HiTech Miniatures makes great Warhammer 40K alternate models, and now they’re doing a Kickstarter! You can check it out at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/729371086/mission-katharsis-miniatures-tactical-board-game
Dust Studio has an alternate WWII game with loads of cool minis, and it appears that the Kickstarter is very popular. Check it out at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/duststudio/dust-operation-babylon
Minx Studio has an interesting Kickstarter that just launched about 2 hours ago and is already half-way to being funded. They have a video from James Wappel as a stretch goal about his shaded basecoat technique. I WISH they had some of his basing videos for stretch goals as he’s absolutely a master of great gaming bases. You can check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fantasyminiatures/rpg-fantasy-miniatures-by-minx-studio
If you haven’t heard about it, check out the Creature Caster Kickstarter as well as the new G&G Ichiban Studio brushes Kickstarter. I’d love to pledge the Creature Caster Kickstarter myself, but I’m not sure I can justify the money right now. I did back the G&G Kickstarter! Also, CMON has another Kickstarter – Dogs of War, and Hangar 18 just started their Pin Ups Kickstarter, which I am probably backing!
Creature Caster Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeremyglen/creature-caster-first-wave
Games & Gears Ichiban Studio Brushes Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/554355176/games-and-gears-ichiban-studios-pro-line-brush
CMON Dogs of War Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coolminiornot/dogs-of-war
Hangar 18 Pin Ups Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/710406053/modern-pinup-miniatures-bawidamann-style
Hey guys! Don’t forget to check out these great new Kickstarters:
Super Dungeon Explore Forgotten Kingdom – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1257458293/super-dungeon-explore-forgotten-king?ref=discovery
Mierce Darklands – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mierceminiatures/darklands-first-edition-ii?ref=discovery
And don’t forget about the upcoming Kickstarters for Twisted and Creature Caster!
Happy New Year!
I decided to take a night off from my previously scheduled painting and grab a mini out of my Vampire box from the first Reaper Bones Kickstarter to experiment with this new plastic. I found only two minis loose in the box (the rest were bagged together, stapled together, etc.) – Mister Bones and a very basic female something-or-other. I didn’t want to mess with Mister Bones, so the as yet unidentified female it was.
Supposedly this plastic does not require priming, so I didn’t prime it. I did clean mould lines and scrub the model, but that was it. I even left her on her broccoli base since it was so tiny I figured I could blend it easily into a regular base later. I found the weird, crunchy, hard spot that every Bones mini I’ve handled has had. Not entirely sure what that’s from, but on this model it was in her armpit, which made it a bit harder to clean up.
Her staff was bent up pretty badly, as you can tell in the picture below.
I put her in scalding hot water from the tap, held the staff straight, and put her in cold tap water. This seemed to fix the problem.
The first layer of paint went on a bit differently than I’m used to, as though the paint was a wash. After that dried, the rest went on as normal. It seemed to be staying on well also, so I think it’s probably true that this plastic does not need priming. I have a really hard time seeing the details on it though, so the matte finish of a primer may be helpful.
In this picture, her skirt, top, and boots are all the same color, but the skirt has several layers of paint and the rest of her dress and boots has only one layer, so you can see what I mean about the paint going on like a wash in the first layer.
The next morning her staff had reverted to its previously bendy self.
I did some reading, and found that the temperature of the water I used to straighten her staff the first time may not have been hot enough. This time I was going to put her in boiling water. There was a good chance of ruining the paint already applied to her, but that’s a small loss in the name of science. Figuring out how to handle Bones plastic is pretty important considering how very many Bones minis I have now and will have in the future from the second Kickstarter.
I dipped her in the boiling water for about 10 seconds, and her staff completely reset itself. I didn’t have to hold it straight, and cold water was probably unnecessary. I did notice that the staff was less pliable after this process, but only a little.
Unfortunately, a lot of the paint was ruined.
I found out what mini she is before starting this post – Reaper Bones 77193 Hyrekia Dragonthrall Mage. She’s not even supposed to be in the Kickstarter Vampire box! Of course if I try to just randomly pick a mini out of that box the extra one would be the one I pick, and of course I would ruin her, lol. Oh well. I’m going to give her staff some time to see if it stays straight.
As the final day of the Reaper Bones II Kickstarter went on it got better and better until…
I can’t wait to paint that thing! Too bad it’ll be a year before it arrives!
On another note, the Ogre army I was painting Maneaters and the Giant Spined Chaos Beast for was at Grail Quest this weekend. Tomorrow I should be able to put up final pictures of the models I painted.
Well I upped my pledge with the Reaper Kickstarter. I really like one of the big expansion sets and a few of the core models I’d like more than one. Also, the Narthrax dragon looks pretty awesome!
26 hours to go…check it out here!
So I’ve been watching the new Reaper Bones Kickstarter. I’m definitely backing it, but I’m a little concerned that the value for pledges isn’t as high as it was with the first kickstarter, and to be honest it could have been higher back then as well. Right now your can buy all of the minis from the first kickstarter at kickstarter prices if you’re willing to shop around and try a few $0.99 auctions on eBay waiting for one to go a bit cheaper than usual. Doing it that way also means you didn’t have to buy a ton of minis you might not have otherwise, thus saving a significant amount of money. I’m worried that the same will be true of the miniatures from this second kickstarter by this time next year.
I also feel like they aren’t adding enough to the value of the core set, and now the stretch goals are also really far apart. I have no doubt this kickstarter will be close to as big as the first one, so unlocking the current goals isn’t something I’m concerned about. What concerns me about the greater distance between stretch goals is that there just won’t be as many stretch goals overall.
Back to the value of the core set – adding basees just doesn’t cut it for me. Those models should come with bases in the first place in my opinion (pet peeve of mine about Reaper in the first place). Also, many of them are cast onto bases already (another pet peeve), which are pretty terrible but still serve well enough for a lot of people, so I bet I’m not alone in thinking that adding bases to the core set as a stretch goal is pretty lame.
I really want to go for some of those addons also, but a gelatinous cube and a skinny, ugly dragon, and paints that won’t arrive for a long time don’t really do it for me. I guess I’ll have to decide what I think of the value of the large expansion sets.
What do you all think?
Check it out! 3 days left in the Mierce Kickstarter…those minis and the concept art are all amazing.