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  1. Primer does indeed work just fine on the translucent minis. Reaper's inks seem to keep translucency when painting over these, if you don't want to lose the translucence, and I've seen some amazing things done with translucence using other products, but you might need to poke around the forums to get more detail on what those products would be. Whatever the case, primer seems to work just fine for rendering these translucent minis opaque.
  2. Over the weekend, I bumped into the copy mini I had stashed away from my Kickstarter rewards, and remembered this discussion - yeah, now that I've seen the fit in person, it's definitely a "bit" weird - not your imagination! I think I could fix it up OK simply by raiding my bitz-box of hard plastic leftover arms from fantasy wargaming minis for an arm transplant, but YMMV on how practical that would be for your situation.
  3. Glad you enjoyed it :) I'm not at all familiar with that podcast, but it sounds like a blast - I'm going to have to check it out!
  4. Re-animating my old WIP discussion now that I've found a replacement for Photobucket (looks like Photobucket blurred up all my old photos worse than they already were!), I've been painting again, and I figured out how to take slightly better pictures with my potato.... I still can't paint, and I still can't see, but I guess I'm still meeting my minimum target of doing no worse than the average mass-produced pre-painted plasti-crack collectible minis.... Bones Eye Beast: A band of Reaper Bones Orcs: Not-Warduke (HeroForge), leading a gang of Reaper Bones bandits and Anhurian mercenaries: The Cult of the Masked Horror (cult leader by HeroForge modified with mask, cultists by Frostgrave kitbashed with WWII historical weaponry): The Cult of Ol' Bloody Bones (Reaper Bones Cultists, customized Bones "Bone Devil", and misc. Bones & Warhammer scenic bits):
  5. Seems like, in an emergency, the Oxidation Beast (77032) might serve for a giant lobster-thing, but a dedicated dire crawdad wouldn't be unwelcome... seems like it would fit the whole Dreadmere setting, too. There really are giant crayfish in Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, New Guinea, etc., and now that I'm thinking of it, I could definitely get on board with some monsters inspired by that part of the world: Dire Crayfish Dire Crickets Killeroos Marsupial Lions Diprotodon Bunyips Drop-Bears (they're like koala bears, except they have razor-sharp teeth, eat people, and they jump out of trees onto your head!) Yara-ma-yha-who (a humanoid creature something like a large, red-skinned frog-man, with suckers on his fingers, and a habit of jumping out of trees onto victims and drinking their blood) Dire Horseshoe Crabs Lovecraft's "horrible elder race of half-polypous, utterly alien entities which had come through space from immeasurably distant universes" which had been banished into subterranean vaults in the earth beneath Australia, and sealed away by the Elder Race of Yith Lovecraft's Great Race of Yith ("immense rugose cones ten feet high, and with head and other organs attached to foot-thick, distensible limbs spreading from the apexes...")
  6. If, for legal reasons, a Nothic isn't do-able, it occurs to me that the Warhammer universe's Fimir is similar in basic description - a twisted humanoid cyclops toad-thing with big teeth and claws - and similarly uncommon in mini form... I'm thinking a Bones "Not-thic" that is generic enough to fill both under-served niches, but original enough to stand on its own as an original creation, would be useful to a wider variety of gamers. These loathsome toad-shaped monsters also suggest to me a couple of uncommon Mythos Monsters from Lovecraft's "Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath", which haven't yet appeared in Bones: Moon-Things: "...[the Moon-Things] were not men at all, or even approximately men, but great greyish-white slippery things which could expand and contract at will, and whose principal shape - though it often changed - was that of a sort of toad without any eyes, but with a curiously vibrating mass of short pink tentacles on the end of its blunt, vague snout..." (these appear in some RPGs as "Moon Beasts") Satyrs of Leng: Lovecraft's version of the Satyrs and Fauns of classical mythology; these Satyrs act as the servants of the Moon-Things by disguising themselves as humans by dressing in loose robes, weird short shoes to cover their hooves, and turbans wrapped around their goat-like horns (these appear in some RPGs as "Men of Leng"). "...The [Satyrs of Leng] leaped as though they had hooves instead of feet, and seemed to wear a sort of wig or headpiece with small horns. Of other clothing they had none, but most of them were quite furry. Behind they had dwarfish tails, and when they glanced upward he saw the excessive width of their mouths...." If the Bones pirate ship is a big enough hit, maybe try out a Bones Black Galley for these Mythos Monsters to row and sail from strange, dark ports, to the moon, and back? An alternative crew of Bones Astral Reavers (not-Githyanki) for the Black Galley might be appreciated by fantasy gamers....
  7. For whatever it's worth, I tried Krylon dark brown Camouflage paint as a primer, in temperate climate and dry weather, with the result of a slightly sticky primer coat. However, by the time I painted on base coats and drybrushing, etc. layers of Reaper paint onto that primer coat, the stickiness went away. The combination seems tough and flexible enough to serve for my tabletop gaming purposes. I had one or two minis I missed spots I missed with the spraypaint on - ankles and hands and the like, which I touched up with Folkart "craft paint", and that stuff doesn't bond as well as the Krylon spraypaint, wiping off of the mini easily on those spots where contact with other objects are most likely to occur - I'm not surprised, this sort of paint is kind of an "inexpensive but you get what you pay for" kind of situation, but I'm thinking that the Folkart and similar brands of craft paint might not be the best stuff to use for a base coat, at least as touch-up paint in combination with spraypaint. In any case, that Krylon camo paint is something I'm willing to keep trying, though it is a bit sticky in my experience. I don't know if I'll be using it often enough to check for whether temperature, humidity, and other weather conditions affect it, but I have a feeling there's something to that theory, and it is worth keeping an eye on.
  8. That's absolutely my experience with the original Bonesium, @Disciple of Sakura - it makes for super-easy conversions like weapon or head swaps. And weapons and heads are usually the parts of the minis that fare the worst under the original Bonesium's weaknesses anyway. Sadly, the very models I'm most likely to convert - the smaller, humanoid minis - are exactly the ones that are most likely to get cast in the more difficult Bones Black material. Those weapons and heads I use for the swaps, I currently source from hard plastic 28mm wargaming minis, which bond pretty solidly to the old Bonesium with the usual S-Mart generic cyanoacrylate Wacky Gloo that works wonders with any other assembly task (if Reaper sold sprues of heads, weapons, adventuring gear, familiars, and other details in Bones Black for customizing regular Bones models, I'd gladly use those instead!)
  9. That doesn't sound like it completely rules out redesigned versions that work better for Reaper's purposes, so I'll hold out a little slim hope that Reaper will find a better way to do these in the future. As long as nobody minds me doing so, I'll keep singing praises for the arsenal sprues and requesting more, even if they technically weren't a success as implemented in Bones III!
  10. Yes, Games Workshop's stuff can be a little too far over the top to work with sometimes. You might get more mileage from... Sorry, I don't mean to hijack the discussion with Bones customization tips and tricks! I had this weird feeling during the Kickstarter that I'd want to stock up on the Bones armory sprues, and was lucky to have gotten three or four of each. I've been using those a lot, and now I kind of wish I'd ordered more. Most recently, I had a use for several of the Bones Anhurian crossbowmen dating back to before the first Kickstarter - their default crossbows, sadly, were kind of wonky, but were easy enough to upgrade with the crossbows from the generic Bones arsenal using a little careful surgery, and those Anhurian crossbowmen look great now. Whenever possible and appropriate, I try to put in requests to Reaper to bring the Arsenal sprues back again, and make new ones - they're just great stuff, especially for sprucing up those old Bones KS1-era models that came out with mushier detail and flimsier weapons!
  11. True, Lovecraft's original work is in the public domain, but surprisingly little of the body of work that has come to be mainstream Call of Cthulhu content is actually Lovecraft's original work - some of the mainstream CoC content is the work of authors whose work is still under copyright, other content uses a bit of Lovecraft as a starting point but is otherwise entirely the invention of Sandy Petersen, Chaosium, and their scenario and source book writers. I would bet that the majority of what the average gamer and YouTuber think they know about the "Cthulhu Mythos" actually comes from a mix of Chaosium and August Derleth, with very little input from Lovecraft. @Cygnwulf has a great start on a list - I might be able to help fill in most of the blanks for the Bones figures: Great Old Ones: Cthulhu 77194 Bones V Yog-Sothoth (coming soon) ???? Bones IV King of the Jungle "Chaugnar Faugn" (coming soon) ???? Bones IV Nyarlathotep (coming soon) ???? Dagon 77590 Shug-Niggurath 77564 Mashaaf 77375 Goremaw 77579 Deep Ones & Innsmouth Townies: Deep One High priest with a servitor 77520 Deep one warriors 77519 Tiik Baron 77212 Tiik Warrior 77186 Tiik Champion 77187 Creature of Blood Reef 77189 Kelpies 77275 Bones IV Tidal Lurker (coming soon) ???? Bones V Slithe Harpooners, Priestess, etc. (coming soon) ???? Bones V Mermaids (coming soon) ???? Bones V Sirens (coming soon) ???? Bufo and Squogs 44029, 77268, 77269 Bones V Sons of Barty (coming soon) ???? Bathalian 77020 Eregris Darkfathom 77215 Dreadmere Townsfolk, Fishwife & Crone 44033 Dreadmere Fishmongers 44035 Women of Dreadmere 44036 Dreadmere Mercenaries 44016 Dreadmere Wight 44022 Bones V Shark Butcher (coming soon) ???? Ghouls: Bones V Charnal Pit of the Ghoul Queen (coming soon) ???? Bones V modern zombies (coming soon) ???? Bones IV "Horror" ghouls (coming soon) ???? Bones IV Mummy Queen "Queen Nitocris" (coming soon) ???? Ghoul Queen 77175 Ghast 77159 Serpent Men: Bones IV Snake Cultists (coming soon) ???? Bones V female Snake Cultist (coming soon) ???? Snakeman Warrior 77153 Lizard Man 77154, 77155 Cultists: Cultists 77517, 77518 Cultists and Magic Circle 77351 Other: Faceless Horror "Shoggoth" 77114 Shoggoth 77115 Bones V Shoggoth (coming soon) ???? Bones V "Men of Leng" - Satyr & Faun (coming soon) ???? Bones V Night Gaunt (coming soon) ???? Mi-Go 77522 Brain-in-a-Jar 77493 Eldritch Demon "Spawn of Cthulhu" 77113 Dark Young 77516 Bones IV Giant Albino Penguins (coming soon) ???? Gug 77524 Miscellaneous Aberrations: Bones V Fathom Tyrant (coming soon) ???? Bones V Giant Jellyfish (coming soon) ???? Bones IV brain-horror (coming soon) ???? Rockmaw 44039 Shadow Tentacles 77367 Filth Beast 77394 Goroloth 77343 Bones V Goroloth resculpt (coming soon) ???? Charnal Grub 77226 Stone Lurker 77227 Stone Lurker 44049 Desert Thing 91008 Eye Beast 77043 Killer Fungi 44043 Carnivorous Pudding 44062 Translucent Slimes 77306 Dark Watcher 44044 Deros 77332, 77331, 77330 Cthon 77228 Bones IV Giant Maggots (coming soon) ???? Bones IV Crabman (coming soon) ???? Bones IV Zombie Shark (coming soon) ???? Bones IV Thrasher Snail (coming soon) ???? Bones V mini-Mashaaf (coming soon) ???? Undead Gunslinger 91005 People of the Dawnlands 44077 Black Bear Tribe cavemen 44086 Razormouth 44026 Terrorfish 44027 Gulper 44038 Bones V "Dark Depths" fish (coming soon) ???? Kraken 77291 Giant Leeches 44031 Squarg 49003 Grave Wailer 77521 Death Star Lilies 77504 Vegepygmies "Tcho-Tchos" 77513 Yetis 77433, 77435, 77436 Bones V Yeti Encounter at Mandupar Pass (coming soon) ???? Hordelings (including mini-Cthulhu) 77335 Avatar of Thoth 77339 Lemures 77326 Fly Demon 77259 Mind Eater 77229 Gelatinous Cube 77305 Oxydation Beast 77032 Great Worm 77006 Scenic items: Bones IV Mystic Portal (coming soon) ???? Sacrificial Altar 77630 Altar to Dagon 77624 Great Obelisk of Cthulhu 77525 Cthulhu Shrine 77523 Camel with Pack 80075 Pack Donkey 77402 Fertility Idol 44093 Bones V Brinewind Extras (coming soon) ???? Fishing boat 44032 Bones V Pirate Ship (coming soon) ???? Mystic Circle 77556 Coffin and Corpse 77633 Obsidian Crypt 77637 Highlands Familiar & Menhir 77390 Stalagmites 77398 Fungi 44045 Bookshelf 77318 Investigators: Ship hand 80063 Ship captain 80064 Physician 80065 Psychologist 80066 Professor 80073 Pulp Investigator 80067 Victorian Heroine 80069 Pulp Pilot 80070 Three Victorians 80068 Hillbilly 80071 Antarctic Explorer 80072 Jack Ryan 80074 Ellen Stone 80003 Agatha Fox 80026 Nightslip, Superheroine 80027 Sister Maria 80028 Sam Ayers, pulp wizard investigator 80030 Frank Buck, Adventure Archaeologist 80033 Deadeye Slim 80002 The Black Mist, pulp hero 80007 Rex, Dark Future Hero 80009 Berkeley, Zombie Hunter 80022 Horace "Action" Jackson 80023 Deputy Wayne 80024 Bonnie, modern heroine 80025 Texas Ranger, male 91003 Texas Ranger, female 91004 Stone, Gunslinger 91001 Deadlands Noir, Stone 91009 Deadlands Noir, Houngan 91010 Deadlands Noir, Femme Fatale 91011 Deadlands Noir, Occult Detective 91013 Deadlands Noir, Grifter 91014 And that's just the more obvious stuff. Lots of fantasy stuff that might easily be overlooked is useful for pulp/Cthulhu, such as: Any gothic horror stuff is useful (vampires, liches, ghouls, werewolves, mummies, ghosts, zombies, witches, etc.) Lovecraft certainly did write about these, sometimes in unique enough ways that it's easy to forget that they are "only" vampires, werewolves, etc. - see, for example, "The Shunned House", "Entombed with the Pharaohs", "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", "The Thing on the Doorstep", "The Dreams in the Witch House", "The Mound"...; the Pulps loved undead of all kinds, especially undead sorcerers, wizards, culists, liches, mummies, and vampires.... Giant Spiders, Scorpions, Crabs, Centipedes, etc. are quite appropriate to the Weird fiction genre; Lovecraft's friend and fellow "Mythos" writer Robert E. "Conan the Barbarian" Howard seems to have had a phobia of giant snakes, a theme he returned to numerous times.... gorilla-men and ape-men (along with some unfortunate implications, so use with care) were a favorite theme of many pulp writers, including Lovecraft the weird, mummified, dwarfen alligator-seal-things under "The Nameless City"? They're basically fantasy Kobolds! the abominable Tcho-Tcho people are, basically your familiar fantasy orcs and goblins in spirit.... Lovecraft had effectively retconned his fantasy/horror monsters/"gods" into technologically-advanced aliens in his later years of life; any of the Chronoscope aliens could conceivably fit the Cthulhu Mythos (the related Delta Green setting associates grey aliens, for example, with Lovecraft's Mi-Go!) Bones Flesh Golems (77512, 77169), Clay Golems (77170), etc. make splendid quasi-human, hybrid mutants. The weirder devils, demons and elementals can be readily adapted into Lovecraftian monsters (translucent Bones water or fire elementals, for example, can be used as Colours Out of Space, Fire Vampires, etc.)
  12. ...maybe like a "Not-Big Trouble in Little China" sort of thing? I'd be all over that!
  13. I'd venture to suggest that most of the problems with those early models like Juliette the Sorceress, etc. were less a question of the hopelessness of the regular Bones material, than about Reaper's lack of experience in working with the plastic "Bonesium" material: it was very new at the time, and there appears to have been a learning curve that Reaper and heir Chinese manufacturing partners have had to work through to figure out what works well when sculpting for the stuff, and what needs a little extra attention to detail and technique and communication with the manufacturer. To me, some of the rougher and most problematic Bones figures appeared in the Bones I Kickstarter, and each Kickstarter after that improved things to the point where I bet a lot of folks have trouble telling Bones and Bones Black apart (that Reaper added some colouring agents to some of the retular Bones figures to tint them grey has no doubt led to some confusion between the two varieties of plastic, but the improvement in quality for some of the newer regular Bones figures has surely also done their fair share in fooling customers!)
  14. I've not tried assembling it yet, and I've lost track of it somewhere in my pile of "stuff to work on some day". Just in case it's a matter of positioning it correctly, maybe the picture from the catalogue might help a little?
  15. I agree completely, it would be a shame if the arsenal/armory sprues never appeared! If it helps, those hard plastic kits for 28mm fantasy and historical wargaming tend to be packed full of useful stuff for customizing/modifying Bones minis - sprues loaded with weapons, shields, heads, extra gear, and other goodies. The plastic bonds nicely to both Bones and Bones black using easily-available "krazee gloo" type CA glues, and the fantasy stuff in particular is usually the right "heroic" scale to look right on most human-sized and dwarf Bones figures (the historical stuff tends to be a little more delicate and realistic in scale, and looks just a bit small on human-sized and dwarf figures, though of course it looks great with halflings and gnomes!) If you like the sound of that and you also like Chronoscope stuff, there are also "modern" and other post-Medieval historical kits out there, as well as a few Scifi kits, which can be used to customize Reaper's sci-fi, fantasy, and pulp figures. WWII seems especially popular with wargamers, and the variety of WWII-era stuff in particular is really good (I've raided some WWII US and British kits to arm up some Cthulhu cultists with Tommy guns, shotguns, bolt-action rifles, revolvers, etc., for example, using fantasy characters as the base model.) My recommendation would work both ways, if the Reaper Bones stuff were an option: the Bones 3 arsenal sprue stuff adapts equally easily to those hard plastic kits - I would totally be recommending Reaper's weapons sprues to wargamers, if I could!
  16. The last couple orders I made directly from the Reaper online store included - for free - a hefty full-colour, glossy catalogue of Bones figures, bases, and paints - it's a nice catalogue, really handy to browse through, and I'm pretty sure it included some models that at the time weren't yet visible in the online store. I'm not sure if it was included free because of the size of those orders or not (they were both about US $100 or so, and included other nice freebies - sample paints, several bonus minis, promotional stuff like bumper stickers and earbuds with Reaper's logo on them, etc.) The last catalogue I've seen was for Spring 2019, and had a page saying to look out for Bones 4 "coming soon" - I didn't study it THAT closely, but I'm guessing the next edition will be the one to start including Bones IV items, including Bones Black (which first appeared for that Kickstarter!) The pages of paints, showing blocks of colour that are pretty close to what is in the bottle, were really nice, and a good way for a newbie to plan which Reaper paints to buy first. The figures weren't quite sorted out by race/class/etc., but they were sorted into a large general fantasy section, followed by Chronoscope, Pathfinder, boxed set, and other specialty sections, so there is at least some organization to it (it otherwise seemed to be organized with the older Bones models appearing in the early pages, leading up to the newer stuff toward the end, though again I didn't study it closely enough to say it followed that pattern exactly!)
  17. THIS - I don't see any one company being a one-stop-shop, and I don't think I'd want there to be a one-stop-shop company, either. The alternatives always bring something a little different to the table, even if it's just a different style or perspective, which can make a huge difference. I love how easy the original Bonesium is to cut through and modify - they're hands down the best minis for inspiring creativity in customization, etc. I don't think the detail and so on are nearly as bad as some people give them credit for - most of the original Bones figures are more than detailed enough for tabletop RPG and wargaming purposes, with only a handful of Bones I sculpts being irredeemably bad (missing or mutated hands and faces, needle-thin ankles that are impossible to straighten, etc.), and I've seen Wizkids minis that were just as bad or in a couple cases worse. I don't see the bendyness as a problem in Bones figures, except where noodle-weapons or bendy ankles are concerned, and that's not really been a pervasive problem for me - just a handful of older Bones figures are soft enough to be a problem. The noodle-weapons are easy enough to fix with the Bones weapons sprues or with spare weapons from e.g. Frostrgrave or Oathmark hard plastic wargame mini kits (I caught some grief elsewhere for saying these conversations were easy, but I can't help it - they really are that easy, I have no idea where the folks who are complaining that using a drop of wacky-gloo to glue a hand to a wrist or a shoulder to its socket here and there, and holding it in place for two seconds for a solid bond, are coming from... I find most off-the-shelf assembly and most basic customization - weapon, base, or head swaps - to be ten seconds of work that almost adult can do, compared to the potentially hours of work on basic painting that requires actual practice and skill....) Yes - as an RPG GM, I like having similar sculpts for bands of NPC characters, too. It's not a feature so much for player-character models, but for wargamers and GMs, these are great. Nothing against anyone who prefers the Wizkids product to Reaper's, and there's a lot of "YMMV" involved in any choice between the two, but I hardly think the choice is as clear-cut as one might presume. I think the main attraction for the Wizkids models comes down to a couple factors that could probably use discussions of their own: The Wizkids minis appear to be licensed/approved products for D&D and Pathfinder, which I think matters a lot more to D&D and Pathfinder players than a lot of people let on. The Wizkids minis are based directly on D&D and Pathfinder book artwork, being exact copies in many cases, which seems to matter a LOT to D&D and Pathfinder gamers. The Wizkids swords and weapons, and the figure proportions, are a little more delicate and less exaggerated/"heroic" than those in Reaper sculpts. That difference in "realism" matters a lot to D&D and Pathfinder gamers, who tend to struggle a lot with immersion otherwise. Someone earlier in the discussion made a good point about how much easier it is to organize Wizkids minis: they tend to be packaged to a more specific purpose than Reaper minis (specifically as Wizkids "Male Elf Rangers", where Reaper might have "male elf with bow" or even in the case of hooded minis "male with bow", leaving it to players to decide whether the models are rangers, fighters, etc., and whether they are human, elf, half-elf, half-orc, etc..... There's also a LOT more variety in the Reaper minis, so a lot of vaguely-defined minis for shopkeepers to choose from to stock, and then decide without guidance how to shelf and organize them, with comparatively less room to make it all work in. Someone elsewhere made a good point about how many Reaper minis come unassembled, and D&D and Pathfinder gamers struggle with assembly. The Wizkids models are apparently all pre-assembled, which is a huge bonus to anyone who has trouble finding his/her way around a tube of cyanoacrylate "crazy" glue. Reaper's original Bones material - especially in older models - is prone to noodle-weapon syndrome, wimpy ankles, and other consequences of the softer material (on the plus side, original "Bonesium" is virtually indestructible to being stepped on, getting thrown at DMs, being subjected to table-flipping, etc.... but, it doesn't hold its shape very well!) Original Bones with older models did suffer from some vague and blurry faces, underdeveloped hands, and other problems with fine details, too, relating to the soft, rubbery material. You know, I think that I'd have been perfectly happy with using tokens and cardboard "pawns" and so on instead of minis, if the third edition D&D boxed starter sets had come with a nice set of tokens/pawns instead of minis. I grew up with more of a "theater of the mind" style 2nd Edition gaming, myself, in an era where there weren't a lot of gaming minis out there, and painting up minis to represent your character was sort of a separate hobby comparable to writing stories about your character or drawing a portrait of your character, or whatever: if you've got the skill for it and want to do so, why not? Otherwise, your imagination was good enough. I've been trying to find ways to minimize my mini collection over the last year or so... I don't know what that means for the heaps of Bones and other figures I've got sitting in bins and boxes over the long haul, thanks to the Kickstarters and all that, but in theory it'll be the start of me trying to offload all the figures on an auction site to clear up some limited room in my crowded apartment and storage, and free up some much-needed money. I can't even find specific minis I'm looking for anymore! I think that the small room full of minis for every imaginable purpose I've got sitting around unpainted and unused could easily be replaced with a shoebox or small toolbox full instead. Let gaming clubs and FLGSs with the room to keep stashes of single-use minis find room for all that other stuff instead... some relatively generic, multi-purpose minis that cover a lot more territory as a set would make a lot more sense for someone like me. And, to be honest, that fistful of tokens in that picture would probably have made even more sense for my purposes.... The things I've seen fantasy wargamers accomplish with a low budget and a couple boxes of cheap plastic 1/72 historical wargaming figures really is something else, too! Don't have 1/72 orcs? Well, those badly-sculpted 1/72 mongols are just as good - just paint 'em green! Need some Martians for a John Carter-themed game? 1/72 Native Americans work just fine in a pinch. Dragons? You can find toy dragons that will work just fine at the local dollar store. Got a post-apocalyptic game? Imagine what you can do with some Hot-Wheels/Matchbox diecast cars, some spare bits-and-bobs from a 1/72 tank kit, and some creative weathering effects! Those 1/72 fantasy/sci-fi wargamers get my respect for their resourcefulness, imagination, and frugality!
  18. I was saying something in Bones Kickstarter comments somewhere about imagining a Bones Chronoscope NovaCorp-themed expansion being a win, using a loose combination of Star Wars stormtroopers and "Aliens" Colonial Marines as a foundation for the set: Several of the figures in a variety of poses. + some NovaCorp comms, command, heavy weapons, and specialist characters as mentioned by Dr. Propaganda, above... + one or two characters in power armor. Some appropriate "not-Droids" and drones to serve as support. A couple not-Sentry Guns, Some ammo boxes, comms gear, and other light scatter-terrain... A vehicle of some sort... it wouldn't take much (see the Chronoscope flying saucer for comparison), maybe the cyberpunk equivalent of a jeep ... A sprue of NovaCorp-style sci-fi weapons and gear.... With that, you'd basically have a themed set of standard-issue cyberpunk-style soldiers or security for use as generic corporate or imperial security, space marines, etc. As usual for NovaCorp guys, the figures are rather versatile: just something as simple as a little paint can instantly convert them into a variety of uses: white-and-black paint gives you a team of not-Stormtroopers, metallic paint for not-Cylons, blue for not-C.O.B.R.A., olive drab for not-Starship Troopers or not-Colonial Marines, etc. Sell them as pre-packaged sets for retail, and I can't help thinking there would be an audience for them. Do the same with the IMEF guys (who make excellent not-Rebel Alliance, not-G.I. Joe, etc.), the "Cyber-Reavers" (with grunts, drones, hunter-killers tanks, etc.), and a good, versatile alien faction or two (reptilian aliens, these guys, not-Romulans/Klingons, not-Daleks?) for some villains or other opposing factions (the Bathalians and greys/overloards already seem to be just about well-represented enough to fill sets of their own, just add scenic bits, vehicles, etc....) Add maybe a quick-and-dirty book of wargame rules (even if it's just a free PDF of "fluff" background details that can be plugged into a more robust rule set made by someone else - e.g. D20, BRP, etc., it's a nice touch for giving these guys an optional SciFi setting for players to game in.)
  19. Regarding the tentacles-and-eyes controversy, it seems to me that WotC was doing that whole OGL thing where whey were opening parts of D&D to the public to the extent that publishers could make third-party content more easily and so on, but there were specific things that they retained as their own hands-off-without-licensing permission, including a few specific monsters, one of which subsequently became something of an advertising mascot. As long as other companies took sufficient effort to make a "not-at-all-that-monster-honestly" knock-off, such that it doesn't have the same name and doesn't exactly look the same to the degree that the public doesn't get confused, they would probably be able to fly it in under the legal radar. Hence, the Eye Beast, which totally doesn't look like anything in any WotC/Hasbro monster manual today: I've not seen whatever got hit with that C&D, but I'd be willing to bet it copied WotC/Hasbro's IP closely enough to arguably cause some confusion (which isn't hard to imagine, considering what was said earlier about the Kickstarter comments and the inability of many of the backers to simply read back a couple comments earlier or read the campaign's FAQ or main page for an answer....)
  20. I can't speak for everyone, but metal has its place - it's just that the relatively low weight, ease of conversion, durability, and low price of plastic has me spoiled now, so it's all plastic for me now! Metal still seems like the best choice for those painting up something extra-special for display or competition, though. That's more like the luxury material for minis... No problem - there is no wrong way to use Bones! OK, I take that back: if there's a wrong way to use Bones, some of those Kickstarter Comments folks will find it You can see why Dan went through all the trouble he did to make "fool-proof" tip sheets, and why a lot of folks worried that fool-proof was aiming just a bit too high....
  21. That's basically what I've been doing with the Bones PC characters from each of the Kickstarters: I put them in a shoebox for players to pick out characters from. Unless it's someone that really looks like a good NPC - there's a few of those "player character" type minis that make much better baddies, for example; those get chucked in with either the monsters or the townies, depending on which they fit in with the best to make finding the character easier when I need him. Oh, and I should emphasize that as much as I like the unique characters, sometimes the "boring", "generic" ones are the best ones for the job - that set of Elf Rangers in this Kickstarter, for example, is great for anonymous face-in-the-crowd elves. Just this weekend I got about 95% finished painting up about a half-dozen of the existing archer in that style, an elf wizard in a similar outfit, the two hooded cultists, and the not-Mindflayer in matching black and dark-green robes for use as anonymous elves, drow, or cultists - they make great multi-purpose characters that way! I mean, sure, the drow elves are albino rather than pitch-black - I used the "vampiric flesh tones" for all these guys' weird, pasty, unhealthy, maggoty-white complexions and gave them all white hair wherever their lank, tangled hair is visible outside their hoods, but it works for my purposes (they look just sinister enough to be convincing Underdark villains and Mythos Cultists, but still pass for random, anonymous Elf NPCs like village/caravan guards, hunting parties, bounty hunters, or whatever), and my players are no more picky about that sort of thing than I am. So, keep on bringing us those "unexciting" mooks in matching uniforms - I rarely see any that aren't useful as NPCs, allies, or villains!
  22. For those of us who enjoy the custom mini sub-hobby, one fun new development from the hard-plastic wargaming miniatures kit hobby pioneered by Games Workshop has been that GW and its imitators over the years have been providing some excellent variety in these miniatures, to the point where these kits are almost build-your-own hero kits! The manufacturer of the hard plastic Frostgrave miniatures in particular has been - whether they meant to or not - making this more of a reality than ever by releasing some recent plastic mini kits for male soldiers, female soldiers, male wizards, and just within the last couple weeks female wizards. The soldier kits come with all sorts of weapons (including pole-arms), the wizard kits even include little familiars in addition to all sorts of wands, scrolls, spellbooks, crystal balls, staves, etc. It's really exciting where these kits seem to be going now! (For what it's worth, these plastic kits are quite compatible with "Bonesium" - the usual Wacky Gloo will stick the two plastics together quite firmly in seconds!) At the other end of the spectrum, HeroForge has really been transforming itself into a great tool for designing your own mini, using an online 3D modeling software program to choose faces, haircuts, clothes, gear, mounts and familiars, etc., and then either buying the 3D model to run through your 3D printer, or just having the mini made for you... it's still a pricey technology, but no doubt worth it to many gamers who don't want to customize minis the old-fashioned way....
  23. From Reaper's online shop, SKU 77029! I think it was among the first Bones minis made, before the first Kickstarter
  24. I wish I could tell you you're wrong, but I'm betting you're not: some of the most fantasy-resistant folks I've ever met have been the "Generic Medieval European Fantasy" gamers. If it doesn't adhere tightly to a D&D, Warhammer, Pathfinder, or Warcraft cliche (pick one) rendered as unimaginatively as possible, then it's cause for Table-Flippin'-Time, between yelling at you for being a "Narrativist", "Simulationist", or both, or neither.... Still, there are a few of us out here who do like and appreciate it when something goes against type. And, it's not just the GMs, to be fair: a good role-player from any side of the table could pull a random mini out of a grab-bag, and no matter how boring the cliche, or how weird and outlandish the mini's concept, that player should be able to make and play an interesting character with it.
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