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  1. Hey, Sorry I didn't see this earlier. I made a spreadsheet for my own use, that I have shared for others to use. Note that this isn't an official publication. Just my own work. Here it is: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Tza7h0aj-icHh-rD2z5RM6E-DQmMqR3g/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=112027081119572828251&rtpof=true&sd=true
  2. I'm also in. I need a good NotaBeholder. I also always like takes on the critter that aren't just a big round ball.
  3. That sounds kind of like the spar that comes off the stern of the ship, but you said you haven't unpacked your ship yet. Maybe post a pic.
  4. Cerberus was one of the ones I had to boil as well. His feet fit well enough after that. Keep in mind that one of the heads, the leftmost I think, is so close to the ground that the lower jaw actually fits in a small indentation in the base.
  5. Yes, I meant the witch herself. Unless I missed it, she hasn't been offered for retail. As Chaoswolf said, there was a previous Agramon sculpt in Bones, but the Bones 4 one was new, with hand and head options. I think those Skeletal Dragons are Kickstarter overstock. That's why they say "Not Packaged for Resale." Although if they haven't sold out of those yet, that explains why they're not rushing to bring it to retail. Shame, it's a nice model.
  6. From Bones 4, according to my records we haven't seen hit retail yet: Baba Yaga Gauth Narglauth (and Rauthuros) the Dragon Turtle Agramon, Duke of Hell Blacksting the Wyvern the Thunderfoot Behemoth and Blacktooth Terror Dance of Death Mossbeard the Treeman the Skeletal Dragon Nyarlathotep Argent the Stygian Barge Pretty much all big addons that will need custom packaging. Also, I wonder a bit about how hard that stuff is to move (in a retail sense). The big boxed kits take up a lot of real estate in game stores, and most of those don't seem to be devoting a lot of space to stocks of minis. And then Reaper has to share that space with Wizkids and Games Workshop. I kinda wonder if the big items are more loss leaders to get people into the Kickstarters, but only folks with access to Reaper's financials would know for sure. 😛
  7. I was impressed that this round of Bones not only has superb detail, but you can treat it more like polystyrene. I could remove mold lines by scraping perpendicular to the line with a knife blade, which is my go-to technique for polystyrene kits. Previous rounds of Bones, this just made a mess; the material was too soft for it. You had to actually cut the mold line away, which was a dicey job if you didn't want to cut too deep. As far as sleeper hit models, I really like the three-headed troll. For a kind of throwaway joke model, he has a lot of character, and I'm going to enjoy running him. I was thinking of different ways to play him while I was assembling him. It's going to be like Bert, Tom and Bill from The Hobbit, but all in one body. 😄 Also the Overgourd turned out really well. In fact, there's a lot of kinda Halloween themed stuff in the Core Set. I have this vague idea for a one-shot with the Kid Heroes, where they get pulled into a Halloween themed dreamworld, with All Hallow's Eve and the Halloween Knight as mysterious helpful NPCs and the Overgourd as the final boss. Maybe I'll get around to running it one day. And Yog-Sothoth is just...fantastic. The thing I liked most is that the sculpt actually evokes him kinda...unfolding himself. A bunch of tentacles are bursting out of his ribcage, and the sides look like a smaller spherical form that split apart to reveal all the eyes and things, and the mouthparts look like they split open revealing all the teeth. I can just picture it as some weird eldritch floaty ball thing just...unfolds itself into that horror. Really impressive work with the sculpt. Now I just have to find the time not only to paint all the stuff, but to run games with it. 😛
  8. I gave pretty much all the dragons boiling water baths this time to improve the fit of the pieces. The terrain from the encounter sets also needed the hot water. I did a lot more boiling this time than in previous Bones kickstarters, but that might be because there's just more assembly. In any case, I would recommend being prepared to boil up a lot of these models. I agree that it's different sculpting approaches. I don't want to name names here, seems rude. But some sculptors have an approach to digitally sculpting fur that I like more than some others. I suppose that there are arguments for smoother fur textures. That way you can do more to add texture with shading techniques during painting. But if you don't do that, the model looks flat. FWIW, I've never had a problem with gluing unwashed Bones models. I didn't wash any of these before gluing them, and had no problems getting the glue to stick. I do go back and wash thoroughly before painting. I have had plenty of problems getting paint to stick. Don't use spray primers though. I have had the experience with tacky models, it's not worth it. 😛
  9. Done with inventory, initial assembly and dry fitting. Took a bunch of pictures. Here's a few below, if anyone wants to see more tell me and I'll make a separate thread somewhere. Only three errors: missing the Eldest Billy Goat Gruff from the troll bridge, the six-armed wraith from Daimyo is missing his lower left arm, and one of the Gatormen had the wrong body piece in the bag. All in all, not too bad. I can also report that my kittycat is also sadly poorly detailed. Quite odd, since the details on most of the rest of the models are superb. It truly is impressive to compare to some of the early Bones models and see how far they've come. Reaper seems to me to be pushing the envelope with a lot of pieces in this collection. It seemed to me like there were vastly more multi-part models than before, although that could be just because of less factory-assembly, which is good. The fitment is all quite good, but they're pushing the envelope there too. Lots of very very tiny pegs to fit in. They mostly fit quite well, although the skeletons from Gallowgard I will call out for being just absurdly tiny joints. I think they were testing to see what the smallest joint they could make was. It mostly worked, but I did have to pin one joint. I wouldn't recommend those skellies for inexperienced modelers. I'm a little disappointed with the fur on some of the furry models, like the yetis. There's just not much texture to it. There were a few models like that in Bones 4 as well, if I recall correctly. It may be just a stylistic choice that isn't to my taste. I'm very happy with the Brinewind Extras, and glad I got two of them. Lots of scatter terrain there that will be useful for many scenarios, not just pirates. Dark Depths is once again a ridiculous value next to the other expansions. Makes me wonder if they figured underwater models wouldn't be as popular, so they had to pack in more of them? Anyway, not complaining. Some favorite models: the Overgourd and Three-headed Troll from Core. Lots of character in those. Yog-Sothoth is even better than the renders made him look; he reminds me of old 80s creature effects, like in John Carpenter's The Thing. Also very pleased with the Mammotaur and Demonic Lasher from the Fan Favorites. Favorite dragon previously was Shavynra, but now that I see them all together I may have to give it to Aganzarax. Also, all the dragons have excellently textured and positioned wings. Once again, we've come a long was from the flat wings in the early Bones models. All in all, I'm very pleased and looking forward to doing some painting! Hopefully. Maybe. 😛
  10. Carrier has arrived! Yay! Now to get inventorying. Really wish they had included a pick sheet, but oh well. To the laptop we go.
  11. Woohoo, finally a shipping notification! 45.6 pounds arriving next Tuesday. I'm Wave 7. Hopefully all you Wave 1 and 2 people have your stuff on the way. Can't wait to use my spreadsheet to actually check off my own minis. 😛
  12. Yeah, that's intentional. Those kobolds were originally released in Bones 4, and then made part of the Core Set for Bones 5. Most of the Bones kickstarter Core Sets have had a bunch of little mooks that were previously released sculpts. In Bones 4 it was goblins, Bones 3 was...lizardmen, I think?
  13. I made a checklist. Here it is. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Tza7h0aj-icHh-rD2z5RM6E-DQmMqR3g/view?usp=sharing I've seen at least one other floating around somewhere as well.
  14. Here's a spreadsheet with SKUs for all currently offered Bones minis. Which kickstarter they came out with is also noted in one of the fields. However, it's not guaranteed that older minis are still in the original material. I've gotten some restocks from earlier Kickstarters that were cast in the gray Bones material. https://drive.google.com/file/d/19wtRK7YoZ-ngquYSCeNpXX80iMkMghBG/view?usp=sharing
  15. The Pledge Manager closes on December 1st, yes. The Kickstarter happened last fall. I apologize if this is information you already know, but Kickstarter is a separate site that provides a platform for individuals and companies to solicit funds in advance to make a project. Reaper Miniatures uses it to pre-fund their Bones miniatures line, because making the Bones molds requires a lot of money up front. When backers provide this seed money, they then get sets of the first manufactured miniatures, as soon as they are ready, for prices substantially below retail. Kickstarter projects last for a set amount of time and then the Kickstarter ends. It's part of how the Kickstarter site works. Kickstarter collects the pledged money, turns it over to the project, and then their involvement is done. The various people and companies that use Kickstarter have various methods for processing all the logistics and rewards after that. Reaper uses their custom-built Pledge Manager to process the pledges and rewards. They allow people to submit more money after the Kickstarter closes, to buy more miniatures at prices offered during the Kickstarter, and they allow "late backers" to join the project, pledge some money, and receive miniatures when they are all sent out in April. Late backers pay a little more than backers during the Kickstarter, but still less than retail, as Kalibak said. What this means for you is that, until Tuesday, you can use the Pledge Manager as a late backer and order some minis at the late backer prices. You'll pay the money and shipping now, and then receive the minis whenever they are ready. This is currently scheduled to be April 2021, but delays are possible. I believe each Reaper Kickstarter up until now has been delayed at least a month or two, so one might even say delays are likely. Hope this answers your questions. Happy pledging. :)
  16. They're slowly getting some more detailed information into the Pledge Manager. Ilraedis is credited to Jason Wiebe. Valfuryx is credited to something called Questron Studios. The other big dragons are as yet uncredited. For what it's worth, I also find it odd that they never mentioned the sculptors of the big dragons. Maybe because these Questron Studios people are an outfit that they're new to working with? I dunno.
  17. Here's a spreadsheet. Just updated it for the latest Power-Ups. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Tza7h0aj-icHh-rD2z5RM6E-DQmMqR3g
  18. The D&D 5e Monster Manual has six mephits, each representing two of the four elements. Dust, Ice, Mud, Magma, Smoke, and Steam. I expect they figure Smoke and Steam can be the same figure, just painted differently. As for what that represents in terms of the old 2.5e-3.5e cosmology....dunno. Meaning no disrespect, but that cosmology got a bit...odd over the years. Very particular. Hard to adapt to different stories. I'm honestly not fond of the beaky nose and chin of these mephits, but it does match the art in the 5e MM very closely. Dangerously closely, seems to me, but copyright is weird and lawyerly, so what do I know. I think these guys should do fine.
  19. Reaper did make a Bones Black two-headed troll in the Bones 4 Kickstarter. Here's a picture of it next to the Rock Troll. As you can see, they're comparable in size. Much more intimidating. :) As for availability, you're in luck. The Two-headed Troll is on the release list for this month, so it should be available at retail and on Reaper's site on Monday, February 17th.
  20. Since they're part of the Kickstarter, I assume we can talk about the Paladin and Landsknecht here? Cause I really love both those sculpts. The detailing on the armor and weapons is fantastic! The texturing work on the Paladin's shield, and the size and shape of the zweihander, and the excellent work on the armor. It's all great. And I love the overall stance and carriage of both the models. This is a rare instance where, with apologies to Izzy, I like the overall effect of the model more than the already excellent concept art. Also, these renders seem somehow different than others we've seen. The lighting appears different, and maybe the resolution is higher? Anyone else notice, or is it just me?
  21. This is hard. There's no way not to make in individual to my tastes, but that feels unfair. But anyway... 1. Greek Odyssey It was kind of cheating to throw Yephima in here, but whaddayagonna do. I love that sculpt. Plenty of other good stuff, and I like the Greek-themed adventurers. Very different. Only gripe is, the total # of models seems low. There is an awful lot of big stuff, though. 2. Dungeon Dwellers This one would be further down a more personalized list, but I want to give it credit for how cohesive, thorough and well-themed it is. It really is levels 1-5 in a box. Reaper should go ahead and sell it as a boxed set after the Kickstarter is fulfilled. I don't need it that badly but I'm buying it anyway. :P 3. Brinewind This one is the Dreadmere of Bones 5. So much character. Also well themed. With this and the Extras there'll be everything I need to get piratin'. 4. Dark Depths Lots of amazing sculpts here, but underwater adventures are kinda niche. Still, it's nice to have that niche filled. I kinda wonder about the scale though. The Sea Dragon, for example. How big is it going to be? It doesn't look very big, but it should be. Same with Nessie. I'm going to be watching the updates to see test prints of this expansion. 5. Chronoscope I'm not getting this one, because I don't play modern games, and don't expect to. Nevertheless, I think it's an improvement on the Bones 4 chronoscope. I'll pick up the Shoggoth at retail. 6. Fan Favorites I'm not as excited about this one as I was for Bones 4 Fan Faves. By its very nature it's not themed tightly, so it feels unfair to ding it for that. I'm super excited for the Whispering Ghoulsbane and the Vampiress. The character models look useful. Good to have the Firbolg box checked. The axolotls look cute but I want to see actual renders. I would be more excited about Demogorgon, but I dunno. It just doesn't look big enough, or detailed enough. I want Demogorgon to be a big, menacing, detailed, flagship model, whereas this one looks rushed and uninspired. It's a WIP though, so I'll be looking for a good test print. 7. Daimyo Like so many others, I want to like this one, but I just don't. Lots of stuff is kind of cool, but nothing is ZOMG awesome, except perhaps the dragon. It most definitely isn't an Asian-themed game in a box, like Dungeon Dwellers, but also it has a lot of weird stuff that I'm not sure what to do with. Also, is it me, or is the model count way low? Greek Odyssey has lots of big models, but this one doesn't seem to have that many.
  22. +1 for giants. The Storm Giant and the new Yephima were my favorites from the previews, and I don't think anything has topped them. I'm very fond of Reaper's giants in general. They've got a great mix of dynamic sculpts with just the right amount of cartoony proportions. Even the Fire Giant Hellbringer is a great addition to the line, despite being kind of sub rosa in the kickstarter. I can't wait to see what the Sea Giant looks like!
  23. Dragons, lots of dragons in this KS and its hard to choose which ones to have! So, going to ask for some assistance to narrow it down :) If you were only only to choose just TWO dragons from the addons, which would you choose: Valfuryx Aganzarax Shavynra Krateryx Ildraedis Kalanzar Any opinions warmly welcomed. ps - New to Reaper and Bones so I have nothing from previous KS etc. I can't find it now, but somewhere during the Kickstarter a picture of Shavynra from the front was posted. In an update or somewhere on Reaper Live, I don't know. She's got these claws on the tips of her wings, and I love the posing of them from the front. Very intimidating. Other than that, I would go for Valfuryx or Aganzarax. They're the most unique from this KS. Kalanzar is impressive, but most existing Reaper dragons work fine for a red, including T'Raukzul which is about the same size. I agree that Ilraedis' stance is a bit plain. I also want to try mounting an LED in Krateryx, but otherwise I'm not fond of the crouched pose. So if I had to pick two, we'll say Shavynra and Aganzarax.
  24. This guy's looking great! Fur does seem to be a tricky thing to do in digital sculpting. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this guy turns out. it's going to be a long 18 months. :P
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