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YronimosW

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  1. As long as you don't mind metal, Reaper has the "Attercop" in stock. Like the Swamp Shambler, I'm kinda surprised this hasn't found its way into Bones yet - I guess it's a sign that Reaper still has at least one more good Bones Kickstarter in them :)
  2. YES - and now I kind of want to make some of the titular monsters from that wonderful old so-bad-its-good 1950s-era sci-fi movie, Robot Monster! For those unfamiliar with it, the Robot Monster was just a guy in a gorilla suit with a diving/space helmet with two antennae on his head. Was it weird? YES. Was it goofy? YES, you bet! And if I had miniature versions of it, I'd totally make any excuse I had to turn a batch of them loose on a fantasy RPG adventuring party - because as weird and goofy as it was, it was also cool and imaginative! If I haven't said it before (and I probably have), I'd LOVE to see more (Bones) Chronoscope retro-sci-fi weirdness! "Not" Robby the Robot or "Not" Lost-in-Space's "Robot" "Not" Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon/Commader Cody/Rocketeer serial-style sci-fi heroes old-fashioned comic book superheroes (a few exist as Reaper's metal miniatures, but conversion-friendly Bones versions would make my day) "Red Shirt" squad with old-fashioned rayguns and communicators more "rubber forehead" aliens in different poses (there are a couple of these in Bones now, but really only in one pose each.... squads of "Not"-Klingons/Romulans/whatever would be fantastic!) rubber-suit monsters (zipper in back optional - see The Thing from Another World, It: The Terror from Beyond Space, Lost in Space, Star Trek, Voyage to the bottom of the Sea, or Space: 1999 for examples...) Mexican-style masked wrestler adventurers "Not"-Ultra Man / Power Ranger daikaiju-style superheroes and monsters (martial-arts poses and all!) more figures in the spirit of the Martian princess and Captain Nemo from Bones V's "Chronoscope" set ...and, I really wish there were a 28mm version of Tim Mee's classic Galaxy Laser Team toy soldiers, or at least some 28mm sci-fi figures in the same spirit (I wonder if Tim Mee would be willing to license the original designs?) YES, my taste in fantasy/sci-fi miniatures is maybe a little bit weird, but I'd completely mix this sort of thing in with both fantasy and sci-fi role-playing games. How could anyone else resist doing so? This stuff is built into the primordial DNA of modern fantasy and sci-fi RPGs and wargames, as surely as Tolkien or the classic Harryhausen monster movies.... And besides, I've really got a hankerin' for taking a bunch of retro sci-fi stuff, combining them with the Bones Lovecraft monsters and sci-fi stuff, and running a Spaceship Zero style campaign or three....
  3. Mummified and skeletal corpses wouldn't be an unwelcome addition, either. I do see a little of that sort of thing come up all the time in RPG adventures, where the party find the remains of dead adventurers and the like: they tend to be clues to traps, or contain treasure (basically, a variation on treasure chests), remains that suddenly spring to life as undead, or they might be a sort of trap (one adventure I read a little earlier this week but haven't played yet had a mummified corpse in a room infested with giant mushrooms - the corpse is infested with fungi, and if disturbed, has a chance of infecting the adventurers!). Dead characters in precarious locations can represent quest goals, too ("find out what happened to McGuffin the adventurer, rescue him if possible, and if he's dead, bring back his ring as proof....") I'm also reminded of the dying adventurer from early in the original Diablo video game... a freshly dead corpse could just as easily represent a dying character to be healed or rescued, or again, a quest goal to get information or rewards from. A "dead" character in a relaxed, resting pose might also stand in for a sleeping guard, for example..... Wargamers and diorama-makers of course can make use of both fresh and skeletal/desiccated corpses as scatter terrain. Or, copses of all sorts can be integrated by modelers into dynamic bases - picture, for example, the traditional Frazettaesque muscle-bound hero on a mound of orc corpses, surrounded by an unstoppable horde of his enemies?
  4. They'd make fine familiars and sidekicks, too. I've probably put them on my Bones wish-list a couple times before, but these also fit into a similar category: Evil Shrine and Pygmy Savages (03497) Dreg Butchers (03688) Dreg Devourer and Slinker (03687) I think those Dregs look closer to my concept of orcs than almost anything else I've ever seen in miniatures!
  5. I think a pack of undead drowned sailors in old-fashioned deep sea diving suits - the sort with the heavy brass helmets - would be great stuff...
  6. The Pumpkin Horrors are great, they remind me of the Bones Grave Minions or Stitch Golems or Toolbots, as well as the upcoming Boulderkin, and the occasional mushroom monster or stick monster: these sorts of things make for some great little encounters that stand out a bit from the more generic mooks like skeletons, goblins, zombies and orcs. Not that skeletons, zombies, goblins, orcs, and the like don't have their place, but pretty much everyone makes their own versions of these, with Reaper already having plenty. What you don't find very often are things like those Pumpkin Horrors or... Monstrous Snowmen (03296) Living Flames in the style of the Boulderkin Candle Golems, with candlestick hands lit up and ready to catch adventurers ablaze Potato Golems: large potatoes with little eyes, mouths, hands, and feet stuck on by some deranged artificer Killer Ventriloquist Dummies Evil Puppet People Animated Teddy Bears with claws and sharp teeth Jack in a Box (a hideous monster - not necessarily a toy - stuffed into a small box, springing out at an unsuspecting victim!) The Thing Under the Bed and the Closet Monster
  7. Sorry Nunae - I'm getting the impression that they won't be released in the form they were originally manufactured in, due to Reaper having trouble with packaging and manufacturing them: they don't appear to be considered a success. I'm not going to give up hope of some redesigned version being made in the future - be sure to let Reaper know you support them and that you're interested in seeing armory sprues again; there are no guarantees, but the more of us there are who express interest in them, the better the chance Reaper might consider trying to meet the demand for them again in a more practical and profitable form :)
  8. I'm all for Cat Swarms! Bonus points if a Bones version of Edna the Cat Lady and her cats (50235) is released alongside the cat swarms. Maybe together, in the form of a cat-themed add on... include: Cat Swarms Edna the Cat Lady (50235) Mercurix, Winged Cat (03977) Catfolk (I rather like this style of catfolk!): Tawnyll, Catfolk Wizard (03933) Trilladour, Catfolk Bard (03924) Swiftpaw, Catfolk Monk (03923) Mistveil, Catfolk Sorceress (03927) Steelclaw, Catfolk Paladin (03928) Azarmand, Catfolk Barbarian (03934) Some Dreamlands cat adventurers, up to Dreamlands cat mischief Cat Villains, Cat Cultists, Cat Cult Leader For cat characters, as far as I'm concerned, "heroic" sculpts in a slightly exaggerated scale for visibility/detail is great, and bits of clothing, jewelry, or equipment suitable for cat adventuring is fine by me :) I can't be the only role-player on earth who has known multiple cat fans in the RPG hobby? In my experience, mischievous cats and RPGs seem to go together like cats and books, cats and dice, cats and board games, cats and cat people....
  9. Agreed on the Mythos investigators and critters - I'm not sure how popular those have been (hopefully popular enough to make more!), but I for one am a fan, and I really appreciate the great variety of investigator figures we've been getting. Cops, soldiers, government agents. Miskatonic University students. Hill folk and rustics, including backwoods witches and the like - towns like Innsmouth, Arkham, Kingsport, and especially Dunwich are full of these characters! An entire cast of creepy, eccentric Gothic usual suspects of the sort that should be hanging out in Old Dark Houses (see The Addams Family, The Spider Baby, Arsenic and Old Lace, etc.) Creepy butlers, crazy aunts in the attic, mad scientists, creepy kids, etc. I'm still hoping to see someone do a nice range of plastic Zoogs, including Zoog characters (not necessarily using Chaosium's take on the creature, which Lovecraft gave a sketchy but evocative description to, giving sculptors/artists a lot of room to imagine their own take on the critters!) There don't seem to be any Bones not-Byahkhees yet, either. (Again, Lovecraft gives a sketchy enough description of the unnamed creatures that were the basis for Chaosium's Byakhees that Reaper's sculptors have a pretty broad canvas to work with!) And, it seems to me that a translucent Colour Out of Space ought to be a lot of fun to paint! (On paper, it ought to be unpaintable, but I have a feeling that won't stop anyone from trying, and having fun doing so!) 50317 Zombie Miners - and similar pulp mook armed "townfolk" (I like these because they are "zombies" that can easily pass for living human beings, and they aren't really stuck in any particular genre or setting, making them very versatile!) Other professions for similar creatures: fishermen, sailors, woodsmen (lumberjacks and hunters), farmers, servants (groundkeepers, cooks, etc.), merchants/shopkeepers, gravediggers/graverobbers/tombraiders.... 03243 Swamp Shambler - I'm a bit surprised we haven't seen this one in Bones yet Bobby Jackson's Deep Gnomes and Halflings in the last couple have been fantastic - would love to see more!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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):
  14. 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...")
  15. 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....
  16. 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.
  17. 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!)
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. 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.)
  21. ...maybe like a "Not-Big Trouble in Little China" sort of thing? I'd be all over that!
  22. 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!)
  23. 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?
  24. 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!
  25. 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!)
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