It is a slow weekend here at Awaken Realms, just to catch a little breath before one last sprint! Today we have an different kind of update.
We will leave the stage to Adrian, one of the founders of Awaken Realms (he started as miniature painter) to elaborate a little bit about Sundrop - our original version of pre-painted Minaitures. We have prepared a very interested version for Tainted Grail, so we hope those of you who enjoy they miniatures a little bit better.
We took liberty to steal some of my sundrop update from Nemesis campaign so if it sounds familiar to some - it is ;)
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.
One Sundrop set can be easily done by most of painter in one to few hours with similar or better results. The whole difficulty comes from making it fast and cheap. We offer Sundrop corebox for 13gbp, for that kind of price you can get in hobby store one base coat primer and maybe one paint. Thanks to such big scale we can squeeze painting all models for that price as well, so it is a really efficient way to get mass quantity of miniatures painted!
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.
We have learned a lot from Lords of Hellas and Nemesis sundrop and we continue to try finding new ways to improve it.
This time we decided to go with new paint scheme. All models in Tainted grail (including monsters) will be painted with beige paint and brown wash.
Please note that all models in this update are hand cast resin and final models will be in PVC with ABS bases.
Despite our efforts, there are always some possible issues that may arise during sundrop process. We have specially left those on sample pictures: such as small unwashed patches on bases or slightly grainy texture of the paint. If these are too big issues for you we recommend not to take it. We will however do our best to minimize or completly eliminate them.
Additional effects on heroes and monsters
We want to also add some other effects to models like small blood effects or red accents to monsters to represent Wyrdness, but we still have a lot of testing to do.
More info will be provided in pledge manager after the campaign.
Can I paint over sundrop models?
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.
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 models then we suggest to wait for final samples that will be published before pledge manager.
We have done 2 sundrop add-ons - for Core Box + All Stretchals and Excalibur pledge. You can add them simply by increasing your pledge by this amount and later on Pledge Manager you will be able to choose it!
That is it for today. Have a great weekend!