I had to give these models a try. There were several that I've had my eye on for a while. Now that they are going for $2 or so, I thought it would be a good time to get them. But I also wanted to see if the claims Reaper made about these new plastics held up. Let's list out those points here:
- Same detail as metal models
- hard plastic
- no need to prime before painting
- easy conversions
I decided to get to work on the model. I started slinging base paint right away. Meet Bob Gnoll, (lead singer for Cannibal Corpse).
So Bob's base coats held nicely. The paint did not rub off and the model got absolutely zero prep. There weren't even noticeable mold lines. However, the stark whiteness of the model made them hard to detect. I found some after I painted. Lesson learned
So the advertisement is for hard plastic. Generally, that's true. But that morning star Bob is twirling is quite flexible. It goes back to shape, but it has me somewhat concerned. After I put on the paint, might too much movement cause it to flake? I'm not sure of that and won't know until more time has passed. I'm not concerned. Lead is also flexible.
This brings me to a second point about plastics. Unlike lead, you can't easily straighten out a bent part of your model. Swords and spears are notorious for this problem. While Bob himself is in tip top shape, some of his buddies (other Bones models I purchased) were not so lucky. Check it out:
|Despite being a spokesman for Viagra, Bob Gnoll was not able to help this Orc with his sagging spear.|
So here's some more WIP shots of Bob Gnoll preparing for his big day. First is Bob after getting all his flat colors, then one of him after a few washes.
So I think Reaper's claims are all verifiable according to my experience. I just didn't do any conversions, but assume there would be no problems. The model glued to the metal washer base with super glue. So I wouldn't expect bonding worries. Overall, I can recommend these models as very inexpensive but highly detailed models to add to your collection. I will pick up additional models, and look forward to new releases.
In fact, I mentioned Bob Gnoll's posse. Here's a small group I imagine might make a nicely themed war band.
Finally, here's Bob Gnoll on his completed base. He's ready to name names and dish out shame!