CSW Annual Gift Exchange

Last December we organized a Secret Santa painted miniature gift exchange, and the exchange itself took place earlier this month. Six members participated -- including Karl, whose joy was palpable upon opening his gift, as you can see in the photo above. Read on to see what he received!

The rules were simple:

  1. Draw a name out of a hat. 
  2. Paint a miniature for that person. 
  3. Do your best to make the figure choice something meaningful to the recipient. 
  4. Keep it a secret until exchange time! 

Let's take a look at the fantastic minis that came out of this exercise.

There is one thing that Pat loves more than dwarves, and that is dwarves riding animals. I created this figure using a Wreck-Age capybara, a Reaper dwarf, and some Reaper musical instruments. I thought it would be fun to have a bard riding to battle on the back of a giant rodent. He is based to match Pat's other dwarves.

Jon painted this Confrontation werewolf for me. He customized it with a pair of pistols and a rifle. The guns were hand-made from carved wood and wristwatch parts, and they are just incredible. I can't wait to get this guy on the table!

Karl painted this custom-converted mutant for Mattias. The new bits include a head swap and tentacles. Mattias's fantasy miniatures have a unique aesthetic, and I particularly like how Karl used his painting methods to emulate Mattias' style.

Tim built this Chaos Daemon Prince for Jon's Thousand Sons army. He used a fantastic paint that changes color from purple to blue depending on the light. The legs are from a GW chaos daemon, and the wings are repurposed from a Dropship Commander Scourge vehicle.

Pat painted this Games Workshop Adeptus Custodes figure from the Rogue Trader era for Karl, who has always wanted one of these minis for his collection. Pat tried to emulate the zany punk rock style of early, pre-codex Games Workshop sci-fi with his color palette choice.

Mattias painted this standard bearer for Tim -- including the handcrafted and hand-lettered banner! It references the "Call Wind" spell from The Dresden Files. Tim intends to use this with his air spirit fairy army for Kings of War.

Overall, I was really impressed with everyone's dedication to this event. Each person went all out to customize the mini to the recipient. I think it shows how well we all know each other! Given the success of this year's gift exchange, you can be sure we'll do it all again in 2015.

-- Josh, Chicago Skirmish Wargames club member

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