Returning to my Oldhammer coverage once again, it is the turn of Anthony Ackland. Attendees were blessed with his presence thanks to the Ansell family, who arranged for the artist to be collected from St.Ives in Cornwall and brought to Stoke Hall. He brought with him a large collection of his original art and was available for a chat over all three days.
I must say, it was a delight to meet Tony at last. Having interviewed him a few years back (twice), I knew that he was a man who's passion for arcane art had not diminished with his retirement. Sitting on a comfortable chair in the corner of the marquee he must have spent hours talking to many different people about history, art, Games Workshop company history and a few naughty stories! With his long white beard and sparkling eyes he looked ever much the Grandmaster of Chaos, and the man who shaped the look and feel of the original Warhammer world like no other.
If I had taken photographs of everything in his portfolio this blog post would go on for ever. I took a selection of shots over the two days I was there and I share those now. Where I can, I will put the pictures into context but I must admit that there are several that I have never seen before. In that case, dear reader, please comment below if you know more than I (which isn't hard, really) so the gaps are filled.
|2: Realm of Chaos era Rogue Trader madness. I think this one if from Slaves to Darkness, but it could have easily crept into Lost and the Damned too! Its a shame that the 40k figures went in a different direction because these look brutal.|
|3: Iconic images for Slaves to Darkness. Ian Miller and Tony Ackland were a terrific combination!|
|4: Now THIS was a pleasure to see. The original Malal greater daemon illustration (and Tony had all the others from the Malal research I did a while back) inside his portfolio. It makes you wonder what could have been, eh?|
|5: Greater Daemon of Slaanesh Keeper of Secrets. From Slaves to Darkness and loads of other places.|
|6: Several pages of the chaos attribute illustrations from Slaves to Darkness.|
|7: A battle scene from the Realm of Chaos era.|
|9: This one is a mystery - anyone recognise it and where it was published?|
|10: Horus Heresy battle scene.|
|11: It was a joy to see this drawing. An iconic picture which perfectly sums up the endless adventure roleplaying games offer us.|
|12: Nurgle Beastmen from the Lost and the Damned|
|13: A chaos hound. I don't recall seeing this picture before, though I do own the model on which it is based. Though there is the possibility that the model was based on this image. I am not sure where the smaller image comes from either.|
|14: AD&D Ferrobeast?|
|16: Two Christmas card illustrations Tony used in the 1980s. I don't think either of these have been seen online before.|
|17: I have absolutely no idea about this one - sorry!|
|18: An illustration from the original Confrontation RPG.|
|19: Again, I am not sure about this one. Possibly Confrontation.|
|20: Underhive gangs.|
|21: The Kinky Chaosette|
|22: Chaos renegade. A World Eater judging by the shoulder pad.|
|22: Undead things, possibly from the Doomstones campaign. Anyone recognise these?|