Friday 26 January 2024

Tony Hough Illustration Review of 2023, Part Three

 Also in March I had another opportunity to do some designs for Geoff at Oakbound Studio,  Always a pleasure to work with him, whether for his wonderful The Woods RPG setting, or in this case a Warhammer  Old World Warband,  part of a Patreon exclusive project. I was very pleased and proud to see how well the finished minis turned out!

This Stirlander Mordheim warband is led by the Inquisitor of Morr, with his staff and portable shrine, accompanied by the spirit of an Imperial Messenger in possession of the body of a crone, dragging his own magically animated skeleton behind. 2 fierce mercenaries and a Forester of Stirland protect him along with two big Wolfhounds. A Halfling pulls their gear in a wooden cart behind.


Very happy to see how Geoff translated my drawings into actual painted minis - I especially love the two Wolfhounds!!
This was the first of two commissions from Geoff in 2023 - of the second, more later!!

Tuesday 23 January 2024

Tony Hough Illustration Review of 2023, Part Two!!

 I had a few of the Lone Wolf gamebooks back in the day but I hadn't played them all like the Fighting Fantasy ones. I met Joe Dever a few years back at a Dragonmeet. I was a fan of Gary Chalk's illustrations and was happy to meet and chat with him at the 2022 Dragonmeet, Thus I was greatly enthused when Rene Batsford asked me to do some illustrations for Holmgard Press's Lone Wolf Playmats - which are a play aid for the new delux editions of the series (I have them and they are beautiful - you can get them here.)
The Playmat art includes cards for all the Kai Powers, encounters, weapons and special items - a huge undertaking! I have been producing a mixture of full scenes and backgroundless characters and items which can be placed against a variety of different backgrounds supplied by the other artists. 

 So here am I with my wife and daughter enjoying a stroll with a party of Giaks!!

Friday 19 January 2024

Tony Hough Illustration review of 2023, Part One!!

2023 turned out to be a very busy year for my illustration! Started in January with my first commission from the makers of Troika! the Melsonian Arts Council. A pleasant surprise stemming from a conversation at last December's DragonMeet as my work is stylistically very different from their established look! However they are keen to diversify that look and in terms of humour and outlook we have much in common. This piece was for a T-Shirt design showing a member of Miss Kinsey's Dining Club - a weird Troikan cult of insane epicurians! You can buy the T-Shirts here















 Since this was completed I have done 2 more large commissions for them exploring a lot more of the world of Troika!   But I can't show you them yet, as the books are still in the pipeline!! 

From March I started contributing my art to Wombat Wargames, makers of the groundbreaking Shadows of Centralis TTWG.


This game is designed to allow you to field models from almost any range and is fully supported by supplements and a monthly e magazine regularly fronted by artwork from my previously unpublished portfolio pieces.



Wombat Wargames are a great independant publisher well connected in the industry and have published a variety of other great books on the subjects of horror, sf and fantasy and have also produced excellent, insightful biographies of the famed wargaming scultor Kevin Adams and the renowned John Blanche 

Later in March I made a rare public appearance co-hosting a creative writing workshop for pupils of Challney High School for Girls with local author  Safiyyah Umar, whose debut SF novel Heart Crusher is currently doing very well.  A splendidly successful event in which the pupils all had a go at creating their own illustrated short stories with a little help and a lot of encouragement from us and their teachers!!                                                

Monday 4 April 2022

Périls dans les contrées de Titan

It was my great pleasure to do some illustrations for this wonderful French AFF sourcebook from Scriptarium!

Presented as beautifully as we have come to expect from thse guys is a volume of ten excellent scenarios to enhance any Titan-based AFF campaign. The layout is clean and easy to scan through quickly, the binding and printing top quality and the scenarios are written and illustrated by some very familiar names, with contributions from authors Graeme Davis, Stuart Lloyd, Jonathan Hicks and my artist chums Malcolm Barter, Alan Langford and Huargo Ilustrador, to name but few.

A must for French-speaking AFF players and I'm probably not the only one who thinks they should do English translations of their books for the rest of us!

Those who wish to buy a copy can get it from here: Scriptarium



Thursday 21 October 2021