Perhaps I'm just an old fogey too but don't chalk up your tastes to simple nostalgia Ye Old One. That piece of art by Miller that you posted is one that I (having never played WFRP) have no prior connection with. But I can tell you that I MUCH prefer it to the current art that I'm seeing for WFRP. So, its not nostalgia. It may however be related to our age or something though. Being a longtime D&D player I also much prefer the art of my childhood for that game as well.
Using the FFG forums from an iPad is a tremendous pain and is ALMOST enough to drive me away from posting. Too many flaming hoops to jump through to make it work. Please, someone up there, can you make the forums a little more iPad friendly?
I'm not a huge fan of Miller's work, but the disturbing and bestial quality of many of his pieces make him an excellent choice for illustrating the nastier parts of the Warhammer world.
Ye Ancient One said:
John Blanche is still art director for Games Workshop, and he does a pretty good job keeping everything cohesive, both in terms of models and art. The recent Vampire Counts book contained a lot of his work - it was controversial, being very messy and splatter-punk, almost like doodles, but with that Blancheian flair. I adored it. I think there's a tendency nowadays towards realism in RPG art (!), at least in the mainstream. I haven't seen much abstract work like Blanche or Miller's in a while. I also loved the line drawings in Shadows Over Bogenhafen, Power Behind the Throne and Something Rotten In Kislev, but again, I think this level of abstractness is no longer acceptable to people for some reason. Also, full-colour interiors look to be the norm for this new WFRP and for Fantasy Flight in general, which rules out the kind of wood-cuts and line drawings I like.
On the other hand, I'm quite happy with the art in this new edition. It's evocative and fantastic. I think I'm just an old tortoise who longs for the art that inspired me when I was a youth. Perhaps if I were 12 again and looking at this new edition, I'd attach the same sentiments to this art as I do to Miller and Blanche.
I ramble ... my apologies. That's a minute of your life you'll never get back!
Here is the rub so to speak. Why do we strive for greater mimesis in fantasy art these days? Hugo Pratt once remarked that being able to enjoy black and white comics (black and white being by definition a form of abstraction for him) is sure sign of being more mature.
And not to pass only as GrimDark Grognard I enjoyed in my time Tony diTerlizzi's work on Planescape immensely.
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.
The setting could really use some Mike Mignola, honestly.
I mean, he doesn't even use grays: just pitch black shadows. And skulls everywhere (which is an every day icon in the Games Workshop Universe).