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  1. I've talked it over with @SGHawkins09and agreed to run the Secret Sophie exchange this year! Sign up will be via Google Form, if you have an issue using the form, please contact me. If you prefer to send the questionnaire by PM please let me know. The Form: https://forms.gle/na8uuc6Qr9yfKSTG9 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. This year will be a miniature and gift exchange. No gift only this time. Signups will run from October 16th until midnight (PST) October 31st, with the assignments going out by the end of November 6th. If you've never done an exchange before, how it works is like this: Everyone who is interested Fills out the Google Form above by the deadline of October 31st. The organizer ( @SamuraiJack ) then matches 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 organizer a WIP. You have until the deadline to send your gift/mini out. 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. Fill out the Google Form above by October 31st. You must post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini under a spoiler tag to this thread by December 31st. The deadline to mail your items is January 31st. Full Rules Decide if you would like to participate in this exchange. 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. "Gifts" could be Reaper paints, unpainted miniatures, or other Reaper painting supplies. Recommended dollar value of gifts is $25 or less. You could also include food, small gifts, and other holiday related items. Fill out all of the Google Form above. Please don't contact your partner unless they have listed themselves as okay with contact. I've included it on the form, so you'll know who wants to keep it secret and who doesn't. You will need to acknowledge your assignment message and/or post or message me that you have selected a miniature by December 1st. Basically, if I do not hear anything from you once the assignments go out, you will be dropped, and your recipient will be reassigned.. I really do not want to do this but there have been too many instances in the past of radio silence once assignments go out. In order to encourage people to start painting early, you will need to post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini under a spoiler tag to this thread by December 31st. 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. Please post in this thread once you have received your miniature from your partner. We all love seeing what everyone did and it serves as an acknowledgement that you received it. 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. The organizers (SamuraiJack) can help facilitate any anonymous conversations you want to have with your partner. Once you have submitted your questionnaire, please make sure to routinely check your messages on the forum as that is the primary mode of communication for this exchange. Other than sending you your assignment message, I may contact you if your painter has any questions, if they provide a tracking number, and just to check in if you have not posted any progress or have not messaged saying you have shipped your items or if you have not shared that you have received your package. Have fun! Deadlines The deadline for submitting your Google Form is October 31st at Midnight PST The deadline for acknowledging your assignment is December 1st. The deadline for a WIP photo is December 31st. The deadline for mailing exchange miniatures is January 31st, but it's even better if you can get them out by Christmas.
  2. Hello all you Reaper Elves and snow people! So every year for the last four years, I've painted up for my mom, a woman who already has everything, a miniature and this year it was this beautiful little Gingerbread Knight. I was going to paint her a Mrs. Claus that I have from Reaper, but couldn't find it so save my life. Luckily I had this one and now I have about 365 days to find Mrs. Claus. Here he is, Merry Christmas everybody!
  3. It's that time of year when I start banging out holiday minis and painted gifts for friends and family. I often can't find examples in one place for inspiration, so I thought I'd see if anyone would be interested in doing this seasonal post with me. I am putting a focus on holiday miniatures and painting schemes. Here's the start of the process with more on the way. Feel free to post your holiday minis or progress. We gotta stay on top of these are going to make it on time.
  4. Finished this one in January 2023, so a little while ago. This is the last mini I has been slacking on getting photographed. Reaper 1598 Pack Reindeer in metal
  5. Hello everyone, I have some bad news. Due to life stuff, mainly a new job, I am not going to be able to run Secret Sophie this year as I do not think I will be able to give it the attention it deserves. If someone else would like to give it a go, send me a PM and we can chat about it.
  6. There are a few others, but a family member managed to get a few glimpses of things from last year early...so the ones already handed out are up, there are some more that will pop up later. Silent Night The minis are a set I found in a bin of loose christmas village pieces at a store in the mall. The case is one I found in Dollar Tree (The dome is now glued in place). I built the stable from bamboo skewers and some cloth. Built up the base with two different sized wooden discs ontop of the base along with some filler and sand. Old Snowy Church The church is a repaint from Dollar Tree's christmas village...and the trees are from a pack that I'd had that were translucent white that I flocked with a snow flock (The rest of the pack were used for some tree stands that are in my terrain thread). There's a hole in the underside for battery access and switch.
  7. 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 previous years, this year will only be a miniature and gift exchange. No gift only this time. Signups will run from October 10th until midnight (PST) October 30th, with the assignments going out by the end of November 6th. If you've never done an exchange before, how it works is like this: Everyone who is interested PMs me (SGHawkins09) with the questionnaire below filled out by the deadline. The organizer (SGHawkins09) then matches 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. 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. Fill out the questionnaire below and send it to me via PM. You must post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini under a spoiler tag to this thread by December 31st. The deadline to mail your items is January 31st. Full Rules Decide if you would like to participate in this exchange. 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. "Gifts" could be Reaper paints, unpainted miniatures, or other Reaper painting supplies. Recommended dollar value of gifts is $25 or less. You could also include food, small gifts, and other holiday related items. Fill out all 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. You will need to acknowledge your assignment message and/or post or message me that you have selected a miniature by December 1st. Basically, if I do not hear anything from you once the assignments go out, you will be dropped, and your recipient will be reassigned.. I really do not want to do this but there have been too many instances in the past of radio silence once assignments go out. In order to encourage people to start painting early, you will need to post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini under a spoiler tag to this thread by December 31st. 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. Please post in this thread once you have received your miniature from your partner. We all love seeing what everyone did and it serves as an acknowledgement that you received it. 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. The organizers (SGHawkins09) can help facilitate any anonymous conversations you want to have with your partner. Once you have submitted your questionnaire, please make sure to routinely check your messages on the forum as that is the primary mode of communication for this exchange. Other than sending you your assignment message, I may contact you if your painter has any questions, if they provide a tracking number, and just to check in if you have not posted any progress or have not messaged saying you have shipped your items or if you have not shared that you have received your package. Have fun! Deadlines The deadline for acknowledging your assignment is December 1st. The deadline for a WIP photo is December 31st. The deadline for mailing exchange miniatures is January 31st, but it's even better if you can get them out by Christmas. .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Secret Sophie Exchange Questionnaire -Contact Information- Name: E-mail: Address: -General Information- -Gift Information: Inbound- What are you interested in receiving? Other gift preferences? -Painted Miniature Information: Outbound- What can you paint? What do you like painting the most? -Painted 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: Forum Guy Address: 1234 my street . My town, My province or state (Postal code) or (ZIP code) My Country 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 Other gift preferences? I love peppermint but hate licorice Some people like to include other holiday related gifts, this would be were you could not if you like or dislike stuff related to that. Some things that are commonly asked about are candies, cookies, hot chocolate, tea, etc. If you note something here, it is not a guarantee you will get something extra as non Reaper items are optional. -Painted 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 -Painted 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.
  8. Bought this in a post Xmas sale and was very disappointed by the quality of the print - 2 fingers already missing most of the others broke but I was able to save some. Half a foot was just missing. The snowman he was meant to be stomping on was fuzzy and too small. (I considered getting out my snotlings as goblin kids) got my other half to perform a snownectomy. Then thought he looked a bit like a footballer receiving a pass....then that red and white were the colours of our local team....bought a doll's house lawn and used some green stuff on a brass bead ( took a couple of tries I didn't even attempt a modern ball). Fixed his foot but have covered up with melting snow. Out of season but have been working on him occasionally for a couple of months - he will go in a snowglobe display for a friend's Christmas present. Obviously Santa made friends with a lady Hill Giant at some point...Granny Klaus knitted his seasonal braces. His missing fingers came about when he was cheeky to Jack Frost....
  9. Here is the last one from my January painting. This is the Father Christmas freebie, #1589. I got him in 2021, and finally got around to painting him. I wonder if that scroll in the case at his back is this year's version of The List?
  10. The final villain of my players rescuing Christmas!
  11. I followed Rhonda’s guide. This is the second Krampus I’ve painted, and I definitely improved in the 2 years since I last painted him… he was a nice quick paint, but also the first mini I finished (without saying I need to do some more with him) in quite a few months.
  12. 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 & gift exchange and gift-only exchange. Signups will run from November 1st until midnight (PST) November 14th, with the assignments going out by the end of November 16th. If you've never done an exchange before, how it works is like this: Everyone who is interested PMs me (SGHawkins09) with the questionnaire below filled out by the deadline. The organizer (SGHawkins09) then matches 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. 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 (gift only exchange). Fill out the questionnaire below and send it to me via PM. Painters must post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini under a spoiler tag to this thread by December 31st. The deadline for non-painters to mail their items is December 21st. The deadline for painters is January 31st. 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 all 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. You will need to acknowledge your assignment message and/or post or message me that you have selected a miniature by December 1st. Basically, if I do not hear anything from you once the assignments go out, you will be dropped, and your recipient will be reassigned.. I really do not want to do this but there have been too many instances in the past of radio silence once assignments go out. In order to encourage people to start painting early, you will need to post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini under a spoiler tag to this thread by December 31st. 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. Please post in this thread once you have received your miniature from your partner. We all love seeing what everyone did and it serves as an acknowledgement that you received it. 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. The organizers (SGHawkins09) can help facilitate any anonymous conversations you want to have with your partner. Have fun! Deadlines The deadline for acknowledging your assignment is December 1st. The deadline for mailing gifts is December 21st. This is for the gift only participants, painters can send the gifts separate and earlier than the painted figure but it is not required. The deadline for a WIP photo is December 31st. The deadline for mailing exchange miniatures is January 31st, but it's even better if you can get them out by Christmas. Exchange Assistant It is just me (SGHawkins09) this time so be patient if you send me a message or post a question, I will get back to you as soon as I can. .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Secret Sophie Exchange Questionnaire -Contact Information- Name: E-mail: 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? Other gift preferences? -Painted Miniature Information: Outbound- What can you paint? What do you like painting the most? -Painted 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: Forum Guy Address: 1234 my street . My town, My province or state (Postal code) or (ZIP code) My Country 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 Other gift preferences? I love peppermint but hate licorice Some people like to include other holiday related gifts, this would be were you could not if you like or dislike stuff related to that. Some things that are commonly asked about are candies, cookies, hot chocolate, tea, etc. If you note something here, it is not a guarantee you will get something extra as non Reaper items are optional. -Painted 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 -Painted 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:
  13. The Ghost of Christmas Past:- The Ghost of Christmas Present:- And the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come:- Presenting a trio of Christmas Ghosts by Reaper (Unfortunately I can't find their catalogue numbers). Despite their eyes being a bit googly, I'm really pleased with how all three of them came out (Particularly Christmas Future). I still don't get why Christmas Present is dressed like a pirate though. As always, any comments or criticisms are warmly received.
  14. Catching a bit of a 1970's version of A Christmas Carol while channel hopping today reminded me that I still had these gals to paint:- I was planning on extending Presents base with putty but mine had dried up (Plus I'm not sure I would've had much success reproducing that wooden plank look anyways), so she's going to look a little weird (Although she already looks a little weird in her pirate cosplay). Just waiting on them to dry, and then, hopefully, I can start painting them tomorrow. Won't get them finished by Christmas, I'll probably still be working on them well into January, but I should be able to finish them eventually.
  15. This month I felt particularly inspired by the Nutcracker characters and decided to do a whole themed set. I learned a lot about the original source material and had fun reimagining some of my favorite Reaper painters as Christmas characters. If you want to play the guessing game, go right ahead, I'll put my inspirations after the images Sugar Plum Fairy- Erin Hartwell Drosselmeyer- Aaron Lovejoy The Nutcracker- James Wappel The Rat King- Ian Markon
  16. I've bought several Christmas minis over the years, but this is the first one I painted! He's such a cute fellow and I had fun with him, even if it was Dec 28th before he was done...
  17. Hello everybody from the South all the way up to the North Pole! So last year I had painted for my mom a Santa Claus, from a set of the plastic miniatures you find in hardware stores that go with the little sets of holiday houses. They are usually some pretty neat little figures but can use a little bit of love and attention, as they are speed painted in China without much detail. Well, with the original set of figures I had from last year, there were also three elves that I just didn't have time to work on, so I thought I'd do them this year and ended up finishing them yesterday. They are probably somewhere between two and three inches tall. and here they are individually: With this guy, I tried to actually make a list on his clipboard, but couldn't get too small, ended up with the first two letters of my mom and dad, Bernice and Glenn: and this next little guy, used that same idea and put their initials not he music box lid: and with this little guy, no real freehand, just an elf and a teddy bear: Fun figures and pretty large, without so much crazy detail. For the most part I actually used the original color schemes that were pre-painted on these elves, which in all reality made life a little more simple so I didn't have to work so much to choose colors. Anyways, hope you all enjoy! Merry Christmas to everybody and may Santa be kind to you all and bring you lots of Reaper miniatures and paints! Mark
  18. "Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs..." First, let me explain "why" I made this. Yes, "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie. The same as any of those Hallmark channel movies, "It's a Wonderful Life," or "Elf." I can feel my teeth rotting just mentioning that movie. Second, my wife wears holiday pins everyday for the month of December. She even wears a pair of pins on occasion. She has too many to fit into 25 days. Since this became a tradition, as is watching "Die Hard," every year, I started planning this craft project. I did have this sidelined for a bit, mostly due to not having the right size "vent" I wanted to use for the size of the pin. I finally found a rounded corner rectangular set of cookie cutters (pkg of 10) that fit the bill. LOL So with laminated pictures of John in the can, as it were, I cut him in and then added UV resin to seal him in. A generous layer of resin. Then I added a cutout of his head and his hand with the lighter to add some depth. Voila, John McClane in the vents of the Nakatomi Building. You might have seen some ornaments around the 'net. Here are some pics as well as my wife sporting the pin today. Just john bent into the "vent." John with a cutout of his head one layer in front of the background pic and his hand and light another layer ahead of that. Sadly a few bubbles formed on the top layers. I got a few out before hardening the resin. The pin in place. My wife's new Christmas Pin. LMAO It has two pin backs attached to the back with the UV resin. Both with the clasp end and pin point down. Easy placement and closing. Holds it in place well. I think I am going to find a mini-bow for the top and add a ribbon around the outside. Add to the Christmas presentation. For those wondering what UV resin I used... I got a couple of .75oz bottles off of Wish for the job a while ago. Worked well. Enjoy and leave your thoughts and CC. I am interested in hearing what you all think.
  19. A trio of animated snowmen, definitely up for trouble for the holiday season! Definitely a fun and quick seasonal paint-up. The snowmen are painted up in Reaper Frosty Blue and highlights of Pure White, with Vallejo Azure providing the deep shadows and lining. The bases are dead simple, using the same colors and some Americana crackle medium for a subtle cracked ice effect. I really like how the monocle came out on the top hat snowman! I think of the three, the candy cane carrying snowman is my favorite. His derpy upturned face is visible from anywhere across the table, and the tattered Santa robe came out quite well. My daughter suggested that the end of the candy cane should be spattered with blood effects, but then my wife would never let me put it in a holiday display! I went back and forth on the color of the hair for the bowler hat snowman. I was going to repaint it black, but tried changing the color in a paint app, and didn’t like it. I did one last thing to tie the trio together — I gave them matching scarves! My daughter took one look and said: “They’re in a gang!” — she got it! Happy holidays, everyone!
  20. Got the first set of 5 done. I bought 5 Santas (one was in my bones 5), 4 Mrs. Claus, 4 Christmas mouselings. I'm preparing a holiday ornament and diorama for friends to give them. Santa is now complete, but still need to get him on his base with Mrs. Claus. Battle Report! I painted my first santa with a black primer. It took about 4 or 5 layers to get red to actually show and not look washed out. I just happened across a youtube video where Paintman Journeying was talking about how laying pink under red will help coverage and saturation. Was worth a try for how many red clothes characters i was about to do. WORKS AMAZING. I then took all of them to base coat with airbrush. And not only that, it gave me a great way to go through more of the BCA pink i have 5 bottles of. Finally i can use it on more things! Warning for others: BCA pink has weird coverage. It's very very very very chalky. I hadn't noticed it on my small parts i use to paint it on like tongues or trinkets, but on big areas i really noticed. The assembly like setup on these worked great. Painted in this order: Coat, pants, hat first. Santa's gift bag (different red) next. Cream trims next. Face. Teddy bear. Washes on face and bear. Gloves, boots, and belt. Packages and trim. So far so good.
  21. Better late than never. Here's some fun Pumpkin Horrors I painted up for @Inarah for Secret Sophie this past December. I was still riding on my Halloween spirit when Secret Sophie began, but wanted to do something that fit the winter theme. Inspired by the snowman-like design of the Pumpkin horrors and my own past mistakes of leaving pumpkins outside to rot all winter, I decided to do a holiday mashup with these guys left out in the cold too long. With some time having passed, I wish I would have made them look a bit rotten and frost-bitten, but I also like the more colorful result. More Photos Below the Spoiler: These were some fun minis and my first time working with metal. I have now broken the seal and have started looking into other minis that I previously considered off-limits. I also enjoyed participating in Secret Sophie and joining in to some of the forum shenanigans. I highly recommend participating in these kinds of things for any who have been reticent. What are some of your favorite holiday minis?
  22. UPDATE 10/19: We are doing two rounds of sign ups. The assignments for the first round were sent out on 10/18. Any questionnaires received after that date will be part of the second round. The deadline for the second round will be 11/13. Updates to the rules due to this change are in green. Yes, it seems too early to start this but with how this year has gone I thought to give you guys as much time as I could. Also this will give you a slight chance to utilize Reaper's October specials and/or any specials they do next month. 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. Round 1: Signups will run from October 4th to October 16th, with the assignments going out by end of day October 19th. Sign ups for Round 2 will run from October 19th to end of day November 13th, with assignments going out by end of day November 16th. If you've never done an exchange before, how it works is like this: Everyone who is interested PMs me (SGHawkins09) with the questionnaire below filled out by the deadline. The organizer (SGHawkins09) then matches 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. 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 post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini under a spoiler tag to this thread by December 29th. The deadline for non-painters to mail their items is December 21st. The deadline for painters is January 31st. 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 all 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. You will need to acknowledge your assignment message and/or post or message me that you have selected a miniature by November 13th. Basically, if I do not hear anything from you once the assignments go out, you will be dropped, and your recipient will be reassigned as part of Round 2. I really do not want to do this but there have been too many instances in the past of radio silence once assignments go out. Round 2 participants will need to acknowledge your assignment message and/or post or message me that you have selected a miniature by November 30th. In order to encourage people to start painting early, you will need to post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini under a spoiler tag to this thread by December 29th. 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. Please post in this thread once you have received your miniature from your partner. We all love seeing what everyone did and it serves as an acknowledgement that you received it. 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. The organizers (SGHawkins09) can help facilitate any anonymous conversations you want to have with your partner. Have fun! Deadline The deadline for acknowledging your assignment is November 13th for Round 1 and November 30th for Round 2. The deadline for mailing gifts is December 21st. This is for the gift only participants, painters can send the gifts separate and earlier than the painted figure but it is not required. The deadline for a WIP photo is December 29th. The deadline for mailing exchange miniatures is January 31st, but it's even better if you can get them out by Christmas. Assignments Deadline Round 1 assignments have been sent. The organizer will send the assignments for Round 2 by end of day November 16th. Please let me know if you're interested by end of day, November 13th. I can't make any guarantees if you're late, but I will try to make arrangements. Exchange Assistant It is just me (SGHawkins09) this time so be patient if you send me a message or post a question, I will get back to you as soon as I can. Secret Sophie Exchange Questionnaire -Contact Information- Name: E-mail: 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? Other gift preferences? -Painted Miniature Information: Outbound- What can you paint? What do you like painting the most? -Painted 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: Forum Guy E-mail: Forum Guy at emailservice dot com 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 my street . My town, My province or state (Postal code) or (ZIP code) My Country 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 Other gift preferences? I love peppermint but hate licorice Some people like to include other holiday related gifts, this would be were you could not if you like or dislike stuff related to that. Some things that are commonly asked about are candies, cookies, hot chocolate, tea, etc. If you note something here, it is not a guarantee you will get something extra as non Reaper items are optional. -Painted 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 -Painted 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:
  23. So some times you just done get things finished with the deadline you have imposed on yourself and this elf was one of those self-imposed deadlines. I wanted to have her done by Christmas, but just got too busy with other miniatures and other things. I got this figure if I recall last Christmas when I won her with some others on a Reaper Christmas Giveaway on Twitch. Here she is: Always thought she was a cute little figure. The other ones I want but they haven't sold them for a few Christmasses now are the two elves, naughty and nice. But one of these days I'm sure they will pop up again. Anyhoos, enjoy, happy belated Christmas and New Year!
  24. This year I'll be spending the week between Dec 25 and Jan 1 at home... like a lot of folks. I'm using the time to finish up a few figures languishing on my paint table and prepare for a clean(er) start in 2021. I'll get some photos up as I prep. Right now I am planning to finish: 1640 Cat dragon in tree 3893 Mal, catfolk warrior 3894 catfolk rogue 3977 Mercurix, winged cat 77576 female sphinx several Cats and Catacombs figures a trio of Alkemy Khaliman Republic figures some 3d printed tressym (winged cats) whatever else strikes my fancy at the time Paint along, or not, as it suits you.
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