Well, as promised, here is my gui jia T.A.G. and some Japanese support troops. This is a usable Infinity army, but I need a few more models to get to 250 points, which is the Australian standard game size. I gave a lot of consideration to how I would paint my Infinity models before I started. I knew I wanted to go for a cleaner style than my Blanchian Battle Sisters and ancient looking, washed-out Eldar. Infinity is anime-inspired after all.
But I just couldn’t bring myself to go all-out anime style, with . . . interesting colours. Corvus Belli’s studio models are fantastically painted, and look like they stepped out of an episode of Neon Genesis or a Mass Effect game, but I just can’t take a military vehicle painted bright orange seriously. I’m sorry.
So I went for naturalistic colours. I pretty much can’t help using naturalistic colours. It’s a bit of a failing actually, as people who just give my models a cursory glance often fail to notice the hidden depth I try to get into the paint-job. Which means it’s essentially wasted effort. I can see their brains going “oh, soldiers in dark realistic colours, cool I – WOW LOOK OVER THERE AT THOSE BRIGHT YELLOW ELDAR TANKS!”
Ah well, I paint them in the end to look good to me, and I’m happy with them. So I can’t complain. But it would be nice for us naturalistic painters to get a bit of love sometimes.
I used military modelling weathering techniques for the first time on the gui jia, as opposed to simply painting mud and paint chips on like I did with my 40k tanks. I used oil paints, weathering powders, the whole deal. It was actually really tricky not to overdo it, but I’m very happy with how she turned out (my gui jia pilot is a girl I imagine, since she has a totally cute tortoise painted on her leg armour).
Comments and questions welcome as always…