Monday, May 27, 2024

On The Painting Desk: Heroquest


For Christmas, I got the new Heroquest boxed set.  One of my big painting projects for the years was to get it all painted up.  I wasn't going to play it or get any expansions until I got it all painted up.  Therefore, I was eager to get it taken care of so I could get it on the table!  With my Kadesh forces all finished, and my Kill Teams as a palette cleanser; now was the time to strike!

I started by pulling out and priming the models I was going to start with.  I actually decided to go with the forces of Dread, the Orcoids, and Heroes.  I started by giving them all a coat of Grey Seer prime.  Then I did my usual thing with a dark grey wash and a white dry brush.  They were ready to start painting!  

Now, it was time for the Speed Paints!  For some inexplicable reason, I decided to start the painting process with.... the Heroes!  I actually painted each hero up individually, one at a time instead of batch painting them all at once.  I wanted each one to be an individual and tried NOT to make them look like a unit.  Since I did them one at a time, it took me a full weekend to get these 4 models painted up.  I was surprised how much fun I had approaching them this way. 

Heroes about to set out on a quest!

They turned out better than a lot of the Reaper or Wizkids models I have painted!  Plus, I think I made each one look unique.  I doubt I will take this approach with the rest of the models, and will probably batch paint the minions.  

Speaking of Minions.  I decided to start off with the little Gobbos in the box.  Why?  Not sure, because I could?  These were all Speed Paints as well, using a combination of browns, orange, yellow, Malignant Green for flesh, and some Magic Blue.  When they were all painted up, I then gave them a quick light wash, finished the bases and sealed them with spray.  Not too much to say about these guys, but I think I made them all unique enough despite the repeated sculpts.  

You can see behind the Goblins that I still have a lot of greenskins and Dread warriors to go! 

For my next bit of painting, I actually went to a painting workshop sponsored by the True Crit Gaming Guild and put on by The Painted Dwarf.  There I brought my Dread Warlock to paint up, and also picked up a Reaper Bones Chronoscope mini to paint up.  This was interesting because there was a wide variety of paints to use besides just my Speed Paints.  I used some Reaper, P3, Contrasts, and some non-miniature paints to finish off these two guys.  I couldn't even tell you what I all used!  

That Reaper Bones Chronoscope line is all over the place in scale.  I have a few others and they range from tiny like this Agatha Fox, to giants like my Professor or Action Jackson models.  Strange that range, but so characterful too.  Agatha here is pulling a pistol out of the purse behind her back!  

So, that seems like a respectable place to stop my initial efforts to paint up my Heroquest boxed set.  This is what I have completed so far!  In addition, my FLGS recently got in a bunch of Heroquest expansions and I told myself that I was not going to buy any of them until the initial boxed set got all painted up.  I still have a long way to go, and that doesn't even include the furniture!  

However, once done I look forward to taking it to the shop and Gaming Guild to play it with some of my peeps. 

Until next time! 

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  1. Thanks for sharing. These look awesome! Do you have any recommendations for learning about speed painting?

    1. Like most things, it is 70% doing. However, there are a couple of tips I learned to make it easier for you to give them a go.

      1. Undercoat is important. It is not just spray and ready to paint. You will want to give the model some contrasting bases colors as the speedpaints will cover them differently. I typically do a prime, darker wash, and lighter drybrush. However, I have also seen people do it with different sprays as well.

      2. A wash helps make them look finished. I prefer a light tone or soft tone.

      3. You don't need that sharp of a brush as they tend to go where you want them to be. However, if you make a mistake, it is best to dab the area with a light grey and recover it. Speepaints do not cover each other well.

      I am sure there are more, but those are from the top of my head.

    2. Thanks for the tips! With a new club opening up in my town, leading to lots of new games being played and, as a result, models getting more table time, I’m looking for ways to get my minis table-ready in the limited hobby time I have. I’ll give speedpaints a go 😊