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Dungeon Dwellers Returns in 2018

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1 hour ago, Cyradis said:

@Reaper Ron, how is the Dungeon Dwellers line going to be different from the Dark Haven Legends line? Slotted bases instead of integrated? DHL is a fantasy mini line in metal already - seems like the themes overlap a bit. Not that I am complaining about new minis - new minis is super duper awesome! 

See my answer above. Slotted bases instead of integrated. No, they don't overlap a bit, they overlap a LOT!  Who's complaining though, right? ::):

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Heritage's Dungeon Dwellers were the very first fantasy minis I ever bought... almost 40 years ago, so I'm actually quite excited to see what the Reaper peeps have up their collective sleeves.

 

Still have the original box too.

 

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1 hour ago, Reaper Ron said:

See my answer above. Slotted bases instead of integrated. No, they don't overlap a bit, they overlap a LOT!  Who's complaining though, right? ::):

 

New minis - I'm happy! Count me in for looking forward to new stuff! 

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Website for more historical info: http://ddwzrd.com/

 

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Acknowledgments:

   Without the help and support of the following people and companies, this site would not be possible.

From within the industry:

   Willard Dennis, David Helber, Max Carr, Steve Bissett, Howard Barasch, Max Nuclear and Duke Siegfried. Without your help, friendship, and continued support the data on these pages would not be possible.

   The owners of Reaper Miniatures, David and Ed Pugh for hosting the yearly Heritage reunions. Without your support, we would have never been able to meet, game, and get to know the "Heritage Gang".

   Michael Thomas for his help with the unreleased Dungeon Dwellers, and help determining the designation of some of the figures from the molds he owns. Currently, his website is down, but if you are looking for that "one" figure to complete your set contact him. He has been given permission to re-issue some of the Dungeon Dwellers miniatures, and may have what you need. He can be contacted via email or on Facebook.

 

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After much discussion and then total agreement, even from Duke, we (Arnold and myself) outlined a new fantasy line that would be aimed exclusively at the fantasy role player and not the traditional miniature wargamer. Since the line was targeted primarily at the D&D gamer, we wanted a line name that conveyed that message. I think, Arnold came up with the name Dungeon Dwellers as a play on D&D. There would be a range of stock numbers set aside for the characters and another range of numbers for the creatures. After researching the D&D game we followed the main character classes: magic user, cleric, fighter, thief, etc. Arnold and I also proposed a set of box sets that would supplement the basic D&D game. Each set of creatures would contain all the creatures for that level. I believe at that time the basic game covered the first three levels. What we did was build some logic into the line and came up with products that the customer could easily use and integrate into their game without a lot of hunting through hundreds of blister packs. Duke loved the idea and was able to sell assortments of boxed sets of characters and monsters to just about every hobby distributor in the US. Things were rolling for Heritage.

 

But all was not right in Mudville! The early 80’s was witness to another recession. The prime interest rate skyrocketed. I believe in 1981 the prime was closing on 20%. Under the Oden regime not only were the receivables sold to the bank but the inventory as well. Oden had funded his expansion and acquisitions by selling his receivables and inventory to the bank. Now the price had to be paid. Once a distributor/wholesaler defaulted on an invoice, which was starting to happen, the bank billed back the receivable to Heritage. With the true interest rate the bank was charging around a phenomenal 24% there was not enough profit being generated to cover it. So things got tight and any in coming cash was being taken away by the bank. Duke wasn’t getting the dollars he was promised by Stockman so he went a courtin’ and found a taker at Lake Geneva (TSR) There was some panic and some relief by a few nameless individuals. Without the Duke’s charm a few big deals feel through. But the company was making sales with a successful Dwarfstar line of boardgames and a solid selling Dungeon Dweller line. There were some other winners such as the Dungeon Floors but also some so-so sellers like Knights & Magic, Swordbearer and the flickering Paint n’ Play line. The latter was a Duke inspired line that had some production problems (the paint issue). Paint n’ Play was aimed at getting new comers into the hobby and was offered to JC Penny’s, Sears, and Toys R US as well as non-hobby distributors. Some of them did pick up the line.

 

In February of 1981 one of our vendors came into the factory with a default judgement on our new casting equipment. The bill had not been paid. The bank was not willing to advance any more money so the only recourse Stockman had was to file for bankruptcy under reorganization to hold the creditors back. Once that was done the bank seized the operation and after a bankruptcy hearing it was decided that the debts were too great and the company should be sold or auctioned off so the bank could recover what it could. The once mighty Heritage had fallen.

 

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3 hours ago, Darsc Zacal said:

Heritage's Dungeon Dwellers were the very first fantasy minis I ever bought... almost 40 years ago, so I'm actually quite excited to see what the Reaper peeps have up their collective sleeves.

 

Still have the original box too.

 

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I am ... really impressed they included an assortment of female adventurers in there. I did not know any company was doing that forty years ago. Good for them!

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I particularly appreciate that these wil continue to be available after their first freebee month. This is exciting, to say the least. 

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1 hour ago, Pingo said:

 

I am ... really impressed they included an assortment of female adventurers in there. I did not know any company was doing that forty years ago. Good for them!

 

The Lost Minis Wiki is non-commercial, isn’t it?

 

Here’s the link to the Heritage main page, since Dungeon Dwellers have three separate sections:

 

http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Category:Heritage

 

The female adventurers were, for the most part, sensibly dressed as well.  Here’s a 1206 magic user I painted a couple of years ago as I was getting back into vintage fantasy.

 

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So, is it time for a Dungeon Dwellers We'd Like To See thread?   :lol:

 

Because I've got a little list

They always have been missed
(insert Mikado pastiche here)

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oh wow, i actually like that caster, except for the log she's carrying. jeez that thing is huge.

 

ETA: OMG THE COCKATRICE OF THEIRS IS SOOO CUTE.

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8 hours ago, Lord of the Dish Pit said:

I see my monthly tithing shall continue.

 

It's nice they're not limited edition, though.  While I love the prospect of giving Reaper a whole nother year of bi-weekly orders, I do occassionally find it necessary to purchase food.

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It tickles me to see the return of the old logo and concept!

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So they are not 25mm figs but the modern 28/32mm  size?  Too bad.  As I move to 3d terrain the big modern figs with arms and weapons splayed out wide just don't work that well for me anymore. Great for display but a challenge at times for fitting into 1" squares.

 

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4 hours ago, buglips*the*goblin said:

 

It's nice they're not limited edition, though.  While I love the prospect of giving Reaper a whole nother year of bi-weekly orders, I do occassionally find it necessary to purchase food.

 

I hear you on that. I love the look of this first guy, and I seriously want him in quintuplicate. But that's my weakness for skeletons in armor shining through. I'll probably be putting in an order that's almost entirely this guy so that I get a minimum of 5 of them.

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