Miniature Exchange #8 is officially starting and taking on everyone who wishes to join in on the fun. If this is your first time hearing about the exchange, let me give you a bit of information.

TJeffers started this up in 2004 (cheers!) as he came to notice that he had more lead (that would be miniature) laying around in his drawers than he could possibly paint and what once might of inspired him certainly didn\'t any longer. Thus inspiration hit and he decided to see about an exchange programme.

The general idea
Essentially, a group of us get together from all over the world, dig through our piles of goodies, and ship off one or two miniatures that we\'re interested in seeing someone else paint while you in turn wait for a package from another individual with miniatures that you are supposed to paint as well.

So basically, what happens is that you put your name down for the exchange, and then when the sign-up period is over, all the names will be dumped into a hat to be drawn out randomly. The first name drawn gets to send their unloved miniatures to the second person, the second person sends to the third, and so on. At the end, the last person sends to the first. Instead of being a direct one-to-one exchange, we follow the order in which the names are drawn. It\'s almost like Christmas with the anticipation of what you\'re going to get at times.

The guidelines are fairly simple and open. First and foremost, participate and have fun. The more the merry, though we understand completely if life jumps up and you are not able to participate or finish up your miniature. It happens, try and finish it up down the road if you are able.

The Timetable
We do this thing every three months, and here is the calendar that is currently in use.

Sign up...................Start exchange.............Official end

January 21................February 12................May 13
April 23..................May 14.....................August 12
July 23...................August 13..................November 11
October 22................November 12................February 11


Each exchange last for 16 weeks, the three-week sign-up period overlapping with the previous exchange. This means you should have (give or take) 10 weeks with the minis to paint them. Tell a friend to join in as well - new blood is always welcome! As long as everyone can follow a few simple rules\'

The Rulez, we gotsta \'ave dem Rulez!
1) You must send at least one miniature, but two IS preferable. Just in case the person hates the first one, although being mini-lovers I don\'t see how that is possible. If you wish to send more that is fine, as well as sending non-minis, but make sure the first two items are normal miniatures. YOU WILL NOT GET THESE BACK, so make sure you don\'t send anything you still want. There has been a tendency to send many more than two minis, but this is unnecessary. While there is nothing wrong with this, ME is not intended to be some sort of generosity competition.

2) All miniatures must be in an untouched state. Basically, send it as you got it, in the condition it was when it was bought. The minis are NOT to be painted. This doesn\'t mean it has to be in a blister, however, just not mangled in any way.

3) If you wish to participate, you must be around. Don\'t say \'I want in\' and then disappear off the face of the Earth for a month. I\'m not saying you need to be a forum regular, but you should be checking at least this thread once a week.

4) If you do not hear from either your sender or sendee within one week of the exchange list being posted, then skip them! This works in both directions, so if your sender can\'t be contacted get in touch with the person who was to send to them. If they were able to get in touch with them, but you have not, then there is a problem and you should PM me. This has happened before.

5) You must have at least 5 posts on the forums over a period of at least a month by the start of exchange registration, and be in generally good standing with the other members of CMON. This sounds a bit harsh, but this is to weed out people from joining CMON just to grab some quick minis. This might seem like a waste of time on the surface, but some of us are mailing out $40+ worth of stuff, so that is a nice little haul for some disreputable person. However, if a forum regular is willing to vouch for the newbie, then that is quite acceptable.

6) Corns and bunions are not valid excuses for not painting. Also not accepted are; blindness, insanity or old age. Of course, if the cat eats your minis, there\'s little you can do about that.

Commentary on Rule #5
Sorry guys, it\'s necessary to be inflexible on rule #5. Having to evaluate a new guy based on gut feel is not all too much fun. It\'s even less fun when a malaligned newbie decides to screw us around and grab some free minis: one person is left angry at sending out minis to the craplet, another gets no minis, and I\'m the one feeling responsible for it all. This may seem somewhat harsh, but we\'ve got exchange partners sending out some stunning packages of mini goodness \' this isn\'t a freebie, and there ain\'t no such thing as a free lunch.

How to sign up
Three things are needed from you to sign up; your name, location and shipping preferences. Shipping preferences are for those who would rather not post outside of their country or continent, so if you\'re in Europe and want to post only to Europe, then please specify that. I\'m, not overly fond of this concession due to it limiting the global aspect of the ME, but some people have made use of it, so it is here to stay.

So, with those things, either reply in this thread, or PM me. I will edit the following list of participants to keep it up to date. If you have PM\'d me or replied and I have not added your name, feel free to slap me with a wet fish.

Now if you\'ll hand me my chalk, I\'ll start scratching your names down on the board just as soon as you raise your hands.

Modderrhu

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List of participants (last updated 2006/05/13 14:30GMT)
I know that there are some of you who are habitual (and maniacal) exchangers of minis, and that you will most likely be taking part in this one. I\'m not forgetting you, I just don\'t want to include you in the exchange without your knowledge. You\'re not neglected, John! :)

Just to be clear, this isn\'t the final exchange list.
Anatora...................United States of Siberia...ship anywhere
angus147258...............United States..............ship anywhere
beowulfthehunter..........United States..............ship anywhere
blackfly..................United States..............ship anywhere
calcipher.................Japan................... ...ship anywhere
cdukino...................The Netherlands............ship anywhere
Cesar.....................Canada.................. ...ship anywhere
desertdragon1964..........United States..............ship anywhere
DM of Doom................United States..............ship anywhere
dougaderly................United States..............ship anywhere
DragonPaint...............Italy................... ...ship anywhere
DrEvilmonki...............New Zealand................ship anywhere
Frustrated Father.........United States..............ship anywhere
funnymouth................United States..............ship anywhere
Gin1906...................United States..............ship anywhere
hakoMike..................United States..............ship anywhere
Hoblit....................South Africa...............ship anywhere
ipaintminis...............United States..............ship anywhere
jahecker..................United States..............ship anywhere
james sequeira............United Kingdom.............ship anywhere
johnboyjjb................United States..............ship anywhere
leopardpixie..............United States..............ship anywhere
marineboy.................Denmark................. ...ship anywhere
Multifracture.............United Kingdom.............ship anywhere
Naukhel...................Canada.................. ...ship anywhere
No Such Agency............Canada.....................ship anywhere
Onis Lair.................United States..............ship anywhere
Patrick...................United States..............ship anywhere
RedSevenBlue..............United States..............ship anywhere
rex lyver.................United States..............ship anywhere
Sjakkie...................The Netherlands............ship anywhere
steelcult.................Iraq.................... ...ship anywhere
supervike.................United States..............ship anywhere
TAB Studio................United States..............ship anywhere
tidoco2222................United Kingdom.............ship anywhere
toxc......................Germany................. ...ship anywhere
Valloa....................United States..............ship anywhere
YoungNastyPainter.........Ireland................. ...ship anywhere

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The draw on 14 May
And this here is the final list, in order of the draw.
Multifracture
james sequeira
rex lyver
desertdragon1964
RedSevenBlue
Patrick
DrEvilmonki
No Such Agency
TAB Studio
Anatora
Cesar
tidoco2222
Onis Lair
ipaintminis
johnboyjjb
toxc
DragonPaint
Hoblit
Dark Seraphim
DM of Doom
Sjakkie
Gin1906
Naukhel
hakoMike
blackfly
calcipher
jahecker
cdukino
Frustrated Father
supervike
dougaderly
marineboy
YoungNastyPainter
beowulfthehunter
leopardpixie
Valloa
steelcult
funnymouth
angus147258

Just a reminder again on how this works:
- find your name in the list
- the person above you in the list is the person from whom you will receive minis
- the person below you in the list is the person to whom you will be sending minis
- PM both people. You will need to send your address to your sender, and you will need your recipient\'s address.
- at the end of the list, wrap around. So, angus, you will be sending to Multifracture.