Welcome to the 2018 Spring Miniature Exchange! This is the thread where I'll post announcements, and you can post questions, let people know that packages have be mailed or received, or just talk, get suggestions, and show off the awesome mini that your partner sent you.
If you've never done an exchange before, how it works is like this: Everyone who is interested PMs me with the questionnaire below filled out (please don't just send an old one, as the questions may have changed). I then match you with a person whom you will paint a mini for, and a second person whom you will receive a painted mini from (sometimes it's the same person). You have until the deadline to send your mini out (please try really hard to do this, though we understand if sometime life gets in the way). That's pretty much it, feel free to PM me with questions.
This exchange is based on trust. Please be respectful of the fact that someone else is investing their time, money and energy into painting a mini for you. I am simply the organizer, but I will do everything I can to make sure that everyone who paints a miniature receives one.
The Rules (tl;dr version)
Fill out the questionnaire below and send it to me via PM.
Painters must send the organizers a WIP of their mini by April 1st.
Paint your partner a mini and mail it to them by May 15th.
Fill out the questionnaire below and send it to me via PM. Please fill out the current version of the questionnaire, Please don't just send an old one, as questions may have changed.
Reaper minis are the focus. If you want to paint more than one miniature, you may do so. If you wish to include other gifts for your recipient, you may do so, but please keep them small. There is no hard and fast rule, but keeping the value less than the price of a single miniature is a good rule of thumb. The focus of the exchange should be a Reaper product.
Please don't contact your partner unless they have listed themselves as okay with contact. I've included it on the questionnaire, so you'll know who wants to keep it secret and who doesn't.
In order to encourage people to start painting early, you will need to post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini to either this thread, or as a reply to your organizer, by April 1st. The mini should be at least base-coated by this time. If you don't post a WIP by this point, I may have to drop you from the exchange. Please don't make me do this.
Try really hard to get your miniature out by the deadline. Let an organizer know if you are going to be late.
If you are mailing internationally and plan to send more than just miniatures/paint, you must contact your recipient to get any "bonus items" approved. We don't want any trouble with customs. As an example, plant matter or powders can cause a lot of trouble.
The organizers (fanguad, robinh) can help facilitate any anonymous conversations you want to have with your partner.
The deadline to mail out miniatures for this exchange will be three months from when assignments are sent out, on May 15th. You must post a WIP image of your mini by April 1st.
The organizers will send the assignments out in about two weeks (February 15th). Please let me know if you're interested by the 10th. I can't make any guarantees if you're late, but I will try to make arrangements.
robinh will be helping me run this exchange. He will coordinate and communicate with approximately half the participants. You can contact either of us if you have any questions or issues.
2018 Spring Exchange Questionnaire
Address: -Miniature Information: Outbound-
What can you paint?
What do you like painting the most? -Miniature Information: Inbound-
What do you want to receive?
What DON'T you want to receive?
What material do you want to receive?
Do you have a particular color scheme in mind?
What style of basing would you prefer?
Please give your partner some inspiration, especially if you have very few preferences above. -Personal Information-
Will you ship internationally?
Would you be willing to have multiple exchange partners?
Would you like to know who is painting for you before they start painting?
Would you like your partner to know who is painting for them before you start painting?
Is there anybody you would prefer not to paint for? (please include why) -Special Requests-
For the organizer, your painter, or your recipient:
2018 Spring Exchange Questionnaire Example
Name: Fanguad Forumguy
Address: 1234 Liberty Dr.
Boston, MA 12345
USA Notes: Remember to include your zip code and country. Please format this correctly for your county in case you have an international partner.
-Miniature Information: Outbound-
What can you paint? Fantasy PCs or monsters Examples: fantasy, sci-fi, monsters, PCs, women, undead, demons, etc
What do you like painting the most? bugbears and orcs
Notes: if possible, the organizers will try to match you up with someone who wants this thing, but if we can't we'll fall back to what you "can" paint -Miniature Information: Inbound-
What do you want to receive? Fantasy enemies for my players to fight! Monsters or human(ish) are both fine. Examples: mouslings, necromancers, warriors, dual-wielders, etc
What DON'T you want to receive? No nudity please. Also, I have plenty of goblins so I don't need more. Examples: gross, nudity, undead, kobolds, animals, etc
What material do you want to receive? I'm fine with any material Notes: Reaper miniatures come in Bones, resin and metal
Do you have a particular color scheme in mind? No preference. Notes: If you're asking for a miniature to be used in army, you can ask your partner to match the colors.
What style of basing would you prefer? Plain or basic - I will use these miniatures in my PFRPG games. Examples: round or square preference? Unbased, plain base (simple black base), basic base (standard sized base with some scenic elements), or scenic base (fancy base not really suitable for gaming)
Please give your partner some inspiration, especially if you have very few preferences above. I'm starting the PFRPG Adventure Path "Jade Regent" soon. Try painting non-human skin tones. My favorite color is blue. "Spring has sprung!" Notes: Consider this a non-binding word of inspiration for your partner. If they're stuck and can't figure out what to paint, maybe this will help them. No need to repeat your preferences above. Your partner may ignore this question if they already have an idea from the your previously answered questions.
Examples: Are there any books or movies you've enjoyed recently? Is there a challenge or technique you'd like your partner to try? How about some song lyrics or a quote from a book? -Personal Information-
Will you ship internationally? Yes Notes: Be aware that postage costs will be higher than domestic postage. If you mail internationally, you will need permission from your partner to include other gift items so that we don't run afoul of customs. Most participants in these exchanges are located in the USA.
Would you be willing to have multiple exchange partners? Yes, I love painting! Notes: If yes, specify if there is a limit (though it is unlikely we'll ask you to do more than 2)
Would you like to know who is painting for you? No Examples: Yes, No, No Preference
Notes: If you say yes, your preference will be communicated to your partner. It will be up to them to contact you.
Would you like your partner to know who is painting for them? No Examples: Yes, No, No Preference
Notes: You can contact them directly to work out details or ask for advice. We will attempt to match people with similar preferences, but can't guarantee this is the case.
Is there anybody you would prefer not to paint for? (please include why) I painted for johndoe123 in the last miniature exchange. Notes: If you like to paint for a variety of different people, you can list those you've painted for in the past. We will do our best to pair you with someone new. Another situation is that you know certain people in real life, and would prefer to paint for someone you don't know.
For the organizer, your painter, or your recipient: