I'm in the process of writing an article for a Toy Soldier magazine regarding the Lego minifig as a toy soldier. I threw the idea to the editor, and he liked it. Essentially, the article will be a general overview of the hobby as it relates to military miniatures. I talk about how some of the figures in Lego's official sets can be considered toy soldiers, and I highlight custom parts/kits dealers. I also talk a little about techniques customizers use in the design of their figures.
I was asked to select 15-20 photos, which was an extremely difficult task given the number of great creations out there. One of the photos I selected was the main photo for "The Imperial Guard."
I chose it because I think that it's a great example of minifig customization. You used self-adhesive sticker decals, right? I also like this fig because it's a good example of the custom parts that are available.
I was wondering if I could gain your permission to use this picture in the article. Granted, I can't guarantee that it will be in the finished article for sure, as I don't think he will be including all of the pictures I've shown to him. Still, I would like your permission just in case, and you will be credited in the magazine should your photo be included. If you are ok with this I will need the following:
1. A high resolution JPG or TIF of the same image (my e-mail address is email@example.com)
2. Your name: Michael Evans, correct?
3. Name of the person who took the photograph. I'm assuming this was you, right?
4. Age. I don't know for sure if this info. will be included, but I figured it would be nice to show the diversity in the age range of those involved in the hobby. These are people who are likely unfamiliar to our hobby after all.
By the way, the name of the magazine is Toy Soldier Collector, and it is a UK based magazine, although articles are written by people all over the world, much like BrickJournal. Here's the publication's website:
I thank you for your time and look forward to your response.
Matt Hocker "Brickadier General"