A few posts back, I discussed the impending anniversary of Slaves to Darkness and stated that I felt is was time to start exploring the history of the book, researching its conception, production and eventual release. In doing so, I felt that it was important to try gather the recollections of some of the individuals who worked on the book and their memories of their time working at Citadel during Bryan Ansell's iconic tenure.
One such individual is the prolific Tony Ackland, one of the major contributors to Citadel and Warhammer in the early years. Even if you don't know his name, chances are if your into retro GW, you'll love a piece or two of this work. Over the years he worked on practically everything from Laserburn and Spacefarers, through to Call of Cthulu, WFRP, Warhammer, Rogue Trader among others, before moving on to Flame Publications, Harlequin and Black Tree Design. Truth is, if you love chaos daemons, then you owe a debt to Tony, he designed them!
|Unpublished Warhammer battle scene illustration|
|Unpublished Realm of Chaos illustration|
|Unpublished concept are from The Lost and the Damned - presumably a scaling study between the Lord of Change, a Flamer and a Horror. Fascinating...|
|Unpublished Realm of Chaos sketch|
TA: Originally there was only going to be one book. So the initial compositions for the various daemon header sections were designed to be compatible. The plan had been that vast majority of the artistic work would be up to Ian Miller and myself with occasional artwork from various freelancers. What then happened was that too much text was generated (a ratio of text to illustration had been established at the beginning of the project) for one volume. So it was decided to make it a two volume project. After the completion of Slaves to Darkness it was necessary to return to other projects that had been put on the back burner. So effectively the Lost and the Damned was a less focused project. In the intervening time Ian became involved in other things and the studio grew and more artists were employed, the result being that the initial vision was somewhat diluted.
|The famous depiction of the two opposing forces from Slaves to Darkness.|
TA: It was a big morph. Some of the background was published in WD. There was about six months of artwork genearated by me that never saw the light of day. It was considered to be more suitable for an older audience than the one they were aiming toward, and that being an RPG it wouldn't generate enough figure sales. The material that appeared in Dwarf was edited down from the original by Flame Publishing (which at that time consisted of Mike Brunton, Graeme Davis, and yours truly). Flame was created to produce RPG stuff for GW mainly for Warhammer Roleplay. It contributed all the Marienburg material for Dwarf. For various reasons (none of them illegal) GW promoted the illusion that Flame was a separate company. A couple of creature that were intended for Confrontations. One with very alien overtones.
|Confrontation alien, previously unpublished.|
|Old Mother Crumbhorn - one of Fantasy Roleplay's most horrific characters.|
That's your lot... I hope you have enjoyed this walk down memory lane, and hopefully you have learnt something new along the way. A MASSIVE thank you to Tony for sharing with us his memories and his work.