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  1. A 2-inch base is too small for Velocithrax, he needs a three, or even four inch base. I don't have the figure but the undead skeleton dragon from the first game needs a five or six inch base - there were issues in production that led to the figure being produced way larger than it should have been. --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
  2. Awesome, thanks guys. I got mine all put together and I'd post s a scale shot of him next to a Mordheim Pit Fighter, but I'm not sure how to attach an image to a post without a URL, or get it into the My Media section. Anyway, the shot of him is on a 3inch base, which works, but honestly is a little small. A four inch base might work, but a five would be better. Considering he's supposed to be an earth-shattering dragon, that's probably best. --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
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    Can you suggest a good mini for a n00b painter?

    Look for a pack of wolves, or anything with fur, or a figure wearing lots of chainmail. Learn how to spray primer black (or use black artist's gesso) and then learn how to drybrush. Drybrushing metallic silver is pretty forgiving, so there's that. If you pick up some skeletons, you can just drybrush the bones as well. If you play D&D, stick to Dark Heaven, if you want to get into Reaper's Warlord game, try that. If you're into sci-fi or moderns, Chronoscope has you covered. Also, the Bones models are cheap enough you could buy several blisters for nothing, and either get a ton of skeleton men, or some various PCs. --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
  4. Okay, so I finally cracked open my massive Bones box (I ordered a LOT of add-ons and aside from a thank-you note signed by everyone at Reaper, I proceeded to crack open Verocithrax. So here's my deal - he's a big guy, but also very tall, but his base is shallow. So really, in D&D terms, should he be on a 3 inch or 4 inch base? Is he H or G? His head is about as big as the GW dragons, which used to be on 40mm square bases back in the 90s, but are on chariot bases now. I want to make him impressive, so I'm erring on the size of going larger, but I'm also putting in an order with Litko for a custom magnetic base, and those are expensive, so there's that. What say you all? --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
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    Who owns Reaper Miniatures / Hobby-Q

    Bones II wan't that generous, but it was still a great deal. I don't know of any controvery over Pro Paint II (?) I'd rather have super-cheap miniatures based on popularity or size. I'm cool with it. I'm just wondering if having such a huge range is hard for game stores. Also CAV and Warlord, does anybody play these games? I used to be an Outrider for GW, and I never saw them being played at cons. I think CAV would get some love if the rules were better and they were in Bones. I know i won't get it, but I'd love to see Reaper's numbers. --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
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    Who owns Reaper Miniatures / Hobby-Q

    The Legendary Encounters line Wren discusses on the previous page is a line of pre-painted minis. http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/LegendaryEncounters Forgot about these, but so few are available. There was another company (EM-4) that did pre-paints for $5-10 and it seemed like those never sold either. This was started before Bones, and since Bones is a more popular response to the problem, the P65 was canceled. Bones grew out of Legendary Encounters, which grew out of dissatisfaction expressed by consumers over the blind pre-painted miniature packages sold by Dungeons & Dragons and Mage Knight in past years. Legendary Encounters were pre-painted blistered figures where you saw exactly what you were buying. The line sells, but not hugely. It's costly to produce the moulds for the figures, so it grew pretty slowly compared to the metal lines. Then someone at Reaper had the idea of seeing whether they could produce the Legendary Encounters figures in a type of plastic that would take paint well, and so Bones was born. And then it took off running. Reaper didn't really push Bones. They had only 18 different figures or so within the first year or two, compared with the thousands in the metal. And by the end of that couple of years, those Bones figures were doing something like 1/4 to 1/3 of sales. -------------- P65 always seemed like a bad idea to me, although I see the reasoning. But all it would take is another lead scare and Reaper would look like the bad guys. And really, do you really want your lovingly painted figure to get prize fighter's nose after taking a fall from a shelf? Bones was a surprise, but a good surprise. In these tough times, money really does trump all. I'd be interested to know if they took a bite outta GW's sales. There's a lot of "on the fence" figures I'd normally pass on, but would take a chance on in Bones plastic
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    Who owns Reaper Miniatures / Hobby-Q

    I watched all the Ed Pugh videos and they were great. I did not know about the airplane models, but knew the Magic counters were huge, back in the day. I knew about all the Dark Heaven figures but didn't pay attention, but I guess the line has grown tremendously. I just wonder where they're going with it. Has the copst of metal affected them? it must have, right? Otherwise they wouldn;'t be pushing Bones so hard. Also, the breadth of the line is super-huge. Most stores can't stock it all. Maybe a switch to plastics? Everyone is having their stuff fabricated in China nowadays. Maybe take the top sellers and do 10-man box sets? They said sales of the pirate sets went up dramatically when they included a carry case. What about the Warlord and CAV? I was an Outrider in the early 2000s and like Heavy Gear, I never saw a game of it being played. Does it have its fans? I'd like to see what the sales breakdown is for each line. I just can't see the lines getting any wider, it's almost too much stuff to stock as it is. Maybe switch to a two-figure pack and sell singles through Reaper's online store? It would compact the line. That's how Ral Partha did it, with the old D&D figures. Bones is great though, I can't say it enough. Being able to pick up three blisters for the cost of an old one, makes frivolous pruchases easy, you can easily taker a chance on a figure you might not normally buy. Or just buy multiple skeleton warriors or orcs or whatever. It would be great if they'd release the Warlord troop builders as a plastic sprue or in Bones. The cost of the cavalry is getting to be a bit much in metal. Still, what if someone wanted to buy in to Reaper? Would they ever apply for outside financing? Could they ever go public? --Chris www.chrisvalera.com I'm not going to address everything, and some of that is because some of the topics are confidential information, but I'd like to touch on a few things. Please do not think I'm rude, I'm going to be fairly direct. Price of metal - the wild variance in this commodity's price plays no small role in our decision to emphasize plastics more. Plastics have a much more stable price point for us than metal. We must balance the high cost of making the first mold for plastics versus the high price of the material for metals. This means that we try very hard to make sure there are no "duds" in Plastic - where with metal we can not only reclaim the cost of the raw materials, but absorb the cost of the mold very easily. Thus metal remains our material of choice for new product (unless we're doing something wild and crazy where metal is impractical, or introducing new sculpts to generate interest in the Kickstarters). As for some of the ideas you suggest - we spend a lot of time thinking about who to maintain stability and growth, and remain relevant to the changing industry. Plastics, 3-d modeling, digital prints, pre-paints, etc. It's something that we take very seriously. To be blunt, if we make poor decisions, my mortgage is jeopardized, and so are the mortgages of many of my friends. This includes deciding not to adopt a potent technology or resource, or deciding to adopt a process that becomes a failure. Using every data point we have and every tool we can is a huge priority for all of us, and good decisions are what keep us fed. We get a lot of fan suggestions that idea X is the wave of the future or plan B is the right way to do the thing, but in 99% of all cases where a fan presents us with an idea, we had either already talked about it and discarded it, or already internally have a team working to make it reality. Remember - it's our collective job to make sure we collectively still have jobs, so we spend a lot of time discussing good and terrible ideas. I'm always personally surprised when fans say "you should totally do the thing!" because I feel it implies that we weren't clever enough to have thought of it, when the reality is that in most cases we have access to data that others do not, and we have probably already seen exactly why we should not do the thing. Having said that, I know that no offense is meant, and our fans usually are trying to be helpful, but I'm being honest. Re: Outsider involvement in Reaper - Obviously what follows is purely my opinion: I can't say no, because I'm neither the sole voice nor the one with the most shares (I'm just the one who reads the forums the most) but I am unaware of a non-employee ever holding shares, nor do I think it is something the current partnership would allow. As it is, it took almost a decade (9 years) for me to be allowed to join, and for some of owners, they were employees for longer than that when they were brought on. We have, internally, a family atmosphere, including the tension at Thanskgiving dinner and the crazy old uncle. If you want to someday be a part of it, one day we will announce another opening on the floor. Apply with us. After all, back in 2002 I started in the mailroom - literally packing boxes for orders. After 1 year I was a team lead, after 3 I was a Supervisor, and after 7 I was a Manager. In 9 I became an owner. It hasn't always been awesome, but it has always been interesting. This is awesome, thanks for sharing what you can. What there ever any talk in the office of doing pre-paints, when it was obvious that was huge (the MK / Heroclix era, which arguably hasn't ended.) --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
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    Who owns Reaper Miniatures / Hobby-Q

    I watched all the Ed Pugh videos and they were great. I did not know about the airplane models, but knew the Magic counters were huge, back in the day. I knew about all the Dark Heaven figures but didn't pay attention, but I guess the line has grown tremendously. I just wonder where they're going with it. Has the copst of metal affected them? it must have, right? Otherwise they wouldn;'t be pushing Bones so hard. Also, the breadth of the line is super-huge. Most stores can't stock it all. Maybe a switch to plastics? Everyone is having their stuff fabricated in China nowadays. Maybe take the top sellers and do 10-man box sets? They said sales of the pirate sets went up dramatically when they included a carry case. What about the Warlord and CAV? I was an Outrider in the early 2000s and like Heavy Gear, I never saw a game of it being played. Does it have its fans? I'd like to see what the sales breakdown is for each line. I just can't see the lines getting any wider, it's almost too much stuff to stock as it is. Maybe switch to a two-figure pack and sell singles through Reaper's online store? It would compact the line. That's how Ral Partha did it, with the old D&D figures. Bones is great though, I can't say it enough. Being able to pick up three blisters for the cost of an old one, makes frivolous pruchases easy, you can easily taker a chance on a figure you might not normally buy. Or just buy multiple skeleton warriors or orcs or whatever. It would be great if they'd release the Warlord troop builders as a plastic sprue or in Bones. The cost of the cavalry is getting to be a bit much in metal. Still, what if someone wanted to buy in to Reaper? Would they ever apply for outside financing? Could they ever go public? --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
  9. We know about Reaper Bryan, but we've never really gotten a good look at the owners or gotten a full history of the company, other than the fact the company was started in the early 80s casting miniatures out of someone's garage. How big is the company, what's it's net worth and who owns it? --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
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    89001: Pathfinder Red Dragon

    This looks great; how big is this figure? Can we get a pic next to a figure? How big is the base? --Chris
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    Transparent miniatures help

    I am not a fan of the translucent figures I got in my first Bones kickstarter. It makes them look too much like toys instead of figures I can paint to a high standard. If I paint over them, I feel like I wasting the translucent effect. Plus the wings of the Elemental girl were super-thin I'd rather buy them in regular white plastic. --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Discussion

    Less than 48 hours to go and I'm still on the fence with this kickstarter, and I'm giving it to you with both barrels. It's telling when I'm more excited about getting a deal on paint than the actual figures, which are supposed to be the main draw. There's no pleasing anyone, but they really should have just given fans a taste of everything, instead of catering to the hoary old fantasy grognards. Would it have killed them to add just one IMEF marine to the core set? Just *one* new pose? One guy actually aiming his rifle? Meh, it would also be nice of there was some consistency. Just add a few figs to the core set, it wouldn't kill Reaper.It would be nice if there was at least some consistency. They went for mounted figures, then all of a sudden we got angels and tentacle-beasts. Uh... what? We got modern terrain, then suddenly sci-fi aliens and stuff. An all-terrain option or expansion would also be good. They'd get less orders, but it would be honest in its sales numbers. I missed Itar's Workshop kickstarter, though I would have only pledged for the accessories, so getting some dungeon accessories is nice. I really think they lost a lot of international backers because of shipping. I like how they're all "There's still more to come for the Core Set!" then they add in exactly one figure, the Sophie. Then they add on more paid add-ons while talking about how much better the core set is going to get. I'm smh. The Bulette and barbarians are nice, but when the majority of the figures are so average, I'm not fired up. I do give them credit, Since they added Sophie, they went up two grand in about 10 minutes. Adding more to the core set really is the way to go. If I buy the core set and some of the add-ons, it comes to like $200 or $300. But then I take a second look, and none of the figs from the core set are really that appealing. So it's like, why pledge at all? Bathalians where I have to get three I'll never use. They should make that big alien/demonspawn (14059) model in Bones. Or some big alien beatie. or a Tyranid beastie like a hormagaunt, or the Hudson's Bugs from Defiance Games. People would buy a ton of those. Maybe a big beastie like a RT/40K2-era Carnifex? People would buy that, in plastic. I salute them for making the big stuff in Bones plastic, but why three Bathalians? How many Bathalians do you need? Are they like a race from some Reaper sci-fi game I'm not aware of? Are they a proxy for anything? A big mutant mind flayer? Who's clamoring for all these Bathalians, so much so, that they had to make three of them. If each figure was available alacarte I could add one to my sci-fi collection just for fun, but three? What the #### am I going to do with three of them? It's just that that's a lot of Bathalians they're making, for no real reason. Three variants of a race? Making big figures and Tyranid stand-ins I understand, but three variants of the same figure? It reminds me of the "crates" dialogue from Destroy all Humans 2 "Hey, Pox, do you ever notice? There seems to be a lot of crates lying around. Just random crates. I mean, what could they all be for? You can't tell me anybody needs this many crates, just lying around. I guess if they were being used for something, then... then I could understand. So many crates..." You can't tell me anybody needs this many Bathalians... If Reaper flat-out said they were starting a sci-fi game, I would applaud them. If they're doing it because these are big figures and it makes the most sense to do them now, I have no problem with it. But it's the fact that all three are taking up spots that could be held by other things. I'm not into these new grey alien figures, but at least it's not another giant Bathalian. They couldn't do a medium-sized Bathalian troopers, and a giant-huge sized Bathalian, the size of a dragon or Mashaaf? No giant Bathalian tank that's like the old Reaper 40K2 Carnifex? No psyker Bathalian? No flying Bathalian jump trooper with wings? No royalty Bathalian with giant head crest? Even the 14059 Darkspawn makes a better, and varied alien horror. They can't release *that* in Bones? I'm not against variants, but variants that are so similar is annoying. And the Exarch and the Centurion? Which one is the basic fighter guy, and what is the other one? A sergeant or squad leader? Could you even tell me what the difference is? As an aside, like everyone else, I am not excited about the grey aliens. They ok, and the saucer is great, but not anything I need to add to my buy pile immediately. Especially when I have to order $50 worth of stuff to get them. I can get them on ebay after the kickstarter is over for a decent price, I'm sure. The bullete looks average and the barbarians look great, but if you could that bulette as four/eight miniatures, that's really only six/ten (seven/eleven if you count Sophie) miniatures added to the core. And what's in the core is a 50/50 mix of good/bad. It's worth noting, I just bought a box set of The Hobbit: Escape from Goblin Town on ebay this morning for $64.99, with free shipping. Costs more, but I get figures I know I'll love and some great terrain. Not misshapen 1950's police call boxes and shipping containers that probably won't hold their shape. Unless they release something huge like Gauth in Bones plastic, and add it to the core set, I'm still on the fence. I don't begrudge Reaper trying to make a profit, or improving on the mistakes they made last time (being bit by that ROW shipping increase must not have been fun...) but I think the previous kickstarter was better in that it gave you a sampler platter of everything. But internet D&D grognards woofed about getting moderns and sci-fi figs in their fantasy. If Reaper was smart, they should have ignored the fantasy die-hards, and added a CAV figure to this kickstarter. Just one. Everybody loves the Dictator, so just give away one. Because if you give away one, then there's no reason not to try the game. I mean, the rulebook is free, right? There's a lof ot D&D nerds who play nothing but D&D, but I think they could have turned a lot of gamer nerds onto Cav. Or Warlord. Or whatever. They should look at this as promotion. They got a push of Penny Arcade last time precisely it was such a good deal, you simply had to get in on it. I don't blame them for trying to make money this time around, but promotion in mainstream news sources counts, and turning people onto your game counts too. I don't begrudge Reaper trying to make a profit, or improving on the mistakes they made last time (being bit by that ROW shipping increase must not have been fun...) but I think the previous kickstarter was better in that it gave you a sampler platter of everything, and was a better value overall. --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
  13. More pose variants for basic kobolds More pose variants for Orcs The bookcase from the Bones II kickstarter, but sculpted variants so we can have a room with multiple bookcases that don't all look the same More dungeon decor, more pillars of various types, candleabra and large candle stands, shield to mounth on wals, mounted fierce animal heads A desk with a spell book on it, and a desk with alchemical equipment, a desk with woodworking tooks, stuff to fill a blackmith shop Treasure piles of various types. This should have been an add-on to the Bones II kickstarter A bones pack of skulls, and another sprue of weird skulls like orc and ogre skulls. The Jock/Chick/Nerd from Chronoscope,re-released in Bones. Modern zombies, a sprue of 5 on a sprue, or even more poses The larger cavalry figures from Warlord, released in Bones 14059 Darkspawn Spawn released in Bones, if only because it makes a good sci-fi monster for futuristic games. More large Bathalians, or figures like it. They also make good sci-fi baddies. More IMEF marines. I was upset to see none were made for the Bones II kickstarter. --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
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    how close to 1/43 scale are Reaper figures?

    Pretty much this. The car will be a little large, but not overly so. The base makes up for it --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
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    Chronscope minis we'd like to see thread 2

    Catgirl futuristic models Small techy bits that would be too difficult for us to sculpt on our own (grills hatches and vents) that we can add to a models base. Call them "futuristic base accents. Another pose of Nova Corp, and hopefully, even more poses, so we can make a squad with variation. Small robots about 1/2 inch high that we can add to bases general one human-sized robots, with interchangable arms. Maybe some Appleseed / Ghost in the Shell / Infinity style models, something very far future. --Chris www.chrisvalera.com
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