More suppression tokens unlocked and a detailed overview of the Epirian Drone Sprues...
Congratulations to every backer who is expecting a boxed set - you will be getting the Karist style suppression tokens as well as the standard ones, giving you 52 suppression tokens in all now! We'll be updating the main kickstarter page to reflect this over the next couple of days, but they are now locked in and part of the set! The die sheet for these is the same as the standard suppression tokens, which means we can also add another 16 standard tokens for command points, pinning, etc, which is a nice bit of added value and is all thanks to you putting your faith in us and allowing us to optimise our initial production orders, fitting more in every set!
Today's update features a detailed overview of the drone sprues, discussing some of the things which make them special, the range of options and why things are designed the way they are.
To start with, we'd best take a look at the drone sprue once again:
Every drone sprue can create two drones - either ground based (Spider Drones), or air based (Firefly drones).
One fun item of note though, is that the parts are fully compatible. We'd not really explored this until one of our authors, Tomas L Martin, asked if he could cut up one of the sample sprues we had when exhibiting at Salute to see if it all fit together. The results are this rather interesting 'Grasshopper' drone. We'll not have any rules for this in the set, but it could make for an interesting item in your own campaigns, and we might explore it more some time in the future! This model has also had no notable cleaning beyond being clipped off the sprue.
The sprue, like all of our robot sprues, uses sliding core moulding to allow us to have detail from multiple directions. As a result, the drone body is smooth, yet detailed from five directions, avoiding any seams. The only reason we didn’t need six directions is because the rear part of the body (the Exhaust, part B on the sprue) is designed to have a visible seam so we made that a distinct part which glues on neatly and perfectly every time. You'll note that once again our models have been designed by people who assemble, paint and play with plastics, and as such there are no sprue connection points anywhere that would be annoying to clean. This means that the parts which need to get a flush fit get a very flush fit without fail. Injection points are present on the feet and on the front and rear of the turbines, but these are small and easily cleaned.
We have three gun options as standard, parts G, H and I at the top of the sprue. Each of these weapons has rules in the game, though G is exclusive to the firefly drones and I exclusive to the ground drones. You'll note though that we have an odd part 'X' on the sprue. This part was the original Spider Drone gun design as featured in our first drone concept art:
Our sculptors worked from that concept art as well as our orthographical diagrams. As a result, we ended up with those guns as well. Since the 3D models were already done, we were able to tease out a tiny bit more sprue space and squeeze them on to the frame as a bonus for modelling fans. The 'X' guns do not have any rules at this time, and they are likely far too fragile to be used as gaming pieces, but are great fun for dioramas and other modelling projects. They are a nice little bit of added value on every sprue and work great as antennas on your buildings and models too. Here's what a firefly drone looks like equipped with them:
Here's an image of the back of a firefly model, showing the exhaust propulsion system. Please note, this model is constructed from an earlier prototype sprue, and as such the injection points are rougher, assembly faster and model dustier than we'd otherwise show and it does not accurately reflect the much better final quality you'll see in the models which you get as a backer.
And lastly, an image of the underside of a drone with the same caveats as the previous image.
We hope that you've found this sprue overview interesting and all those spare parts are tickling the conversion and terrain construction parts of your brain!
Thank you very much for your continued support, it is massively appreciated. We've got some exciting announcements in the pipeline, so keep checking these updates :)