In my last post I talked a bit about what is on the painting desk. I also opined about how I dislike painting as it is my least favorite part of the hobby. That hasn’t changed. However, painting does get my thinking about how I plan to use the models and excited to play again. This is what I have been working on first, the Varingyr aircraft.
You can find the rules for these aircraft in the Airspace Rules Compilation. As I was reviewing the rules for the Warlord Super-Heavy Airship and the Strike Eagle ground support fighter it got the wheels turning. I think I could string together a few games into a mini-campaign?
For those familiar with the Blood and Irongard campaign you know that the Varingyr(Squats) have a rich history and a developed setting in the Galactic Core. I admit, I haven’t kept up to date on the “Dark Imperium” setting of 8th edition so I have no idea if the Galactic Core even still exists or was replaced by a warp storm or some such. However, in the Blood and Irongard campaign we are introduced to the Belt of Varin, a section of the Core that was once home to the Varingyr empire. However, they fell victim to Imperial aggression and then Genestealer Infestation which led to civil war and destruction on a society shattering scale.
Since those dark days, the Varingyr that remain have been slowly trying to re-build and recover their lost Strongholds. The enemies were Tyranids beasts, Ork marauders, and even human Rogue Traders. However, the worst enemy of all was the Genestealer Infected Varingyr held sway by the Ancestor’s Curse. The idea of reclaiming a lost Stronghold held interesting possibilities for a campaign.
After per using the mission ideas in the Airspace Rules Compilation I started to sketch out a branching campaign. In this Campaing, the Varingyr have located a former Minehead that has been overrun by Orks. However, you could also use Rogue Traders, Tyranids, or other opponents. Naturally, the Varingyr want to reclaim their homeland and launch an attack. The campaign will determine the success of failure of their forces in reclaiming the Minehead from their foes. There is still plenty of room for me to fluff the background out if I wish, or leave the basic skeleton in place.
Of course, this campaign is designed to allow me to use my Varingyr aircraft from the humble Iron Eagle to the mighty Warlord Airship. Feel free to play through it yourself. The Missions and unit profiles are in the Airspace Rules Compilation and the Cleansing of Grex Silex books.
Oh, by the way I got those Varingyr aircraft models painted up too. Finishing them inspired me to start putting a campaign together to use them in.