Visions of War will be a semi-regular series looking at the art and design of Artists who have created work that cemented the various worlds of Games Workshop over the last 4 Decades.
Where else would we start, but with a much-missed master.
Wayne England was an UK based artist whose work shaped and formed the Warhammer worlds throughout the 90s. His vibrant and decayed colours over an exaggrated style of art that would not look out of place from 2000AD captured imagination of the young players of the time, and never let go.
Wayne England's art on games such as Necromunda and Gorkamorka, not to mention the entire board of Talisman 3rd Ed and being the art direction of Warhammer Quest of the 90s cemented these as classics, before you even began reading the rules, or unpacking the minis.
He also worked with other gaming companies such as WotC for Magic: The Gathering, for which he gained yet a larger following for his style of art, and was regulary commisioned for Dungeons and Dragons (4th Ed)
His work was a surreal experience. solid, yet dreamlike, an abstract stone relief. His linework was crisp, and his colors were lush which, without fail, pulled you into his mind. His work made you want to reach inside the painting, to touch the textures and to spend hours looking over each detail, most of which you missed until it drew the eye on a future viewing.
We knew him as a designer of the Warhammer aesthetic, but his talents were as far-reaching as his imagination, and the journeies he took us on were an experience that few others have been able to provide.
Wayne England died Febuary 16th 2016. He was survived by his wife and child.
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