Reaper Miniatures’ founder Ed Pugh, who also served as the organization’s president for several years, has unexpectedly passed away. Let’s see what happened to Reaper Miniatures CEO and Ed Pugh cause of death
What happened to Ed Pugh?
Reaper Miniature’s FaceBook page officially announced the death news of Ed Pugh, the statement reads,
We’re deeply grieved to announce that, after a brief illness, Reaper President and CEO Ed Pugh has passed away.
1958-2022. In the memorial, please donate to your favorite animal shelter if you can.
Another statement reads,
Very sad to hear about Ed Pugh of Reaper Miniatures. He was a big supporter of the tabletop community and ran a company that is a staple in the industry.
Very sad to hear about Ed Pugh of Reaper Miniatures. He was a big supporter of the tabletop community and ran a company that is a staple in the industry. pic.twitter.com/dxCKStkSaZ
— Ross Thompson (@AlmostKirk) November 27, 2022
Ed Pugh cause of death
As per Ed Pugh’s family statement, it was clear that he passed away after suffering a brief illness. Reaper Miniatures’ founder and longtime president, Ed Pugh, was one of the key figures in the company’s establishment.
Pugh was the person in charge of founding the business. Reaper Miniatures was founded by Ed Pugh, who also provided much of the company’s initial inspiration for growth.
American company Reaper Miniatures produces pewter and plastic figurines in the 25-35 mm scale, including fantasy and science fiction characters. Reaper, a company with headquarters in Denton, Texas, has created small tabletop game systems that may be used with their miniatures. The Sophie succubus serves as the company mascot for Reaper Miniatures.
From September 1997 through July 1999, Reaper Miniatures, a company, created miniatures based on Doom & Doom II characters.
Among the miniatures in the line were the Zombie Marine with Autorifle, Zombie Marine with Shotgun, Heavy Weapons Dude (Chaingunner), Imp, Pink Demon, Lost Soul, Cacodemon, Pain Elemental, Revenant, Mancubus, Baron of Hell, Arachnotron, Arch-Vile, and Cyberdemon. 66601 through 66615 were Reaper’s component numbers (in respective order from above).
According to an id Software license, the miniatures were made. As pre-order incentives for Doom 3, three of the miniatures—the Baron of Hell, Mancubus, and Pinky Demon—were made available (which were possible to obtain for free by reserving the game, getting the miniature at the time of reservation, and canceling the pre-order).
Each of GameStop, EB Games, and Best Buy had one as a store-only item. For individuals who didn’t want to buy the game, Best Buy also offered to sell their miniature online for $10.
Three independent carvers hired by Reaper, Sandra L. Garrity, Julie Guthrie, and Bob Ridolfi, sculpted the original miniatures. Julie carved two, Bob four, and Sandra nine.
Ed Pugh, a co-owner of Reaper Miniatures
Two highly limited prototypes of the Cyberdemon miniatures were also created in addition to the published line of figurines. Both were never made available to the general public as they were deemed to be too small and to have an unfavorable stance by id Software during the clearance process for the miniature line.
Ed Pugh, a co-owner of Reaper Miniatures, claims that between 15 and 20 of each prototype is still in existence. All current id workers received one of the two prototypes, and over time, a very small number of those have made their way onto the open market. Additionally, id first disapproved of the Arachnotron because, among other minor design flaws, the brain was too flat on top and not rounded enough.
Only one of the rejected Arachnotrons—unlike the prototype Cyberdemons—was ever built. It was at David Pugh’s (co-owner of Reaper) office up until April 2010, when a private collector bought it.
A Lost Soul was also made available with the Doom 3 pre-order in the Australian market in addition to the Demon, Baron of Hell, and Mancubus. Nobody seems to be able to explain why it was only released in Australia and not elsewhere.
If you look at the bottom of the miniature, you can discern the difference between the 1997 original edition and the Doom 3 re-release. The bottom of every original has “TM 1996” molded into it. On the bottom of every re-release is the date “1993, 1997.”
Tributes to Ed Pugh
Reaper Miniatures is reporting Ed Pugh, Reaper President and CEO have passed away. I never got a chance to meet Ed in person, but he was quick to respond to my barbs/comments in chat during Reaper Live and encouraged my ideas and schemes I would pitch (unbidden) to Ron. Reaper has lost a giant.
Prayers and love to Brother Dave and the rest of the Pugh family, to Reaper Miniatures staff and freelance artists, and to the many, many fans and friends that Ed engaged with.
Ed’s family is asking for donations to your local animal charities in lieu of flowers.
Rest in Peace, Ed Pugh. I am honored and very fortunate to know him and to have been in significant part, carried along by his boundless vision and energy. We’ll never see another like this fine man and creative force, and I will do my best to honor him.
From the entire J. Halk Games team, our sincerest condolences to the Reaper family. It can be said that Ed Pugh and Reaper saved the miniatures industry as well as changed it. Many of Reaper’s miniatures have inspired ideas for adventures on their own, not only for us but for gamers around the world. He will be missed.
So sad to hear of the passing of Ed Pugh. Ed was always a champion of our hobby. He happily sponsored all of my painting classes and workshops. Including the classes of many other painters. He will be missed.
So sorry to hear about the passing of Ed Pugh, he was absolutely instrumental in getting CLAWS off the ground in the first place. Per the In Memoriam, I am immediately making a donation to Treasure Coast Wildlife Center.
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