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    The Background:-
    So its 1991, we have gone to visit family friends and I've been informed its an overnight stay. I'm 7 years old so typically I go unprepared with no form of entertainment brought from home......... I turn up to 3 children about my age eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new friend, so I'm instantly dragged off upstairs to join in a game of HeroQuest. This was my first encounter with a dungeon crawl game, an RPG and citadel miniatures all rolled into one. The figures weren't painted, and the eldest boy took the role of the GM. I didn't have a clue what was going on and the fact we were all so young probably didn't help to make for a great game ( pretty sure we didn't play by the rules ha ha ) however, it still got me interested enough to request that should my Mum see this game at any second hand shops or boot sales that she visited regularly, to pick me up a copy. She never found one and soon I forgot about it, for a while at least...........
    Fast forward a little bit to late summer 1994. I moved house to a new area recently, made a new friend a few doors down, I'm at his house one day and i see his room for the first time. He shares it with his brother and I see a desk with some shelves displaying a few miniatures, and a load of paints and Warhammer games. I sit and study them for a while, and over the coming weeks I start talking to the older brother more and more, turns out he is willing to sell me a few duplicate paints he has laying around and a couple of miniatures he didn't want, so i go hand out to Mum, she respects my decision to want to purchase these items and hands over the cash,( god help her if she didn't, I could be a little **** for sure! )
    I paint the figures (pretty badly ) and eventually I go to games workshop for the first time armed with birthday and Christmas money that probably should of been for driving lessons 8 years from now but who cares I'm barely 10 years old. I buy loads of stuff on this first visit and subsequent visits after that, including but not limited to :-
    Warhammer 40k (not long been revamped so was the main feature they were selling at the time when I visited )
    White dwarf every month for 2 years
    almost every undead figure for Warhammer fantasy at the time, things like the Lichemaster, vampire lords, hundreds of various skeletons mummies ghouls ghosts horsemen chariots you name it, I had them.
    almost every special character for the dark angels and blood angels (but strangely i never had any vehicles, don't know why they didn't interest me )
    almost every paint available including washes inks and glazes. I loved those hexagon paints and even more so the round pots before those that i had bought a few of from that friend.
    I bought Codexs, supplements Add-ons, basically anything and everything I wanted to paint. despite all this, I never actually played a proper game of Warhammer fantasy or 40k. I had a few beginner games at games workshop on various occasions and with a few friends if i could rope them in, but just never really got into the gaming side of it. Anyway, whilst amassing this mighty mountain of armies to paint i never really found much time to paint them. most of it only ever got undercoated, bits and pieces might of had a base coat now and again and a poor attempt at some highlights, but the number of actually completed models probably stood at about less than 30 models out of several hundred. This pains me even to this day that i never took the time to finish hardly anything which brings me to Warhammer Quest. The one thing I had really wanted but didn't yet have was Warhammer Quest. This was advertised massively in white dwarf and in stores when it was released and I wanted it. so I got it, along with a lot of the add on character packs, and supplements as they got released. never finished a single model from this collection, and I was most ashamed of this, as i did actually manage to rope some friends into playing it with me a few times properly, unlike the other games. I really enjoyed it, and i should of been playing with finished miniatures. anyhow, as I hit my teens Warhammer was not a cool way to get girlfriends, and i promptly turned my attention to this aspect of life instead. so...... the painful bit. in a moment of madness, I know a guy whos stepdad collects war games stuff, but hes also an ebay seller, so I donate everything I have to him. absolutely everything, except one goblin I had finished to my best standard. ( not sure if i still have this but will try and dig it out if I can? )
    no idea what he did with it, but I'm still in touch with said gentlemen, and will ask him next time I see him, but i suspect it was ebayed on the most part, as his personal interest i later find out is historic military battles. anyway lets not talk about that anymore .................
    so, last time I painted a model was 1999. The year WQ was discontinued I later find out.

    Mission 1:- Find WQ
    I'm now 28 and still pissed off i never finished that WQ set, I don't know what prompted me exactly to look it up again after all this time but i did, and what i found out really amazed me. the price of brand new sealed versions of the game were going for between 180 and 400 on selling sites. although i didn't see many, i did see the one for 180 come and go, and i actually emailed a question about the item, but by the time i clicked send, the add had disappeared, and buy it now had been used by somebody to snap it up before i had chance. I wasn't that gutted at the time as i hadn't done my research too thoroughly and didn't realize it was a bargain. So, after a month of looking for a copy to no avail at a decent price ( i figured the game was 50 when new, i wasn't gonna pay more than 100 for a perfect copy now) so during my search i stumble upon HeroQuest. this brings back memories and i buy a copy for 40 in decent condition. 1 Fimir has his axe snapped, and 1 skeleton has his scythe snapped. the weapon rack needed gluing at one end and 1 dice was missing, but other than that it was near perfect. TBH, I wasn't too fussed about HeroQuest, my only thinking was the minis would be useful for when i got a copy of WQ and it would be an easier version of the game to start out should I ever wish to actually play a game . anyway i also picked up a used copy of black reach, which I had one intention for, practicing my paintwork in preparation for my main objective. after all its been years since I've picked up a paintbrush, and I was crap then, so how bad was i gonna be now ?
    so my stuff arrived, and I log on one day I see a WQ set has been listed 5 minutes ago. I instantly email the seller upon realizing it was basically in as good as condition as I could hope for from a 15 year old game. it goes something like
    " please do a deal with me I beg you, how much to buy it now?"
    " ermmm, I think I'll let the auction run as i have no idea of its value. good luck
    " please please please sell it to me, I'll give you 100 Paypal today right now"
    silence........
    morning comes.......
    "deal"
    he removes the listing and drives 30 miles to deliver. what a gent i thought. i asked him how much he paid, he said a tenner from the local charity shop, no wonder he was so happy but you know what i don't begrudge him, because he wasn't greedy, he could of held out and got double what i paid him but he helped me out and i got a bargain....... or so it turned out this was a pristine example of the game. in better condition than i could of imagined!!! pictures will show what a well cared for set this is.
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    Great story, and it's almost the same one you see time and time again on forums like these. We've all done it seemingly. Ditched the models to get girls then get all misty eyed about a misspent youth and back we go

    That sounds bloody jammy to get a mint copy for 100. I got mine for 60 but that was about 10 years ago and it was far from mint, you can't get a decent character pack for that these days. Don't even look at the price of the expansions! :O

    I'm on a similar quest myself if you fancy checking it out

    Anyway looking forward to seeing your progress!
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    Epic tale. Amazed you were so lucky to find a decent copy, but my god, I would never have been allowed in a shop again if I'd spent that much money when I was a kid, especially if I didn't actually use it ;-)

    WHQ is awesome, as you can play it as a board game that has potential to be something more, which makes it appealing to casual and more involved players. I think it's the most accessible GW has made, and a great choice to start tabletop games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S_A_T_S View Post
    Epic tale. Amazed you were so lucky to find a decent copy, but my god, I would never have been allowed in a shop again if I'd spent that much money when I was a kid, especially if I didn't actually use it ;-)

    WHQ is awesome, as you can play it as a board game that has potential to be something more, which makes it appealing to casual and more involved players. I think it's the most accessible GW has made, and a great choice to start tabletop games.

    I recommend Photobucket to store your photos for linking to here. It's free, pretty simple and provides the link codes next to each photo. Also, the Warseer photo function is pretty crappy. Can't wait to see your stuff!
    I'm dying to post pics but it keeps saying my post has to be moderated before it will show.......

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    Hmmm, might be because you have less than 10 total posts. Plenty of WHQ stuff in this sub-forum to comment on ;-)
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    Maybe your right....... i will add the pics in later.....

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    Still got the quality control ticket, original booklets, and some HQ furniture thrown In!

    Cards have homemade plastic cello tape bands to keep them tidy....

    cardboard insert to keep the figures and tokens neat and tidy. By previous owner

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    That is a thing of beauty!

    I am just in the process of ditching all my 40k, fantasy as I have become disenchanted with Games Workshop and no longer find the space or time to play the flagship titles. I am going to be starting up my loves of my youth (Quest, Bloodbowl and Necromunda) as well as a few games from 'lesser' companies. I will be following this closely.

    I too got rid of my Quest set when I was 15/16 (both expansions, think I got less the 30 for the lot) and now at 31 I practically weep at the prospect of rebuying, I think I may go a different route and build it from scratch.

    Good luck and I can't wait to see more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lardidar View Post
    That is a thing of beauty!

    I am just in the process of ditching all my 40k, fantasy as I have become disenchanted with Games Workshop and no longer find the space or time to play the flagship titles. I am going to be starting up my loves of my youth (Quest, Bloodbowl and Necromunda) as well as a few games from 'lesser' companies. I will be following this closely.

    I too got rid of my Quest set when I was 15/16 (both expansions, think I got less the 30 for the lot) and now at 31 I practically weep at the prospect of rebuying, I think I may go a different route and build it from scratch.

    Good luck and I can't wait to see more.
    After reading about some of the scratch built sets on here I did consider doing the same, but I needed to stay a bit realistic with my skills, free time, and most importantly my inability to finish anything! Some of the custom dungeons I've seen are really inspiring but one step at a time for me..... And unless your very savvy with your material finding i think the cost would probably stretch far further than just buying a set. I look forward to seeing your set come together and hope you post about it!

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    I've always found it difficult to throw away items from my youth - hence why my attic has the original STAR WARS figures, He-Man and the fairly rare D&D toys.

    I also am a proud owner of Warhammer Quest, and all the expansions and Warriors - in various states of painting but all played with (not trying to rub it in).

    I did throw out my Space Hulk, Heroquest and Space Crusade which I regret, but still retain my 2nd Edition Talisman and all the expansions.

    It's always good to see someone get a bargain for something they love and judging by the pictures the guy buying from the Charity shop had it for a steal, and you have had it for a very good price.

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    Mission 2:- Start Painting

    After taking those photos, I needed to make a start on some painting. First thing I was gonna need is some paints..........so, after being out of the game for so long, a lot had changed. Citadel had gone through 2 new paint ranges, meaning I was completely out of touch. After doing some Tinterweb research, I discovered Coat D'Arms. For those who don't know, these paints are manufactured by the original Citadel supplier HMG paints. It seemed logical I should go for a set of these as they work out about half the price of citadel paints (18 ml a pot instead of 12ml a pot too).



    I ordered the full set and they arrived relatively quickly, I'll talk more about the paints in detail later but next I needed some sort of storage system for the paint. Shopped around, couldn't find anything to hold that many paints in a small enough space for less than 60 delivered. **** that I thought, so off I went to B&Q.







    Now I'm no craftsman, and this is a ROUGH job haha, but still better than working out of boxes I think?

    Of course this all meant I could start some actual painting, and as I stated originally, I needed some practice, so I've been scouring the internet for painting guides tips tutorials, trouble is that most of these guides are written for GW paints or vallejo, which I have trouble in translating through into Coat d'arms. mainly because I don't know what the colours are suppose to look like having never owned the new paint sets....... anyway, I'm sure I will work it out.........

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    Excellent job on that rack ... I bought the back2basex set and it cost a fortune shipped from Australia, kind of regret it now.

    As for paint guides just go on roughly shade. Snot green is a mid tone, scorpion is a bright green. Thats how I do it ... it also helps to understand color when you're not using names to go by, the way you have the paints set up is great as you can see the pigment and not the name.

    Also that stand next to your desk is awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lardidar View Post
    Excellent job on that rack ... I bought the back2basex set and it cost a fortune shipped from Australia, kind of regret it now.
    As for paint guides just go on roughly shade. Snot green is a mid tone, scorpion is a bright green. Thats how I do it ... it also helps to understand color when you're not using names to go by, the way you have the paints set up is great as you can see the pigment and not the name.

    Also that stand next to your desk is awesome!

    Thanks for the kind words Lardidar. I think I saw those racks on Ebay but you're right, shipping is as much as the racks themselves! I'm pleased with how my home made version turned out, in hindsight there are a few things I would of done differently but hey ho, it does its job for now! Regarding paint colours, all I really need to do is go to a GW shop for the day armed with my paints and match them up to the current GW paint range as near as dammit. At least this way when a guide says use "seraphim sepia" or "agrax earthshade" I'll actually have a clue if they are talking about a red a blue or a green haha. At the moment I've been relying on the GW website to get a general idea of its colour from the swatch they provide, but sometimes its difficult to tell what colour it actually is on a laptop screen compared to real life. For now I'm using the coat d'arms websites triads listing for suggestions of colours to be used together. You can see for yourself in my next update how that has worked out........

    The stand next to my desk is quirky, I like it too, unfortunately its pretty unloved at my house, hence why its ended up in my hobby room along with all the other 'unwanted by the missus' pieces of furniture It does come in handy for standing models on to photograph though!

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    Very nice! Good call on the coat 'darms paints too. I've never used them but I've heard they are exactly the same as the old citadel ones. Wish I would have thought of that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuchulain84 View Post
    Very nice! Good call on the coat 'darms paints too. I've never used them but I've heard they are exactly the same as the old citadel ones. Wish I would have thought of that...
    Thanks Cuchulain84. They do seem to be as I remember the old citadel paints with a few minor tweaks, the whole set cost me 265 and seems to contain everything I'm going to need. Probably the fantasy range of 77 paints would have been enough but as a lazy painter (mostly using the paints straight from the bottle unless absolutely necessary to thin down) I wanted to be able to paint most shades and highlights without mixing colours. I am of course aware that this technique is not going to win me a Golden Demon competition but, I'm still learning so no doubt as my confidence and abilities (hopefully) improve I will need to stop taking shortcuts.

    Anyway, my first practice piece is a Space Marine from the Black Reach set. I hate painting Space Marines and this rapidly came back to me during the painting process!







    So.............. all in all it didn't come out brilliant! Ha ha never mind it was just to get me in the swing of things and at least I've set myself a nice low benchmark to improve on! I did learn some lessons from this;-
    Invest in a finer detail brush for edge highlighting
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    After my initial Space Marine I then made a start on another 8 of them. I figured I wasn't going to learn many new skills just painting those so got them to about half done before leaving them to finish off during drying time on some other models.



    Next up were the 2 broken HQ mini's, the Fimir and Skeleton Warrior.









    All good practice...... so I finished the Skeletons......





    Getting better but still need a bit more practice........

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    So hideously jealous of that painting set up - travelling presently, but that would so work for me when I stay put next time
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    I have been a very busy boy this month, and got plenty to update you on!
    First up, here are some pictures of the stuff I've been painting........




















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