Hi Guys! Adrian here. Its 11pm and I am cleaning shirt of cat hair to make a background for sundrop intruder pictures :)
But before we go deep into sundrop update we forgot to announce 20k backer free gift winner - 1) Catonaut!
You can check out art for Catonaut below hope you like it ;)
Purpose of Sundrop update
Main purpose of this update is expectation control. We had some amazing feedback on LOH sundrop but some negative as well. We believe that it could be avoided if we only explained everything in more detail earlier and showed much more samples from different angles, including production technology, techniques etc.
This is what we did in LoH campaign few weeks ago and what we want to do now so you can make fully informed decision. We do not want to advertise sundrop as magical painting technique. We see it as cheap option to make PVC models look better than just plain gray plastic and we want you to think about it in those terms as well.
I took liberty to steal some of my sundrop update from Lords of Hellas campaign so if it sounds familiar to some - it is.
Like some of you I paint miniatures and it has been my passion for 5 years now. As you may know Awaken Realms started as painting studio and I have always been obsessed with speed painting. However introducing sundrop into our boardgames was Marcin's Idea. I "just" had to implement it and make it possible. We do a lot of new stuff and try many things but it was one of the most difficult tasks for me. But we have already sundropped 3000 sets of LoH and learned from lots of mistakes. We are much better prepared for Nemesis now.
For most of you this update will be pointless as you are or will be satisfied with sundrop but for those with some doubts we have prepared a longer explanation :)
Sundrop is painting technique combining preshade and wash. We even referred to it most of the time as “Sundrop preshade”. In order to have a shaded mini it needs to be contrasted from white to black or from darker to brighter color. Some parts need to be white, some black, and everything in between grey or colored.
All Sundrop models as boardgame pieces are painted in a way they would look best on table, they are supposed to be looked at from above. So if you pick your sundrop model to your eye level and you can see some grey or black parts its because they are meant to be there in order to create contrast. If you look at model directly from above it should be all bright, directly from below all black, and when placed on board it should look as intended.
You can see some examples below with same model from different angles:
Please note although these are mass production plastic samples, the color and quality is not final. We will aim for same color as on samples but we will be changing our washes to other brand and color may be slightly different.
Sundrop is nothing new. One Sundrop set can be easily done by any painter in few hours with similar or better results. The whole difficulty comes from making it fast and cheap. We offer Sundrop corebox for 30gbp, for that kind of price you can get in hobby store basecoat primer, canned varnish and few paints, if you are lucky a brush. Thanks to such big scale we can squeeze painting all models for that price as well.
Sundrop models are supposed to look better than unpainted plastic and we believe that we achieved that - it is something we developed for people who do not paint / don't have time for it but want something better then raw plastic. In our opinion models look very well on board and much more interesting than raw plastic and this is what really counts for us.
Nemesis sundrop samples from LOH
Please note that Nemesis sundrop samples from LOH do not represent final quality. To be honest most of them are much under level that we wanted to achieve. We also did them in at least 6 different color versions and technique versions to gather feedback so those samples were not final and as you can see on pictures from this update there was still place for improvement.
Random hand painted blood effects.
In your final box you will get sundrop models with hand painted blood effects, they will be randomly applied to different model and different parts.
In final box there should be around 50% intruders without and 50% with blood on different places such as face, scythes, bases etc.
You can see a sample quality of sets of intruders below. You can notice difference in shades of highlights and this is something you can also expect from mass production painting, not all models will look exactly the same.
Please note that we paint models 100-1000 at once and it is very hard to make them perfectly identical.
Can I paint over sundrop models?
Nemesis sundrop is different than LOH. All models are prepainted in colors and we apply blood effects by hand. So if you are a painter and want to upgrade your Sundrop models by painting details you can easily paint over them but if you want to paint different color scheme or prime them we would recommend not to take sundrop addon.
Carnomorphs and Voidseeders
Carnomorphs will be casted in brown and have beige highlight and red wash plus hand painted blood effects. Please note that sample below is sundropped by hand, not a mass production photo. Although you can expect similar colors and same quality as on intruders.
Voidseeders will be either casted in black, painted white and washed with purple, or casted in purple with same painting technique. We will also add some effects similar to blood but with green color.
We still have a lot of testing to do but you can see sample color for Carnomorphs and Voidseeders below. (color samples were made on intruder models)
Sundrop heroes and Terrains.
Heroes and terrains will be sundropped in either black and white (same as LOH) or grey/bluish shades to emulate dark lightning on nemesis ship. You can see both samples below. We still have some tests to do to choose best shades. (samples on LOH hero models)
IS sundrop for me?
If you are satisfied with pictures we have provided and want to get cheap painted versions then go for it. If you have doubts that it will not meet your expectations then don’t. If you are not sure about final color and quality of intruders or Voidseeders or Carnomorphs then we suggest to wait for final mass production samples that will be published before pledge manager.
Sundrop costs for addons
Sundrop costs for addons will be announced tomorrow.
FULL PAINTED VERSION
Full painted version of Nemesis will be available in Pledge manager. At this moment we can’t announce final painting quality, samples or price. It will be however similar to LOH full painted version, you can check out quality and price here:
That's it for today, thanks for reading and stay tuned for bigger update tomorrow :)