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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 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
darkyautja Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive work !
Ragnarok6664 Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aye, lovely
Vikingar! Lovely :D my home world
I'm in love with this picture
Amisgaudi Dec 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very good work!!
T-R-F Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work!
I didn't even know GW was making historical stuff too.
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!
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
IvanChristian 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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