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Metal (and resin) support undercuts. Plastic doesn't.

 

Plastic molds cost $5K to $15K each. Metal costs only a hundred dollars or so.

 

Metal holds details better than plastic (although that may be changing).

 

Some people still care about the sculpt, and are willing to pay more for it, particularly if they don't buy many models (eg. a display-level painter who will take a month to paint a single miniature). Or some sculpts don't have a wide appeal, so will only sell in smaller quantities. I think, for these people, metal will still have an appeal.

 

When 3D printers have a sufficiently high resolution, and come down in price, maybe we'll have a change in the miniatures industry, though, I'm sure, other industries will have been noticeably affected sooner. Dentists, for example, have 3D printers so they can make braces and crowns on-site, rather than having the patient have to return for another appointment when the prosthetic has been created.

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4 hours ago, harrycanyon said:

Bones are nice for inexpensively filling out the battlefield, but metal is my preference.

 

Any insights are appreciated.

Take care,

Harry

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

This question has been raised before.

Reaper has always stated that the Metals will stay.

Bones is just a separate line.

 

There are still new metal minis being released every month, so don't worry.

 

Personally I paint for fun and display and although I prefer metal and resin, I own lots and lots of Bones.

Especially the bigger ones ( Troll sized and up) are very well detailed.

And they're cheap so for filling out a large unit it is very nice to have some extras.

 

Also good for conversions.

Still I love metals and resin.

 

They won't go away.

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Yah I have the first Bones Core Set (aka Vampire Box) & inside it are many Werner Klocke sculpts. I've touched them only to inventory the box when I first got it. No way will I ever paint em*. WK metal minis forever!!!! AGHHHHHH!!!!

 

 

Reaper knows there are metal fans out there & will continue to make them happy.

 

*thou I do need to get them out as they will start their way to other people in the Box of Goodwill tours here on the forum. ^_^

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I think the market is approaching an inflection point, where more minis are made of plastic, but I doubt metal will be completely phased out.

 

 

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10 hours ago, harrycanyon said:

Bones are nice for inexpensively filling out the battlefield, but metal is my preference.

 

Any insights are appreciated.

Take care,

Harry

Threads like this pop up about once a year. A forum search will find the others.  This one will end up merged into older when I'm on a device that plays nicer with moderation tools.

 

Official answer: Reaper has no intention of discontinuing metal production.

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8 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

This question has been raised before.

Reaper has always stated that the Metals will stay.

Bones is just a separate line.

 

There are still new metal minis being released every month, so don't worry.

 

Personally I paint for fun and display and although I prefer metal and resin, I own lots and lots of Bones.

Especially the bigger ones ( Troll sized and up) are very well detailed.

And they're cheap so for filling out a large unit it is very nice to have some extras.

 

Also good for conversions.

Still I love metals and resin.

 

They won't go away.

 

Thanks for the welcome and the replies.

A relief to hear metals will be staying around. Hopefully in peace and harmony as Darsc Zacal mentioned. :-)

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Table toppers use a lot of figures and plastic is cheaper for them. There are still too many people who use metal for a multitude of reasons to abandon it, including myself. I like Bones for big stuff and metal for small detail stuff. 

 

There are more options now than ever. I count it as a good thing. 

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