When myself and Alex first started working on War On Terra, we knew that we wanted to land the setting as close to the reality we all live in as much as possible.
This idea first manifested itself in how we wanted the human general armour to look. We didn't want super beefy manly man man ultra soldiers but a normalised human force built up by technological advancements. This is going to enable us, once we start progressing deeper into future upgrade kits, to add all sorts of characters of all sorts of backgrounds to the ever growing story of War On Terra.
When it came to the first ideas for an opposing force, there was no doubt in our minds that we wanted to base them on the old Roswell aliens.
This style of alien has tons of hypothesis' and lore surrounding them already. It gave us tons to work with to bring you what we think are an amazing set of up and coming miniatures.
Many of you who saw us back in June at the UK Games Expo witnessed a few of the Nilayan Gray's. The smallest of the 3 species that make up the majority of the Gray fighting force.
Inbetween working on other models, we've been slightly changing their look so;
1. They are better for painting. With larger details and thicker edges for those sweet edge highlights.
2. Thicker proportions. This is going to make them a darn sight less fragile and as you can see from the picture below, hasn't done much to the overall look we were happy with.
Here's a new Nilayan next to the one displayed at the Expo...
I can assure you as well that the detail is all right there on the real life model too. So don't worry about the digital renders, you're going to have images of the real models hitting your screens very soon!
Now one thing that really sets the Gray's apart from other forces is their command ability. Depending on the power of what commander you bring to the table you are able to increase the end roll result of any ballistic attacks made by your infantry models. To use this ability they will need help from the Gray's version of a Captain called an Auspex. To differentiate the Auspex from the other Nilayans around them they don a head crest that shows superiority.
What a pretty little alien!
The one thing the Nilayans are useful for in the Gray force isn't just making up the bulk of the foot soldiers but also maintaining and operating the advanced weaponry.
This leads me onto showing you what is quite a beautiful model...
The Gray Transmitter!
This is the first Gray Affector that is going to be released as part of the wider Gray faction and will come in the Gray factions starter force.
Every turn a card is drawn and you will be given an option to either teleport your own friendly models or the enemies! This comes with certain restrictions as operating a piece of technology like this is tricky. But from what the games we've played wow is it a fun mechanic!!
I cannot wait to see what you all think of the Affectors in game!
I hope you've enjoyed reading a bit about the Gray's and what we've been working on. It's all to make sure you have not only a fun game rule's wise but a visually fun game with enjoyable models.
As a look forward we are very quickly coming up to sending out promotional boxes to selected people so they can not only get their hands on War On Terra before the full blown release but also so they can bring you their honest thoughts about the game.
Thanks for reading and see you next time.