Reaper Miniatures is a fantastic company for gaming value. I started buying their products back in my RPG days, but continue to buy them now for random miniature gaming. What I like most about their Bones line, is how inexpensive the models remain. Today, I will be looking at the Spikeshell Warriors (which sell in a 2 pack for $4.99 American) and the Tiik Baron (which sells for $2.79 American).
|The Spikeshell warriors are on the left while the Tiik is on the right.|
This group of three will form a high points “Gang” in the Fistful of Kung Fu game that I am running at Broadsword 2. Below are pictures of the two Spikeshell Warriors. They turned out pretty decent.
|The details in the gills are pretty nice and picked up my yellow highlighting to represent illumination well.|
|A quick scale Comparison. Left to Right… Imperial Guard, RAFM Deep One, Reaper Spikeshell Warrior, RAFM Civilian, RAFM Deep One, RAFM SWAT Member, Reaper Tiik Baron, Armorcast Cop.|
Overall, I am pretty happy with how these models turned out. The Tiik came a little warped in the blister, but I was able to fix him by boiling him in water, bending him into shape and then dunking him into ice water. For anyone that has not yet worked with a “Bones” model, these models are made out of a softer plastic than regular miniatures. The material takes paint well, but is not to be primed – simply paint it without priming. I don’t know if it is true, but I have heard stories of the models repelling or not taking primer. I know for sure, that the blue Bones models do not take spray on varnish. I partially painted one of the blue Bones figures that I bought for Frostgrave and then sprayed the model with clear varnish. He is a sticky model now. My advice is not to use sprays on the Bones material without covering them in paint first. 🙂