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Never seen the models, but I recognized the name. We've talked about them before...

 

http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=20607

 

http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=19572

 

http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=6059

 

There are links to some pics in those threads.

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The castles and most their plastic line is geared toward 1/72 plastic soldiers. Depending on how you look at it that puts them at or around 20 mm or 25 mm. They tend to be a lot more delicate than metal miniatures though.

 

Their Ring of Rule line and their new Sci-Fi line are both larger (28 mm). Even with those though, the proportions are a lot more realistic than most metal minis - so they don't generally look quite right when side by side.

 

In terms of the models themselves - lots of little bits and pieces. They fit together fairly well, use a hard plastic as opposed to bendy plastic used with a lot of plastic soldiers and overall are OK to good in terms details and what not. Whether or not you will like the sculpts...I guess that is a matter of personal opinion. Some of them are a bit stiff looking - I don't care for the style they went with with their orcs. The dragons are a bit more like salamanders with wings than dragons IMO (not scally enough for my tastes). Their cursed legion is pretty neat - fills a void that hasn't really been dealt with by others.

 

The nice thing is that you can modify them quite easily since they are the hard styrene plastic. You can add, remove and change parts around pretty easily.

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I have an orc chieftain - I got him thinking that from the box art he could just as easily be a human barbarian, but his mouth and teeth kind of ruined that :)

 

Anyway, he is pretty nicely detailed, but he does come in a lot of pieces. The pose is a bit static, but based on this figure I would buy more.

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I found the Fantasy range from this company last year. In general, the miniatures are excellent quality and well detailed. They are 'true' 28mm, and generally come in a huge number of parts, but still suffer from being limited in poses. For example, I have the really good Cursed Legion box (Imperial Roman Skeletons!) and lower legs are seperate but the upper legs are attached to the hips.

 

Anyway, my experience is here:

 

http://www.tacticalwargames.net/cgi-bin/fo...=56;t=8840;st=0

 

This thread also has links to various online stores and reviews of the products. I hope that this helps.

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