Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Retro Update: HeroQuest Warriors

What self-respecting HeroQuest blog would be complete without the requisite Warriors images? As I look at these old pics, I can't help but wonder why my wizard is missing, and there seems to be a treasure chest in his place. Perhaps it's a mimic, or monster chest, that ate him right before the photo was taken? Hmm. Anyway, I originally attempted to mimic (no pun intended!) the warrior card paint jobs at least for the dwarf, but the barbarian looked a bit cold so I figured I'd help him out with a cloak from the empire free company kit. I believe the treasure chest also came from the same kit.

The Elf's color scheme, however, seemed a bit odd on the card artwork to me. Figuring he was probably a Wood Elf from Athel Loren, I did him up in a green scheme, which now that I look back on it could probably use some other colors for variation. For some reason the matt varnish I applied to these figures came out a bit chalky and white, so at some point I'm going to have to go over 'em again.

Retro Update: Skellies

Here's my first unit of skeletons, taken at the old DakkaDakka warehouse store at the mills in Manchester, NH. The unpainted unit commander is a Reaper mini, I believe. Maybe someone can identify him for me.

Retro Update: Braaaaiiiinnnnsss!!!

To go along with the Rob Zombie unit leader from the previous post, here's my first regiment of zombies. I mixed a batch of empire free company troops in with the Games Workshop zombie sprue to get a bit of variety.

Astute observers will recognize this zombie as the one from HeroQuest. He'll probably show up again with a different weapon.Of course I had to refurbish a HeroQuest zombie and get him in there...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Retro Update: Rob Zombie

My zombie regiment leader... he should look a bit familiar, I've modeled him to look like Rob Zombie, famed heavy metal singer. I hand-bent the fingers on his left hand to form the "METAL" sign. The paint job closely resembles the cover of Hellbilly Deluxe.

Rob leads his legions of mindless (and unpainted) zombies forward.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Retro Update: Black Coach

The Black Coach, centerpiece of any Vampire Counts army. It took me about three weeks to assemble and paint.

The wraith driver of my black coach. I originally painted him black, but he stood out more with a deep blue cloak.

I'm particularly proud of the "marble" effect on the coffin. I actually went to a marble wholesaler's web site to find out exactly what my paint job should look like. Isn't the internet wonderful? Always use reference, kiddies!

Particularly gruesome aspect of the coach.

The living dead are stirred by the passage of the coach. (I definitely need some work on my basing, here.)

Retro Update: Old Angelfire Stuff

In an effort to compile some of the gallery pages from my old Angelfire site, here's some shots of my mounted vampire lord. There will most likely be several of these updates, in which I'll attempt to preserve as much of the early-aughts lingo as I can. I hereby humbly apologize for the quality of the photos. They're all ten years old, and in 2002 a 1K image was considered huge! (Okay not really but sorry anyway.)

Vampire Lord:

This is my army general, Baron von Sidula. He consists of the old mounted Red Duke model, with Morgiana Le Fay's unicorn. I removed its horn and modeled over the hooves with green stuff to make the horse resemble Melissa Benson's version of the Nightmare from Magic:The Gathering.

Von Sidula's jaw drips with the blood of his last victim. I'm particularly proud of the blood splatter effects.

Here's an in-progress shot of an on-foot Baron von Sidula I'm constructing. He's the top half of the mounted Red Duke model, with the lower half of the Krell model, and green stuff to fill the gaps.

Vampire Hero:

One of the few Warhammer-related projects I worked on at Northeastern. This mounted vampire is converted from an old Dogs of War general, Borgio the Besieger. (Still hoping for an updated Dogs of War/Mercenaries army list, ten years later! They were great conversion fodder.) He's modeled and painted to look like my father, who inspired me to take up the hobby. I made sure I spent some extra time perfecting his eyes... I'm happy to say that they look just the way I wanted them too, glowing red and evil-looking. I gave Christophe a cool gray flesh tone, which I like more than the Baron's bone-colored flesh.