Welcome back to Santa's Grotto! Today's post is a brief update show the final images The Four Santa's model, the Omega Guardians Ancient.
Sunday 20 December 2020
Sunday 13 December 2020
Welcome back to the Vectorium! This week has been interesting for Death Guard news; the Codex is delayed until the New Year, but GW have been previewing some of the updated rules. I won't go through these in detail as there's plenty of analysis on the Web. In the main these look pretty good aside from the disappointing changes to Disgustingly Resilient. I'll have a minor vent about that at the bottom of the post so feel free to give that an ignoring if you wish*.
I have finished painting the Foul Blightspawn model, and I'm pretty pleased with the end results.
Sunday 6 December 2020
Welcome back to the Vectorium! Hobby time has been scant recently but I have managed to slap some paint onto a couple of models. I've been focusing on the "Elite" entry of my Death Guard Combat Patrol, the particularly vile Foul Blightspawn,
|Doh! Bad lighting and washed out colours|
Sunday 29 November 2020
Welcome back to the Vault! I've been making more progress on the Omega Guardians Standard Bearer I've been working on for the Four Santas Challenge.
In this week's hobby session I've managed to complete the Banner itself and applied decals.
Sunday 22 November 2020
Welcome back to the Vault my little helpers! I've laid down a challenge to the members of one of the group chats I belong to. Whilst we can't meet to play games we are all working on various painting projects and four of us have agreed to build, paint, and gift a model to someone else in the challenge.
An infantry model is ideal (something like a Tactical Marine or Ork Boy), and preferably it should be something the recipient can use as a reinforcement to one of their own forces.
Names were picked out of the hat, and I've drawn Neil from Table Standard. This gives me a great deal of choice in terms of factions to pick from as Neil has a great collection of painted armies including:
- Crimson Fists
- Dark Angels
- Crimson Slaughter
- Craftworld Eldar
However I've decided to paint a model for the Omega Guardians! I want to build a character model of some sort so it can fit into an army list regardless of other unit selections.
Sunday 15 November 2020
Welcome back to the Vault once more. I should warn you that today's post is a bit of a ramble; it's not the usual "Varchilde slowly paints another model affair", and there might be a moan or two.
Games Workshop has been dabbling over the last couple of years with products outside of their bread and butter model kits, paints and rulebooks. I'm thinking of the child-friendly novels, Funko Space Marines, and the Blind Pack "Heroes" ranges. Whilst a lot of these items don't particularly interest me, I think providing more "cool stuff" for hobbyists and fans who do like these product types is great.
One sort of merch I usually avoid are the "lucky dip" types. I don't understand the appeal of Loot Crates; yes you may end up with items worth more than you've spent on the purchase, but if it's a load of stuff I don't want then it's worth to me is zero. I'd rather buy the items I want with certainty than gamble.
Recent posts have covered my initial forays into painting Death Guard, and I've fallen in love with the detail and individuality of the Plague Marine models. So when GW announced the UK release of the Death Guard "Space Marine Heroes" series my interest was suitably piqued.
Sunday 8 November 2020
Welcome back to the Vault! This week's hobby time has been spent on the Death Guard Combat Patrol; specifically the Malignant Plaguecaster who will lead this Nurgley force. I'm really enjoying this project, and the models are a joy to paint.
Sunday 1 November 2020
Welcome back to the Vault! I've spent my recent hobby time completing the first unit of Plague Marines for my burgeoning Death Guard force! I'm pleased with how they've turned out and so I thought I'd capture the paint scheme down for future reference. It's pretty straight forward to follow and unusually there isn't an edge highlight in sight!
Monday 26 October 2020
Welcome back to the Vault! I had intended to start painting some Plague Marines over the weekend, but the weather conspired against me and I was unable to prime the models. Not to be undone I decided to chip away at one of the myriad of other projects; in this case my D&D bestiary.
I had been very kindly gifted some Wiz Kids pre-primed miniatures for my birthday and so some of these jumped to the top of the painting queue. First up is Rusty the Rust Monster.
Sunday 18 October 2020
Welcome back to the Vault. Usually at this point in the blogging year I would have been working towards Octoberfest and writing about the process, culminating in the Punditry Posts and Tournament Report. Alas the tournament has been cancelled and with the local area heading into Tier 2 lockdown even games with friends at home are not possible.
So this means my hobby focus will continue on modelling and painting, and I've written my first Death Guard list to guide my efforts.
Sunday 11 October 2020
Welcome to the Vectorium! This week's hobby time has been spent in further dalliance with the Death Guard. Having previously painted a test Plague Marine I thought I'd try the colour scheme on a vehicle. I decided to paint up one of the Easy To Build Myphitic Blight-Haulers as these are comparatively small models (for vehicles at least).
Sunday 4 October 2020
Sunday 27 September 2020
Welcome back to the Vault my fellow Brother Captains. Today's post is something of a "lessons learnt" piece. I recently played a game of 40K against Lyle, a fellow First Founding club member's Emperors Children list with my old school Tau force. The Fish are not something I've blogged about before; they are an Ebay rescue which need a lot of TLC applied before I'd share photos of them on the Vault.
However we decided to veer away from our usual armies (Lyle is very accomplished Ad Mech Tech Priest) for a different game. How is this relevant to Grey Knights? A good question! My current GK list is very Elite, featuring 4 Terminator Squads, and so playing a Tau list with multiple cheap infantry squads allowed me to try some of the action based mission Secondary objectives.
I've shied away from the action Secondaries as my Terminator squads need to be shooting, casting rather than Raising Banners and so on. However for the price of one Termie squad I can get 2 squads of Strike Marines, and making this one simple swap opens up some interesting opportunities.
Sunday 20 September 2020
Sunday 13 September 2020
Welcome back to the Vault once more! Today's post is the second part of my primer to the Grey Knights Psychic Phase. You can find the part one here, where we discussed the probabilities involved in casting the various psychic powers; now we'll talk about the powers themselves.
Please note, like a lot of information on the internet this post contains opinion; your opinions of the powers may be different and you are encouraged to garner your own experience from the table top. Nothing beats playing the game!
Sunday 6 September 2020
Monday 31 August 2020
Sunday 23 August 2020
Greetings my fellow Brother Captains, and welcome back to the Vault. This week's hobby time has been spent painting up some reinforcements for my 40K Grey Knights collection. I'm working on the models I need to complete my first 9th ed army list, namely a Dreadnought and Grand Master Voldus.
I've finished up Voldus bar basing, and I'm pretty pleased with the results.
Sunday 16 August 2020
Welcome back to the Vault my fellow Grand Masters and Brother Captains. I'm continuing my exploration of the Grey Knights and how to play them in the new 9th edition. The Grey Knights are unique among my armies in that they have a lot of Psykers available (pretty much every unit can cast a power), and there are Relics and Stratagems which can modify the psychic casting dice rolls. I've found this to be a bit intimidating and confusing, so I thought I'd write a primer to help myself (and hopefully other Grey Knight players) out.
In this post I will be focusing on the likelihood of casting powers, rather than the powers themselves. I will cover the powers in a future post.
Sunday 9 August 2020
Welcome to back to the Vault fellow Grand Masters! The weather this week has been glorious but detrimental to painting; i.e. far too hot! Undaunted however I have played another "Learning 9th edition" game with Dave G, and I decided to bring the Grey Knights out for a spin across the table top.
This will be something of a rambling post as it will give me an opportunity to capture some thoughts and good ideas for future games. I hope you might get some benefit from the thoughts as well.
Sunday 2 August 2020
Thursday 30 July 2020
Sunday 26 July 2020
First up is a Forge World Legion Praetor:
Sunday 19 July 2020
Sunday 12 July 2020
Sunday 5 July 2020
I have started applying the base coats to a Redemptor Dreadnought. This is one of the "easy build" kits which I've modified to a different weapon fit with the addition of a mini chain gun and missile pod.
Long term readers will know that my Carcharodons are all based on the lovely Sector Mechanicus bases, but this range does not cover the massive 100 mm based used for the Dreadnought.
What's a hobbyist to do? Well, one dip into the bitz box and hobby supplies later and I was suitably furnished with materials to fashion my own:
Sunday 28 June 2020
Our erstwhile DM has also provided us with insight into various locales within the realm as we've all rolled up "current events" for our character's home locations via a series of random tables. This is quite a fun addition to character generation and something I'll consider adding to my own campaigns.
So let's introduce; Anders Freesword
|Half Orc for hire by Conquistador (Deviant Art) (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)|
Sunday 21 June 2020
I'm really enjoying the adventures of Immerel the druid as he and his comrades battle a force of giants and the ogre-ish allies. 5th edition uses a different magic system compared to my more familiar "go to" 3rd edition. In essence Immerel "prepares" a number of spells from his possible selection each day and can then cast any combination using his spell slots of different levels.
My daughters are obviously aware of my enjoyment of this game as they've given me the perfect present for Father's Day; a spell tracker peg board!
Sunday 14 June 2020
I've also been very lucky to be invited to participate in a gaming experience over the summer called the Benchleydale Academy. The Academy is focused on a 1st edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons sandbox setting called Benchleydale and Beyond comprising over 100 classic adventures set in a campaign backdrop created in part by the collaboration of Academy participants.
Sunday 31 May 2020
One of the smaller 40k group chats was lamenting the lack of face to face gaming due to lock down and social distancing, and the suggestion of running an online role playing game came up. Most of the players are relative novices to RPGs so I volunteered to organise a very simple introductory game using easily accessibly materials.
First up was the choice of rule set; this was an easy decision to make as I've had Swords and Wizardry Light (S&WL) in mind to try out for a while. S&WL is a free product (well technically Pay What You Want), and provides a stripped back D&D-like system over an easy to digest 4 pages. For me the rules have a very Basic D&D vibe to them, and preparing the adventure was something of a nostalgia trip for me.
Monday 25 May 2020
Sunday 17 May 2020
I purchased the first issue of the Age of Sigmar "Mortal Realms" magazine when it appeared as two quid for a dozen or so miniatures was just too much of a bargain to pass up. And luckily a bunch of those were wraiths.
A number of other people on the group have made the same purchase so I've decided to do something a little bit different and incorporate some of the spectres into a diorama/terrain piece. A quick dive into the bitz box and the hobby supplies found some useful pieces allowing me to knock this up:
Sunday 10 May 2020
Hobby wise I'm still firmly in the thrall of painting models for my fantasy based games, and I've been tackling a more significant project; the forgotten Wizard's Tower, now fallen into ruin.
Sunday 3 May 2020
The Cogs are a manifestation of Chronomancy; a device with the power to manipulate time itself!
Sunday 26 April 2020
In the Age of Sigmar fluff these living spells are a pair of light and dark entities, but I decided to paint them as a form of Ball Lightning.
Wednesday 22 April 2020
Tuesday 14 April 2020
So here is the GW Magewrath Throne, aka the Skull Throne!
Sunday 12 April 2020
Sunday 5 April 2020
I've completed a couple more of the Malign Sorcery pieces, and first up is the Wall of Ice:
Sunday 29 March 2020
I had also planned to play a solo Frostgrave scenario, but my eldest daughter decided she'd like to play so we had an impromptu rumble across the ruins of Felstad; this was a great way to spend a couple of hours!
All the fantasy gaming has put me in the mood to paint some related model, so I decided to pick up my Malign Sorcery project. I've been painting up some of the wonderful Age of Sigmar Endless Spells models and coming up for some rules for them in Frostgrave. Next on the list are the Umbral Spell Portals.
Sunday 22 March 2020
So I hope you are all keeping yourselves safe and well, and taking time to indulge in your hobbies to keep rooted to a level of normality.
Gamers always seem to be able to adapt to changing situations; we just happen to be in moving in a new cross system, global meta, and I know friends and family are already adopting new approaches to their gaming. The First Founding D&D group are investigating Discord, and my family are enjoying regular evening board games sessions.
I want to explore Frostgrave's solo play expansion, Perilous Dark in more depth. I've had a trial run of the first scenario ("Writhing Fumes") which did not end well, but I'm planning a second run through. The scenario calls for the use of some specialist monsters called Vapour Snakes and I came across a The Tabletop Engineer's excellent tutorial for scratch building some.
So how did my efforts turn out?
Sunday 15 March 2020
I've also been digging deeper into the Grey Knights rules in the Ritual of the Damned supplement, and I'm quite excited by some of the tricks on offer! Let's have a look at some of the tricks I've spotted.
Sunday 8 March 2020
That's not to say I don't indulge in more competitive games on occasion. Several of my play group are keen tournament players and will happily travel long distances to throw dice and move models. Recently I was asked by Marcus our resident Eldar player for a game against my Grey Knights (specifically the double Paladin bomb list that's been doing well at a number of large tournaments in the wake of the Rituals of the Damned book).
Sunday 1 March 2020
At the start of this year I made a resolution to actively seek out and play some different games, and I've dived in head first.
First up is a Necromunda campaign, where in player controls a gang of thugs and scummers to control the lawless regions of the Underhive. I've never played this sci fi skirmish game before, but it seems very well regarded, and so I've thrown my hat in the ring to fight leading the high tech goons of House Van Saar.
I've assembled my gang according to the rule of cool (i.e. chucked the coolest looking guns onto the models), and painted the first Mook!
Monday 24 February 2020
Terminators have been my favourite models ever since I started playing 40K and I thought it would be an interesting idea to compare the Terminator to the closest Primaris equivalent, the mighty Aggressor.
Sunday 16 February 2020
Sunday 9 February 2020
Tuesday 4 February 2020
|Xenos and Heretics incoming. Lock and Load!|
Sunday 2 February 2020
I'm taking the Carcharodons Astra to their very first event, and I've decided to take a variety of the units I've painted up over the last couple of years. Whilst it's not the most optimised Space Marine list it does have some (shark) teeth, and is a lot of fun to play.
Sunday 26 January 2020
I've had a single model left to paint from scratch; an Armorium Cherub to fetch and carry for my Devestator Squad: