The Ral Partha Reaper line of miniatures competes with the Games Workshop product line. Games Workshop produces the Citadel line of miniatures. Citadel is the official Games Workshop Company for producing miniatures, but many gamers use the Reaper line. They may not take models from this line to official competitions, but they are more than workable in an actual game. Some people compose their Warhammer armies entirely out of this line. There are advantages and disadvantages to doing so. The disadvantages in tournament play are obvious. Disadvantages should be limited to the casual play most war gamers worry about.
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Ral Partha and Citadel miniatures are similar in detail. The Reaper line even occasionally indulges in giving the characters weapons that are completely out of scale with the rest of the models. The Dungeons & Dragons Reaper line is a bit of a misnomer, but the Dungeons and Dragons worlds and the Warhammer worlds are similar. Warhammer’s technology is closer to the Renaissance, while the technology found in most Dungeons & Dragons worlds resembles the early Middle Ages. Eberron, Spelljammer and Planescape are exceptions to this rule.
Dungeons & Dragons Reaper miniatures are not normally specifically devoted to the game. Their round bases work much better for individual characters than the Citadel miniatures do. The latter company uses square bases that make them easier to form up in units. At least this is true for the Warhammer Fantasy game. The Warhammer 40K game uses different bases for its figures.
Role players are not particularly concerned about the intent of the company. The Dungeons and Dragons Reaper miniatures may not be an actual line, but these small sculptures can certainly be used for the fantasy role playing game easily enough. RPG players do not need to gather enough miniatures to build an army.