A long time ago, in a galaxy.....well this one actually...there were a whole heap of boardgames produced which came with vaste swathes of plastic playing pieces. Recently the number of board games that come in this format are pretty slim, but that doesn't make them any less playable then they were back in the 80's and 90's when they were first released.
in this slow burning project log i'm going to try to gather and paint up model collections from these games, sometimes i'll recreate a game using modern models and a better understanding of how to make a board.
Each of these games has a defined list as to the contents of the game so i will have a very specific list of items whch i need to work on.
To kick things off, and because Humakt has allowed me to use these project as an army in this year's army painting challenge im going to start with Heroquest.
First i'll give you a little background.
Herosquest was a game created in 1989 by a collaboration of Games Workshop and the (Now part of Hasbro) Milton Bradley games.
...see. The date difference is due to a reprint of the rules.
It came with Citadel miniatures as playing pieces and was essentially a stripped down dungeon crawl game. It predates the extremely similar warhammer Quest game by 5 years (another board game which may feature in this series at some point down the line). Whilst there was some scope for long narratives, with certain items being carried through to the next map on completeion of each gamign session, there was no leveling system per se.
I'm a big fan of HeroQuest, fact is that it's the first time i've ever had the option of painting a model, aside from the ubiquitous airfix spitfire. I have fond memories of my family gathering on a Saturday to paint the models, have dinner and then play a game before "Noels house Party" came on the TV. Unfortunately my origional set saw too much use and damge to still be savable, models were missing, the board had water damage etc etc.
Fortunately i managed to pick up a new one at a second hand shop nearby. And it was in near perfect condition.
With that in mind i plan to paint all of the models and dungeon furnishings and then leave the game more or less in its virgin state.
A year give or take, depending on how well i get on in the AP challenge.
After looking over the contents it turns out that the box i bought not only includes everything for the origional game, but also two of the expansion sets, "Return of the witch lord" and "Kellar's Keep". This means that there are more miniatures to paint then would have been in the box origionally. I'll be painting all of these and therefor completing the two expansions at the same time.
Also none of the Skeletons are present in the contents picture, they were being undercoated at the time.
Ready, Set, go:
Okay so i've started by just workign on the skeletons, there are 12 of them once you consider the expansion. And i've smashed through these in short order.
Next up: Maybe mummies....get through the undead