Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Stunty - Tastes Like Chicken.

*Squeek*

So, gaming is many, many things to many, many people, but one of the things that I guess people don't think about a great deal is the visuals that contribute to creating the atmosphere of the game, a great brand or gaming experience. It is there, you see it, it contributes subconsciously to the overall impression, but you don't think about it. At least, this is something that I didn't think about very much until I happened to be looking at some of the Warhammer Online images and downloads that are on the Warhammer Online website (as I was in my last post).

I hadn't noticed the "Propaganda Posters" that were on the downloads section before (even though apparently they have been around for at least a couple of years!). If you are a WFB player, you may like these, even if you don't play WAR...

Dwarves:
http://www.warhammeronline.com/art/index.php

Orcs:



 High Elves:
http://www.warhammeronline.com/art/index.php
http://www.warhammeronline.com/art/index.php
Dark Elves:
http://www.warhammeronline.com/art/index.php
http://www.warhammeronline.com/art/index.php

Empire:



 Chaos:
http://www.warhammeronline.com/art/index.php

(Got to say, the "Stunty tastes like Chicken" poster is my favorite - no apologies to you stunty players out there of course!)

You beady-eyed Skaven devils will have noticed of course that there are no propaganda posters above for the much maligned (yet beloved to many) Skaven race! There are some desktop backgrounds for Skaven. I have to say though that they aren't as good as the posters above (IMHO), but might still interest you - check them out below:


http://www.warhammeronline.com/wallpaper/index.php

http://www.warhammeronline.com/wallpaper/index.php

http://www.warhammeronline.com/wallpaper/index.php

http://www.warhammeronline.com/wallpaper/index.php
So having been inspired by these images, I decided to have a trawl through the WFB 8th edition rulebook again for the art and design. Yeah, gorgeous! Many pleasurable hours spent going through the rules, and many more to come revisiting the art and design. Hats off to the designers and artists - all of them - who have contributed to the franchise, models, boxes, rulebooks and army books since the inception of the game.

If you have some time, go back to the rulebook and take a look at the art and design again! Pretty impressive stuff.

What are your favourite images, posters, pieces of art or artists from the WFB world or materials? Are there any images that particularly stick in your mind for Skaven? (or any race that you play?)

*Squeek*
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