The landscape and colony illustrations are currently in work, and a lot of behind-the-scenes coding has been going on to integrate the new images into the colonization and ground combat animations. Below are some example illustrations.
This one is the new Terran landscape, a transport ship, a Meklar colony with shield, and the Meklar ground combat troops (shown larger than in-game scale).
Eventually, each race will have their own colony and transport ship illustrations. The architecture of the Meklar colony is patterned after the art deco architecture in the movie Metropolis.
Keep in mind that, during ground combat, these soldiers are animated and fire weapons at each other.
The Silicoid colony and troops are currently in work.