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“.

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Remote Revisions, Part 4: Remote Reckoning

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Why was I programmed to feel pain?

Remote Revisions, Part 1
Remote Revisions, Part 2
Remote Revisions, Part 3

Scant minutes after I posted Remote Revisions, Part 3,  an unusually strong gust of wind passed through my apartment, collecting both my cherished Yaoxie Remotes from the coffee table and depositing them on the tiled floor with the horrible sound of rapidly dispersing pewter. Being a nightmare to assemble, these slick looking remotes were, when the time came, proportionally easy to shatter. As I fumbled around on my hands and knees amidst the wreckage looking for a piece large enough to kill myself with, I noticed that both remotes had been separated from their 40mm bases by fall. The silver lining to this cloud of Zyklon B had been found. Remote Revisions, Part 4 would be coming sooner than I intended.

I had originally created an elaborate plan to slice off the base extensions but leave enough to have a decent footprint for gluing to the next base.

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This was sort of doable on the Rui Shi. Given it’s reduction to component atoms, it was easy enough to get the cut at an angle with the hobby knife that wouldn’t deform the legs. On the Lu duan, the whole assembly was blown to bits and I even had to rebuild one foot from green stuff. On both bases I built up a thin layer of green stuff that I could sink the pegs on the end of each leg into, in the hopes of creating a stronger bond through the enlarged surface area. I then used my normal basing sand to conceal the connection.

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I regret how much of the leg is now hidden by the base but it could not be avoided. At least things are slowly returning back to normal. The damaged paint has been redone and the models are mostly back together. Still need to paint the new bases when they are dry. I took the whole thing as a sign that my Imperial Service list could use an engineer…

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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.

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