Given that individual pewter figures are getting pretty dear, I thought I’d give Reaper Bones figures a try recently, and although my first results at painting were not to my liking, I did end up developing a method where I arrived at results that I could use.
BONES, if you don’t know, is a line of plastic figures created from REAPER miniature molds. I have no quibbles with Reaper’s sculpting, it’s almost always top-notch. However, I don’t much care for the plastic they use– it’s the rubbery kind, not too dissimilar to the plastic used in “Clickie” Collectible figures games. It wasn’t holding paint very well. I had heard you could paint them right out the box. That is incorrect. Spray priming with Testor’s primer was a bad idea– the figure was tacky/sticky for days afterward. Don’t do this. I went back to basics and just soaked the figures overnight in soapy water, and rinsed them off, blotting them and rubbing off and mold release residue. Then I painted each figure with a thinned coat of some neutral primer color, like base gray. After drying overnight i mounted them on craft sticks and started painting. The results were very positive. There are so many great fantasy personalities in the Bones catalogue that I can add a ton of wizards and fighting men into the mix for a lot cheaper than pewter figures, and they match the Northstar metal ones in scale.
Here are some of the figures I’ve done so far. Click to enlarge. I have a man at arms figure (good for specialty infantry types), an Illusionist, a Sigilist (looking very Gandalfian), an Elementalist shooting a fire spell, a very commanding looking Enchanter from the Pathfinder range, a Demonic looking Summoner, and a big Death-dealing looking barbarian.
That’s about what I have done now. My painting method seems to be repeatable so I’m going to go with that method for a few more lines. I also have a small horde of skeletons painted, a couple of demons and other creatures, and now I am getting some mercenaries primed up.