HeroQuest Quest – Chaos Warrior II

A quickfire hobby challenge for the Scale Creep Peeps:

  • Paint a charmingly basic model from HeroQuest
  • nO cRaZy CoNvErSiOnS
  • Replacing the sausagey rectangle base is encouraged.

I picked a Chaos Warrior. To the 7-year-old boy learning words from game components, but not pronunciations: a “Chouse” Warrior.

Curis enjoying HeroQuest

“Hoots mon!  There’s a chouse louse about this house!”

Theottovonbismark has already shown off Slambo and the 4E plastic Chouse … ahem … Chaos Warrior.  Here’s the HeroQuest dude alongside Battlemasters and Legend of Zagor Chaos dudes, for no reason other than to showcase the breadth of my vintage Chaos.

Gorefist the Destroyer and the Champions of Chouse

Prejudiced against gorefs, means he’s a gorefist.

Otto’s updating of this old plastic has freehand and a jazzy base.  My version is painted so tamely in comparison. I’ve gone for the red-and-metal scheme which you might think is a homage to the original HeroQuest art, but is really so he ties into my 1980s Chaos Warband. Being a 1989er *I think* he is actually the newest miniature.   Everything is relative.

1980s Chaos Warriors“Oi, HeroQuest, you’re so young I bet you don’t remember POGs!”

After modern-style crisp highlighting you start to realise the limitations of the miniature – a combination of 1989 plastic technology and 27 years of man-handling (“manchild-handling”?).  So to hide the dalrymples I painted some textures: sponge-chipping the armour; fluting on the horns; notching the axe blade; and blood-spatter over the finished piece.  I’ve recently become aware that competition painters like different textures on a miniature to provide interest and contrast, and to showcase their skills.

Chouse Warriors texturesJudging by the spatter he dealt a nasty axe wound.

The texture I’m fondest of at the moment is the blood-spats.  After a lot of trial and error with a Blood Bowl team recently I’ve hit upon the following method: load up a tiny brush with your blood-effect paint of choice, put it right in front of your lips, and blow.  You instantly get realistic spines, satellite spatters, cast-off patterns and other terms I’m just regurgitating from a CSI episode.

 Champion of Chaos, Herald the ApocaLIPS (•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■)

Guess this means he’s the Herald of the ApocaLIPS.
(•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■)

That’s all for now! Check out the other miniatures in the HeroQuest Hero Quest.

Spiral Eye, Pink Horror of Tzeentch Project Change XXVII

Another of Trish Morrison’s lovely G2 Pink Horror in a rich deep pink (achieved with Warlock Purple). Makes a nice change from the pale schemes I’ve seemed to favour with the majority of the Pink Horrors so far.

G2 Pink Horror of Tzeentch

The huge hands just remind me of the video to Everlong by the Foo Fighters, where Dave Grohl grows big hands to protect his lady.

Dave Grohl Tzeentching out on us

How many models are there for Project Change? Well, it’s difficult to count, I’ve broken down the models into the following categories:

  • G1 Daemons
  • G2 Daemons
  • G3 Daemons
  • G4 Daemons
  • Rogue Trader Renegades
  • Thousand Sons
  • Fantasy Champions
  • Beastmen
  • Dragons
  • Non-28mm (Epic, Warmaster, Man O’ War)
  • Collectibles (e.g. Black Library diorama with Madox)

The forces of Goof

So, just focussing on the G2 Daemons there are 88 possible models you can make:

1 G2 Lord of Change

13 G2 Pink Horrors
Pink Horror Champion, Pink Horror Standard, Pink Horror Musician, 2 one-piece Pink Horrors, 2 Pink Horrors with 4 tail options

10 G2 Blue Horrors

2 one-piece Blue Horrors, 2 Blue Horrors with 4 tail options

64 G2 Flamers
4 bodies with 4 right arm options and 4 left arm options

Which is a lot of figures.  The Flamers really break it as there are 64 ways of assembling the 12 components.  I think I’ll try collecting one of every component, else I’ll go insane.  Doubly so as I’ve not yet worked out how many ways there are of assembling the plastic G4 Pink Horrors.

Wailer, Pink Horror of Tzeentch – Project Change XXVI

This is Wailer – Pink Horror of Tzeentch. Another of the first generation of orkoid Pink Horrors by the talented Kev Adams. He’s unusual that he’s got a very sullen face more befitting a Blue Horror.

Wailer - Pink Horror of Tzeentch

His arms are awfully gnarly and have lots of texture I can only describe as ‘unintentionally crumbly’. It’s odd, as the main body is nice and crisp and a joy to paint. Meh.

He’s accompanied by a second of my iridescent Harpies, which aren’t really Tzeenthcian so don’t really count towards Project Change.

My collection of Tzeentchian artefacts is growing like some sort obscene shrine, and now it’s even jumped media. Here’s a piece Tony Ackland artwork I bought.

Tony Ackland Lord of Change

This is the Lord of Change that appeared in Realm of Chaos: the Lost and the Damned. Yep, it’s the original (not a print or reproduction), as you can see the pencils where Mr. Ackland changed the pose.

Tony Ackland Lord of Change

My friends have recently started referring to my pad as the Didsbury Warhammer Museum because I take such fetishistic pleasure in collecting and displaying all this stuff.

Balamir de Storchion, Sorcerer of Tzeentch – Project Change XXV

Three arms. Bird head. One armoured foot. Magic rings. It must be some classic Chaos goodness, today in the shape of Balamir de Storchion, Sorcerer of Tzeentch.

Balamir de Storchion, Sorcerer of Tzeentch

Again, this is a casting that’s visibly aged. The scroll is quite pudgy with rounded corners – the original clean crisp lines having been eroded by years of man-handling, stripping and casual abuse. I suppose old plastics keep their shape much better than classic lead.

In the Dark Tongue, you would write his name out as…

Balamir de Storchion in Chais Runes

The last three runes representing (left to right) Tzeentch’s Gift of Magic and the Chaos attributes Beaked, Multiple Arms and Feathered Hide. I toyed with the idea that instead of Beaked it would be the Tzeentch Gift Face of a Lord of Change, but figured his head wasn’t quite that impressive.

Here’s the chap with the most recent additions to Project Change, neither of which I felt photographed well originally.

Some Sorcerers of Tzeentch

When I get nine of the Fantasy Sorcerers painted, I want to field them a squad of Thrall Sorcerers for a power-armoured Sorcerer. Soon…

Jade Green Blue Horror – Project Change XXIV

Back into the big pile of Horrors of Tzeentch to paint for Project Change. This Blue Horror has been done in Liche Purple through to Jade Green. Not blue as such, but both colours are almost there.

Jade Green Blue Horror of Tzeentch

Games Workshop have just released their new plastic Horrors. It’s a big departure from the third generation of truly disturbing Horrors. But, oddly, there seems to be no tip-of-the-hat to their splitting any more. I’ve yet to get my hands on the sprues themselves (but it’s my birthday soon so fingers crossed) so I could be wrong. There’s no game reason to paint them blue these days, but I’m sure people will. Here’s how they appear in blue with a little Photoshop magic.

Fluctuating Horrors of Tzeentch

Now, how to capture that effect with paint?