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  1. I'm back after a short break - Welcome everyone, to the 2017 Secret Sophie thread! What is Secret Sophie, you ask? Well, it's a lot like Secret Santa, with a more attractive (albeit more dangerous) delivery person! (For those not in the know, Sophie the Succubus is Reaper's mascot.) This is the time of year for Reaper forumites to give a little holiday cheer to each other. Unlike most of the exchanges we do on the forums, this will have two categories - miniature and gift exchange and gift-only exchange. Signups will run from October 5th to October 15, with the assignments going out by the 19th (so those who are going to ReaperCon can have a shopping list). 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. The organizers (fanguad, robinh) then match you with a person to whom you will send your gift/mini, and another person from whom you will receive a gift/mini from in return (sometimes it's the same person). Halfway through the exchange, you'll need to send the organizers a WIP. You have until the deadline to send your gift/mini out. That's pretty much it, feel free to ask questions in this thread, or PM them to me. 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) Gifts should be primarily new, Reaper-branded presents. Exchanging painted miniatures is optional. Fill out the questionnaire below and send it to me via PM. Painters must send the organizers a WIP of their mini by December 1st. The deadline for non-painters to mail their items is December 15th. The deadline for painters is January 15th. Full Rules Decide whether you are doing gift and miniature exchange or gift-only exchange. "Gifts" are Reaper paints, unpainted miniatures, or other Reaper painting supplies. Recommended dollar value of gifts is $25 or less. The miniature exchange is where you paint a Reaper miniature for someone and mail it to them. If you want to paint more than one miniature, you may do so. 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. The focus of the exchange should be a Reaper product. Fill out the appropriate sections of 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. 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 December 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 demote you to gift-only or 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. In the past some people have wanted to send food - please verify allergens, etc. with your partner before proceeding. 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. If you want to participate but acquiring Reaper minis is a problem, please contact me first. The organizers (fanguad, robinh) can help facilitate any anonymous conversations you want to have with your partner. Have fun! Deadline The deadline for mailing gifts is December 15th. The deadline for mailing exchange miniatures is January 15th, but it's even better if you can get them out by Christmas. Assignments Deadline The organizers will send the assignments out in about two weeks (October 18th). Please let me know if you're interested by the 15th. I can't make any guarantees if you're late, but I will try to make arrangements. Exchange Assistant 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. Secret Sophie Exchange Questionnaire -Contact Information- Name: E-mail or Phone #: Address: -General Information- Are you signing up for the gift exchange only, or for gift+miniature exchange? -Gift Information: Inbound- What are you interested in receiving? -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: Secret Sophie Exchange Questionnaire - Examples and Notes -Contact Information- Name: Fanguad Forumguy E-mail or Phone #: fanguad at emailservice dot com / 1 (234) 567-8901 Notes: This is backup contact information in case we can't contact you via forum PM. The organizers will not share this with anyone, and we'll only use it as a last resort. Address: 1234 Liberty Dr. Boston, MA 12345 USA Notes: Remember to include your zip code and country. Please format this correctly for your country in case you have an international partner. -Gift Information: Inbound- What are you interested in receiving? Metal or Bones fantasy monsters Examples: metal/resin/bones, scenic elements, Dark Heaven Legends/Chronoscope/Warlord/Pathfinder/Savage Worlds, paints -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. You 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. -Special Requests- For the organizer, your painter, or your recipient:
  2. The primary item in the exchange should be Reaper figures. You may include secondary non-Reaper figures if you wish.
  3. It's going to be hard to top 48 figures...
  4. Barbarian Force Four

    Some barbarians for an upcoming RPG session. I decided to be a little more creative than brown, brown, brown and brown. From left to right: Kingdom Death Lion Armor, 02476: Lorna the Huntress, 77055 Anval Thricedamned and 02528: Kara, Female Archer. I was going to go all Reaper, but realized I actually don't have that many male barbarian minis.
  5. Here's the WIP of my present. Don't click if you don't want spoilers.
  6. Click the white button that says "Follow" directly to the right of the thread title at the top of the page.
  7. The next one will probably start in early February. You should be able to sign up for notifications on this thread if you want a reminder.
  8. After some hemming and hawing, I selected a mini and got it base-coated over the weekend. Remember that everyone should post WIPs of their work by December 1st.
  9. Kitty

    I started working on Kitty about 2 years ago. I decided to bring her along to ReaperCon where I got in the zone with her and finished her off. Lots of greens and yellows, but it's all centered around P3 Wurm Green, which is mixed into nearly everything. (I think I had just bought a pot of it right when I first started the mini). Helpful suggestions from other attendees and teachers (Cathy Wappel and Rhonda Bender in particular) definitely improved the quality. The base material is from a tub of stuff I received from Frontline Games in my swag bag.
  10. 77304: Male Thunderknight

    One of my players had to be difficult and create a bizarro character. An Oread Cleric who uses a dire flail. I finally got sick of using a prepaint earth elemental for him and converted this guy with bits I picked up in the Boneyard. Zenithal priming plus some glazes took care of most of the cloth. Metals, leathers and stone base got a base coat, wash and highlight. All in all, 2-3 hours.
  11. CaptainCon, Feb 2-4 2018 in Warwick, RI. 6 categories + youth. "Crystal Brush" judging rules. link to details: http://captaincon.com/painting-contest/
  12. Kitty

    There are folds sculpted in, though most of what you see in the pictures is paint.
  13. [SPLIT] RC2017 Rides thread

    I'm late to the party, but I'll be arriving at DFW at 3:45 - if anyone else is arriving at that time I'd be happy to share a Lyft. I could also use a ride to the Meet and Greet - my plan is to try to hitch a ride or failing that call a Lyft.
  14. The first volley is away! That should be about half the people who now have assignments.
  15. And the questionnaires are in! All together we have 25 people participating. I'll try to get my assignments out by tomorrow night. If you're at ReaperCon with no access to forums and don't get it in time, you can find me there to check.
  16. If you're interested in participating, please get your questionnaires in by today
  17. I got it. I usually read them in e-mail notifications.
  18. The initial rush of sign-ups puts us at 13 people. There's still lots of time to sign up!
  19. Tabletop Battlefields Mk.II

    I have a 3'x3' mat and a 4'x4' mat from different manufacturers. The neoprene mats offer a lot of benefits, but they do have some of the downsides you mention. The major benefit is a soft surface that is excellent for rolling dice and softening the blow when models inevitably tip over. It's also easier to pick up cards than from a simple flat surface. Other benefits include durability, professional finish and transportability. Downsides are that you only have 2 or 4 possible configurations (though most mats don't contain any actual terrain features), and that storage is "long and skinny" instead of "boxy." And price, but it's a bit unfair to compare price vs DIY tables.
  20. Tabletop Battlefields Mk.II

    $80 for a printed neoprene mat is pretty in-line with most manufacturers. A bit cheaper, actually, probably reflecting Kickstarter pricing.
  21. We'll have a paint-only exchange in the Spring, so keep your eyes open for it.
  22. 2017 Summer Exchange

    Signups have started for the Secret Sophie Exchange - hope to see lots of you there!
  23. THMiniatures Chapter 3: SNOW

    I also like the look of these. Has anyone backed either of their previous kickstarters?
  24. Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures

    I wouldn't worry too much about that. Ninja Division isn't a KS-only company, and most of their cash flow comes from regular retail releases. Not to say that it couldn't happen, but the risk isn't the same as e.g. CSM.
  25. Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures

    Ninja Division and Soda Pop Miniatures should probably be considered the same (legally distinct but mostly if not entirely the same people). There has never been a problem of non-delivery with them, but many of their projects deliver late or very late. It's probably best to consider the delivery date as an "earliest possible" date rather than "latest possible." Assuming they're still contracting with the same people, their resin is pretty durable, even for thinner arms and legs. It shouldn't take any damage from getting knocked over, while drops of 6"+ would probably break off weapons, antenna, etc, but not body parts. Disclaimer: I'm part of Ninja Division's volunteer corps, so it's probably fair to consider me biased