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I, too, googled “Ral Partha Frost Giant”. I, too, have no plans to buy one.

But the Bones Frost Giants… I still want a few more.

   
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Yeah the Bones frost giants are some of my fave minis -- I have three of them that are literally sitting on the mantlepiece as ornaments (they do get a bit dusty...).

I suspect I'd have spent a lot more on big Mierce monsters if Bones didn't do big creatures so very well. Still not a huge fan of most of the human-sized Bones minis (though I have a dwarf from them that's surprisingly decent, and a human apothecary that was fine with a head swap).

The old Ral Partha one is okay -- but it definitely looks old. Gimme the Bones ones any day, or for that matter the more primitive-looking frost giant from Blood Rage.

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I think saying Reaper is worse than or no better than Ral Partha or Grenedier is a bit of an exaggeration.

Reaper's never been the avant gaurde of the miniature sculpting art but have a good mix of solid minis people need and off-the-wall stuff you never knew you needed (but need now).

 
   
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 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
I think saying Reaper is worse than or no better than Ral Partha or Grenedier is a bit of an exaggeration.

Reaper's never been the avant gaurde of the miniature sculpting art but have a good mix of solid minis people need and off-the-wall stuff you never knew you needed (but need now).


Agreed. While I'm not a fan of the cyberpunk minis, they're not actually bad IMO either. As for comparing Reaper to other manufacturers (both classic and current), I think Reaper has their own niche where they excel (namely single piece/cast minis). I'd say their line back in the early 2000's was the best in that admittedly cherry picked subcategory. It's just that the hobby world outside of minis-centric board games and dirt cheap RPG filler has mostly moved on from using them. YMMV.
   
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I really wouldn't say Reaper really, uh, 'excels' at anything.

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 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
I think saying Reaper is worse than or no better than Ral Partha...is a bit of an exaggeration.


I don't. Looking at my Real Partha (now Iron Wind Metals) Shadowrun miniatures, they are notably better sculpted than these brand new Reaper minis. More detailed, better proportioned, just plain better. It doesn't mean these Reaper minis are bad or even that I won't buy them, but Reaper (on average, each figure varies) has a "style" that not as technically as good as the minis it replaced. It just so happens that that style became the popular style...~stares at GW~
   
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 Wha-Mu-077 wrote:
I really wouldn't say Reaper really, uh, 'excels' at anything.


I mean someone already made the "quantity has a quality all it's own" reference last page, but I do think that's their forte - a decent investment in one of their frequent KS campaigns nets a very large number of miniatures suitable for DnD or other tabletop rpgs.



   
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All I know is that when my enormous Reaper sailing ship arrives, I am going to have to fill it with Frost Giants, just to post the picture here.

I play...

Sigh.

Who am I kidding? I only paint these days... 
   
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 pancakeonions wrote:
All I know is that when my enormous Reaper sailing ship arrives, I am going to have to fill it with Frost Giants, just to post the picture here.


That doesn't sound seaworthy but I say go for it.
   
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People go to Reaper for it being affordable and for how wide its model range is. Reaper has a ton of random miniatures for things no other company produces. Less so with Wizkids' recent development but still.

Ral Partha frost giant is cool but not $40 cool.

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 NinthMusketeer wrote:
People go to Reaper for it being affordable and for how wide its model range is. Reaper has a ton of random miniatures for things no other company produces. Less so with Wizkids' recent development but still.

Ral Partha frost giant is cool but not $40 cool.

So in short, Reaper is the company you go to if you're either really short on money or there's literally no alternative for the model you want.

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McDonalds is an extremely successful company.

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 NinthMusketeer wrote:
People go to Reaper for it being affordable and for how wide its model range is. Reaper has a ton of random miniatures for things no other company produces. Less so with Wizkids' recent development but still.

Ral Partha frost giant is cool but not $40 cool.


Gotta say, I don't even think it's $5 cool. Ral Partha's sculpts were fine for the time, I had a number, but they do not hold up to modern eyes.

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 NinthMusketeer wrote:
People go to Reaper for it being affordable and for how wide its model range is. Reaper has a ton of random miniatures for things no other company produces. Less so with Wizkids' recent development but still.

Ral Partha frost giant is cool but not $40 cool.
Those WizKids minis... the renders look good, and would make for fine resin or metal minis, but the final product in plastic is barely adequate, except for the really large pieces. The plastic holds no detail and the renders are very detailed, which makes for a mess when translated into the plastic. They are 1st generation bones level, for the most part.

Do bear in mind that the RP frost giant was sculpted 45+ years ago ( give or a take a few years). Iit is a clean enough and a detailed enough, and a well proportioned enough 1 piece mini to fit in today. Nicely *realistic* It lacks the 'heroic' scale we see all to often.

Other companies from that time, e.g. Grenadier, Minifigs and even early GW, their minis have their charm, but are crudely sculpted. Meh, I guess you had to be there.

Reaper has something for everyone, and that is a good thing.

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I should clarify; I do not at all mean to criticize Ral Partha's work, merely point out that what it WAS is very different from what it IS. What that frost giant is today, is a $40 miniature wholly beat out by modern offerings for less than half the price. Because it is going to cost me at least that much to get a decades-old OOP mini off ebay verses a relatively recent bones figure from a company still in business.

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Wha-Mu-077 wrote:I really wouldn't say Reaper really, uh, 'excels' at anything.


Nonsense. They excel at making money by making a product a lot of people want. Companies for our hobby tend to run by creative types with no business sense and can barely survive, if they actually manage too for more then a few years. Reaper is owned by business people that love the hobby and run one of the most successful miniature companies around. I don't know if Ed or someone else from Reaper like kicked a puppy in front of you but it's dumb to be that upset over their existence as them producing models doesn't prevent other companies from making their own stuff.

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 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
I think saying Reaper is worse than or no better than Ral Partha...is a bit of an exaggeration.


I don't. Looking at my Real Partha (now Iron Wind Metals) Shadowrun miniatures, they are notably better sculpted than these brand new Reaper minis. More detailed, better proportioned, just plain better. It doesn't mean these Reaper minis are bad or even that I won't buy them, but Reaper (on average, each figure varies) has a "style" that not as technically as good as the minis it replaced. It just so happens that that style became the popular style...~stares at GW~


This is the problem with these discussions as everyone is right when it comes to sculpts as it's 100% preference and we'll never actually convince each other that the other is correct as taste is different and that's fine. Reaper also employs a lot of sculptors so they don't have a consistent style but some are old Ral Partha people others are much newer and there's arguments for and against the inconstant feel that is also subjective.

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 Wha-Mu-077 wrote:
I really wouldn't say Reaper really, uh, 'excels' at anything.


I would! Big Effing Dragons. Love them and have about 7 more on the way!

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 warboss wrote:

GW didn't mean to hit your wallet and I know they love you, baby. I'm sure they won't do it again so it's ok to purchase and make up.


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One of Reaper's strengths is doing freaking weird miniatures. Nobody else is probably going to make a werearmadillo.
   
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Exactly. It is the one thing everyone seems to agree on, the variety. Which is why we follow this thread. Reaper is never boring.

And remember, De gustibus non est disputandum.

 
   
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 Red Harvest wrote:
Exactly. It is the one thing everyone seems to agree on, the variety. Which is why we follow this thread. Reaper is never boring.

And remember, De gustibus non est disputandum.


Which is precisely why I find these last few posts so puzzling... Reaper is perfect *chef's kiss*

Even Bones KS 1 - at something like 40 cents a pop, including some giant figures, they were magnificent! *another chef's kiss, this one more exuberant*

(OK, maybe by "magnificent" I really mean "a great deal, even if they were kinda crappy", but you get the idea. I like Reaper!)

I play...

Sigh.

Who am I kidding? I only paint these days... 
   
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 SlaveToDorkness wrote:
 Wha-Mu-077 wrote:
I really wouldn't say Reaper really, uh, 'excels' at anything.


I would! Big Effing Dragons. Love them and have about 7 more on the way!


Floppy wings though. The bigger it is the more it tends to droop. Hopefully the new formula fixes this.

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Love the minis, but I'm really here for Kid_Kyoto's comments on them. I lol every time.

   
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 precinctomega wrote:
Love the minis, but I'm really here for Kid_Kyoto's comments on them. I lol every time.




 
   
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 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
 precinctomega wrote:
Love the minis, but I'm really here for Kid_Kyoto's comments on them. I lol every time.




I'm waiting for Reaper to do a Kid Kyoto Comedian model. OF course it will be in Metal.

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 precinctomega wrote:
Love the minis, but I'm really here for Kid_Kyoto's comments on them. I lol every time.
Well that goes without saying!

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Something we CAN all agree on!

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 warboss wrote:

GW didn't mean to hit your wallet and I know they love you, baby. I'm sure they won't do it again so it's ok to purchase and make up.


Albatross wrote:I think SlaveToDorkness just became my new hero.

EmilCrane wrote:Finecast is the new Matt Ward.

Don't mess with the Blade and Bolter! 
   
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 Wha-Mu-077 wrote:
I really wouldn't say Reaper really, uh, 'excels' at anything.


For the price, the various translucent spells in the bones range are quite good.
   
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Since it came up, is anyone interested in starting and maintaining a thread on D&D/Nolzur minis?

There's cool stuff out there I just don't have the energy to track it.

 
   
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In news and rumors or the rpg subthread?

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News and rumors, they have stuff of interest to a lot of games.

 
   
 
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