Plastic Crack

April 30th, 2020

A little late because of the damn plague, but it's finally time to have a look at the Nexus game, and we're going to start out with the thing I've personally been looking forward to holding in my grubby paws for months, now: the painted minis.

I ended up having a few of the minis commissioned and sent them to locals Radiator Marines paint expert and Warhammer enthusiast duo Corina and Bogdan who ended up putting some amazing minis together.
I know some of you reading this might not be from around here (these days I wish I wasn’t, either), but for those who call Romania, and especially Bucharest, their home, don’t hesitate to give their services a try - great price point, quick turnaround, and open to any and all comments and feedback, including late stage changes.

They’re both an absolute blast to work with and really know their stuff!

Now that the unpaid promotion is out of the way, I also have to thank Scott and Jason for welcoming me into the Nexus fold and allowing me to tag along with them pretty much every step of the way, through thick and thin, for well over a year, now. It’s been awesome thus far and I’m looking forward to seeing where it all leads down the line as we’ve got some exciting stuff brewing that very few people know of yet…

The minis you’re about to see in closer detail are all available for purchase on the D-Verse website and many people have already begun to share their thoughts on the quality and versatility of them, both in the Misfits of Tabletop or Adeptican’t 2020 Facebook groups as well as on Youtube. There’s noise being made, and it’s the best kind of noise you want to hear: honest to goodness, grassroots rumbling.

Don’t mind me, I’m just excited.
And now, enter the plastic! Well, resin.


Starting out slower, with the stuff the Nexus Helots will have to dodge around and hide behind, we’ve got a bevy of obstacle types and categories. All of these will have their special rules and purposes, but probably more importantly, they all look great on the table and take paint well even if your painting skills are mediocre at best, like mine are.
Yes, as opposed to the pro takes on the minis themselves, I took it upon myself to slap some paint on the environmental plastics (some of them, thus far), and the results have been… well, see for yourselves:

Why the D-Verse denizens would use my old graffiti tag from 6th grade is beyond me.

The “concrete” columns, in particular, have been a joy to paint because they’re so rich with textures, broken up surfaces, and just tons and a few smaller details that are visible upon very close inspection. There is a single sculpt variant for each column, and one sculpt for the dart-blowing monkey busts, all of which attach via a peg to the columns themselves.
I’ve opted to glue them to square Nexus bases - they’re beveled on the undersides and fit neatly onto the squares on the plastic board - because they’re rather tall and prone to get knocked over if you’re not paying attention. I learned this the hard way.
The bottom is also where the sprue comes off and it’s rather difficult to get a proper, 100% flat surface, so gluing them to a base is the faster, safer way, and one that Scott and Jay themselves use, so who am I to argue?

I’ve also had a lot of fun using plain pencils to write stuff and colour various bits of the columns in, which yielded up a pretty good, ready-weathered result. I might go back and fill some more of the stuff in with paint, but for now I think they’re serviceable and fitting for the worn, damaged look of the columns themselves.

Apethur Fleck seems to have made it into the D-Verse…

The same peg connection system is used for the “tree trunk” columns, which are much smoother but still hold a lot of texture to them. You can go crazy and attach whichever spikes to whichever spot on the trunks themselves you might deem fit. There is a single trunk sculpt with several spike variants here, BUT - and this only occured to me after I’d put these together - the spike traps (not pictured in this article) come with a billionty spikes each (give or take a couple thousand), so you can further use those to make more diverse renditions of the trunk columns.

The barrels are probably the ones I was most stressed about painting because we all know how shitty yellow can be to deal with. They ended up looking great with just a wash and then some highlights on the brass bars. I also did up the green goop with a fast and dirty, single highlight, as well as the skeletal hands that pop out of the goop themselves.

I’ve since learned that the middle bit, which I thought was an up-swinging drop of goop, is actually a body part, namely a nose. Whoops.

The simplest bit of terrain that comes with the game are the boxes. Not much to say here, there’s a bit of cleanup to do for sprue remnants, and maybe some additional sculpting if you’re a stickler for the texture carrying all the way across them (sprue cuts off right on a corner of one of the faces), but they’re just as solid and good looking as the rest of the stuff. I’ve yet to do any proper work on them other than basecoats, so they were left out of this feature.

All in all, the terrain pieces have had very little need for cleanup, be it de-sprue or mold lines, and were quick to assemble and friendly to take paint even without primer. Which is great if you’re a cheap, lazy cunt, like me. Most of them were just slapped with a wash as an excuse for primer, and then had more layers of washes, dry brushes, and highlights built on top of that.

Enough about terrain, let’s head on to the stars of the show!

Nexus Helots all come in the form of “motivations”, which are the moral/genetic makeups of these vat-bread gladiators, and have a say on their skills and their specific actions in the arena.

The People’s Champion

Like its namesake suggests, this guy’s just overflowing with charisma and swagger and loves nothing but basking in the crowd’s adulation. So, naturally, I had to find a People’s Champ worthy paint scheme for it, with a slight twist…

I know The Rock never used a chainsaw in the ring, but the colour scheme for the PC’s pants might take some of the more savvy wrestling fans around back to Dwayne Johnson’s starting days in the business, back when he was less Hollywood ripped and more happy go lucky.

Yup, this whole scheme was based on his more colourful Rocky Maivia days, and I couldn't be happier with the result. Everything from the vivid colours to the worn out, old school knee and elbow pads was perfectly captured here by our friends at Radiator Marines. The bull was also a must on the flag, further hinting at who the mini is based on, and I was really impressed with the freehand work considering it’s a very textured bit of resin and the dynamic flutter makes it a bitch to draw on.

The Supremacist

Resisting the urge to call for a pale white mini with a comb over and a tiny little moustache, I went the more traditional, Nexus route with the Supremacist and asked Corina and Bogdan to pretty much follow the example the guys had painted up on their site, with a few mods here and there.

Bears mention that the work on the bases was also done by the Radiator Marines duo, with a couple coats of plain black on the sides from me to seal everything up nicely. The minis also come with plain acrylic bases that you can use if you want, but since I don’t really plan on using these for anything other than Nexus (and displays), I figured I’d go with the plastic ones.

The Hoarder

Another canon-Nexus-inspired scheme, including the awesome base, the Hoarder is a mini that has a lot going in terms of equipment.
Whereas Rocky and Number Nein above are more lean and straightforward when it comes to their choice of attire (or lack thereof) and harken more to traditional wrestling getups, this little dude, whom I’ve called Gerbo, comes complete with his own, sculpted base, giant-ass backpack, and a hood that had me wondering whether or not I should ask for a Jawa paint scheme here.

Came across this scheme on the Nexus site while looking for inspiration and I was hooked, so I just figured we should go with it, instead. Worst case scenario, I can always have another one Jawad up in no time.

Total Party Killers

Even with my dodgy photography/lighting skills (I should probably just move to the US, claim minority status and suddenly have free stuff sent my way, seems to work in the hobby), I hope you’ll agree these minis are great.

The general consensus is that they’re fairly priced, and for the size and amount of detail they hold, I have to agree, even though I don’t normally pay as much for single minis. Take it this way: Games Workshop regularly sells single blimmin’ 35mm minis for the same amount as one of these, which are around 75mm scale (standing at 50mm to 90mm tall depending on the model, with the Barge Beast coming in at a whopping 150mm).
All Nexus minis (and especially the terrain) are chunky bits of resin, hand cast in silicone molds, fairly easy to clean up (worst bit I’ve come across are the spikes which may have lingering lines/flash to deal with), and gorgeous once painted.

There’s more stuff to come, so bear with us here (mostly me) while we get everything set up and painted proper and ready for some local demos, provided the plague doesn’t take us first.

Until then, we strongly suggest you give the D-Verse Facebook page a look, and maybe a follow. More details on the revamped rules for Nexus are dropping on a constant basis, and the guys are always on there as well as in the Misfits of Tabletop FB group updating people on the goings on of the company, the game, and everything else surrounding this whole project.

Thanks for reading, and have as nice a day as you deserve!

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