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    • By MoonglowMinis
      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?
    • By Kangaroorex
      My Secret Sophie arrived at its destination i can share with everyone.  My recipient wanted something cute.  I thought it would be cute to have a man feeding his pet.  Just because his pet happens to be a rust weevil should not be held against him. 
       
      I saw the barbarian and it looked like he was throwing the swords rather than. Actually using them to hit anything.  I also had a spare rust weevil and the whole thing just came together.
       
      Roger got the old swords out of the box from his adventuring days.  It had been a while since he'd been out to the dungeons but at the rate George was going through weapons, he was either going to need to buy a new crate or go delving.  Maybe this time he'd just buy a box of old weapons, let the younger kids go fight the baddies.  These two look okay.  He grabs the weapons and heads out to the field.  When he reached the edge of the field he looks out over the fine red and tan soil and dust.  HEY GEORGE!  He yells out over the field.  In moments George shows up jumping and chittering.  "Hey George" he says again, "its dinnertime!  FETCH!"


       
    • By Kuroneko
      The battle against the forces of evil takes place on many levels. Sometimes it's a clash of mighty armies, whilst other times terrifying behemoths clash in the sky, terrifying the populace for miles around. Others.....well, they're far more personal.
       
      This was my contribution to this years Secret Sophie gift exchange. It portrays the winner of a long, hard won battle between evenly matched opponents and I suspect the only thing keeping that little dragon up is pride and a good dose of adrenaline
       

       

       


       
       
      This was a number of firsts for me- my first semi successful NMM attempt, first ever diorama and first Secret Sophie. I had a great time and I'll certainly do it again!
       
      Thanks for looking, as always any comments/criticisms are certainly welcome.
    • By Kangaroorex
      My secret Sophie is winging its way to its recipient as I write this and may even arrive before the new year!
       
      I have been practicing a technique shown to me by @Mocha and have produced. Number of these this year so its only fitting that my SS be one of them.
       
      The present is actually a 6 sided die from dice jail for too many 1's so for its trouble it has been incarcerated in greenstuff wrapping paper! 
       
      I modified Rocky a little bit to flatten his wings to more of a waiting position. 
       
      As for the story, Rocky has been asked to wait for his present and he intends to make sure it does not get away!  
       
      I enjoyed making the little bow much more than I should have but it was a lot of fun.  The Rocky series is great.  The eyes are just large enough to get some real detail into without overwhelming the mini and ever part of the mini is accessible to paint!  
       
      I hope his recipient likes him and that he reminds everyone that good things will come with a little bit of patience 
       

    • By SGHawkins09
      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:
       
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