"How Did You Come Across Reaper Miniatures" Stories
Posted 13 July 2009 - 08:18 AM
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 02:07 PM
.. and then I blame my husband for knocking me up.
Yeah, like you had nothing to do with it. "All you wanted was a backrub.", right?
Anyway, it was back in the mid nineties. I was working at a FLGS located in Dallas' long gone Prestonwood mall. We carried an extremely small selection of miniatures, just enough to fill one small spinner rack. A handful of Reaper minis were on that rack, but they never caught my attention, as I was focused on the WEG Star Wars minis at the time.
Well, the owner of said FLGS also owned a share in a convention we used to have in the area called DalCon (anyone else remember it?) and he put me in charge of transporting things from the back room of the Prestonwood store to the hotel where the convention was happening, and then after the convention of doing the opposite. While taking apart the little dealers table he had set up, I look over and see a booth belonging to Reaper miniatures. I went over to check them out, and found some really sweet Gargoyle miniatures. That's when I became a fan.
I fell out of the miniatures scene for a good long while, until several years later I met a guy at a different FLGS I was working at. We became fast friends and gaming amigos. Of course, back then he was just Bryan, not ReaperBryan: D-List internet celebrity. When he got a job for Reaper, I got back into the hobby hardcore. Thanks to that, Iíve now got a wife and a baby. . . So thanks for not blowing that job interview, Bro.
Posted 13 July 2009 - 03:31 PM
Anyways, I was playing the card game Warlord, and variety of role playing games (living rokugan, DnD, and Greyhawk).
I went to Gen Con Indy 6 years ago, and took my first painting class from Anne. I didn't even know about the hobby until I say the sign in front of the tiny room they had partitioned into 3 sections and called painting class rooms.
I bought one of the starter paint sets at the Con, and the rest is history! I have tried other paints and products here and there, mostly given by "friends". Trust me friends don't let friends buy anything else but Reaper!
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 04:35 PM
They looked pretty sweet (at least at the time, no primer and not even basic blending and shading on them though) and he said she had just painted them up quickly, so I figured I would give it a try. Luckily, of the few that my FLGS (Comics, Etc) had on the shelves, some of them were Reapers. Thanks to my addictive personality, I was hooked - eventually joining Froggy on the local BL team and now running my own store selling them (Dragon Snack Games, naturally). Now if I could just addict more of the locals to painting...
What's the product number of those!?
I see what you did there...
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 08:45 PM
Then, the Legends line was released. Sidrith Swordsister caught my eye. Three dimensional, action pose, certainly different from the other minis that populated the world. The rest of the line was pretty good too, and since I was my gaming group's resident miniature painter, I picked up blister after blister. Diva worked for our group's priestess, and Cadwalon was used as a practical joke for my buddy's halfling thief.
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Posted 14 July 2009 - 04:39 PM
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Posted 15 July 2009 - 12:40 AM
I think I started buying Reaper paint in about 2001. Previously, I had used Testors and but quickly changed to artist acrylics. At that time I painted mostly plastic military minis made for dioramas and a fair amount of Ral Partha historical. I did not stay with the Pro-Paints though and still generally use about 90% Grumbacher, W&N, Liquidex or some other artist acrylics.
A few years later a friend of mine began giving me HeroClix, because he knew I was an avid comic reader in hs and college. Apparently, the guy in the cubicle next to his was married to someone at the Wizkids distribution center here in Cincinnati... so this guy would away have loads of Clix he was giving away as promo stuff. So, I started painting and kit-bashing all these clix I had to make them into obscure lesser known Marvel characters. The addition of the superheroes into my historical toy soldier mix led me to a new FLGs, my original one only did military and historical stuff. I found that I liked the variety of fantasy minis and started painting a few Reaper sculpts, but not many... the Clix were free.
I bought a huge amount of Lo5R, that Reaper game that isn't around anymore and DHL figures below cost the year the first LOTRs movie came out. My FLGS liquidated their entire Reaper inventory, so they were like 75% off. I ebayed most though.
A few years after that in 2005 I painted a few Warlord figs and the next year I went to a paint and take at a local FLGs and won a Warlord Dwarf boxed set and that is what really hooked me. Now I buy mostly all Reaper but still support the local guys at Iron Wind and Tom Meier's Thunderbolt Mountain and will buy Jim Fox's WWII when it finally comes out.
Posted 20 July 2009 - 06:11 PM
I ended up paying him $5 for two old Grenadier (?) minis with what I now know to be bare-basics paint jobs. $5 - This was in 1986 or so, mind you.
My original instruction in painting consisted of him telling me he used Testors hobby enamels.
About two years later, I happened to be driving around Groton, CT with my parents. There's a stretch of road known as "Hamburger Hill" due to having had at least 4-6 fast food places basically lined up shoulder-to-shoulder for at least the last twenty years. We were stopped at one of the places on the Hill, and I happened to see a sign for a place that has basically become my second home - The Citadel Game Store...
I wandered in and happened to see the Official TSR AD&D minis. I asked my mother to buy one of the sets for me. At the time, I was only buying minis for D&D - I bought most of the original TSR character mini sets there. I also bought a lot of Ral Partha and Grenadier as well, since they were all basically exactly the same size.
There was also a rack of Reaper minis, but they sort of stood out from the others - they looked a bit bigger than the others, and had a different "feel" to them. At the time, this was a negative thing.
I was using Testors hobby enamels at that point, because I happened to have a lot of them from painting plastic models. I wanted to use the official AD&D paints, but I was a completely broke kid and had to talk my mom into buying everything for me.
After a few years, I switched from enamels to some acrylics my mom was using to paint ceramics. Mainly because I'd taken about a year off from painting and a lot of my paints had dried up, lol.
Then I picked up a few bottles of Delta Ceramcoat craft paint. At that point in time, I wasn't really playing D&D all that often, since nobody else in my neighborhood was still playing. So I'd started to get more into painting minis more for the art of it.
I was still broke, but eventually I saw a Reaper mini that looked really cool and decided to paint it even though it didn't really fit with the rest of my minis. I don't actually recall which one it was, but I do, however, remember that it was a Julie Guthrie sculpt. I hadn't really paid attention to the sculptors' names when I started painting way back when, but Julie's style kind of grew on me, and her name on the Reaper package was basically the deciding factor in me purchasing it. I also quickly became a Sandra Garrity fan after seeing her work.
Some of my earliest purchases included: Tox, Sidrith Swordsister, Tara the Silent, Domur Hunter's Moon, Sarah the Seeress, Samantha of the Blade and some of the skeletons.
Posted 21 July 2009 - 07:10 PM
I didn't buy anything at the time, though. It wasn't until last year when looking for a suitable miniatures for a D&D campaign. (Specifically needing a bald egyptian looking guy wiht a large scimitar). I searched just about every miniature company I could think of, I think I searched Games Workshop, Eureka, Foundry, Hasslefree, Shadowforge, lots of others until I dredged up a memory of Reaper from the back of my mind. The figure finder was excellent and I found a figure from the Warlord line (Tariq?).. then to make the order worthwhile got a bunch more stuff to represent other PC's and monsters... then made another order a few months later.... (and now I've painted it all bar one model! Time for another order soon).
Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:39 PM
I first ran into Reaper miniatures at an Animae convention in Dallas. Most of my buddies were huge Animae fans and I liked the stuff and went along for the ride. We rented a van and drove through the night all the way from Columbia, South Carolina. I remember that the con had a freebee table and Reaper was giving away free figures. They were a new company and trying to get their name out into the geekmosphere. The figure was a skeleton archer on a broccoli base.
Posted 27 July 2009 - 03:36 PM
Posted 27 July 2009 - 10:10 PM
I know I am a grognard because my first minis were Minifigs D&D pig faced orks and they cost about 30 cents apiece.
Side note: I spent a LOT of time back in '78 trying to figure out what orcs looked like. The illustration in the first edition Monster Manual struck me as just weird; I refused to believe that Frodo and Sam and Boromir and all them lived in dread of barbarians in pig masks.
One day while on a trip with my folks, I found a pack of three orcs. I don't even remember the company. I looked at them carefully, while still in the blister. They didn't seem to be well made, but, then, they weren't painted. Surely, I thought, once I get a coat on them and begin detailing, I will discover what orcs look like.
The blister of three cost all of a buck. They were so badly molded that even when painted, I still didn't know what orcs looked like. They were short, fat, and wearing chainmail and horned helmets and waving axes around...
Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:26 PM
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