Just checking some parts on one of the most novel miniatures I've had on the workbench in some time. Noodles anyone?
Busy evening as just realised I need to migrate rest of the old site so can shut the previous hosting package down before it renews at the end of the month. Should still find a little time to do some more to the second of the Yu Jing Domaru Butai for Infinity though. Maybe even a little Imperial Assault too if things progress well.
Too warm to paint today so making most of nice weather to assemble Oniwaban and a few support options for Infinity. Use the opportunity to get ahead on the assembly plan. Summer always seems to be a quiet period for the hobby as the great outdoors and other things in life take priority, so I will probably look to slow things down in the workshop now for a few weeks and focus on painting just a couple of evenings a week. it also gives me an opportunity to catch up on some much needed reading, gaming and to take stock of the hobby plans before things pick up again in the autumn. In the meantime though, tea break over so let's see if I [...]
In my last Infinity post I talked about incorporating the Japanese Sectorial Starter set into my vanilla Yu Jing. Just to give me a variety in the miniatures and load outs available and thus a little flexibility in the force list. Nothing drastic, purely to see how a few minor tweaks can give me different options. The Keisotsu are the JSF equivalent of the standard Zhanshi light infantry only with slightly lower ballistic skill and willpower, so not so great on reaction but at only 9 points each decent regular order generators. They also have Courage as well so can opt to take guts rolls which is useful. As I'm including them (for now) in a vanilla Yu Jing list I've dropped the white and [...]
My Yu Jing force is getting a boost in size (literally) with the addition of a TAG. This is the final miniature in the starter force I came away from Ireland with and I purposefully left it until last to keep me motivated to finish the rest of the group first, a reward if you like. The Guijia is one of the older TAGs in the game, but it's still pretty impressive. What it lacks in the crisper edges of the more recent releases it makes up for in pure belligerence, the round pugnacious silhouette fits it's ARM 8 profile making it a pretty durable TAG. Combine that with a Burst 1 Anti-material mode explosive ammo for the Multi-HMG and it's also pretty effective in [...]
Just like IKEA only smaller. Getting into Infinity isn't just about the miniatures, there's terrain as well. Lots of terrain so I need to make a start on that too. Luckily some of these rather nice habitats from Micro Art Studio arrived so it's all good.
The final miniature in my Yu Jing starter set is the Domaru Butai, which presents a completely different painting challenge to the Shang Ji. Whereas the Shang Ji is high contrast and colour saturated with the orange armour, the Domaru is a more sedate pale grey and white. A cold palette to contrast with the warm greens and oranges of the rest of the starter. In that respect the Domaru stands apart as almost clinical. This is particularly reinforced by the almost arterial scarlet scabards for the Katana and icon on the right pauldron marking her as a close-combat martial artist you really don't want to tangle with. With such a strong white palette I didn't want to start with white as that gives me nowhere to go from a highlight [...]
Not much to say about the Celestial Guard as it followed broadly the same palette as the Zhanshi with the exception of having a little more blue grey in the armour. The Celestial Guard is a fairly unremarkable light infantry compared with other faction starters as it didn't introduce anything spectacular to the force such as TO Camo or infiltration. It is however a nice cheap option for a support troop and I occasionally deployed him as my Lieutenant when I wanted to play the Shang Ji more aggressively up front. Similar to the Shang Ji I built the orange up from orange brown and scrofulous brown softening the transitions with a glaze of Vallejo Sun Yellow. The rest of the palette is a duplication [...]
Following on from painting the three Zhanshi line troops, the next logical step for my Yu Jing starter is to get a Lietenant into the mix. So next under the brush is the first of two heavy infantry that comes as part of the set; the Shang Ji Invincible. This chap is really all about the orange armour so I do opt to use the airbrush this time to layer up the initial highlights. This method is very much in keeping with how Angel paints the studio versions for Corvus Belli and really helps gives the armour volume even before the brush edge highlights go on. Basically it saves a ton of effort which I'm always up for. Before all that though I repeat the [...]