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I agree with Goddesstio - I think vehicles and scatter terrain are cool, and Reaper has made some great examples, but it seems like Mantic has really covered the scatter terrain pretty thoroughly, while I can't help thinking that old-fashioned plastic scale model kit manufacturers (Revell, Tamiya, Hasegawa, Monogram, Italeri, Ertl, and the like) could have been doing more to supply historical - if not also fantasy and scifi - 1/48 scale vehicles (which seems to be a popular model scale, which happens to be pretty close to 28mm Heroic in proportion.....)  Maybe Reaper can fill in some of the niche gaps that those sources aren't covering, and maybe the economics are right to compete directly with those sources, but I'm starting to wonder if maybe Reaper's better bet might not be to specialize in character figures, and large, dramatic set-piece scenic items ("encounters").... 

 

That said, I like the haystack idea, and I do wish there were  more historical and sci-fi vehicles available in something like 28mm, 1/56, or 1/48 scale!

 

And for some possible Encounter scenics:

  • Witches' Lair (cauldron, altar, work table, etc., with some suitable crones, familiars, etc.)
  • Guard Room (guard post with alarm bell, table with seated [Anhurian? Orc? Maggotcrown?] guards tossing dice/playing cards/eating/drinking [ideally, give us the choice - with maybe optional arms/hands for all these activities?], pacing guards making rounds, standing guards [maybe one dozing on the job?], weapon rack, bunk beds, foot lockers)
  • Cave Entrance at top of narrow path/ramp (mushroom patches, stalagmites, cave wall with petroglyphs, [insert cave monsters here])

 

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Exactly I love some of the new setups like the tree of despair and charnel pit, but alot of the boring standard terrain is already covered. Like the Brinewind box for example - I loved the sloop, the docks, the bar, and the cart (moving wheels!) but I have no need whatsoever for any more boxes, barrels, crates, tables or chairs.  That sort of stuff has been done by everyone and their brother and I think it's a section best left to them. But Reaper has made some really great terrain and vehicles like Sophie's Revenge, the pit, and the docks, and that's what I'd like to see more of.

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A joust setup would be neat for a boxed set. Two knights, and some barriers for around it. Perhaps some stands to set up.

 

I'd also like a stage, a raised platform with curtains designed so that it can be plopped down for different things with some benches and an actor or opera singer mini (or both).

 

A training yard set, weapons barrels, a couple quintain, archery targets, barrel of arrows, and things of that sort

 

A couple doors somewhat similar to the starship door with a bit of floor on either side for stability, with or without framing, but could be placed on battlemats easily and wouldn't be to hard for people to cut the base off and use otherwise.

 

A farmyard set. Some of the various animals (even take the animals from the Nativity and add the chickens from the metal townsfolk...along with some oxen/cows), add in the haystacks, trophs, and a scarecrow. Easy thing for fields there.

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I am all for more Reaper terrain. Sure other companies cover a lot of terrain options but Reaper can bring the visions of different artists to life doing things with more character than just another treasure chest or barrel. The excellent Brinewind terrain in the Bones 5 Kickstarter comes to mind. Sure there are barrels… but there is also so much more. I am so glad we backed Bones 5 and eagerly await Bones 6…. more boats please, especially “Eastern themed”!
 

Discrepancies between HO gauge, N gauge, 1/48, 1/50, 1/56, 28mm, heroic 28mm, 32mm really are frustrating but I do not see a way around having to deal with that. I am constantly surprised by the inconsistent scale of Reaper figures but I tend to find a way to work with it.

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I would love love love to see like a viking style longship!

 

I don't want anyone to take my above comment as a knock on the Brinewind box - I absolutely love it. It was definitely worth the value for the cool new terrain pieces it gave. And reaper's sculptors are amazing and come up with some great ideas, which is why I want to see more from them, in different kinds of terrain that they could really shine on.

 

I like the idea of some farm animals, not a lot of companies just make regular animals. maybe a farm scene with the animals and haystacks would be cool

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6 hours ago, Grumpy Gnome said:

I am all for more Reaper terrain. Sure other companies cover a lot of terrain options but Reaper can bring the visions of different artists to life doing things with more character than just another treasure chest or barrel. The excellent Brinewind terrain in the Bones 5 Kickstarter comes to mind. Sure there are barrels… but there is also so much more. I am so glad we backed Bones 5 and eagerly await Bones 6…. more boats please, especially “Eastern themed”!
 

Discrepancies between HO gauge, N gauge, 1/48, 1/50, 1/56, 28mm, heroic 28mm, 32mm really are frustrating but I do not see a way around having to deal with that. I am constantly surprised by the inconsistent scale of Reaper figures but I tend to find a way to work with it.

 

I'm not very picky about the scale - "close enough" is good enough for me.  It just seems to me there ought to be more vehicle scale models out there that are "close enough" than there actually are.  Plenty in 1/72 (which is far too small!), and plenty in 1/35 (which is far too big), but not much in-between, not even in popular scales like 1/48 or 28mm.  I think the scale model manufacturers are missing an opportunity... and I don't think they even need to do anything detailed or accurate to take advantage of the opportunity (the more "table-ready" but customizable the model kit, the better, I suspect, for most gamers!)  So, I think there's a demand for ~28mm vehicles, but nobody seems to be filling it, not even (weirdly enough) the companies that used to specialize in that sort of thing.

 

And don't get me wrong - I'm not opposed to Reaper making generic scatter terrain, I'm just beginning to suspect that it's a market that's just about saturated by now, at least for generic fantasy stuff (where most of the business was ever likely to be.)  The most value for their mold-making investments might be found in something other than more boxes, barrels, treasure chests, tables, chairs, bar sets, book cases, and the like, unless it's an important thematic part of a packaged encounter set.  Just a guess though - Reaper know their business far better than I do!

 

 

I think the farmyard set (with ordinary farm animals and haystacks!), tournament set, and stage set sound like they could be winners to me.  I think the arch from the dwarf tomb encounter, stairway from the vampire encounter, and the portcullis from one of the other encounters were brilliant, I have a feeling more of that sort of architectural thing - themed arches, doors, columns, staircases and the like - might be popular and useful.

 

Seems like encounters in dramatic set-piece locations have their places in the film and literature that inspire RPGs, and might have a similar popularity in Bones Encounters:  rooftops, cliff-sides, battlements, waterfalls, etc. - and the arches, portcullises, bridges, and staircases fall into that territory.

 

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Since Reaper seems likely to lean into the success of the Bones 5 encounter idea, a farm raid encounter set could be a good way to go with something like the haystacks. 
 

A thatch-roofed hut of some historical medieval variety (rectangular stone wall, wattle-and-daub, or Irish roundhouse) about the same size as the Runehorn Hut (44087), plus two haystacks, a cow or ox, a pig, and chickens, a peasant farmer (and family?) with leveled pitchfork (a stance that works both for pitching hay, or fending off attackers like it’s a spear), and some sort of raiding force, such as:

  • a few Vikings
  • a pair of bearded gnome-like spriggans [one large, one small, since they change sizes]
  • a troll
  • some other giant, like a Fomorian or Athach

I’d even go for some orc raiders if they were ultra-brutish (shirtless, stooped, tusked; like the 3.0 Tanarukk artwork from Monsters of Faerûn that also shows the incubus-like winged Fey’ri). Something that could be an orc, a Tanarukk, or a human-sized troll, depending on paint scheme. 

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I'm not sure if the mounted figures other than the Bones Black Anuhrian Cavalry (Now renamed to Human Mounted Paladin for some reason) in Bones use the same peg for riders, but if they do, a pack of saddles that can use the same slot would be a great thing there. it might be possible to also then use the same parts of molds to have them available for other uses in games.

 

We could also use a normal horse or two without anything on them for use in different ways.

 

I'd also like a workhorse such as a clydesdale or similar, perhaps in a set with a larger wagon.

 

I'd also like to see an outhouse done about the same size as the bones pseudo-TARDIS one.

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- A badass-looking feathered dragon.

 

One which wouldn’t look like a dandy. With fangs, claws, horns, spikes, all the attributes a cool badass dragon needs. But with feathers.

 

- Dolphinfolk

- an Akhlut (half-orca and half-wolf creature from Inuit mythology)

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