Sunday 16 June 2013

Space, Doctor Who game, Warhammer and other bits...

Shocking I realise but here is another June post. Must be the weather [grin].

This post will feature some space related bits, including some sketches made as possible 'ideas' and as I found some 'original' drawings a bit about my involvement in the Doctor Who: The Game of Time & And Space.

So let's start there, in truth my memory is sparse but I was approached by Games Workshop around 1979 to do some counter designs for their new board game Doctor Who: The Game of Time & And Space. I had recently [I cannot remember which came first] produced some black and white playing card designs for another of their early board games called Warlock, which I will cover during another post. I was credited for the work I did for the Warlock game, but not on the Doctor Who game.

The original samples I've found, which I will post below, along with some scans I found of the counters from the game, were small. This was because as the final pieces were to be small, it was important to hold image without losing detail so the actual drawings were very small. The brief was fairly straight forward, if a little weird in places if memory serves. For example some characters clearly linked to the TV series whereas others did not. But one thing I've learned over the years with some clients there is little point in either making suggestions or arguing, though luckily I've also worked with others who do encourage, if relevant, my input.

Anyway, onto the the images.

First a scan, for those not sure what the box cover [not my artwork] looked like.

Now scans found of the original counters. First as sheets.

 Now some scans of the counters used in the game


 Finally, those original drawings I mentioned.

Above: these two are shown larger than the original scale to give you and idea of how small they were.

 Finally, a sketch of Tom Baker as the Doctor shown at original size.

Now, here are some Sketches with a Space theme ...

Finally, for this post some more space related pictures, including two old Warhammer 40,000 pieces that appeared in White Dwarf magazine.

[above] Sample page never seen before. This is a good example of my experimentation with pen and brush.

This is retouched photocopied page
 These [above] all date from the mid 70's 

Two examples [above] from the book 'Heart of Ice' by Dave Morris, and below a couple of Warhammer 40,000 pieces used to illustrate articles in the Games Workshop magazine White Dwarf.

This last [above] is for an up and coming game called 'Thousand Suns'.

So there you have it; another post done, next should be another Warhammer related post and then it will be about the Warlock cards I designed for that game, and a 'special' Fiend Folio related treat!
Well, maybe [grin].

Monday 10 June 2013

June ... six months in and time for something slightly different.

Right I've got a few bits and pieces to post, though nothing really new as all of that is being held because of a variety of reasons except one .. a new SF picture. But, be assured, I will post the others as soon as can.

Now I have a few bits, some pretty old to show and, in truth in disreputable condition, thanks to old leaking glue stains, etc. But with a wee bit of cleaning they should pass muster to be added here [I hope]. But I write this because I've decided to do something unusual this time around ... everything I post today can be for sale. Make a reasonable offer [or better ...grin] plus added postage, etc. and it can be yours from the spot to the larger pieces [although most are spots]. If any information is wanted email me and I'll try to provide more information.

Now onto the work ... and if nothing sells [laugh] so be it and I wont cry ... honest.

These first posted are related to Games Workshop's world of Marienburg.
                                                                  The Mint: Marienberg

character sheet

                                                                     more Character sketches

Above is an old brush and ink experimental piece from the 70's which I don't think has ever been seen, though the following 'cartoon' has.

Next stuff that appeared in a variety of magazines .. but note some of these scans are larger than the original.

Originally used to decorate a piece about the 'The Witch of Pendle' if memory serves [sadly it doesn't ...grin]

Featuring a realistic portrait of Jamie [chronicler of the Dark Lord] Thomson

 This was for a story published in the BFS's Fantasy Tales magazine.

 The following are decorative border strips used by the BFS back in the mid 1970's

These were decorative spots that appeared in the 1970's...

That will do for now I think, but the next post will be very soon and feature a 'Space' related theme.

Till then ... thanks for being there.