Thursday, 11 January 2018

Huzzah my HQ Dashboards have arrived!


"What is he going on about?" I can hear you think. Well I will tell you. My Heroquest craze has prompted me to join 2 Heroquest related Facebook groups. Some time ago I spotted an Italian HQ player (Leonardo Carlaccini) who made custom Dashboards to put all your cards and paper gear on. At first I thought this to be superfluous, we had only played a few games and did not have more than one card each (mostly bottles of potion which you would use immediately anyway) and thus such a dash was not necessary.
But as we progressed in the extension games both at home and at the schoolclub, players started accumulating wargear, spells and potion in an alarming rate. So now I could see the need for such a dashboard.

I ordered the Big Classic Pack and it arrived today! It is totally awesome. There's 4 dashboards for the Heroe players, two separate spell-holders and 4 "bags" for wargear and other equipment.

The dashboard has a space for the main character card, armour card, headgear card, left- and right hand and inventory.

In the left hand corner there are a lot of dials which can be used to keep track of the Body- Mind- and attack/ defence points/ dice. Little integrated wheels make it possible to adjust those stats if necessary.

In short: these are brilliant accessories for the game. Leonardo has also programmed a Card generator with which you can make your own Character, monster and other cards for the game. Languages are currently English and Italian but Spanish will follow soon.

I can heartily recommend both Leonardo's products as well as his service!

Cheers Sander

Saturday, 6 January 2018

More Heroquest over at AHPC


Over at the AHPC blog you can watch my second post which is coincidentally Arthur's first Challenge entry.

Cheers Sander

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Happy New Year!


As is proper I wish all you guys the very best for 2018!

I also would like to let you know there's a small post up at the "other" blog.

Cheers Sander

Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 a Review.


As promised, I will try to recount the fairings of the year of 2017 which will end tonight at 24:00 o Clock. Let us start with the amount of figures painted:

1) Napoleonics: 67, most of these during the AHPC7 and almost all 1:72 troops.
2) Victoriana: 15 figures and 1 vehicle were finished this year all in 28mm scale.
3) WW2:  17 figures, these are 28mm Dutch troops from the 1940 Blitz.
4) 28mm of general description 6 figures and 1 vehicle were done.
5) CBT: just a meagre 4 mechs were painted, this I will have to remedy in 2018.
6) 28mm Fantasy: 34 of these were done, mostly for Heroquest.
7) 25mm Star Wars figures: 2
8) Colonial 1:72: 6
9) Dark Ages: 63
10) GIJoe: 71 figures and 19 vehicles
11) Indian Mutiny: 35
12) Heroquest: 104

What does this mean? Well the most evident winners are Heroquest and GIJoe, that much is obvious. But the foremost conclusion of this counting must be that I am shifting from 1:72 scale figures towards 28mm figures. This is a change I have long been able to prevent since I could always do all I wanted to game or collect in cheap 1:72 figures. I still like big games with sweeping lines of cavalry and infantry, but the lack of players in my immediate vicinity has caused a lack of interest in this area. Also the fact that figures based for skirmish games and more than one rule-set and therefore in more efficient numbers, are something I really like doing since the result is faster and more complete. Will anyone ever finish their French Napoleonic force? Or 7YW Austrian/ Prussian one?

I will try to bring the love for 1:72 figures to life again with the Big Project in the present AHPC 8, but can make no promises. I will finish the 1:72 figures I have lying and will need to buy a whole load of new HäT French infantry for Salamanca when they arrive but from then on the focus will slowly move onto smaller, prominently, 28mm figure projects.

As far as gaming is concerned from the start of the schoolyear somewhere in August I have been able to get at least 1 HQ game in each week at school. In the weekends 1 or 2 games of HQ with Arthur have been done as well, so yeah I have gotten my fare share  of HQ gaming in 2017. As for other games, these were mostly at the Poldercon (i.e. 3 games) and I will be going there again in February. I also played two X-wing games with Mark and that pretty much wraps up my gaming. Now there are loads of bloggers that would tell themselves after seeing this low game-activity that they would endouver to get more games in during the new year. I won't! I will play whenever and whatever is put on my path and am otherwise very content with painting figures and scenery.
My Birthday is coming up and I have a whopper of a present planned for myself, okay that sounds wrong. I mean I have asked family and friends for a contribution for a whopper of a present which I will then buy and try to get finished soon. It is a whole load of scenery usable with several of the projects I have running now.

More on that soon!

For now all I can say is: have a Happy New Year and let's see each other in 2018 for more painting and gaming fun!

Regards Sander

Friday, 29 December 2017



There's no better end to the year than a regular review, I am saving that for tomorrow. Okay to be honest there are far better ends to any year, but as far as the hobby goes a review in which you can look back to goals achieved and ones to look forward to is pretty nice.

 Noble son number 1 Arthur thinking about his next move

That said, this post will, yet again, concern itself with Heroquest or HQ for short. Somehow this little game sparked something in me. Whether it is my inner child that is chuffed to bits with being able to find a decent use for all those long forgotten minis lying around around, or the gamer in me that rejoices about at least 1 game a week at the school club.
Or even the collector, who is eagerly searching the net for bargains of Oldhammer figures to be used or the rare "true" HQ find like the illusive extensions. It seems that many gamers have been lucky finding the extensions in second hand shops in the UK. Well no-go for me! We do have those shops but there are no HQ games to be found there. So what? I hear you think, weeeell while you can download pretty much all the paper content of any thinkable extension for the game, it does not beat the feel of the original box and the figures in your hands. At this moment I am the proud owner of:
- 2 basic boxed games (the game-system) 1 at home and 1 at school.
- 1 Kellar's Keep extension
- 1 Return of the Witchking extension
- 1 Wizards of  Morcar extension
- 1 Advanced Heroquest box set
- 2 x half box of classic Warhammer Quest

So yeah I would really like to get my grubby paws on any of the other extensions like Against the Ogre Hordes or the Barbarian- or Elf Quest packs. The prices those seem to go around for are ridiculous, go to Ebay and look for yourself. There are boxes tagged for $1200,- and I even saw a HQ stickeralbum go by, for which $5000,- was asked...that is waaaay beyond me to be sure!

Now on Friday December 22nd I hosted a major game at the school club for the pupils to enhance their characters and for me to try the rules out at a more skirmish- and out-of-the-Dungeon level. We have two "fellowships" at the club, one which we jokingly call the "Young Hounds" and the other, erm well... the "Old Dogs". Both were now playing on the same table with a more regular wargame scenic lay-out.

I had prepared briefings with personal goals and background stories for each member.

And yes I have Lord Kitchener and Lord Vader hanging next to each other in my classroom ;-)  To recount the entire story that was played out and explain all outcomes would take too long so I won't do that here, but I do have some impressions of the game in progress. I didn't have much time to take many pics, what with trying to DM 8 people in at least 3 locations at once, but hey here they are.

The rules were basically those of the main game-system with some additions and small changes like instead of rolling 2d6 to see how many squares you can walk you now roll and walk that many inches. Simple enough.

So what did the adventurers gain in this Christmas Quest?
Well first up, everyone was awarded 10 gold pieces for each monster killed, with thanks from the local populace.

The Old Dogs:
Sir Olwyn of Farthingale (yeah I know ;-)  achieved his main goal of freeing Farthingale of Wights and became it's lord. He also gained one Bodypoint.

Sir Skyrithm (for your information: the names were made up by the kids not me!) found a necklace which would have protected him from any magic used against him, but he sold it for 300 goldcoins. He also gained 1 BP.

Sir Jonas Paladin of the Order of the Lion was promoted to Commander in his order, for giving them the necklace he bought off Skyrithm. and also got an extra Bodypoint.

Baroness Blackwood was able to protect a lockingstone to a portal to the Warp and thus prevent a major Chaos incursion. Therefore she gained 1 Mindpoint, handy for all future spells.

The Young Hounds:
Dame Glacia of Clan Redwinter found a Dagger of Frost which functions as a Wand of Recall (i.e. you can use two spells each turn instead of 1)

Icicles, Guardian of the Power of Ice was able to acquire an henchmen for free.

Erofillios of the Rangers (again: I know!) gained a mind point but was also possessed by a Chaos Deamon which will manifest itself if, at the start of each following Quest he will roll a 1 on a D6.

Sir Hadrian rooted out the Chaos coven that had desecrated the Temple of Taal in Ardglass village. He then spent a turn in prayer before the altar and gained, yup you've guessed it, another BP.

Surprisingly both Glacia, Icicles and Erofillios turned to the Dark Side and became followers of the Dark Gods. This will make future Quests rather interesting...

These games at the school club really made for a highlight in the work-week as you can imagine. The kids all are so funny and really get into the thick of things without the whining that is so common in modern day youth.

So that's it for now, but I do hope that from this you have gleamed a bit of why I like this game so much. Although after so many weeks of DM-ing I would like to get some time in as a player as well ;-) 

Cheers Sander

Wednesday, 27 December 2017



Honestly, I did plan a post to wish you all the best for Christmas, truly I did! But I rather simply forgot... Great fun with the family and a not so great day spending getting rid of something bad I ate prevented this I suppose.

Anyway, we're back again and for today the first post at the AHPC is up for your approval.

More posts will follow soon!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

AHPC 8...


Well an update is long overdue I suppose. While work and sickness in the family  have not permitted  me to spent much time on the hobby, a lot has been happening.

For starters I have the honour of being asked  to participate in this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge not as apunter but as Minion. It goes without saying that I am mighty pleased with this highest of hobby accolades.

See the CHALLENGE link.

Arthur and I will enter the Challenge  together as well, me for a modest 1000 points  and the lad for 50, an amount which his concentration  might actually permit him to achieve. If minioning allows I will up the amount.

While I will surely paint figuress for all my running projects, the main focus of this year's  Challenge will be my "BIG" project: Salamanca  1812.
This will see me paint lots of 1:72 Peninsular War plastics and the occasional  metal special figure. I hope to get the larger part of my Allied 3rd division done by the Challenges end.

So you see, quite a lot of exiting stuff to look forward  to!

Cheers Sander