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Vampire Box set: A Review
Loim posted a topic in Reaper's Product LinesOk, so since Sunday night I have been slowly sifting through the awesomeness which is my Vampire box. I haven't gotten to the checking to make sure I have everything phase, just because I'm a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of miniatures contained therein. However, as I've been taking out random miniatures and looking at them, fiddling with their fiddly bits, and overall exulting in the overwhelming number of them I've gotten a better feel for Bones as a material. I thought I would post a few observations from my perspective. First, I have absolutely no complaints about the Bones I've received. I don't want to come off as overly critical, since this is intended more in the nature of an impartial look at them. Some miniatures made the transition to bones very, very well. Some, not so much. Bigger, heavier sculpts with well defined detail seem to work better in Bonesiumtm than those with fine pieces, or minute detail. One miniature in particular sticks out, the newer Valkyrie sculpt. Her sword is very flimsy, to the point that I'm not sure it will ever stand out straight. Not really a problem for me, I'll just re-sculpt the blade from green stuff or Milliput, and be done with it. The rest of this same mini is amazing. The detail is very crisp, and I look forward to getting some paint on it. Overall detail seems to have translated well into the bones, though with the white material it is more difficult to pick out the fine details. I imagine once some grey primer is on them it will be easier. Going forward I would not be surprised if many of the Bones specific sculpts don't take advantage of these materials, and have heavier features, thicker weapons, etc. Because of this I think the sculptors will be able to pull off certain things with Bones they couldn't really get away with from pure resin or pure metal miniatures. Overall amazing quality. I have not yet gotten any with major deformities, or imperfections. Further, I picked up a Bones minotaur, and I'm in the process of converting him. With a little boiling I was able to remove his head from it's slot. A few X-acto strokes later, and a brass rod, and his head is repositioned, his mane is removed, and he's ready for some cosmetic surgery to fill holes, gaps, and give him a new slender, sexier neck. After that he will be getting a mail hauberk, a new weapon, and a holy symbol as he transitions from bloodthirsty maze dweller into devout priest of order. The ease with which I made the modifications is amazing, and I really do think that Bones are a converters dream. I hope that some of the Bones specific sculpts eventually make it to metal, just because I love metal. Overall I give Bones full marks. The few shortcoming are more than balanced out by the price, the weight, and the ease of manipulation. Happy Painting everyone.