If you're not familiar with the image, here it is as it appears in print:
|White Dwarf 127, p18|
It occurred to me that it would be pretty cool to actually own the piece, so 30 seconds on google later, I tracked down Tony's website and dropped him a line. Tony replied within a few days:
Thanks for your email. Glad to hear that the old stuff is still remembered and appreciated...I do on occasion sell off artwork originals, if there are any pieces of my GW art that you would be interested in, do let me know and if I still have it maybe we can do a deal. All the best, Tony Hough
That sounded promising! A quick exchange of emails later and Tony confirmed he still had the original and would be willing to sell it. A short while later, I was the proud owner of a piece of GW history:
Tony was kind enough to send a letter detailing the history of the piece which you can read below. In summary though, this piece of art, titled 'Eldar Broadside', was on of a number Tony did for the unpublished Spacefleet game.
|Comparing the print and original versions|
This purchase started off a bit of a collection; I now have a selection of original GW art, nearly all featuring Eldar, from artists including Karl Kopinski, Martin McKenna, Roberto Cirillo, Des Hanley and Paul Dainton. I would dearly love to add a Jes Goodwin original to that list, but that seems to be unlikely given that most of Jes' output is actually used as a catalogue of ideas for potential future use.
Last year, I added a few more Tony Hough originals to the collection - an additional pair of Eldar illustrations from the Spacefleet sequence:
|'Eldar Weapons Fire'|
|All 3 images|