Jump to content

Am I alone in buying pretty much only reaper minis?


Recommended Posts

Title says it all really.

 

I grew up on GW, dabbled in 3D printing and other companies (and still enjoy finding and painting the occasional old 80/90s minis at my LGS), and nowadays there are so many awesome minis out there from so many cool places.

 

Buuut... I'm lazy, spoilt for choice, and I love everything about Reaper - the material, sculpts, ease of use, totally awesome customer service, price, addictive Kickstarters, community, freebies (and free shipping). 

 

Other than if I spot something from a rival that legitimately I can't pass up (I'm looking at you new GW squigs and night goblins), it feels like I'll be a Reaper man for life. 

 

Has anyone else had this realisation? 

  • Like 7
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 40
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

6 hours ago, tommyzolla said:

 

Other than if I spot something from a rival that legitimately I can't pass up (I'm looking at you new GW squigs and night goblins), it feels like I'll be a Reaper man for life. 

 

Has anyone else had this realisation? 

 

They do have a nice product, and I've bought a lot of it.  But if you're into other genres like sci-fi, historical, or pulp adventure you have to look elsewhere, which makes me sad.  Lately it seems like I've bought 2-3 other brands for every Reaper purchase.  I still love the company, but wish they'd broaden their offerings.  

  • Like 5
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

For fantasy (well, in general really, but particularly for fantasy) Reaper is by far the bulk of my collection.  To such an extent that it has become much easier to count how many Reaper figures I have by cubic feet than individually.  Not only do I have no idea how many I have, I expect at this point it is impossible to ever know how many I have.  Somewhere between more than usual and (probably) less than the factory.  

  • Like 6
  • Haha 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

26 minutes ago, buglips*the*goblin said:

For fantasy (well, in general really, but particularly for fantasy) Reaper is by far the bulk of my collection.  To such an extent that it has become much easier to count how many Reaper figures I have by cubic feet than individually.  Not only do I have no idea how many I have, I expect at this point it is impossible to ever know how many I have.  Somewhere between more than usual and (probably) less than the factory.  

 

As you well know, the correct answer is 20.

  • Like 3
  • Haha 7
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Moderator
11 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

I'll happily buy from any company, 

That said, Reaper is one of my favorites due to the customer service and the beautiful sculpts.

 

This sums up my feelings on the subject, too.

 

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

This sums up my feelings on the subject, too.

 

Very reasonable - and logical. 

 

I guess I'm just getting lazy - I know that If I don't have it, I can almost certainly find it at Reaper and then get to spend 100 USD on other reaper stuff to get free shipping (and a few freebies). 

 

To show that I'm not always just about Reaper - a quick shoutout to Micro Art Studio's Discworld Miniatures - if you're a fan of the books these are awesome! They literally arrived today - I can't wait to paint 'em up and show 'em off. 

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'd say that over 90% of the minis I own are Reaper. 

 

I originally started painting minis in the early 90s and only rediscovered the hobby during the Covid lockdown, as a result I have a soft spot and preference for the style of miniatures from my youth.  I like traditional hand sculpted minis, I like metal minis that have a bit of heft and substance to them, I like the simpler old school aesthetic of the fantasy minis.  The hobby however has evolved a lot over the last decade or so, fortunately Reaper is one of the few companies that still caters to old 'set in their ways' fossils such as myself, which is why my collection is now dominated by miniatures from Reapers extensive back library. 

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have 20 Reaper miniatures. 20 to a large order of 20. I went in early and heavy on the Bones Kickstarters, to date there is only one that I haven't backed to some degree, though I don't foresee backing further KS. I also have a prodigious amount of metal Reaper that I have purchased over the years. Having said that in the last few years most of my mini purchases have not been Reaper. Don't get me wrong I still love Reaper, especially the older metal minis from before the Bonesening, but more and more of their newer offerings are just not really my thing. I still love the company, and it's interesting to see how it  has evolved and will continue to do so. I'd be lying to you if I told you I won't buy more Reaper, right now I'm waiting for the Spikeshell  Antipaladin to hit retail so I can complete an order I've been slowly building for a while. Reaper has a niche, and they do that niche very, very well but there are certain things that you just need to go elsewhere for if you want it. Now if they would convert their entire Reptus range over to Bones Black or Bones USA I'd probably just hand them my credit card...

 

Right now I'd say that easily 80% of my collection is Reaper. The good (bad?) news is I'm in the process of inventorying all my miniatures so when that's completed I will be able to tell you exactly how much of my horde is Reaper versus other brands.

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think I fall into that "20" reaper minis crowd too, but they're far from the only manufacturer I buy from (and I'm ignoring 3d print.)

Early on, I had a small amount of Ral Partha, then went HEAVILY into Games Workshop and I-Kore in the early oughts.  Later Wyrd and Privateer figured as a significant portion of my purchases but were never to the levels that the first two were. (I had probably 90% of the models available from I-kore at right before Void 1.1 came out)

 

In the last decade, Reaper probably makes up the majority of my purchases. (more in the first half of that decade, I've branched out a little more recently.)  Most of that comes down to three things.

1. great sculpts

2. Great price points, both for metal and plastic.

3. Great people.

4 (ok, honorable mention, they're local for me.  This figures more into me getting into their stuff, not so much with me staying, though)

 

In the last 10 years, though, I have also made multiple purchases from Bombshell, Darksword, and Midknight Heroes, as well as one-offs from probably a dozen other manufacturers.  Also Kickstarters that were usually one-offs.

 

All that said though, the 3d printing world has made up the bulk of my purchases the last two years. Partly because I can get sculpts that likely wouldn't ever be produced at price points I'd want to pay for pretty inexpensive, and partly because storing that pile of shame is really, really easy.....

 

 

Edited by Cygnwulf
  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

 When I need something to fill out my collection, I usually look at Reaper first. If I need a specific character mini or monster Reaper usually has something close.

But the miniatures lines I collect are Mithril and Dark Sword.

 

  buckyball

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

When I got back into this hobby about 15 years ago, I frequented a game store that was closing out their Reaper Legends line. I tried to pick up as many as I could, but not as many as I would have liked.

 

Then came the Bones kickstarters, and that fueled my collecting even more. With the advent of 3d printing, most of my minis come from Patreon or other stl manufacturers. That said....there are still Bones (and other Reaper) minis that I will buy.

 

So....I guess I am also in the "20" club.....

 

Reverend Shartan

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...