Hey whilst I’m at it. I had a poster of this piece as a kid; a poster which that same stupid kid cut up and added to the hand-written letter he’d sent to the editor of White Dwarf, asking for painting advice.
Growing up that sort of kid, John Blanche’s work has been on my mind for just north of two decades now. Jesus… I feel the same about guys like Jean Giraud or Frazetta; their work was disquieting to me. Almost aural in the drone it could set in my dumb child brain, well after that fist visceral consumption. I’m never not thinking about them.
gothicpunk.tumblr.com is a killer archive of Blanche’s art; as well as hosting a really nice editorial on his career and influences - a rare read despite the guy’s venerable body of work. You can find it here and here.
Twenty years on , it’s really sort of wonderful that I can pick up something from Games Workshop and still see his work and influence warping that landscape; his art for 2011’s Dreadfleet in particular sent me right back to those first, strange White Dwarfs (Dwarves?) I’d dug up at my cousin’s. It was 1991; we were painting Heroquest miniatures and watching Scrooged in his mother’s living room.