So I am going to diverge away from 40k
to give you guys a bit of an update.
Why haven't I done anything 40k
related in a while?
Well it's because of this:
Little Bear Hill
As many of you know I am a practicing artist and I am also an art instructor. Well over the last several years I have been working towards starting an Artist Residency (a place for artists to come work in a fully equipped studio). Our investors backed out from the project after a major Hurricane hit NY in 2012. Then there was the birth of my son, I entered a "why me" phase, and I was passed up for a major teaching promotion. Last year I decided to take the risk myself with my wife, and we have been moving forward on our dream ever since.
So my wife and I are starting our Artists Residency, and we've decided not to let millionaire investors decide to pull out at the last minute to ruin everything we want to accomplish. We're going to start from the ground up, and we're going to build this thing ourselves, with any help we can get from anyone that wants to contribute.
We both resigned our jobs. We're leaving NY State completely, and we're moving to Oregon where we have acquired a small farm on which we can start our residency. We will be combining farming and an art studio to create what we believe will be a self sustaining creative environment that people from all over the world will want to visit. We have the property, we have half of the studio equipment we want (we have a fully functional printmaking studio), and we have a ton of support and interest from the artists who are interested in working with me and being on the property.
While I'm not trying to toot my own horn, for the purpose of this post I am going to "toot it".
I am one of only a few artists in my medium who are using "rapid prototype" technology to make 2D printed art. I use digital tools like laser cutters, cnc routers, 3D printers etc to make my artwork, or I use my knowledge of these tools to teach others how to make their artwork. The result has been a ton of support from creative individuals who want to see how this tech can help their art/creative venture/business.
Part of our goal in the long term is to offer an 'incubator' to 3D modelers who want to start their own miniature and game lines using 3D printers. All of my personal research into 3D printing has been how to create the best 3D printed results in a 28mm scale so that I can offer up my studio, and my services to any future creative individual that wants to print off prototypes and projects to see how their designs may be realized outside of the computer and in the physical realm.
We intend to offer our studio to any digital modeler who wants access to the technology required to 3D print their own miniature prototypes.
My life's work is my art, but my hobby has always been 40k
, since I was 11 years old 40k
has sustained me through some really difficult and dark times in my life as well as some amazing and fun times. 40k
is as much a part of my identity as my beard, my musical tastes, my art work, etc. Our subculture is unique on this planet, we are still the punks, the bastards, and the outsiders in the Sci Fi world, and yet we are part of what I think is the coolest Sci Fi universe ever created.
Furthermore, I think the future for 28mm miniature design is bright and promising, and as my wife and I move forward we intend to keep an open line and an eye out in the gamer community for anyone who wants to utilize our studio. I have a line on some of the most innovative 3D printing tech on the planet and it is our hope to offer the best resolution prints to designers at a cost that FAR undercuts the "for profit" industry that is currently exploiting the hell out of people who want to 3D print their miniature parts.
If you want to help us get to our goal, a donation to our indiegogo account (in any amount) would be greatly appreciated. Our crowd funding campaign is currently running to help us fund the studio space (building the interior of our space) the 3D printers and a laser cutter. Our goal within the gaming community is to be a low cost source for 3D printing and laser cutting, and a place for designers to come and make their vision a reality.
Currently most of the perks available on our page are all art related, and if you want a piece of art by one of many world famous artists for your wall now would be a good time to get one hell of a deal. I'm also currently running a raffle for one of my images, printed in natural diamond dust of a child soldier that will go to one of the next 20 contributors.
If you're still reading this, I want to thank you for showing so much interest in what we are doing. We are for real with this endeavor, and we intend to write our own rules. Much like a small company that decided to take a risk in England and make "little metal men", we have decided it is our time to take our risk and see what happens. PM
me if you have any further questions. We intend for our studio to be a creative space open to all individuals and 40k
will very much be a part of it. If you can find it in your heart to throw us a little support we would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you, and best wishes.