Reaper Miniatures, a hell of a lot of minis!
Reaper Miniatures are based in Texas and through a series of highly successful Kickstarter campaigns have become pretty darn popular over here in the UK.
They've been spitting out metal miniatures for a good few years but the Kickstarter back in 2012 propelled them to a different level. Prior to this, they'd been spitting out hundreds of metal minis which were good value for money, but with the release of their Bones lines (plastic/bendy miniatures) they reached a whole new market, making it cheaper for everyone to get into miniatures games.
Let's have a look at what Reaper have to offer, as believe you and me it can be pretty daunting.
Reaper Miniatures Scale
First up, lets talk about scale. Reaper has basically gone for 25mm scale whereas your Warhammer's etc are generally 28mm. This doesn't detract from the minis and they are generally a good scale to be used with other mini lines.
Reaper Miniatures Materials Metal/Plastic
Reaper have hundreds of metal miniatures that are on par with many of the other manufacturers quality wise. Where they really stand out is the diversity of the range. You want a mad cat lady? They have one... You want a spider, yep they have that too. Dragons? They're inundated with them.
The cool thing is that most of these miniatures were first cast in metal. Don't get me wrong, these are really good priced too. What they have been doing with a lot of their ranges is moving them over to the Bones lines too. That means you can get the same miniature in plastic Bonesium as well as metal.
There's a few benefits to both of these materials. It's fair to say that the more human looking minis (more delicate features) are definitely better in metal. If you're wanting to paint highly detailed minis and are a perfectionist this would be my first stop. The kicker is, this comes at a cost. The metal minis are at least 100% more expensive as the polymer range.
So, that's the obvious benefit of the Reaper Miniatures Bones lines. These things are dirt cheap. For example, an Ogre will knock you back a couple of quid, but its metal equivalent might be nearer a fiver. The monsters and larger models look awesome in plastic though and really paint up well. Just remember they are plastic and can be bendy so may need heating in water and bending into line.
The Reaper Miniatures Ranges
Reaper have a huge back-catalogue of miniatures sculpted by a wide range of fantastic artists (Sandra Garrity, Julie Guthrie, Bobby Jackson and Werner Klocke to name a few). Let's go through them here.
Reaper Dark Heaven Legends
Dark Heaven Legends is Reaper's fantasy line. Made in metal this is where you'll find your Orcs, Trolls, Dwarves, Elves and Dragons. Mixed in with that lot is monsters and horror items such as the Werewolves. You've pretty much got everything covered for your RPGs in this line of minis.
These aren't tabbed and are generally already based.
Reaper Dark Heaven Bones
Imagine Dark Heaven Legends in plastic. This is pretty much what we have here.
Dubbed as Reaper's mult-genre "non-fantasy" line, Chronoscope is a weird mix of Sci-fi, Historical and Steampunk. For example, you can get a Sherlock Holmes mini or maybe a cowboy, no wait how about a Steampunk Witch or a futuristic soldier? Seriously you have to poke through this line just to see what's in there.
Reaper Chronoscope Bones
You want Chronoscope in plastic? Guess what, you can!
If you're interested in Pathfinder, then Reaper produce a fantastic line of officially licenced minis from Paizo. Again, 25mm scale on integral bases. These are great value for money quality metal miniatures.
Reaper Pathfinder Bones
I think you get the drift. These are some of the metal Pathfinder releases moulded in bendy Bones polymer.
Where do I find the Reaper Miniatures on the site?
We've got a full section on the site dedicate to Reaper Miniatures. We've also attempted to filter the miniatures to make it a little easier for you to find that perfect mini. In my opinion you should go and have a look for yourself, you'll never know what you'll find!
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- Ian Walsh