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The original Yu Jing Mech-engineer has long been one of my favorite models to use and photograph, despite me never getting around to giving her an article of her own. You can see her prominently in the photos for many posts I wrote about remotes. This is because her career on the table has been very focused on the support of Yu Jing’s remotes, where she has performed admirably, returning them to the fight and occasionally surprising all with turn 3 heroics. We salute her and wish her well for her retirement.

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My main motivation for getting the new modelwas mainly because I like the Doctor model from the same box. I like the new engineer too of course. He is more congruent with the current Yu Jing aesthetic since N3, both in terms of design and colour.

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With regards to how I have used the profile, to be honest I would have used generic Yu Jing in less than 10% of my games to date. This is because I prefer to use maximum-sized core fireteams for first turn defensive ARO. In those games where I have played generic Yu Jing, I have tended to compensate for my feeling of reactive turn vulnerability by enrolling two Yaokong Husong Remotes to help me survive until my first turn. I also almost always take a Rui Shi, because they are still SO good. The presence of the Mech-engineer provides two distinct benefits depending on who you are up against: They either fix the remotes, or never get the chance to try,  because the opponent really makes sure the remotes are destroyed beyond repair. The latter often takes an extra order on top of killing the remote, and if the remote put up an order-depleting fight before going to sleep, then the attacker is even more likely to make sure it will never get back up. Two levels of unconscious thanks to Remote Presence rule make this more of an investment than simply finishing off the average battlefield casualty in cold blood. Thus the engineer may function as slightly more expensive cheerleader that may drain an extra order per remote each game. He’ll see a lot more table now that Invincible Army has landed and White Banner Army is about to.

cofI normally include a Yaozao in the list to extend the Engineer’s repair capabilities to multiple Remotes. Sometimes that adorable Yaozao’s speed and lack of order generation make it the best candidate for jobs that are too dangerous to risk a human. This includes touching off mines and discovering camo markers.

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They also have Zhanshi combat aptitude that, while basic, may come in handy. It’s not something you plan on, but they often end up included in coordinated suppression orders as an afterthought, keeping the deployment zone just a little bit safer. Just occasionally, their status as specialists sees them attempt late game battlefield heroics.

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Painting the new engineer was pretty agreeable. He’s a big guy with a pose that presents some nice flat surfaces without too much being obscured by his limbs. No surprises with how the orange armour was painted. Clothing is Vallejo Heavy Blackgreen mixed with Games Workshop Regal Blue. Whites started as GW Fortress Grey with increasing white added. Skin was Vallejo Bronze Fleshtone washed with Cavalry Brown.

On to the name. The Chinese name of the Mech-Engineer, printed on his unit logo is Zhànshì gōngchéng (战士工程).

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Zhànshì (战士) is the same word that is used for the Yu Jing’s most basic line trooper. The ‘Zh’ sound of Zhàn is pronounced like the end of “judge“, starting at the ‘d’. The ‘an’ rhymes with “ran”. The character  (战) stands for combat. This can be from wars to battles to brawls. “Shi” sounds like the first part of “shit”. The character (士) is usually used as a suffix to denote a professional. The two characters in gōngchéng (工程) together mean Engineering.

Gongcheng Gōng (工) denotes work, labour, trades, crafts, etc. It sounds just the name of the metal instrument. Chéng (程) denotes sequences, rules, formulas etc. It sounds somewhere between how a random pool of English speakers would instinctively say the word “Cheng” and “Chung”.

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Remote Reinforcements, Part 2.

I had planned for the Yáokòng series to be an integral part of my Tiger Solider inspired foray into genric Yu Jing, but really dragged my feet getting them ready for some reason. I painted the Wèibīng first, but ended up building and using more lists with the Hùsòng. I had sort of expected this, so to facilitate more rapidly getting a fully painted Hùsòng on the table in a pinch, I sunk a long vertical pin into the hip joint of the Wèibīng’s where the turret/body sits, drilled a corresponding hole in the turret and never glued it, so that once I had painted the Hùsòng turret I could simply swap it over with the Wèibīng’s. Painting was almost identical to the Wèibīng, with different geometry but no new colours, so didn’t take that long once I got started.

Even now after both models have been finished, the body sits very sturdy and stable on the pin, so I never glued it. This has the added bonus of greatly increasing the transport-ability of the two remotes, as I can sit the legs in one cell of a classic GW 1.5 x 1 inch precut foam insert and the turret in another, no cutting required. For contrast, in a later post I’ll have to show off just how drastic modification was required to get the perpetuallydisintegrating Yáoxiè series mobile…

Being available in some form or another to almost all factions, Total Reaction HMGs are something every player has to learn to deal with early on in their Infinity learning curve. They have some very hard counters that are not particularly complicated to pull off, so there appears to be an enjoyable cycle in some Infinity scenes where everyone is taking TR HMG remotes, so everyone is taking hard counters, so everybody stops taking their TR HMG remotes, so everybody eases back on the counters and suddenly someone springs a TR HMG on the table again. Few of my pieces can claim such an impressive body count, and few others can claim to have been knocked out and repaired so many times in a single game.

The meaning and pronunciation of the Yáokòng part of the name was covered in the post about the Wèibīng. Hùsòng is written with the characters 护送 and means the verb “escort”.

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Hù/护 is a verb that means “protect”, and sounds like the “hoo” in “hoot”. 送/Sòng sounds almost exactly like the English word of the same spelling, the song that often accompanies dance. The character is verb that means to “carry”, “deliver” or “send off”, so when you combine both characters together you get a verb that implies protection whilst something is moved from one place to another.

Much like the Wèibīng unit logo, the Hùsòng  prominently features the character for a number, this time the number two (二/Èr).

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Remote Reinforcements, Part 1.

DSC01961 Been a while since I painted a new unit type. This time round it’s a Yáokòng Wèibīng, one of Yu Jing’s generic remotes. The Wèibīng is a veritable toolbox of neat gadgets that, in addition to its low points cost and ability to interact with scenario objectives, make it an attractive choice in all game types where a narrow door is unlikely to occur. In previous games I’ve been impressed by the Crane Agent‘s sensor, so it will be nice to bring one to the table for less than 50 pts.DSC01966 I love remotes. I wish  I could say I love painting them, but the truth is it’s a bit of a chore. At least this one didn’t explode like the Incredible Crash Dummies with the slightest handling, like the Rui Shi did/does The worst part is undercoating, because there is always a bit of metal peaking through that you only notice as the next paint is squeezed onto the pallet. Once that was done it was pretty smooth sailing. I probably spent the same amount of time looking at the photos and artwork online as I did painting colours. Hopefully this will mean that the impending Hùsòng will be much quicker and easier to paint. DSC01968 The dominant orange, is of course, the same orange I use on most things since the Zuyong Invincible. For the redder orange, I originally attempted to do it in the same colour I did on the Crane, Pheasant, Celestial Guards and Kuang Shi (that is, omitting the scrofulous brown from the recipe) but it was way too dull, so I went back to the drawing boards. In the end, I used a basecoat of Orange Brown (shared wit the rest of the armour panels), washed to hell with Cavalry Brown, then layered with GW Firey Orange. After that I washed it to hell with Cavalry Brown again. I pretty much made it up as  I went along, I’m not sure if all steps are necessary but I will do it again on the Hùsòng in the same manner to play it safe. DSC01969 The Yáokòng part of this unit’s name is written with the characters 遥控, which together mean “remote control”. Yaokong The Yáo/遥 character is the same one that is common to all Yu Jing Remotes. Kòng/遥 character, not dissimilar in sound to the “Kong” in “King Kong”, is a verb meaning control. Wèibīng is written with the characters 卫兵, which together form a noun meaning “guard”, with military specific connotations as we will see below. Weibing Wèi/卫 is a verb meaning guard, protect or defend. It is pronounced just like the whey Little Miss Muffet eats whilst waiting for spiders. Bīng/兵 is a character that means soldier, which sounds exactly how it looks, just like the search engine. The Yáokòng Wèibīng unit logo prominently features the character for one (一/Yī). The other remotes in the Yáokòng series predictably feature the characters for 2,3 and 4, but we will talk more about numbers when that Wu Ming with MULTI Rifle + light grenade launcher is done. Weibing Logo

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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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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