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Surprisingly, Wizards of the Coast properties seem to be at the forefront of providing us with tough, dynamic lady-monster miniatures.  The Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers boardgames have a nearly 50-50 gender split (a mix of male an female within almost every enemy type), and the Wizkids D&D line has also been decent at providing lady giants and other lady monsters that typically would only be male, in a style that matches the males more closely. I've been tracking down a lot of those minis to round out what Reaper hasn't given us (yet), but obviously I'd be over the moon to have them in the much better sculpt quality of Bones.

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7 minutes ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Something that I think that we forget sometimes (I know that I do) is that we are a very small, but vocal subset of Reapers customers.

 

This turns out to be a very significant problem in the whole adventure games industry in several ways:

  • What you said above. People who have been playing these games and buying these products for a long time don't want the same things as a new gamer. After all, they already have all the things they wanted as a new gamer, so now they want something different.
  • Even more so, other industry people, who are mostly friends and see each other several times a year, are even more interested in niche products. E.g.: Space 1889 and Castle Falkenstein were both very widely anticipated by people in other gaming companies, but didn't do anything like the business that their creators wanted/expected. It didn't help that gaming company people tend to trade with each other, so they didn't even get the sales to the insiders.
  • People don't buy what they say they want. E.g.: When you talk to miniatures gamers, you will often hear that they would like casualty figures. But every miniatures company that I have talked to about them has said that they never sell. Part of this is the vocal minority effect, but part is that when it comes time to drop $7 on a new mini, a figure you can use in your game is usually more attractive than a figure that is essentially just a marker.

So, if you want something, you need to actually spend the money to make it economically attractive to someone to produce. This can be tricky if what you most want in the whole world is a dire platypus with a Desert Eagle and a claymore (either type), which nobody is currently making, of course.

 

Eureka Miniatures used to have a deal where you could suggest nearly anything as long as you were willing to put up some earnest money and they would offer to create it if it drew enough more interest. I just went to look, though, and it seems that they've discontinued that program, saying that crowdfunding projects have made the idea obsolete. I suppose you (generic) could start a crowdfunding project to make exactly what you want and then hire a sculptor if it is successful. But that's a non-trivial amount of work.

 

Still, if you care enough and have enough confidence that others will too, that could be an option.

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3 hours ago, Mythral said:

I love these kickstarters. This is my second one to back. 

 

I have a suggestion for the Reaper Gods..

 

Encounter themed expansions. Y'all got Baba Yaga's hut in there. How about a Baba Yaga and evil servants addition? Russian themed monsters and PC's for x dollars?

 

That fantastic Zombie Dragon? How about the evil necromanceress and her cronies, maybe with a sacrificial altar or some such for x dollars? 

 

Yall make the the best models in the world. We buy them! Lol! Make some themed groups to accompany them and we will buy those too!

+1 to all these ideas!!

 

Also, Wolf dragon, and Roc Wolf.

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One thing to remember is that the gaming industry has been dominated by male gamers for decades. That has been changing and will continue to do so, but there was a time that women in gaming were perceived as rarer than unicorns. Sales history probably reflects this.

 

I like the actionable suggestions, like "more action posed female gaints" or "more mature female spell casters". Those are comments that can be followed up with actions. Just saying "I don't understand why..." or "I don't like xxx..." won't accomplish much because they are not actionable. And I think Reaper has been and is pretty good at responding to those suggestions. Are they perfect? Of course not. Improvement is a process, not a goal. You are never done.

 

When I was building my all female warband for Frostgrave I had to go outside Reaper Bones because I could not find enough women dressed in clothing appropriate for a wintery climate. So I'm all for more warmly dressed female miniatures.

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1 hour ago, Cyradis said:

I know of some young male wizards (Piers is the name of one, I believe), but like the older women, they are vastly outnumbered by The Great Bearded Wizards. 

 

Also, I do believe Ms. Tubman is worth a figure someday. Chronoscope? 

 

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Image result for harriet tubman
 

 

 

 

Ms. Tubman would need to have two revolvers in hand, with a third tucked behind, and then maybe another in a boot. 

 

As as for the female figure problem, one could always "Mrs Pac-Man" the figure and put a pretty pink bow in any male character's hair. Instant female in dynamic pose!

 

/ducks

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Generally my miniatures are for fights in game, so I prefer more action posed miniatures to casually posed miniatures.  The exception being NPCs, but for those types of minis I am usually pretty flexible as my players don't do as expected about half the time anyway.

 

"Oh nice paint job on that NPC. Lets kill it"

 

dang PCs

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2 minutes ago, JDizzO said:

Generally my miniatures are for fights in game, so I prefer more action posed miniatures to casually posed miniatures.  The exception being NPCs, but for those types of minis I am usually pretty flexible as my players don't do as expected about half the time anyway.

 

"Oh nice paint job on that NPC. Lets kill it"

 

dang PCs

 

agreed. i don't mind idle posed people, in fact i WANT that in a NPC. For townsfolk, give me all the causual poses!

 

biut for PC women, i want action poses xD

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1 hour ago, Ratmaster2000 said:

 

Yes because we couldn't have a tree of woe after all::P:

So are these statues and stuff based on Arnold's Conan, or the newer version? Or neither? Because I do not remember any spartan/amazon statues in those movies.

There was supposed to be a Conan Rise of Monsters kickstarter that fell through. I know nothing of the details... but Repaer had made some lovely terrain bits for it, and when things fell through, the rights reverted to Reaper.

 

So I'm hoping for some ruined temple bits. And a giant snake.

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I had to drop my pledge to $1 (which moved the wave I was in too). ::(: I had some extra money I wasn't anticipating, so I thought I could get away with going in for a core at the top. But then I had to break a lease to move for work (and then pay for a truck and put in deposits for utilities and water and internet and pick up new groceries and and and) and it just.. Yeah. I know going from $100 to $1 is a drop in the bucket for what the funds are at now, but I still feel bad.

 

And will need to go and find $100 later after the PM opens to add a core set. I can do that, right? 

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1 minute ago, sirgourls said:

I had to drop my pledge to $1 (which moved the wave I was in too). ::(: I had some extra money I wasn't anticipating, so I thought I could get away with going in for a core at the top. But then I had to break a lease to move for work (and then pay for a truck and put in deposits for utilities and water and internet and pick up new groceries and and and) and it just.. Yeah. I know going from $100 to $1 is a drop in the bucket for what the funds are at now, but I still feel bad.

 

And will need to go and find $100 later after the PM opens to add a core set. I can do that, right? 

 

Yes you can!

By your $1 pledge you're still in.

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Okay.

 

And I know it won't help with the U.S., but funds added later via the PM still aid Reaper in this whole process, Yeah? I mean, they get money, which is good, I just never really knew how the pledge manager worked from the side of the project creator, beyond it being a tool to let consumers tell them what rewards they want. 

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