The first of the Advanced Heroquest Reborn heroes is the Human fighter, Heinrich Löwen. His inclusion marked a compositional change in the group from that of the previous Heroquest game, in that he replaced the Barbarian character (although the Barbarian would return in Games Workshop’s later release, Warhammer Quest).
The source material depicts Heinrich as a young Imperial. While well equipped, better than an Imperial militiaman, he does not have the trappings of a knight or nobleman. He appears as a veteran adventurer, battle hardened for his relative young age, often in the thick of the action as any fighter should be.
The original model for Heinrich closely replicates the source images and shows him in an aggressive fighting stance. The reborn Heinrich would also be in a fighting stance but in order to give him more character he required a head that showed him shouting or grimacing. This was necessary show him as a man who’s combat ready, something that was lacking in the original model and seemed at odds with its pose.
The current Games Workshop Freeguild sets have a wide range of heads belonging to desperate and battle hardened men of various ages. However the eventual head chosen was from the preceding (and now out of production) 5th/6th edition Empire State Troop set. This head looked right for his age and helped the figure’s dynamic look when added to the body. As before he was well armoured, however the cumbersome shoulder pads were toned down and replaced with more practical shoulder and arm protection.
As mentioned in the outline for the reborn heroes, the second objective would be to update them so they appeared as travelling adventurers who were on the road for a long period of time. The body for this figure, from the Freeguild State Troops, already came with accoutrements, a dagger, egg timer, and bags. So all that was needed were a few extra items – a small treasure chest, an additional pouch, a bottle and some rope. These would all be added after painting.
- Body – Empire State Troops
- Arms – Empire Militia
- Sword – Original militia cutlass removed, replaced with an alternative militia sword
- Head – Empire State Troops (preceding 5/6th edition plastic box set, now out of production)
- Feather – As above
- Pouch (dagger removed, side re-sculpted) , bottle, treasure chest – Bretonnian men at arms
- Rope – Mordheim accessories
- Shield – 1990’s blank circle shield, parts from dwarf shield sprue (unknown)