Power User Profile: Scorpidius

Scorpidius was one of the most active early adopters of HeroMachine, creating a massive and beautiful series of trading cards. While not as active on the blog and forums as some other folks, he nonetheless continues to expand his early vision into a truly impressive product. And Scorp, I swear my “Secret Nerd Shame” call-out of Stephen King was not in reply to your book answer! Maybe the fact that I have the super-power you wished for (in spades!) will let you forgive me …

Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present Scorpidius!

  1. Online name used in HeroMachine environs: Scorpidius
  2. A photo (or drawing) of you in “real life”: None provided.
  3. Real name: Simon (though people call me Si)
  4. Real city/state/country: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  5. Real job: Graphic Designer
  6. Real age: 36
  7. Gender: Male
  8. Relationship status (married, single, in a long-term relationship, dating someone, “it’s complicated”, etc): Getting married next year


  9. Online archive of your creations: I set up a website of work a few years ago now. Once HM3 is released officially I will go back and update the website. It is: http://www.freewebs.com/brotherhoodoftheaxe/ This is also a link to my thread on Ugo: http://forums.ugo.com/showthread.php?t=37456
  10. The best piece of HeroMachine art you’ve created: My current favourite creation is a Brotherhood of the Axe character (I know they all are!) Sagato:

  11. Favorite all-time geeky movie if any: Sci-Fi – “Aliens”. Comedy – “Superbad”
  12. Favorite all-time geeky book if any: I love anything from Stephen King
  13. Favorite all-time geeky TV show if any: “Red Dwarf” all the way!!!
  14. Favorite all-time comic book character if any: Always enjoyed the X men
  15. If you could have one super-heroic power in real life, you’d choose: The ability to grow back hair

  16. In your leisure time you like to: go watch Newcastle United (soccer), learning the guitar (badly) and frequenting pubs with friends (often!)

  17. Character design turn-ons (things you love to see that make for a good design): Nice clear/clean designs
  18. Character design turn-offs (things you hate to see that make for a bad design): Too much colour on the backgrounds, taking your eyes away from the character created.
  19. Best tip for a HeroMachine newbie: Take your time! work on your design slowly making sure it exactly matches up to your idea.
  20. Any personal message you’d like to share with the HeroMachine community about Geek Life: Just to see all the creators doing what they do, the work people put in is fantastic!

15 Responses to Power User Profile: Scorpidius

  1. Congrats Scorpidius!

  2. Nice choices in movies and books. Aliens is my favorite sci-fi, and in my opinion King is one of the greatest writers ever (and anyone who says otherwise shouldn’t be running any websites ;))…

  3. Welcome to the Club Scorp!! it’s about time too, since you were the winner of the first ever character creation contest! :D

  4. Congrats Scorp.

  5. Hang on. The ability to grow back hair that you’ve lost or the ability to grow hair on your back?

  6. @angel 5: lol

  7. Congrats Scorp!

    I must say, I could not agree more with your HeroMachine tip. I used to shy away from designs that I realized would take a lot of time, but I eventually started ignoring that problem and just doing it. You know what they say – if it’s not hard, it’s not worth doing.

  8. Congratulations!

  9. Cheers everyone!

    Hey Jeff, I did have a chuckle when I saw the king bashing, thought I might have reminded you of the hate haha, must say though, the gunslinger is my least favourite of the series, they get much better (give under the dome a try!!).

    Wow, kaldath, that’s right Midios won that, he is another creation I have a soft spot for.

    Thanks Gero, great to see another heromachiner with same quality taste!!

    Exactly right Panner, patients is a virtue.

    Haha, love it archangel, I did mean on my head , but closer inspection of the back shows where is has gone!! Might have to comb it up and over!!

  10. Anarchangel, I totally missed that — thank you! I read it as “the ability to grow hair on my back”, which I most definitely have. I wish I could regrow it. Sigh.

  11. Hammerknight

    Welcome aboard.

  12. I shall now rub it in your face that I have magic hair that allows me to enter a magic portal to the land of Hair-a-lot!

    ….That was a joke.

  13. Great job, Scorpidius! And yes, I would like to change my power to hair growth (on the head).

  14. Oh yeah! ALIENS ROCKS! I love me some Aliens. In my Top 3 of all time.

    “Why don’t we put her in charge!”

  15. Late to the party, but I like the starkness of your designs. Backgrounds can sometimes be a distraction.

    And, sorry, for the life of me, I just could never get into “Red Dwarf.”