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 [...]
while I was over in Ireland Killian showed me a set of homemade tokens for Infinity created using self adhesive acrylic domes. I thought the idea was pure genius so I've replicated the method here. All you need are a set of card tokens (order or otherwise), these can be the ones included in the Operation Ice Storm starter, from the miniature packaging outer carton or even just printed off versions. You then need a few strips of 1" round acrylic domes. These are often advertised for bottle cap art and crafts and are available from craft and hobby stores and of course online. A quick search should turn up plenty of options, the cheapest I found were from China and cost around £6 for [...]
I made a promise to myself on the way back home that I'd capitalise on the motivation from the boot camp to immediately crack on and get the starter set painted and game ready. This is the first stage of keeping that promise and is all about laying down the basics. The Zhanshi are the line troops for the Yu Jing and three of them are included in the set I received. As these were the first troops I learned the game with it seemed appropriate that they also be the first on the painting table. Before I get too deeply into that though there's some pre-preparation that needs to be addressed. The boot camp was a great event for getting them cleaned up, built [...]
Part two and the final post summing up the Beasts of War Infinity Boot Camp. Friday and Saturday were all about the set up, hobby and learning how Infinity works. It was also a fair bit of eating, drinking and generally kicking back with a bunch of sound fellas who are just as into pushing wee soldiers about as I am. So a pretty good weekend when you look at it like that. Sunday however got serious as the game-faces came out. There were prizes at stake...proper prizes. Fortunately this wasn't a 40K GT so when all was said and done the final two games of the weekend were really about putting into practice everything learned throughout the Saturday with the added bonus of including the TAG. [...]
As you'll have seen from my previous post I've been putting together a Yu Jing starter force for Infinity in an effort to finally get some traction learning the game. Normally the way these things work is I get a bunch of miniatures, quite often through whatever starter box the company does (Operation Icestorm in this instance) and that's about as far as it gets for a while. Which obviously isn't all that effective. This time things should hopefully be different as I de-camped from the man-cave last Friday and headed to Ireland for the Infinity Boot Camp being hosted at Beasts of War and run by Carlos (aka @Bostria) Designer for Infinity from Corvus Belli. Carlos explaining the background, features and attributes of the Yu-Jing faction starter [...]
Yu-Jing Starter built and a surprise TAG thrown in courtesy of Corvus Belli and Beasts of War.
The first section of the Epic Swordwind Guardian Warhost I showed on the workbench yesterday for should get completed tonight which I'll cover in full next week. It won't be the last unit for my mini Epic revival don't worry, but I do want to give a bit of a heads up on something new coming up over the next few weeks, that being Infinity by Corvus Belli. It's a game system that's been recommended to me over the years on a number of occasions and one which I very briefly dabbled in painting wise on some Yu Jing remotes which had been kicking around the workshop for a number of years. To be fair though my heart wasn't really in it back then and when you're not loving painting [...]