We got in our first game of Star Saga. The game looks like it will play well once we have a few run throughs.
On the down side: The rules are a bit haphazardly organized and required a lot of looking around to sort out questions. Some of the examples don't seem to agree with the written rules etc...
I painted up the Plague Aberration (the far left model in the picture above) mostly just to test the material for paint interactions and didn't spend any time cleaning it up, or washing it, in advance of painting. It took paint really well and was a lot of fun too! I'm going to have to dig the plague out the Deadzone and Warpath boxes and churn a pile out. Of course I didn't back the Plague faction very hard... good thing Mantic remains affordable even when not in Kickstarter mode!
This is a large model as you can see from the picture of it intimidating the Herald player character...
Also fun to paint using mostly washes and dry-brush... even played with osl a little on it.
The base is a test run of the "Bad Guy Floor" and you can see the Herald on the "Good Guy Floor"
The main body is a heavy Sunny Flesh drybrush over the Khaki base coat then a coupl of washes of P3 flesh. The P3 flesh is a purplish shader which I'll use a lot for the undead and malefic flesh tones.
The skin was brushed back up with a thin Brains Pink and the carapace with Graveyard Earth and Splintered Bone (Reaper)
The eye glow is old Scaly Green (Citadel) which is at least two generations of GW paints old... its a great paint for lenses as well... I'm gonna miss that when its gone!
As much as I like doing scenic bases I've been thinking about going with clear bases for the Mantic family of games. Mostly its just so I don't have to look at trench warfare bases on a map representing a star-ship or a high tech base in a jungle... its just a thought at the moment and might be already sabotaged by Mantic's habit of including integrated bases on their minis... which would have to be removed to replace them with clear bases...
These are beautiful kits from Raging Heroes which I want to use as Ynnari faction Eldar.. kind of Elfy Death Cultists... Bone Brown is the new Black and tiel and blue fancy bits because... elfs! I mean... even a morbid death fixated elf has to have some style!
I use the giant pony tails as unit colors so I can keep the models organized on the tabletop. Blue, red, green,,, etc... this first squad is blue.
I'm really excited about these models for a couple of reasons but the main one is the sharpness of the detail.
Veridyan and the Hunter... Veridyan is on a 32mm base so I really ought to dig a GW model out that is on a 25mm round to use for these size comparisons... I'll eventually unpack one!
The main lesson from this week... if I'm gonna bother to paint it I really ought to clean it up! Even models from board games! I ended up liking these models and thinking about using them beyond the occasional session of the game they came with...
The Aberration is a great model and, though it took the paint well, it has some really prominent mould lines.
Similarly the Titanite Demon would make a great proxy model and has some casting lines and the joins (the model comes pre-assembled) are not obscured and could have used a spot of the green stuff.
The Hunters! front and back... these helmets are so awesome... they remind me of Predator... which is, of course, a great theme for the "Hunters"
Back to building and painting...