and can range from lifelike and intimidating to downright goofty. Although normally just called lions (獅/shī), the 瑞/Ruì character, which means “auspicious” is occasionally added. Ruìshī/瑞獅 can also refer to specific kind of mythological lion associated with Tibet, although the unit description makes it clear it’s named for the statues.

Rui shi

To pronounce the 瑞/Ruì character,  put an ‘R’ in front of the word “way” and try and say it as one syllable. The 獅/shī is pronounced the same as the ‘shì’ at the end of Zhànshì but for the tone.

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Lù Duān/甪端 is the name of a mythological Chinese beast. His defining characteristic is the ability to detect the truth. Normally he appears a typical colourful bug eyed whiskered dragon lion thing you would have seen dancing in the street last week, except he has a single big horn pointing back off his head. I have this theory that at the last minute CB got the names mixed up and attached them to the wrong profiles and models. If you look at the Ruì shī, his utterly nightmarish to attach backwards facing antenna looks awfully last minute, and kinda gives the impression of a big horn. Add to that, a Multispectral Visor Level 2 fits with the theme of seeing the truth. That said the only thing I can think of linking the current Lù Duān to the guardian lions is that it doesn’t appear on it’s own thanks to the Holoprojector Level 2.

I’ll be completely honest with you all, I have no idea what the characters that make up Lù Duān mean individually and would welcome any assistance there.

Lu Duan

The ‘ù’ in Lù/甪 is the exact same ‘ù’ as the Sù Jian’s Su/速. This what I was talking about in that earlier post when I said Pīnyīn is wonderfully consistent. Take the ‘oo’ from “tool” and put an ‘L’ in front of it. To pronounce Duān/端, take the word “won”, as in “I actually won a game on Sunday“, then put a ‘D’ in front of it, as a single syllable.

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And finally, for the cutest remote of all, the Yáozǎo. As I wrote earlier, the yáo/遥 means “remote”. Zǎo/蚤 means “Flea” as the Human Sphere book correctly points out, and is a reference to the unit’s agility and stature. Zǎo rhymes with yáo but the tone is different. To get a convincing Pīnyīn ‘z’ sound happening, start with the ‘ds’ at the end of “buds“.

Yaozao

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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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Previously on The Eternal Rival…

I started collecting Infinity before I started this blog. I’m hoping to go back over my early experiences in time, my old paint jobs and so on to make this blog a complete account of my experience collecting Yu Jing for Infinity. I will do this at the same time as I add posts about what has been going with my battlegroup recently.

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For anyone who might be interested in my experience with particular models, here’s a complete list of the collection in the order I bought them:

Imperial Agent Pheasant Rank – Mono-filament CCW
Zhanshis – Combi Rifle.
Hac Tao – Missile Launcher
Yu Jing Support Pack
Yaoxie (Rui Shi; Lu Duan)
Gui Feng Spec Ops
Invincible – Multi Rifle
Invincible – HMG
Dao Fei – HMG
ZuYong Invincible – HMG
Sun Tze – Boarding Shotgun