Sunday, 12 January 2020

Frostgrave: The Scrapskuttle Cauldron

Welcome to the darkest, deepest chambers of the Vault.  This week I have been working on a few gaming and hobby projects; rolling up a character for my first game of 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons (I'm very excited to play this), and working on my latest Intercessor squad (edge highlighting power armour).

I like to listen to podcasts and You Tube videos while I paint and Squidmar Miniatures recently posted a fun video involving a bunch of different commission artists working on the contents of the Warhammer Underworlds Goblin Warband.  This is a collection of nine really characterful miniatures, and I reckon you can build a decent Frostgrave Warband out of the set.

I've had the Gloomspite Gitz (aka Warhammer Goblins) Endless Spells kit in my shame pile for some time to paint up for Frostgrave, and one model in particular struck me as being useful; the Scrapskuttle Cauldron.  So in advance of grabbing the Warband, I've built and painted the Cauldron!

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Power Armoured Paint: 2020's first models and some lessons learnt

The holiday season is over, and the new year stretches ahead!  I've already painted a few models to kick off the 2020 tally and reached some interesting conclusions along the way.

First up is a Carcharodons Astra Primaris Lieutenant. I think with a Lieutenant finally painted I've officially got a Primaris force :P

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Varchilde's Vault is Three Years Old

It's time for the first post of 2020 and I'd like to cover my hobby highlights from the previous year and discuss some ideas for the year ahead. 

The majority of my war gaming time has been spent on 40K, having played approximately 35 games.  Kill Team follows up waaay in the distance (games played in single figures), and a solitary foray into Frostgrave as I tried out the Perilous Dark solo rules.  I have played some board games (I am very enamoured of Lords of Waterdeep at the moment), and we've played a number of sessions of The Gift D&D campaign.

A recent addition to the Cadian 82nd Imperial Guard

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Frostgrave: Writhing Fumes

Welcome back to the icy ruins of Felstad my fellow Adventurers!  Frostgrave has taken a back seat to other gaming in 2019 (primarily 40K, I've played an awful lot of 40K this year), and that's a shame as I really enjoy searching for treasure on the Frozen City.

Cornelius; one of the handful of fantasy models I've painted this year

Monday, 23 December 2019

Power Armoured Paint: Primaris Reinforcements

Welcome back the Vault my fellow Frater. This week the Carcharadons Astra return from the depths of the Void having received some new reinforcements.

I've had the luxury of extra hobby time this week and completed two Primaris Space Marine units.  First up is a squad of 5 Stalker Bolter armed Intercessors.

There's nothing particularly sexy about this unit, their job is to provide some mid to back field cover and plink away with their Damage 2 guns.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Fluff and Crunch (Part Two)

Welcome back to the Vault my fellow Venturers.  In mu last post I discussed some "Crunchy" aspects of wargaming; in particular the finer details of the Chapter Approved points changes made to my 40K armies.  

I've also acquired "Perilous Dark", the new Frostgrave source book.  I have managed to play a grand total of zero games of Frostgrave in 2019, not a great statistic really.  And whilst the purchase of Chapter Approved is important to my 40K play group (so we are all on the same page), the addition of Perilous Dark to my gaming library will bother a grand total of no one!

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Crunch and Fluff (Part One)

Welcome back to the Vault my fellow Venturers.  I've had a couple of fruitful painting sessions this weekend laying down base colours on two units of Primaris Intercessors, but these models aren't any where near the point of being photographed for the blog.

I've acquired a couple of new books, and I'm enjoying dipping in and out of them; they cross different gaming interests and I thought it would be fun to blog about them.  One book is concerned with  Crunch (rules, unit efficiency) whilst the other is focused on Fluff (story and narrative based play). 

Like many 40K players I've picked up Chapter Approved 2019, the annual supplement with new missions, ways to play, and importantly Points changes for Units and Wargear (the Crunch).

I've sanity checked my current lists and whilst some units have gone up in price, others have gone down. Luckily my rosters remain intact!