I finally buckled down to start building and painting the amazing A.R.K. kit from Black Site Studios. They’ve created a modular kit that emulates the Fallout Vault system for tabletop gaming in MDF which I plan on using mainly for the very fun Fallout Wasteland Warfare miniatures (and soon to be RPG) game. The kit is modular with multiple rooms available to mix and match what you want your Vault to look like. The Atrium and Gateway pieces are particularly incredible. There’s also a get you started bundle that will leave you wanting more. Oh, and they were featured on Adam Savage’s Tested. I’ve been very much inspired by Adam Huenecke’s ARK/Vault as well. Just gorgeous. He also wrote an article on Black Site’s blog about his project. Anyway, enough gushing.
I’m still working on the Vault’s backstory, but it will be Vault 10. One intimidating part for me was deciding on the color schemes. There’s so many (too many) options out there and also finding direct parallels to the mid-century tones was tough. I’m not a big ‘mix it myself’ kind of painter so that wasn’t really an option. I’m pretty happy with most of my choices, but will need to see them in action to be sure. The Army Painter Ultramarine spray was perfect for the Vault Blue look I’m applying to the exterior of the Vault pieces, for example. I’m also experimenting with all sorts of weathering styles and techniques I haven’t before with Fallout Wasteland Warfare and am definitely loving it. One great thing about this kit is that it could be used for Fallout, or any other post-apocalyptic miniatures game such as This is Not a Test, or any sci-fi skirmish style games like Necromunda or Kill Team.
Here are a couple of pictures of the monster project’s components. I’m now realizing they’re not showing all the rooms I have to complete. I was also a kid on Christmas morning and tore into some of the packages to look at how the parts assemble before I started working on them, so it’s a bit of a jumble. But as you know that’s my process.
The four smaller chambers in the picture above are my test pieces. Trying out the generic wall colors and different ways to work with the MDF and staining/shades/washes/etc. It isn’t difficult to work with, but sometimes you need different tricks to make things work. There are several great videos out there on working with MDF if you’re new to the material. One thing to mention about Black Site’s pieces is that they all come prepainted if you’re not in the mood to paint things up yourself. You could easily assemble these off the frame and get to using them if you so chose.
But I’ve gotta go full Vault-Tech with mine. Here’s some weathering work I did to the Crossway piece. pretty content with the results so far.
I’ve also started the loyal_cogsworth Instagram account for my Fallout Wasteland Warfare gaming projects and plan on posting WIP pictures there as I go and longer articles here with the completed rooms and what went into them. Until next time, stay safe in the Wasteland!!
EDIT: Was already asked what pieces I have for the A.R.K. Here’s my inventory to date. Will adjust when I add to the monster.
- 2 Large Rooms
- 2 Small Rooms
- Long Corridor
- Four Way Room
- Short Straight Corridor
- Half Corridor
- 4 Dead Ends
- 2 Destroyed Corridor
- 2 Door/Endcaps
I’m off work for about 3 weeks. Some of that time will be a road trip with the kiddo up PCH to the Bay Area, but for the remainder I am looking forward to a couple hobby projects.
I’m in love with Fallout: Wasteland Warfare. The plan for the holidays is to complete painting of the models I have to date, as well as some general scatter terrain pieces. The big project, however, will be assembly and painting of Vault (number TBD). I’m using the amazing modular ARK kit from Black Site Studio. Love these guys. Great customer service, friendly, and quality pieces, give them a look. I already assembled the Ashton Supply Co. kit from them as well as the Cable Spools and working on their MDF shopping carts. They continue to create quality product, which makes my wallet cry. 🙂
I’ll post some reviews of the products as I go.
First batch of Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game models nearly completed. Just need to finish their bases which I’m doing in the same style as my Blood and Plunder terrain base colors. These Army of the Dead are from the new boxed set that was released back in August. Rohan is next on the list, and have already started working on them. Pretty straightforward as I want to have these models all look nice, but not take too much time. Also, at 25mm, they’re smaller models in general and should take less time. Ghosts – always easy. Pretty happy with the results.
Primed: I am still figuring out zenithal priming, and only using gray and white primers (Badger Stylynrez)
Base color: GW Nighthaunt Gloom Technical thinned with medium for flow
Wash: GW Waywatcher Green glaze
Chainmail: GW Leadbelcher washed with GW Nuln Oil wash
Wash again!: GW Waywatcher mixed with Nuln Oil over the shield wood and lower half of the models. If I do more I may bypass the initial green glaze step and just do this instead
Drybrush: GW Underhive Ash Dry to give some final pop to them.
I’ve mentioned previously that I will be attending Kublacon and running two Blood and Plunder events. I want to keep to my original goal of having everything I own to date painted when I head out. Coming into the home stretch I’m realizing I may have over committed, but am going to push through and see how far I get. I’ll track my daily progress here and on the BnP Facebook page if anyone’s interested. Tuesday night ended with the models being at this point.
As you can see, plenty to do. I had a good batch primed and semi-painted, but a way’s to go as well as the Unaligned models I still needed to wash and prime.
Wednesday evening I had some time to work on things, but the progress may not seem that dramatic.
Primed the bare metal minis, fixed the Spanish Commander’s loose arm, put shoes on nearly everyone, a few models needed base colors on pants/shirts, and base color on the…bases.
Where will tonight get me? We’ll see.
Realizing after looking at the calendar today that I leave for Kublacon in just over 4 weeks. Since I’ll be running two games of Blood and Plunder at the con and need to finish painting up things I’ve got my work cut out for me. I think it’s doable, but when I consider what’s left I get nervous. Checklist of the project below:
- Assemble and paint terrain (done!)
- Play mats (done!)
- Carrying case (done!)
- Counters/measuring tapes/dice (done!)
- Reference sheets for players (need to finish)
- Treasure objectives (painting)
- Ships (need paint)
- Ship sails/rigging (after paint – contracting that out)
- Longboats (almost finished)
- Pirates (some painted, too many to go)
Just need to focus on my painting time and get things finished. My airbrush has been a problem lately, spent time trying to remedy its issues, but might just be easier to skip it for now.
At least all my cannons are finished!
Still working on my Khorne army. Joined a Firestorm campaign group to push me to keep painting. I’ve settled on a paint scheme, but that’s for a later post – once I have better samples of the scheme ready. In the meantime I’ve been trying to churn through the 80 Bloodreavers I wound up with. I know each won’t be a masterpiece, so hopefully I can move with some average speed through the batch. Did the flesh tones wash on all of them one night. Honestly, the Badger flesh primer + the wash = that might be all the work I do on skin tones for these guys, it looks very nice on the bulk of them in person. Group shot: