Oct 132013
 

Saturday last weekend I had the opportunity to regress into child hood for an evening. Some old mates came visiting, we had some good food and drinks and most importantly – we played Hero Quest!

When this was decided I still didn’t have very many HQ models painted. Only two of the zombies, really. So, I went about to see what I had painted or near painted that could stand in for the models in the box. The four skeletons, the evil sorcerer and the four heroes were easy, I just picked them from my Stillburg project. For gobbos, I had the Iron Claw goblins I painted a few years ago. Three fully finished, but I needed six so I dug out three more from the same range and plopped a green stuff hat on one of them. The rest of the models needed were not even based and primed!

That left me with the need for 4 chaos warriors, 3 fimir, 2 mummies, 1 gargoyle and 8 orcs. The orcs were nearly there, as I decided to use the Harboth’s orcs I had painted to near completion. I did them up first, as can be seen here.

Next, I got started on the models I had to finish. After cleaning, cutting, prepping and priming I was left with the below – and three days to finish them!

 

I decided to tackle the easiest models first, and in an evening I had these done to an acceptable table top level. The mummies are standard Hero Quest, while the chaos warriors are the 90s monopose plastic regiment warriors. Used them instead of the original warriors in order to save some time on the base cutting (I’m not keeping the integral bases).

 

The next evening I actually didn’t paint anything (foolishly) – so I never managed to finish the goblins, fimir and gargoyle. They did come some way though. Even if I didn’t actually finish any more models I think I did a pretty good job for three days of work.

In the Swedish translation the gargoyle is called “the horror mask”. It doesn’t make sense in Swedish either.

And the full set of proxies and half-jobs.

 

It didn’t really matter, as long as all the bases were finished (but I did miss the static grass on the mummies… curses!). We had a few great games, produced a rather eclectic playlist on Spotify and managed to squeeze in a few cigars. I had a fun night and so did my mates.

 

Now I’m well motivated to get the full set painted (including proper Chaos Warriors, I went for 4th edition plastics to avoid spending time cutting bases). Thusly, my old paintjobs (as previously displayed) went into the stripping jar!

“Hey, I’m in here!”

 

Before embarking on the full Hero Quest set, I’ll get a few ghouls painted up though. We’re playing a game or two of Stillburg the coming weekend! It’s been near two years since last time! Also, I have a few half finished goblins and fimir to do. And a gargoyle to touch up. And four chaos warriors to give a final drybrush. And two dwarfs to paint for a friend. And…

Anyways, here’s what I’m aiming for. Mike McVey’s splendid rendition of the Hero Quest models (or well, metal prototypes) in White Dwarf #113.

Magic Mike at his best.

Dec 232011
 

For the first time in about 10 years or more, I’ve painted some greenskins! After my wife put together a christmas ornament for our kitchen table, I figured it could use more goblins. You can never have enough goblins in your christmas ornaments… right?

I did the one to the left first, using urrr… Knarloc Green from GW’s Foundation range as a base coat. I mixed it with some light VMC grey of some sort and did the highlights and then washed the skin with Badab Black (GW again). Found it a bit cold and dark, so instead I went for Gretchin Skin (GW Foundation), Devlan Mud (GW wash, it’s bloody magic!) and then Gretchin Skin again. I think. Maybe something else in there too… I don’t know and I don’t really care. I’ll paint each gobbo as if it was my first, experimenting with different base coats, highlights and washes to get some variation in the skin tone. So far, the two to the right are my favourites.


So, three little Bob Olley goblins from Iron Claw (ie Citadel), released in 1988. Painted a bit like gnomes, ’cause that’s how I roll. Yeah… anyways, thought it would be fun to pit them against some of Bob Olley’s antropomorphic animals he did for Splintered Lights. A woodland rumble, part zany – part cute. If otters and hedgehogs fighting evil gnomes won’t get my Mrs into lead pushing, I’ll consider it a lost cause.


Here’s a final christmasy shot – if you’re reading this it means you’ve put up with sporadic updates over the year. Thanks for your patience! Thought there would be a little more time for painting as I’m on paternity leave but truth be told there’s a hefty load of house hold work to tend to during the wee lad’s nap time. I do have five zombies all but finished up though, they just need an evening or two of touching up the details and sorting out the bases. I hope to do that before the year ends. You know, to bring up the annual total a bit.

Now, if you want to see more of these pointy hat gits you need to give up some old lead! If you got any spares of this range (only pointy hat ones, mind) I’ll gladly purchase them, or trade. Happy christmas!