Oct 172016
 

The handsome fellows over on the Scale Creep blog invited me to join their Heroquest Hero Quest and I could hardly turn them down. After all, I had already embarked on this journey myself and could use an incitament to revisit the project. A week later, I can offer up a rough looking bog cyclops for your viewing pleasure!

hq_fimir1

I chose to submit a fimir, because it was… already a work in progress. For me, the hobby is all about cutting corners and reaching results with the least level of effort. I’m a firm believer in “80/20″. Applied to the modeling hobby, one can say a model reaches 80% of the potential result when you’ve spent 20% of the total effort on it. For me, that’s a pretty good spot to stop in. Could I do another level of highlights? A few more glazes? Maybe a free hand pattern? Sure. Would it matter, in the long run? Nope. Instead I can spend the same time finishing another few models to an acceptable level… or browse interwebz forums. At least, it’s better than my old paint jobs from the early 90s.

There’s not much to say about the finished fimir. Gretchin Green base coat, washed with Devlan Mud and highlighted with Gretchin Green mixed with Vallejo Pale Flesh and Bronzed Flesh, and another wash of Gryphonne Sepia. The basing used is the same as on all my fantasy models. A 25 mm metal washer, with painted sand and static grass. Simple things!

It’s a bit more traditional in colour scheme than what the godfathers of Fimir (Mr Saturday and Fimm) have used, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I spent some unnecessary effort on the eye. A yellow eye ball with a black pupil would’ve sufficed. Instead I did a white eye ball, black dot, yellow iris and then a black pupil. Doesn’t even show in the photo. Nuts!

Coming up next over at the Creeps’ – Curis, master of elbow painting and sphincter trumpeting! Knock it out the box, Chris!

Oct 272013
 

As I mentioned a while ago I had an evening of Heroquest gaming, and wanted to finish up as many Heroquest models as possible before that. Here are a couple of close ups of the chaos warriors and mummies.

In the interest of fast completion, I didn’t use the actual Heroquest chaos warriors (as it would’ve involved cutting off the integral base) but instead painted up four rather similar 90s plastic chaos warriors. Once I have an otherwise full set of Heroquest models painted up, I’ll replace these with the proper models and do them in the signature coloured armour of the late 80s and early 90s.

The mummies are proper Heroquest mummies though. Fastest paintjobs I’ve ever done, I think. They were spray primed Skull White, then base coated in Bleached Bone with the “flesh” parts picked out with Vallejo Cold Grey. I then drybrushed the wrappings with Skulle White. Once dry, the whole model was washed with Devlan Mud and the Cold Grey was highlighted by mixing in Dehneb Stone. They were finished in an evening, while I also did the base coats on the chaos warriors above.

Highly unassuming models, but a great satisfaction to get some stuff painted really quickly! I will try to do a unit of the chaos warriors for my plastic Warhammer project before the end of the year.

My painted total for 2013 is now 25. 10 more weeks, and less than 30 models to go. Will I make it? I highly doubt it, unless I resort to cheap tricks and underhanded tactics. That would be completely foreign to me. Forsooth.

Edit:
Here’s a photo of the zombies I had done since earlier. That’s all the currently painted stuff. 60 models or so to go for a full set of the base game + two expansions released in Swedish.

 

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.

Apr 042012
 

Here’s my entry from round 4 in the LPL at LAF. The team itself is the group of five zombies in the center. The rest are just dressing.

Stillburg overrun!

Took some tinkering before I got a picture I was satisfied with but I think it paid off in the long run. Most of our old mates from Stillburg are in it, and all the zombies I’ve painted to date (23 counting the big fellow). Unfortunately, I was facing one of my oldschool Citadel buddies Pil and he was also doing some undead. I wasn’t sure where this would go, as I thought his photo was really good. I did manage to score a rather solid win though. Too bad it was at a mate’s expense.

"You wouldn't like me when I'm zombie..."

Here’s the photo I used for the inset close ups on my entry. Thought it was rather nice, but my wife insisted I should go with the other – and I suppose she was right. Anyways, from left to right we have the following: A plastic zombie from my old Hero Quest set, a C18 zombie by Kev Adams that I’ve “repaired” (his ankles were almost snapped off) with an excessive amount of greenstuff (he’s now wearing flared trousers), a repainted plastic Zombie Hulk from Wizards of the Coast’s D&D Miniatures range (Savage Encounters set), another C18 zombie with a head swap (second time I got this mini for free from Paul/cheetor/Sho3box) and finally another of the plastic Hero Quest zombies (only two in the box, so I can check that off).

I’m pleased with how they turned out, even if it was a bit of a rush to get them done in time for the deadline. It’s actually the worst aspect of the LPL; you might have to rush through miniatures you’ve been longing to paint for a long time. On the other hand, you get things bloody done! I’ve painted about 40 miniatures so far this year. It’s currently week 14, so I’m quite ahead of schedule to reach my goal of one miniature per week. Yay me, huzzah and so forth.

Jan 092011
 

As the first post of the new year, I thought I’d take us back some 15 years – and even more!

I have always been painting small things, starting out with customizing my Matchbox and Corgis as a wee nipper and moving between plastic models and home cast lead soldiers. Enamels from Humbrol and Revell were the order of the day, and I laid the paint on thick.

When I was 10-11 I bought my first role playing game. With it came paper silhouettes and a basic grid floor plan on which to play out battles. The local toy store had these Prince August moulds to cast orcs, dwarfs and other fantasy creatures. Exit flat caroleans, enter 25mm undead and ogres!

After happily casting (but rarely painting) for a while, I noticed there were ready cast miniatures to buy. We didn’t have them in my town, but I bought some second hand from an add in the local paper. This is most likely the first metal miniature I ever bought!


If anyone knows the manufacturer I’d be happy to know. He still wears his original paint job (by the guy I bought it from… yellow blobs on the blemishes were added by me with a toothpick) but will get a stripping, some clean up and a re-paint very soon!

Things escalated from here, eventually I found out about acrylic paint and things got a lot easier. Fast forward to the early 90s and I’ve been introduced to Games Workshop stuff through Blood Bowl and Hero Quest. I’ve painted a few Blood Bowl miniatures, and was starting to get the hang of it. After purchasing a Citadel Starter paint set in late 1995, I did my first serious attempt to actually improve my painting. These Hero Quest minis are the first proper 28 mm painting efforts I did. Still had not heard of thinning the paints, undercoating or gotten to grips with shading – but I tried hard to be neat atleast.




I’ll be posting more of my old stuff this spring, as I feel I’m not painting enough to keep the blog updated on a regular basis. Hope you enjoy it, I’m having fun digging out old hunks o’ lead (or in this case, plastic). I’ve made a super secret resolution to paint at least one mini per week (on average) which also means I’ll post one freshly painted mini per week. I missed the window on this last week, but I have one mini finished and photographed for posting tomorrow. Can’t flood the blog with two posts the same day!