bones tagged posts

Kickstarter Roundup: October 22 – 26

Kickstarter is quickly becoming a favorite place for us here at Castles and Cooks to mine for our next great game or piece of cooking equipment. While the risks are well established, the chance to discover something truly unique is one of the things that keeps us coming back for more. From time to time we’ll aggregate our favorite Kickstarters here and tell you why they are worth supporting.

Methodology: We do not actually back every project listed in this round-up (though we do specifically indicate those projects we have helped fund). The projects that we choose are based on several factors, but we tend to gravitate toward projects that have low risk, great value, and where there is excellent communication about the economics. It also helps for the product to just be awesome, something that we would want to play or use.

Read More

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:

Read More