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What specific color are the hero miniatures?

Postby hightechartist » Sunday July 28th, 2019 2:21pm

Hey there, has anyone ever color-matched the color of the hero miniatures to a specific model/mini paint color? I was going to print a couple of the extra heroes people have made and use unpainted minis that resemble said heroes to represent them, but I wanted to paint them the same color as the standard heroes for consistency.

I was thinking Reaper "9001 Red Brick" https://www.reapermini.com/search/red%2 ... test/09001

Anyone already know a good match from experience?
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Re: What specific color are the hero miniatures?

Postby Decipher » Sunday July 28th, 2019 2:49pm

I scanned the bases of each miniature at 300 dpi a while back and have color codes saved. For hero miniatures I found 440101 matched the best since I sampled it from the scan. The issue with trying to match colors is natural and artificial lighting and monitor settings will give different results.

440101 might not match your miniature's color on your monitor even though it does on mine.

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Re: What specific color are the hero miniatures?

Postby hightechartist » Sunday July 28th, 2019 9:45pm

Decipher wrote:I scanned the bases of each miniature at 300 dpi a while back and have color codes saved. For hero miniatures I found 440101 matched the best since I sampled it from the scan. The issue with trying to match colors is natural and artificial lighting and monitor settings will give different results.

440101 might not match your miniature's color on your monitor even though it does on mine.


Thanks! Now I just need to figure out what paint matches that color closest.
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Re: What specific color are the hero miniatures?

Postby Spookyhappyfun » Monday July 29th, 2019 11:18am

Also, bear in mind that not all of the minis have the same color for different versions of the game. They often varied by country, and sometimes even within different printings of the game in the same country.
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Re: What specific color are the hero miniatures?

Postby hightechartist » Monday July 29th, 2019 10:02pm

Spookyhappyfun wrote:Also, bear in mind that not all of the minis have the same color for different versions of the game. They often varied by country, and sometimes even within different printings of the game in the same country.

Hmm, good to know.

I held my mini up to the color posted and it seemed to be the same.
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Re: What specific color are the hero miniatures?

Postby Anderas » Tuesday July 30th, 2019 5:58am

Mine are much brighter, somehow. Is this one of the differences between EU and NA Game System?


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Re: What specific color are the hero miniatures?

Postby hightechartist » Tuesday July 30th, 2019 6:07am

Anderas wrote:Mine are much brighter, somehow. Is this one of the differences between EU and NA Game System?


It wouldn''t surprise me.

I've ordered a couple paints that are a near match, I'll try them and out and let you guys know if I found a match (at least for the US version).
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Re: What specific color are the hero miniatures?

Postby hightechartist » Sunday August 4th, 2019 7:45pm

Okay, so Reaper 09401: Dragon Red - MSP Bones High Density Pigment Miniature Paint is actually a pretty close match, at least to my North American GS set.
The hue is perfect, its just bit darker and more saturated. After mixing in a TINY bit of rainy grey I was able to make them close enough for my tastes.
It should be noted that a painted miniature with a coat of sealant doesn't refract light in the same way as the plastic that just is that color without paint, so the match looks less perfect depending on how the light is shining on them.

Here are my new hero options: Halfling, Gnome, Priestess, and Fighter, with the original color Barbarian in the middle for a comparison.
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Re: What specific color are the hero miniatures?

Postby Kurgan » Sunday December 13th, 2020 9:14am

Good stuff. You guys give a lot more attention to detail than I do. I just eyeball it and keep mixing paints until it looks pretty much right (wet vs. dry of course makes a difference and varnish tends to darken it). I grew up with the NA version, so as in the pic above, my Heroes are a dark red, almost burgundy, brick red color. In the years since becoming a frequenter of the Inn I've seen the brighter (almost neon) red ones rather than a blood red, and the red color used with the other red figures (Men at Arms and Ogre Warriors).

My monsters were dark green (kind of a pine green I guess in popular paint terms) but I've seen brighter/lighter green out there as well. My undead were a yellowish white. Yes, the plastic yellowed more with age but I've seen other examples and they're still not pure white... but I did get a few EU style Undead figures off ebay and they were much more white (like off white, rather than parchment or light yellow).

Oddly I've also seen that there are rare black variants of various figures. Yes, often times its just that somebody has "primed" one of their figures and so its just paint, but I have some apparently 100% real Mercs that are in black plastic (with removable weapons and everything). Could they be bootlegs? I've seen pictures of red variants of some of the Ogres (Lords, Chieftans and Champions, I mean the arms and heads here because the bodies could be dark blue or red).

The blue used for the Ogres in the EQP (or AtOH) seems different than the dark blue ("midnight blue" as many call it) used for the Wizards of Morcar figures.

I'm sure there's probably variations in the Gray as well for the Chaos figures.

I thought that Advanced Hero Quest used all gray figures (assuming you were going to paint them) but I've seen many examples online of cream colored figures, so that might have been Primer I was seeing, or perhaps it was a true variant.

Then you get the blue figures of EQP/BQP. I've seen photos of them that are pastel blue (a kind of light icy or powder blue). This is featured on the back of the boxes as well so I think that's pretty common. But some photos show them more of a brilliant blue ("Sigmar Blue" for you Warhammer fans), which might be lightning... I know Dark blue things tend to light up and look much lighter with a flash.

So I guess my point is, I understand trying to match them and make it look like "they fit" when you're doing customs, but at the same time if you don't get it quite right, don't worry, it might be a match for some other "canonical" set out there. ;)

And it didn't dawn on me until fairly recently that the cardboard/paper standees were the official miniatures that players got in Brazil, rather than the 3d plastic sculpts. As upset as I would have been if it had been me, it's still a cool thing to preserve and also I could understand if someone was nostalgic about them.


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