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Skulmar and Kessandria revealed?

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Skulmar and Kessandria revealed?

Postby Daedalus » Friday February 16th, 2018 2:41am

I've never thought too much about the cover art changes that exist between the published UK and NA versions.

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I figured, the original Les Edwards art looks better, but the NA copy was changed to better appeal to a juvenile US market raised on cartoons like Masters of the Universe. Then this from the HeroQuest Compatible Miniatures thread:

lestodante wrote:I like that female barbarian!! And also that mini you used to represent Skulmar is nice, but I think it is a bit too muscled.
Also I think the skeleton on the left of the Witch Lord on the USA box cover is a better Skulmar:

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Daedalus wrote:That is an interesting observation--thanks for bringing it to our attention. I see the same background figure as Kessandria. "She" is adorned in long robes, a necklace, and a crown-like helm with long chain resembling hair. But what is that below the left-hand sleeve? [My daughter pointed out that it is the hem of a low-hanging sleeve. -edit]

I saw the black-armored figure armed with a sword (left of the Witch Lord) as a candidate for Skulmar. Still, I wondered about the other near-background figure just behind the Elf which was obscured by a yellow text box. Then I remembered the wider Quest Booklet cover art.

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For the NA art at least, the purple-clothed skeleton is clearly one of three well-equipped soldiers--either from the Witch Lord's elite Lost Legion or something similar. However, the black-armored guy I had pegged as Skulmar probably wasn't him, as a similarly-equipped guard is now revealed behind the Elf. That pair is likely more elite of the Lost Legion or some other group.

One other figure is prominently displayed in the left, near-background. It is also robed in black and wears a tall, red cowl/hat and medallion. That makes two court members with special status headgear in places of honor just behind the Witch Lord. Only Skulmar and Kessandria are mentioned in the fluff and featured in the Quests. It's speculation of course, but I feel this match shows the artist was instructed to include them in the new cover.

With all that in mind, I find myself circuitously coming to agreement with lestodante. The black-robed figure on the right with the horned helmet appears to be Skulmar, while the black-robed figure on the left with the red cowl is probably Kessandria. Does it get any geekier?
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Re: Skulmar and Kessandria revealed?

Postby Spookyhappyfun » Saturday February 17th, 2018 7:51pm

This is interesting. I forgot about the wider art. I think you may be on to something.
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Re: Skulmar and Kessandria revealed?

Postby benvoliothefirst » Saturday June 2nd, 2018 9:40pm

Brilliant justifications, added to my own personal headcanon!
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Re: Skulmar and Kessandria revealed?

Postby knightkrawler » Sunday June 3rd, 2018 2:22am

benvoliothefirst wrote:Brilliant justifications, added to my own personal headcanon!


Makes you sound like a humongous robot fighting a kaiju. Oh, wait, there's only two "n"s in "canon"...
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Re: Skulmar and Kessandria revealed?

Postby Goblin-King » Sunday June 3rd, 2018 5:22am

An interesting thing about the painting is how well-maintained the undead's equipment and clothes are. It's not at all rusted or tattered.
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Re: Skulmar and Kessandria revealed?

Postby Anderas » Sunday June 3rd, 2018 1:05pm

That's the style of the time isn't it?


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Re: Skulmar and Kessandria revealed?

Postby Daedalus » Sunday June 3rd, 2018 5:15pm

I'd say it's also the style of the Court of the Dead. Everybody's dressed to die for.
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Re: Skulmar and Kessandria revealed?

Postby wallydubbs » Wednesday October 31st, 2018 6:44am

Interesting, I never really looked into it that hard. However I'm intrigued that the European version foreshadows the femal Barbarian in the background...

I wonder if this is where the Barbarian Quest Pack got the idea from...
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Postby j_dean80 » Wednesday October 31st, 2018 7:24am

wallydubbs wrote:Interesting, I never really looked into it that hard. However I'm intrigued that the European version foreshadows the femal Barbarian in the background...

I wonder if this is where the Barbarian Quest Pack got the idea from...


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Re: Skulmar and Kessandria revealed?

Postby Maurice76 » Wednesday October 31st, 2018 8:02am

wallydubbs wrote:However I'm intrigued that the European version foreshadows the femal Barbarian in the background.


Where do you see this? I've never noticed it in any way, so I am curious as to what you're seeing.


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