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 red palette of the JSF armour in favour of orange and green. Unlike the Zhanshi however I kept the primer darker and mixed Scale 75 black and white to create a gradual more subtle grey pre-highlight. I then started with the skin tones first as I find it helps define the character of the miniature. I used to leave the faces until last many years ago but generally speaking it’s the most striking element of the figure and one which the eye is drawn to first. As such I find it’s best to paint at the start when you have highest motivation and patience. That way you’re likely to not rush it.
Wth the faces and hands done I gave the pants a glaze of Charadon Granite and Khaki to add some earthy tones and then painted the boots and undershirt the same as I did for the Zhanshi. The orange armour was a base of Vallejo Brown Orange with highlights of Game Scrofulous Brown and White. Basically a repeat of the colours used on the more current Yu Jing. This was then shaded with a glaze of Cavalry Brown to create contrast.
I did opt to change the bases however and mounted the Keisotsu on 25mm Micro Art Studio Warehouse bases purely for variety. These were painted grey and given a few oil and rust stains to provide interest.
For the guns I mixed a dark glaze of black and GW Stegadon Green and I changed the colour of the knife scabbard to Red Leather shaded with Cavalry Brown as I thought this tied them nicely into the red of the Japanese Sectorial and created just enough differentiation with the Zhanshi. That said the baggy pants should be a dead giveaway too.
Final touches included the green glow of the wrist gear and backpack and lightening the Combi-Rifle barrels and clips with Intermediate Blue + white.
Job done and three more light infantry join the ranks of the Yu Jing.