I just got done with version 2 of my Darkseid model. I've decided to go ahead with the Superman story first and work on the Conan tale right after this one is done.
I modeled Darkseid's helmet and belt myself and rigged them with little difficulty. After that, I painted on his costume and gave him new boots and trunks. Except for a skin texture refresh, he's pretty much the same studly tyrant as before.
I have a vague idea of what the story will be about already, but it and the scene here are subject to change before it's all done.
Thanks, guys, for your input and interest! Keep a look out sometime this month for this story!