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Frills & Fauna is back and this time we're offering a more sinister selection of miniatures for your pleasure.
Frills & Fauna is back and this time we're offering a more sinister selection of miniatures for your pleasure.
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In this third Frills & Fauna installment, we delve into the darker side of the Stargrind universe. The Overlords Kickstarter looks at one of the species in the galaxy that subdue others. 

Overlords

Behind every thrall is a master. A major antagonist in Stargrind is the Overlords. A wholly alien species best described as floating brains. Physically, the overlords are quite weak, as they have evolved to interact with the physical realm using their minds. Powerful with both telepathy and telekinesis, the overlords can control everything (and almost everyone) around them with a simple thought.  

These models will involve two sets of components: bodies and tentacles. Different sets of tentacles may become available though stretch-goals to mix and match with the bodies. The number of "slots" on each body for attaching appendages is referred to as "soft points."

Being cast in resin means they are very easily manipulated into different poses by placing them into hot water.

Classes of Overlords

Drone

The most commonly spotted Overlord has been labelled the drone. Drones are slightly armoured in comparison to other classes of overlord, lending to their common presence on the battlefield where they are most vulnerable.

The drone has 6 soft points.

Watcher

Named for its assumed purpose of being a scout, as it lurks the battlefields and rarely engages. Its single eye beholds locations and movements of creatures, communicating back to the overlords' hivemind. Unlike the drone, its eye is exposed for greater vision, but more susceptible to damage.

The watcher has 8 soft points.

Reaper

If the overlords can't initially control a species, the reapers emerge to consume brain matter and learn the secrets of its biology. Equipped to tackle specimens still living, the reapers entangle their foes with tentacles before feasting on the head.

The Reaper has 8 soft points.

 Infiltrator

The infiltrators carry large egg-like spores on their bodies, which they disperse in secluded areas that are rich with organic material. This appears to be their only purpose, as their flaccid husks are abandoned with their deposits, perhaps to catalyze the growth process.

The infiltrator has no soft points.

Matriarch

Meet the Matriarch! It's uncertain whether the matriarch is a mature version of the infiltrator, or a seperate class altogether, but she also bears overlord spores. Perhaps since infiltrators expire upon plantation, this class of overlord is indeed an alternative path, growing larger and more dominant rather than concluding in sacrifice.

The matriarch has 12 soft points.

Sporeling

Once an overlord infiltrator transplants its cargo of spores onto biomass, the spores begin to absorb the biomatter and grow. Some take on traits of their "food." Once they complete germination, the spores detach from the husk and float around until they either form self awareness, link into the hivemind of a mature overlord or fall prey to something else.

Adolescent

As sporelings grow, their embryonic roots retract, wither and harden. Often mistaken for horns or teeth, these scabby protrusions are reborn as tentacles or other feeler/manipulator devices.

Prawn

Overlords that spawn in alien environments often take on traits of the biological matter they absorb. This is a genetic quirk that Infiltrators take full advantage of when the Overlords encounter a foe that cannot easily be overwhelmed or controlled. By planting spores in habitats of their enemies, they can learn the secrets to defeating them - by directly absorbing and using the strengths of rivals.
This leads to a lot of variation in the species during times of war, and not always to the benefit of the Overlords. The "Prawns" are one such deviation of Overlord. This class has a thick carapace and elongated body structure. Prawns are the result of infiltrating an insectoid species and absorbing a little too much of their quarry. This strain has departed from the normal form more than usual and shows very different, almost rebellious, behaviour. When this occurs, they are considered deviants by the Overlords and every attempt is made to terminate the strain.

Scale shots

 

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Add-ons

Overlords Add-ons and Frills & Fauna add-ons can both be added to this project. 

  

 

 

Stretch goals  

If we fund and the total pledged amount goes beyond the starting total, new models will become available as follows. Should we go beyond this list, I will gladly add more!

 

The Team

Ross Hubbard aka "Whitehorn". Project lead and sculptor.  
Neil Hubbard. Beta painter.  
Mustafa Bekir of Spevna Studio. Black and white art.    
Hysterical Games are taking on casting responsibilty for the models.

This project is EU friendly. We (The UK) are currently still in the EU!
The funky grunge texture used in image backgrounds is designed by Freepik.

Risks and challenges

This is my fourth Kickstarter, so I have some experience in running such projects. The previous 3 were all successfully funded. The first has been fulfilled and the other 2 are being posted out this month (a task mostly complete at time of writing this).

All models offered at launch are sculpted, so they will head over to the caster if and when this project's funds are released. Any stretch goals added during the funding process are either complete or will be complete within 1 month of the project funding. This will ensure there is little delay in getting the sculpts to the caster to be moulded and cast.

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    Starter set

    1 Drone, 1 Reaper, 1 Watcher, 1 Infiltrator.
    Enough (22) basic tentacles for above.

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    • Overlord Reaper
    • Overlord Watcher
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    Spawn set

    1 set of Eggstack scenery, 2 Sporelings, 1 Infiltrator, 1 Adolescent, 1 Eggpool.

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    • Overlord Sporeling
    • Overlord Adolescent
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    Task force

    4 Drones, 2 Reapers, 2 Watchers, 2 Infiltrators.
    Enough basic tentacles for above.

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    • Overlord Reaper
    • Overlord Watcher
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    Launch range

    2 Sporelings, 1 Infiltrator, 1 Adolescent, 1 Eggpool, 1 Drone, 1 Reaper, 1 Watcher, 1 Matriarch

    Includes:
    • Overlord Sporeling
    • Overlord Adolescent
    • Overlord Infiltrator
    • Eggpool
    • Overlord Drone
    • Overlord Reaper
    • Overlord Watcher
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    Colony set

    2 sets of Eggstack scenery, 1 Matriarch, 4 Sporelings, 2 Infiltrators, 2 Adolescents, 2 Eggpools.

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    • Eggstack Scenery set
    • Overlord Sporeling
    • Overlord Adolescent
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    Penultimate range

    This is one of every new model and stretch goal up to and including the £1500 stretch goal.
    If we break more stretch goals, it will also include every goal up to and including £2000.

    This includes a pair of every alternative tentacle (leg, wing, claw, etc) set!

    Includes:
    • Eggpool
    • Overlord Adolescent
    • Overlord Drone
    • Overlord Infiltrator
    • Overlord Matriarch
    • Overlord Reaper
    • Overlord Sporeling
    • Overlord Watcher
    • Kraken
    • Overlord Smiler
    • Overlord Prawn
    • Snapper Mother
    • Goliath Footcrab
    • Doom Cluster
    • Devil Pitcher
    • Sump beetle (male)
    • Sump beetle (female)
    • Sump scenery set
    • Ferrus Wyrm
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