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Re: KrautScientist finally (hopefully) paints his HeroQuest

Postby Weltenlaeufer » Saturday April 6th, 2019 5:27pm

Daaaamn!!! This furniture looks epic! I love the fireplace and both tombs look ridicolously good.

Ahhh fraggle I wanna bombard you with questions again!! :lol: :lol: I need to restrain myself! :lol:

Thank you so much for the color info!This is so helpful! I gonna finish the remaining goblins this week and then off to the orcs! Your painting advice is gold to me and really got me started. I am really happy I gonna have a nice set of painted minis soon. It makes such a difference!

I love how the details start to come out when painting, how they become more and more alive with each layer and highlight. I didnt know that paining miniatures is THAT much fun. I shyed away from it for a pretty long time because I didnt have any good advice on how to go about it. The youtube videos helped but I was still pretty confused. Now I am off to a good start! :)

Please keep sharing your progress, its super inspirational!


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Re: KrautScientist finally (hopefully) paints his HeroQuest

Postby KrautScientist » Sunday April 7th, 2019 1:03pm

Cheers for the kind words, Weltenlaeufer -- I really appreciate it! :)

Also, don't restrain yourself on my account -- I actually prefer this thread to be alive rather than just screaming into the void ;)
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Re: KrautScientist finally (hopefully) paints his HeroQuest

Postby Weltenlaeufer » Monday April 8th, 2019 4:48am

Ahhh cool!! :) If its not too much of a hassle, could you maybe share how you did the heroes too? I love how they turned out and I wanna start with one of them after all these goblins before I go on with the orcs. I need a greenskin break. :lol: I used your goblin recipee and there is this step I would not know how to choose the colors on my own yet for different models like the heroes, for example with the different layered steps for the basecolor and highlights. I love your choice of colors. Trying to match your models with your instruction helps me a lot. I get a feeling for it bit by bit and the results are really nice. :)


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Re: KrautScientist finally (hopefully) paints his HeroQuest

Postby KrautScientist » Monday April 8th, 2019 11:35am

Phew, the heroes are a totally different ballpark, in that each of them is basically a project of its own. I'd definitely advise you to save them for last, especially if you're just getting into painting, so you hone your skills on the models that come before them -- unlike the Goblins, Orcs or most of the other monsters, you get just the one shot with these ;)

That being said, the general approach is the same: Block in the base colours you want, wash to achieve shadows, higlight with a lighter version of your base colour -- only the heroes deserve several extra steps of layering and tweaking, of course. You'll also need a proper recipe for "healthly" looking human(ish) skin: With the overall high fantasy look of HeroQuest, I have found Cadian Fleshtone to work well as a base colour, washed with Reikland Fleshshade and highlighted with Cadian Fleshtone with a tiny drop of white mixed in. Take your time with these -- they are precious ;) And do some research beforehand about what you want them to look like -- the artwork on the role cards that come with the game worked pretty well as a reference for me.


So, some of you may remember that I was not yet fully pleased with the recipe I had used for my first Fimir test model. This chap here:

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So I gave it another try and came up with a tweaked recipe -- in fact, for an extra bit of fun, here's an evolution of my various Fimir models over the years:

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I and II weren't even painted by me, but by the first of my friends to dabble in miniature painting, back in elementary school. I think he was onto something with the red Fimir, though, and if I should ever paint another set of Fimir, I think I'll be going for an alternate scheme like that. III was the first Fimir I painted (with scale model acrylics, no less). IV was painted with Citadel colours, but I'm not quite sure what I thought I was doing there -- I seem to have had a pretty bad painting streak during the early-to-mid 90s, in hindsight. V was my recent tester, with too stark highlights and an all around too dirty paintjob. And VI is my tweaked recipe, with more careful layering of highlights. Here's a comparison between the two latest models:

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Granted, still not award winning material, but I am pretty happy with the finished Fimir models:

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And with that, I have actually managed to paint all the models in the classic HeroQuest Game System:

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And here's the entire collection so far, with the extra monsters and added characters. Quite a few models, if I do say so myself:

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Honestly, I never thought I'd see the day -- this project has been thirty years in the making...

Of course I still have a couple of ideas for additional models (and there are still those men-at-arms to take care of), but for now, it's on to the furniture.

As always, let me know what you think! :)

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Re: KrautScientist finally (hopefully) paints his HeroQuest

Postby Weltenlaeufer » Monday April 8th, 2019 12:03pm

Thanks brother! Good to know, I gonna save them for last then. Yes I was wondering how a nice fleshtone is achieved! Thanks! I gonna buy more colors when I get to those.

Damn, the fimirs turned out great. So far your orcs and goblins were my favorite (and of course the heros and witchlord)....now the fimir is competing and and reaching the top 3!! Very cool colors and so lizardlike!

Cant wait to see your furniture!

By the way, are you aware of this?: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ze ... escription
I think you would have a blast with these, painting them once they are released!


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Re: KrautScientist finally (hopefully) paints his HeroQuest

Postby KrautScientist » Tuesday April 9th, 2019 3:49pm

Cheers, mate! Glad to see that there's at least one person reading this... ;)

As for those models, I think the heroes are quite brilliant, but most of the monsters just seem a bit too abstract to me, if that makes any sense? Like they are a bit too extravagant where I would have preferred a more restrained approximation of the classic models. The Chaos Warrior is rather cool, though.
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Re: KrautScientist finally (hopefully) paints his HeroQuest

Postby Anderas » Tuesday April 9th, 2019 3:57pm

I am following this all around! Your fimir post was shown to my helpless wife.

I just don't post all the time to not make the impression of a stalker. :lol:


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Re: KrautScientist finally (hopefully) paints his HeroQuest

Postby arch8ngel » Tuesday April 9th, 2019 6:30pm

I have been following along, as well. Finally had the rest of my paints arrive from Reaper, so I am back into painting next week.


And I agree with you on the Zealot link.

The heroes are fantastic, but there is something about the extravagance of some of the monsters that seems to lose the classic style and instead feels a bit like the grim-dark aesthetic of 40k.

So many modern sources going that route has made my all-metal quest extra challenging.
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Re: KrautScientist finally (hopefully) paints his HeroQuest

Postby Weltenlaeufer » Wednesday April 10th, 2019 5:01am

KrautScientist wrote:Cheers, mate! Glad to see that there's at least one person reading this... ;)

As for those models, I think the heroes are quite brilliant, but most of the monsters just seem a bit too abstract to me, if that makes any sense? Like they are a bit too extravagant where I would have preferred a more restrained approximation of the classic models. The Chaos Warrior is rather cool, though.


Yeah I see what you mean. I really like the modells he is doing, I think they just look amazing in their own way but its a bit too dark sometimes and a little over the top compared to the classic modells. I think I gonna use a few of them for homemade quests though. I really like the wizards, the ogres and the female elf and barbarian he did for this kickstarter. I was wondering what type of modells/brands fit well into the classic heroquest style so googled your pieces you used for your witchlord and found some old classic cytadel modells that looked great.


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Re: KrautScientist finally (hopefully) paints his HeroQuest

Postby KrautScientist » Friday April 12th, 2019 4:03pm

Cheers for the feedback, everyone! :)

Anderas wrote:I am following this all around! Your fimir post was shown to my helpless wife.


That...does sound vaguely nefarious, to be honest -- seriously, though: I'd say that commenting on somebody's hobby work never qualifies as stalking. Rather, it's what motivates them to keep going ;)

@ arch8ngel: Yeah, fully agreed: I too would have preferred a closer retread of the older models -- but then you cannot possibly blame the sculptor for wanting to try something original. And, like I said, the hero models are quite fantastic!

@ Weltenlaeufer: I am currently eyeing a couple of Reaper Bones miniatures that definitely have the somewhat clunky, loveable retro HeroQuest style. And since they are pretty inexpensive, I might just take the plunge ;)


So here's another update: I am currently hard at work painting the furniture, and while you wouldn't suspect the bookcases and chests to be that much work, getting most of them finished did take quite some doing during my hobby session yesterday:

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Fortunately enough, my friend Annie helpfully pointed out that Valllejo's Parasite Brown is a surprisingly close match for the brown used in the cardboard pieces. So here's what I have so far, two finished bookcases, one cupboard and two treasure chests:

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Of course I did give some extra attention to the smaller details:

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In other news, I have recently upgraded to a new phone, and of course one of the more important things was to figure out whether it was any good at taking miniature photos -- so what better test run than to set up some mock HeroQuest game situations? Anyway, I thought you guys might enjoy these:

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As always, let me know what you think! :)
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