I always like it when big special delivery boxes arrive at my door!
|But what's inside?|
One or two of you might have seen seven pieces of original GW artwork on ebay last week. Not too many of you though, as after nearly a week of being up for sale, only one had a bid. All seven pieces appeared to be by Tony Ackland, as one auction showed Tony's name on the protective cover, and all the others had reference codes e.g. 'TAxxxx'
I was quite keen on picking up one or two of the pieces, and decided to contact the seller to see if he would sell direct (I know, not entirely the most ethical way of ebay buying). Not only was the seller happy to do this, but it turned out he had 23 Tony Ackland originals he also wanted to sell. After a little bit of negotiation, I purchased all 23, and here are the contents of the box:
|23 pieces of GW history|
Most of the pieces still have the protective sleeves, as well as the following stamp on the reverse:
As for the origin, here's what the seller had to say:
"I acquired then when GW first opened the store at Lenton HQ and the initial Warhammer World Marine display used to be upstairs in the dark and gloom!The art was divvied up by the guys who worked there at the time and I traded for them as I was collecting all and sundry Citadel at the time, so early 2000's I think?"
I know there's a lot of resentment from many ex-GW artists regarding the treatment of their artwork - this just seems to reinforce the lack of value that was placed upon the pieces, if there was a free-for-all to get rid of it all.
As for the pieces themselves, several I recognised immediately, but there are many others that I cannot ID. If you know where the pieces were published, please let me know. Tony - if you happen to read this blogpost, any information you may recollect would be very helpful!
Warhammer 3rd edition
|#1 Wizard, WH 3rd ed p171|
|#2 Chaos Warriors, WH3rd ed p227 / ROC p62|
Realms of Chaos
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
|#22 Published alongside Confrontation rules, WD??|
|#9 Rogue Trader Jetbike, unpublished|
|#13 Rogue Trader terrain, unpublished|
Please let me know if you can help ID the below (note, Tony has provided some leads for some of the images below - let me know if you happen to have volume / page references):
|#10 Stream Flame publications. Warhammer Role Play supplement, Doomstones|
Not Tony Ackland Pieces
Tony has helpfully let me know that the pieces below are not his:
|#7 40k Orks & Imperial Guard. Code reads PGORK266...Phil Gallagher perhaps?|
|#23 'Champions of the Gods'. Penmanship and stylistically, this is remarkably close to the John Blanche Chaos Warrior/Knight illustrations from Heroes for Wargames. What do you think?|
Thanks for any help you might be able to give!