Some improvements have hit the site over the past week... some major, some just tweaks:
Regular visitors might have noticed that the previously mentioned character pictures have been undergoing rapid and iterative improvements. They're now available for all human main and secondary characters, and higher resolution images are replacing the pictures which were first uploaded.
Thanks to Adobe's "free-use preview" of Fuse, their developing character design tool, the site is now getting some images of your favourite characters.
So far as it is possible, these images follow the descriptions given in the books to illustrate what various characters would look like. They are now populating to the Main Characters and Secondary Characters sections.
There are some shortcomings. For example although it's possible, it's still really difficult to apply Ren's tattoos and scars. And the controls for eye shape are fairly primordial, so Santani's heritage doesn't exactly leap out at you.
Yes, the Eyes and Ears personnel all doing a "dunno?" pose is deliberate.
As you probably guessed, this software is nowhere near sufficient to model Bruiser, Burner, or Caecald. If any 3D or digital art whizzes out there fancy a crack, fan art is ALWAYS welcome on the Facebook page.
A while ago there was a poll regarding the redesign of the front covers, and it was very helpful to hear your views.
This poll is along the same lines, only it's for posters. The posters are currently available as artwork only, or with title text (i.e. just like the front covers). I'm considering either changing the design with text, or adding a new poster into the line-up.
So take a look at the three styles below (Style C is of course the proposed one), then please do spend fifteen seconds giving feedback. It really does help!
The posters for From Shattered Stars have arrived at last, and at A1 size (84.1 x 59.4 cm) in high quality print they look amazing! Like all the other posters, they are printed on heavy duty 250gsm silk paper, using a professional CMYK process which duplicates the colours reliably and beautifully.
There's a new value pack in addition to the old 3-pack, this one is of course a 4-pack containing all the posters for the main sequence novels. The price point of the 3-pack has changed to make it 15% off, and the new 4-pack gives you a chunky 20% off.
Huge news! The long-awaited official Armada Wars store front is almost ready to launch, and it will be bursting into life very shortly.
This will be a six-month trial, to test out a variety of things such as suppliers, business processes, costing, and so on. It will hopefully be a very smooth operation.
So what can you expect?
One of the things most often requested by you on both the Armada Wars Facebook page, and in the official Facebook Fan Group, was posters. And boy will you have them! Big, shiny posters, printed at A1 size on delightful silk paper. If all you care about is posters, feel free to jump right down this specific wormhole.
And to make things a bit special, how about signed copies of the novels? Just pick the relevant option on the page for any paperback.
Future additions to the store are sure to include more clothing (both merchandise-style, and "in universe" style), stationery, and other limited paperback editions. If there is anything else you'd like to see in the store, the time to comment is NOW.
The cover art for the imminent novella I Dream of Damastion is here at last! Behold.
Thanks to a lot of input from yourselves — and between this blog and the brand's Facebook pages, that was the best bit of teamwork we've had for a while — the refreshed covers for the Armada Wars novels have now been selected.
They've all been uploaded to Amazon, and will populate throughout their regional sites over the next day or two. The paperback covers will be refreshed after The Ravening Deep is released (since the "also by the author" bit will need updating anyway.)
For those of you who have only just joined this mission, you missed all the fun. Here's what the rest of us decided on in your absence (the images below are clicky-make-big):
The poll is now closed! Thanks to everyone who voted and commented, both here and on social media.
The purpose of this refresh is to match the text alignment between covers, make the covers less monotone, and help increase the visibility of the text in thumbnail versions of the covers.
You can click on the images below to enlarge them. In gallery view, use the left and right cursor keys to flick quickly between covers.
NOTE: A third set of images has now been added in response to negative feedback about the proposed text layout. These latest images are in the middle column, and labelled as the "compromise" covers.