From:Scott Burnley [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent:Friday, September 16, 2011 3:58 PM
To:'W. Scott Burnley'
I have a passion for old fantasy miniatures. I've collected them for over 30 years, and I'm still just as excited about them as I was when I was 14 years old. They are a longtime obsession of mine, and I consider myself to be somewhat of a historian in regards to the subject…
Either I've had dealings with you in the past, you're a prominent miniatures collector, or a professional in the field. You've impressed upon me somewhere along the line that you are just as serious about old fantasy minis as I am.
I am starting up an APA that will focus on old fantasy miniatures, and I would love for you to join me. An "APA" is an "Amateur Press Association", and they are groups of like-minded fans that produce an "APAzine" (magazine) composed of articles written by the APA members about their particular field of interest. If you've never heard of APAs before, please take a moment and Google it. There's an excellent article about APAs on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_press_association) that explains what they are, how they work, and their history…
Basically, I'm getting a bunch of fans together to write articles about fantasy miniatures, and we will distribute the combined works to all of the members.
I also collect original comic and fantasy artwork, and joined the CFAAPA (Comic and Fantasy Art APA) about 7 years ago, and it's been an extremely rewarding and useful outlet for me to advance in the hobby. I've met dozens of new friends, shared stories with them, learned about artwork I'd not appreciated before, and made many connections that led to new acquisitions of terrific artwork. Joining the CFAAPA was the single best move I've ever made in my many years of collecting original art! If you have any interest at all in my art collection, I have a gallery up at: http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryDetail.asp?GCat=1379.
Anyway, I want to have the same experience with my other collecting passion, vintage fantasy miniatures! This is a very young hobby, and there is a great deal of study and documentation to be done. We've all had similar experiences when we've found a previously unknown mini, and gone through the process of trying to ID the piece. It's very exciting when you find that rare figure that you've never even seen before! Many of the pieces I collect were never pictured in catalogs or ads, and finding conclusive evidence that my newly found figure is one of those "missing links" is collecting Nirvana…Id'ing figures and the "hunt" is not the only thing it's all about. It's also about the painting, the sculptors, the history, the games, the nostalgia, and all the other things we think about when we think about old fantasy minis.
I want to share my experiences with you. I want to read about your collecting experiences, too. We need to take our hobby to the next level. We need a forum where we can celebrate this wonderful obsession and we need a place where fans can get serious info. I'm very committed to this endeavor, and I believe we will collect some of the most interesting and valuable information ever put together for miniatures collectors. Our APAzines will be absolutely indispensible for serious fans of the art.
I've created a private Yahoo! Group for prospective members of the OSFMapa (the "Old School Fantasy Miniatures Amateur Press Alliance") where we will hammer out the details of exactly how all of this will move forward. If you have any interest in joining the OSFMapa, or just want to know more about it, please let me know, and I'll send you an invite from Yahoo! That will be the best place to discuss what we are doing since everyone will get all of the emails and be able to contribute their thoughts to all the decisions that need to be made...
Sorry about the form letter! I know many of you very well, and a more personal email would probably have been expected from me. I've been very busy with this project for some time all by myself, and now I want to start to get others involved. I've not mentioned this project to any prospective members prior to this email. You are in the first group. The very most serious collectors of minis I know of. I need to have the best and brightest in the OSFMapa first, before I open membership up to all collectors.
Please consider joining me in this project.
Thanks for your time,
Fortunately, the prospect inspired a handful of the guys enough to join me in founding the OSFMapa! I'm so grateful to those first few brave souls who decided to give this unproven project a chance. Thanks to you, the OSFMapa has become a reality!
A year later, I look back on the 2 fantastic Journals we've produced in that time and I just couldn't be happier. Our members have begun to assemble what will certainly become a long lasting body of works devoted to the celebration, documentation, and study of vintage fantasy miniatures. It's a wonderful thing!
Along the way we've picked up a few more dedicated members and the future of the OSFMapa has never been brighter. Right now, all of our members are working on their contributions to Journal #3. It should be another great issue, this time featuring the mysterious theme of "Weird Miniatures". It's mailing mid October!
Happy Birthday OSFMapa!