Our 2nd sculpt in the Judgement range is for Bastian Oriel, a support hero that brings a diverse, interesting and powerful range of abilities to the battlefield. Bastian provides a buffing aura for melee oriented allies, can remove in-game effects and is one of the best healers in the game, and that is all at level 1!
One of the main challenges we faced when designing Judgement was to get the balance right between all out damage heroes and those that provided support and utility. It is a fine line however if the core mechanics are right and the paths to winning a game are diverse enough it is possible, and getting it right makes for a much more interesting and compelling gaming experience. Another positive aspect of this process is that support/utility heroes gives us the chance to make amazing looking miniatures that are not just armed to the teeth combat monsters!
Bastian's in-game abilities and rich background presented an opportunity for the creative team to really cut loose. For example:
- The Lore Keeper resides in Epoch Tower, a magical structure that disappears one day to appear in a completely different location the next, often hundreds of leagues away.
- He made a pact with a Djinn who replaced his left eye with a green crystal of true seeing, giving him the power to see into the Shadow Plane whilst physically still in Onathien. The Djinn's crystal has the unexpected side effect of causing the growth of crystals over the left side of Bastian's face and chest, a calamity that grows daily. Making a deal with a Djinn is fraught with danger however Bastian still considers he came out on top in the exchange...
- His knowledge of history, the gods and ancient powers rivals that of the oldest elf. Bastian is an enigma and a mystery and few, if any, know his motivations.
The challenge was to capture the essence of Bastian in a static miniature and we believe we have absolutely nailed it. This particular sculpt portrays Bastian in the act of reciting a Heroic Ballad, his passive ability that gives nearby combat heroes +1 to their Melee statistic.
Creating Judgement has taken an enormous amount of effort and hard work filled with trials and tribulations and we are still a long way from our destination of a successfully funded Kickstarter. However days like today when we get to share one of our creations in such an amazing way is certainly a rewarding moment.
Very interested in your thoughts on Bastian. As a design team we are extremely pleased with him and he is a wonderful follow up and complimentary model to Rakkir.
Can't wait for the next one! :)