These alts, slated for release at the Adepticon that wasn’t, were so popular they sold out within hours. Fortunately they were reprinted for slowpokes like me.
They also act as previews for the currently running Storms of Kural Kickstarter. The project is for a new two-player starter set, featuring two four model warbands, each model representing a different faction. The stat cards were released in the second edition rulebook, but these are the first models available.
The starter set is all single piece models, to be more accessible to people unfamiliar with metal models. These alt poses wouldn’t work in a single piece, but they aren’t exactly complex (torso and arms). I like slight posability, plus it would be easier to do simple conversions.
As a bonus, have a cat. You can never have too many cats in Relicblade.
Underworlds is another example of me trying to find a “filler game” that can quickly be brought out if the main game of the evening ends early. I found a Nightvault box for cheap online so picked it up.
These nighthaunts are done nearly entirely with contrast paints. The bases, metals, and purple shawls are the main exceptions.
I don’t totally love the blue skin. It has a decent ethereal quality to it, but the color doesn’t really gel as well as I’d like.
Possibly my favorite detail in the set is the facial features visible under the hood on the Everhanged.
One distinct feature of the nighthaunts in Underworlds is the high model count. That means a big pile of minions. Each sculpt has individual character, although I wish they had unified attack stats.
The other half of the Blitz Bowl box is orcs. These guys are nice an meaty, with a far more fantastic appearance than the humans.
The thrower is the most lightly armored (in appearance, anyways) of the group. Much like the humans, I quite appreciate that the pose clearly communicates the position.
I used contrast paints for the skin (Orc Flesh, handily enough), but highlighted after it was dry, and other paints for the rest of the models.
I went through quite an emotional roller coaster while painting the blitzer. At first I thought he had a goofy looking head, perhaps from a few too many head butts. Then, after studying the stat card, I thought I had missed a helmet piece, though the sprue was long gone. Finally, I realized I painted the helmet in skin tones. Oh well, he can keep looking goofy, from too many head butts.
The linemen fill out the team.
I completed the accessories in the same way as the humans, though with a red metal for the coin, to match the red primary color on the orc uniforms.