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First experience at Reapercon

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This year was my first Reapercon, and I thought I’d share my impressions, that it may be of use to those who have not been and have been curious about it. Graba coffee as I am notoriously long-winded...

 

First of all, you should put in perspective that I’ve been in the miniatures hobby for 4 and a half years, and up to recently, my sphere of knowledge and interest was limited to the GW range. I’ve attended several Gamesdays and Golden Demon painting competitions. Those are large, sterile events, where you get to pay to participate in their hobby. The first thing that struck me at Reaper was that you are a welcomed addition to the hobby from the getgo, and should you so choose to buy Reaper or paint from another range of miniature is all up to you. The commercial pressure see in other companies’ events was completely abscent from the whole weekend. It really felt like a celebration of the hobby we all share in its many aspects, from gaming to painting to sculpting. Unity through the hobby, everyone had things to share, teach and learn from each other. Talking to the Reaper staff, you really had the genuine feeling that what you say mattered, something you don’t get in larger Cons. I was asked what I thought of the Reaper paint line (which I have unfortunately not tried yet) because if I had something smart to say about it, it could be incorporated in the next batch of paint! When was the last time your conversations had a chance to have meaningful impact on your hobby by chatting with the people that make it happen? This convivial approach to everything at Reaper really blew me away, especially from someone used to the larger commercial companies.

 

The painting competition was outstanding to me. I would estimate there were 200 to 300 pieces entered, from historical to anime themes, and the amount of high quality work, professional-level I would say, was much above what I hoped for. In my opinion the quantity of superb paintjobs was superior to the usual North American Golden Demons I have been to. The room was a bit cramped with the large table in the middle and the photo station at one end. I would however recommend removing the central table in the middle for a smaller one and have the photo boot placed in the corner to the right side of the door, so people could walk around the room shelves and not get in the way of the picture-taking operation as much. At the risk of sounding conceded (I brought home some trophies YAY!), I thought the judging was very well handled, clearly the advanced techniques used on many models did not go unnoticed like they often do in other “commercial” painting competitions. The judges knew their stuff and as such I recommend this experience to all you aspiring painters out there.

 

Throughout the event there was a large area with anywhere between 5 and 20 experts working on projects, available to talk and discuss their work and techniques. God knows I still have so much to learn in painting, but this was for me the opportunity to see sculptors at work on the next models I’ll just have to add to my collection. Special Thanks to Gene Van Horne and Jason Wiebe, both gentlemen putting up with hours and hours worth of my incessant questions about their craft. You guys really opened my eyes to Sculpting and Greenstuff, and I am so psyched to get to work on green putty! I REALLY appreciate it, I am in your debt. There were many others who graciously spared time for me but my terrible memory means I forgot your names, my apologies.

 

So to close this off: Reapercon was my discovery of a whole universe outside the GW bubble I had kept with so far, and I tell you the outside world is a vast and amazing place. After painting for years with the purpose of playing an army or entering a painting competition, Reapercon, for the first time, made me want to paint miniatures for the simple pleasure of painting and creating. Of course I came back with 20 models I just HAVE to paint, and though I make no promise to pant them all, I wish to sincerely thank Reaper and its devoted staff for the best 3 days in the hobby I’ve had. You guys in your attitude and enthousiasm rekindled my interest in the hobby I had almost abandoned.

 

My most heartfelt thank you to the good people at Reaper, you guys ROCK!

 

Now where can I preorder my Ticket for Reapercon 2010 again?

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Who were you? :poke:

 

Glad you enjoyed it! Now you see why I took a break this year...there's something nice about painting because you love to paint, instead of for a comp. We'll see you next year!

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...and every time a GW junkie wises up and dumps GW, the legions of Hell roar and caper in despair... (or is it that an angel gets his wings? I always forget...)

 

Yeah, this was my first con in more than a decade. It was not at all what I expected; I would compare it to the difference between shopping at Wal-Mart and shopping in a little mom and pop store where the proprietors give a toot... except that the analogy doesn't quite work; Wal-Mart would be cheaper, and therefore superior in at least ONE respect.

 

With Reapercon, the attitude AND the expense was considerably more reasonable, and more worthwhile, IMHO. True, it was a con being held in a factory/warehouse, but, well, nobody's perfect. And it keeps costs down!

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I like that it's in a factory. Where else could I have all the bits I want and, when a bucket is out of stock, have said bucket refilled on demand? Or tours of where the magic happens? Or all the miniatures <3. Ah, I love me some reapercon.

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I like that it's in a factory. Where else could I have all the bits I want and, when a bucket is out of stock, have said bucket refilled on demand? Or tours of where the magic happens? Or all the miniatures <3. Ah, I love me some reapercon.

 

Hm. Considering that I think I may have walked out of there with about fifty 28mm chainsaws, I find it hard to argue with you...

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I agree about the place where Reaper is located. Since this was my 5th RCON (I missed 04) I feel at home when I walk through the door each. I will admit I felt like I was tied down to Room 4 (btw love the maze to get there, he he have to many people booked for a class or rpg game, off them one or two on the way in :devil::lol:. (had a class in there + I was in each rpg event)

 

Really had fun going through the tool chests & browsing the older figures this year, that & having 14+ lbs of metal to spend both nice & uhhh fustrating so to speak, then again I was able to get everything I wanted to get this year + I didn't snip anything off so I have a start on my "melt" for next year. as well

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It was my 3rd trip to RCon and each time has gotten better. I think having the Con in the plant is a great idea. This makes it a one of a kind Con. I however can see a potential to outgrow its location, but hopefully the staff can always figure out something. This year I saw far more RPG's than last year and I can see where that may become a issue about space in the future. If most were held after 6pm that would probably help. The tables for miniature gaming could be used for gaming when not being used for Warlord or Cav. I look forward to next year and hopefully have all my paint done before I get there for a change so I can just play and take classes, that would be sweet. So I would recommend all to show up in the future its like no other Con anywhere.

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So to close this off: Reapercon was my discovery of a whole universe outside the GW bubble I had kept with so far, and I tell you the outside world is a vast and amazing place.

 

Better get comfy outside that bubble if you're anything like me, as GW has officially priced themselves out of my reach this summer. :upside:

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I'm just gonna jump in here and say THANKS so much for coming, Boltman! Thank you also for writing such a wonderful and heartfelt post praising our little Con. ::): I had no idea that you had been considering leaving the hobby and now having seen your work I am so glad that we've re-inspired you. You have a great talent and I hope you'll consider coming to some other non-GW events, like the Chicago Show run by MMSI and the World Expo in 2011 in Switzerland (so exciting!). ::):

 

I also want to say thank you to everyone, so far, for not turning this thread into a GW-bashing venue. Boltman's post is about discovering the facets of the hobby that exist outside of whichever venue you started in, which I love. The fact that we had awesome models from GW, Privateer, historical companies like Andrea and Pegaso, AND fantastic Reaper models helped give a lot of attendees a whole new view of the hobby as a whole. ::): This can only help all of us prosper.

 

Thanks everyone for a wonderful ReaperCon '09!

 

--Anne ::D:

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Good on ya!

 

All of you: attendees, students, reaper support staff, artists, entrants, reaper peeps...

 

Every year I am re-energized by all of you, every year I am gratified to pass on whatever few tricks I know about sculpting and have them be thought of as wisdom, every year I see true talent and wisdom in operation and hope I can gain a few new tricks, every year I meet new friends and revel in old ones, every year is like a family reunion (but with family I have chosen).

 

Boltman, your observations are insightful. I believe reapercon to be a huge benefit to the entire hobby, and the addition of the military modelling crowd has added a new level of interest, enthusiasm and talent. Its great to see folks from the other facets of the gaming and miniature world joining us in the grand celebration as well. I think you nailed it when you spoke about Reapercon as being more broadly based than the name would indicate. Reapercon is a long string of selfless acts on the part of a company that is built on the love of gaming and miniatures, and it is my hope that the good comes back to them tenfold.

 

Reapercon is the highlight of my year, and I get to spend it with some of the best folks I know!

 

Thanks again, all of you!

 

jason wiebe

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