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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. 

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    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.

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    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.

 

 

 

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I'm in with the caveat that not everything will be Reaper from me as no stores here carry Reaper and Reaper has made it super difficult to order directly from them in Australia. That said, I do have lots of Reaper minis that I have already purchased over the years so I most likely have plenty of things to choose from to paint.

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2 hours ago, GoldenPiggy said:

I thought about signing up for this, but I don't believe my painting skills are sufficient.  I will watch the pictures as they are posted, though, with great interest.

 

You haven't posted much, but what I have seen does not disqualify you from joining. 🙂

 

 

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No matter where someone falls on the painting skill spectrum I have always enjoyed receiving it, and have always learned something to try from the study of the minis I've received.

 

I didn't join this time because I have a new physically demanding job and I didn't know what my time or energy would be like, but I will also be watching this space for pictures.

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7 hours ago, GoldenPiggy said:

I thought about signing up for this, but I don't believe my painting skills are sufficient.  I will watch the pictures as they are posted, though, with great interest.

People of all skill levels have participated in the exchanges in the past. My skill level has changed since I began participating 8 or so years ago. I have loved every mini I have received in the exchanges because I could see the thought, time, and effort that was put into each one.

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