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Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > July 2019 (#32) > Painting Guide

Painting Guide

We give the comic-book hero, his B.P.R.D. companions and their frog monster foes one hell of a makeover


Hellboy: The Board Game is inspired by the comics that birthed the character, rather than either of the movie franchises. This faithfulness to Hellboy’s comic-book origins is something that the creators have stuck with throughout the game, from the box art to the cards and case files. It also carries over to the miniatures, each one a beautiful reproduction of the source material.

It’s really refreshing to see such nice detail on PVC miniatures – particularly of note are the B.P.R.D. logos found on each of the investigators. The logo and lettering are both clear and recognisable, which not a lot of sculpts get away with.

The enemies are not quite as impressive. Like the investigators, the bosses look fantastic, but the minions – a selection of frog monsters – come off feeling a little simple and very samey considering each sculpt represents a different unit in the gameplay.

Keeping with the artistic style of the game, we’ve chosen to paint the miniatures in a comic book-like way. Rather than building up the colours with shading and highlight, they’re painted with fewer stages to achieve starker shadows and bolder highlights.



Abaddon Black

Averland Sunset

Baharroth Blue

Balor Brown

Blue Horror

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