"Painting the Dungeon" by Brian Wilk
If you are like me, I bet you love painting your miniatures as much as playing with them. I thought I would take a shot at painting my way through all the minis included in the HeroQuest game. I will be posting them weekly as I go along. Now, to be honest, I have been painting minis for as long as I can remember, but that does not mean I have gotten much better at it. Yes, I have acquired some tricks over the years and have had the honor and privilege of learning from some of the best. But I would say that the important things that I’ve come to know are that I must be patient, work in thin layers and wait for the paint to dry, and, if all else fails, a great wash can hide anything.
Now, a good benefit of painting these miniatures is that we get to test to make sure we are designing them to not just look great, but to really pick up the paint so that some areas of the model really pop. We wanted to make sure textures could be seen and highlighted with a brush and that the faces were well defined. We really pushed the iconography throughout the whole HeroQuest universe and this shows up in the details on the miniatures.
For me the best place to start was on the original dungeon décor, always such an integral part of HeroQuest. I chose the iron door, the throne, and the torture rack. Considering these were mostly made of cardboard in my older set, it was great to have them to paint now. I wanted them to look finely painted, to highlight some of the beautifully sculpted details, but also to show that they are in an underground dungeon. I wanted the torture rack to appear as if it had seen some serious action.
I cannot wait to share with you what I tackle next and I am excited get these into your hands so you can have as much fun with them as I have.