14 September 2016

The HeroQuest Hero Quest: The Skeleton

Brave readers, airbornegrove26 here...or for this Quest you may call me Mentor... If you have made it this far you must have conquered Barak Tor, recovered the Spirit Blade and slain the cruel Witch Lord.   But alas what we feared most has occurred.  The Witch Lord has returned and with him the minions of undeath creep across the land. 


I was really excited when Scale Creep invited me to take part in their Heroquest challenge.
My love for Heroquest is well known among the Oldhammer community.



I can still remember opening that sweet box on Christmas.  Ripping the shrink wrap away and accidentally trimming off the gargoyles horns in my haste.  I swear it looked like sprues to my young eyes!!!! That was it.  I was hooked on fantasy miniatures from then on.  BROOOOOADSWORD!


I played for hours with this game, and still do on occasion.  I know, I need to make a new Heroquest comic report.  Don't worry I have been thinking on doing that.  Maybe after the Oldhammer weekend. When things slow down a bit.


So the challenge:
  • Paint one of the models from Heroquest.  
  • Dont muck around with it too much, a reinterpretation isnt what is desired, just a new paint job on an old model.  
  • Rebasing is allowed. 

After pondering which hero or monster to choose.  I decided on the skeleton.
Boooooooooring!  But wait!


Notice the scythe head?  In the monster cards that came with the game the scythe is the opposite way.  I'm sure this was either an artists mistake/interpretation or with the printing some how mirroring it backwards.  Anyway I decided to give it a try, because how else are you going to spice up a boring old bag of bones.

             
  I painted him using foundry colors.  Trying to match him as close as possible to the monster card photo.  I've left him on his Heroquest base, as I will actually game with him.  With his scythe different from the others he might work into a character of some sort.

Next up I'm tagging in our man

                  

26 comments:

  1. He's absolutely great Thomas ! Funny to see how a simple change in the way the blade faces makes all the difference. It would have felt wrong to have a Heroquest challenge without you so thanks a lot for playing the game with us !

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    1. Thanks man! Glad you like the conversion. I appreciate the invite. ;)

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  2. That skeleton is as Heroquest as it comes. The only way it could be moreso is if he was wielding a BROADSWORD while casting FIRE OF WRATH. I love the background you made for him too, an inspired design :D you've done the Creeps proud, Creeper!

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    1. Thanks Crooksy...Braaaaaaaaawdsword!

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    2. Breeeeeeeeeeeeeeoooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwdsword. Bradsward. Broodswid.

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  3. Bravo Mentor, brilliant work.

    I love the little gravestone in the background of the photo :)

    I suspect the the scythe was lined up like that for moulding reasons, either space in the tool or to do with injection moulding flows etc.

    It is a nice, simple and effective conversion though. Fantastic.

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    1. Thanks Cheetor. I had thought that as well though I figured the model was as is all along. That's why I thought it might be an artists error on the card. Who knows though.

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  4. Lovely job on the nudist liche Tom Swapping the scythe direction is a great way to switch this guy up and inject some mojo into old boney. The photo background is a great touch with the photo really evoking the atmosphere from the artwork.

    Excellent stuff. :)

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    1. Thanks Sean. ;) Ya I had a lot of fun looking up enough images to match the old one. I could have just edited the original, but seemed more fun coming up with my own.

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  5. Awesome job there Tom boy. Time to get the rest done and do us a nice comic report!

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    1. Thanks buddy. Don't say that...you have found my hobby Achilles heel. I have three sets of heroquest and only one set half painted from grade school. LOL "Hides his face in shame" ;)

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  6. Lovely painting and the conversion works a treat.

    I notice you carved 'scale creep' on the gravestone - do you know something we don't?

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    1. Thanks John. I am not privy to any info, Scale Creep IMO is alive and strong. Just a nod to the blog. LOL

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  7. Great work, swapping the scythe is the kind of detail that makes me smile. The headstone is a salty touch too, bravo. A fine addition to the quest.

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  8. Top job airborne! Your painting style really suits this skellie & the turned scythe head works wonders for the overall look of the mini too.

    Good on you :)

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  9. Sweet post and as for the skeleton....

    .....Nailed it!

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  10. Very nice painting and the blade switch was a good choice that worked wonderfully.

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  12. Absolutely great airborne. This gargantuam guy is a fave of mine. I've painted a lot of 'em :) - http://littleleadpeople.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/back-from-dead.html

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    1. Thanks LLP! Ya he is a great model! I have seen yours before. Lovely work. ;)

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  13. Fantastic job! The background is fitting too. Back in 1990 I unintentionally broke the tip of the scythe on one of my minis and tried to glue it back in this reversed position as I always loved the artwork. So, I guess we had the same thought!

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