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As I spoke about before I’ve started this D-Day count down and this time I’m going to talk about what I’ve been running.

The State Empire

At the start of HSN3 I ran sectorials to try out the new Fireteam hotness, as I’m sure a lot of people did. Yu Jing was my first love so they were my go to faction. I had a little dabble in JSA as being able to Haris Karakuri alongside a Keisotsu core team sounded pretty good. But with a flutter with Nomads including at the TCO I’ve been running ISS a fair bit so it was them I chose when deciding what to make of my hobby with Infinity.

The Beginning 

The two list ideas revolve around the Su Jian and Wu Ming. I’m trying to keep the core lists the same only changing the bear minimum to make them optimum for the mission. They started out both with the same premise, heavy hitters with the Su Jian and Wu Ming, a smattering of specialists and a second group containing the Sophotect to bring troops back. I was also trying out new troops like Kanren and Ninja killer hackers along side Zhanying Haris teams.

Development

I won’t go through all the changes but here is what they have morphed into.

Imperial Service
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GROUP 1 10
WÚ MÍNG (Forward Observer) Boarding Shotgun / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 31)
WÚ MÍNG (Fireteam: Duo) Chain Rifle, Submachine Gun / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 25)
WÚ MÍNG Panzerfaust, Light Shotgun / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 29)
WÚ MÍNG HMG / Pistol, Knife. (2 | 39)
WÚ MÍNG Heavy Rocket Launcher, Light Shotgun / Pistol, Knife. (2 | 33)
CELESTIAL GUARD Hacker (Hacking Device) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 21)
CELESTIAL GUARD Lieutenant Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 13)
CHAĪYÌ Yaókòng Flash Pulse, Sniffer / Electric Pulse. (0 | 8)
KǍNRÈN Hacker (Killer Hacking Device) Combi Rifle, Chain-colt / Pistol, Monofilament CC Weapon, Knife. (0 | 29)
LÙ DUĀN Mk12, Heavy Flamethrower / Electric Pulse. (0 | 21)

GROUP 24
CELESTIAL GUARD (Kuang Shi Control Device) Combi Rifle + Light Smoke Grenade Launcher / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 13)
DAKINI Tacbot Paramedic (MediKit) Combi Rifle / Electric Pulse. (0 | 15)
DAKINI Tacbot Paramedic (MediKit) Combi Rifle / Electric Pulse. (0 | 15)
PANGGULING (Minesweeper, Repeater) Electric Pulse. (0 | 8)

5.5 SWC | 300 Points

Imperial Service
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GROUP 1 10
SÙ-JIÀN Spitfire, Light Flamethrower, Panzerfaust / Heavy Pistol, Knife. (2 | 59)
SOPHOTECT Combi Rifle, D-Charges / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 31)
YUDBOT Electric Pulse. (0 | 3)
YUDBOT Electric Pulse. (0 | 3)
CELESTIAL GUARD Lieutenant Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 13)
CELESTIAL GUARD (Forward Observer) Boarding Shotgun / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 13)
CELESTIAL GUARD (Forward Observer) Boarding Shotgun / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 13)
CELESTIAL GUARD Hacker (Hacking Device) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 21)
WÚ MÍNG (Fireteam: Duo) Chain Rifle, Submachine Gun / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 25)
WÚ MÍNG Heavy Rocket Launcher, Light Shotgun / Pistol, Knife. (2 | 33)
RUI SHI Spitfire / Electric Pulse. (1 | 20)
CHAĪYÌ Yaókòng Flash Pulse, Sniffer / Electric Pulse. (0 | 8)

GROUP 25 / 3
NINJA Hacker (Killer Hacking Device) Tactical Bow / Pistol, DA CCW, Knife. (0 | 29)
CELESTIAL GUARD (Kuang Shi Control Device) Combi Rifle + Light Smoke Grenade Launcher / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 13)
KUANG SHI Chain Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 5)
KUANG SHI Chain Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 5)
KUANG SHI Chain Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 5)

6 SWC | 299 Points

I found missile launchers and Panzerfaust rarely perform for me so they’ve been dropped in both lists whereas the Wu Ming have been doing work so they have popped up everywhere.

The other major change was the Sophotect. This came about with some lateral thinking when analyzing my lists. While reviving your troops is a sound idea (who hasn’t been deflated after seeing a TAG you spent so many orders taking down brought back to full health) you have to ask what that ability is costing you. While adding a palbot is a minimal investment the Sophotect and the extra orders needed to enable her to do her job really make for quite a large investment. While I have managed to do it I was questioning its worth. Also taking into account the Wu Mings lack of cube she was dropped from that list completely in favour of Dakini paramedics.

The major change in the Su Jian list was the swapping of the Kuang Shi to the second combat group. This came about due to the lacklustre performance of the Zhanying Haris team. I still think they could be good, certainly with the inclusion of a Hsien, but not in this list. This goes back to thinking about what you want from troops. Before I was basically using the Kuang Shi for cheap orders to fuel the Su Jian and backfield protectors. In this format they’ll need to do some work otherwise they’ll be wasted orders. 5 orders just to smoke cover the Rui Shi just isn’t efficient. I’m also trying out an all guns Wu Ming duo as the list needs more punch somewhere.

D-Day -8

That’s where I am right now with the lists. The Su Jian list has only been run once in its current version and as a whole I am 2-1-2 since the D-Day countdown started.

Let me know what you guys think and if I’m not full of horse garbage I’ll post up some unit reviews or something along with an SCTS AAR.

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