Artist and decades-long fan of the game, Victor Hardy looks at new plans for a Warhammer 40K-inspired television show.
In an effort to match the success of shows such as Netflix’s The Witcher, and to compete with the platform’s planned Magic: The Gathering series, Games Workshop looks set to bring its own Warhammer 40K television series to the small screen. An award-winning artist and decades-long fan of the game, Victor Hardy, from Austin, Texas, takes a closer look at the plans.
Last week, Netflix announced that its fantasy show, The Witcher, based on the book series of the same name, had drawn in viewers on more than 75 million accounts in its first four weeks of streaming on the platform.
It comes as little surprise, then, says artist and decades-long Warhammer 40K enthusiast Victor Hardy, that the game’s makers are now in talks to create their own television series. “The show, it’s believed, will follow the Warhammer 40K Eisenhorn novels,” suggests Hardy, “in which an Imperial Inquisitor known as Gregor Eisenhorn, the novel series’ main character, sets out to seek and destroy demons and heretics.”
Published between May 2001 and February 2018, the Eisenhorn series’ four novels, he goes on to explain, are titled Xenos, Malleus, Hereticus, and The Magos. “Authored by Dan Abnett, it seems to be the general consensus that these four books will form the basis of Games Workshop’s planned Warhammer 40K TV show,” adds Hardy, speaking from his office in the Texas state capital of Austin.
Games Workshop is the brand behind the global phenomenon which is Warhammer 40K, an internationally renowned tabletop or miniature wargame first launched in 1987. Austin-based artist Victor Hardy is one of just many millions of Warhammer 40K players around the world, many of whom, he suggests, are likely to be eagerly anticipating further news of Games Workshop’s planned television series.
Victor Hardy first encountered the game in the early 1990s when he and his university friends attended an event called Texas Con. Buying a copy of the game there and then, Hardy and his friends soon began playing on their dorm room floor. “The rest,” he says, “is history.”
While it’s understood that no production contracts have yet been signed, progress on Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K TV show is thought to be gathering pace. Games Workshop’s external partners have, it’s believed, already taken steps to ensure that the series will remain true to its IP.
“It’s all sounding very promising,” adds Hardy, wrapping up, “and, particularly based on the Eisenhorn novels, set within the dystopian 41st millennium, the series should represent a commercial success for all involved upon it’s hopeful, eventual release.”
Award-winning artist Victor Hardy shares his favorite quotes from philosophers, including Socrates, Descartes, Friedrich, Kant, and more.
From Socrates and Descartes to Friedrich Nietzsche and Immanuel Kant, Victor Hardy, an award-winning artist from Austin, Texas, shares a number of his favorite quotes from some of the world’s most famous philosophers.
“‘The unexamined life is not worth living,’ said Socrates,” begins Hardy, speaking from his office in Austin, Texas, and touching first and foremost on one of his favorite quotes.
Another of Hardy’s favorite quotes from a famed philosopher is ‘I think therefore I am,’ courtesy of René Descartes. “‘Cogito, ergo sum,’ said Descartes,” he explains, “or, ‘I think therefore I am.'”
Victor Hardy’s other favorite philosophers include, he says, Friedrich Nietzsche, Heraclitus, and Immanuel Kant.
Friedrich Nietzsche is credited with the famous ‘God is dead!’ quote. “‘God is dead!’ said Nietzsche,” Hardy explains, “‘He remains dead! And we have killed him,'” adds the award-winning artist, completing the famous quote from the German philosopher, composer, poet, cultural critic, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar.
Touching on another of his favorite quotes, Hardy turns to Kant. “‘Happiness,’ said Immanuel Kant,” he explains, “‘is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.'”
Other favorite philosophers of Hardy include Jean-Paul Sartre, Epicurus, Aristotle, and Plato, plus Seneca the Younger, Voltaire, and, again, Socrates, with the latter two responsible for the quotes ‘If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him,’ and ‘There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance,’ respectively.
Socrates was a Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of philosophy in the West, while Voltaire was a French philosopher, writer, and historian famed for his wit.
“‘Even while they teach,’ said Seneca the Younger, meanwhile,” adds Hardy, turning to the words of the Roman Stoic philosopher, wrapping up, “‘men learn,’ – a quote, and indeed a philosophy, which, I believe, we should all strive to live by.”
Texas native Victor Hardy is an award-winning artist from the Texas state capital of Austin. Famed for his skills in miniature painting honed over the course of almost 30 years, Hardy has spoken at length about his background in art and the Roman Catholic iconography and imagery utilized in much of his work. The Austin-based artist also maintains a long-held passion for philosophy, the millennia-old field of study originating from an ancient Greek love of wisdom, loosely defined as the exploration of fundamental questions surrounding existence, knowledge, reason, language, values, and the mind.
Artist and attorney Victor Hardy reveals the basis for much of his award-winning artwork.
Famed for his miniature painting masterpieces, largely centered around the world-famous wargame, Warhammer 40,000, award-winning artist and attorney Victor Hardy’s artwork takes inspiration from a variety of sources. Here, Hardy provides a personal insight into the primary basis for much of the iconography and imagery used in his work – Roman Catholicism.
“Although I use a variety of iconography in my art, much of what I do is inspired by Roman Catholic imagery,” reveals Hardy, an award-winning artist and attorney from Austin, Texas. Specializing in multimedia and online patent infringement litigation, due diligence, liquidation proceedings, and intellectual property law, lawyer Victor Hardy is, in his free time, also a highly talented and multi-award-winning artist.
A fan of the internationally renowned wargame Warhammer 40,000 for almost three decades, Victor Hardy’s passion for art largely stems from his interest in the game. “In turn, most of my artwork, inspired by Warhammer, is, in itself, inspired by—and largely based upon—Roman Catholic iconography,” he explains.
This, Hardy says, is no coincidence, however, as he believes that much of Warhammer 40,000 itself is inspired by the same Roman Catholic iconography and imagery which drives the majority of his own artwork. “Within Warhammer, there are undoubtedly many, many allegories of the historical Roman Catholic Church,” suggests the award-winning artist and attorney.
“Aspects of the game, I believe, are modeled on the historical Knights Templar, for example, that were connected to the church, and various Saints, very much in the Roman Catholic Church sense,” explains Victor. “There is, I further believe, as another example, also a direct historical allegory for a well-known German monk, priest, and seminal figure ordained to the priesthood in 1507,” he goes on to reveal.
Many of Warhammer 40,000’s characters are, Victor says, at least loosely modeled off of real religious icons. “I could narrow down the parallels all day long,” notes the artist. “For me, there’s no stronger influence on Warhammer imagery than that of the Roman Catholic Church,” he adds.
Much the same is true of Hardy’s own work. “My own work contains various pieces of imagery that are often slightly twisted versions of well-known Catholic iconography,” he reveals. “Within my artwork, I quite often depict various events, and clearly so, from the history of the Catholic Church,” adds the artist.
“In doing so, I like to think,” he suggests, wrapping up, “that my art is pushing the boundaries, via Roman Catholic iconography, of theme, imagery, technical proficiency, and more, all of which is extremely satisfying for me personally as an artist.”
Award-winning artist Victor Hardy, from Austin, Texas, showcases some of the comments received in response to his now-famous artwork.
An award-winning artist and renowned attorney from Austin, Texas, Victor Hardy’s work is adored by fans of miniature painting from around the world. After decades in the hobby, Hardy shines a spotlight on some of the comments received in response to his miniature painting masterpieces.
“Gorgeous, brilliant, an inspiration,” says miniature painting fan Sanjay in response to one of Victor’s most famous works. “I think Victor Hardy is astounding, and with his busy job and such, his artwork is a testament to his patience and skill,” he adds.
Another fan of the artist and attorney’s work calls it sublime. “It’s sublime,” they suggest. “A two-dimensional picture won’t adequately display how Victor’s freehand blends together as you view pieces from different angles,” adds the commenter. “His work,” they go on, “without being melodramatic, represents a pinnacle reached by a true artist.”
“Marvelous!” suggests another commenter, echoing a similar sentiment to those expressed by hundreds of other fans of Victor’s work. “There’s nothing else I can say!” they add, seemingly unable to more accurately capture the wonder of Hardy’s miniature painting masterpieces.
Victor Hardy continues to hold the title for the most popular piece of miniature painting on the web’s largest gallery of painted miniatures. The highest-ranked miniature of all time on the hobby’s biggest and most well-established website, the artist and attorney couldn’t be more proud. “It’s an accolade of which I remain immensely proud,” he explains, “especially having now held the title for more than a decade.”
An award-winning artist and seasoned attorney specializing in patent infringement litigation and investment, due diligence, and intellectual property law, in his spare time, Victor Hardy remains dedicated to the creation of his miniature painting masterpieces, exhibiting his work both online and in-person. “It all started in the early 1990s,” he explains, “while I was completing my studies at university.”
“The rest, as they say,” adds Hardy, wrapping up, “is history!”
Attorney Victor Hardy is highly skilled in online and multimedia patent infringement litigation, liquidation proceedings, due diligence, intellectual property law, civil rights matters, class action discrimination lawsuits, and more. A Harvard Law School, University of Houston, and University of Texas Law School graduate from Austin, Texas, he today has more than 20 years of experience in high-stakes law. To learn more about the award-winning artist and renowned attorney, head to https://victorhardyattorney.com/.
A miniature wargame now more than three decades in the making, Victor Hardy looks back and shares a brief history of Warhammer 40k, produced by Games Workshop.
First surfacing in 1987 when the primary edition of its rulebook was published, globally popular miniature wargame Warhammer 40k is currently more than 32 years in the making. Now the most popular miniature wargame in the world, decades-long Warhammer 40k fan Victor Hardy takes a fond look back at the game’s history.
“Launched in September 1987 and now 32 years in the making, the story of Warhammer 40k really begins in 1982 when Rick Priestley, the miniature wargame’s creator, joined a subsidiary of Games Workshop responsible for producing the figures used in Dungeons and Dragons,” reveals Hardy, a fan of Warhammer 40k since the early 1990s.
Just a year later, Warhammer Fantasy Battle was born. “It was from Warhammer Fantasy Battle,” Hardy explains, “that Warhammer 40k would eventually evolve some four years later.”
Warhammer 40k, initially marketed as ‘Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader,’ received its first full preview in the magazine White Dwarf, dedicated to the miniature wargames produced by Games Workshop, just prior to launch in 1987. “It was an instant success,” reveals Hardy. Warhammer 40k, he says, very quickly became Games Workshop’s biggest, best-selling, and most important product. “It was colossal, stupendous, and spectacular!” he adds.
Much like other miniature wargames, Warhammer 40k involves enacting a battle upon a tabletop battlefield or playing area. Set in the distant future, models in the game—which are essential and central to Warhammer 40k—include a mix of humans, aliens, and monsters, often boasting magical powers and wielding futuristic weapons, according to Victor Hardy.
The second edition of Warhammer 40k’s rulebook was published in 1993. The third edition came six years later, in 1998, with a fourth edition in 2004.
Editions five, six, and seven were released in 2008, 2012, and 2014, respectively. “The most recent edition of the Warhammer 40k rulebook, and the eighth to be released, meanwhile,” reveals Hardy, “was published a little over two years ago now, back in June 2017.”
“Since its launch in 1987, Warhammer 40k has gone on to spawn numerous video games,” he adds, wrapping up, “as well as a large body of comic books and novels which have helped to further develop the fictional setting, and in great detail.”
To learn more about Warhammer 40k, visit https://warhammer40000.com/. Alternatively, to find out more about Victor Hardy, an award-winning artist and renowned attorney from Austin, Texas, head to https://victorhardyattorney.com/.
Renowned artist Victor Hardy continues to bask in recognition of his now-famous skills in the art of miniature painting
Stemming from a decades-long interest in the popular wargame Warhammer 40k, artist Victor Hardy is today responsible for some of the internet’s most famous and revered pieces of miniature painting. Holding the title for the highest-ranked miniature ever on one of the hobby’s most well-established websites, Hardy reveals more about his continued fame and recognition among those in the field.
“I’m proud to say that, even after ten years, I continue to be responsible for the most popular piece on the internet’s largest gallery of painted miniatures,” reveals Hardy, an artist and renowned attorney based in Austin, Texas. Outside of his passion and talent for art, Hardy also boasts more than 20 years of experience in high-stakes intellectual property law, patent infringement and media industry litigation, due diligence, civil rights matters, and more.
Victor Hardy first entered the art and painting field almost 30 years ago while at university. Rooted in a love of the wargame Warhammer 40k, Hardy, to this day, remains passionate about both interests. It’s the overlapping miniature painting aspect of both hobbies-Warhammer 40k, and art-which, however, has seen the attorney and artist make a name for himself on an international level, with fans in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere alike.
His most famous piece of miniature painting, Golgotha, took Hardy more than two years to complete. All in all, the artist and attorney estimates that he spent upwards of 500 hours on the project.
Multi-award-winning artist Hardy is also recognized for a wealth of other pieces, including his so-called BloodThirster Champion and his Khornate Army. “The latter two pieces of work, in particular,” he reveals, “attracted the attention of Bobby Wong, author of popular publication Miniature-Art.”
“Victor Hardy’s BloodThirster Champion marks an impressive centerpiece for his Khornate Army,” says Wong in a past publication, “and, unlike other painters, his interpretation often takes on a new twist.”
Hardy’s BloodThirster Champion would ultimately take first place for Best Warhammer Monster at a Golden Demon Awards event several years ago, earning him one of a number of coveted Slayer Sword Awards.
“To think, it all started on my university dorm room floor,” the now highly successful attorney reminisces, explaining how he and his university friends first happened upon Warhammer 40k at an event called Texas Con in the early 1990s. “The rest, however,” he adds, wrapping up, “as they say, is history.”
Texas attorney Victor Hardy looks back on two distinguished decades in high-stakes law.
An established lawyer and a founding member of a leading patent acquisition private equity fund, Victor Hardy has spent more than 20 years at the forefront of the legal profession. The Texas-based attorney, from Austin, Texas, looks back on more than two decades in high-stakes law ranging from patent investment and infringement to due diligence and intellectual property rights as he showcases a number of his professional highlights.
“Over the course of more than 20 years now, I’ve utilized my extensive knowledge to provide real-world perspectives on everything from patent infringement and asset valuation to financial modeling and intellectual property law,” reveals Hardy.
Victor Hardy specializes in online and multimedia patent infringement, intellectual property law, due diligence, media industry litigation, and civil rights matters. He also deals in class-action discrimination lawsuits and liquidation proceedings as well as a number of other highly specialized aspects of U.S. and international law.
First showcasing one particular professional highlight, Hardy turns to a case centered upon the internet search sector. “During an industry-wide infringement case involving patents tied to non-semantic search engine algorithms, I represented an extremely prominent plaintiff and have subsequently resolved disputes with some 99 percent of the search industry,” reveals the Harvard Law School, University of Houston, and University of Texas Law School graduate.
In addition to past and ongoing work in the internet search sector, Hardy also remains in active litigation with the social networking industry.
“Elsewhere, I was a senior trial team member during a lawsuit involving the enforcement of numerous patents directed toward a Nobel Prize-winning gene amplification process,” explains Hardy, showcasing a second professional highlight. Here, and following a month-long trial, the jury declared each of the patents in question to have been infringed, subsequently awarding approximately $50 million in damages, according to the Texas-based legal professional.
Another case of which Hardy is particularly proud saw the attorney representing a number of plaintiffs in a now-famous class-action racial discrimination lawsuit that garnered national media attention from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and more. “A further similar case,” he adds, “was later featured on national news broadcasts including Anderson Cooper’s 360 on CNN.”
Victor Hardy has since gone on to take a high-stakes liquidation case in the Bahamas. “Surrounding failure to deliver securities, I’ve taken lead counsel,” he adds, wrapping up, “in pursuing the claim in question.”
To learn more about Austin, Texas-based attorney and award-winning artist Victor Hardy, head to https://victorhardyattorney.com/.
Renowned attorney and hobby artist Victor Hardy revisits his love of miniature painting.
A renowned attorney from the bustling Texas state capital city of Austin, lawyer Victor Hardy is also an accomplished and widely celebrated artist. Multi-award-winning and best known for the painted miniature known as Golgotha, Hardy delves back into his love of art after taking a short break from the hobby.
Hardy begins by explaining that his love of art, and, in particular, miniature painting, stems from his involvement with the popular wargame Warhammer 40,000, dating back to his university days in the 1990s. “Since becoming involved with Warhammer 40,000 in university, I’ve remained extremely passionate about the miniature painting aspect of the game,” explains the attorney, “which, in itself, has become among my main hobbies outside of my work.”
In the years since, Hardy has garnered somewhat legendary status among followers and fans both of the wargame and the associated miniature painting hobby. Winning multiple awards in the process, the attorney and highly skilled hobby artist has also attracted the attention of prominent figures from the field, such as Bobby Wong, author of popular publication Miniature-Art.
“Victor Hardy’s BloodThirster Champion marks an impressive centerpiece for his Khornate Army,” says Wong in a review of one of Hardy’s most well-known pieces. “Victor’s miniature is outstanding due to his originality in conversion, painting, and presentation,” he continues, “and, unlike other painters, his interpretation of the red-skinned BloodThirster takes on a new twist.”
The new twist in question, according to Wong, centers around a reposed head, lengthened torso, the gruesome appearance of flayed skin, and an evocative display base, all cleverly employed by Hardy. “The result of employing such elements,” Victor explains, “saw my BloodThirster Champion take first place for Best Warhammer Monster at a Golden Demon Awards event, earning a coveted Slayer Sword in the process.”
Perhaps surprisingly, Victor Hardy’s BloodThirster Champion is not, however, his best-known work. This accolade, arguably, goes to the piece known as Golgotha, which, more than a decade on, remains the most popular piece of miniature painting on the internet’s largest gallery of painted miniatures – CoolMiniOrNot. The piece, according to the artist and attorney, took more than 500 hours over the course of two years to complete.
Almost three decades on from discovering the hobby, and following a brief hiatus, attorney Victor Hardy is now set to delve back into his love of miniature painting. “It’s just a matter of finding the time,” he adds, wrapping up, “but I cannot wait to get back into it.”
To find out more about Austin, Texas-based attorney and award-winning artist Victor Hardy, visit https://victorhardyattorney.com/.
Famous miniature painting hobbyist Victor Hardy discusses almost three decades of practicing the art form.
With fans of his artwork located all around the world, award-winning miniature painting hobbyist Victor Hardy is also a highly qualified attorney specializing in online and multimedia patent infringement litigation, liquidation proceedings, due diligence, and intellectual property law. Taking a break from his legal work, the Texas-based lawyer looks back on almost 30 years of perfecting the art of miniature painting.
“It all started around 1991 when I attended an event called Texas Con and saw people playing the now-popular wargame Warhammer 40,000 for the first time,” says Hardy, from Austin, Texas, who is now returning to the miniature painting hobby after a brief hiatus.
A young Victor Hardy and his university friends decided to purchase a copy of the game, which relies, in part, on the skilled art of miniature painting, and the group quickly began playing on their dorm room floor. “The rest, as they say, is history,” adds the attorney and award-winning hobby artist.
Now more heavily invested in painting gaming models for Warhammer 40,000 than participating in gameplay, Hardy only plays around six games each year. “I do still enjoy a good game, however,” he explains, “it’s just tricky to find the free time.”
Hardy’s work, he says, is a combination of miniature painting both for display and for gameplay. “I choose not to differentiate between display pieces and gaming models,” he reveals, “and I often play my display pieces when I get the opportunity.”
“With that said,” he continues, “I only ever paint figures to a standard whereby which they’re of display or competition quality, regardless of whether or not they may, at some point, also be played.”
Victor Hardy has achieved numerous high profile accolades for his miniature painting, including several so-called Golden Demon Awards, a prestigious nod among the Warhammer 40,000 and wider miniature painting communities alike.
His first such win, he reveals, was in what’s known as the ‘single miniature’ category. “My first Golden Demon Award I actually won at my first ever event,” Hardy explains, “in the often hotly contested single miniature category.”
The piece in question, he recalls, took around two weeks to complete. “After my first win, I was truly bitten by the miniature painting bug,” says Victor, “and soon committed to improving my artwork further and becoming a serious competitor at future Golden Demon Awards and other similar events.”
Hardy recently recommenced work on a part-finished piece after returning to miniature painting following a brief hiatus. “I’ve completed much of the work and only need to add the finishing touches,” he adds, wrapping up, “it’s just a matter of finding the time.”
To learn more about Victor Hardy, visit https://victorhardyattorney.com/.
Attorney and award-winning artist Victor Hardy provides a personal insight into the iconography and imagery used in his artwork, much of which is inspired by Roman Catholicism.
A respected attorney from Austin, Texas, specializing in online and multimedia patent infringement litigation, liquidation proceedings, due diligence, and intellectual property law, lawyer Victor Hardy is also a highly talented and multi-award-winning artist. Here, Hardy reveals more about the Roman Catholic iconography and imagery which inspires much of his artwork.
“I often use a variety of iconography in my art,” explains Hardy, “including Roman Catholic imagery.”
A fan of the globally popular wargame Warhammer 40k since his student days, Hardy says that much of his use of Roman Catholic iconography is inspired by the game. “For example, ‘Ecclesiarchy of the Imperium’ in Warhammer is undoubtedly an allegory of the historical Roman Catholic Church,” suggests the award-winning artist and attorney.
“Elsewhere,” he continues, “‘The Holy Orders of the Emperor’s Inquisition’ is modeled off the same inquisition that historically pursued heretics, while ‘Grey Knights’ and ‘Black Templars’ are the historical Knights Templar, or Templars, that were connected to the church.”
Within Warhammer 40k, ‘Saint Celestine’ is, Victor Hardy goes on to point out, a Saint, and very much in the Roman Catholic Church sense. Similarly, so-called Sebastion Thor’s reformation of the Ecclesiarchy is, he says, a historical allegory for Martin Luther. Luther was a German monk, priest, and a seminal figure ordained to the priesthood in 1507. “Ultimately, however,” Hardy explains, “he did come to reject aspects of the Roman Catholic Church – in particular, the church’s view on indulgences.”
Turning his focus back to Warhammer 40k and the inspiration for his own art, Hardy also points out that many of the game’s ‘Sisters’ icons are loosely modeled off of real religious icons. “I could describe the parallels all day long,” says the artist and attorney. “Indeed, there is no stronger influence on Warhammer imagery,” he goes on, “than that of the Roman Catholic Church.”
Referring to some of his best known and most popular pieces of artwork, Hardy reveals that, for instance, his inclusion of a so-called ‘Word Bearer Demon Prince’ in one example is a piece of iconography that’s a slightly twisted version of well-known Catholic iconography. “Within my work, I very often depict various events from the history of the Catholic Church,” he adds.
Each such scene, Hardy explains, depicts a dual message which is, at least in part, applicable to the Roman Catholic Church. “I like to think,” he adds, wrapping up, “that my art pushes the boundaries of imagery, theme, technical proficiency, and level of effort – something which is incredibly satisfying to me.”