Reaper made quite a splash some time ago, when they launched one of the most successful kickstarters our little hobby has ever seen.Of course Reaper needed to follow up the success with a second, just as successful kickstarter aptly named "Bones II".
Mostly intended for roleplayers, the Bones range is very broad, with a heavy focus on fantasy, and a few sci-fi models thrown in for good measure.Every model comes with an integrated base and Reaper claims that the unique bones material allows for easy conversion, painting and extreme durability(more on this later).
The people at Kinggames.dk were nice enough to provide some review samples and I would encourage you to take a look at their site if you need something special for your next project.
One of the unique aspects of the Bones range, is the material used. It is some kind of polymer plastic which is bright white of colour, slightly hydrophobic, bendable yet durable and still retaining a decent level of detail.
Reaper claims that you can paint straight on the material with no need to prime first, indeed some primers won't even work on the bones material and will stay sticky.
When first handling the minis I was pretty anxious about breaking them as they all seemed rather "bendy" and fragile but while the miniatures will bend when sneezed at, the material is extremely durable and as a test, I actually threw a bugbear model through my living room with no notable effects on the model.
I have heard stories about people driving over the models with little or no damages to the model and after abusing the miniatures, I am inclined to believe the stories.
|The miniatures do bend rather easily|
The flexibility of the material can be a problem though and some of the more intricate and small models, suffer from severe “bendiness” and while it is better for a sword to bend than break, it still leaves an odd impression and stretches the flexibility of your paint to the limit.
Speaking of paint, with the material being slightly hydrophobic, depending on your preferred painting style, you might have to change it slightly. I always use a wet-palette, but the added water made it impossible to paint straight on the bones material. The paint pooled and getting a nice even coat was extremely hard to do.
Eventually I ended up painting a basecoat of undiluted Reaper MSP HD paint, which completely removed the problem. You could of course use any paint and thin it with some acrylics medium, but I found the Reaper paint to perform the job perfectly.
Overall I am very pleased with the bones material but worry that it will be inadequate for small and truly intricate miniatures
The bigger models I received all looked awesome and with manageable flexing,which led me to wonder why, considering the strength and weaknesses of the bones material, Reaper has not made more terrain using it. The weight is low, strength is great and converting is super easy, all great stuff when working with terrain. Perhaps that will be the focus of a future kickstarter.
|More pieces like this please|
I received a bunch of fantasy themed models from the nice people at Kinggames.dk, an evil warrior, a good warrior, a couple of skeletons, some bugbears and an extremely awesome looking shark man.
Rather than going through each model I am going to do some general observations with regards to casting, price, quality and the material and its use.
All the models are cast so that they include a base, which is handy but as a wargamer you might want to base them anyway.
My least favorite models were by far the skeletons. Making an interesting looking skeleton is hard, but I found the poses a bit dull and the flimsy models displayed the worst bending of all the models. They are quick to paint up with some simple dry-brushing and not really deserving of a better paintjob. It is a model used in small hordes though, so quantity is quality and the low price definitely makes them a decent buy.
The bugbears are much sturdier models and the sculpts benefit greatly from this, as the added heft reduced the “bendiness” and warping to much more pleasent levels. The poses are dynamic and the detail crisp and clear. I really like them and they are a joy to paint. A lucky bugbear got my special “1-hour pr model” paint job and I think he turned out great.
Some of the mold lines were a bit hard to clean up though, but that is more down to the colour of the bones material as the pure white, makes them a bit hard to see.
Again, the price is great which should allow you to field quite a lot of them in the game of your choice.
As mentioned earlier, I also got some typical fantasy themed humans, and some of my concerns regarding the casting quality was quickly put to shame.
The detail is crisp and the sculpts are great if a bit static. Again the swords and thinner parts of the miniature, do bend quite a bit, which gives them a quite flimsy feel.
This is an illusion however, as they, like the rest of the range, have proven to be quite sturdy with no indication of any parts breaking anytime soon.
Most, if not all, of the miniatures from the bones line, are primarily made for roleplaying games, but I see no reason why they should not be useable in fantasy skirmish games or as hero units in larger scale battles.
While the Reaper Bones range is not without its fault, I found the compromise between material, price and quality to be pretty much spot on.
The range contains some very unique and beautiful pieces which are a pleasure to paint, so I expect to add a few more to my collection, for no other reason than to paint them up nicely.
So, go out, grab a few(they are dirt cheap) and take them for a spin.
I don't think you are going to be disappointed with them.
A big thank you to kinggames.dk for sending some miniatures for review.