(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!