Times, They Are A-Changing

It comes with a certain degree of sadness that I announce that The Shell Case forum will be closing down.

I simply don’t have the time to maintain it and I couldn’t find anyone willing to take it on my behalf. It’s far better to wind it up now than it become the poor kid at the grown-ups table within the Shell Case network. Plus with so much of the forum’s purpose being carried on Twitter by the thriving community of #warmongers it has become all but redundant. The forum will remain open until the end of August.

What this also means is a change to The Shell Case Alliance. Specifically how members join. I’m in the process of creating a dedicated Shell Case Alliance website that will turn it into a ‘proper’ blogdex and list every member’s blog as well as explain what The Shell Case Alliance is all about and how to join. Its principles will still be the same it’ll just have a new home and being a member of the forum will not, obviously, be a prerequisite.

I’d like take the opportunity to thank everyone who joined the forum for their support and to Dave (@DocBungle) for working so hard to promote it over the last year. We made a good go of it but in the end ambition was further than reach.

#warmongers Miniswap

Rob of themossop blog has come up with a rather natty idea in the form of the #warmongers Miniswap. Essentially a community driven co-operative painting exchange. As The Shell Case Alliance is all about these kind of initiatives I’m very pleased to say that Rob is using The Shell Case forum as point of sign up so make sure you get over there and put your name down.

But rather than me prattle on about it Rob has kindly supplied me with the relevant fluff…

What is a miniswap?

A miniswap is a simple idea, everyone who wants to take part puts their name in the hat and then a random draw gives you a name of someone else in the miniswap. They send you a mini to paint (it’s through snail mail, so a standard 28mm infantry model is probably about as big as you want to get!), which you dutifully apply your best brush skills to and then return for them to add to their collection.

Of course because you’re part of the same miniswap, someone else will get your name, you’ll send them a mini and they’ll paint it up for you 🙂

We have some great brush skills out there in the twitterverse all allying themselves to the #warmongers hashtag so you’ve every chance of getting a rather good-looking figure out of this, unless I pull your name out of the hat of course, sorry about that…

To get involved first head over to The Shell Case forums and sign up, once we have sufficient numbers (a dozen or so) I’ll draw the first names for everyone and post the results, from there it’s up to you to organise address swapping and get the thing moving.

Salute 2012

Anyone going to Salute on the 21st who would like to be put into a ‘sub-group’ for doing the miniswap in situ, just mention that in your sign up post and I’ll do a pre-Salute draw. We’re doing a #warmongers get together anyway so it sounds like an ideal opportunity to save one batch of postage costs to me!

Go, go, go!

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Shell Case forums and get involved, the first annual #warmongers miniswap extravaganza is a go!