Comparative merits of Reaper figures (split from Reaper's New Look)
Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:13 AM
I do not like GW. Their customer service is quite good, but their habit of pricing "command" minis considerably higher than rank and file minis disturbs me, as does their habit of changing rulesets every couple of years. It's geared to keep dragging me along spending money. Instead, it caused me to terminate my GW purchases after a couple of years. I'll still buy the occasional GW mini, but they get very little of my hobby money these days.
Reaper makes many products I like, and many others that I don't necessarily care for. This is no slur on Reaper, because every restaurant in the world serves food I like, and other food that I don't, pretty much.
My feelings about Reaper are brought about largely by my relationship with the company and the people who work there, who have treated me very well indeed... over and above producing product that I want.
That, and Inarah's got it right: at one point, it seemed that Reaper was about the only domestic company not making all their female figures into basketball-boobed amazons. For some reason, I know a lot of female gamers, and they generally don't care for character figures with hooters bigger than their heads...
...hm. Actually, now that I think about it, I know a female gamer who had hooters bigger than her head. She didn't much care for that, either, and got 'em reduced...
Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:36 AM
I also like the way Reaper gives an outlet for the freelance miniature artist. Instead of forcing the designers and sculptors to always meet their styles, they buy art from many different sculptors, much of which came from the sculptors own ideas.
I guess I'm a Reaper fanboy.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:59 AM
Now as to the style of GW, I am constantly shaving off excessive skulls an repositioning people's necks with putty so their heads aren't coming out of their chests. Who actually likes this style?
That said, Reaper is still my #1 metal minis producer.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:58 PM
The advantage that I see to Reaper and Privateer Press over GW, would relate to the fact that I find my Reaper and PP models have slightly more detail as it relates to DnD characters. I also think that each company has stylistic differences that make me buy more Reaper minis (80%), then PP (18%), then lastly GW (2%) minis.
-Reaper minis are are wide selection of classic and neo-DnD that suit almost all my needs.
-PP minis tend to be slightly more steampunk, but are also great minis, and are slightly more exotic.
-GW minis tend to be more campy, and have over-exaggerated features that make me think more of comical/spoof fantasy gaming.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:26 AM
However, as others have stated, the biggest difference to me is the quality of the company and the people that comprise it. GW's customer service may be good, I've never had occasion to find out, but I can guarantee it isn't better than Reaper's customer service. But GW's other practices turn me off even more than their figure style. 25 dollars for a resin man-sized figure simply because he costs more points in their game? Gimme a break! On the other hand, when the price of tin started climbing, what did Reaper do? They gave their customers the option of buying many of the figures in a lower-tin-content version to help bring prices down. Now that is a win!
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:21 AM
Both companies make miniatures that satisfy a lot of people. It all depends on what you are into.
For me, I will no longer deal with GW products. This was a hard decision for me to make as it was my first love when I started gaming. However, I can no longer condone their business practices or the way they treat their customers. I have to vote with my dollars and say that I refuse to pay their prices for miniatures which are poorly cast and becoming harder for my local game store to supply. If you are willing to do this - fine. Each of us decides what our limits are and what we are willing to deal with in our hobby. No one is right or wrong, just different.
Reaper offers quality miniatures which span a number of genres and artistic styles. I will move on to systems like Savage Worlds and G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. that support these varied products and follow the artists that I find interesting.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:06 AM
I'd still like to hear more hell I know theres some of you who really hate GW SO LET IT OUT !!!!!
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:29 PM
In terms of buying Reaper versus Games Workshop, m'eh? I buy miniatures from all over the place. I buy miniatures that look interesting. I buy miniatures that I can use in my role playing games. I buy miniatures to support adventurers I'm running. I buy miniatures for the players or recommend them to players.
Reaper certainly has a broader net, so if I'm running something Western, they'll probably get money from me before Games Workshop does. Or something that involves Super Heroes. Or something that involves Mice.
Games Workshop gets my money when they come out with some fierce butt beast that I want to pop into an army or scare the crap out of players in a RPG with.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:52 PM
when the price of tin started climbing, what did Reaper do? They gave their customers the option of buying many of the figures in a lower-tin-content version to help bring prices down. Now that is a win!
A most excellent point, and one that I had not thought of.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:32 AM
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