Friday, 6 May 2016

Bears from Reaper and Northstar

I needed a bear for Frostgrave and rather hurriedly ordered one from Northstar. It arrived in the post just as I found another one, from Reaper Bones, in the plastics mountain. Typical…
One of the great things with an extensive tin- and plastics-mountain is all the cool minis you have there and those minis are often useful when you find out that you really need a x for the game next week. The downside is to remember that you actually have a x in that mountain… So, now I have to bears.
An angry bear from Northstar
The Northstar one was a bit of a disappointment as it was full of mould-lines and needed a lot of work to be presentable. The pose is okay though, and it turned out well in the end.

Reaper bear. I rebased it to a bigger 30mm base after these photos were taken.
The Reaper bear, sculpted by Julie Guthrie and from the Reaper Bones 77216 Companion Animals set, is a much cleaner sculpt and gives you a smaller but more detailed beast. This one is my favourite of the two, but I guess both will be used in our Frostgrave campaign.

14 comments:

  1. I love the North Star one...great pose! Mine is painted up as a Polar bear for Frotgrave.

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    1. I like to have my beasts to be as multi-purpose as possible, so they became black bears.
      I used the Northstar one as an animal companion in a Frostgrave game the this Wednesday and it was without a doubt the beast of the match. An AAR will come soon.

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    2. I was there. It was epic! Probably because my figures were not on the menu.

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    3. I guess it is one of those gaming moment that will be remembered.

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    4. Yes, I met that bear. It was nicely painted, but was a p-i-t-a during the game. It seemed to like the taste of several of my figures. Best go and check what additives there are in my paints.

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    5. Do not thin your paint with barbecue glaze!

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    6. Hahahahaha!
      The bear is hungry again, by the way :-)

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  2. I do like the North Star bear, very dynamic, but I know what you mean about requiring a lot of tidying up. I recently ordered some oxen, but when they arrived they needed so much work that I have put them pack in the pile.

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    1. It is a bit disappointing, to say the least.

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  3. Flash and mould lines are never good! I clean them them as much as possible, but when the basecoat is on them you see some more and you can start all over again! :-(
    Great painted bears! I'm curious how many enemies he ate! :-D

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. I do the same, Peter. A white basecoat with a dark wash and you see every little thing
      Let's just say that he won't be hungry for a long time :-)
      AAR coming soon

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  4. Thanks, Joakim, this is very useful as I need a bear as part of my Rockies Ablaze project and I like the Reaper model a lot. I have had good experiences with Reaper in the past, sounds like I should stick with them. You have done a lovely job on both these models.
    Cheers,
    Mike

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  5. Thanks Mike
    It's a bit smaller, as you can see, but by far the better sculpt.
    On the other hand the Northstar one is imposing if you're a hobbit.

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