Sunday, 25 July 2021

Pestilential Painting: The Death Guard hit the table!

Welcome back to the Vectorium and what a week its been! First Founding re-opened on Friday and the I jumped at the opportunity to bring the Death Guard out to play. New recruit VC Firefly brought along Raven Guard successors and we passed an enjoyable few hours acquainting ourselves with the 9th edition rules.

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Creeper Ooze

Welcome back to the Vault. Today I'm seeking shade within the nooks and crannies of the Vault as the temperature is a lovely 30℃ outside, so suffice it to say my post will be brief.

Regular readers will know I'm a fan of Krakon Games range of miniatures; they are quirky and have a unique charm about them, as shown in the Twisted Fungi. They are great fun to paint, and I've recently completed a Creeper Ooze.

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Pestilential Painting: The Tallyman

 Welcome back to the Vectorium! This week's hobby time has been spent on painting another addition to my growing Plague Marine force in the form of The Tallyman. He's another of the elite Foetid Virion support characters, providing buffs for the infantry units and potentially generating those lovely lovely Command Points.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Fixing the Vindicare

Welcome back to the Vault! I'll admit today's post is a bit of a click-baity title; I don't mean fixing the Vindicare's rules in any way, I literally mean repairing my broken Vindicare model.

My Sniper model is one of the old school metal models, and it had an unfortunate episode some time ago where it fell off a shelf onto the floor. It's arm with the rifle broke off, and the material fixed to the base was damaged. Here's a picture of the original pre-"incident".

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Looking forward to social contact!

 Welcome back to the Vault my fellow Venturers! Every so often I like to take a step back from sharing the pictures of the minis I've been painting, and sharing cool stories from the games I've played to reflect on why we engage in these hobbies.

I had the great fortune to spend some time with Dave G over the weekend, and we caught up on all things 40K related, our latest painting projects and what we are looking forward to in the future. We are scheduling a game of 40K (the first table top outing for my Death Guard), and really looking forward to the opening of First Founding when lockdown finally buggers off.

Sunday, 13 June 2021

Regimental Reporting: Lord Castellan Creed

 Welcome back to the Vault! Today's post is another "show and tell" as I've completed another 40K model. One of the joys of collecting a 40K force from one of the established factions in the lore is that many of them have "Special Characters"; the heroes and villains who participate in the myriad background stories that you can have join your models in the table top. There's also great satisfaction in generating your own characters as well of course (Colonel Staysback of the Cadian 82nd is widely regarded as one of the greatest if not the greatest heroes of the Imperium within my play group. Ahem.)

In fact Colonel Staysback reputation is so amazing that Lord Castellan Creed has decided to go on campaign with the 82nd to see what he can learn from the Colonel.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Twisted Fungi

 Welcome back to the Vault! I've had a wonderful few days of holiday, and I've indulged in some painting sessions. I mentioned in the last painting post that I wanted to work on some non-Death Guard models as I've got a bit jaded painting gold trim and grunge! 

So first of the mini projects is the Twisted Fungi collection from Krakon Games. I'm a big fan of the quirky Krakon models, having backed a few of their Kickstarters (I selected these fun guys from the Sidhe/forest creatures project).

Friday, 4 June 2021

Circle of Wildfire Guide

Welcome back to the Vault! I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I am currently playing a Circle of Wildfire Druid in a weekly Dungeons and Dragons 5E campaign, and I thought it would be fun to write a guide as to why and how I’m playing the character (primarily from a rules/mechanics point of view). I’m by no means stating this is the only way, or best way to play the spec, but rather how I’m using the options available to me.

I’m also not going to debate the merits of the Circle compared to the other Druid subclasses available; there are some good guides out there, and I’m assuming you are comfortable with the decision to play Wildfire. I’m also not getting into the whole “Unearthed Arcana version” vs “Tasha version” debate; Tasha’s is what we have as the final published version, and there’s no point crying over spilt milk.

Thematically a Wildfire Druid understands the natural cycle whereby destruction can be the precursor of creation; a forest fire can destroy existing vegetation yet also promotes later growth. This idea sits well with my character, Immerel, who having seen his previous home destroyed is now contemplating the health of the land in a more holistic manner (I’ve taken the option to re-spec from Circle of the Land to Circle of Wildfire).

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Pestilential Painting: Noxious Blightbringer complete!

Welcome back to the Vectorium and hold onto your hats everyone; I've finished painting a model! The Noxious Blightbringer which has been on the painting desk for the last few weeks has been completed, and I'm pretty happy with the results. Let's take a look!

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Pestilential Painting: Foetid Bloat Drones

 Welcome back to the Vectorium! The crappy weather over the weekend gave me the opportunity to indulge in a leisurely hobby session. Sensible Varchilde should have put paint onto some of the Death Guard models, but the hobby butterfly alighted on my shoulder and I decided to build some more models to add to the painting back log instead!

Thus the addition of two Foetid Bloat Drones to reinforce the original Drone from the Dark Imperium box set. The first of the Daemon Engines is armed with the ridiculously named Flesh Mower.

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Mind Games

 Welcome back to the Vault! Hobby time has been incredibly limited this week, bar the very welcome Friday night D&D shenanigans of Immerel and company. (High level adventurers we may be, but it looks like we've been duped. Again. At least it wasn't by a group of giant monkeys like last time, so that's good I guess.)

I keep a notebook where I can scribble down hobby and gaming ideas; occasionally the muse will strike, and if I don't note it then inevitably I'll forget it. Currently I'm trying to come up with some 5th edition character concepts which may eventually get elaborated into fully fleshed PCs. The aim is to sketch out a character per class, so if the opportunity comes up to play something I've got a head start on what I'd like to try out.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Really Useful Model Storage

 Welcome back to the Vault! Saturday's planned activities (not gaming related) were cancelled due to the ridiculous amount of rain that fell from the sky, but there were some definite hobby-related silver linings in those overlying clouds!

I picked up a paint brush for the first time in what must be weeks, and started laying down the base colours onto the Noxious Blightbringer, aka THE BELL MAN; when I've made some more progress I'll share some pictures.

The family also had a trip to the local DIY store. I do like a visit to the local Wickes or B&Q not because I enjoy all those jobs around the house (I don't, I'd rather be painting Plague Marines than walls), but because you can find hobby/modelling related bobbins. 

I wanted to pick up some more storage boxes for the ever growing model collection to replace tatty old cardboard boxes. I have a number of good quality figure cases with foam for transporting armies to events, but that's an expensive way to store everything. And so I tend to store a lot of models in cheaper (but still robust) containers, and swap around the contents of the figure cases when I am going to the club for example.

My preferred brand are the Really Useful Boxes; these come in a variety of sizes, and some are more useful than others for our purposes!

Monday, 3 May 2021

Big Guns Never Re-Tire

 Welcome back to the Vault! Regular readers will know that the most common posts here tend to be pics and words of the latest gaming model I'm painting, be it a Plague Marine, monster for D&D, terrain or whatever. For today's post I thought it would be fun to revisit one of my first ever Warhammer 40,000 projects; the Vindicator tanks which formed the backbone of my Lightbringer Space Marines army lists waaaaay back in 4th edition.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

The Bard Stones Part Two

 Welcome back to the Vault! In today's post I'm going to expand on the previous Bard Stones post, again inspired by my friend Chris's blog. We've homebrewed a spell and set of rules for allowing Bards to enchant crystals to store Inspiration dice, so it seems appropriate that there's a poem to help aspiring Bards remember the properties of the various gemstones. Perhaps this verse is the Verbal Component for the Stone Singing spell?

"Lapis blue and turquoise healing,
Amethyst and quartz revealing,
Onyx black will keep from harm,
Hematite to ground the charm,
Quartz of rose for friends and love,
Moonstone is The Lady up above.
Malachite will bring you wealth,
Bloodstone, Agate, Jade for health.
Jet and Amber our delight,
As we meet in darkest night,
Stones of Earth, stones of power,
Serve us in this magick hour…"

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Pestilential Painting: The Foetid Virion Part One

 Welcome back to the Vectorium once more! Today's post will be fairly brief as I have to confess the lure of lighter evenings and sunny days has kept me outside and away from playing games (bar the weekly D&D) and the painting desk.

I have taken the opportunity to prime the next set of Death Guard models; a set of Elite Characters which can be fielded collectively on the tabletop as the Foetid Virion. (This suitably nurgley-gothicy term simply means a Death Guard force can field up to 3 such characters in a single elite choice provided each is unique).

First up is the Tallyman.

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Pestiliential Painting: The Third Outbreak

 Welcome back to the Vectorium! Another couple of fruitful painting sessions has resulted in the completion of my third squad of Plague Marines. OK, the basing remains outstanding but long term readers will know I tend to batch my bases up over a few units any way!

This is a great milestone as it means I've now completed a Battalion. That means less in 9th edition compared to previous versions, but psychologically it's an achievement; I've got 2 HQ choices, 3 Troop choices plus sundry other units so know I can spin off in all sorts of directions. 

This is my fighty squad, led by a Plague Champion rocking a Power Fist.

Monday, 5 April 2021

Bard Stones

 Welcome back to the Vault! I've been spending some hobby time painting base colours onto another Death Guard unit and I'm pretty sure you don't want to see *more* pictures of half finished 40k models, so today's post is something different.

My friend Chris has been posting some articles about various properties associated with different gemstones. I've been on a bit of a D&D campaign planning kick recently and the articles got me thinking about incorporating some of this information into D&D.

Gemstones have long established associations with magic in table top RPGs:

  • As expensive components (e.g. diamonds and pearls) for powerful spells in D&D
  • To power and store magic (Power Crystals and True Stone) in Runequest
These gemstones are rare and/or expensive (no doubt because of such uses!) and I'd like to explore something more "every day" that makes use of more accessible stones and crystals. By making the material more common place it helps build flavour into a campaign setting, but also gives those boring "semi-precious stones" worth X gold which turn up in loot piles much more interest. So let's get cracking!

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Wildfire Spirit

 Welcome back to the Vault once again! This week's hobby time has been split between playing the regular D&D game and some painting. I've started work on the next squad of Plague Marines, but was also inspired by the D&D session to paint a fantasy mini that's been in the shame pile for some time.

I've been playing Immerel the half elven Druid in our Dark Sun-esque adventures. He originally started as a Desert Druid but circumstances of the campaign have seen him recently re-spec to the Circle of Wildfire.  This Circle allows the Druid to summon a Phoenix-like spirit which provides the summoner with a variety of amazing abilities.  

Although we are playing online and not using miniatures, I have a Phoenix familiar model from Wiz Kids which I decided to paint up to mark the occasion of Immerel's rebirth.

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Inspiration

 Welcome back to the Vault once more! Hobby time has been pretty limited this week; I've played in the weekly 5th edition D&D game and the players have been plotting an upcoming battle (which I must blog about some time), but I really haven't felt any motivation to pick up a paint brush.

Having been a player in a regular game for almost a year has got my creative juices for D&D flowing again, and I've been toying with a few ideas for a new campaign/adventure setting. Nothing serious beyond some initial notes (a kind of mood board) at this point, but I'm thinking about committing some effort to it.

So a Dark Ages Arthurian-esque Albion campaign with plenty of opportunity to explore related mythology and influences:

  • Last vestiges of the preceding Roman-esque civilisation.
  • Invading Viking inspired Raiders/Settlers
  • Seelie and Unseelie Fey 
  • Undead from the Shadow Realm

Not a lot of originality so far, but plenty of fun and something different to the usual D&D medieval backdrop. 

Why mention this now? Having written these initial notes some time ago my recent media consumption has brought the project to the fore again. First up is the (quite frankly amazing) Valheim PC game:

Because who doesn't want to adventure in the shadow of Yggdrasil the World Tree?

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Pestilential Painting: Lord of Contagion

 Welcome back to the Vectorium! Having procrastinated away from painting over the last few weeks, the bug to pick up a brush hit hard this weekend and I've got the Lord of Contagion to a state I'm pretty happy with (bar a point or two).

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Pestilential Painting: Lord of Contagion Work In Progress 1

 Welcome back to the Vectorium! This week I've managed to play in the regular Friday night D&D game (I keep meaning to write a post regarding the ongoing antics of Immerel the Druid and his companions), preparing some new minis received from a Kickstarter (there's another post!), and starting to lay the base colours onto the next Death Guard model.

I've chosen to work on the Lord of Contagion, the absolutely brutal looking HQ from the Dark Imperium set.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Battle Systems Terrain Sets

 Welcome back to the Vault! Long term readers will know I am something of a wargaming terrain junkie with a varied collection of pieces ranging from scratch builds to pre-painted resin pieces. I'm always looking at cool table set ups and thinking about how I'd like to replicate them at home.

My holy grail for terrain/set up involves:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Pre-painted
  • Doesn't take much space to store

My eye had been drawn recently to Battle System's pre-printed card stock terrain sets and having expressed an interest I was gifted with a couple of sets for Christmas. One is centred around fantasy gaming and the other Sci Fi.  

First up is a Space Hulk/Under Hive arrangement:

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Pestilential Painting: Whether to Weather or not?

 Welcome back to the Vectorium! My intention was to spend this week's hobby time working on the next unit of Plague Marines for the expanding Death Guard collection. This did not quite work out as expected however! I'd received a few comments on the Death Guard Rhino asking whether I intended to add any further weathering and muck to the model.

In truth I wasn't overly happy with the Rhino in the state I'd left it as it did look quite light and clean in comparison to other other couple of Death Guard vehicles I'd painted (the Blight Hauler and Plague Burst Crawler). Both of those had taken washes well with their more organic curved shapes, but I wasn't convinced just slapping a load of Argrax Earthshade over the flat panelled transport would work.

A bit of time hunting through You Tube tutorials came up with an easy to try technique; stippling the grime onto the model.


Sunday, 7 February 2021

Pestilential Painting: Rhino Transport

 Welcome back to the Vectorium! I've enjoyed a couple of productive painting sessions this week and finished the last model of my Death Guard Combat Patrol project; a Rhino Troop Transport. I've had this kit lurking in my bits box for ages (a loyalist rather than spikey version) so it's needed a bit of Nurgleyfying.

Oh and apologies, I've over-exposed the photos again. Doh.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Pestilential Painting: The Plague Companies

 Welcome back to the Vectorium! This week hobby time has been spent reading through the new Death Guard Codex, and making a concerted effort to finish the Plague Burst Crawler. The Daemon Engine is now complete and I'm happy with the results.

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Pestilential Painting: Plague Burst Crawler Part Two

 Welcome back to the Vectorium, and the blog's 250th post! This week's hobby time has been spent with Papa Nurgle's servants once more. I've laid down most of the base colours on the Plague Burst Crawler:


Sunday, 17 January 2021

Pestilential Painting: Plague Burst Crawler Part One

 Welcome back to the Vectorium! I now have 2 units left to complete my initial 50 PL Combat Patrol; a Rhino and a Plague Burst Crawler. I've decided to tackle the Plague Burst Crawler first as I've really been looking forward to tackling this model (it's one of the reasons I decided to start a Death Guard collection in the first place).

Look at the beast; a great big slab of armour that'll grind towards the enemy whilst lobbing shells at it's cowering foes from that massive mortar! Oh and it doesn't need a crew on account of the angry Daemon bound into it. What's not to love?

Sunday, 10 January 2021

The Planar Winds

Welcome to the Vault! Today's post is a new subject for the blog; 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. I've been involved in a campaign for a year or so now and really enjoying the play experience.

One of the aspects of 5th ed I like is how overt extra-planar influences have been baked into the core game; Celestials and Tieflings (extra-planar lineage species) are available for players, and Sorcerers and Warlocks have a variety of multidimensional bloodlines and patrons to choose from.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Pestilential Painting: The Second Wave

 Welcome back to the Vectorium! One of the great things about a long Christmas holiday is the opportunity to focus on a bigger hobby project or two. This year I've kept focus and painted up the second Plague Marine squad for my Death Guard Combat Patrol. I'm pretty pleased with the models and so here's a bunch of pictures documenting my efforts!

The unit is 7 models strong (that being Nurgle's number), and I've focused on spamming Plasma Guns in the squad (2 on line troopers and one on the Plague Champion).

Friday, 1 January 2021

Happy New Year from the Vault

 Happy New Year everyone! This time last year I was blogging about my gaming and hobby activities during 2019; how different 2020 has been.

Lockdown and social distancing has meant there has been a lack of face to face gaming, however I've filled the void with plenty of painting and gaming/hobby activities via the wonders of the Internet.

Without the regular tournament events in the diary my painting has been driven on the basis of whim and fancy, starting with a number of fantasy models and culminating with a mini-40K Death Guard project.