Saturday, October 05, 2013
Reaper's Kobold Raiders - 2470
I purchased the Kobold Raiders quite awhile back and they've been sitting on my "too be painted" shelf - a dozen other brothers in the Kickstarter has me blowing the dust off this set. I really dig the these little guys and they're the first miniatures I've painted sculpted by Ben Siens. I actually have quite a few of his sculpts sitting around and look forward to getting them painted (there were quite a number of his in the Kickstarter) - he sculpts a lot of classic monsters for Reaper - lizardmen, bugbears, trolls, golems, goblins, ghouls, and ghasts.
I pulled these down because the Kickstarter included 12 kobolds based off of three of his sculpts (4 of each). With the four standard sized kobolds and the mighty kobold, I can put 17 of those little guys on the board. There's also another four pack (Reaper 3064) with some different poses and a leader & sorcerer pack (Reaper 3024) - might need to get my hands on those and I'll have a proper grouping to complete a nice entry level dungeon scenario.
Here's a good opportunity to make a quick note on the metal versus bones pvc in regards to detail. On the standard size and especially the larger size monsters, the bones pvc product does a great job of presenting detail that's certainly acceptable for tabletop gaming. I have a number of duplicates of medium and large sizes where I had the metal version and the same figure was part of the bones Kickstarter - they're really quite comparable. As the figure size decreases, and these kobolds are small, you can really see the difference in the detail - the metal versions of these kobolds are much sharper than the bones pvc counterparts.
In my case I don't care about the differences - when painted up and looked at on the gaming table the players aren't going to notice which are pvc and which are metal. They're just going to say !*&^%$ when I drop 17 kobolds on their first level ass and run for the hills.
However, if you're going to spend 50 hours on that award winning paint job - start off using a metal mini.