My local game store's Reaper minis are running a tad low, so it was nice to see a few more appear on the shelf- obviously emptying out the last of the stored stock. Delightfully, this included three more pillars of good, so I yoinked them, plus three 'ghostly summons'- which are just perfect as magical portals for Skulldred- so much yoink!
If I could steer the direction of Reapers Bones, there are a few things I would like to see...
Firstly, the medium has proven itself as a good gaming material. Durable, light and affordable. All good.
I would like to see the polymer tinted a little more away from white. Bone color to go with the name perhaps, but a warm mid grey would be a good idea in my book. I have an eldritch horror mini from the earlier release that was more towards this color- and the striking difference was you could see all the detail. I think customers would be more likely to buy them when they can actually make out what treasure is inside. It would make painting easier too.
Secondly, I would like Reaper to step away from the recasting metal originals and make new masters for future releases specifically for bones. Why? Well, it would mean artist can exaggerate and deepen the detail that is lost in the process for starters. The second reason is to allow for modilarity, which is my third point...
Modularity. Bones polymer works perfectly with superglue, so multipart models are not the daunting problem they are in metals- it is actually desirable. I haven't picked up any of the zombies, skeletons and so forth because they are just repeats. Yaaaaaawn. But a sprue of arms and seperate legs and bodies? Yes please. I love the Nova corps models, but an tactical squad of identical poses? Blehg.
Third is the packs. I would like to see them orientated to more 'encounter packs'. So, for example, rather than hunt down two packs of troops, a leader and some treasure- it's all bundled into a mid sized pack.
Likewise, a skeleton encounter- dwarf villagers, a pack of dungeon debris, a bunch of pillars- etc.
This would get over the current problem I can see of lonesome stock no one needs sitting on the shelf. I picked up Eregris Darkfathom to lead my Tiik army, but there are ten or more just sitting there lonely. No one needs fish preists without fish warriors- and the shop is all out of warriors.
Finally, updating Warlord and packaging the minis with bases and cards in skirmish packs suitable for that game would be a no brainer. Warlord could be sold off the back of Bones.
Thoughts? Stick em below biatches!