Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Reaper Bones review part 3

So as I posted originally, I've been curious about the Reaper Bones line for some time now. I decided to go ahead and buy one because of the Reaper Bones Kickstarter. I wanted to at least check one out before dropping $100+ on a big bag o' minis. To be very conservative I only bought one, and did not go for the free shipping (perhaps my only regret as I ended up really liking the model).

Because of other reviews I read here and here I did not bother trying to remove mold lines and I did not use a guide coat (a light paint wash on the white model). The mold lines weren't bad - a bit on the helmet and on the legs, might be more of an issue on a different model.

As mentioned before the model was a bit bent, but very hot water allowed me to reshape it.

Now for painting and some pictures! I've never photographed my miniatures before so it was a bit of an experiment, I think the pictures turned out okay though.

Here is the unpainted model:

I painted on three base colors  and then added a brown wash. I found that if the paint was thinned at all that it slid around a lot on the plastic so I had to keep my brushes and paints quite dry. The only issue was that it meant I had to be extra careful not to fill in details - on the finished model there are a few places where the paint on the chainmail is a little too thick.

Because of the paint slipping on the plastic I had to do some evening out of the base layer, mostly accomplished with dry-brushing. I followed that with detailing and dry brushing, along with some additional washing, brown or black depending on the area. I think it turned out looking pretty decent, and the model is definitely a value at $2.

These models are definitely intended for play. They are cheap and durable (I did a lot of bending of it trying to straighten out the sword before I was successful). If you want perfect control, go for more expensive metal models. I don't know about other people, but I don't like other people handling my metal models, whereas this I will not be fussy about.

It looks like many of the bones line also come in prepainted versions, but frankly mine looks a lot better than the prepainted version and I'm by no means an expert painter. Also, the unpainted models are a good bit cheaper (even counting the paint).

So the upshot is that I am totally satisfied and I will by buying more of these and I can't wait to use them.


The Inner Geek said...

Thanks for what I call a "real world" review. Some people try to put way too much into a review and wax philisophical for pages and pages. You told me just about everything thing I need to know.

I just opened my first blisters of "Bones" this morning. I grabbed the Kobolds, the Minotaur, and the Bugbear. All need some straightening done so I was very excited to see that the hot water trick worked for you. I'm envisioning a pot of near boiling water on the stove for about 2 hours when the Vampire level Kickstarter loot comes in!

I'm in on the Kickstarter and some extras, but I am rather nervous as to how well something like a large dragon with fiddley bits is going to come out. Will a stiff breeze make his back spines wave in the wind? How flexible is too flexible?

Thanks again for the review!

Josh D. said...

Thanks for the feedback! Glad to know someone found this helpful.

I'm wondering about those larger models myself. I'm only going to get one dragon model I think to be safe.