Welcome to the Flaming Faggot

Callovia is called "the boundless empire" yet you have managed to find its northern border - a notorious roadhouse deep within the Madrasan Marches on the edge of the wilds of Llanvirnesse. The sign above the door reads "Flaming Faggot," which would suggest a cozy, homey inn with fresh biscuits served at teatime if not for the severed troll heads mounted on pikes at the gate.

As you cross the threshold the raucous din quiets momentarily as all eyes dart to the door and calloused hands drop instinctively to well-worn sword hilts. The threat, instantly assessed, is dismissed and roadhouse patrons go about their business hardly missing a beat.

Grim, hard-eyed men huddle around tables in close conversation thick with conspiracy; caravan guards gamble away their earnings; Caemric rangers sit close to the fireplace cooking the damp of the Black Annis from their clothes as they warm their innards with Red Dragon Ale; minstrels play and buxom wenches dance for the pleasure of men who pay them little attention - until they need a companion to warm their bed.

As you approach the bar, a huge, bald barman with a greatsword slung across his back slides a mug of freshly-pulled ale towards you, its frothy head dripping over the rim.

"Pull up a seat, lad," he says, "and let me tell you a tale of high adventure."

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Reaper Bones

Reaper Miniatures has just released a new line of polymer miniatures, Dark Heaven Bones, that is billed as having today's quality at yesterday's prices.  While I can't vouch for the quality, the pictures look pretty good, and the prices are, indeed, a throwback to the 1980's.  For example, a pack of six kobolds for $3.49, and a large Purple Worm for $2.99 (the same miniature in metal costs $27.49) .  This line only has 12 products at present, but I'm sure they'll be adding more shortly.  I'm not a fan of resin miniatures; I prefer the heft of metal,.  But at these prices  I may just have to re-evaluate my prejudices.  I've long wanted that Purple Worm miniature, but have never been able to justify the price.

Reaper appears to have gone in the opposite direction from GW who have switched all of their metal miniatures to resin, then raised their prices despite the cheaper casting material.

You can check out this short promotional video for Reaper Bones:


Matt said...

While I like the idea, I am too big a fan of metal minis to switch to plastic.

Sean Robson said...

I hear you, Matt. I love metal too, and I would hate to see it disappear as a casting medium. Citadel no longer casts in metal at all; their miniatures are now plastic and resin only.

But, damn. I haven't seen prices like these since I was a kid. It is awfully tempting to try. I suspect I will order that Purple Worm.

Shannon Stiltz said...

Just in case you ordered that purple worm and liked it, you should check out the fire giants on the new Bones Kickstarter.

Sean Robson said...

@Shannon: I've actually been thinking about supporting this Kickstarter; you get an impressive quantity of miniatures at the $15 level.

C said...

Old thread, but because of the cost of making plastic injection molds ($10K+), only models which will have large runs can economically be made in plastic. Reaper even said that, if it wasn't for KickStarter, they wouldn't have the funds to risk starting a Bones line. Although metal is more expensive than plastic, the initial cost of the mold is *much* less, so miniatures with small runs (especially specialized miniatures) will still be made.

Sean Robson said...

Actually, Reaper launched their Bones line long before they launched a Kickstarter. Their Kickstarter was intended to grow the line more quickly than they would otherwise have been able to.