Thursday, May 11, 2017

Yu Jing from Operation: Red Veil

Infinity: The Game is a sci-fi skirmish game that "simulates combat and special operations in a Science fiction environment created by Gutier Lusquiños of Corvus Belli. The games aesthetics are largely inspired by Manga, particularly the work of Masamune Shirow...Unlike many tabletop games, the rules for Infinity are freely available for download..." (from the Wikipedia entry)

After collecting Infinity figures for a couple of years now, after Christmas I finally got my act together and started painting a force from one of the four (!) factions that I own.

These seven 32mm scale figures represent about half of the contents of the Operation: Red Veil boxed set, which contained 14 (or, in my case 15)  figures representing the Yu Jing and Haqqislam factions. (RE: Yu Jing: "The whole of the Far East, united under the banner of what once was China, has produced an integrated, but heterogeneous, oriental culture."

I split the box with Conscript MikeA (who got the Haqqislam and special forces operator figures). These boxed sets are great values, giving introductory rules, dice, templates, a play mat, and cardboard fold-up terrain, in addition to the figures.

These Yu Jing models are a balanced force of light infantry (3 Zhanshi armed with combi-rifles), one medium infantry (a Tiger Soldier Hacker, with a rifle/flamethrower combo), two heavy infantry (a Zuyong with either a combi-rifle or a multi-rifle, plus a pair of breaker pistols; and, a Hsien with a heavy machine gun and a fancy sword), and an Operation: Red Veil exclusive figure, a Ninja Hacker (with a silent, tactical bow, and another fancy sword). A good description of each model and its use in the game is located here. Note that over half of the figures are female. Neat touch.

Modeling:

The models are beautifully sculpted, with great anatomy and posing. The one downside to these models is their fragility. The arms are tiny, and the legs only marginally less so. I pinned all the figures to Dragon Forge "Tech-Deck" resin bases. I affixed a 1/4 inch rare-earth magnet to each base, to help transport the figs in a metal box; no rattling around!

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For painting, I started with my usual Zenithal highlighting, airbrushing white over P3 black primer, Most of the major colours were laid down with successive layers of Citadel Washes. The faces and details were painted in various oils.

The bases were finished using various Vallejo washes and weathering powders. The dark grey lines represent the front 180-degree facing of the model, a requirement for the game.

Below, a group shot, sitting on a metal medical instrument case:

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Three Zhanshi, light infantry. I painted the flesh darker than I usually do, to help show the figures' Asian background. The purple hair is pure anime.

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Below left, the Hsien heavy infantryman; love the sculpting of the flowing tails of the coat. Below right, the Zuyong Terra Cotta Soldier. Very, very nice rendering of powered armour. Maybe my favourite sculpt of the set.

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Below left, the Tiger Soldier; she's a jump trooper who's also equipped with an Assault Hacking Device. Below right, the Ninja; she is equipped with therm-optic camouflage (invisibility!) and a Killer Hacker Device. Hacking of computers, telecomms, devices, and even certain other people is an important part of the game.

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In Action:

Had my first game with them against Derek at the Legions Maxximus game convention. They also garnered me a gold medal at the 40th (!) annual Manitoba Model Soldier Society show and competition, run concurrently.

The following are photos of various games I used them in over the last little while.

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Below, two photos of Scott's terrain, at the Rest Lounge game day.

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4 comments:

Lasgunpacker said...

Great work... and hacking a Gonk Droid? perfect.

Michael Awdry said...

Sensational!

Greg B said...

Great painting Dave, and I love the table, particularly the commercial messages.

Wouter Wolput said...

An awesome display, everything looks so good.