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the mounted cowboys should have a standing figure just like them.  That way you can have the figure mounted or unmounted.

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On 7/13/2019 at 7:24 AM, Chaoswolf said:

To add to the IMEF idea, if some lady troopers get made, please make 'em look like the same unit. The current lady sniper doesn't have the same uniform/armor as the rest of the squad.

 

If it weren't for the similarity in design of the *weapon*, I'd suspect she had no connection to the IMEF troopers at all, beyond the naming convention.

I ended up putting some work into converting her to look more like she belonged to the unit.reggie_van_zandt_and_sarah_blitzer__imef

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4 minutes ago, Jordan Peacock said:

 

If it weren't for the similarity in design of the *weapon*, I'd suspect she had no connection to the IMEF troopers at all, beyond the naming convention.

I ended up putting some work into converting her to look more like she belonged to the unit.

I took my Bones versions of her, and cut her weapons off to use as sponson mounted weapons on my Rottweiler Grav Tank for my IMEF forces.  One of model herself will be used as the tank commander, with her torso emerging from the top hatch of the turret. 

That way her differences make sense, and still fits with her IMEF name. 

 

And speaking of Tank Commanders, I'd like to see more Chronoscope figures in poses that could make them easily convertible to tank commanders and drivers. 

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And since everyone seems to be on board with the IMEF expansion, I would like to see the Kulathi expand as well.  You don't want them to spend the majority of their time being used against some other company's alien invaders!  There are a good number of Kulathi infantry now, but no support weapons, no officers, no specialists of any kind.  And what will they do when facing a Bulldog?  Well, they got six limbs, so they should have a six legged bug-walker, with a mounted heavy gun.

 

Other Alien races would also be great to expand upon, but are lacking in foot soldiers.  Except for the Grays; there is a decent line up of Grays, although not too many that are seriously battle ready.  I would love to see a heavily armed force of Grays that I could put up against my IMEF troops X-COM style.

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The newly released Argamite Explorer (SKU 50346) and Korkosan Explorer (SKU 50347) strike me as very reminiscent of characters from the TSR classic Star Frontiers, and I love them.  I know Star Frontiers has been out of print for 25+ years, but please don't let that stop you.  Add on as many Argamites and Korkosans as you can as well as any mantis looking aliens in similar space suits you come up with.  Throw in a line of humans in matching suits with a variety of weapons and equipment.  Make a dozen of so walking-worm evil aliens in foot soldier, scientist and officer poses.  And of course, a motley collection of mixed race space pirates from all of the above, armed with las-gun and vibro knife, ready to storm space liners and cargo haulers alike.  I will buy them all.

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Heh, I see the IMEF expansion is well represented in here already.  I was just bringing this over from the Bones V speculation discussion.  Was asked what expansions I would like to see.  Not sure if the Gnomes fit Chronoscope or the standard line better.....

 

1) IMEF: more troops, troops on bikes, jeep/dune buggy, APC, tank(s), drop pod/breaching pod, outpost fortifications, more power armor, flying power armor, etc

2) a force to oppose the IMEF: could be the Kulathi , could be the Bathalian, could be the mysterious Blackstar Corsairs (that's my pref). Likely not the Greys....  Anyway, similar for them, but with a much more alien feel.  Battle mechs, funcky alien weapons, etc.

3) and somewhat in the fantasy/steampunk range: Gnomes and their creations.  I'm a huge fan of Gnomes with awesome mechanical contraptions (see my take on Wyrmgear and Stonehavens Gnome Titan that I "might" have campaigned for ....for a year or two ). I'd love a set with some Gnome scientists/inventors, Gnome pilots, flying, walking and driving constructs of assorted sizes, mechanical arm and leg  replacement sprues (Gnome sized of course), control panels with Big Red Buttons, lab/machine shop equipment.

 

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I don't play ANY superhero themed games, but I've been a proponent of including some superherosretro sci-fi, and pulp heroes in every Bones Kickstarter since at least Bones II, and would have supported Chronoscope sets loaded with those genres every time.

 

Reaper has a few of these sorts of characters in metal, but I'd throw some money at the Bones equivalents, for their potential in conversion to other settings (most are just a step or two away from straight sci-fi or fantasy - just add laser guns or swords in many cases, and a few fit into sci-fi or fantasy just fine as-is!)

 

I mean, just skim through Reaper's catalog for "super", "villain", or "pulp" and think of the possibilities that a broader selection of models in those themes could offer, both for generic fantasy gamers and sci-fi gamers, as well as for the (sadly under-represented) superhero, pulp, and Flash Gordon-style "Raygun Gothic" sci-fi genres!  Especially if you combine some of those possibilities with a few sprues of fantasy, futuristic (50025), and Retro Sci-Fi (50332) weapons....

 

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I was pushing for more pulp and generic sci-fi (not space marines) last round and still hope to see new sculpts for Chronoscope.  I have painted the existing Chronoscope Bones 2 or 3 times over.   I get the impression they are really more into the fantasy genre games (D&D, Pathfinder, etc)  at Reaper than they are the pulp, supers, modern horror and sci fi .  

 

 

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With some very simple modifications, the Reaper Supers can be many different heroes, or villains.  Heck, some of 'em just need different paint jobs.  Sure, it would be nice if there were more to pick from, but as others have noted, they probably don't sell as well as some of the other lines.  

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On 7/23/2019 at 5:19 PM, Jordan Peacock said:

 

If it weren't for the similarity in design of the *weapon*, I'd suspect she had no connection to the IMEF troopers at all, beyond the naming convention.

I ended up putting some work into converting her to look more like she belonged to the unit.reggie_van_zandt_and_sarah_blitzer__imef

Nice!!

 

I'm not hugely into weird wild west, but I need this as a mini...

 

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On 8/19/2019 at 5:33 PM, Inarah said:

...I get the impression they are really more into the fantasy genre games (D&D, Pathfinder, etc)  at Reaper than they are the pulp, supers, modern horror and sci fi .  

 

 

 

I kind of suspect the designers and sculptors don't mind the challenge of doing something a bit outside their comfort zones, and I really got the impression that the designer for the Chronoscope characters really enjoyed imagining the world where those various named Chronoscope characters interact... however, as a business, Reaper also work under market pressures, and the customer base, by and large, really isn't there for a lot of the more offbeat miniatures.
 

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Certainly, though I don't have any marketing data and I can only go on anecdotal "evidence", I've noticed from listening to the comments in the Kickstarters, there seems to be a large subset of people who are just on board for the vanilla fantasy, and the more vanilla the fantasy, the better (dwarfs, elfs, giants, dragons, dragon-slayers, wizards, orcs, hobgoblins, goblins, kobolds, skeletons, zombies, mummies, liches), mostly GMs looking for monsters, and mostly monsters that are not commonly found elsewhere.  A different subset of customers are mostly onboard for large miniatures, and the larger, the better - buildings, vehicles, dragons, giants, etc.  There's a smaller subset that are looking for very specific (and what seem to me to be somewhat 'niche' wargame) items, like cavalry or specific wargame factions; I think at least some of the support for buildings and vehicles also comes from the niche wargamer subset.  And, there seem to be a group that are onboard for some of the cuter items (a guaranteed customer base for the Mouselings and chibi characters.)

 

Dragons seem to be Reaper's biggest wins across the board, and I bet giants are close behind.

 

I'd bet that the pulp/horror tends to get support for the larger items, from the painters looking for larger subjects:  the bigger Lovecraft monsters and dinosaurs and the crypt with graveyard terrain really seem to go over well in the Kickstarters, in spite of a few complaints from the vanilla fantasy gamers.  The more generically gothic small-subject horrors (vampires, Frankenstein monsters, werewolves) seemed to get accepted quietly, and things like pack donkeys, camels, and terrain seemed to get a lukewarm reception from backers who seemed to find pack animals and terrain to be the only useful part of the horror expansions, while the smaller Lovecraft monsters seemed to get a colder reaction, and there almost seemed to be hostility toward the human investigator characters. 

 

The smaller modern, sci-fi, period historical, pulp, super, steampunk, western, survivor, and horror probably suffer from a combination of a lack of emphasis on miniatures for those sorts of RPGs (compared to the more wargame-based D&D, Pathfinder, Warhammer, and other fantasy games that lean pretty heavily on miniatures), a customer bias toward generic fantasy, and a comparative lack of large models and popular subjects for the customers who favor large-subject miniatures (dragons carry their own fanbase, Lovecraft monsters might be a slightly different one, there seems to be one for very big D&D monsters, one for angels and/or devils... you might find one for Kaiju monsters, but I have a feeling the support for large-scale aliens and spacecraft might be relatively feeble!)

 

 

In any case, subjects like modern, sci-fi, period historical, pulp, super, steampunk, western, survivor, and horror are probably never going to see a large amount of support from customers beyond a small amount of crossover appeal for generic fantasy gamers and the occasional large-subject miniature buildings and monsters, but I like to think that vocal support from those of us who do support these niches helps to encourage Reaper to keep taking chances on them.  I, for one, really enjoy seeing miniature support for these offbeat genres!  :)

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On 8/25/2019 at 10:52 AM, YronimosW said:

but I like to think that vocal support from those of us who do support these niches helps to encourage Reaper to keep taking chances on them.  I, for one, really enjoy seeing miniature support for these offbeat genres!  :)

Same, so I'll add my voice here. Yes please!

Versatile super-figs not represented in Chronoscope that I think should be:
-Jetpack lady, either armored like Afterburn or not
-Skinny dynamically-leaping fella in a spandex onesie and lucha face mask (certainly not Spiderman, I don't know where you would get such an idea)
-put any sort of beastlike or reptilian monster in a lab coat, I'll buy it. A N Y sort

-buff athletic guy with a helmet w/half-mask exposing Heroic Jawline, cape optional, two small hornlike things on the helmet would be a nice touch

-fat corrupt businessman in three-piece suit with Threatening Technology (rocket boots? umbrella gun? laser monocle?!)
-spandex lady in jump/leap/high-kick pose
-ape in a suit (business OR spandex, I'll be happy either way)

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hat/helmet pack. would let us get more use out of the existing minis.

space helmets, hard hats, ball caps, giant sombrero, cowboy hats, etc...

non humanoid robots.

dog bot, wheely robot, ro-bug, and the like.

a robot woman who is not maria. I love the current maria robot, but I could use at least one other model so that not every girl robot has the same body

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11 minutes ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

hat/helmet pack. would let us get more use out of the existing minis.

space helmets, hard hats, ball caps, giant sombrero, cowboy hats, etc...

non humanoid robots.

dog bot, wheely robot, ro-bug, and the like.

a robot woman who is not maria. I love the current maria robot, but I could use at least one other model so that not every girl robot has the same body

 Cowboy hat, pilgrim hat and boater? Those are on the existing hat pack. 

 

https://www.reapermini.com/search/hats/latest/03202

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