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« on: March 08, 2012, 06:58:00 pm »

Reaper has just come out with their new line of polymer miniatures branded as Dark Heaven Bones.

It's a lot cheaper than their metal minis, seems to be something along the lines of Mantics restic minis. Reaper has stated that they require superglue to put together and will take paint without priming straight from the package.

It all sounds good. It's the way a lot of manufacturers are going, albeit with appareantly slightly different formulas for the plastic each is using.

On The Lamb Games, Mantic, Privateer Press, GW, Black Scorpion, and now Reaper. That's a lot of big names in the hobby industry that have now made the switch, to at least some degree.

Interesting times.
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2012, 07:39:14 pm »

Reaper has just come out with their new line of polymer miniatures branded as Dark Heaven Bones.

It's a lot cheaper than their metal minis, seems to be something along the lines of Mantics restic minis. Reaper has stated that they require superglue to put together and will take paint without priming straight from the package.

It all sounds good. It's the way a lot of manufacturers are going, albeit with appareantly slightly different formulas for the plastic each is using.

Mantic, Privateer Press, GW, Black Scorpion, and now Reaper. That's a lot of big names in the hobby industry that have now made the switch, to at least some degree.

Interesting times.

Us too! Our first resin model released this week. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2012, 08:21:52 pm »

I have that werewolf in metal and if it's the same size then it's miles cheaper now.
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2012, 10:53:15 pm »

Us too! Our first resin model released this week. Smiley

My apolgies Cyp. I didn't know that. No slight intended.

I'll add On The Lamb Games to my original post.

Any insight you can give us into the casting process of these new plastic miniatures? ie can you use the same molds as you used for the metal casting? Is it a slower or more difficult process than casting metal? That sort of thing.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2012, 12:31:52 am »

Our current method is about one step up from garage casting, no where near as fancy as Finecast or Bone..cast. Wink

Its different molds, our first Resin kit is the Capybara Capitaine. We created a Resin master from the original green (which thankfully had not been damaged by the metal casting process), and ended up getting a few bits of detail that you couldn't make out in the metal edition. This is also good, as metal molds had a limit to how big we could have a piece and we are able to cast stuff that would not have been possible in metal.

Slower process currently, our caster is fairly new at this.. and slightly more difficult because of two layers of super anal quality control. But we've gotten good results so far, and the drop in cost is passed on to customers.

We should be doing about one~two Resin releases every month for some time now.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2012, 05:21:09 pm »

There are a load of reaper minis I have wanted to pick up for some time but haven't because of the price. Unfortunately, none of them are currently in the Bones line.
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2012, 06:32:58 pm »

These are not spin cast resin plastic they are injection molded plastic. The plastic used is not the hard styrene that GW (and Mactic etc) use but is slightly flexible. Its the same stuff that thay have been using for their pre-painted range for some time, just without the pre-paint.

From the video they seem to take paint well and the price per model is great. These look great for D&D and skirmish games but the lack of poses would put me off using them for a large scale wargame.
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