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Harry does HeroQuest
04/16/15 at 5:33am
 
Hi all,

My name is Harry. I am Harry on Warseer and the Oldhammer Forum.
With the HeroQuest Anniversary last year and the Twisting catacombs Kickstarter just around the corner ... I decided it was time to give HeroQuest the attention it deserves.
I have posted this elsewhere but I thought I would sign up here to share my efforts with you guys.

All the best,
Harry

At Oldhammer Day 2014 a very fine fellow indeed turned up with the most beautiful homemade HeroQuest set.
At the heart of this was a 3D board. It was quite something ... not made with Hirst art blocks ... this one was laser cut. It was somehow made by taking a photograph of the board and then clearly some sort of magic was involved .... :? (Perhaps it's maker will post on this thread and explain a little bit more about how such things are done).

Anyway ... I managed to get him to make another one and with the promise of a night of mad passion with my sister ... it was mine.

I had always fancied a 3D board but all that mucking about and expense with Hirst art blocks was more trouble than I could face ..... but this was ready to go ... it just needed a paint job.

... and here it is (Undercoated):

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Those of you who know this board well will see that it is not quite a HeroQuest board .... very subtly different here and there and the key differences are that the squares a bit bigger ... perfect for a 25mm base and the corridor around the edge is a double square instead of a single ... (which are the two things I would have done to improve the HeroQuest board) ... oh, and the rooms are upside down. I can only guess this was done so that it is a NOT a HeroQuest board. (again I am sure its maker can elaborate).

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I have spent a long time looking at it trying to decide exactly what i wanted to do with it. I was really keen to do it in the style of some of GW's old floor plans but much as I tried I just couldn't help myself .... I had to paint it as a Heroquest board.

However, I always found the original a bit .... Bright. So I just tried to paint it 'toned down' a bit...a bit more 'natural. So it is still a HeroQuest board just a bit 'softer' ... a bit 'quieter'.

Anyway I found myself with a weekend with not much on ... so in between family stuff ... Here is where I am after a two days painting ... still loads to do .... got to finish painting the corridors and then add all the 3D stones and bones and blood splatters etc that detail the original. I also have to finish the gold trim ... several highlights to go. i confess I am still not sure i have gone the right way with this. I keep thinking i should have stuck to the stone greys of the original board ... I just thought the gold might make it look a bit ...posh. Smiley

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Here are some close ups of the rooms with the board on top ... so you can see the the slightly more 'toned down' effect I have gone for ... you will see my blue/greys are not quite so blue and my yellow/browns are not quite so yellow ... the red/browns not so red.

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Re: Harry does HeroQuest
Reply #1 - 04/17/15 at 3:39am
 
Nice work.
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Reply #2 - 04/29/15 at 3:06pm
 
That's really cool. So this is laser cut onto wood, yeah?

I'd imagine that the laser cutter either only wants to take black and white files (so it can tell what to cut and what to leave open) or a vector file that does the same. So the scan of the board is run through a filter in Photoshop that converts it to just black and white, which allows you to choose how much of the darker parts become black, or done through Illustrator in a similar manner, but turned into vector artwork instead of a black and white bitmap.
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Reply #3 - 05/18/15 at 8:14am
 
That is totally awesome!!

A night of mad passion with your sister, huh?
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Reply #4 - 06/10/15 at 1:58am
 
I love that you even painted in the shadows cast from the "walls".  Nice job!
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Reply #5 - 01/01/16 at 10:18pm
 
That's a sweet freaking board!!!
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