Sunday, 15 October 2017

Hero Quest Part VI


Some more baddies today! I love painting up the Hero Quest figures because even though they are very simple in detail they have loads of character. Continuing with the figures from the core set here are the Orcs and Fimir all done up.

Now a lot of characters need to be done...

Cheers Sander

Tuesday, 10 October 2017



Today's update brings you some of the coolest army-builder troops in the private 80's Pulp project I have been able to obtain: some Vipers.

I really like the old-school look of these with the weapons as seen in the cartoons rather then the real life weapons used on most of the other figures.

Next up some more Hero Quest

Cheers Sander

Friday, 6 October 2017

Still here! Yo Joe!


As said earlier, it's a mad-house at work. The little hobby time I manage to find, I'd rather be painting than blogging so I have been lagging behind in that field. Now I have had had some time to take pictures and put up some posts. So let's see what has been done lately.

Here's another 80's Pulp Character in the form of Cover Girl.

Of course she needs her trusted Wolverine tracked missile launcher.

More 80's Pulp and Hero Quest figures will be up here soon, sorry for you Historical guys but at the moment I am mostly doing these because I can paint one figure on an evening.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Proof of life!?


Very much like Lord Awdry over at 28mm Victorian Warfare, I am finding myself incredibly busy with the start of the new school-year. While I have been painting some figures, a lot of time goes into other, work related, stuff.

Even so I managed to finished these Prussian Landwehr troops. They are white metal 20mm figures which are the stretchgoals of HäT industries second crowdfunder project. I was lucky to get a few early to put some paint on them. Great little sculpts and they paint up nicely.

From left to right they depict:

A surgeon, ADC, sapper and officer.

Cheers Sander

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Hero Quest Part V


Meet Skulkar the evil sorcerer included in the starter box. He really reminds me of Skeletor from the he-Man/ Masters of the Universe franchise.

I really like him and the way I painted him is to represent Skeletor. Now I have also bought 2 of GW's Empire Battlewizard boxes because the boy likes to play a Fire/ Bright wizard and I want to create some more wizards as  special scenario characters. Next up is a re-basing of the Gargoyle. When I got it, the sword had broken as well as one of the wings. I re-attached them and cleaned up the seems. I also rebased it since I thought this base looked more impressive.

As you can plainly see, the Gargoyle is still only based not painted yet. This is mainly due to the fact that I do not know what scheme to choose. Some more research is clearly what's needed.

Cheers Sander

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Hero Quest Part IV


Today I have some more of the bad guys to show you. The skeletons and goblins shown here are the lesser of the evil troops. In game, they are really easy to get rid of but they can also be lucky and that means Heroes in trouble. Mostly they come in great numbers so I will be looking out for some old skool GW plastic skellies in the future.

 One of each of these species has a Renedra base, I used these to try out whether it looked better than the original bases. The verdict: they don't

Cheers Sander

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hero Quest Part III


Some scenery for you all to look at today. I have tried to get some paint on the HQ weaponrack from the box, I painted a gate from the Warhammer Quest box game that I got in my Starter box and the tomb which I remodelled to have a Renedra plastic side instead of paper.

Some more baddies are awaiting me now.

Cheers Sander

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Scatter scenery


Taking a break from Hero Quest, I have painted up some scatter scenery for different skirmish games. The first of these are TTCombat Back Alley junk stuff, in this case a washing machine and some mattresses, mostly for the modernish themed games of course.

These boxes and foodstuffs are from Ristuls Market and will feature in my Indian Mutiny and other games. 

So on to painting more Hero Quest miniatures.

Cheers Sander

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Hero Quest Part II


Now on to some more Hero Quest figures, I have finished some of the meanies. While not the very best figures detail-wise they have a charm entirely unto themselves. Let's start this one with some of the Undead. In the core set are included some Fimir, Orcs (I still have to paint them), goblins, zombies, mummies and skeletons as the footsoldiers of the Evil Overlord Morcar, represented by his minion Skulkar (the wizard in the box) and the Gargoyle looking quite a bit like a Bloodthirster or even a Balrog.

Oh well so here are my two mummies.

Followed by the box's two zombies.


Next will be the skeletons and some of the greenskins. The internet has quite a lot of downright brilliant websites, I must do a post on them soon!

Cheers Sander

Friday, 4 August 2017

Hero Quest Part I


OK, so after me moaning along for an hour or so last post, I think it's time to put the paint on the metal or plastic.

So first up are the booklets I managed to scrounge from the interwebs. I have a Hero Quest starter box and both the "Kellar's Keep" and "Return of the Witchlord" expansions, all in Dutch. They are mostly complete but no important parts are missing.

In the meantime I have also ordered a box of "Advanced Hero Quest" (without the miniatures), an Ebay lot containing most of the AHQ miniatures and a small lot of 4 old Warhammer figures to use as heroes.

Yeah I am in this bigtime...

From the get go I started painting up the mini's of the core game and here are the first of them in the form of the heroes.

The Barbarian had his sword broken with the blade missing. So I put on a new blade and coated him, but he's not yet finished.

For a time I have played with the idea of replacing the bases for the new Renedra Frostgrave stone bases but after some trials with a Skellie and Goblin I do think I will keep the original figures on their bases and put all new figures that I will use for HQ on the Renedra bases.

Now on to more painting of figures and scenery, cheerio!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Some Boring thoughts...


While I have a huge aversion to "state-of-the-hobby" articles in the various magazines, I want shiny pictures of battles and miniatures not some old fart rambling on about he wants more youngsters to join the hobby, I will use this blog to ramble on a bit myself.

So if you, like me, do not like nagging posts; "move along!"

So in last post's comments, Rod mentioned he had no problem with GW, fair enough! But I's not just the constant prise raising, nor the ever updating of core rules and codici (see I am still very much Old Skool) and not even the way they stop supporting older gamessystems, these are all bad in themselves but I think it goes even further than that.

When I started out in the hobby it was with 1:72 plastic soldiers, it still is btw, not as most of the Elders amongst us who started with Airfix ones, but with Revell, Esci and Italeri. I did own quite some WW2 Airfix figures but I found a lot of their poses spastic and the detail very shallow  compared with the other brands mentioned.

Our family's first stay in London brought us to Hamley's, a huge toy store on Regentsstreet I believe and next to the boxes of Revell and Britains soldiers, lay Prince August casting moulds. I bought about 4 of them and a starter casting-set. These were a blast and saw  me casting, painting and collecting a huge amount of Napoleonics I was able to wargame with, using no real ruleset but my imagination.

Fast forward a few years and both the self-made collection as well as the 1:72 collections had grown, I was still pretty much on my own and clueless about the wargames hobby. During a vacation in Kent, Maidstone I believe, we visited a bookstore and in the magazine section I found both an issue of Miniature Wargames  and the White Dwarf of that month. I believe both are still in my possession and will look them up for a future post. This White Dwarf set me on a different course altogether, it had a page with a storefinder on it and this made me aware there of two stores quite near my hometown. There I played my first games of WH40K and WFB. I also started to collect my first army: Dark Angels.

After this long prelude we have now arrived at the nucleus of my ramblings, if you are still with me I am sorry for the lack of pictures and cohesion in the story here, but I am guessing it is really about therapeutic relief for myself that I am writing it.

During my student years and the early days of adulthood, working as a teacher, my financial situation improved immensely  and when we moved to our present residence, I owned the following GW armies:
For 40K:
- Dark Angels
- Imperial Guard
- Sisters of Battle

- Dwarfs
- Empire
- Goblins

I also owned Mordheim with 3 warbands and several figures just because I liked them. I have quite a lot of novels, mostly Gaunt's Ghosts and Gotrek and Felix, as well as a lot if sourcebooks. The immersion was very reall and satisfactory, yet cracks were already showing. As I played games regularly, having a steady circle of gaming friends at hand, I saw the use of updating the core-rules now and then, what bothered me more was that with each newly released modelline or race, the new figures were stronger/ better then the existing ones and thus the latter needed uptooling. Often this was done by throwing in new stuff that was not canon or from the fluff, this I resented. Being the eternal GoodGuy and always playing with a themed army, made me vulnerable  to power players and I usually lost my games. I can handle loosing games quite well, when I loose in entertaining  games from sporting opponents, but loosing 9/10 games got tiresome.

At the same time I was introduced to other games like Battletech and Warmachine. With little starting capital and just a few miniatures you could play immensely  enjoyable  games with just as deep a background, if not a better one...

Couple that with my close link with the HaT company who produced pretty much all the 1:72 plastics I needed and rules like WAB and The Great War to play with them and you can hopefully see why I was slowely being pushed away from the GW imperium.

Now GW changed management and went to the Stock market and it all went from bad to worse from there. The miniatures got more expensive, rules changed with the firing rate of a terminator assault canon and they introduced finecast. At the same time they introduced a horrible set of rules for Independent  Retailers to be able to sell their produce. I know/ have known quite a few of said retailers and they really were GW's best ambassadors. Ever so enthusiastic and helpfull they did not want you to buy more and more stuff for their own profit but really helped you enjoy the stuff you had bought and so ensured you would come back. A lot of them had to stop selling GW stuff or even close shop...

Back in my present place of residence I found some new friends to play with but due to lack of time we had only a few big WHFB games, most of our other games are quick and brutal skirmish games like LotHS, Fistfull of Kung Fu, X-wing and the like. But we still liked the GW games, be it we played with older versions of the rules not wanting to buy a new rulebook for just 3 battles a year. We had some great games where we waited to see whose army ran away first my Gobbo's or my opponent's Skaven.

Enter Age of Sigmar...What were they thinking? After Paul "Fat Bloke" Sawyer stopped being editor of WD I un-subscribed on the magazine but occasionally  bought a single issue to keep in touch and was appalled to see the beloved Old World being finished off seemingly without a second thought. Now perhaps my mind is getting less flexible  with the passing of the years or maybe I am more conservative in my hobby-tastes then I knew I was, but I could not think of a good, well funded reason for this. Oh yes I could see the economical reasoning behind it: try to fit in with other brands who had far simpeler rulesets and more lythe and modern looking figures. I also get you need simpeler rules to appeal to a younger audience and I even get it when designers want to add to the hobby with a legacy of their own, what I do not get is why they can't  exist next to each other.

While not all change is bad, I totally lost interest in GW games and sold off most of my armies, only my Dwarfs and Dark Angels remain since I could not bear to part with them. Now this has all come to the fore due to my rekindled interest in Hero Quest togegher wigh reading the WD's concerning the new 40K version recently released. Reading the last two WD's made me realise why it all bothered me so much, with Age of Sigmar all was done rather abruptly  and imho also messy. For me there seemed no good way to end it all for all the gamers involved.  I have participated  in several of GW's world-wide events, where you entered the results of your battles online and gained medals and the like. That was great fun and even if my side would have lost, I had great fun, they could have used such an event to end the Old World or not...

The events changing the 40K universe: the umptieth Black Crusade and the rift in the immaterium, as well as it's effects were better thought out but led to the creation of new uber-characters. and troops as well as the coming to life of the sodding Ultramarines Primarch. (BTW what's so great about the Vanilla Marines anyway?)  Anyway what bothered me about Age of Sigmar and the new 40K is the killing off of the fluff I liked! It was what kept me into the GW universe, with that background gone it's just no fun anymore. All the other issues I have mentioned are reall, but most disturbing to me is the loss of the atmosphere that was the Old World to me, perhaps that's why I responded so well to the wacky, corny and over the top "high fantasy" of Hero Quest. Inspired by a recent WD, the present format really is a pleasant read, I started painting 5 of the Dark Angels that are still in the unpainted pile, halfway through I lost interest, at the time I had no clue why I lost interest but now I think it's because I have no more use for them, the fun and fluff have gone. Some of my loose fantasy figures will probably  get a rescue from the lead pile now to serve in Hero Quest which is great since it means that they no longer are loose ends but integral game miniatures, actually  being used!

So a long and boring story I had to get off my chest, hope I didn't scare you away!

Cheers Sander

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Holiday blues and some news


It's raining miserably over here, typical Dutch weather, but with a lot of work in the garden waiting for me this is not funny anymore. So we went into town, Arnhem in this case, and got me something new.

Now I know I have said earlier yhat I wouldn' t support GW anymore and well basically I don't, butt... I did buy the June and July issue of White Dwarf and the WHF Empire Battle Wizard from in independent  retailer.

Why did I do this? Well you're not going to like the answer! The answer is that I have started yet another project. For quite some time I have longed to get a box of Hero Quest, some weeks ago I managed just this, I got a secondhand box. From then till now I have played more than 10 games with my son Arthur, with kids at school and with friends, boy is this a great game!

The battle wizards are meant for Arthur to get an unique player character and in this we succeeded because he's all for the bright or fire wizard wanting to hurl fireballs everywhere!

Anyway, when the rains stop, I will make some pictures of the HQ figures I have already painted.

That's all fornow folks