Fancy Zhànshì part 2

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Today I am again writing to celebrate the retirement of some Yu Jing line infantry models, this time some much adored but seldom used Zhanshi, the second infinity models I ever bought.

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I love these old models. I love the no nonsense haircuts, complex uniforms and action poses especially. They might be some of the best single piece miniatures ever in my opinion. The old combis are proportionally bigger than those abandoned OICW prototypes, but still look cool. The models may have changed, but the statblock regrettably has not. Whilst I get the impression my adoration for the sculpts is above the average, my “love” for the statblock is right there with the majority. That’s why these models are retiring after having been repainted more times than they have been used in a competitive match. Frankly, no one is taking Zhanshis to fight. Keisotsu and Kuang Shi cheerlead for better value in vanilla. Zhanshis will have no competative niche until a sectorial army list both makes them linkable and denies access to keisotsu butai, celestial guard and kuang shi. I hope it happens soon, because I like the new ones and am eyeing off the SWC box, despite having never played a profile without a combi rifle.

So what do the new sculpts bring to the table?

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In summary, big tits, round asses, manga aesthetic hairstyles, simple, easy to paint uniforms, sensibly sized weapons, modern-scaled bodies. Your mileage may vary on some of those but I’ve certainly seen the upside and am really happy with the new models.

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Whilst I would not have opted for many of the departures from the old ones if asked, I love the character and detail of these sculpts. I also like the poses, even if the blue haired woman is being a bit reckless with her gun. She was a lot of fun to paint, because she could easily be done in one piece in contrast to the others. I was foolhardy enough to paint the other two with their gun arms separate, something that I always regret until the models are together.

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Regarding the faces, I’ve spent a lot of time in recent years working in rural parts of Asia, and I think it is influencing my choice of skin tones. I’m definitely shading heavier. I’ve also tried a few different combinations, like shading with GW Snakebite Leather instead of Vallejo Cavalry Brown. I like the result but t is a little too close to the colour of the armour sometimes, even though it has no colours in common.

20170507_101155On the backs of the models, large black/grey areas with plenty of hard angles make for comfortable and quick painting too. 20170507_101050

Welcome to the team ladies and gentleman, the deepest insert of my figure case is that way. Get comfortable.

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Fancy Zhànshì

Well, I finally did it. Anyone close to me knows I had been agonizing over the decision of whether or not to redo the original flouro orange of my Zhanshis with the new orange, as I did with the Shaolin Warrior Monks, Gui Feng Spec Ops, Yaoxie Rui Shi, Yao Xie Lu Duan and Yaozao remotes. The reason for this was because compared to the others, the old orange really worked on these guys.

20140106_130455The Zhanshis were actually the second Infinity figures I bought, after the original Imperial Agent Pheasant Rank, in line with my plans to put together a fairly regular army unit. As I gravitated slowly toward the Imperial Service Sectorial Army (completely contrary to my original intent), it was looking like these guys were going to see less and less play, and I was almost certain to leave them as they were, as a tribute to my first efforts.

Then N3 came out, causing me to fall in love with the Yan Huo Invincible. Then they teased the new Hac Tao. What this meant was that I would need cheer leaders, and something to fill the gaps whilst I grew my legion of invincibles in anticipation of the “upcoming” sectorial army.

I am strong (strong!), I am Invincible (invincible!)
One day this guy is getting his own post.

In short, despite how cool my pure Imperial list is shaping up to be, the Zhanshis are going to continue to get a workout with my State Army Units, as seen below. Now all I need is a hacker or a TAG.

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So, you have gone through this article reading Zhànshì this and Zhànshì that, but were you internalising it correctly? Wonder no more!

As with all Chinese words, each syllable has its own character. Zhànshì is made up of these two, 战(Zhàn) & 士(shì).

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In Pinyin, 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”, like you were going to say “shit” but stopped yourself three letters in because children might read the blog. The character (士) is usually used as a suffix to denote a professional.

So taken together the literal meaning of Zhànshì (战士) is fighter, but the professionalism implied by the second character would make warrior the more fitting translation.

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