Norsehound is creating Art and Games
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patrons

Hi all!

I’m Mike Ptak, and I go by the name Norsehound. Some of you may remember me from the old Homeworld community, or you may have seen my Map of the Homeworld Universe around on the internet. Others might know me from Deviantart, where my Axel series has drawn something of a crowd. For those who stumbled on this page, I’m a concept artist, writer, and graphic designer who spends a lot of time thinking of fictional worlds.

Why Patreon?
Right now freelancing is my only source of income. By backing me on patreon it means I can spend more time on these projects and less on making sure my expenses are covered. Essentially, if I get enough from Patreon, I can effectively art and design full-time on projects that are already well-received.

What to you gain for backing?
Backers will gain access to higher-res artwork than what I typically post online, as well as access to things like line artwork and development scribbles. Other rewards are being considered, such as access to a monthly-written article for one of my ongoing projects.

What are some of your long term projects?
Spanning from my days at Relicnews to the present, here are the current long-term projects I have on the burners:

  • Map of the Homeworld Universe: Version 3 is currently stopped, but it can continue! I can also complete revised system maps of Kharak and Hiigara!
  • Map of Kharak: This was another cartography effort I started but is also paused. DA watchers remember some 3D renderings of the capital city of Tiir. This is also a project I can advance towards completion for the Homeworld community!
  • Homeworld: Catalcysm 2nd: There’s much more to this than I posted on Relicnews back in the day. Advancing this project means I can work on things like a script, or revising the ship designs.
  • Homeworld: Clear Sky: This is another project started from Relicnews, but its only begun! Advancing this project means I can work on fleshing out the Kushan fleet, depicting what the Bentusi look like now, and maybe figuring out what the story is about!
  • Axel Battles: Spanning three generations, this combat robot series of mine has a lot of potential ahead of it. Want to see short stories? More Axel designs? Alternate color schemes and one-off models with their own descriptions? Advancing this can bring these things to light!
  • Star Frigate: Recently breaking the surface, Star frigate is a space adventure series like a cross between Forbidden Planet, Star Trek, and Johnny Quest.
  • Game Design Projects: There are a number of these I started on Boardgamegeek but did not finish. They include a Star-Trek Re-theme for Armada, a custom expansion for Villainous, and others!
Tiers
Passenger
$1 or more per month
Thank you, and welcome aboard! At this tier you'll have access to the development blog I have here and get access to project artwork at larger resolution!
Crewmember
$5 or more per month
Thank you! At this level you'll have access to a monthly article I'll be writing, pertaining to one of my larger projects. It will be a short story or descriptive article, along with the benefits of the previous tiers. 
Officer
$15 or more per month
Thank you! Patreons at this level will have access to a monthly quiz, asking what project should have special attention for the month. Want to see more in-depth Axel work or something special from a Homeworld project? Here you can make your voice heard!
Goals
3% complete
My first goal is a little lofty, but if I get there, it'll mean I can relax a little and focus on completing a major project.

  • Homeworld Map V3
    You know that spectacular Homeworld map? It's not done! If I hit $600 per month I can think about focusing on and releasing this in a completed state. It will be available for Crewmembers and up.
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Hi all!

I’m Mike Ptak, and I go by the name Norsehound. Some of you may remember me from the old Homeworld community, or you may have seen my Map of the Homeworld Universe around on the internet. Others might know me from Deviantart, where my Axel series has drawn something of a crowd. For those who stumbled on this page, I’m a concept artist, writer, and graphic designer who spends a lot of time thinking of fictional worlds.

Why Patreon?
Right now freelancing is my only source of income. By backing me on patreon it means I can spend more time on these projects and less on making sure my expenses are covered. Essentially, if I get enough from Patreon, I can effectively art and design full-time on projects that are already well-received.

What to you gain for backing?
Backers will gain access to higher-res artwork than what I typically post online, as well as access to things like line artwork and development scribbles. Other rewards are being considered, such as access to a monthly-written article for one of my ongoing projects.

What are some of your long term projects?
Spanning from my days at Relicnews to the present, here are the current long-term projects I have on the burners:

  • Map of the Homeworld Universe: Version 3 is currently stopped, but it can continue! I can also complete revised system maps of Kharak and Hiigara!
  • Map of Kharak: This was another cartography effort I started but is also paused. DA watchers remember some 3D renderings of the capital city of Tiir. This is also a project I can advance towards completion for the Homeworld community!
  • Homeworld: Catalcysm 2nd: There’s much more to this than I posted on Relicnews back in the day. Advancing this project means I can work on things like a script, or revising the ship designs.
  • Homeworld: Clear Sky: This is another project started from Relicnews, but its only begun! Advancing this project means I can work on fleshing out the Kushan fleet, depicting what the Bentusi look like now, and maybe figuring out what the story is about!
  • Axel Battles: Spanning three generations, this combat robot series of mine has a lot of potential ahead of it. Want to see short stories? More Axel designs? Alternate color schemes and one-off models with their own descriptions? Advancing this can bring these things to light!
  • Star Frigate: Recently breaking the surface, Star frigate is a space adventure series like a cross between Forbidden Planet, Star Trek, and Johnny Quest.
  • Game Design Projects: There are a number of these I started on Boardgamegeek but did not finish. They include a Star-Trek Re-theme for Armada, a custom expansion for Villainous, and others!

Recent posts by Norsehound

Tiers
Passenger
$1 or more per month
Thank you, and welcome aboard! At this tier you'll have access to the development blog I have here and get access to project artwork at larger resolution!
Crewmember
$5 or more per month
Thank you! At this level you'll have access to a monthly article I'll be writing, pertaining to one of my larger projects. It will be a short story or descriptive article, along with the benefits of the previous tiers. 
Officer
$15 or more per month
Thank you! Patreons at this level will have access to a monthly quiz, asking what project should have special attention for the month. Want to see more in-depth Axel work or something special from a Homeworld project? Here you can make your voice heard!