March 16, 2018 by brennon
The team at Plast Craft begin their series of reveals for their upcoming game, EXO: Mankind Reborn. You can follow along as they reveal more about the characters and the world for this game over the coming weeks…
It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for a new reveal in the world of EXO. We have another character for you this time around!
Today we want to introduce you to Yuri who is the Kazakh explorer of the tribe that dwells in the CV-11 cavity, located in the Palaearctic zone. Yuri is accompanied by his faithful exoanimal companion: Nurasyl, a female golden eagle.
With this character, we wanted to show you some of the different steps in the design process illustrated here by one of our artists: Alejandro García. You can see how the model has evolved from the base sketches through to the full art piece and finally the render that will eventually become the character on the tabletop.
Now let’s get into some of the background with some fragments about their history…
“As a child, Yuri was always a curious boy. At the early age of five years old, he surprised his father by going outside the limits of the CV-11, and at seven years old he disappeared for a whole week!
When he returned, he argued that he had entered the depths of the CV-11 just “to see what was down there”. He brought with him a small eagle chick he found in an abandoned nest during his little getaway. This bird of prey over time became his family’s most precious asset.
The training of the animal began based on the teachings of the Kazakh culture, requiring training for several hours a day, sacrificing both sleep and rest. It always had to be the same person who trained it as to create a strong bond with the animal.
Part of this training consisted of feeding the bird of prey with his own hands and even cradling it while singing it songs; all of this so that she could learn to recognise his voice. In this way, and after seven years of hard training,
Nurasyl – the name he gave the animal – no longer obeyed anyone but Yuri.
At the age of fourteen, and with the help of Nurasyl, he drew an exact map of the area in which he lived, including places that only the best explorers of his tribe knew. For this reason, when a volunteer’s request to embark on the expedition to the surface arrived, nobody doubted that he would be the one chosen.”
Regarding Nurasyl, of which we have already spoken in this passage, it seems that she received some improvement to be more efficient in her task of exploration …
“When Yuri showed us the raptor, we immediately came up with all kinds of ideas about modules that we could create to improve the animal’s abilities. We determined that it was a female since when it reached maturity the wingspan exceeded one and a half meters, way superior to a male of the species.
We decided to work in a small reactor to boost its speed, and installed transmitters and a small camera next to her head to be able to scout ahead into unknown areas without putting Yuri in danger.”
Irina Smirnov, Biomechanical Assistant Of The CV-11 Tribe
Here you have the first images of what will become the miniatures for Yuri & Nurasyl…
As you can see, we continue with the combined base system that will allow both hero and exoanimal to perform actions separately or together. In addition, we can also reveal what the hole in the base is for!
It will serve to mark your miniature with an exoenergy gem of the corresponding color for each character so that you can quickly identify them.
This will bring benefits and disadvantages in the game, but it is something that we will see in future articles.
We hope you like this character as much as we do. Stay tuned because there will be new entry next Tuesday!
PlastCraft Games Team
"This bird of prey over time became his family's most precious asset..."