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the only one i'm getting is dungeon dwellers. I just love the sculpts. I'm torn between Greek, Japanese, or favorites for number two. Some fun creatures but not quite enough for a solid sell. Mostly I'm buying add ons and one offs like the dragons.

 

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Greek is my top pick as I like to paint the large critters and love the giant, hydra,Circe,Medusa and others.

Dark depths second was tempted by the tyrant but resisted until the third part, hope that the giant is suitably huge. Those two are on my buy list.

I like fan favourites and brinewind but neither contain enough to make me bite, the ship was a bit of a miss for me(too large to be crewed by an adventuring party and too late a period, would grab a cog or longship) so don’t really need pirates  but will pick up the brinewind extras.

chronoscope and daimyo are last for me as I am mostly a collector of fantasy and also own the Rising sun board game so am pretty sorted for Japanese style guys.

At the moment with the add ons I want plus the Greek expansion I’ve blown my pledge budget. Which leaves me the duration of the pledge manager to get the core and dark depths expansion. Though there are probably some other bits and pieces that will be grabbed last minute.

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A few previews from yesterday's Bones 5 Live episode:

 

The Fan Favorites Hellborn and Landsknecht 3d renders:

 

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They don't know if the the Landsknecht will come with two head options?  That is a Ron question; they were just speculating, based upon the fact it was rendered with and without the helmet.

 

They also showed the concept art for both the above models.  The Hellborn was shown with what looks like a flanged mace included in the concept art.  They speculated it might have a weapon option with the model?  Pure speculation, though.

 

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As far as my preferred expansions:

 

1)  Dungeon Dwellers:  I'm a long-ish time DM that's been gathering pre-painted mini's since 2006, so a lot of this set isn't a "need" for me, but I was desperately looking for affordable 25mm plague doctor mini's last year, and couldn't find any.  This set has two.  I'm getting it, dammit!  I was so stoked when that Part 1 was revealed on the first day of the KS.

 

2)  Greek Odyssey:  So much great stuff in this set that I will definitely make use of.

 

3)  Dark Depths:  Since the pirate ship has inspired me to buy and plan on running Dragon Magazine's Savage Tide adventure path, the underwater set is a natural pairing.  Sure, it probably won't have all that much underwater action in the AP, but it has some great creatures in it, including the Fathom Tyrant.

 

4)  Fan Favorites:  Some of this is too odd and quirky for me, but there's enough stuff in here to make it a no-brainer.  The mephits and axoloti will be great for D&D.  I'll sell off the Tortle and the Wildfolk to 5e fanbois, but I can put most of the rest of it to use pretty easily.

 

5)  Brinewind:  Those characters will be great for populating the pirate town that Savage Tide is based out of.

 

6)  Daimyo:  I have a love/hate relationship with this expansion.  But the Chinese Dragon and the Oni are going to run more than $50 at retail, so I might as well buy the expansion.

 

7)  Chronoscope:  It's not really my thing, but for whatever reason, I REALLY want to paint some of those steam punk mini's.  The elder god would be useful, too.  This set isn't a lock, but if I have the funds, I'll probably get it.

 

0)  Brinewind Extras:  I'm putting this last, because it's not technically an expansion, but I actually love it more than anything else, at least with respect to how many I'm going to buy.  I'll probably get four of this set.  I'm starting to love using terrain in my table-top game.  I do actually love monsters more than terrain, but there's just so much useful in this set, and it's even more useful in multiples (merchant wagon train, small boats skirmishing in the harbor, etc.)

 

 

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 I have to say I'm not as thrilled by any of the Expansions this time as much as I was by Bones 4's selection.  Each seems to have a share of both stuff that is useful to me, and stuff that really isn't.   That being said, here is my ranking, mostly based on the balance of what I can and can't use for wargaming.

 

1) Dark Depths-  Love the potential for unit building in this one.  The Mermaids, Slithe, and Brine Goblins are all present in numbers that will allow me to start building units from them; then picking up the extras I need to fill the ranks from ebay, trade, or retail. I also love the Giant, and I can see the big Jelly Fish being used both in fantasy and sci-fi encounters.

 

2) Brinewind-  Unfortunately I already have a bunch of pirates and skeletal pirates, so a lot of this et s redundant, but there are enough set gems and interesting character types to make it worthwhile. The Anchor of Damnation, Shark Butcher, Merchant and Porter are all good set dressing for various scenarios.  And who can resist Otter and Cat Pirates! 

 

3) Chronoscope-  Like Brinewind, a lot of the zombie, zombie hunter, and steampunk figure types I already have similar figures in my collection. But I will probably get this expansion for the few standout pieces: the trailer, the thing bursting from the sidewalk, and the big mutants and the robot/mech types all appeal to me; and there are a scattering of fun characters throughout to make it worthwhile to me.  

 

This is now the point where how finances work out will decide if I buy or not.

 

4) Fan Favorites-   There seems to be enough fun stuff in here to make it worth while.  Love the Lady Landsknecht, the Pizza Dungeon and the Animatronics, and the Axoloti (Which I see being right at home with the aquatic gang from Dark Depths.).  The Gatormen have the optimal to form a fun unit for wargaming too.

 

5) Dungeon Dwellers:  I love this set, but not sure there's enough in it to make it worthwhile for me.  I don't do a lot RPG-ing, so many of characters would probably go unused.  Could see the orcs being the basis of a unit, and here is a unit of goblin cavalry in my future as well at some point...just probably not starting with this set.

 

This is the point where outside of winning the lottery, purchase is unlikely.

 

6) Greek-  Love the Cloud Giant, but not being a big student of Greek mythology, little else appeals. Also, I already have old Yephima, so painting a whole new one seems redundant, even though this one is much more spectacular.

 

7) Daimyo- Never really got into fantasy Asian as a setting, so little interest in anything here. 

 

 

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link to the new thread for discussion of info and topics from the various ReaperLive shows. Please continue any such relevant discussion over there.

 

https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/89236-reaper-live-channels-enthusiasm-and-general-discussion-thread/

 

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Since they're part of the Kickstarter, I assume we can talk about the Paladin and Landsknecht here?  Cause I really love both those sculpts.

 

The detailing on the armor and weapons is fantastic! The texturing work on the Paladin's shield, and the size and shape of the zweihander, and the excellent work on the armor.  It's all great. And I love the overall stance and carriage of both the models.  This is a rare instance where, with apologies to Izzy, I like the overall effect of the model more than the already excellent concept art.

 

Also, these renders seem somehow different than others we've seen.  The lighting appears different, and maybe the resolution is higher?  Anyone else notice, or is it just me?

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On 11/30/2019 at 8:10 AM, ksbsnowowl said:

A few previews from yesterday's Bones 5 Live episode:

 

The Fan Favorites Hellborn Tiefling and Landsknecht 3d renders:

 

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1616116944_ScreenShot2019-11-30at9_31_45AM.png.7c0689174887f1dc524a24e9f59b43c3.png

 

They don't know if the the Landsknecht will come with two head options?  That is a Ron question; they were just speculating, based upon the fact it was rendered with and without the helmet.

 

They also showed the concept art for both the above models.  The Hellborn Tiefling was shown with what looks like a flanged mace included in the concept art.  They speculated it might have a weapon option with the model?  Pure speculation, though.

 

1055985495_ScreenShot2019-11-30at9_31_25AM.png.bb4f561d3388d83686e4a2eff9fcb9fe.png

 

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As far as my preferred expansions:

 

1)  Dungeon Dwellers:  I'm a long-ish time DM that's been gathering pre-painted mini's since 2006, so a lot of this set isn't a "need" for me, but I was desperately looking for affordable 25mm plague doctor mini's last year, and couldn't find any.  This set has two.  I'm getting it, dammit!  I was so stoked when that Part 1 was revealed on the first day of the KS.

 

2)  Greek Odyssey:  So much great stuff in this set that I will definitely make use of.

 

3)  Dark Depths:  Since the pirate ship has inspired me to buy and plan on running Dragon Magazine's Savage Tide adventure path, the underwater set is a natural pairing.  Sure, it probably won't have all that much underwater action in the AP, but it has some great creatures in it, including the Fathom Tyrant.

 

4)  Fan Favorites:  Some of this is too odd and quirky for me, but there's enough stuff in here to make it a no-brainer.  The mephits and axoloti will be great for D&D.  I'll sell off the Tortle and the Wildfolk to 5e fanbois, but I can put most of the rest of it to use pretty easily.

 

5)  Brinewind:  Those characters will be great for populating the pirate town that Savage Tide is based out of.

 

6)  Daimyo:  I have a love/hate relationship with this expansion.  But the Chinese Dragon and the Oni are going to run more than $50 at retail, so I might as well buy the expansion.

 

7)  Chronoscope:  It's not really my thing, but for whatever reason, I REALLY want to paint some of those steam punk mini's.  The elder god would be useful, too.  This set isn't a lock, but if I have the funds, I'll probably get it.

 

0)  Brinewind Extras:  I'm putting this last, because it's not technically an expansion, but I actually love it more than anything else, at least with respect to how many I'm going to buy.  I'll probably get four of this set.  I'm starting to love using terrain in my table-top game.  I do actually love monsters more than terrain, but there's just so much useful in this set, and it's even more useful in multiples (merchant wagon train, small boats skirmishing in the harbor, etc.)

 

 

sigh.....much better.

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On 11/30/2019 at 11:44 AM, Chris Palmer said:

 

 

6) Greek-  Love the Cloud Giant, but not being a big student of Greek mythology, little else appeals. Also, I already have old Yephima, so painting a whole new one seems redundant, even though this one is much more spectacular.

 

 

interesting take but somewhat strange IMHO.  IIRC, the largest immediate growth after showing an expansion part 1 (and then the companion storm giant) was the greek expansion but i think because it had several things that are useful to D&D, which is the majority of bones/reaper miniature collectors.  

 

cyclops, hydra, bronze golem (can be used as iron golem or marut)

 

right there 3 models that are very useful for D&D at various character levels of play.  

 

You don't need to care about the old greek religions, etc to need these monsters in your campaign. 

 

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9 minutes ago, StarFyre said:

You don't need to care about the old greek religions, etc to need these monsters in your campaign. 

 

 

 

While true, why would anyone not want to care about old greek religions in their campaign.  The ancient Greek deities are some of the best adventure and drama that you can add to any RPG.

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Expansions:

  1. Brinewind & Extras - I like almost this entire expansion. The minis are characterful and look like fun to paint, and I can use a bunch of it in games.
  2. Dungeon Dwellers - Solid, workaday miniatures with enough sculpting interest to get me to paint them.
  3. Daimyo - I like almost everything here, too, but not as much as the two above. I even like several of the dinosaurs, though this is the only genre where I do.
  4. Dark Depths - On the edge here. There's stuff that I might be able to use, but I'm just not much inspired by anything.
  5. Chronoscope - I like most of the pulp figures and the trailer, and don't care about the rest at all. Probably a pass for me.
  6. Greek Odyssey - Don't care. The only figures I really want are the Hydra and Yephima, so I can get them another way. Definite pass.
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1 hour ago, StarFyre said:
On 11/30/2019 at 11:44 AM, Chris Palmer said:

 

6) Greek-  Love the Cloud Giant, but not being a big student of Greek mythology, little else appeals. Also, I already have old Yephima, so painting a whole new one seems redundant, even though this one is much more spectacular.

 

 

interesting take but somewhat strange IMHO.  IIRC, the largest immediate growth after showing an expansion part 1 (and then the companion storm giant) was the greek expansion but i think because it had several things that are useful to D&D, which is the majority of bones/reaper miniature collectors.  

 

cyclops, hydra, bronze golem (can be used as iron golem or marut)

 

right there 3 models that are very useful for D&D at various character levels of play.  

 

You don't need to care about the old greek religions, etc to need these monsters in your campaign. 

 

 

Well, I don't play D&D these days, or any RPG for that matter, so I'm looking at things more as a wargamer.  That may help explain it.    And I'm certainly not the only one who put the Greek set way down in their list of favorites. ::):
 

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