John Blanche rules everything around me. Here’s the merest sampling of some of his artwork from Games Workshop’s WARHAMMER 40K universe. Even if I found the game frustrating, the art and setting they created are immortal.
It’s John Blanche day today. I’ve decided. So here’s his seminal (and oft-reprinted, including in the most recent Space Marine Codex) Ultramarines image. The Medusan heraldry on the foreground marine is an excellent example of how Blanche approaches marines that doesn’t always seem to come across when shown as miniatures: every marine is a character.
It worked a lot easier in Rogue Trader and 2nd edition (and to some extent 3rd), due to Space Marine armies generally being smaller squad-sized, but now you can’t do that as easily thanks to huge armies being required, and that can be a lot of minis to paint!
And finally, some John Blanche Orks. I don’t like his Orks as much as Paul Bonner’s, but Blanche really fills them with character. All those dags, checks and glyphs. And, quite nicely, they’ve managed to capture a hell of a lot of this character within the minis.