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Warmaster Ancients by JonHodgson Warmaster Ancients by JonHodgson
(C)2006 Games Workshop Ltd t/a Warhammer Historical

Cover art to "Warmaster Ancients".

This one was a big learn for me, and a great honour too. The game was written by Rick Priestly, who will be a familiar name to anyone interested in Games Workshop - he's one of the original authors of Warhammer. And even more exciting (and daunting) for me as an artist, the piece was art directed by John Blanche. John has a huge depth of experience and some very well informed opinions about what makes a good cover.

Anyway, this is what we all come up with in the end. Its had some criticism for being more fantasy than historical - something I agree with as something of a purist, but that deviation from strict history was a directed decision which has seen a lot of discussion about the book. So all in all a good thing.

This is now quite an old piece, and looking at it now there's a lot I would change. But hey, ain't that always the way? So whilst I always appreciate a good crit, this one is a little past its "crit by" date!
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Valkaneer Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Writer
Are you a fan of Anthony McBride? Your work is a lot like his, and if you aren't a fan you should check him out purely as a reference. The weapons and armor you depict are like the ancient warrior images he does for historical illustrations.

This is stunning, BTW! lol
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darkyautja Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive work !
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aye, lovely
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frolof Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Vikingar! Lovely :D my home world
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jotun666 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
I'm in love with this picture
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Amisgaudi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very good work!!
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T-R-F Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work!
I didn't even know GW was making historical stuff too.
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Melanium Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Wow! I´d never expect to being able to speak with a GW´s illustrator, and specially with one who has spoken with John Blanche! This is a great honour with me.

GW painting has influenced me greatly since my first drawings many years ago, so I could say I have grown up surrounded by art like yours, and I am much happy of this because I have learnt many things about painting from them. I am young still, but I think I will never be able to leave this strong style no matter what I may draw.

So this is a way to congratulate you and honour your work and it of your GW art department colleagues.

As for this very work, I think mere history is less important than art, and art is what this cover is. I love those confusing colour clouds, smoke and unconventional flames as a expressionful resource which gives this cover great strength and personality. I would have left the viking figure in the middle less defined, with some "sfumato", though.

Well, I hope the future brings you the chance to create a lot and I´d be so glad if you could take a little look at my own work, which is not a lot but I would enjoy some criticism and orientation.

Thanks and good luck!
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mastersyphadias Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
not meaning to nit pick, but was just wondering why a viking warrior is carrying around a Roman broadsword. it looks good but its a little out of era, sorry im a major war hystory buff
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IvanChristian Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007  Student General Artist
I think that it turned out very well, a good mix of the historical and fantasy. It also great that you got to work with people that you respect in the industry as well.
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Duelwielder-Anna Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
wowowow so amazing :heart:
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Sophquest Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007   Digital Artist
:+favlove: This breathtaking piece of artwork is now being featured in the NEWS article:
'Wednesday's Wall of Wow's~ 7/18/07' [link]
:clap: Congratulations!! It's wonderful!! :worship:
:rose: Sophquest
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks!
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Sophquest Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007   Digital Artist
:love: My pleasure! :hug:
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Little-kaiyou-Kame Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't play WArhammer...but painting-wise this is great :+fav:
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Son-of-Fire Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
It's still cool.
I always feel strange giving a crit to someone who produces better work than I do.
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aetomsk Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
cool, I dig the colours
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
YYEEAAHHH!!!
That's some hell of a barabrian!!
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torvenius Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
GREAT work sir :D
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Hungrysparrow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Looks great. I like how you've done the chainmail and the general painterly quality you have achieved.
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Aldriona Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice. ^_^ Somehow, my eye is drawn to the raven rather than the warrior all the time, can't really say why though.
I like how his tattoos look, I've always had trouble with making tattoos looking like part of the skin rather than something placed on top of it. And isn't that a very inpractical way to carry your sword, wouldn't it get rather troublesome to draw it if you're in a hurry? ;P
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EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
:clap: Cool work!i like the nordic theme!
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archanN Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
lovely!
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