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sabato 15 settembre 2018

My miniatures

Browsing my phone and found a photo of my cabinet  I did a about 2 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...

venerdì 10 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 counterpart.
Boroush, the Storm Master, has no necklace and got a stone on his staff.
All the metal versions have better details than the plastic ones.
The mercenary is not unreleased and he was later used for Warhammer.
Ther are four body variants for the mercenaries but this one is the most similar to the final plastic version.

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 about the liberation of Sir Manfred (aka Sir Ragnar in the USA version). 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 Bombur that can help us to solve this problem...

Can you find the intruder?

Yes, he is... Sir Manfred!

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 Manfred has become a traitor and voted his cause to the forced 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.

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