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Friday, July 29, 2016

Heroquest Nano

First of, as you can see, Planet Ares VI is branching out into fantasy, doesn't mean I've given up on scifi just broadening my horizons ;-)

I actually started this project more than a year ago but it got packed up when we moved to our new house. Fast forward to about a week ago when I ordered a copy of a new 6mm dungeon crawler called Pocket Quest which caused me to dig it out again and finally finish it.

Ok enough history lessons, "Get on with it!"

If you want to play Heroquest you need a board.
Being the magnet nut that I am I decided to build mine completely out of magnetic paper.

then I painted it using sponges for the larger areas and a size 0 brush for the details.

On to the the minis.
I sent an email to Steven Salotti over at Microworld Games and asked if he would make a special Heroquest pack for me as I only needed a few of each type of figure.
Got a reply the same day saying "no problem" and "which minis would I like?" 
Here's what I ended up ordering:

8 Orcs (orc warriors)

6 Goblins (goblin warriors)

3 Fimir (dread ogers?)

4 Chaos Warriors ( Alliance Destroyers)

1 Chaos Warlock ( dark alliance command sorcerer )

1 Gargoyle (minotaur lord)

4 Skeletons (skeleton spearmen)

2 Zombies ( zombies or ghouls)

2 Mummies (wraiths ?)

1 Barbarian ( alliance barbarian)

1 Dwarf (dwarf berserker)

1 Elf (wood elf hero)

1 Wizard (wood elf sorcerer)

As you can see I had to make some allowances as certain models were not available at that time and I had to pick something that would feel similar.
On the other hand at $13.50 USD for all the minis shipping USA to Belgium included, I don't really mind buying more later if anything better should pop up.(Microworld have since released an awesome figure for the gargoyle in their demons line) 
They arrived 4 days!!! after I ordered them.

Here are the heroes: The elf, mage, dwarf and barbarian

Followed by the villains,

Everyones favourite badguys the Orcs

 Their orange skinned partners in crime the Goblins

The undead: skeletons, zombies and, because I couldn't find any mummies, specters

For some serious Evil, the Warlock and his Chaos Knights

Alas no 6mm Fimirs to be found so I decided to go with a trio of Ogers

And another placeholder until I find a good Gargoyle figure, the Minotaur King

Well thats the board and the minis sorted out, but what would Heroquest be without all the 3D senic bits?
Lots of senic bits!

16 open doors
5 closed doors
6 secret doors

2 double square cave in tiles
8 one square cave in tiles
1 set of stairs
6 pit traps
1 wizard's work table
2 ordinary tables
3 treasure chests
12 skull tokens

Bookcases and wardrobe

Torture and weaponrack

Altar and tomb

And finally after more than a year the fireplace, stone block traps(bronze plated for that extre Oomph!) and the chair.

And so now our heroes can finally move into their dungeon.

And there was much rejoicing...

Due to a combination of making them fit a certain amount of squares on the board and this being my first time working with Milliput some of the furniture turned out a bit to large, more like 10mm scale. Oh well, the original Heroquest pieces always looked a bit to large for the minis to me to so it doesn't really bother me.

Well that's it for the base game...       ...there were a bunch of cool expantions...      ...yeah I know ;-)

Ps: for those of you wondering why I went through all this trouble for such an old game, I can only direct you to this little youtube gem  Why Heroquest is so Great


  1. Cracking work on the 6mm goodness! It's got me rummaging around my bits boxes to see what I can do!

    If you are looking for 6mm scale mummies, I believe that Irregular Miniatures may make them. Don't be put off by the pics of their ranges as they do paint up rather amazingly!

    All the best!

    1. Cool I'd love to see what you come up with.
      Thanks for the tip on the mummies, although I have to say Irregular has been a bit of a hit or miss for me in the past.

  2. You sir are a wonder, this is briliant. Hmm milliput fimir, seeing as you seem pretty handy with the putty.

    1. Thanks, it may still come to that but I have since found some other Microworld figures that I think will do the trick with only minor conversion work needed so well see.

  3. Shiny! Which company produces those nice orcs?

    1. So far all the miniatures used are all from Microworld Games. They are really top notch and a joy to paint.

  4. Cracking work all round and takes me back to the original D&D in terms of feel:)

  5. What's the size of each square in the board for 6 mm miniatures and what's the size for basing 6 mm miniatures? All your work is awesome man I tink I'm going to make some miniatures.

    1. The squares are 10mm and the minis are based on 9mm disks which I punch out of magnetic paper using a craft punch.Hope that helps.
      If you have any more questions feel free to fire away.

    2. Can´t find in your page a tutorial for creating 6mm miniatures like soldiers or vehicles. Do you have any ?

    3. Sorry can't help you there, I'm actually looking for a good 6mm sculpting tutorial myself, lots of stuff out there for 28mm but it doesn't all translate well to 6mm.
      I've done 1 article on scratchbuilding a small mecha but that's about all, you can find it here

  6. This is impressive, congratulations I love it