Friday, July 19, 2013

Reaper Bones: Soft Giants

Amidst the chaos lately, one nice thing that happened is our Reaper Bones Kickstarter goodies arrived. Hubs went in on the Vampire level plus a bunch of the extra things. On top of that, I added all of the 8 Giants offered and a Mister Bones (because, shoot, he was $1).

Overall, I'm very impressed with the detail of the sculpts. Before the Kickstarter happened, we'd gotten a few of their Bones, but none were as detailed as these Giants. I wasn't too sure how all that detail would look in the Bones plastic. They're not as crisp as a resin or metal model would be, but for 75-80% of the price, who'd complain?

I'd say that all told, the Bones plastics are about 90% as nice as the metal ones. For the price, it really can't be beat, especially as other miniature lines continue rising in price. Just as an example, you can look at their Bones Minotaur ($3.49) vs the Metal Original ($16.99). Not quite as nice, but really close.

Of course, as soon as I opened the box, I wanted to get working on these straight away. But with all my hobby items packed up (still, sadly), I had to go out and purchase glue and another hobby knife. For under $10, though, it was worth it to get some hobbying done (and have a little time with my mind off other things).

However, I wasn't thrilled that scraping mold lines, in the traditional sense, is basically impossible. You have to gently shave them, scraping will get you no where due to the soft nature of the plastic. This plastic is also very unforgiving, one little misstep with the knife and your model can lose his nose, a finger, some hair, or other delicate bits. It's more difficult to accidentally decapitate a model made of harder plastic.

Somewhat disappointing, too, was that the swords and other extraneous bits were seriously bent out of shape. Now, I understand that it's 100 degrees outside, and was probably 150 in the delivery truck, but this was a real pain in the butt to fix. Several of their bases were also warped, to the point that they wouldn't stand upright. Of the 8 giants, 7 needed repositioning.

Uhh, miss? I think something's wrong with your spear.
For resin models I've repositioned, it was just a quick matter of heating up some water. This plastic, though, responded very poorly to that treatment. They need to be in the hot water for much longer, and (especially the swords) took several times to get them to the desired position. Eventually, they were "close enough" and I gave up after about 30 minutes of fussing with them. They're better but still not great.

In summary, though, the Bones line has a lot of good minis for great prices. While the softness of the plastic has a few disadvantages, it will be great for those that are really into conversions. I can't imagine anything easier to do conversions with than this plastic.

I picked up the giants to play some of Reaper's miniatures game Warlord. Hopefully sometime in the near future I'll be able to give it a whirl. But my time until NOVA is ticking down, so we'll see how much progress I make on my wolves in the coming days.


  1. Knight_of_Infinite_ResignationJuly 20, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Looks good, so I went to Reaper's website. My God its a mess, no way to browse all the 'bones'- following the category header just brings up 33 models, the Minotaur isn't among them, so there must be others on the website, but how to find them? Awful!

  2. Their website is unforgivably bad, but you can't find most of the Bones because they're not available yet. They will be after they've finished meeting their Kickstarter obligations.

  3. I had no problem finding the Mino under Figures Bones from the front page.

    I would give them about 1 more month before expecting the Kickstarter Bones to be released on line. Many of the monsters are very nice but it seems like a sizable percentage (10%) of the humans/elves have problem with the details on the faces in the molds. I would buy those in a real store were you can look at the model to make sure it has a nose.

  4. Knight_of_Infinite_ResignationJuly 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    thanks for the reply- I did find another website eventually though- Miniature Giant, that had them all listed and at a discount!

  5. The Reaper Giants are all great minis. That female in particular is probably one of the best. Good luck with them!
    And yeah, the Bones plastic is a bit soft, and takes a very light hand with the knife...

  6. So far, none of the ones in our Kickstarter package have had any problem with face details.

  7. I am so, so fond of that particular giant. In all likelihood, I will paint her and her companion first.

  8. "My cowgirl has no nose!"
    "How does she smell?"

  9. Well take a careful look at:

    Kyra, Female Iconic Cleric 89015
    Merisiel, Iconic Elf Rogue 89009
    Damiel, Iconic Alchemist 89010
    Seelah, Iconic Female Paladin 89011
    Dita, Steampunk Witch 80006
    Berkeley, Zombie Surivor 80022
    Vaeloth, Hellborn Paladin 77120
    Ellen Stone, Cowgirl 80003
    Townswoman with Kids (Specifically kids faces)

  10. Is the soft plastic of the Bones miniatures anything like the soft plastic of the Dungeon Command and other D&D miniatures--like those in Castle Ravenloft boardgame? Those take a very sharp knife, even razor blades :( to clean nicely. They do paint up well enough though. Just be careful about spray primers on the soft plastic.

  11. No, it's not quite like the Dungeon Command plastic. It's a bit more firm than that, I think. I had no trouble using my regular hobby knife to clean the Bones (new blade though). I just needed to use the shaving method instead of the scraping method I use on other minis. I've used spray primers on the Bones models without any issue, although Reaper says a primer isn't even necessary.

  12. Thanks so much for the answer. And Happy Painting :)


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