In addition to painting a batch of Sci-Fi figures this week, I finished some fantasy figures as well. They are all from Reaper Miniatures and all have been sitting in the painting queue, which gamers call “the lead pile” for several years. Well, I’m doing my best to reduce that pile.
First a little teensy-weensy bit of bad news for some of you. Reaper has migrated their site to new servers and redesigned the layout of their website. What that means is the links in older blog posts to figures in their catalog may no longer work.
Sisters of the Blade – Shadow Sisters
I love the original concept of Sisters of the Blade. You may not be aware, but there is a backstory for many of Reaper’s fantasy figures, a rich and often unseen tapestry of lore. The original Sisters of the Blade was a guild of female adventurers. With the release of the second edition of Reaper’s Warlord game, the Sisters had become a semi-religious order of battle nuns with a “I’m better than thou” attitude. They were no longer fun loving lusty adventuring women.
I have to admit that when I learned they were a guild, my thoughts went immediately to the “Ladies’ Aid and Armor Society” short stories by Elizabeth Moon in the Chicks in Chainmail anthologies rather than the dark nuns of Games Workshop’s Adepta Sororitas.
You can find Sisters of the Blade miniatures scattered in both Reaper’s Dark Heaven and Warlord ranges. The ones featured in this post are all from the Warlord range, the Bowsister was sculpted by Bobby Jackson and the Shadow Sisters were sculpted by Jeff Grace.
My primary army when I played Warlord was an all-female army of Dwarfs, but my second army was a Sisters of the Blade army. The Shadow Sisters are from a unit builder pack of nine miniatures in two poses.
The Skeletal Undead
I participated in the Bones 2 Kickstarter back in 2014 and received over one hundred miniatures in early 2015, most of which are in a box waiting to be painted. If you need a lot of figures for your games and can wait about a year before you receive them, the Reaper Bones Kickstarter campaigns are well worth the money. A typical Reaper metal miniature now sells for $6.00, a typical Reaper Bones miniature sells for $3.00, but in the Kickstarter campaign the typical Bones miniature is going to be about $0.75, a bargain to be sure if you want a lot of miniatures and are willing to wait about a year before you get them.The Count
Here it is the beginning of May and I have completed 121 miniatures toward my goal of 520 figures. Statistically (I hate statistics), statistically, I should have completed 180 figures by this time, so I am running behind. Here’s the breakdown:
- 22 28mm Fantasy Figures
- 35 10mm Seven Years War Figures
- 28 28mm Old West Figures
- 5 28mm Colonial Era Figures
- 15 20mm Spanish Civil War Figures
- 18 28mm Science Fiction Figures
- Rebased 11 28mm Science Fiction Figures
- 33 Terrain Pieces
I constructed 4 IKUBE habitats using cardstock to use as terrain in 5150 games this week. They’re easy to print out and assemble.Pictures were taken using my iPad on my dining room table where I do all of my gaming. Well, I need to close this post, it’s local election day here where I live and I have to continue my lifelong and often uphill battle of voting against conservatives. Not all Floozys vote, but when they do, they vote their lifestyle! Comments are always welcome.