#HeroQuest2019: The Walking Dead

More #HeroQuest 2019 this week — after completing a bunch of Orcs, I turned my eyes to all of the undead creatures appearing in HeroQuest. And I still remember how I was very much in love with the undead models back when I first received the game: I had a huge thing for skeletons back then, for some reasons (I blame Masters of the Universe), and I still remember simply being blown away when I saw John Blanche’s “Skeleton Horde” illustration on the back cover of HeroQuest’s “Return of the Witch Lord” expansion quest book:

“Skeleton Horde” by John Blanche

Once again, I had already painted some test models back in 2014, and my testers also featured a proof of concept for each of the undead creatures appearing in the game:

Of those three, I liked the Zombie the best, so that’s where I started — I also feel the Zombie is one of the best monster sculpts to appear in the HeroQuest box: It’s such a deceptively simple model, but between the effective pose, the sinister looking weapon, and the surprising amount of detail, this guy is really one of my favourites. Maybe that’s the reason because one of the HeroQuest Zombies was the very first model I have ever tried to paint:



My first painting steps notwithstanding, I was still pretty happy with my 2014 proof-of-concept:

So I decided to stick to the original recipe fairly closely. Unfortunately enough, I was not quite able to match the greenish tinge of the skin, seeing how it was originally achieved by using an old GW Green Ink that has since dried up for good. I still did my best to make the models look suitably moldy, though, and here’s what I ended up with:

Funnily enough, I painted these while watching Christopher Odd’s playthrough of the Resident Evil Remake on YouTube, which seemed like a pretty good match πŸ˜‰

As you can see, I once again added some variation to their clothes, so as not to end up with six models that were completely alike. Oh, and I allowed myself one small kitbash, swapping in an axe blade from an old Warhammer Skeleton kit. The weapons have that certain HeroQuest clunkiness, so I think it works rather well:

So with the Zombies finished, I next turned my attention to the Skeletons.

For the 2014 test model, I used a very simple approach of brushing the bone colour directly onto the brown undercoat:

It seemed like a good idea at the time, and if nothing else, it made for a bit of contrast on the model. It also led to a somewhat dirty and dusty look, however, and I really wanted to look my Skeletons look much more bleached, and maybe a tad cleaner. So for the new models, while I still used drybrushing, I went for a lighter colour overall and basecoated the entire Skeleton in GW Rakarth Flesh before washing and drybrushing. And I think it worked pretty well:

Here’s a direct comparison between the old and new recipe, and I think the new approach works far better:

The rusty scythe was definitely a keeper, though, so I kept the look πŸ˜‰

What was really nice was how quickly I was able to bang out eight Skeletons (and I’ll even need another for to have everything I need to play the “Return of the Witch Lord” expansion). Here they are:

And finally, the mummies. Once again, there was a 2014 version…

…and while it worked well enough, I felt the models needed a little more contrast. So I threw in an extra drybrushing stage (and used a general recipe very close to that of the new Skeletons). Anyway, these guys were probably the quickest of the bunch to be finished, and I am pretty happy with them:

So all in all, this means another bunch of models for HeroQuest and a whopping twenty models to cross off my list. Take a look at my little undead army here:

Oh, and since those models were all painted back in February, I’ll consider them another contribution to Azazel’s “Neglected Models” challenge one again πŸ˜‰

Truth be told, there’s actually one more undead model that I haven’t shown to you yet — but that’s a subject for another time, as I would say the …gentleman in question very much deserves his own post…

Until then, I would of course love to hear what you think, so drop me a comment! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more! πŸ™‚

26 Responses to “#HeroQuest2019: The Walking Dead”

  1. Brilliant mate – it’s incredible to see how well these old minis have held up!

    • Cheers, Alex! In spite of the rather cheap production, I still consider those HeroQuest models all-time greats, mostly for how quintessentially they embody the respective characters (or creatures) and for how well they work around their very own limitations (one-piece mono-pose). Also, the silhouettes are great in that they instantly tell you what kind of creature/character you are looking at.

  2. dochalf Says:

    Great rust on those scythes ! The mummies are awesome too. Now, I’m starting to feel a growing urge to paint my untouched box…
    There is also a great unity in this whole bunch of models which suits them very much and adds a great atmospheric feel to the whole gang.
    And you had excellent color tastes as a beginner painter πŸ˜‰

  3. That is a striking amount of finished models so far!

    The zombie is indeed a very cool model and I really like the less greenish skintone on them. The newer drybrush recipe for your skelletons and for the mummies is ace!

    I also like the contrast of the used saturated colours for these little villains in comparison to your more colourful heros. Great work!

    I’m really looking forward to catch more of your retro vibes soon!
    And please let me know how you painted the rusted scythe πŸ˜‰

    • Cheers, mate! That is very kind of you to say! It makes sense, of course, for the models to be slightly scruffier — and also a bit more subdued, seeing how they aren’t the main characters here πŸ˜‰

      As for the rusty scythes, that was really easy! They were (spray-)undercoated with Mournfang Brown, stippled with Typhus Corrosion, then I sponged on some Ryza Rust, and finally picked out the edges and added some scratches with Leadbelcher — done!

  4. Very good depth in painting, especially since the casts back then wasn’t as sharp, like more rounded and flat if that makes sense?
    Anyhoo, great stuff!

    • Cheers, man! Yeah, that does make sense, especially since you can actually see a difference between the (few remaining) models from my first HQ box (generally a bit sharper) and from the second one — I guess some of the molds must have been pretty battered by then πŸ˜‰

  5. They all look fantastic- grubby but without being obscured.



  6. I used to love the skeletons most of all other monsters’ models, except maybe for the chaos warriors, but here I am extremely conflicted: you did a great job on all of them, but the mummies stand out from the rest in my opinion. Can’t wait to see the remaining models painted!

    • Yeah, same here — come to think of it, I think I had a bit of a thing for Skeletons back then…

      • I really think that piece of artwork from the John Blanche was one of the main reasons for this feeling towards skeletons in my case (and oh, how hard were those missions on the expansions!)

      • Too true! It always reminded me of classical paintings from Breughel et al. featuring tons of skeletons, and I’m pretty sure the similarity was completely intentional.

  7. I love that somebody decided that those skeletons’ skulls should be sculpted with a mischievous expression. It was a different time, I guess!

    Lovely job on these, those rusty scythes look mean.

  8. PickaxeJunky Says:

    Great stuff again.

    The zombie is one of my favourite models from the game. I like the flesh tones you’ve gone for.

    One thing I will say is that giving the tattered trousers/shorts a blue colour makes them look a little bit like jorts, especially with the chunky belt, which gives your zombies a kind of modern hipster vibe.

    I’m guessing you kept to the colour scheme on the monster cards, though? So maybe it’s just me.

    Still loving the heroquest content!

    • Cheers for the comment! As for the Zombie trousers, it was actually a mix of wanting to match the artwork and going for a neutral colour that seemed suitably Zombie-ish — that being said, the hipster vibe makes the choice even better, if you ask me πŸ˜‰

  9. Very nicely done! They all look much crisper now, particularly the mummies! The rusty scythes look great!

  10. […] then, Krautscientist turned out a very impressive three sets of Undead from the game. The Zombies, Skeletons and Mummies. I have to say that especially on these sculpts, […]

  11. […] a way, all of the greenskins and undead I have painted for my #HeroQuest2019 project so far have mostly been a preparation for the models I […]

  12. Once again, these models look great, and I have to echo what others have said about how great that rust effect on their weapons looks.

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