Sunday, 14 January 2018

Power Armoured Paint: The Wisdom Of The Ancients

Welcome back once again faithful Venturers. My hobby time this week has been split between finishing the assembly of the Carcharodon's Vanguard Veterans and the Primaris Aggressors, and working on a couple of new units; a Jump Pack Captain and a Contemptor Dreadnought.

The Contemptor joins a growing band of Dreadnoughts in my collection (like the burly Iron Clad chap below), and I thought it would be worth sharing a few thoughts about how useful Dreads might be to support my Carcharodons force.

Iron Clad Dreadnought

Monday, 8 January 2018

Varchilde's Vault is a year old!

Varchilde's Vault is celebrating it's first anniversary and I can't believe how quickly the year has gone! I started writing the blog as a means of collating my ramblings about the different games I play and hobby projects I muck about with and I've had a lot of fun in the process.

In fact starting the Vault has led me into different hobby areas that I really didn't expect including:

  • Hosting demos at the club for Frostgrave
  • Wargame Campaign and scenario writing
  • Writing games and gear reviews 
  • Becoming a Guest Writer over at Multiverse
I even commissioned a piece of art inspired by my favourite D&D module!

Still looks bloody cool!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Narrative 40K: Retrieve The Fallen Brother Scenario Play Test

Hello Commanders; welcome back to the Vault.  Today's post is a quick After Action Report (AAR) of a recent run through of the Retrieve the Fallen Brother 40K Narrative Play Scenario. There's some pictures (apologies for the lack of paint; the models are pretty though), supporting words, a brief digression into some of the more unusual aspects of 40K that Narrative Play lets you explore, and then a final wrap up on my feelings on the scenario.

The story behind the scenario is that a Deathwatch mission to destroy an alien artefact has gone terribly wrong, resulting in the death of most of the Kill Team, leaving only a seriously injured Black Shield Marine who the Dark Angel Chapter suspect may in fact be one of the traitorous Fallen.

Both the Deathwatch and the Dark Angels dispatch forces to recover the fallen Deathwatch Veteran, and finally destroy the Xeno device.

The full scenario can be found here, but the deployment map is shown below just to give you a rough idea as to how the battle field is set up:

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Power Armoured Paint: Carcharodon Astra First Wave

Happy New Year Venturers! Whilst a lot of blogs are writing retrospectives for the outgoing year I am firmly focused on the months ahead, and the project firmly lodged in my brain is the Carcharadon Astra!

I've found some time between the various festivities and family activities to build the first group of models for the Space Sharks. Whilst I'm still firmly in the "build" stage of the project, I thought it would be fun to share some work in progress pictures.

As a reminder, this is the sort of paint scheme I'm aiming for:

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Power Armoured Paint: Carcharodon Astra 3D Printed Shoulder Pads

Welcome back to the Vault Commanders.  This time I've got something very cool to share, as I've taken my first leap into the world of 3D printing! No, I haven't gone completely mad and bought a 3D printer (one day that might change); I've ordered some some Shark icons and shoulder pads from the Pop Goes The Monkey store on Shapeways for my Charcarodons Astra.  They arrived recently and I've already started playing with them.

First up are the Mako Shark icons:

That's a lot of sharks!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Powered Armoured Paint: The Lazy Persons Guide to painting Scenic Bases

It's holiday time, and for Varchilde that means more hobby time, and of course that means some more posts. So as all my readers have been good little Venturers this year, you get words and pictures and not coal!

I've started work on my Carcharodons Astra Space Marine project in earnest. As I've mentioned in previous posts I want to build and paint an army that is both fluffy and effective on the table top. According to the Forge World Imperial Armour books, part of the Space Sharks strategy in the Badab Wars was to sabotage the huge power generators which provided the energy for Badab Prime's planetary defence systems, thus rendering the planet helpless.  I've decided to theme my army around one of the strike forces sent to infiltrate and destroy the generators.

Rather than the usual texture paint and dry brush approach for basing (as used on my Imperial Guard and Dark Eldar), I've had my eye on the GW Sector Mechanicus scenic bases. These have a loads of lovely detail, but I could see them being a pain to paint with models attached; so I've painted the bases first!

60mm base: perfect for Dreadnoughts

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Multiverse Musings: Harps Corp Dice Tray Review

Welcome back to the Vault dear Venturers! This is a brief update to pimp a review article I've written for TSR Games' Multiverse site.

I acquired a lovely hard wood dice tray at MCM Comic Con, courtesy of the talented folks at Harps Corp, and felt the need to tell everyone how impressed I am with it.

Roll more 6s dammit!

Having used it during a few games of 40K, the only disappointment is that it hasn't magically improved either my luck, or tactical acumen.

If you are intrigued, feel free to check out the full review here!