Saturday, April 28, 2012

Latest and last round of Reaper Bones

Okay, I think I'm done with the Reaper Bones experiement. I either have or don't want any of the other bones that are currently available but will be watching the line as it matures.

I've used most styles of paint that I own here and a few mixes of things. The purple worm for example, Army Painter primer and paint. The Gnoll, Vallejo brush on primer and paint. The Troll, Reaper Heavy Gear paint, no primer. The ghost, Privateer Press Paint, no primer. The werewolf, Vallejo Primer with an army painter dip. Yeah, he was a quick one. The three orc archer, mostly old Games Workshop paint, no primer. I was lazy with them for the most part as it was pretty much just a test run.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with them. Some of them are direct tie in to the Warlord Game like the Ghost, who is a named character for Necropolis, and the Gnoll, who works for the Black Orcs. The others are good all purpose miniatures.

I think the best we can hope for now though, is that they get some compexity down. All of these are very simple miniatures. In some ways, they are perfect starter miniatures. That werewolf expecially is good for people who want to learn either drybrushing or dipping or using a wash. Same for the worm, ghost, or troll. Not a lot of different parts, not a lot of bags, pouches, belts, or other distractions. Allows you to get something painted quickly.

At their price point, I think they'll be a great seller for Reaper.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bones Worm by Reaper

Okay, this is another one of the Bones figures from Reaper that's inexpensive plastic. I primed it with Alien Purple Army Painter. I then used the same paint name by the Army Painter to cover up a few spots that were missed in my initial spray. Good news? From the brushing on, there is very little difference between the paint and primer so that's a win for me. Another plus in the Army Painter side.

I mixed some flat matt white with the alien purple for the under belly and some demonic yellow for those pustles and some gray or another for the base. I then dipped it and let it sit. No drybrushing, layering, or other bits. I wanted to see how the Army Painter's dip would interact with the material. Worked out pretty good afaic. Total time spent actually painting? Not more than a half hour I'd say. The biggest part was waiting for the dip to dry.

I still have to try out my Privateer Press paints on one of these Bones and I do have a warewolf laying around here somewhere with a ghost...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Reaper Bones: Gnoll Warrior

Not going to break down the price points on this fellow.

This time the figure was washed with warm water and soap and given a primer of Vallejo German Green Brown. I then painted it with Vallejo Game Colors. While I'm tempted to try out all my different paints on it with no primer, since I normally USE a primer when I'm painting, especially to lay down a base tone, I see no reason why I'd stop outside of just for the sake of testing the qualities of the Bones miniatures themselves. If Reaper wants to send me a bunch of Bones for that purpose specifically, I'm all game but until then, most of these will be getting some type of primer. Who knows, maybe the Army Painter spray primer will do something terrible to them and I'll have that to post.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Reaper Bones: Cave Troll

Reaper has come out with a new line of figures called Bones. I've mentioned them before. These are white plastic figures that are very low in price compared to their other versions.

I say other versions, because take for example this figure here. As a Bones figure, he is $2.29.

As a prepainted from the Legendary Encounters line, he is $4.29

As a metal figure, $6.99.

The figure I painted? I used the Heavy Gear Blitz back with no primer. The initial coat of paint didn't want to take completely. These require very little diluting on the first level. It makes the paint streak a bit. A few base coats took care of that issue.

In terms of handling, its different. The figure is so much lighter than a normal figure of this size should be you'll find yourself overcompensating a little if you're like me.

The detail is good. Mind you, the talons on the toes tend to sink into the base, but I can't tell if that's because of how the figure originally is or just the Bones version.

Me? I'm working on a gnoll right now from the same line and have a few more of the figures on Order directly from Reaper as my FLSG, Games Plus, has sold out of several of the packs and even some of the online vendors like The Miniature Giant have sold out as well.

If they can keep some new figures coming down the pipe, and the new Reaper catalog mentions that they have thirty already even though there are only previews for the two wizards (one male, one female), I'm hoping to see a few more of the Legendary Encounters make their way to Bones including Vampire, Young Dragon, Giant Spider, Bugbear, Female Ranger, and Minotaur of the Maze, all save the Vampire, I don't own in any form from Reaper.

Anyone else using them? Any opinions?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Red Box Dverg Warrior

Red Box Games is the specialty shop of Tre Manor, a sculptor for Reaper. These are his own line and while there is some mix and match compatibility, especially among some of the goblins and barbarians, his style really peaks out in his own line.

For example, this guy? His beard has multiple bands, each one with a stud. He has a horn and I'm assuming a scroll case. His cloak is clasped by symbol etched disks. The back of his hand has runes on it.  He's a very busy dwarf. The base is I think a Scribor or perhaps Micro Art studio.

Anway, he's another one I've had out and messed with for a long long time. Got tired of it and finished him off today. I tried something different with the face. The whole red nose and checks thing isn't my usual bit so let me know if it works out here eh?

Griffen Templar Knights

On the bench, I've been working on miniature that have been in various states for many a moon. In this case, I lost my motivation when Confrontation went from a skrimish sized game with metal figures to a plastic set with dubious quality. Still, as I'm putting stuff away, organizing stuff, that I figured it was time to finish off this bad boy. I then lined him up with the other two so I could put them all away at one time.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Ral Partha Drow and Games Workshop Skaven

That's an old drow from Ral Partha on a Gale Force 9 25mm square base with some Vallejo paste textured down on it.

The skaven is a slave I believe with some Army Painted Battlefield Black on the ground. I may do a few drybrushed over it later when I'm sure the glue is dry. I had another pic but it was so dark I figured to hell with that one.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Undying by Games Workshop

Well, apparently some rumor mill flying around that Games Workshop is doing some price increases for Finecast while doing some price reductions or something along those lines.

Me? This is an old metal figure. While I too think that some of What Games Workshop produces is overpriced, I love a lot of their Lord of the Rings figures, especially their Wraiths. I have a few of them and would like to purchase more in the future.

These guys were done up for the most part with Andrea's black mix set. It's six black variants. Good stuff.

The base on the horse is an old Secret Weapon. It's way too tall. It's like 3mm when most are like 2mm. Now I now that doesn't sound like a lot but on this scale, it's enormous. But since I'm not actually palying with them in tournaments or anything and its for RPG purposes only...

A few Bones from Reaper on order along with the Heavy Gear paint set from The Miniature Giant as well as some new molds from Happy Suppuku. Next week should be good times for painting! Still looking forward to seeing the Army Painter's boxed set but think I'll have to pass on the Games Workshop one unless someone wants to donate the cash for it.

Bueller? Bueller?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Latest Purchases?

My favorite FLSG, Games Plus, just had its thirty year anniversary. I stopped by for a few moments after a very busy day. I wanted to pick up the Vallejo Brush on primer and some brushes. I'm always messing with a lot of different mediums so keep some brushes to the side deliberately for them. The Okko miniatures were on sale. If you don't know Okko, you're missing out on a great graphic novel. I've mentioned the current graphic novel collectioms from Archaia Entertainment on my blog a few times. Good art, good story. The sale was a few bones off on the miniatures plus buy three get the fourth free. There were some others but I didn't want to go all out as I'm waiting to buy some of the Bones miniatures from Reaper and see what their new paint set looks like. The trick on those bones is only getting miniatures I've never bought before so there were a few and we'll see how that goes.

Anyone else buy anything good lately? Any purchases people waiting to make?