I often daydream. It's a terrible affliction, or at least it is if you have a tendency towards procrastination. One of the classics is how would my minis company go if I 'had money'. How much? Well, if I could pretty much do whatever I wanted and largely without worrying about making a huge profit. Though I'd assume that I'd have to find some commerciality to it or it'd just be an expensive hobby instead of a business. But what would I do.
Well, I probably wouldn't sculpt much. I'm probably not the only sculptor who isn't overly enamoured with the actual process of sculpting day in, day out. That would end up an occasional thing. Instead I'd be constantly on the hunt for mad sculptors who I could give mad ideas to and let them run in crazy directions, just to see where it would lead. I can imagine some amazing miniatures ending up being made this way. Kind of a reverse Chinese Whispers where the concept grows with each piece of the puzzle. My ideas going to a concept artist who has power to pick and choose my ideas and embellish to their own whims and then onto a great sculptor who is under orders not to be constrained by the artwork. With real money behind me and no worry about conquering the world, I could probably offer above their rates to let them go totally nuts.
The blank canvas... Ah, I've talked much of blank canvas miniatures over the years. I love the vibe of Mithril Miniatures though not so much the execution and I'd love to do a range along those lines, possibly stretching the blank style yet further to truly create a canvas for confident painters to show off. A man can dream...
Gothic Horror Fantasy. An idea I've always loved and something that I may explore a little. My zombies are a step in that direction but I'd love to cut loose and do something 100% more bonkers and have wonderful artists painting crazy scenes of deadites, witch hunters, possessed windmills, mad arcanist scientists and their insane creations all wrapped in blackened iron fences and twisted thorns and ivy. Something to inspire me beyond my wildest nightmares.
It could be a life of miniatures from off the map, mock leather bound rulebooks telling stories with hidden meanings, dragons and monsters from the darkest depths of the world... and probably a new Shae.
And me at the centre, lost in my little world of little models... maybe messing about with a paintbrush between weaving my web...
... if I had the money.