Sunday 22 March 2020

Frostgrave: Vapour Snakes

Welcome back to the Vault my fellow Venturers. In these uncertain times it seems frivolous to be writing about toy soldiers and board games, but whilst we practice social distancing and self isolation at a physical level we can still maintain connections about the hobbies we love through the gift of the internet.

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?

I'm pretty happy with these dudes!

If you haven't watched the tutorial the basic technique involves gluing a small coil of wire to a base and then covering it in hot glue.  The models in the tutorial are taller, and much cleaner (in terms of application of the glue).  When I built them I was a tad disappointed as there were threads of glue hanging loose and random globules surrounding the wire.

However I swear by the adage that paint hides a multitude of sins, and this project is no different. The models are quite organic and can be used for a number of different purposes.

The models have been primed white, then given a heavy coat of GW Nighthaunt Gloom, finished up with a light grey then white overbrush.

I can now visualise a number of uses for these models, particularly air or water elementals.  The technique has a *lot* of applications; Evard's Black Tentacles, squid or octopi appendages and so on.

Not bad for a Bob Ross "Happy Little Accident".  I hope you've enjoyed the pictures, and I'll share the results of my next run through of Writhing Fumes soon.

Stay safe, keep well and please let me know how your hobby projects are going on through the comments below.

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