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John Blanche is a British based fantasy illustrator and modeler best known for his work for Games Workshop's White Dwarf magazine, Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 games as well as his work in the field of 25mm fantasy miniature painting.
He has recently stated in White Dwarf magazine that he will soon celebrate his 60th birthday.
After attended art college during the late 1960s and early 1970s he became famous throughout the Fantasy gaming world when his work appeared as the first full-colour cover of White Dwarf magazine in 1977 and his art work has been a fan favourite of Games Workshop's games and miniatures for over twenty years. Over the years he has produced many covers for games, books and record sleeves. His distinctive 'Punk Fantasy' style is imitated by many young artists in the field.
His style is characterised by sharp, angular characters and hideous demonic creatures locked together in the eternal struggle between good and evil. But in much of his early and private work, the aggressiveness is forsaken and a more visionary fantasy emerges.
Blanche is also one of the world's finest fantasy miniatures painters, having won several Games Day Awards for his individual figures and dioramas. The incredible detail which he is able to paint onto three-dimensional models not much more than an inch in height is truly astonishing. He now regularly edits a miniatures column in White Dwarf magazine and continues to devote his time to further developing the dark and gothic imagery of the world's most popular tabletop games, both in his own paintings and sketches, and as the Art Director of GW's design studio.
John has produced several published books; The Prince and the Woodcutter and Ratspike, which also featured Ian Miller, a fantasy artist whose unique style has been long admired by Blanche. His work also appeared in The Tolkien Bestiary, a collaborative work with a number of fantasy artists. And his gaming illustrations can often be found on Games Workshop product boxes and in White Dwarf magazine.
He is perhaps most fondly remembered by Fighting Fantasy fans for his dark, gothic illustrations in the Sorcery! Fighting Fantasy series.