Reaper Miniatures announces Dark Heaven Bones

By TGN Ross
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Mar 8th, 2012
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Reaper Miniatures announces Dark Heaven Bones, a line of ready to paint miniatures.

From their site:

Twenty years ago, you could go into a gaming store with a couple of bills and come out with a handful of minis. Not so much today. But today’s quality is far superior to those figures of the past. Reaper’s Bones meet that sweet spot where low price intersects with incredible detail. All the fiddly bits you love to paint are there at prices that will astound you.

  • Wa-wa-wa-waiiiit.. did they say the quality of yesterday with the prices of plastics? ’cause.. that’s what they did. With maybe 1 or 2 exceptions, most of those are static side poses circa 1994.

    • I’m half way through the video and the quote I heard was “The quality of today and the price point of yesterday”. listen again perhaps?

      • It was sarcasm.. I don’t particularly care for the miniatures..the only thing IMO they have going for them is the fact that they’re relatively cheap.

  • Jeremy

    I actually think they are some very nice models for the price, and sculpted by some of the best out there like Bob Olley and Tre Manor. I think it is a great way to stock a dungeon without the hassle of finding prepaints on ebay. Better looking too!

    • Bob Olley is a legend.. but he is sadly no longer in the rankings of “the best”. Those guys deserve recognition for what they brought the hobby.. absolutely.. but to say that these are the quality of today would mean comparing it against the likes of Rackham’s figures or the work of Scibor or Felix Paniagua or the folks at Kingdom Death.

      I realize that this will sound overly critical and will invite the whole “nuh uh, you’re a dummy head.. these models are teh uber”. I’m okay with that. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. I am stimply stating that to me, these models are more familiar to GW products from the 90s, where everything is posed flat for easier casting and your heroes have swords stuck to their legs while looking awkwardly sideways. Anyone can see it if they look.. and nobody who doesn’t want to see it will.

      • cama

        Nuh-uh! U r teh dummy!

        Lol.

      • Gailbraithe

        I would have found your comment so much more plausible if you hadn’t cited Scibor and Kingdom Death as examples of “the best.” Scibor is maybe the best at repetitive press moulded models with tree trunks for limbs, but hardly the best in modeling in general.

        And Kingdom Death? Really? Really? I don’t know how to put this any nicer: Kingdom Death produces absolute crap. They’re stuff is just weird, gross and creepy garbage.

  • warpcrafter

    Yes, they are the same old sculpts, but considering how dirt-cheap they are, I would have to say that any beginning DM would be a fool not to snap some of these up to populate their dungeons.

  • I just bought some!

  • estrus

    Reaper has been always been amazingly priced and in a style I (usually) dig, so to continue that tradition dirt cheap is simply awesome.

    Not everyone is into the “limited edition weird pose from Belgium for only the price of a Yugo” figures.

    Personally I’m not digging the direction the hobby is heading (ltd editions, high prices). Sometimes a nice dungeon crawl with the kids is in order too.

    • cama

      Spot on. The Eastern European gold priced limited edition resin figures are so overblown with detail, they are like looking at a Dali!

      These minis are classic and also like many of the Reaper line in that regard. And not just well priced, but readily available, too.

  • JoeGKushner

    I’d actually like to see them do simple figures as well. Cut out the belt bucklets, studs, straps, pouches and other bits and get back to simple figures, well cast, with good crisp details that can be painted quickly and are good tools for getting others into the hobby.

  • Soulfinger

    $3.50 for 6 kobolds! I’m sold! As far as quality issues go, you can’t expect GW quality right out of the gate — not at this price, at least. This is a first run. The figures look like Fantasy Flight game components, which is fine in my book and certainly a huge step up from all of the prepainted plastics out there (including Rackham). If the market supports this then Reaper can afford to improve the tooling for production, and we will see a renaissance in affordable plastics. Maybe it is 90’s GW quality, but $2.50 for an ogre chieftain is sure as hell less than I was paying for GW in the 90’s, which is a favorable equation to me. PLUS, paint ready with no need to prime or assemble? AWESOME!

    If Scibor and Kingdom Death are caviar then these are more like the bread and butter of the hobby. I usually can’t afford caviar, but a man’s got to eat. Game shops need to push these as introductory sets for bringing fresh faces into the hobby. Personally, I would like to see this line mass marketed at retailers like Target with separate paint sets available. I am definitely going to be buying them for my son to play with, since they cost less than a vast majority of the toys available on retail shelves.

    • Gailbraithe

      $3.50 for 6 kobolds! I’m sold!

      That was my reaction too. I tossed a pack of kobolds in with my most recent order, and if they’re even halfway decent I’ll be ordering a ton more. $.65 for a kobold is a lot better than $2/kobold, which is what Reaper normally charges, or $3/kobold from Otherworld.

  • Soulfinger

    Also, sculpt quality is hands down 1997 Ral Partha Battlestorm.

  • number9

    I think this a very encouraging direction for a major manufacturer to take. I also think the price looks good for the quality in sculpt and casting. I’d save final judgement for figures in my hand or under my brush, but in a community being flooded by high concept, high detail, high cost, work intensive centerpieces, these seem to offer some refreshing nostalgia, convenience, value, and utility. There is room in the market for both ends of the spectrum and I hope the line grows and is a success for Reaper.

    • I wasn’t disagreeing with this notion.. it’s just that they mention quality as a selling point. I do think that there is a place for this kind of thing. My kids have my old figures from Dark World, Dragonquest, Heroquest, Battle Masters, etc.

      • Even you have to agree the quality of the above figs is above and beyond the Dragonquest/Heroquest quality figs. That comparison just isn’t there.

        • Heroquest maybe.. but the point was not that they were of equal quality but more about the low end of quality figures having a role. You missed the point.

  • Sevej

    Heh, my painting can’t match the hyper-detailed minis either. I just hope they add female figures.

  • Darsc Zacal

    I’m more interested in seeing the new upcoming Werner Klocke and Bobby Jackson sculpts that will be released in this material, than I am with these recasts originally designed for Reapers prepaint line. Hopefully that’ll be when we start seeing some modern quality miniatures.

  • KelRiever

    I prefer their lead line. Cheap. And still metal. Hope they keep releasing these.

  • Dewbakuk

    I’ll be honest I haven’t watched the video, I just went straight to Reaper and looked at the release page. This is new marketing but the same product that Reaper has been kicking out for a while now. If you want to see what the next releases are more than likely going to be they’re all here:
    http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/Legendary%20Encounters/latest/page1

    This range is just their ‘pre-painted’ range but without the paint. The exact same figures are also available in metal through the store and have been for many years. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not attacking Reaper, I think this is a far better idea than the rubbish prepaint route and as a cheap source of dungeon critters like Kobolds it’s brilliant. Hopefully they’ll do other ‘low level’ groups like gnolls etc (other than the beefy one that’s already there).

    • Soulfinger

      Sooo much better naked. A great reminder of how a bad paint job ruins any figure. I’m excited about paying $2 for these unpainted. Prepainted, I wouldn’t pay a nickel and never even looked at the line. I hope that selling them unpainted was a brilliant business decision and not something prompted by the Paintomatic 2000 breaking down or the Chinese kids who used to do the work asking for better wages and an extra crust of bread to eat.

      • Dewbakuk

        They do look a lot better. I expect it’s a business decision, people like cheap toys, people don’t like badly painted toys. If you stop painting them badly you can sell them even cheaper…. got to be a win really.

    • Klaetch

      That being the case, I hope the Minotaur of the Maze isn’t too far behind. I could convert an unpainted plastic of that to feature in my Blood Bowl team in a snap.

  • Upcoming & Scheduled brand spanking NEW FIGURE Bones releases. This link is to the figures:

    http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/previews/latest/77098