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lunedì 1 luglio 2019

Heroquest Hyper Contest - Vinci gratis un set di HeroQuest (scade 29.09.2019)

Partecipa al concorso e vinci un set base di HeroQuest in Italiano, 100% completo ed in buonissime condizioni più... alcuni extra (top-secret per il momento)!!!
Il contest è organizzato dal sottoscritto e la partecipazione è gratuita!!! Si, proprio così... gratuita!
I requisiti per partecipare però sono i seguenti:
  1. essere cittadino italiano e residente in Italia;
  2. avere almeno 18 anni di età compiuti;
  3. richiedere ed attivare una carta prepagata HYPE (gratuita) utilizzando solo ed esclusivamente il seguente link di invito:
NOTA: la carta HYPE è una carta prepagata emessa da Banca Sella; non solo non ha costi per voi ma quando vi registrate (vi raccomando di usare solo il link che vi ho indicato sopra, pena l'esclusione dalla partecipazione al contest) riceverete anche un bonus di benvenuto di 10 euro.
Purtroppo chi è già titolare di una carta HYPE non potrà partecipare ma ciò non esclude che si possa far registrare un amico o un proprio parente. Per per ogni utente che si registra e attiva la carta tramite il mio invito, riceverò una notifica che conferma il buon esito della registrazione.

E' necessario che si raggiungano almeno 20 partecipanti.
Qualora non si raggiungesse il numero minimo di 20 partecipanti verrà annunciato l'annullamento del contest ma riceverete comunque il bonus sulla vostra carta.
Tra tutti i partecipanti al contest verrà estratto un vincitore che si aggiudicherà il premio che gli verrà recapitato gratuitamente presso il proprio domicilio (in Italia).
Per motivi di trasparenza e al fine di evitare dubbi di qualunque tipo, l'estrazione verrà effettuata in diretta tramite apposito account su Instagram in modo che sia visibile a chiunque sia interessato.
Il termine ultimo per partecipare è il 29 Settembre 2019, mentre l'estrazione avverrà entro i 15 giorni successivi alla data di scadenza.
Per un più semplice monitoraggio dei partecipanti o se avete dubbi o domande non esitate a chiedere lasciando un messaggio qui sotto.

sabato 6 aprile 2019

Loretome 25th...

Download links: English  -  Italiano  -  Française  -  Español

A funny and ironic quest I made about 2 years ago.
It was originally made in Italian but it's available also in English, French and Spanish, translated by Sajungzak, Le Nain Rouge and Danstructor.
Cover artwork is painted by Christopher Lue-Quee.
Here is a sample of what you will find inside:

"My friends,
Once again I have called upon you in an hour of great distress. I need your help. It‘s been a while now since the pages of Loretome have begun to turn gray, and day by day more writings seem to fade into nothingness.
Within its vanishing pages it is yet written that this is caused by the actions of Dionisus, a Chaos mage. Although infamous for his ability to manipulate time and minds, he has never been considered a real menace... until now. Dionisus is working to create a copy of Loretome...
The time to act is now. Located in a land that in ancient times was called the Land of the Gnomes, known now as the Gnome-Zone, your task is to find Dionisus’s Manor, discover what his plan is..."

Download links: English     -    Italiano        -   Française      -  Español

sabato 15 settembre 2018

My miniatures cabinet

Browsing my phone and found a photo of my cabinet that
I took about two years ago,so I decided to make a new one
and share, because my blog needs an update.
In the cabinent there are some of my Heroquest and other Citadel
figures, plus a few Grenadier, HHG and Ral Partha pieces too.
Wonder if I will ever find the time to paint them all...

sabato 11 febbraio 2017

Wizards of Morcar: the unreleased metal prototypes

Here are the rare metal miniatures from the Wizards of Morcar pack.
If you think you've already seen them, you are right; infact they are shown in the photo on the back of the box of the expansion pack.
I guess the prototypes were used to test the game and as a guide for sculpting the plastic models. Grawshak, the Orc Shaman, is way bigger than its plastic version, while the others are just a little bit taller than their official plastic counterparts. Boroush, the Storm Master, has no necklace and got a stone on his staff. The prototypes have better details than the plastic ones.
Men-at-arms were released with different heads and used for Warhammer in four body variants but this is the one you can see on the back of the Wizards of Morcar box. Please note, not all versions of the box are showing the metal prototypes, later releases show the plastic models.

domenica 11 dicembre 2016

Buying a sealed/shrink-wrapped box

Are you after a brand new and still sealed Heroquest box?
Are you ready to pay a lot of gold coins to put your hands on a shrink-wrapped Barbarian or Elf Quest Pack?
I know, sealed boxes are very attractive for everyone but consider this:
It can happen (and has happened in the past) that opening a new box (whatever game it is) you can notice that there is something wrong.
How could you react in such situation?
A friend from the Italian Heroquest community forum was lucky enough to find a double set of heroes inside his D&D The Fantasy Adventure Board Game.

He was very happy, but imagine you've bought a sealed Barbarian Quest Pack and to realize that the blue sprue (it is the one with the monsters and the female barbarian) is missing!!! Are you still alive? It is a manufacturing fault!

Now let's check the photo below, you can notice a great mistake in the cut of the cards, it is just another manufacturing fault:

In 1990 you could return the box to your favourite shop and get another copy of the game in return but today no eBay seller will accept a return of an item that was sealed and now you are pretending to return it opened and defected, agree?

So that's why I would prefer to buy a box that is still in excellent conditions but already opened than a sealed one.
Also, with a sealed one there is the risk that you will never open it because of its rarity and so you'll never enjoy it.

domenica 30 ottobre 2016

The Resque of Sir Manfred

Quest n. 2 from the main game questbook is "The Rescue of Sir Ragnar" (Sir Manfred in Italy). He is one of the bravest paladin of the Empire and has been imprisoned by the army of chaos.
Once you find and resque him from his cell, you have to represent this guy by using the Chaos Srocerer miniature.
I've always been disappointed on this, but fortunately here is a cool piece sculpted by the Italian artist Marco Partenzi (Bombur) that can help us to solve this problem...

Can you find the intruder?

Yes, he is... Sir Ragnar!

Once the quest is completed, you'll be rewarded by the Emperor with a bunch of gold coins and be proud of yourself for the result of the mission.
But later in the Return of the Witch Lord expansion pack, you'll learn that Sir Ragnar has become a traitor and voted his cause to the force of Chaos: he is infact the one who helped Skullmar to escape from his death...

domenica 14 febbraio 2016

Painted minis on eBay - gone!

Closed right now some auctions on eBay featuring some Heroquest figures from Germany painted very nice. I also tried to bid on them but they reached prices to high for my tates. Here are some photos and the prices they were sold (for a grand total of 347,50!!!):

The 4 heroes, sold for 52,00 EUR
6 Ogres (2 unpainted) at 71,00 EUR
Cheap Mercenaries for 13,50 EUR
8 Orcs at 47,50 EUR
Chaos Warriors were with Gargoyle and Chaos Sorcerer...
Gargoyle, Chaos Sorcerer and 4 Chaos Warriors sold at 45,50 EUR
6 undeads at 26,80 EUR
4 Skeletons were gone with the Fimirs...
6 Fimirs at 45,50, including the 4 Skeletons
6 Goblins at 45,50 EUR

20 cm tall Chaos Warriors!!

eBay user lunc created these impressive reproductions of the classic Heroquest Chaos Warrior and they are worth a post! These giants are made of ABS and are respectively 14 cm and 20 cm tall. He also told me that he is going to create a Chaos Sorcerer very soon.
Just try to imagine how many cool details you could paint on them!
So, lunc, any chance to see the four heroes in their 20 cm version?

sabato 13 febbraio 2016

Against the Ogre Horde - Tiles Restyling

I never appreciated the grids used on Against the Ogre Horde tiles, so I decided to try to give them a restyling by removing all the black lines and adding some extra details. Click here to download.

download tiles

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sabato 23 gennaio 2016

Barbarians and Wizards x4 (W.I.P.)

Finally some updates with my painting... four wizards and four barbarians!
I'm still experimenting and improving my paint skill so there are still some defects. The 4 barbarians were painted several time over the previous skin until I found a decent skintone, at the beginning I tried to mix some colors to obtain different skintones, pink, bronze and pale, but at the end I was not satisfied and used a standard brown/orange skintone. Also some pants turned from green to grey, boots from violet to white and hair from brown to red.
You can check the photos below to check the work in progress.

domenica 29 novembre 2015

More heroes!

Here are some miniature that I own in my collection but that are not painted by me. I bought an extra Heroquest about one year ago on eBay and these minis were included in the box. I like the precision used by the painter on the small details but in my opinion it would be better if he used more shades too. In particular, I like the wizard's cloak and the barbarian's boots and the dwarf is also very well painted, while the elf looks to be a little poor if confrontated with the rest of the team.

sabato 12 settembre 2015

Elf, Elf, Elf and... Elf

Now that my first heroes set is gone, I have to begin a new one. But I decided to save on time (and colors) by painting more of the same type and took four elfs. As told before, I like to go out of the classic schemes, so, except the one painted red/brown, I had fun painting the other three with uncommon color schemes. Unfortunately I was not smart enough to think to made at least one drow (but I'll fix this missing in the following days). I like to imagine Heroquest like a game in wich you can select alternate outfits for your character as you can do in Street Fighter, Tekken and other similar games. This also allow us to play a quest with two players using the same character avoiding confusion or even to add a 5th player to the standard team (years ago we even experienced an 8 players game by using two Heroquest sets and custom quests featuring two tabletops). So, here is the result, wich one is your favourite?

the alternate outfits for the elf!

giovedì 3 settembre 2015

Hulkster Barbarian

My four years old nephew also wanted a hero for himself to bring at home, so I (sadly) decided to gift him a barbarian and paint it with the scheme colours he preferred. After seeing some photos on my pc he sayd that he wanted his character strong as Hulk, so I decided to paint the barbarian skin in green. I wanted to paint his pant in violet but my nephews insisted to make it brown.

at the beginning his eyes were yellow/red

Barbarian and the Hulk

martedì 1 settembre 2015

Heroes... part 2

Well.. few days ago I finished to paint my heroes!!
So the Elf and the Dwarf are finally ready to join their friends.
While I used classic colors for the elf, I decided to try to give a blue armour to the dwarf.
I used a generic metallic paint on the elf sword that was looking good at the beginning, but I actually don't like anymore. Next time I'll try to use NMM (Non-Metal-Metal) style for a better result. Also, the barbarian at this point got a new face and looks a lot better than before. Some slight retouches were added to his sword and to the wizard's eyes too.

But once I was proud enough about my new painted team and started to share pics of them to some friends and family members that in some way are Heroquest related, my aunt saw them and sayd she wanted them... So now I'm back without a set of painted heroes for my Heroquest (and she also took the chaos warlock). Not so bad... I will probably never had the opportunity to go back and fix some details on this elf and dwarf, but at least she gave me her old miniatures so I can start to paint a new team and improve my skills. Here is the hero as they appear now (as I painted them for my aunt some years ago). They have already been paint stripped and I will re-paint them using the same colors I guess.