18 October 2016

The HeroQuest Hero Quest: The Second Fimir

Today, the Creeps are happy to let our friend Phreedh present his own addition :

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



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 modelling 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, Curis – master of elbow painting and sphincter trumpeting! Knock it out the box, Curis!

16 comments:


  1. Nice work Phreedh! I hope that you enjoyed painting that model.

    Apart from the models alarming lack of neck, its a lot of fun.

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    1. Cheers Paul! It wasn't too bad - and the lack of neck only means there's less of the model to paint. =) I like the stupid comic book pose. It's a classic and rather dynamic really...

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  2. It pleases me greatly to see someone else hoarding their old HQ minis, it adds the perfect amount of nostalgia and cheese to the proceedings. Yours look a lot better than mine from the era though so now we must fight.

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    1. You know me bud, I aim to please. Thou shalt be walloped!

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  3. I really like the then and now comparison and seeing a second fimir in this project is good too. You did a great job in outlining stuff that's just suggested in the sculpt. Great job.

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    1. Thanks mate, I think it's a fairly simple and straight forward job on a fairly simple and straight forward mini. =)

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  4. Splendid job on this old fellow Phreedh. He leaves many details up to the painter this lad, but I love the venerable codger.

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    1. Thanks Dave, that means a lot coming from the god father of swamp dwelling codgers, venerable or not. =D

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  5. He's great Phreedh! The skin tone is excellent, and I very much like the change of colour on his knobbly tail. I'm almost convinced I can see all the detail on the eye if I squint very hard ;)

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    1. Thanks Jon, at a point I really messed the skin up but a watered down gryphonne sepia brought it all together again. Washes. Lovely stuff!

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  6. Great stuff! Thanks for sharing this.

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  7. This is very nice. Do you base it on a 2p coin like a historical wargamer?

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    1. Almost... it's a 25mm wide (ferrous) metal washer. Not that I ever used magnetized trays or anything... but it gives a low profile and still a little weight.

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  8. Great job on him with a very classic colour scheme that you have executed well. The 80/20 thing is truly a thing, a unit painted to this standard would look really well on the tabletop. It's funny about the eye, as you say the extra effort is hard to discern and if anything might be less effective than the simple yellow eyeball with a black pupil - there is surely a lesson in that for everyone!

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    1. Thanks Sean! I actually DID remember not to bother when I painted a bunch of 90s Cadian and Catachan recently. I decided I wouldn't paint the eyes. Played a game, never once bothered me during nor after the game. Not even when reviewing the photos from the game. I'll paint the eyes on a beholder or a gibbering mouther, but on this guy I'm tempted to actually redo the eye with a simpler job with higher contrast.

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