So where to start. First the board game 'Warlock: The Game of Duelling Wizards'. This was published by Games Workshop in 1980, with a cover by Bob Conner. I note it was later published again in Germany, in 1986, as Warlock - Duell der Zauberer, I believe, and also in Finland, as Warlock velhojen valtataistelu. I hope neither company didn't [laugh] use my card designed drawings as I never was paid for any foreign rights, nor in fact did I sign the rights over to Games Workshop. They still own no rights to reprint any of my work, but then again I suspect they don't care [laugh].
Now these first scans I found posted on the internet by 'Board Game Geek', which is also where I found the other information mentioned above.
The colour added [above] must be the work of the 'named' designer Bob Conner.
Now, next my 'promised' surprise of Fiend Folio and related White Dwarf magazine spot illustrations from the early 1980's.
These fall into three categories.
First: Not used in the official TSR Folio but did appear [I think] in White Dwarf ; second: asked for Fiend Folio re-draws because an element was missed out from the wanted image, and last: work I redraw as I was dissatisfied with the first version.
These first two appeared, as I mentioned, in the magazine [I think] White Dwarf. As usual, somebody may be able to help or correct my memory. The 'Pebble Gnome' and the 'Satanic Angel'. As you can see the 'Pebble Gnome' still retains some data regarding its printing.
They were all small pieces drawn on light paper and you're seeing them about original size.
Next are two of the 'originals' from the Fiend Folio that were 'redrawn' due to changes asked for. These were the 'Tiger Fly' [page 88] where originally I had added a weapon, and the 'Pernicon' [page 72] where I was asked to add pincers to his 'tail' and longer antennae. These comments about changes exist on the artwork, I just 'dropped it off' so the image scans were clearer.
Lastly, we have the original 'Dark Creeper' [page 22], who does appear more or less like this in the Folio, but I disliked this version for some reason and redrew the image to the one you see in the published book.
Sadly, before you ask, there are no other existing pieces at present.
Their probably was but this, I don't think, was it. But the commission was related to that world in Warhammer Fantasy, and the city of Middenheim, and I thought my 'new' title was as good as any. In the picture many of the smaller figures and their costumes are actually based on figures Games Workshop used [sold] at the time.
I've been asked if I could show the work in more detail, and although it's been sold, came across two photo copies which more or less show the left and right sides.
First the left side. This was the side wanted to be used.
Next the right side, which they refused to pay for [see previous post]. Sorry for blurred area, which is not part of the work.
Now, for those interested, here is a little bit more background to the work and it's 'origination', which in fact came in two parts. The part I've published before [see above] was an artwork piece originally drawn at 22" by 16.25" in size plus a border area around. This has since been sold, along with two 'pieces' cut from my first original drawing. The purchaser made a charming comment after its arrival, ''It's amazing how detailed portions of the pieces are!'', and asked, ''Would you mind providing more info.?''
So here goes... I hope this makes sense.
There is an old urban legend, 'my dog eat my homework'. Well this was something he was prone to do to as when, back when I was teaching, he once 'eat' [slightly] one of my students Art History essays, so I had to say to my student the next day, 'Sorry, the dog eat your homework'. He was not amused.
But in this case, I was the one who suffered the 'accident' when the art paper I was working on, for the drawing, was crumbled through the actions of my dog who wanted to show his displeasure with me. I tried inking part of the work, hoping I could somehow rectify the situation, but, as I said, realised quickly it was no use ... I had to start again, and so I went bigger [as you see] and made sure it was kept in a safe place there after when I was out.
But two inked sections survived and here they are.
''And when was it actually created?''
''The art is extraordinary. The image you posted on your blog doesn't adequately convey the depth and detail. It literally took my breathe away when I carefully unrolled the paper.''
That [comment] gives me pleasure .. you may understand now one of my reasons for not knuckling under to Games Workshops bullying [in my eyes] behaviour, and my professionalism being slighted ...possibly lost a few commissions as a result, but I thought their attitude dire in the extreme.
So there you have it for a while when I've scanned some more 'late' Warhammer related work.
I believe it is intended, once framed and mounted, for a picture of the large work to be posted onto Facebook, so those with an account, keep your eyes open.