I started out painting military models when I was like 12.
After years of doing that and reading Tolkien and such I was pleased to find some fantasy miniatures in the model store.
Somewhere end 70's start 80's.
They were Prince August, Mithril and GW/ Citadel.
So I got hooked on the fantasy miniatures.
A few months later I stumbled upon some Ral Partha and some Reaper miniatures.
In those days the model shop started selling Grenadier and their Dragon of the Month Line.
Bad days for my wallet.
I always liked the detail of the Reaper miniatures. Of course there are and were many other brands.
But Reaper is one of my favorites.
During the internet age ordering online and buying through Ebay and such made things easier.
I especially like the way Reaper deals with their customers, very friendly.
If you just look at this forum, you can post painted minis from any branch.
Try that on an official forum of the evil empire.
Also I find the quality of the minis from Reaper very good.
Great sculpts ( most of them, every company has it's bad ones) as opposed to a certain money making factory that happens to churn out fantasy and scifi toy soldiers.
If I had to choose and could only buy from one manufacturer, it would probably be Reaper.