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Talisman - The Dungeon by RalphHorsley Talisman - The Dungeon by RalphHorsley
Talisman; The Dungeon

Boardgame cover artwork.

© Fantasy Flight Games/ Games Workshop

Acrylic, 18.5" x 18.5"

Original artwork SOLD

As the Daemon readies his flaming sword in preparation for his devastating scything attack each of the adventurers tries to overcome him in their own way.

The brief included five existing character designs to work with. It was a fun challenge to combine these into one attack on the arch-baddie, whilst trying to convey their own individual narratives.

The light from the sword provides strong highlights which helps the figures stand apart clearly, whilst also linking them togeteher visually. It also allowed for the strong brown/orange tones in the foreground to contrast nicely against the cooler blues of the background. Thereby helping with form and depth.

The painting can be seen on the box cover here, along with the full product information:

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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Whoa that's freaking awesome!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Your welcome
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Nice
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Your welcome
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:icondemialc-neeb-sah-em:
Demialc-neeb-sah-em Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
That knight looks so angry.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconsplaty:
splaty Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great armor design!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconcrazyabby2012:
Crazyabby2012 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Dips on the sword!"
LOL awsome drawing :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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Crazyabby2012 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np :)
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mtgdeckrunner Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
My artwork is all commissioned - I do not retain copyright and cannot grant permission for use.
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:iconfaedus:
Faedus Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Musketter, gypsy, gladiator, amazon, wizard, am I right?

Nice change from the usal warrior/tank, rouge/dps, mage/nuke, cleric/healer

clothes and armors are great so is the twisted background
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep - that's right :)

Thanks very much.
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:iconoldbeho:
Oldbeho Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
great cover for an expansion that i'll buy soon!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it - thanks :)
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:iconkonyesz:
konyesz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009   Photographer
Your art is simply magnificent. I feel the urge to fav this picture...:)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
well, don't resist ;)

Thanks :)
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dogfacedboyuk1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I was chatting with jon at Talisman Island on msn and he mentioned having the pleasure of a visit to your studio, after looking at this fantastic piece I can only be very jealous!! Now th wait until the UK release. I wish i could paint like this.

dfb
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Say hi to Jon, and thanks :)
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dogfacedboyuk1 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I certainly will - we're thinking of sculpting a "talisman island toad" figure and getting it cast in pewter - a different design every year, something like that possibly. Entitled "Who Ate All The Flies", a fat looking toad obviously! We're in no hurry to do it though - he's busy thinking about it all, this is the idea he likes best so far and I gave him a few to think over.

Look forward to seeing your next piece, I've just ordered the Dungeon expansion!

dfb
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That sounds fun :)

Thanks.
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:iconthe-wandering-ranger:
The-Wandering-Ranger Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist
it makes an excellent box cover! :clap:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great. Thanks :)
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:iconnether83:
Nether83 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
That's quite an action packed scene, you got there. That sorceress looks like she is going to fall flat on her arse. Othervise brilliant work once again.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)

The vertical is leaning to the left, but yes, maybe it reads less clearly than it should.
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Derfblue Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah, what an immense action in one single piece:wow:

I definitely want this flamesword:D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconplypox:
Plypox Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Woooo smiling masks
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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DocHott Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome Ralph ! :) That plus it is a great game. :thumbsup:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great to hear - thanks :)
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lunarsparks Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
I adore the vibrancy in the colours you have achieved. For me, the Daemon's suit of armour stands out and the patterns within are really stirking. Of course, the surrounding details are a feast for the eyes as always, which is something that I admire about your art work. There is always more to see besides the focus of the painting. They have me looking at them for quite some time, just as this one has. Very enjoyable!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a little more saturated than my usual paproach. I really want it t ostand out strongly.

Glad you like all the bits of detail - thanks for your comment :)
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:iconknives91:
Knives91 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Impressive teeth. His dentist must love him...

Pray continue with your most excellent work.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll try - thanks :D
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joeywaii Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
YESSSSS!!! I LOVE the old dungeon map for Talisman. I'm utterly loving this cover art. The swashbuckler looks HOT. And that fire is amaaaazing. Thanks you so much for this great product!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's brilliant - thanks :)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats pretty cool man! Looks like a neat game!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. It is fun :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome! Cool. I'll check it out! :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
np :)
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:iconlysandros:
lysandros Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
I like the panic on the wizard's face. You can almost feel his sweaty palms...

No wait, those are my sweaty palms. Lol
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol - thanks :)
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:iconrarayn:
Rarayn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Awesome, I don't have anything else to say =D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's quite sufficient - thanks :D
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:iconhowlseage:
HowlSeage Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work as usual Ralph! You only pump out top notch stuff! And as usual, your trads kill my digital and trads, hahah.
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