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Diglettt07 Jun 2018 11:30 a.m. PST

Hello all. I was wondering which line you all prefer out of the two listed above and why. Which is better for wargaming and such? How durable are the Bones miniatures, and are they fairly easy to pain,t and do they hold up well to a lot of use? Thanks for all of your input and for considering my multitude of questions :)

NickNorthStar07 Jun 2018 11:32 a.m. PST

Three new Frostgrave products arrived at North Star today.

The first is the new supplement Maze of Malcor. The second is the spell deck re-release titled Grimoire and the third is the new Frostgrave novel, Oathgold.

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NickNorthStar07 Jun 2018 11:58 a.m. PST


Borathan07 Jun 2018 12:26 p.m. PST

Personally, I like both of them.

Bones are more durable, but have the issues with bones minis (they require at least a layer of unthinned paint, there's a visible lack of detail when you compare the bones version of the mini to the metal one).

The D&D/Pathfinder preprimed ones are quite good, but have their own issues with more visible mould lines and you need to deal with how to protect the clear parts if you want to keep them that way.

Neither of them have that good of bases though, and pretty much require purchases of them to match your other minis. They also pretty much require a base with both types because of how light they are and many are unstable without them.

The Angry Piper08 Jun 2018 10:40 a.m. PST

What Borathan said.

Also, no matter what either company says, they both benefit greatly from a layer of primer. Bones do not react well with spray primers. I use Vallejo brush-on primer for both.

If you paint it without priming it, expect your paint to rub off, especially if they experience "a lot of use", i.e. wargaming.

Both are terrific, low-cost miniatures lines.

Redmenace09 Jun 2018 11:37 a.m. PST

The D&D miniatures are a bit on the petite size where as the Bones correspond to the original metal minis. Mostly I don't want a petite barbarian but if you keep that in mind when buying there are many, many useful low cost minis.

The transparent bones seems to be a harder material, thus easier to break accidentally but they don't warp much if at all. They a need a coat of Testers transparent for opaque paint to stick to. That fix came from the Reaper forums circa Bones one kickstarter and people who've been painting their way through the waves of minis might have come up with something better by now.

ced110613 Jun 2018 6:08 a.m. PST

They both do the job. Just buy whichever line has models which you're looking for. The WizKids mini's are also sold in sets of two, so may be slightly less expensive.

Any models you're particularly interested in?

chironex25 Jun 2018 4:57 a.m. PST

Actually, I have got Bones to accept spray primer. Use the Citadel or other gaming primers; it won't work in the slightest with cheap grey primer.

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