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OrlyggJafnakol
01-03-2007, 13:13
I've had the every cover WD poster for some months now. So many great peices of art. Now quality art is largely opinion. One man's favourite work is another's pet hate.

My favourite is a really early issue, cannot remember the number, but the cover was a wizened sorcerer with a severed head on a dish.

Lovely.

Some of the more recent GW posters have been excellent (Horus Heresy especially) and I would love to see them produce large scale reproductions on 'classic' covers and artworks.

Other opinions please.

rev
01-03-2007, 13:52
My fav is this one, cant remember what issue, maybe 192?!

this pic is from the codex cover, as I no longer have the issue!

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o276/revmatt/ea10_1.jpg

Sai-Lauren
01-03-2007, 14:22
Some of the art from the pre-100 issues makes the current art curl up into a little ball and cry because it knows it'll never, ever, be 1% as good - especially those around the #70s and #80s.

Think my personal favorite is the one from #81 - the woman with the giant eagle, although John Blanche's "Kinky Chaosette" is possibly his finest piece of work ever.

Darloc
01-03-2007, 14:26
My favorite art has to be the tzentch marine in the CSM codex and the "last stand of the black templar" on page 4 of the curent wh40k rulebook, it was a full page one in the 3rd edition and it looked fantastic. I also like the khorne berserker in the CSM codex.
I would love to have prints of those (sadly BL had some of the chaos space marine but they are not available anymore).

Osbad
01-03-2007, 14:44
Yup. I've got to agree with Sai-Lauren. The covers from the pre-Bryan Ansell days have got to be the best. Cheesecake galore! There was a semi-naked chick riding a pterosaur on one that made my heart skip a beat...

The only one I can find a pic of for now is (sadly cheesecake-free) #54:

http://i10.ebayimg.com/01/i/000/8c/d1/7402_1.JPG

Chris Achileos is a fantastic artist. I used to love it when they had art from established fantasy artists. When they switched to showing just their own internal IP I lost interest - so many of their internal artists were just low-grade - with no subtelty or interest.

For me WD only became interesting when the complexity of LotR started influencing the magazine again in the mid-Paul Sawyer era. I was never one for painting myself orange and shouting WAAAAAAAGH!, I'm afraid.

This was another print that made it to WD IIRC:

http://www.chrisachilleos.co.uk/main/gallerie/fantasy/images/TheSentinel.jpg

Finn Sourscowl
01-03-2007, 14:59
There are far too many brilliant covers to choose from to make a decision. Many of my favorite ones come from my early days gaming (130's and 140's), but that's just 'cause they remind me of those times! I would however, that I'm really not a fan of most of the covers with LOTR on. It's just not as inspiring as the GW own IP stuff.

Your post made me go and download the WD screensaver from the GW website, so now I can go all misty eyed at the ones from years back :)

rev
01-03-2007, 15:14
come on people I want to see pictures not paragraphs!

Osbad
01-03-2007, 15:33
Ooh, ooh! In searching for old WD covers I came across "the Travellers" digitally remixed for the Internet Generation! Holy moley! Talk about nostalgia overload:

http://www.2000ad.org/markus/travellers/travellers.jpg

http://www.2000ad.org/markus/travellers/

demiourgos
01-03-2007, 15:53
Don't know why, but I've always loved this one. Perhaps its the layout of the image with the backdrop and color scheme:

http://www.groettum.net/dwarfen/images/eCWD110-00.jpg

rev
01-03-2007, 16:07
I love this UM artwork from a recent mag:

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o276/revmatt/Minis/89_00.jpg

rev
01-03-2007, 16:09
oh, and I also have the WD cover art screensaver, not usre if you can still get it but its pretty cool, and it gives me frequent nostalgia hits!

Jellicoe
01-03-2007, 16:13
Cheers for the dragon cover Osbad - that was used for the box art for Talisman Adventure expansion kit

My favourites also hail from the WD 60's and 70's. My absolute favourite is I think issue 75 and features a lady in a very slinky black dress holding a snub nosed revolver in one hand and restraining a sharp suited man with her other hand as they watch a colleague/opponent disolve into a cthulhu spawn in front of them

will see if i can find an image as a corker and wouldnt be used these days. in fact it attracted a reasonable amount of criticism at the time from the religious fringe who thought RPGs were the devil's game

RobC
01-03-2007, 20:00
Agreed with the grognards - early WD covers had a vivacity than hasn't been touched since. It's partly because they weren't restricted by the increasingly stale diktat that insists on sticking to a predifined imagery set in the GW universes, but also because their in-house artists aren't all world-class. Though I'm a semi-reformed geek, I would be happy to show early WD covers to my friends - later stuff is just so much prepubescent pap.

And as for that UM picture above... my word! Whatever happened to proportion?

Jellicoe
02-03-2007, 08:14
The other thing with WD covers then is that original art was a lot more prevalent - these days it is normally a) phtoshop figs b) still from LOTR film c) codex cover art or box cover art reused

Sure some stuff was reused back then - Osbad's dragon cover is a good example but it was more the exception than the rule

OrlyggJafnakol
02-03-2007, 08:29
Check out this little collection, all early 1990s. I remember getting these issues as an avid 11 year old, I used to spend hours pouring over the pictures on the cover just looking for all the details. I would love to do it again but, photoshopped images of LotR just don't cut it.

18973

18974

18975
Hey, look its Scarface as a Dark Angel (say hello to my little friend!)
18976

18977

18978

18979

18980

18981

GW still have Blanche and Gallagher. They still have the talent. get them to paint in oils again and gets some decent art on their publications. If only...

yeancientone
02-03-2007, 09:54
http://www.gamehobby.net/images/white_dwarf_magazine/white_dwarf_019_front.jpg
Here it is - my favourite cover - issue 19 - it just drips menace. Couldn't find a larger image, I'm afraid.

OrlyggJafnakol
02-03-2007, 09:55
Found a few more great covers...

18985
This cover of a titan by the mighty John Blanche graced the cover of the very first WD I ever bought. Sigh...

18986
Original harlequin artwork, didn't it go on the cover of the metal box set? Nice to see them back in WD.

18987
I think this has to be my favourite image of them all, another John Blanche, Knights Panther on a rock. Sheer class. I recall it went onto the cover of Empire in Flames by Carl Sargent, the fimal part of the WHFRP Campaign. He did another painting similar, of a airship. I would love to see an image of that.

18988
Original cover of 40k with the Crimson Fists in action. This was used as the cover to the Bold Thrower album, Slaves to Darkness as well as in loads of other places.

yeancientone
02-03-2007, 09:59
http://www.gamehobby.net/white_dwarf_magazine/white_dwarf_001.html
Here be plenty of old White Dwarfiness.:D

Osbad
02-03-2007, 10:01
Seems like there are two camps developing. Those that like the leary Balnchitsu, and those that like the subtler more generic fantasy of earlier times.

Ain't taste a peculiar thing?

Osbad
02-03-2007, 10:04
Ooh! Thanks for that link yeancientone! loads of loverly nostalgia there.

I found my all-time favourite cover:

http://www.gamehobby.net/images/white_dwarf_magazine/white_dwarf_077_front.jpg

Issue 77.

I still dream about her... *ahem*

OrlyggJafnakol
02-03-2007, 10:35
Yes the 'ladies' that used to grace the cover of WD. My favourite starlet was from the 80s, I think David Gallagher painted her. She had a wonderful 80s punk hair cut, was dressed in armour and was resting on her sword after beheading a dragon.

Osbad
02-03-2007, 11:32
http://www.gamehobby.net/images/white_dwarf_magazine/white_dwarf_088_front.jpg

This one? Very nice!

OrlyggJafnakol
02-03-2007, 11:55
That is the very issue Osbad. A great peice of fantasy art that could be applied to almost any fantasy world, not just Warhammer.

nathonicus
06-03-2007, 19:06
http://www.gamehobby.net/images/white_dwarf_magazine/white_dwarf_019_front.jpg
Here it is - my favourite cover - issue 19 - it just drips menace. Couldn't find a larger image, I'm afraid.

This is an awesome painting! It also shows up in an old Call of Cthulhu supplement, though I forget which.
Gosh, this makes me nostalgic for the days of old when Warhammer had a much less "branded" feel.

A lot of the new artwork is great, but a lot of it is too self-consciously branded and defined within the limits of a design which is kind of getting stale for me. Some of these great old covers would never be seen today.

Jellicoe
07-03-2007, 08:43
It appeared in the hardback Cthulhu rulebook ?3rd edition of the cthulhu set and it is indeed a fantastic picture

glory days indeed for WD covers

Reabe
07-03-2007, 08:49
I found my all-time favourite cover:

http://www.gamehobby.net/images/white_dwarf_magazine/white_dwarf_077_front.jpg

Issue 77.

I still dream about her... *ahem*

Ain't that the chick from Heavy Metal?

Not that I've read the magazine, though. It seems to be a perve's version of 2000AD.

Edit: Yeah (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Heavy_Metal_%281981%29.jpg), she is the chick from Heavy Metal. Huh.

Jedi152
07-03-2007, 08:50
I love the way that young boys are so easily titilated by a woman in a chainmail bra!

Osbad
07-03-2007, 09:56
I love the way that young boys are so easily titilated by a woman in a chainmail bra!

Less of the "young" please...

Sai-Lauren
07-03-2007, 10:24
That is the very issue Osbad. A great peice of fantasy art that could be applied to almost any fantasy world, not just Warhammer.

And that's probably why you don't get art like that anymore, it doesn't fit in with GW's official imagery styles.

Jedi152
07-03-2007, 11:12
And that's probably why you don't get art like that anymore, it doesn't fit in with GW's official imagery styles.
Thankfully. I, for one, am glad that the game doesn't revolve around warrior women in chainmail underwear with massive norks and massive swords.



Less of the "young" please...
I mean you were young when you were originally titillated!

(oldie!)

:D

Sai-Lauren
07-03-2007, 12:53
Thankfully. I, for one, am glad that the game doesn't revolve around warrior women in chainmail underwear with massive norks and massive swords.

Hmm, so what about Witch Elves, Sister Repentia, Daemonettes, Mordheim Amazons, Necromunda Eschers... :angel:

Jedi152
07-03-2007, 12:59
I was contemplating mentioning those, but thought it would null my point somewhat. :p

And you missed the ultimate must-have-been-designed-by-a-twelve-year-old miniature, the Kislevite Ranger (http://www.gildia.pl/teksty/skolo/kislevite_ranger/*w/120/).

As to WD covers, i never knew them before they were product only covers. The first i got had the 5th ed Dwarf book on it (159?).