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The Heroquest Sculpts - Ask Bob Naismith

Postby Thantos » Thursday July 20th, 2017 4:19am

EDIT: Bob's Answers to our questions:
1. Which is the best hero? Barbarian, Elf, Wizard or Dwarf?

I liked the barbarian and dwarf the best, probably as sculpts though!

2. Where did you draw inspiration from, for the model designs you did on Heroquest?

They were drawn from the core fantasy stereotypes that abounded especially within the citadel range

3. Which minis did you sculpt for the set? Or did the sculpt gang share sculpts in collaboration?

We nominally shared the sculpting but from memory the Perry twins did most of the Demon and I think Aly did a lot of the Wizard. I did a lot of the Barbarian Dwarf and Skeleton . As the person responsible for managing all the sculpting at GW at that time, I basically had to finish all of the sculpts prior to release.

4. Do you know anything about the proposed sculpts for the never published expansion Wizard and Dwarf Quest packs?

Well, not too long after the Heroquest release the game became the design province of MB and that's where those developments came from I believe.

5. How much input did either Game Workshop or Milton Bradley have while you were sculpting? Did they just let you do your thing or were they strict on the design?

Well as GW sculptors we were pretty much given our head – we had a set of metal minis that the management thought were core concepts and we used them – for instance we had been working on realm of chaos, so the demon and chaos warrior were already done, if you like!

6. Were there any of the range that you would have liked to have sculpted but did not get the chance?

No not in particular – as manager I was just glad to complete the project!!!

7. Why the unusual choice of shape for the bases, instead of the beloved slottabases?

That was a function of the game board – they had to fit!

8. Do you remember if there were any other heroes or monsters planned that didn’t make it through development?

Not really – for the first game the set was settled right from the start


9. The Orcs and Goblins have a variety of weapons. Was that the sculptor’s idea or were the weapons part of the game system design, indicating a possible use in the rules?

We wanted to maximise the sculpts but at the lowest cost = so we hit upon the idea of sculpting the orcs and goblins with no weapon but the ‘plane ‘ of the weapon being absolutely flat. Then we supplied the toolmaker with sculpts for all the different weapons which were added to the models during tooling. Not at all like today!!

10. Would you sign any HeroQuest monster cards, for some of the models you have made?
Of course id be glad to!

11. Is there anything about the original Heroquest game which you think the world needs to know?

There was a funny thing about the furniture. Again we had a tight budget on tooling so we stole the idea of plastic and card components from Adeptus Titanicus. With this in mind we (I and Dave Andrews) started work on the bits. In those days we made everything out of tool wax – notoriously hard to work with and very vulnerable to damage in untrained hands. So we made the parts to a tight schedule after which we asked to make a silicone mould and send castings instead. All went well until the mould was poured. We had got the ratio wrong and the rubber never cured! We had to spend a tense few days cleaning the uncured rubber from the masters before carrying on. I think my hair started to gray just about then!!

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I have been working with sculptor Bob Naismith on various miniature projects over the last few years. But due to my huge oversight, it was only a few days ago that I put 1+1 together in my head and realised Bob actually sculpted some of the Heroquest miniatures which we all treasure in their retro glory! :D And was one of the key fellas in designing and working out the process behind GW's first plastic miniatures

I thought it would be great to gather up a few HQ model design/sculpting questions from the Ye Olde Inn here and put them to Bob. He's kindly agreed to answer some of the best ones so we can do an online i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶r̶o̶g̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶ interview! ;)

If you have any questions about the design, art style, sculpting or behind the scenes of the HQ miniature making process, post up a question here and I'll forward them onto Bob in a weeks time for him to answer.
I hope he remembers all the details as he has sculpted a hell of a lot of models in the last 30 years! xD
Last edited by Thantos on Monday May 24th, 2021 6:21am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: The Heroquest Sculpts - Ask Bob Naismith

Postby Decipher » Thursday July 20th, 2017 5:11am

Would Mr. Bob Naismith sign a HeroQuest monster card in relation to a miniature he made?

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Re: The Heroquest Sculpts - Ask Bob Naismith

Postby The Admiral » Thursday July 20th, 2017 5:42am

Does he know anything about the proposed sculpts for the never published Wizard and Dwarf quest packs?


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Re: The Heroquest Sculpts - Ask Bob Naismith

Postby Decipher » Thursday July 20th, 2017 5:52am

I'd like to know how much input either Game Workshop or Milton Bradley had while he was sculpting? Did they just let him do his thing or were they strict on the design?


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Re: The Heroquest Sculpts - Ask Bob Naismith

Postby j_dean80 » Thursday July 20th, 2017 6:53pm

Where did he draw his inspiration from for the model designs?
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Re: The Heroquest Sculpts - Ask Bob Naismith

Postby QorDaq » Thursday July 20th, 2017 8:32pm

Which minis did he sculpt specifically?

And a follow up, where there any that he would have liked to have sculpted but did not get the chance?

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Re: The Heroquest Sculpts - Ask Bob Naismith

Postby Fallensaviour » Thursday July 20th, 2017 9:42pm

Thantos wrote:I have been working with sculptor Bob Naismith on various miniature projects over the last few years. But due to my huge oversight, it was only a few days ago that I put 1+1 together in my head and realised Bob actually sculpted some of the Heroquest miniatures which we all treasure in their retro glory! :D And was one of the key fellas in designing and working out the process behind GW's first plastic miniatures

I thought it would be great to gather up a few HQ model design/sculpting questions from the Ye Olde Inn here and put them to Bob. He's kindly agreed to answer some of the best ones so we can do an online i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶r̶o̶g̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶ interview! ;)

If you have any questions about the design, art style, sculpting or behind the scenes of the HQ miniature making process, post up a question here and I'll forward them onto Bob in a weeks time for him to answer.
I hope he remembers all the details as he has sculpted a hell of a lot of models in the last 30 years! xD


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Re: The Heroquest Sculpts - Ask Bob Naismith

Postby Thantos » Tuesday July 25th, 2017 5:41am

Nice :D will send these over in a few days.

I'll probably post some prints to him later, so maybe should just slip in some monster cards for the signing xD

Im going to ask:
Why the unusual choice of shape for the bases, instead of slottabases?
Were there any other heroes or monsters planned that didnt made it through development?
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Re: The Heroquest Sculpts - Ask Bob Naismith

Postby lestodante » Saturday December 9th, 2017 12:20pm

QorDaq wrote:Which minis did he sculpt specifically?

I also would like to know this... but I read somewhere that at that time the sculptors were used to swap minis each othes to finish the sculpts.
So I guess all the minis are sculpted by more than just one person.
Anywhere, is there any update for this post? I'd like to read the answers


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Re: The Heroquest Sculpts - Ask Bob Naismith

Postby Spookyhappyfun » Monday October 1st, 2018 2:07pm

Thantos wrote:I have been working with sculptor Bob Naismith on various miniature projects over the last few years. But due to my huge oversight, it was only a few days ago that I put 1+1 together in my head and realised Bob actually sculpted some of the Heroquest miniatures which we all treasure in their retro glory! :D And was one of the key fellas in designing and working out the process behind GW's first plastic miniatures

I thought it would be great to gather up a few HQ model design/sculpting questions from the Ye Olde Inn here and put them to Bob. He's kindly agreed to answer some of the best ones so we can do an online i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶r̶o̶g̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶ interview! ;)

If you have any questions about the design, art style, sculpting or behind the scenes of the HQ miniature making process, post up a question here and I'll forward them onto Bob in a weeks time for him to answer.
I hope he remembers all the details as he has sculpted a hell of a lot of models in the last 30 years! xD


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