Award-winning artist and attorney Victor Hardy shares his passion for the millennia-old field of study stemming from an ancient Greek love of wisdom.
The study of fundamental questions surrounding knowledge, existence, reason, values, language, and the mind, philosophy stems from the Greek word philosophia, meaning a love of wisdom. A successful attorney and renowned artist, Victor Hardy offers a closer look at his interest in the field of study, which now dates back thousands of years.
“The study of fundamental questions surrounding knowledge, existence, reason, values, language, and the mind, within philosophy, such questions are often posed as problems,” explains Hardy. These problems, he says, are then closely studied with a view to finding a resolution. “The term was most likely coined by Pythagoras of Samos,” suggests the attorney, “the ancient Ionian Greek philosopher and the founder of Pythagoreanism.”
For thousands of years, philosophical methods have included critical discussion, questioning, systematic presentation, and rational argument. “Classic philosophical questions,” explains Hardy, “include ‘Is it possible to know anything and to prove it?’ and ‘What is most real?'”
More concrete questions, he says, such as ‘Is there a best way to live?’ or ‘Do humans have free will?’ may also be addressed by philosophers.
According to Hardy, philosophy historically encompassed any body of knowledge. “So-called natural philosophy, for example,” explains the attorney and artist, “encompassed medicine, physics, and astronomy.”
Since the 19th century, however, the growth of modern research-led universities has, he says, seen academic philosophy and other disciplines start to specialize and professionalize. “Today, what less than 200 years ago may have been considered to be entirely philosophical in nature, we now have distinct academic disciplines for,” reveals the expert.
These distinct academic disciplines, he says, include sociology, economics, psychology, and linguistics.
“Other areas of focus, closely related, for example, to art and other pursuits, have, at the same time,” adds Hardy, wrapping up, “remained part of philosophy.”
From Software Rights Archive v. Google et al to active social network industry litigation, attorney Victor Hardy specializes in online and multimedia patent infringement litigation, liquidation proceedings, due diligence, intellectual property law, civil rights matters, and class action discrimination lawsuits. 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.
In his spare time, attorney Victor Hardy enjoys a passion for miniature painting, inspired by popular wargame Warhammer 40,000. For more than a decade, the multi-award-winning artist has been responsible for one of the internet’s most famous and revered pieces of miniature painting.
Attorney and renowned specialist artist Victor Hardy revisits his decades-long love of miniature painting inspired by popular wargame Warhammer 40,000.
Responsible for one of the internet’s most famous and revered pieces of miniature painting, attorney Victor Hardy continues to be featured on the hobby’s biggest and most well-established websites.
“My most famous work, Golgotha, remains the most popular piece of miniature painting on the internet’s largest gallery of painted miniatures,” reveals Hardy, a renowned attorney from Austin, Texas, boasting over 20 years of experience in high-stakes patent infringement litigation, intellectual property law, due diligence, media industry litigation, and civil rights matters.
First entering the miniature painting field almost three decades ago when the now-well-seasoned attorney was completing his studies, Hardy remains passionate about the hobby, first born out of a love of the miniature wargame Warhammer 40,000, created by Rick Priestley. Both the wargame, he says, and the art of miniature painting, are today enjoyed by millions of enthusiasts around the world.
Looking more closely at his most famous piece, Hardy goes on to explain that he first uploaded details and images of the internationally revered work of art, Golgotha, over a decade ago. “Even today, the piece still holds up on CoolMiniOrNot, a leading website dedicated to user-submitted images of painted models for community voting,” he explains.
The piece, says Hardy, took more than two years to complete. “In all, I estimate that I spent upwards of 500 hours on the project,” adds the miniature painting legend.
Feedback for Victor Hardy’s work is unanimously positive, attracting praise across the board and from well-known names such as Bobby Wong, author of Miniature-Art. “Victor’s [work] is outstanding because of his originality in painting, conversion, and presentation,” suggests Wong, “and, unlike other painters, his interpretation [often] takes on a new twist.”
Accordingly, Hardy has scored multiple so-called ‘Golden Demon’ awards for his work, a highly desirable accolade within miniature painting and Warhammer 40,000 circles. “To think, it all started on my university dorm room floor,” laughs the attorney.
It was, in fact, he says, back in the early 1990s when he and his university friends attended an event called Texas Con that he first saw people playing Warhammer 40,000 and became interested in both the wargame itself and the associated miniature painting hobby.
“The rest, as they say, is history!” adds Texas native artist and attorney Victor Hardy, wrapping up.
Distinguished Texas attorney Victor Hardy offers a closer look at more than 20 years of patent infringement litigation, intellectual property law, and more.
Across patent investment and infringement, intellectual property law, and due diligence, Victor Hardy has enjoyed more than two decades within the high-stakes legal profession both in Texas and across the United States. Also handling media industry litigation, civil rights matters, and more, the renowned attorney reflects on his successful career to date.
“For more than 20 years, I’ve utilized my extensive legal knowledge to provide real-world perspectives on, for example, patent infringement, intellectual property law, financial modeling, and patent asset valuation,” explains Hardy.
Further to online and multimedia patent infringement and other litigation matters, due diligence, intellectual property law, and civil rights work, the Austin-based attorney also has experince in class-action discrimination lawsuits and liquidation proceedings.
A founding member of a pioneering patent acquisition private equity fund, Hardy is also an expert in patent finance, valuation, negotiation, and acquisition.
Highlighting one case in particular, Harvard Law School, University of Houston, and University of Texas Law School graduate Hardy first turns to his work in the internet search sector. “In an industry-wide infringement case involving foundational patents directed toward non-semantic search engine algorithms, I represented a highly prominent plaintiff and have subsequently resolved disputes with 85 percent of the search industry,” he reveals. Hardy is also in active litigation with the social networking industry.
Elsewhere, the attorney has represented a number of plaintiffs in a now-well-known class-action racial discrimination lawsuit. “The lawsuit,” he explains, “garnered national media attention including from The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.”
Another of his cases, he says, was also featured on national news broadcasts. “These included Anderson Cooper’s 360 on CNN,” adds the attorney.
In another case of note, Victor Hardy was a senior trial team member during a lawsuit involving the enforcement of patents directed toward a Nobel Prize-winning gene amplification process. Following a four-week trial, the jury declared all of the patents in question to have been infringed. “The court then awarded close to $50 million in damages,” he reveals.
Throughout his career, Victor Hardy has also acquired substantial experience in class-action civil rights matters. “This includes,” he adds, wrapping up, “discrimination under the ADEA and Title VII.”
Texas Attorney Victor Hardy provides a brief insight into patent infringement litigation and investment, plus due diligence, intellectual property law, and civil rights matters.
From Software Rights Archive v. Google et al to active social network industry litigation, Austin-based lawyer Victor Hardy specializes in online and multimedia patent infringement litigation, plus class-action discrimination lawsuits, liquidation proceedings, and more. Here, Hardy shares a closer look at a number of more recent professional highlights following more than two decades in the field.
Victor Hardy is a Harvard Law School, University of Houston, and University of Texas Law School graduate from Austin, Texas. Victor Hardy has more than 20 years of experience in high-stakes patent infringement litigation, specializing in internet search and multimedia streaming technology. Hardy is also highly experienced in patent finance and investment, patent valuation, patent negotiation and acquisition, due diligence, and strategic enforcement of intellectual property assets.
“During my career, I’ve evaluated thousands of patents for business investment purposes,” reveals the lawyer, a founding member of a pioneering patent acquisition private equity fund. Hardy says he uses his extensive litigation experience to bring a real-world perspective to financial modeling and the valuation of patent assets.
Of his work in the internet search field, Victor Hardy highlights an industry-wide patent infringement case involving foundational patents directed toward non-semantic search engine algorithms. “I represented the plaintiff in Software Rights Archive v. Google et al,” he explains, “and have resolved disputes with 99 percent of the search industry.”
Victor Hardy remains in active litigation with the social networking industry. He has also represented plaintiffs in class-action racial discrimination lawsuits, garnering national media attention in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. “One case, in particular, EEOC v. Allied Aviation, was also featured on national news broadcasts including Anderson Cooper’s 360 on CNN,” adds the lawyer.
In another notable case, Hardy was a senior member of the trial team during a patent infringement, unfair competition, and antitrust suit involving the enforcement of six patents directed to a Nobel Prize-winning gene amplification process. “After a four-week trial, the jury found all six patents infringed, and the court awarded almost $50 million in damages,” he reveals.
Elsewhere, the highly respected lawyer has represented CompUSA in a turnover proceeding brought by Tomorrow’s Toys. “The case,” says Hardy, “was favorably settled for an amount which was a small fraction of what the plaintiff was originally seeking.”
Currently, Victor Hardy is counsel in pursuing multiple patent infringement actions across the nation.
“Throughout my career, I’ve also acquired substantial experience in class-action civil rights matters,” he adds, wrapping up, “including discrimination under Title VII and the ADEA.”
Artist and attorney Victor Hardy, famed for pieces such as ‘Golgotha,’ revisits his love of Warhammer 40,000 and the miniature painting hobby.
An attorney from Austin, Texas, in his spare time, Victor Hardy has long enjoyed miniature painting, largely centered around the wargame Warhammer 40,000. A multi-award-winning artist in the miniature painting field, Hardy provides a closer look at the hobby, today enjoyed by millions of enthusiasts around the world.
Much of Victor Hardy’s miniature painting work stems, he says, from his involvement with Warhammer 40,000. A miniature wargame created by Rick Priestley, the first edition of the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook was published in October 1987. “The latest edition,” adds the artist and attorney, “is the eighth, and was published in June 2017.”
During the last decade or more, Victor Hardy has achieved legendary status among followers and fans of Warhammer 40,000 and the miniature painting hobby, winning multiple so-called ‘Golden Demon’ awards in the process. He’s also attracted significant interest from other prominent figures within the hobby, including Bobby Wong, author of Miniature-Art.
“Victor Hardy’s BloodThirster Champion marks an impressive centerpiece for his Khornate Army,” suggests Wong of one of Hardy’s more well-known pieces. “Victor’s miniature is outstanding because of his originality in painting, conversion, and presentation,” he continues, “and, unlike other painters, his interpretation of the red-skinned BloodThirster takes on a new twist.”
This twist, according to Wong, involves the gruesome appearance of flayed skin, a lengthened torso, reposed head, and an evocative display base. “As a result,” adds Victor, “my BloodThirster Champion took first place for ‘Best Warhammer Monster’ earning a coveted Slayer Sword award in the process some years ago now.”
Elsewhere, perhaps Hardy’s most famous work, Golgotha, remains a popular piece of miniature painting on CoolMiniOrNot, the internet’s largest gallery of painted miniatures. First uploaded more than a decade ago, Hardy’s Golgotha continues to hold the title of a highest-ranked miniature of all time on the website, home to user-submitted images of their painted models for community voting. The piece took over two years to paint, with Hardy spending more than 500 hours on the project in total.
Asked how it all started, Texas native artist and attorney Victor Hardy refers back to what he calls ‘the old days.’
“It started in the old days,” he explains, “around 1991 when I attended a convention called Texas Con and saw people playing Warhammer 40,000 for the first time.”
Victor and his friends decided to purchase the game, and the group soon began playing on their university dorm room floor. “The rest, as they say,” Hardy adds, wrapping up, “is history.”
Miniature painter Victor Hardy discusses close to 30 years in the hobby including numerous award wins and his most famous piece, known to fans as Golgotha.
Award-winning miniature painter Victor Hardy has achieved legendary status among followers and fans of the hobby during the last decade or more. From multiple Golden Demon award wins to return to the hobby after a brief hiatus, Hardy, from Austin, Texas, offers a detailed insight into his passion for miniature painting.
“It started in ‘the old days,’ as they say,” Hardy reveals, “around 1991 when I attended a convention called Texas Con and saw people playing Warhammer 40,000 for the first time.”
Victor’s friends decided to purchase the game and the group began playing on their university dorm room floor. “The rest, as the saying goes,” Hardy explains, “is history.”
Today more heavily focused on painting both display and gaming models, he now only plays around six games each year. “Not much,” he suggests, “but I do enjoy a good game; it’s just hard to find the free time.”
Hardy chooses not to differentiate between display pieces and gaming models. “I play my display pieces,” “However,” he continues, “I really only paint figures intended to be of display or competition quality.”
Victor Hardy had only been involved in the hobby for six years when he won his first ‘Golden Demon,’ “The first time I went to a Golden Demon event I won the gold in the Warhammer 40,000 single miniature category,” he explains.
As he recalls, it was his first miniature of distinct quality and took around two weeks to complete. “It was this unexpected win,” says Austin-based Hardy, “which drew me into being a serious competitor.”
Asked about his favorite piece to date, Victor Hardy says there’s no question about what that model might be. “Golgotha,” he reveals, enthusiastically, “no doubt about it.”
This piece remains Texas native Hardy’s defining work and took over two years to paint, with the talented artist spending more than 500 hours on the project. He has since gone on to win a total of eight highly prized Golden Demon awards, plus two further much-coveted Slayer Sword awards.
After a short hiatus from the hobby, Victor’s latest piece is titled Magog. “I’ve completed the body and only need to finish the banner work,” the miniature painting legend explains.
“Now,” he adds, wrapping up, “I just need to find the time in order to complete it!”