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Artist Wayne England died this week, the sad new being broadcast over Facebook by his agent.
I first encountered Wayne’s art as a Games Workshop fan, and later as a fan of Magic: the Gathering.
One story about Wayne always makes me smile. He recounted once in an interview about his start with Games Workshop. John Blanche, the art director, liked Wayne’s work and decided he could draw badges to represent each of the factions in Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. Wayne accepted the job, though he had mis-heard the comment, and thought he was going to be expected to draw badgers!
He drew many badges during his time at GW, such as this one:
In later years he drew for Wizards of the Coast, as many artists have done. One of his more recognised cards would be Cryptic Command, which dominated the Standard of its day.
He illustrated many more cards, including this Soratami Mirror-Guard. You can see all the Magic cards Wayne illustrated here.
His classic art for the Chaos Space Marines codex is always instantly recognisable to me:
More recently his art has graced the boxes of the Avatars of War regiments, including these Warriors of the Apocalypse:
Farewell Wayne England. You will be missed, but never forgotten.
The sad passing of a genuine inspiration!
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