I like #2 , mainly because the darker look makes it look less modern to me and that meshes better with the barbarians in my mind. also I prefer less player color - otherwise it looks quite circuisy to me.
Yes, #1 is a bit over the top, especially for the barbarians. I could see the empire doing something like that though.
I see that the view angle of the buildings is different. Is it the correct one?
I will triple-check the stage settings, but the camera and light angles should be the same as that used on the rest of the models I have created. I was not surprised by this because I have found similar discrepancies with most, if not all, of the original barbarian buildings. While I am thinking of it, I'll check the stage settings in those original blender files that we do have and, if necessary, re-render those models to match the standard. A bug report will be generated if any are found.
It is great to see you back in action again.
Thanks! It's good to be splashing color bits on monitors again.
I see little people.