Red Veil comes with two factions; in Icestorm it was PanO and Nomads while in Red Veil it’s Yu Jing and Haqqislam. The faction choice for the first box came down to Red vs Blue, so it looks like that this time round we’re going down the “Yellow-Green” vs “Yellow-Orange” path!
Unlike Haqqislam, Yu Jing is a faction that I’m really into and would be my primary…well JSA would be my primary, followed by Yu Jing, but the point still stands! And man do I love these new models. It’s just a tad awkward that I recently painted (wait what) my Zhanshi. Much like Haqqislam, Yu Jing and Haqqislam have already had 2 starter packs, and it’s really cool that they now have a third starter pack, and how amazing it looks!
The line troopers for Yu Jing are the Zhanshi, a stock standard line troop known for being better at stabbing you but little else. Compared to the Nomad Alquaciles they have an extra point of CC, which sometimes help, but means in a lot of vanilla lists players use the JSA Keisotsu as the order generators because they are cheaper. There’s nothing fancy about these guys; standard combi rifle loadout, various weapons loadouts, standard specialist loadouts and an Lt option. One advantage that they have though is that the Lt does not cost any swc unlike some factions, meaning you can hide your Lt among the other Zhanshi. What’s really interesting is that these guys have broken the 2:1 male to female mini ratio of grunts, which is really cool and makes up for the sheer number of dudes in ISS.
Next up, we have the Tiger Soldier…and god do I love Tiger Soldiers! I’ve said a few words on the Tiger’s briefly but they are considered one of the best AD troopers in the game. This one here has an assault hacking device and a combi with a light flamer. The combi+light flamer already makes it a rather useful unit, throw in that it’s a specialist and you can drop in on an objective right where you want to and take it. You do though need to be careful with deploying Tigers as when they arrive your opponent might get a free shot at them. I love the new range of Tigers, and with her I now have 3 (boarding shotgun, spitfire and assault hacker). Now I just need to figure out how to transport her…
Next up we have a Zuyong with multirifle, and it’s about damn time we had another model from what is the basic Yu Jing heavy infantry! Annoyingly this one isn’t the generic Zuyong so it can only be used for a single profile; however a multrifle backed up by 2 breaker pistols isn’t a laughing matter. Also I really love the pose. Stat wise, the Zuyong is pretty basic for an HI, however it has this brutal BS13 which is no laughing matter, and for a “line trooper” is insane. I’m a huge fan of the HMG Lt who also packs an automed-kit. This guy is going to be a part of an HI sectorial, so I’m looking forward to being able to link them (and sad that I can’t duo them).
The last model in the starter set is the Hsien, another HI but that’s Yu Jing’s deal, but strangely one armed with an HMG. Hsien’s are considered some of the elite of Yu Jing, and in the lore are the Jade Emperor’s hands, and routinely rock around with ISS. They have awesome stats, MSV2, MA1, but interestingly no kimetica. Not is all lost however as the HMG can be an Lt, so you do get a very aggressive assault piece with an extra order. I find this model a bit of an odd choice as the other new starter packs (PanO, Nomads, Haqqislam) have snipers as the special weapon, and talk on the warcor forums about not including HMGs in demo lists (which I have done…). Still awesome.
The Red Veil exclusive is a model that has been in of an update for a while, the Ninja! But not any ninja, it’s a ninja with a tactical bow! This was a profile added in N3, and I’ve used it to not too much luck and generally avoid it (despite how dirt cheap it is). With HSN3 they created a new profile that also has a killer hacking device, and anti hacker hacker basically, a unit that I have used to great success! She doesn’t cost any swc, is an infiltrating specialist who can deal damage in CC with MA3 and a DA ccw. Also the tactical bow is an interesting, but hard to use weapon. It’s DA ammo but uses the user’s ph (11), and has a really short range BUT is silent so if you attack out of LoF no one can respond to it!