I receieve a lot of email and although I do try
to reply to as much as possible, it can be a chore replying to the same
Therefore, if you could have a quick read of this page, you will most
likely find your question has already been answered and it might save
us both some time! From now on, if I receive an email which is listed
in the FAQ below, don't hold out much hope for a reply!
about artwork, 3D modelling and suchlike
How do you create your models? A. I model the Daleks mostly in 3DS MAX
and I now generally render in Cinema 4D.
Q. MAX is really expensive,
can you send me a copy of yours? A. No. Brand new it is very expensive
but if you're lucky you may find a second-hand copy quite cheap. Mine is about
six or seven years old now. Oh and software piracy is a crime, etc. Also, drugs
are bad, and you should drink responsibly.
Q. Will you send me your
3D mesh so I can use it for renders? A. Sorry but no. I
am flattered by the number of requests I get to hand over a copy of my 3D mesh
but unfortunately, because this model represents a great deal of time and effort,
and also because it is not very well-made from a 3D modeller's point of view,
I am not prepared to distribute copies. I'm sure most people who see an original
sculpture in someone's house wouldn't be so cheeky as to ask if they could take
it home, even if they did leave an identical copy in it's place.
Please can you explain to me how to use MAX? A. It's taken me years to
learn what I know and, frankly, I'm still not very good. So sadly anything I try
to explain in email is going to be brief and unhelpful. There are loads of tutorials,
both in text and video on the web, which explain both complex and basic stuff.
Please can you tell me how I start building a Dalek? A. Sorry, but same
applies. I had several attempts at my model and in trying and failing I learnt
vital things about how not to do it. As I said, there are tutorials out there
which will walk you through building techniques and I've even seen a complete
"How to make a 3D Dalek" somewhere. Don't ask me where, sorry!
I am making a computer game with Daleks in and I need your help!
A. I'm really sorry, but there just aren't enough hours in the day for
me to get involved in other fan-projects. I run my own company as well
as trying to fit in extra work on official DVDs, CDs, press ads, etc,
and much as I'd love to help all these fan-based things I hear about,
I just don't have the time. I don't even have time for all my own hobbies.
If you wish to pay for graphics or design services, than that changes
Q. Can I use your YouTube clips in
my own fan video? A. You can, on two conditions. Firstly www.themindrobber.co.uk
gets a credit, preferably in both the end credits of your video and in the text
blurb which accompanies the video. Second condition is that you don't ask me to
send you the video. If it is on YouTube then you can rip it down yourself. If
you don't know how to do this then please don't ask me. Unfortuntely I don't have
time to rebuild existing videos for broadcast quality, and nor can I put CDs in
the post with uncompressed versions of what is on YouTube.
Will you put a link on your website to mine? A.
Feel free to send me a link and if I think your site is top drawer I might add
it to my links page. However, I don't list many sites, only those which I think
offer something of real value, or are very well made, or if you're a good friend
of mine! So please don't be offended if I don't reply, or don't add your link.
Can I use your artwork on my website or as my avatar? A. Most people just
nick stuff from my site anyway, so the courtesty of simply asking will spread
joy and wonder throughout the world. If you'd be so kind as to credit www.themindrobber.co.uk
link to this site, it would ensure you don't burn in the fire pits of Skaro for
stealing. Q. Haha. Yore site sez this but u r WRONG. A. A lot
of my site is waffle written off the top of my head, so if I can correct any nonsense,
an email would be apprecaited. Unpleasant or gloating comments, either in email,
or posted on forums of which I am a member, are not appreciated! It would be nice
if there was more point to your email than this gem: "The black daleks name
is dalek sec he was one of the cult of scaro it is enoying seeing that you don't
know his name!" - I'm sorry but If you can't spell "Skaro" then
please don't try to tell me what I don't know about Daleks. Punctuation is also
appreciated where possible.
for taking the time to read the above. I apologise for the long-winded FAQ but
honestly, 99% of what I get emailed is a repeat of one of those questions.
If your question doesn't resemble any of the above, I'd love to hear from
this website out of direct sunlight. This website may contain nuts. Your nuts
are at risk if you do not keep up repayments.