While I sat at my desk this morning plugging away at some inane project for work I was interrupted by a Facebook notification that hit me right in the hobby. The notification was a post from Wayne England's wife Victoria informing the community that Wayne had passed away.
Though I never had the pleasure of meeting Wayne in person he, and his art, have helped shape my vision of the Warhammer World since my childhood. As many of you know Wayne's art has graced the pages of countless publications over the last four decades and given us all a window into the vast an mysteriously opaque world in which our hobby takes place.
But it was not only Wayne's amazing works of art that helped shape my vision of our hobby, but also his iconic dwarf army that he shared through several articles in White Dwarf. I think it is fair to say that Waynes masterfully painted dwarf army inspired many youth like myself to collect and game with the wonderful dwarf figures being sold by Citadel and Marauder at the time.
As a tribute I would like to share with you some of the pages from White Dwarf that illustrate his fantastic army.
And here are few shots of this army in action...also from the pages of White Dwarf
It was these article and pictures that encouraged me to collect an entire army of metal miniatures from my dwarf army...even the color scheme I've chosen for some of them is directly inspired by Wayne's amazing work.
RIP Wayne England...you will be sorely missed.
Blue in VT