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Reaper Bones 101: Bending Bones

White before, Red AfterWith the Reaper Bones Kickstarter shipping out, a whole new audience is getting into miniatures and painting. While I am no expert on painting, I’ve done my fair share of minis but also have an extensive background in toys.

The big appeal of Bones is the price point. Even if you didn’t get in on the Kickstarter, all it takes is a trip to your local gaming store to see just how expensive miniatures are. A small pewter hero can easily run you $7-$10 each and that is just for a standard sized hero. If you want a dragon, those can get up to $50 or $60 each! But with Bones being made of plastic instead of metal, an important skill is knowing how to bend them.

In the toy collecting community, figures get warped in the packaging a lot. Those dynamic poses can result in bent knees and weird hips. Over the years, we learned the easiest way to fix them is the boil and set method. In the handful of Bones miniatures I’ve bought, a few of them were a little bent up in the blister card packaging.

In the case of my Ogre Chieftain, his time spent in package resulted in him having an odd stand where he was leaning forward. The center image shows his new spinal alignment in red, and the original in white. Here’s how you fix it:

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