The Daoying Operative Control Unit empowers the Invincible Army to confidently complete its missions, and fundamentally improves the capability of generic Yu Jing lists. They are described as a unit trained specifically for front-line command and their profiles represent this well within the INFINITY rule set. Each combination of weaponry is able to take the Lieutenant Level 2 special skill, which generates two Lieutenant special orders that under normal conditions would only be usable by the Trooper possessing the skill. Whilst there are some important situations where the Daoying might wish to use the orders it generates on itself, they become especially meaningful when the army list also contains a powerful trooper with the NCO Special Skill, which allows its owner to use the Special Lieutenant Order, considering it as another Regular Order of their Combat Group. The Invincible Army is gifted with two very powerful Troopers capable of taking the NCO skill, Mowang Troops, who are brutally tough solo gunfighters, and Tai Sheng, a skilled sub-commander who can use these orders to activate a Zuyong Invincible fireteam. Whilst their core function of empowering NCO troopers often leaves the Daoying stationary, they are not completely defenseless thanks to Camouflage. Being able to hide under a marker puts an extra layer of effort between would-be assassins and their prize.
I was immediately drawn to the hacker profile who I will showcase in this post, so let’s take a look at what makes the Daoying Hacker Lieutenant Level 2 such a great choice.
The hacking devices gives the Daoying two more functions that perfectly synergise with her existing camouflage and bonus orders: Supporting the army through hacking programs and being a specialist trooper for the purpose of completing objectives in ITS missions. In terms of completing objectives in ITS missions, 2 extra orders and a marker state help the Daoying overcome her slower than baseline movement speed for endgame objective runs. Her Boarding Shotgun can also be a nasty surprise for defenders too, especially when the first attack is from the camouflage state. This same shotgun also makes her a prickly target for assassins too, who in all probability will have their heads blown off if they try to intuitive attack her within her zone of control.
Regarding her hacking device, the Daoying is well suited to use many of the programs that come with this versatile equipment, meaning there is always a use for her two bonus orders, even when no NCO trooper is around. The most common function will be buffing friendly Remotes and Heavy Infantry, both of which are very common in the Invincible Army. She can also assist with the deployment of drop troops, including the new Liu Xing Invincible, who has not yet found its way into my lists. The extra orders from Lieutenant Level 2 are especially handy for making sure she is back in the camouflaged state before the enemy turn, assuming they are in any condition to retaliate.
The Daoying Hacker is a beautiful model. Whilst I thought the concept didn’t look a whole lot like a command unit (there are a lot of unique elements in the legs made players speculate it would be a mobility troop), this particular model captures the role of a hacker commander perfectly. Assembly was a dream, two solid pieces that combine at the waist, leaving all parts of the model accessible to the brush once assembled. In terms of colours, there’s not a lot of the orange on her. She introduces a new blue colour that is not present on any other Yu Jing troopers I’ve painted previously. I made it by combining GW Shadow Grey with GW Regal Blue. Both colours are long out of production, but I am sure alternatives have been identified. I highlighted by adding white to the mix.
On to the name.
Daoying is made up of two characters, ‘Dao’ (刀) which covers in general all manner of knifes and swords, and ‘ying’ (鹰) which covers birds of prey. The background in the Third Offensive book states that the unit takes its name from an alien falcon native to the region of Yutang where the training academy for the Daoying Troops is located. Thanks to its sharp claws, the Yu Jing settlers named it ‘knife-falcon’ in their language. Chinese names for animals are generally literal and descriptive, beyond those few that have a unique character (e.g. cow is cow, yak is hair-cow, deer is deer, giraffe is long-neck-deer, kangaroo is bag-rat and platypus is duck-lip-beast.). ‘Dao’ rhymes with “Foul” minus the ‘l’ at the end, or “cow” minus the ‘w’ at the end. “Ying” rhymes with “thing”.