Seven years of blogging — and a return to the very beginning

Eternal Hunt is officially seven years old as of today — little would I have expected the blog to last so long when I started it back in 2012, as a way to chronicle my way back into the tabletop wargaming hobby. Since then, I have beeen fairly productive, if I do say so myself, and explored parts of the hobby I would never have considered beforehand. I’ve gotten in touch with lots of hobbyists all over the world and received lots of bitz drops and awesome models — let’s not forget that! In fact, a particularly awesome gift arrived just the other week, as you may remember, a bit early for the anniversary. Anyway, it has been quite a ride!

The blog currently stands at 414 posts, some 1.200,000 views, 450,000 visitors and 410 followers — all pretty cool numbers, considering the fact that this is merely little old me screaming into the void here πŸ˜‰ In fact, after a somewhat slower year in 2017 (with just 25 posts), I would say 2018 saw a bit of a rebound, with 40 published posts, and arguably some of my finest hobby work (especially in the field of INQ28) to date. Joining different, forum-related painting events as well as Azazel’s community challenges on a fairly regular basis, as well as getting together with my friend Annie for joint painting sessions fairly often, has given me a fairly steady stream of new content to share with you all, and I fully intend to keep up the pace!

At the same time, as I’ve said before, it has become more and more difficult to keep people interested in this place, given the encroaching age of Instagram. I’ve already beaten that particular drum quite enough, however, and remain committed to keeping this blog alive, in spite of everything. At the same time, I have also discovered (or, in some cases, been pointed towards) some truly cool blogs in the very recent pasts, such as Larsonic Miniatures, J’ai un planning chargΓ©, or Eastern Empire,Β  to name just a few. And some of the new blogs I have been following were even started fairly recently — so maybe blogging is not quite dead after all?

In any case, let’s make a deal: I’ll keep posting here if you keep reading, liking and – most importantly – commenting. Sound fair? I think we should give it a go!

Now then, since absolutely nobody is interested in boring numbers, it has become a bit of a tradition here at Eternal Hunt to illustrate each year’s anniversary post with a look at something that is truly retro — and boy do I have some old skool goodness for you this year!

In order to discover just what the heck I am talking about, let us return to the beginning of the year for a bit and, ultimately, all the way back to my very first steps in this hobby: Back In January, I had a hard time getting my arse in gear once again and deciding on which model to paint next, when my gaze fell on this unlucky fellow:

The Dwarf from Advanced HeroQuest, horribly mangled from my earlier paintjob — this must have happened sometime during the early-to-mid 90s, but that’s still no excuse: That poor model was a stain upon my honour, so I decided to try and salvage him, just on a whim, and it spite of it not having anything to do with any of my current hobby projects.

Here’s what I ended up with:


Ahh, much better, wouldn’t you agree? In fact, the heroes from Advanced HeroQuest have aged pretty poorly, but I am still reasonably happy with the outcome. So happy, in fact, that I next eyed up this guy, the warrior, from the same game:

Seriously, what was I thinking? The tip of his sword had snapped off years ago, so I quickly replaced it with a newer Empire sword and decided to finally paint him up properly. And at the same time, there was this model:

The Wizard, this time from HeroQuest proper. As you can see, I really did a number on these poor models back in the day. And that’s not even mentioning the HeroQuest Barbarian, one of the first models I have ever attempted to paint. He was already repainted during a previous attempt at salvaging ancient models.

So after a bit more painting, I had managed to go from this…

…to this:

And by that point, a plan was already gestating in the back of my head: So I dug out my old copy of HeroQuest (only a few odds and ends remain from my original first edition box, received as a Christmas present, back when the game was originally released in 1989, but I was lucky enough to snap up an Advanced Quest – or “Master Edition”, in German – set when they were sold off cheaply at a local supermarket back in the mid-90s), and to my delight, most of it was still there, except for a couple of cardboard parts . So I set it all out and started to think about whether I could actually achieve one of my all-time hobby goals: to finally own a fully painted set of HeroQuest, the very game that got me into the hobby:

Illustration by Les Edwards

Because, like so many others, I was actually introduced to the entire wargaming/tabletop/roleplaying conglomerate of hobbies by way of HeroQuest. I remember playing the first games on the evening of December 24th, 1989 with my parents, and following that, many hours spent coming up with my own games, playing with or against friends and trawling fleamarkets and garage sales for all kinds of retro-GW games and miniatures back in the day — as long as it had HeroQuest-esque models, I bought it and entered it into my growing collection: HeroQuest, Advanced HeroQuest, Battle Masters and two of the “Dark World” board games (that were, weirdly enough, marketed as boardgame versions of longrunning German RPG series “Das Schwarze Auge” here in Germany) — it all grew into one huge pantheon of heroes and monsters for me, and I still have fond memories of that time. I also made my first attempts at painting models back then. And they were absolutely horrible, of course — you saw some of those abominations further up in the post πŸ˜‰

Anyway, here I was, returning to the game at long last. And looking at the models I would need to paint, it did seem achievable:

Of course there would also be the furniture to take care of — and maybe the odd extra model here and there…

So I decided upon a plan: For this project, I would mostly stick to the models that were part of the original HeroQuest set, with a couple of additional monsters thrown in here and there for good measure. Once that was completed, I would add the Men-at-arms at a later date. This left me with a sizeable, but still manageable, amount of models to paint, which was crucial because I am a bit of a hobby butterfly and occasionally have the attention span of a chimpanzee that’s been set on fire — as evidenced by a prior, ultimately abandoned, previous attempt at painting a HeroQuest set.

As an added incentive, however, HeroQuest actually turns 30 this year, so that should give me an extra push to go through with it. And I have also discovered all kinds of places online that are dedicated to HeroQuest, Ye Olde Inn chief among them, and I was surprised how much HeroQuest seems like an entire sub-hobby unto itself. Anyway, down the rabbit hole we go…

My first port of call was to finish the four hero models, and those will be the main course for today. So take a look at them:

 

The Barbarian:


You are the Barbarian, the greatest warrior of them all. But beware of magic, for your sword is no defense against it!

The Wizard:



You are the Wizard. You have many spells that can aid you. However, in combat you are weak. So use your spells well, and avoid combat.

The Elf:



You are the Elf. A master of both magic and the sword. You must use both well if you are to triumph.

The Dwarf:


You are the Dwarf. You are a good warrior and can always disarm traps that you find. You may remove any visible trap in the same room or passage.

 

I already had fond feelings for those HeroQuest models before, but painting the four heroes has given me a whole new appreciation for them: I think they have really managed to age terrifically gracefully, given the fact that they are, when all is said and done, one-piece board game models from 30 years ago. Granted, they are nowhere near as detailed as modern GW miniatures. But their striking design and instantly recognisable silhouettes still work really well, and seem to draw out my will to really paint them well.

As for the actual paintjobs, I had a blast going for that classic, bright high-fantasy look. The paintjobs were mostly inspired by Les Edward’s art from the game’s cover artwork (and the character artwork from the different role cards).

Is this my Oldhammer moment, then? Possibly so. At the same time, and unlike a sizeable amount of the Oldhammer community, however, I fully retain my appreciation of modern day GW models (in fact, I should think the work on these bright, characterful HeroQuest hero models should probably be a rather helpful inspiration for my eventual – inevitable – treatment of the characters from Blackstone Fortress.

It’s just that this return to the distant past happens to feel like such a nice palate cleanser right now — and like a veritable breath of fresh air, if cou can believe it.

Oh, and lest I forget: All of those models should be a rather fitting contribution to Azazel’s “Neglected models challenge” for February — after all, most of them had been neglected for more than two decades…

So wish me luck in my endeavour — and here’s a little something, just to get you in the right mood for this project as well:

I would love to hear what you think about the finished models so far, so please leave a comment! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more! πŸ™‚

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83 Responses to “Seven years of blogging — and a return to the very beginning”

  1. Happy blog-birthday!!! And how amazing it is to see those Hero Quest models, they were the very first introduction to fantasy for me (together with Lone Wolf game books).Every now and then I still play a match with a few friends actually, and I have been thinking about painting those old minis for a long time, maybe (just maybe, as laziness and a 5 years old daughter are impediments enough) I finally got here the inspiration to do it and make a nice surprise to my friends! keep up the great work and long live the Eternal Hunt!

    • Cheers for the comment, Raff! Lone Wolf was such a huge influence for my getting into all kinds of nerdy stuff as well — are you aware that the books are all freely available at Project Aon in a digital format?

      Feel free to provide a link whenever you paint some of your own HQ models, by the way! πŸ™‚

      • Thanks Kraut, great to know about Lone Wolf free download, especially now that i ve passed my old books to my nephew to ensure joe dever’s legacy endures! And be sure that if i ever paint those hero quest models, you ll be the first to see themπŸ™‚!

      • Awesome! πŸ™‚

      • PickaxeJunky Says:

        Thanks for the tip!

        I hadn’t thought about these books in ages. A real blast from the past!

  2. Love to see how your painting has improved! Gives us all hope!

    • Haha, cheers, Oli! There are several decades between the old and new paintjobs, mind you. But yeah, the old ones truly were terrible, so if I can do better, then so can everyone! πŸ˜‰

  3. Congratulations man! Seven years is a heck of a milestone. I think blogging (at least as far as tabletop wargames go) is far from dead. The pool of committed bloggers seems to have shrunk of late, but there are still plenty of us out there all screaming into the void. Kind of makes us sound like those psykers feeding the golden throne right?

    • Cheers, Ed! I’d like to think you are correct in your assessment, and the influx in new and cool blogs I have seen so far this year does make me carefully optimistic — let’s keep our fingers crossed for the blogosphere, eh? πŸ˜‰

  4. + inload: Annual-renew felicitations – load: ‘PARP.wav’ +

    Congratulations on another wonderful year of interesting articles and wonderful artwork – it’s always a pleasure to read and ogle your new miniatures. This venture into the past gets the thumbs up from me, and the updated paintwork is lovely.

    I echo your thoughts on the blogosphere, but it’s not all in decline! I think there’s a steady appetite amongst readers for something a bit more in-depth, and considered articles like those you write are much appreciated – far more, I suspect, than the active reply rate suggests. I wonder if there’s more regular bloggers can do? Perhaps some more inter-blog activities?

    • Thanks so much, Apologist — yours is easily one of my favourite blogs (which makes me feel even more horrible for not commenting nearly enough — there’s just SO much content, and such depth to most of your posts), so this really means a lot. As for any inter-blog shenanigans, you may have a point there — any ideas?

      • [+Engage blush protocol+] Too kind!
        Regarding inter-bloggery, it might be as simple as interested parties (i.e. bloggers like us) being a bit more regular at driving traffic each others’ way when something comes up. Your lovely annual round-ups do a great job of that, and it’s something I try to do myself in a smaller way; by adding links to other blogs that are doing something that I’m talking about (generally in a much more cohesive and better way than me! :D)

        The other angle, of course, would be to organise more shared projects like the Alien Wars thing I run – it’s something I really enjoy doing, I think readers like the rabbit hole it can lead down, and it’s a nice way for new blogs to get traffic.

        Blogging, like discussion forums, have seen a drop-off in engagement, but I think there are still plenty of readers.

  5. I think I found your blog in the autumn of your first year and it’s always a joy to see a post crop up on my feedly.
    A couple of years back I got hold of a copy of heroquest and Space crusade. at some point I’m going to have to give those sets some love.

  6. Happy birthday to the Hunt.
    I love your chaos oriented paintjobs but this voyage in time is a great moment for each of us and the fond memories we may have of an unforgettable game. Having one mint box and another quite complete, I used the spare one to build and convert blood bowls fans and players. I wish you a grea

  7. Congrats on the anniversery dude, and great decision to tackle HQ! I’m really looking forward to seeing you bring these classics to life πŸ™‚

  8. Happy birthday mate. And no, the blog days are far from over. Even if we sometimes get use of (lazy unwritten) instagram, I’ve good hope that some of us are still spending time and sanity to wrote good articles like this one above. By the way, thanks for the link and the good word, it’ll probably make me step up to write in Shakespeare language for more accessibility (though it scares me a lot). Anyway keep on painting, writing and posting, that’s the only way to find stuff more deep and interesting than the few lines of a FB post.

    • Cheers, Ad! I guess my cryptic remarks about your recent HeroQuest-esque models makes more sense now, eh? As for the language of the blog, I will say that I believe many truly staggeringly brilliant French blogs (and there are so freaking many of them) seem to get far less recognition than they should due to the language barrier. Then again, having a reason to brush up on my French is also nice, so there’s that, too πŸ˜‰

  9. Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

    To be honest, while this isn’t typically my speed – and I’ve fallen out of my 40k hobby altogether for a while now anyways… – I love what you’ve done with these. Rest assured I will continue reading and commenting, for another seven years or more if fate permits!

    • Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

      You know, now that I think about it, I might have only been around on this blog for four years. Not to pat you a little too hard on the back, but your blog has been running for about one third of my life, and is honestly one of my favorite places on the entire internet. Please keep it running, if only for me! Or for you. That’s an acceptable reason as well. πŸ˜‰

    • Cheers, mate! I hope your falling out of 40k (only for the moment, I hope) isn’t entirely due to my failure to reply to your e-mails in a speedy fashion? That would be terrible! 😦 In any case, I always appreciate your comments!

    • Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

      In reply to both comments:

      I’m glad I’ve been able to make you feel important. I think there’s only one person who’s had a greater influence on my tabletop career than you: the man who got me into the game in the first place. Keep up the good work!

      As for my hiatus, it has more to do with a lack of time and resources (as a poor college kid currently on a school hiatus doing volunteer work) than anything else. I have a lot of grand hobby plans… Just not the time or money to complete them! My blog is probably dead for the foreseeable future, but that by no means implies that I’m not still invested in Inquisitor Mikhailovich’s story. I think I’ve finally figured out how to model him the way I want, and I’ve got his AdMech detachment nearly completed, just not documented. Hopefully someday I’ll have everything as organized and complete in presentation as you do, but for now, I’m mostly sitting in inspiration and planning for the future.

  10. Nice going with blog and a happy blogday to you! Keep up the good work it’s always a joy to have a good read of your hobby exploits πŸ™‚

  11. I’ll confess that I am a serial reader but have only commented once before and if I am going to enter into your bargain there is no better post to start commenting on than this. Congratulations on 7 years. You have done some amazing stuff, particularly in the last year. Long may your hobby inspiration continue!

  12. What a brilliant post! No doubt to everyone’s surprise I have Advanced Heroquest which, like yourself, I bought when it was sold off cheap in a supermarket after Christmas. Played it for years! Really like what you’ve done with the figures and happy birthday!

  13. Well done on seven years of (very inspirational) blogging! Great work on those Hero Quest models, you’ve managed to blend both retro and modern influences there to great effect. I hadn’t realised that Hero Quest is thirty this year – I’m pretty sure I have a couple of miniatures from it kicking around somewhere, I think you’ve inspired me to get them painted up in honour of the anniversary.

  14. Congrats on seven years man that’s great. I opened up an IG account about a year ago. I enjoy it for the inspiration but it doesn’t compare to blogging/blogs. I find there’s a real sense of community in the blogosphere which is the best thing about it. Keep up the great work mate

  15. Happy Huntsday mate!

    Looking forward to the next seven years! πŸ˜‰
    The HeroQuest models are nice. You did a nice paintjob and I think the choosen colours are absolutly fitting this old school theme. Especially the bright shining wizard. This reminds me of the first White Dwarfs I saw. Nostalgia-mode on!

    I never owned a copy of this game and never got in touch with it. I saw a lot of these models this year, but I thought they were classic Warhammer minis. Now I know better.

    Thank you for all the inspiration, and the enormous effort and passion which you still share on this blog! And thanks for the shout out to my blog. I really, really appreciate this!

    • Thanks a lot, Lars! But seriously, you didn’t know HeroQuest before? I always considered it as a rite of passage of sorts, for tabletop wargamers of a certain age. I would advise you to get your hands on a set ASAP, if they weren’t so darn expensive these days.

  16. I’m amazed that you managed to get such old models that you put paint on years before to look so good! Great job!
    I wonder if I have any Battlemaster models left, as that was my first step into the hobby.

    • Haha, yeah, Battlemaster – or “Claymore Saga”, as it was marketed in Germany. I still have that box knocking about as well, although in far worse shape than my HeroQuest set. The models perfectly fit the HeroQuest scale, too, even if they are a bit rough around the edges in hindsight.

      • I found the canon from that kit the other day, first model I ever painted, its now a base decoration for a rat swam for my Skaven

      • The cannon and crew were actually pretty neat — so much so, in fact, that they saw use in several Warhammer games I had back in the day. It seemed smarter than coughing up the sizeable price for a metal Empire gun, when plastic kits were still a rarity back then…

      • I seem to remember they had really detailed chest plates. I’m going to have to look in my bits box!

  17. Going back to your start is a great way to celebrate your blogaversinary.

    Love what you have done with the old figures.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  18. Happy blog birthday!

    I have a question for you-with those old painted models, did you just paint over them and redo the paint jobs somehow, or did you have to end up stripping them down? I’m always curious to hear how people handle painted minis that they want to repaint!

    • Hmm, for me it mostly depends how “thick” the layer of old paint is: For the Wizard and Advanced HeroQuest models, it was thin enough that I simply carefully painted over it because stripping them would have been too much of a hassle. That being said, I have a couple of HeroQuest models that were so caked-in with horrible, goopy paint that I simply had to strip them.

  19. Happy birthday to the most furious german blog !
    Congrats on all the work you do to maintain this place. It is always a pleasure to pop around and read your posts.

    cheers,

    morback

  20. remi hoegeli Says:

    The lurking mob is reading ! Keep up the good work for us all !

  21. Lovely paint jobs on these golden oldies! The marble effect on the wizard’s staff looks especially great, along with that dwarf’s great big bushy beard. Here’s to 7 more years!

  22. Congrats on 7 years, and I love the before and after shots of those Heroquest figures!

  23. “I’ll use my BROWD SOWD!”

    Happy birthday, dude!

  24. Happy 7th birthday! I think I’ve been lurking here for most of that time, although to my shame I haven’t commented as I should have.

    Always fun to see how people got started in the hobby. For me it was seeing an old bloodthirster on the shelf of a friend. I believe it was the one prior to the one you did a while back. Looked kinda like an angry winged dog with a pot on his head. It was the coolest thing I’d ever seen back then.

    Well done updating the paintjob on these old models. Now I’m inspired to go back and revisit a few of the classic monopose chaos warriors I’ve still got lying around.

    • Cheers, mate! That sounds like the Bloodthirster that was basically the template for the HeroQuest Gargoyle! In fact, “J’ai un planning chargΓ©” (from my blogroll) recently painted one of those, I believe.

      And yeah, you should give those Chaos Warriors a try — they are great for practicing edge highlighting! πŸ™‚

  25. Happy birthday to the blog and congrats for keeping the blog going for so long! Here’s to the next seven!

    Your HeroQuest project looks fun, and you’ve definitely done a great job updating the old paintjobs. The dwarfs are especially eye-catching! Personally, I don’t have any nostalgia for the game or the models, as I wasn’t even born when it was released, but I can certainly appreciate a good restoration job! I myself have been eyeing my Battle for Macragge box and reacquiring missing bits (and probably getting modern multipart kits for the tyranids).

    And regarding the state of blogging, I’ll definitely keep reading blogs and liking them (though in the old fashioned way:), and trying to comment whenever I can. And to toot my own horn a bit, I’m one of those that started a mini blog this year!

    • Cheers for the comment, mcmattila! It’s so weird to me to consider that there are hobbyists who didn’t get into the hobby by way of HeroQuest. the Lone Wolf books and similar stuff from back in the day — Gawd, I must be getting old πŸ˜‰

      What I loved about the Maccrage box were the terrain pieces and that pilot model — made up for the less than exciting armies πŸ˜‰

      Oh, and thanks for pointing me towards your blog! I am definitely going to have a look! πŸ™‚

  26. Thalenchar Says:

    Good luck with a very cool project that I’ll follow eagerly!

  27. Many happy returns! Thank you for continuing to entertain and inspire with your conversions, painting and thought!

    The minis look great, feels like this is the right type of nostalgia πŸ™‚ I look forward to seeing how you handle the undead and, of course, the gargoyle! Reading how you got into the hobby sounds oh so very familiar…

    Of course, next year your blog will turn 8… Blood for the Blood God? πŸ˜€

    • Ha, yes! Coincidence that Krauty’s been building Nurgley bits this year? A return to the brazen throne would be a great way to celebrate next year πŸ™‚

    • Cheers, FirBholg! You won’t have to wait long for those undead, I can promise, you πŸ˜‰

      As for next year, I am quite aware of the auspicious number — I’ll think of something πŸ˜‰

  28. Awesome project…looking forward to seeing more πŸ™‚

  29. Mojo_jojo Says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary! I’m always amazed at home the old minis really benefit from a modern paint job. Great work.

    • Haha, yeah, even though part of the paintjob consists of suggesting detail that may not actually be there in the sculpt πŸ˜‰

      At the same time, it felt like those hero models lend themselves really perfectly to being painted well, with just a bit of diligence. I had great fun painting them!

  30. PickaxeJunky Says:

    I love your heroquest content, so many memories of that game!

    The elf and wizard are particularly good!

    Well done on 7 years of blogging, here’s to 7 more!!

  31. Jeff Vader Says:

    Congratulations mate!

  32. […] A blog about KrautScientist's wargaming exploits « Seven years of blogging — and a return to the very beginning […]

  33. […] KrautscientistΒ from theΒ Eternal Hunt has gone old-school for his Neglected Models in February, by beginning a cool little project – painting the entire set of models from the original 1989 HeroQuest Boardgame with his 2019 painting skills. First up we have the four player-character heroes. […]

  34. Delayed as hell, but what the hell! A very impressive set of model renovations here, mate. You’ve certainly done a great job here on updating and redoing those old HQ and AHQ models!

  35. […] at least, from the efforts ofΒ fellow blogger KrautScientist, who’s been busy painting up an entire set of HeroQuest miniatures (if you haven’t seen this project I highly recommend you check it out at once, the combination […]

  36. oliver kemp Says:

    Hey brother, its Olli (weltenlaeufer) from the Ol Inn! What an epic blog, I am super impressed seeing all your other work here! I wanted to ask you if you could please share the colors you used for your elf and barbarian? I worked myself up to the heroes and they stand before me as the next challenge and I dont want to screw them up! πŸ™‚ Would be great! I hope all is well, I gonna keep checking in here for your other painting projects! Such an inspiring work! Cheers!

    • Cheers, mate!

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner over at Ye Olde Inn! As for your question, off the top of my head, the paint list kinda looks like this:

      Elf:

      – undercoated with Mournfang Brown (spray can)
      – base colours: Mephiston Red for the jerkin, Deathworld Forest for the green parts, Bugman’s Glow for the skin, Doombull Brown for the leather parts, Retributor Armour for the golden parts, Leadbelcher for the sword and any grey you like for the hair.

      Then a black wash for the red areas and hair, a brown wash for the gold and leather, a green/brown wash for the green areas and a wash of Ogryn Flesh (or Reikland Fleshshade) for the skin.

      The go back with the original colours to add highlights. Except for the skin, where the highlights are added using Cadian Fleshtone, and the hair, where a lighter grey/white is used. Oh, and I also added a slight “magic” glow to the sword blade by adding a thin glaze of thinned Vallejo Magic Blue.

      The Barbarian is tougher because I painted him a couple of years ago — that being said, I would basically use the same skin recipe I just described for the Elf, as well as some browns and greys for the boots and fur loincloth. The skin is the most important part to get right, so I’d recommend spending some extra time on it, with maybe an added extra highlight or two.

      Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

    • P.S. Also, make sure to take your time on these! You only get one of each, so make them count! πŸ™‚

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