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    • By SGHawkins09
      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 23rd to November 3rd, with the assignments going out by November 10th.

      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 organizers (SGHawkins09 and robinh) 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.
       
      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 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 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 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. 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 (SGHawkins09 and robinh) can help facilitate any anonymous conversations you want to have with your partner. Have fun! Deadline
      The deadline for mailing gifts is December 21st.
      The deadline for mailing exchange miniatures is January 31st, 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 and a half weeks (November 10th).  Please let me know if you're interested by end of day, November 3rd.  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 some of the participants and you can contact either of us with questions and/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:         robinh Forumguy
      E-mail or Phone #: robinh 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 some street
                        anywhere, 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:
       
       
    • By Generic Fighter
      So, I'm working on a miniature for my Box of Many Things exchange partner, more commonly known as a "Thinger" among those long time participants. This happens on the Twitters and you can search for it by sticking one those hashtag/pound sign/number sign thingies in front of BoxofManyThings in the search thingy there. Basically, it is like a Secret Santa type thing for geeks and nerds that happens every couple months. Sign ups for the next one should start near the end of October, if you are interested.
       
      Anywho, my "Thinger" is interested in, among other things, Medusas. So, since I'm kind of not up to much due to a severe lack of AC at my place, I've decided to try to distract myself from the fact I am alternating between melting and immolating at this time by making a custom mini and painting it. Also, attempt to chronicle it too.
       

       

       

       

       
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    • By Inarah
      My exchange partner this year was Fealron and one of the ideas suggested was a new enemy or villain to throw against his players.  I had this guy on hand and wondered if a giant werewolf would fit the bill: 
       
      14030: Vasyl, Rageclaw Alpha 


       
      While I was painting that I came across these guys and they just begged to be henchmen: 
       

      The one in the middle I believe is an old Grenadier, the others are clix. 
       
      Meanwhile, back at the ranch I did a little digging and discovered that Fealron has a set of DwarvenForge, so I felt compelled to paint these as a gift.  It's all molded from Hirst Arts molds (except the barrel mimic).  I hope they provide hours of fun play. 
       

    • By Auberon
      My partner this time around was Clearman.  He requested a heroic character painted heroically, and nothing says heroic quite like the word "Hellknight."  Of course, I haven't actually played the adventure(s) that Pathfinder Hellknights appear in so maybe they are cuddly people.  We'll say she just finished up a heroic day of undead slaying.
       
      Metals are TMM, which my camera hates, but I think I managed to get a few decent shots.  For something different I painted the base using pigments rather than hobby paints. I used the wet method of applying them and the color shift is huge, so I wasn't sure how they would come out until they dried.  Of course you can be intentionally sloppy because any pigments on the mini's boots just help "tie the figure to its base." I freehanded some wood grain onto the shaft of the weapon just to add some interest to the boring space.
       




       
       
       
    • By Guildenstern
      Spoilered for my Exchange partner:
       


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