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Talisman: The Reaper by RalphHorsley Talisman: The Reaper by RalphHorsley
Talisman: The Reaper

Talisman boardgame expansion, The Reaper, cover artwork. . ©Fantasy Flight games/Games workshop

Acrylic, Approx 9" x 13".

Original artwork SOLD

Even as the adventurer's advance into the gloom Death stalks them...

This painting is the cover for the forthcoming Talisman boardgame expansion - The Reaper, for Fantasy Flight Games.

I wanted to create a stylised composition with the figure of the Reaper looming over the hapless adventurer's, who are focused on something ahead in the darkness. This was reflected in the tightly rendered finish.

The background was deliberately rendered with looser brushstrokes to help bring the figures forward, and it will also be largely obscured by the title.

The painting, with trade dress, on the product can be found here:

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:iconwaningmoon7:
waningmoon7 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's beautiful! I love the way you painted the scythe! *o*
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Wow
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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
No prob
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:iconpsycomedy:
psycomedy Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
great artwork
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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:iconarianycyus:
AriaNycyus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Magneficent!!!! I love how you done eveything in this painting :) The Reaper looks cool painted :) I think im gonna watch you ^^
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconarianycyus:
AriaNycyus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NP ^^
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:iconraecatsgrace:
RaeCatsgrace Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
This is so awesome! Because of this image, the Reaper will now be my favorite permanent card in Talisman. :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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:iconpsychorep:
PsychoRep Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
--love it!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great :)
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:iconinquisitorminmi:
InquisitorMinmi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Absolutely Awesome - as always!

Looking forward to getting the expansion and glad it will feature your work.

May the Emperor guide your hands

Inquisitor Minmi
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much :)
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:iconfiendy:
fiendy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
he's behind you lol ,this is brillant so much detail in the carictures
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
lol

Thanks :D
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:iconfiendy:
fiendy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
:)
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:iconjoelogs:
joelogs Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
now that's a death squad :skull:

rocks :headbang: :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconulalumesstar:
UlalumesStar Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
The stylization of this piece has an interesting effect. It definitely helps the figures stand out. The female figure reminds me of your typical comic book heroine, though atypical in her own right. (It looks like she and Death get their outfits from the same store. :giggle: Okay, that was awful... :XD: )
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconguyra:
Guyra Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a really cool painting! :D
By the way, what does the C in your signature stand for..? (If you don't mind me asking, that is. ;))
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.

My middle name is Charles - no big secret ;)
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:iconguyra:
Guyra Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, alright. :D
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:icondannys-angel:
Dannys-angel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
awsome, I love how it looks like the reaper is sneaking up on them ^^
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks very much :D
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:iconslimeggman:
slimEGGMAN Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
oh yeah! it's a TPK, baby!! XD
awesome.... as always :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconthe-wandering-ranger:
The-Wandering-Ranger Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist
the lighting and detail is just...unbelievable! :wow:
:+fav:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks for saying so :D
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:iconlr-shadow:
lr-shadow Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic!!!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconkremia:
kremia Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
woah, cool drawing:D it's really good:clap:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconsmurf666:
Smurf666 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
awesome pic, insta faveing

Q: is that a pimp on the left?
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:iconschmauserphoto:
SchmauserPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Professional Photographer
Haha I was thinking the exact same thing! He's got the feathered hat, the cane, and even the purple robe.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)

A: Not that I'm aware of ;)
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:iconnether83:
Nether83 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Is that an axe I see dangling from the sorceress' hip? Weird choice of weapon for her.
Oh, and the warrior looks like he's quite the dandy: "Eww! You're not gonna make me hit that slime with my just polished Blade of Slaying, are you?"

Otherwise this is just pure eye candy.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
No, it'st he end of her staff. Sadly I didn't deisgn the characters, but had to base my piece on existing designs.

Thanks :)
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:iconnether83:
Nether83 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Oh. I thought it could be staffs end. Makes more sense.

Great work nonetheless.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ok :)
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:iconshasiel:
Shasiel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
The guy on the left reminds me of Farmer Isiah in Fable. Been playing it again in anticipation of Fable 2. Have you ever done any pieces for the Dragon Lance books?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry - I'm not aware of the reference. The character was designed by another artist.

thanks. :)
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:iconliamythesh:
Liamythesh Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconrarayn:
Rarayn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Ooh, love it...Awesome design on the reaper =D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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:iconlonestranger:
LoneStranger Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
that works
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Good :)
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