About Hydra Miniatures
Hydra Miniatures is the manufacturer of unique fantasy and science fiction miniatures. Our business model is governed by three guiding principles: create unique ranges of miniatures, design figures that are easy for gamers to assemble and paint, and offer top-notch customer service and communication.
Sounds good. But let’s tell it like it is.
We feel the market is flooded with Tolkienesque fantasy miniatures—orcs, dwarves, and elves. The same goes for sci-fi bodybuilder commandoes in power armor fighting H.R. Giger-inspired xenomorphs.
Frankly, we’re sick of it. And who needs yet another miniatures company creating the same thing you’ve seen a hundred times?
Our mission is to break away from these clichés and create never before seen figures that no one else is doing. Figures that fire your imagination and inspire you to new gaming possibilities.
Next – form, fit and finish. So many figures are a pain to assemble and paint. Our miniatures are designed with the gamer in mind. Castings are quick to assemble and appropriately detailed to make them easy to paint. You get your figures on the table quickly so you can spend more time gaming.
Finally, we believe that communication is essential. So we’ve set a very high standard of customer service for ourselves. We hope to avoid mistakes through good communication and high standards of quality. However, if we make a mistake, we pledge to correct it as soon as possible—no hassle, no fuss! And hopefully website features like downloadable catalogues with actual-sized photos will help gamers make informed decisions about our products and eliminate some of the typical errors other miniatures manufacturers have encountered.
In short, we’re going to be the absolute best at what we do. And your experience with Hydra Miniatures will keep you coming back for more.
Matt Beauchamp (president, principal sculptor)
Matt works as a high school art teacher in Michigan, with a specialization in ceramics and sculpture. For over 25 years, he's had a passion for collecting, painting and gaming with miniatures. Several years ago, he began sculpting his own miniatures and has done freelance sculpts for Alternative Armies, Fortress Figures, Excelsior Entertainment, and Four Color Figures. He hope to create unique miniatures for fantasy and sci-fi games through Hydra Miniatures-- no orcs, dwarves, or body builders in power armor!
Jim Callahan (website design)
Jim has been a "web guy" for many years now, specialising in osCommerce implementations for the gaming industry. Some of his current clients include:
Jim is also a game designer as well:
For the Masses the best 15mm fantasy mass combat game EVER!
Aces at Dawn I designed this game because I always liked to fly WWI planes in the flight simulators;this is the best WWI Air Combat game EVER!
Scott Francek (contributing sculptor)
Scott lives in Lake Orion, Michigan with his wife and two young kids. By day he is an architectural draftsman, finding time for sculpting on lunch hours and late nights. Originally an rpg player and small minis collector,he stumbled upon mini sculpting on the internet in 2003 .
His interests include WW2 Historical, Pulp/ Weird War, and dark and gritty sci-fi. Upcoming projects will include alternative WW2 pieces as well as sci-fi infantry troopers.
Dave Pauwels (staff painter)
Dave Pauwels is a 9-time Golden Demon winner whose work can regularly be found in the pages White Dwarf magazine. A Chicago native, Dave has been painting miniatures since he was 8 years old. In addition to fantasy and science fiction models, Dave enjoys painting historical figures and is currently working on a large Carthaginian army. Dave currently lives on New Caprica with his Cylon girlfriend.
Special Thanks to:
Andrew K. Barlow (moldmaking and casting)
Dark Platypus Studios
Jeff and Ben Rodman (moldmaking and casting)
Mark Miner (illustration)
Melvin DeVoor (graphic design)
Leigh Shaw (graphic design)
Neil Hubert (graphic design)
Bob Dalton (technical training)
Chuck Schoti (editing assistance)