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I'm adapting this idea from a friend of mine locally as well as from a group I'm in on yahoo.
I'm curious as to what kind of interest there would be here on LO.
The general premise is, I'll will pack a priority mail box with bits, models etc. and send them to one other member of the group. Who will in turn prepare a box of his own and send it on. This way those of us who have large collections can share some of our extra bits/models/etc with other members of our forums.
I envision this as a great opportunity for all of us to expand our skills, as well as our collections.
If your interested please join the group I started, called LO cycle, or post here.
A very interesting idea, reminds me a little bit of Kuffy's Secret Santa project. I would join in, but I'm afraid I don't have a ton of bits at the moment; I sold almost all of my models last year, so all I have are a couple boxes of Space Marines with few useful bits.
Good luck with this, though. I'll keep my eye on it, see how it's going.
I'd definetely be up for this. Would we be telling the person we're sending it to what we're giving them or not?
There might be reliability issues as well, if someone recieves bits then sends nothing on...?
Also how would it cross the pond? There's a lot of UK and US members on LO, I can't see a majority at all. Would we bite the bullet and send stuff over the atlanctic or woul;d we organise seperate ones fr US / UK / EU?
I'l be keeping an eye on this now, it sounds like a great idea.
have you got a link to your social group? I'm lazy
I like this idea, very, very much. Might introduce players to other armies, new conversion ideas, etc. The idea of bits and/or completed models also appeals to me, as I have had trouble in the past with Real Life (TM) interfering with "community" projects that demand completed models. Knowing I can use bits, unpainted stuff, etc. would be a real relief, and make sure I can commit to this.
I guess the only questions I have are: Are there any guidelines? I'm sure you'll want to keep it open-ended, but I think it would help to decide on SOME sort of commonly-accepted level of volume, unless we go on the "honors" system (i.e., you should put stuff in your box that would roughly equal the volume/cash value of raw model material that you receive, or somesuch).
I'd also want to know what, if any, painting standards you are setting. Does it have to be painted at all? What if it is painted? Is that ok too?
Lastly, I think it would be neat to include paper to list what you are sending to the next person, only because I think it would be fun to, when/if you get the box back, post a list of what kind of stuff went around.
This sounds like fun, and something I can stick to for a change. Count me in!
EDIT: Dream Thief makes a good point, but I think we could send it around one country first, then mail it to the next to do the rounds there, etc. If we're talking bits or one small model, I can't believe it'd be THAT expensive. It would just have to be set up so that it crossed the pond(s) as few times as possible, is all.
Are there any guidelines?
Not really other than the box size. I'm anticpating more of an honor system. Send ahead about what you received, though I'm thinking small change, no more than say $20 worth of stuff. As for painting standards not particularly, though I think it would be fair to say that no one would appreciate a Games Day painting contest paint job.
As for what you recieve I was thinking, that when you get a box, you photo what you got, and post a thanks to the group member that sent it.
As for going across that pond I think that would also be more up to individual discretion.
I know it's not the most well thought out idea so far, It just seemed like a great way, to share our collections and build even more community among ourselves.
To give you an idea of the box I was thinking of putting together:
An old dreadnought
A few painted marines from the army I used to play (the sons of crom)
A regiment base of Dark Elf warriors from my army before I started repainting everything (Not quite table top quality)
And going through my bits and including a smattering for undead Dark elf, eldar and space marine bits
I'll see if i can get the group set up and we can work more on the guidelines expectations etc as a group.
Last edited by jmeis982; April 10th, 2009 at 20:58. Reason: Added Group Link
Well one of the things you really need to keep in mind is that not every model is worth the same to everyone else. I stopped playing 40k altogether when the new edition came out.
The other aspect I intend to roll into it, is a Bitz Exchange, You can post what your looking for, and other members that may have that can contact you to send it to you.
Last edited by jmeis982; April 10th, 2009 at 22:47.
Okay, I set up the social group and hope everyone will at least take a peak at what I'm working on. I'll have my availible bits list up here in the next couple days.
Awesome idea! Ill give this a thought.. although being at uni ill have little easy access to my stuff
Still, for those people who are making part, good for you
Rep for you jmeis!