[Spirit Island]
Explorers

For Christman I got Spirit Island - well, at least theoretically. As of today, the parcel is still on its way to us. I played the game with a friend in Decembre and it immediately went to my Christmas Wishlist.

While I really like the game, the components are mostly not really to my liking, especially because they are so different. The invader buildings for example are plastic, the Dahan's (the indigenous people) huts are from wood, etc.

Also, the quality and detail of the plastic models is okayisch, but when you are a wargamer and miniature collector they are not so great. Here you can see Norman's game who infected me in full swing.

So I went looking for 'real' substitute figures, and decided for Tin Soldier UK's CON6 - ARQUEBUSIER Conquistadores. I first thought of the ones with the pikes, as they would be quite similar to the plastic minis from the game, but they are very tall which would make storage much more difficult.

There are three different types of models, I decided to use the two with the typical rimmed helmets, this with the pointed helmets go to the lead pile.


[Spirit Island]
Explorers

The Conquistadores' base colours are done. Next up will be an oil wash


[Spirit Island]
Explorers

The Conquistadores where washed with Winsor & Newton Ivory Black, the skin with Winsor & Newton Vandike Brown; then they were glued to the poker chips.

Last weekend we played a game of Spirit Island (with the ugly plastic models :-( ), and at some point we had a coastal exploration phase, und suddenly there were quite a lot of explorers on the boards. When I did a quick count, I noticed that my miniature replacements would not have been enough.

So I also started to prepare the models I initially sorted out because of the helmet, with them I will have enough to place 1 Explorer on every land.


[Spirit Island]
Explorers

The last models are painted, oil washed and glued to their bases.

The models were smoothed into the bases with filler, then the white filler was painted brown and drybrushed earth.


[Spirit Island]
Explorers

To finish the models, I layered several different flock types/colours from Woodland Scenics to the base.

Here is a game board with lands with the exact same content; on the left are the models from the game, on the right the ones I painted.