HeroQuest

I’m definitely painting an eclectic mix of models lately (or to put it differently, I’m skipping around from one project to another with the attention span of a goldfish on a sugar rush). Fear not however, this isn’t the start of another new project – just a brief spin off. I’ve previously mentioned that I’m planning to get a full set of models painted up for Blackstone Fortress, on the grounds that the last time we played it we did so with unpainted figures despite the fact that I have an inordinate number of painted models kicking around the house. The motivation to get on and do something about this stems, in part at least, from the efforts of fellow blogger KrautScientist, who’s been busy painting up an entire set of HeroQuest miniatures (if you haven’t seen this project I highly recommend you check it out at once, the combination of quality and dedication to the task should warm the cockles of any hobbyist). 

What’s more, HeroQuest is thirty years old this year. I must admit it passed me by entirely the first time round, no real surprise as I was only four at the time. Still I wanted to do something to mark the anniversary of this venerable gaming institution (which has proved, after all, to be the gateway drug for a great many other hobbyists). Thus I’d been vaguely planning to do something HeroQuest related at some point between now and the end of the year, but I hadn’t made any actual efforts until KrautScientist inspired me into action.

Some time ago a good friend of mine gave me a box of retro models from his childhood, a wonderful gift full of some really classic miniatures of yesteryear. So far I’ve not got around to doing a great deal with them, although I’m aiming for them all to show up here sooner or later. In amongst them I found two HeroQuest figures, a Chaos Warrior and a Fimir. Let’s take a look at the Chaos Warrior first.

HeroQuest Chaos Wudugast (1)HeroQuest Chaos Wudugast (2)

Admittedly this model falls a long way short of the modern standard but I feel it still has a lovely, old-fashioned appeal to it that’s hard to resist. Alas the Fimir is less charming. Cool though a cyclopean chaos-lizardman might sound in theory these models don’t come close to doing the concept justice, the details were rather soft and ill-defined whilst the mould-lines were the kind of ridges normally thrown up by continental drift. Still, I did have fun painting him – although I don’t imagine I’d paint another in a hurry. 

Fimir ConvertOrDie HeroQuest (1)Fimir ConvertOrDie HeroQuest (2)

And here we have the two of them side by side, waiting for a hapless adventurer to happen along. They’ve been waiting for three decades now and so far, no luck! They must have picked the wrong dungeon to lurk in…

HeroQuest Wudugast ConvertOrDie

Anyway, hopefully you enjoyed this salute to HeroQuest – and to all the talented hobbyists who took their first faltering steps into it’s dungeons and, in spirit at least, have never left. A big thanks to Tom for giving me the models and do go and take a look at KrautScientist’s work (without a trace of false modesty it puts these to shame and proves that chunky, thirty year old single-piece miniatures can still look absolutely magical in the right hands).

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25 responses to “HeroQuest

  • imperialrebelork

    Lovely lovely lovely. I always liked the HQ models and would just want to ply with them instead of the actual game haha. You’ve done a superb job mate. Old school but very cool.

    • Wudugast

      Aye, I hear you – line all the models up on the shelf and rant at them in the voice of an appropriate general, or point them at each other and make shooting noises? Any day of the week! Learn the actual rules? Not a chance!

      Glad you like them mate, they were a fun little side-project 🙂

  • patmcf

    Nice mate ,just a quick one ,young IMP here put me onto Nuln oil for a wash on armoured guys for the castle ,but sometimes I need one a little browner like the way you have done Chaos warrior it look pretty good and I was wondering how you achieved this .

    • Wudugast

      If you’re after something a little browner than Nuln Oil then Agrax Earthshade is your friend. It’s what I used on the armour here (actually I’d be hard pressed to find a model I’ve painted in the last couple of years that I haven’t used it on somewhere). For a warmer brown Reikland Fleshshade is good too. They also do gloss versions of them, which some people like to use for armour as it keeps the shine of the metal – personally I prefer the muted look and then add some highlights if required.

      • patmcf

        Thanks mate sounds like that’s what I’m after ,will pop up to the shop after work and seek it out ,Cheers Pat !

      • patmcf

        Been to the shot and purchased both ,the Agra’s earth shade is perfect as is the Reikland fleshshade ,so thanks for that advice ,It was lucky I had some guys and a tank to finish off great timing mate .

  • Andrew

    Welcome to the Heroequest club! I just finished up my set, and these models are great fun to paint even if they are a bit simple.

    • Wudugast

      Just took a look at your fimir, you’ve done a much better job than I did, not sure I’d have enough patience to go to that level with such a clunky miniature. Nice work on the bases too, very much in keeping with the HeroQuest aesthetic. 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    Great work- they make a fine pair.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • Alexis West

    Nice! I’ve been getting some pretty serious nostalgia from KS’s project as well. Always have had a soft spot for the HQ Chaos Warriors. After I’m done moving, I think I’m going to have to pull out what’s left of my set and see what I can do with it.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, those chaos warriors have so much personality to them, they really are very simple models but they do a great deal in terms of conveying character. Hope the house move goes well 🙂

  • krautscientist

    Haha, cheers for the shout out and kind words! I really appreciate it, and it kinda brings things back to the beginning, in a way, because looking at the hero models from Blackstone Fortress was what made me (re-)tackle the whole HeroQuest project in the first place 😉

    Great work on the models, too! I’d say you’ve actually been more succesful than me in nailing down a good skin tone for the Fimir on the first attempt! You’ll have to paint the guy’s toenails painted, though 😉 I am also relieved to hear you echoing my misgivings about that particular sculpt and cast — it’s such a weird, ungainly model in many ways, isn’t it?

    Anyway, keep up the fantastic work! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      No worries – you’re always very good at crediting those who’ve inspired you, whereas I tend to forget who I borrowed ideas from whilst they gestate in my brain (a sin I know!) so when I did know who had motivated me on this particular project it was only right to give credit where it was due 🙂

      As for getting the skin right on the Fimir – well I had yours to look at for a reference 😉 Plus, I only had one of the buggers to tackle so it was a fun little adventure that I poured some extra effort into, think frustration might have been setting in if I’d had to tackle many more though.

      Good point on his toenails, I used to be obsessed with doing that, but I’ve become lax partly because hardly anyone ever notices and partly because I’m just a little bit lazy. I’ll pop him back on the painting desk and see to it later. It really is a weird, clunky model though, especially when you consider how well many of its peers from the box have stood the test of time.

  • Alex

    Ain’t no quest like a Hero Quest!! Nicely done mate 🙂

  • backtothehammer

    This is the game that started it all for me so many years ago. The warrior (and sorcerer) are still some of my favourite models and Jes (I believe was the sculpter) then gave it another axe and it became the original Slambo model.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, that warrior has really stood the test of time (as has Slambo – naturally enough!) The sorcerer too still looks as good today, to my eye, as he did way back when. Sadly he wasn’t in the box of models my mate passed me but who knows, I might stumble on one someday. 🙂

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Variety is the spice of life mate, always nice to do something else once in a while and these look well up to scratch. Off to check out the Kraut!

    • Wudugast

      Couldn’t agree more – these were a fun little pallet cleanser (or should that be palette cleanser?) in between all the other projects I’ve got on the go 🙂

  • Argentbadger

    Nice going, I do love a bit of HeroQuest!

    The younger version of me used to wonder why the Fimir never got expanded much in Warhammer (I think that they last appeared in in 2nd edition), but then I read some of the lore about them and it made a bit more sense.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, they were always a bit of a funny one weren’t they. I do like the Forgeworld versions though, although they’re a bit pricy for my wallet. Still if GW decided to bring them back for AoS I’d be very interested indeed.

  • Azazel

    Great work on this pair – and I think you’re being far too harsh on yourself – the Chaos Warrior and Fimir could both go toe-to-toe with KS’s models. The Chaos Warrior’s armour looks particularly fine, and simply like a different set of it to the red armour that KS has used.

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