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Constructing Vault 10

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.

  • Atrium
  • Gateway
  • 2 Large Rooms
  • 2 Small Rooms
  • Stairs
  • Long Corridor
  • Four Way Room
  • Crossway
  • Short Straight Corridor
  • Half Corridor
  • 4 Dead Ends
  • Corner
  • 2 Destroyed Corridor
  • 2 Door/Endcaps
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Rub-a-Dub, More Fallout In The Tub

After months of waiting (im)patiently I finally received my bundles from Modiphius for their Fallout Wasteland Warfare game. They had an overwhelming response in the initial run and ran out of stock early on. Had ordered the Critters, Scenery, and Robots bundles. Loving everything I see so far. Some of the items in the Scenery bundle were what I was waiting on to really get my Vault project finished. Something I meant to have done over the holidays but wound up with other things to do. Have to get my Blackstone Fortress models finished as a commitment to myself to finish ONE project before moving on to another for a change. But after these arrived I gave them an overnight wash in Simple Green just in case (my standard first step now with any resins and metals and most plastic kits) and then a rinse and toothbrush scrub before basking in the kitchen lights to dry. Really looking forward to getting the Sentry Bot painted up.

That’s a lotta baggies!!

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Everyone’s squeaky clean!!

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Winter Break Hobby Projects…yeah, we’ll see

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.


Avast! Big Blood and Plunder Post!

My usual PADD has been in full effect over the past couple weeks, but I’ve tried to keep it consistent between my Bloodbound army and my Blood and Plunder gamestuff. I have put in for two come and learn demo style events at Kublacon in May for Blood and Plunder, so maybe I’ll see you there. That, of course, has incentivized me to finish my table and get everything painted up. What follows are a couple blog posts in one lengthy post. Enjoy!

Jungle Terrain
I completed my jungle terrain tiles with a couple touch ups needed. Used the Pegasus Hobbies palm trees, all three sets, as well as the collected NUOLUX palms I found on ebay. Just run a search for NUOLUX palm trees on Ebay to find. They come from various sellers but should be an inexpensive 15 piece set. The bases were a mix of the Worldsmith Industries resin area terrain bases and base inserts (flat and trunk) and Hobby Lobby wooden circle and oval pieces. Plus various lichen, tuft grass, static grass, Vallejo Dark Earth base texture, and aquarium plants cut to fit. Photos of the process and final results below. Very happy with these. I am impressed with how they turned out. The resin bases with inserts are great, I thought about getting more down the road, but for now they fit the style perfectly.

Treasure Chest
Was looking for something that would draw eyes to the table other than the awesome models and ships (and my terrain) that could also carry the rules/supplies for the game. Eventually found this one, again at Hobby Lobby (wonder why they get the things I can’t find locally elsewhere, but win for me). Wasn’t too expensive, and was wide enough to fit the books. I’m working on Army Transport trays for my models since they fit this just about perfectly.

Sea Battle
Had a great first sea battle game a couple weeks back. We initially wanted to try out amphibious but decided to go pure sea so we wouldn’t have to stress land and sea rules at the same time. Had a blast, got a boarding action in, ship rammed a longboat, much carnage ensued.

Spanish Buildings
Another player on the Blood and Plunder Facebook group posted a picture of the spanish church and arched house from Empires at War. I went looking for them as I wanted some buildings and so far only had the French settler’s cabin from 4Ground. My wallet was not happy with me once I was finished buying, but they were great folks and shipped everything quickly. Spent the past few nights getting the town assembled. They went together easily and fit the game well. Interiors are not detailed like 4Ground’s are, but the multistory buildings do have removable floors. Can’t wait to get these on the table!

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Group shot/4Ground cabin comparison

Church
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Taverna, 2-Story House, Arched House

3-Story House

Villa

Farm


Realmgates for Age of Sigmar

Been trying to keep up with a consistent amount of painting per week. Tackling what I have already started/will be using next first as that seemed to make the most sense. 😀

These guys have been primed for months but I never got around to painting (shocker). Took the time to put them together and I’m happy with the results. I may go clean up a few details but I’m calling them completed. Not amazing, but I like.

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3 Keg Barrels

Finished a quick paint job on 3 keg barrels from the Pathfinder Deep Cuts collection. Painted up easy, they come pre-primered with Vallejo primer. Not 100% sold on their primer job but it was adequate. Looking forward to other items from the line.


Area Terrain for Blood and Plunder

Was looking for some area terrain templates for foliage/trees I wouldn’t have to build myself. I know that sounds lazy, but time’s not a big luxury for me these days. Was fortunate to be directed to Worldsmith Industries, and their area terrain templates. I received the order this week and thought I’d post what they looked like out of the box. Looking forward to cleaning and painting these up along with adding plants and trees.

I ordered the Base 3, Base 4, and Base 5.2 pieces along with 6 Bare Earth and 6 Tree Stump inserts. Here’s the three of them together, with the 50mm inserts spread across the group. As you can see, the casting is clean, few details needing cleanup/edges trimmed. The stumps fit the palms I picked up on Ebay nicely, and I can use the flat inserts for other trees I have with thicker trunks and/or clumps of plants. The resin is sturdy, but not too thick. Plenty of table coverage with these guys.

One other thought. The 50mm inserts are pretty stable alone. The blanks are great for 50mm foliage clumps, and the stumps for trees. Topheavy terrain may not do as well, but it’s a thought. Could always buy an assortment of both (the inserts are sold in packs separately so you can mix and match) to have on hand for the templates or as standalone scatter.

I did ask Worldsmith if they would be creating these without the rock formations sculpted in. At this time they have no plans to, but additional flocking/plants glued down will cover up the ones I don’t want showing easily. Look for progress reports coming (hopefully) soon.

Overall, definitely worth the price! Take a look here!

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Base 3
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Base 4
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Base 5.2
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Checking the stump!:
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