byPublished on 06-02-2012 10:51 AM Number of Views: 1267
Next up in The Hotseat is one of the giants in the miniature world, non other than Privateer Press. Producers of some of the most popular games and miniatures on the planet Privateer Press has brought us such goodies as Warmachine, Hordes , Iron Kingdoms and P3 paints.
We spoke to Privateer's Staff Writer and Community Co-ordinator Simon Berman
How did your company get started?
Founded in December 2000 with the goal of producing the best games possible, Privateer Press has become known for an unparalleled ability to create and bring exciting, original worlds to life in art, fiction, and games. Privateer Press is credited with a steady series of highly successful role playing game and tabletop miniatures game products and has established the honored and acclaimed Iron Kingdoms world setting as well as the award-winning WARMACHINE and HORDES miniatures ...byPublished on 14-09-2011 01:22 PM Number of Views: 1680
It's time for another Hotseat interview and we have turned to one of the best known stockists in the hobby Maelstrom Games
Not only are they purveyors of other companies products but they also have their own range Banelegions.
Maybe you want to know the secret of their sucess as they rose from ebay sellers ...byPublished on 22-07-2010 12:30 PM Number of Views: 3224
We take a bit of a departure from our usual subjects in the Hotseat this time. We turn our attention to joe Lidster, a proffessional writer and old school buddy of mine. Joe is best known for his work writing for Dr Who and Torchwood.
(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Lidster for more details)
Tell us about yourself?
My nameís Joe and Iím a writer. Iíve written prose and for audio, radio and television.
Is writing what you what you always wanted to do?
I originally wanted to be an actor. I was in lots of plays at school and was a member of a couple of drama clubs. As I got older, though, I found myself more interested in the scripts. ...byPublished on 06-07-2010 10:11 AM Number of Views: 4618
The next person to sit in the hotseat sits atop one of the most well known Miniature painting sites in the world; Chern Ann the King of Coolmini.
Tell us a little about yourself
I was an avid miniature collector when I was in school and still love the little metal men. Iím also a serial entrepreneur, one of my projects which Iím quite proud of is Razer! where we make various gaming peripherals. Iím currently working on lots of cool stuff on CoolMiniOrNot full time. Iím a lawyer by training but never really developed a taste for other peopleís problems.
How did cmon begin?
Dave (the other guy behind ...byPublished on 17-02-2010 04:07 PM Number of Views: 2685
Next in the hotseat we have Ben Jarvis - recently Ben won the coveted Slayer Sword at Golden Demon Uk 2009 with
'The Clockmaker', he is also one of the founders of Platoon brittanica. Online he goes by the name Rocketandroll.
What was your inspiration for the Clockmaker?
I actually get a lot of my inspiration from generic fantasy and sci-fi artwork books, from films, computer games and all over the place.
The Clockmaker did I guess partly come from the great artwork that GW have done for the Empire range, but also just from numerous fantasy and historical sources.
It was really just this idea that popped into my head and I ran with it and refined it and added to it until it was a true character with a life of it's own. I think the key to it winning ...byPublished on 17-02-2010 03:08 PM Number of Views: 2121
Our next interview subject is Anders Eklund, better know as Ritual. Anders is a studio painter for Wyrd and his style is well known . He is 34 years old and hails from Sweden. He works full time with digital books for disabled people. He is a gold medal winner at The World Expo and is also the first of our 'paint masters'.
Heres what Anders had to say
First of all, I'd like to say that I'm honoured that you guys are interested in my thoughts and opinions about this hobby of ours. I never see myself as a "big shot" in the hobby, but if I can share the knowledge I have, help or inspire someone to grow as a painter, or simply provide entertainment for a few moments, I'm happy to oblige! :) I have collected all the questions and arranged them in a somewhat sensible order. A few questions are left out because there were similar questions already, that more or less have the same answer. Hopefully I haven't left any other out.
When did you start to paint? & what was the first mini you painted?
It depends a bit on how you define "start to paint". When I was a kid ...byPublished on 17-02-2010 12:20 PM Number of Views: 3008
The next person in the Hotseat is Sebastian Archer, also known as Automaton. He is probably one of the best known painters around widely respected in the community and multi award winner. Here he answers some questions for us:
I'll go ahead and begin with a brief bio. Well my name is Sebastian, of course! I'm 25, I'm an aussie and I live in Sydney. I've got a uni degree in social science but at the moment, I'm having a go at making a living painting and sculpting fantasy figures, which is a real dream for me.
I've been into minis for a long time... ever since I got the old Warhammer boxed set - the one with the plastic high elves and goblins - for Christmas when I was 10 years old I've had a passion for fantasy ever since I can remember, whether it be books, films, artwork or figures. And it goes without saying that I'm a Tolkien devotee!
I have really enjoyed the painting ...byPublished on 17-02-2010 11:51 AM Number of Views: 1604
For something a little different to our usual interviews we put our questions to Jim Gilstrap better known as Supervike - the man of a million posts. Jim is a moderator on both Wyrd and coolminiornot and is the man behind the infamous Iron Painter challenge. Jim hails from Iowa , U.s.a. and has a penchant for all things zombie or cake related.
As a moderator on cmon you must have seen literally thousands of mini's over the years - have you noticed a big change in the hobby? Changing standards and styles or even the type of minis produced?
The biggest thing for sure is the standard of quality. The bar constantly gets raised, and as it does even the average painter has to struggle to stay Ďaverageí. The techniques, quality, availability, and access to mini painting seems to be at an all time high. Style wise, there seems to be a growing tendancy to have more Ďrealisticallyí proportioned miniatures out there. I think that is a result of both refined casting techniques, and a push towards more realism in the hobby.
Seeing all those cmon submissions do you ever still just go wow at a mini? and if so can you name some?
Absolutely. Although I do feel Iíve become jaded by much of it. The thing about approving the pics over at CMoN, is that you wade through some Ďnot so great entriesí to get one really fantastic one. I suppose itís ...byPublished on 16-02-2010 08:01 PM Number of Views: 2353
Our next interview is with Rob Cardiss, also known as demonherald. Rob is one of wyrd's studio painters, and he judged our wyrd contest here. He's also a multiple golden demon winner taking gold in duel in 2008 and gold in 40k vehicle in 2007 amongst others at the UK GD's. He's also a full time painter covering studio work, comissions and ebay.
heres a link to Rob's cmon gallery
Rob hails from Leeds, England and is a former Professional Rugby League player and has worked in the film industries creating models.
You come up with some extremely creative and unique pieces, what sources of inspiration help forward your imagination into a miniature?
I basically look at every piece I'm doing look at what others have done and think what ca I do differently... I like a story in my pieces so if it's mid combat what's it fighting where is it set etc etc.. ...