My real name is not Xoan, it is Clark, but I would appreciate if you called me Xoan while on here, if you ever see me at a tournament you can call me either that is cool. I have been to college, I got my 2 year degree, and most of a 4 year double major in Business and German... I am going back, but what I am doing with it I am not a 100% sure of yet.
I have been in the early planning stages for the last few years about opening a Cyber Cafe with a drive through, and coffee and some light food ready to go at 05:00 in the morning. I am debating on having open internet, or charge a small fee that goes away as you go up in membership with the cafe. This membership if I were to do it would give special benefits that are pretty cool, but unless people want me to talk about a cafe I have not even opened yet I wont go into all of that here. I was also wanting to have a split off room with computers in it so that people could play against each other as a group or together in a raid of some sort.
I worked at a game store that had that, and it is surprising how many families showed up on off nights so that all 5 or 6 of them could play Medal of Honor or something of that nature against each other.
Because it would have great coffee something the early morning people want and the people working or studying late would also want, the place would have someone in it pretty much 21 hours a day. This means I can not do this alone lol... which is one of the biggest reasons I have not gone farther, another being it is not a good time to open a business imo. heh
I have never taken a real art class in my life, so all the techniques I use are self taught or through online reading or videos. My old boss at the game store had some ideas that he learned and taught me, but not that many really. I tend to not go with the grain on painting, and I like to take chances, but I like nice looking models too so it is normally a balance. I have been really rushed on my Ogre Kingdoms army, the bulk of it which is already painted was painted in 21 days, and I have a full time job, so it was some long hours. Same with my Cryx Army I am painting up, the bulk was painted in about 34 days. I will have pictures of both up soon, I will post them by squad and talk some about them I just want to redo my pictures.
I do have some armies I taking my time on.. I have a Chaos Space Marine army with a lot of simple conversions, and I have a Daemon Prince who is going to look nutz. I also have an Empire army which is going to take forever, since I am painting each miniature as if it were it's own person. Yes they are in uniforms, but I am still spending a lot of time on each. Lastly I have my nids, I really have two armies of Nids. I have one that is totally made up of old miniatures from 2nd ed of 40k, and I have no new miniatures for that army, and I have a new heavily detailed nid army with a lot of extra work done in the bases. These nids are also painted in a lot harder way than the old nids, but I am a better painter since then too. heh
Why I Collect
I love to paint, if I could do it and make a living I am sure I would love it. The problem is getting enough people who want to pay your prices to get started, and then to continue with out huge dry spells. I know if I painted more often and for a reason, or was shown the hidden secret stuff that people who paint use to paint faster, I would be able to do it all easy enough and it would for sure improve my over all painting skills... anyways, The reason I collect is to improve the gaming experience. I do a lot role play games everything that is basically cool. So many of the models I paint are for that, not the game I am playing per say. An example of this would be me collecting certain models of the same race of a certain line of miniatures so that I can have that type of race or sub-race within my world. One that I am looking at is the miniature line Otherworld, they have some different sculpts from races that I already have, and they have enough of them to make buying them worth it. So I cold have another race of Orcs that are not the same orcs I normally use, and could shown that way... I have some orc miniatures from a Spain company that I bought a while back. These orcs are shorter, yet strong looking, and have lots of jewelry on them, so I have them painted a different color of skin and ornate, seeing them as some special brand of leadership that is part of a heritage that is smaller but are all elite members of some tribe. I also have smaller orcs that look barely clothed, and I have them painted to look like a slave race to the main orcs that I have... in truth they were meant to be goblins I am sure, but they are too big for that too.
I do this with all of the main races of fantasy realm monsters and humanoids I have. I pick a main line of miniatures I want as the core, and then build sub-cultures out from there. So far I have a lot of miniature for Orcs, Goblins, Ogres, Lizardmen, Dwarfs, and Humans. I am also sort of doing this with SiFi and mutants in general, but I am farther back on that.
So far I have over 2000 miniatures for DnD type games, but sadly less than that painted, due to me painting for other people... lol or selling something to them. I have always worked off of the idea, that if I repaint a miniature that I will like the future paint job better than the first, so if I can replace it and I get a good offer I tend to take the good offer. I then buy back into the miniatures I sold, and plan to repaint them. I then take the rest of the money and buy more miniatures for other areas.
I used to have a budding 40k Orc army, I got about 35 miniatures painted and took it to the store, of which I did not return with them, but I did get about 500 dollars worth of stuff ordered, lol, and enough work to complete the army to pay rent for a month. I have paid rent twice in my past with miniatures I have sold, once was needed and was totally random, the other was just a nice bonus of money and an easy of use shall I say.
I am working on getting my pictures done right for this portion of the forums, so i am building a picture box with trace paper and a frame, and then back source lighting so that it looks good. I also am having an issue with my camera, it looks like a lens has slipped out of place and creates a line in my photos, so I need to zoom past it, or crop it out of the picture which means the model is not in the middle when I take a picture. My camera is pretty cheep, so it has done me well.
New Project *Irongut Bellower*
I started painting a horde unit of Ironguts, while putting them together I realized that there was no true bellower for the unit. yes you could use a bellower arm from the blister pack, and glue a shield on the arm for some armor, but that arm would never be like the others. You would also have to either be extremely good at modeling with green stuff to remove the extra hand and keep the shape of the hilt/shaft of the great weapon or shorten it by a hand length. The same could be said about the Standard Bearer for the unit, it looks more like a bull than a IG unit Standard... who should be more battle harden than a normal IG.
I have started the Standard bearer and I will post pictures of that tomorrow while I am at work, but for right now here is my Bellower! I have always seen a musician as being a special member of the unit, maybe not more marshal than any of the others, but either royalty or he has a bigger set of pipes to create sound. With that in mind I made him slightly more broad across the chest by extending his shoulders out from their normal points. I wanted him to stand out so I took an idea I from my bull unit, which was to cut away weapons from the sword or clubs they hold and clean them up so they do not look like they are still holding something.
So he basically looks like he is yelling and running at the enemy while a simple strap holds his great weapon to his belt.
This is still a little rough, I am going to clean them up and prime it once I get some more white primer. I am totally open to any constructive criticism and ideas that you might have about this project.