you can low poly model with NURBS, Kurt did it.. his low poly game character tutorial was less than 3000 polys
the number of polys you get from conversion depend on how you convert it...
have a play, take a sphere and play around a bit then convert, then play with all the stuff in the construction history to try different conversion options
that's a "Ch" pronounced as a "K"
Computer skills I should have:
Maya, XSI, Photoshop, AfterEffects, Motion, Illustrator, Flash, Swift3D