Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Spotlight on: Reaper Miniatures
It's telling that the latest Kickstarter from miniatures vanguard Reaper has raised over $1.5m from a $30,000 goal. It's also telling that the Bones 3 project is the fourth Kickstarter that the company has done and it is still gaining lucrative amounts of cash. So why the hell is Reaper so popular?
The Texas-based company was founded in 1992 in a garage in Fort Worth, initially selling a line of Second World War aircraft called Distinguished Flying Collectibles, and a range of fantasy-themed jewellery called Renaissance Dreams. Soon, in 1993, they created the Dungeon Dweller line of 25mm fantasy models that formed the early backbone of their fantasy minis offering - one that would eventually lead Reaper to become one of the most beloved companies in miniature manufacturing.
In 1996, Reaper would go on to launch the Dark Heaven line, becoming the best selling fantasy minis line in the world and becoming the company's core offering, with the current Dark Heaven Legends line passing a massive 3000 serial numbers.
New lines sprung up over the years, including Reaper's wildly popular Warlord skirmish game, Combat Assault Vehicle, Chronoscope, Legendary Encounters and more. It's easy to see why fans are so in love with Reaper - the sculpts are extraordinarily detailed (a far cry from the Dungeon Dwellers of 20 years ago) and just a joy to behold.
It's not just in-house IPs Reaper produces. Now, the manufacturer has its mitts on fan-favourite RPG licenses like Pathfinder, Savage Worlds and Numenera
Now, understand that Reaper makes premium minis, meaning that your wallet isn't going to have an easy time of it if you want to splurge on some some sets or blister packs. However, you're paying for quality and you're not going to find many more manufacturers making products like this.
By the way, I've not been paid or anything to write this post. I doubt Reaper will even see it - but I think it's important to support the companies who help make the roleplaying hobby that much more special, which is why I started this spotlight series.