Just got an estimate on the Galactic Council & GNN artwork and it looks like the alpha is still two months away.
The big wrench in this timeline is me, not the illustrator. I am being anal-retentive about race-specific artwork and want to have a separate Council & GNN illustration for each of the current 5 races. That means 10 pieces of artwork instead of 2.
However, that also means a lot more time for bug hunting, performance tuning and general polish.