It's new release Tuesday! The Falkaaran adventurers have surpassed their Kickstarter goal, hit a stretch goal, and are on their way out to backers and retail stores!
I just finished painting the company's studio models this week, so let's take a look at what the finished freeband looks like...
Where to start? There's a ton of character in each model and they're all so different, the opportunities afforded while painting a Falkaaran freeband are huge. I was directed to paint each model to its "codex" standard, but as we'll see in the weeks to come when I paint more, there's a ton of ways to make your adventurers stand out from the rest on the table top.
The Bladeseekers hail from their home in the Falkaaran city Jendal, where the country's most renowned blade-schools can be found. Some of the best swordsmen in the world, Bladeseekers often lead freebands after committing to a blade-quest, seeking to attain the rank of master.
The colors of Jendal are green and white; to accent those colors on the model, dark brown was chosen for leather armor, cream for clothing, light brown for trimming, and brass for buckles and studs, just enough contrast between pieces so that all his great details stand out.
The pikeman doesn't hail from one particular city, but is found across the country in the most populous areas, defending its citizens and protecting its baronies. This model has fantastic scale armor that looks awesome painted with a dark silver and highlighted with mithril.
The shield has a lot of canvas for something cool to be painted on, or battle scarring from its time in the field, maybe something like this...
That's the Falkaar royal heraldry, but you could use any of the cities heraldry to make your shields stand out.
This tough looking guy is the Knight Defender, a royal guard and leader in the field. Super tough this knight can stand up to a mountain of punishment and still lay down his own with his massive warhammer.
Hogwarts is located in Scotland, but the wizarding elite of Falkaar study the arcane arts in Tlhar (a tough name for a mere mortal to pronounce). Their colors are a gold pterodactyl resplendent on a field of black. The Traazorite Legions to the south are rumored to ride dinosaurs, and this seems proof positive of that.
The Falkaaran rune for fire is "Thra," which is featured prominently on the back of his cloak, surrounded by the signs of the celestial and mundane. North (covered by his hanging hood), south, east, and west are at the four points on the circle, accompanied by sun (above east), moon (above west), earth (on the lower left), and more. It's a kind of zodiac, if you will.
The Bladesisters of Karadel are resolute and pragmatic fighters, seeking the killing blow as swiftly as possible. Red is a fitting color for such a maiden of death, and it just so happens that is the color of their home as well.
The Bladesister is wonderfully posed and a true joy to paint, I had a lot of fun putting lipstick and eye-shadow on this one!
Those of Falkaar's cities open to the ocean host a swarm of sailors, so when the freeband heads out, there's sure to one or two tagging along for a chance to claim their share of the booty!
This cool Sailor sculpt can easily be converted to be holding a brace of daggers or a sword for a bit of variation in your freeband. The anchor does look cool though!
That's it for this week and a look at the new Falkaaran Adventurers for DGS's fantasy skirmish game Freeblades! Come back next time as we start getting ready for GenCon.
Good gaming and happy hobbying!