Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Santa Clause 2016

The Santa Clause 2015

Since Ian has kicked off the Secret Santa already, it is time to get rolling with the Santa Clause. If you were with us last year, you know how this works. If not, here are our ground rules:

Rule number 1:
To enter you need to either have a blog or be a regular follower of this blog (or Ian's) already. This is to give confidence to all involved that everyone will follow through to the end. If you have a blog and don't follow this one it's OK to join in. (I would still appreciate it if you did follow)

Rule number 2:
The idea is that each person involved buys a figure or figures to the value of less than £5 and paints them up to fit in with what the target blogger wargames or collects. Best would be some kind of command for the bigger scales but maybe a unit or two of such as 6mm or a building or... you get the idea.

Rule number 3:
Please try to send out your items so that they will arrive by December 20th in plenty of time for the big day. I will send out who you have on September 30th.

Rule number 4:
Please post on your blog about your participation. The more we can get on board, the more fun for all of us.

Rule number 5:
This is not intended to be a cheap alternative to Ian's Secret SantaTM. Instead it is a great opportunity to send and receive something that will be special BECAUSE it's a one off from a fellow blogger. Not that you have to limit yourself to something useful, feel free to paint up something that will just sit aside the painting desk or study etc and just give pleasure.

Rule number 6:
When you mail your package to your target, lets add "SC" into their name so that they know they received their Santa Clause gift and not just something else that they happened to have ordered and promptly forgotten about. For example, the name should be listed as "Bob SC Hope". This will give us the opportunity to place it under the tree with the care that it deserves.


So that's the idea, it is another great way to connect with your blogging friends and get something really exciting at Christmas. I hope that this year will be as great a success as last year. Ian's wife did a fantastic job with it and from what I can see, everyone had a great time. If you are interested, please leave a comment here with your blog address. We need to be able to look and see what you are interested in. Then shoot me an e-mail to chrisstoesen at gmail.com. I need to know where you are located as well so I will need a mailing address to send to your Santa Clause recipient. I will cut off the registrations on September 30th.

That's it folks, lets get this going! I hope to see all of last year's participants back involved. It was a great time.


  1. Dear Chris. As you know I did not receive my Santa Clause gift last year.

    I guess I was on the Naughty list.

    I know you are running this as a bit of fun and I do appreciate your work in this endeavour and in no way to I attach any blame to you for the lack of delivery.

    But as I have not received anything from last year I will not be taking part this year.
    Last year was my first time taking part and I did enjoy painting a figure for someone else. I am very disappointed that someone else did not take an equal level of concern for me.

    So I will offer to paint a figure for another participant and accept nothing in return.
    So If someone (Like me) did not receive a gift last year email Chris and he may email me and I will send them one that I have painted. As I truly believe it is better to give than receive and that "Wargaming Karma" will catch up with the person who failed to live up to their side of the bargain eventually1

    Once again no blame on you and I hope everyone receives what they truly deserve. (A great and well painted figure). Good luck to all involved.

    1. Real sorry you did not receive your gift last year, but what an offer to give to another


  2. I am in again this year, really enjoyed it both painting up figs for a friend (by chance) and receiving a great present too.


  3. Please email me your information so I can add you in. cstoesen at corecard dot com

  4. Hi, I'm new here and was referred by Victor Cina. I run catchthispilum.com and my fb page is here: https://www.facebook.com/alyssa.faden (where I do a lot of my posting of painting/basing/wargaming exploits). I'd love to participate and promise the recipient something fun and lovely.

    1. I know Chris was looking to be sorting this out this week so it's possible he has done this but I have not heard news yet so hopefully he can fit you in :-)