Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fantasy Art Thursday: "Echoes of Glory" by Ralph Horsley

((Click HERE to go to Ralph Horsley's DeviantArt page))
Last year when I started this series, one of the first artists I featured was Ralph Horsley. Hailing from the United Kingdom, Horsley is mostly known the work he's done for Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Talisman, and World of Warcraft.

The above piece is the cover for the Pathfinder Player Companion Taldor: Echoes of Glory. The picture depicts two different battalions from the empire of Taldor clashing as the sun slowly sets over the horizon. I love how Horsley has captured the chaotic nature of battle, seeing the two knights clashing over the bodies of their fallen comrades while numerous cavaliers and warriors fight in the background. I love how the knights' tabards are tattered  and their armor and weapons are stained in blood, showing how brutal this conflict has been. It really does capture the internal struggles of Taldor and the empire's slow decline. 

Question Time: What is your favorite Ralph Horsley piece?