News for September 2009
Radical Inclinations 17
A Radical's Handbook preview and Dark Heresy Art Discussion
Dark Heresy | Published 24 September 2009

+++Incoming Astropathic Transmission+++

Greetings, Dark Heresy fans!

Most designer diaries are all about the game itself...but this one is slightly different. This designer diary is about the process of creating artwork for the Dark Heresy books. I have received many questions about what it is like for an artist or a writer working on a project like Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay. This designer diary is my opportunity to peek behind the curtain a little bit and provide an answer.

As an example, I’d like to show you some of the process behind the image above. Art goes through a three-step process: description, sketch, and final. At every stage, we go through an internal approval process here at FFG. After that, like everything else we do for Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay, it goes to Games Workshop for a second approval before we take it any further!

For The Radical’s Handbook, we commissioned Imaginary Friends Studios to create the image for the Goleph, a terrifying creation of Dark Technology in the form of a mechanical assassin.

First, the author (in this case, Reason), provided an art description of what he had in mind when writing up the entry in the book for the Goleph.

“A humanoid mechanical figure with sleek lines and thin limbs. It should appear non-human, with non-standard proportions (long limbs, elongated head, etc.) Powerblades should project from its arms, and there should be smaller powerblades that it can fire from its forearms towards a target. The powerblades look like 40K powerswords, but they have a more alien look.”

Next, this description was sent to Imaginary Friends Studio for them to create a sketch. You can see the sketch here, below. All art sketches are reviewed by both FFG and our licensor, Games Workshop. Once approved, the sketch is then ready to be turned into a final image by the artist.

At every step of this process, the artist receives some feedback about his work (or the author in the case of the art description), and the art piece will reflect that as the process goes on. Compare the art description and the sketch to the finished product, and you will clearly see how this process turns out to create some truly impressive and memorable pieces for Dark Heresy!

A Glimpse Inside the Radical’s Handbook

I have some exciting news about The Radical’s Handbook, the next sourcebook for Dark Heresy...the book is at the printer as we speak!

I wanted to give the Dark Heresy fans a taste of what you’ll find inside, and I’ll be providing some previews over the next few weeks. The first teaser is a report from Inquisitor Vownus Kaede about an unusually fortunate Adept.

Of course, in the Inquisiton, even particularly good luck can be grounds for suspicion...

Preview #1 (Print Quality) (PDF, 8.5 MB)
Preview #1 (Web Quality) (PDF, 292 KB)

The Next Step

Coming soon, I plan on starting up the 2009 Dark Heresy Adventure Contest! This year’s theme will be focused around the Radical factions of the Inquisition, so get prepared if you plan on putting in an entry. This year’s prize: A signed copy of The Radical’s Handbook!

Dark Heresy is a roleplaying game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, the grim darkness of the far future. Players take on the roles of Acolytes serving the Inquisition, rooting out heresy and corruption from within the galaxy-spanning Imperium of Man. 

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Published: 10/12/2009 5:33:51 PM

The reason FFG is teasing us with glimpses of the artwork for upcoming titles is twofold. First and foremost, the artwork is cool!  Second, and quite relevant to why we need/get these teases, is that long delays in artwork have caused the delays in book release dates.  They are essentially saying "look, see we are making progress. You will get your book soon."  Having seen some game books from other publishers with truely BAD artwork I am rather pleased that FFG is willing to go to extra effort to ensure that when we finally get our books that they are quality products.

Farax Isan
Published: 9/28/2009 7:53:41 PM

I would prefer to know more about the game itself, these are things I (and probaly many others) wnat to get some intel on: any new rules?, an awseome campaign steeped in radicalism?, More info on Radical Factions, more ways to flirt with chaos, rules for purging( or the diverting of it), etc.

Published: 9/25/2009 7:44:44 PM

Maybe I'm wrong to say this but I'm actually looking more forward to this than Rogue Trader. My lovecraftian bone is tingling...

Konrad von Marburg
Published: 9/25/2009 9:39:42 AM

How is it new or exciting that it is at the printer as we speak? If the upcoming page is anything to go off of it has been there for 3 months.

I love Dark Heresy and I am pulling my hair out waiting for Rogue Trader (so very close now). But I will be overjoyed when/if an expected release date is actualy met.

Published: 9/25/2009 1:19:36 AM

Grendel, you say?

The Hobo Hunter
Published: 9/24/2009 7:32:59 PM

Is that *Grendel*? Oh sh-

Published: 9/24/2009 7:19:53 PM

Hush, Mr Manus. Ignorance is strength, as they say.

This article, combined with the Rogue Trader one, has made my day.

Published: 9/24/2009 5:40:28 PM

And here we go again...Artwork....

While the Art is good for is not the reason why I want to buy this book and it does not seem to be the prime focus of attention for the community... so why is every and every single of the previews centered on artwork?

Guess I should be very happy that we were actually given a page of the actual book. Some glimpse of some of the core material would have been more interesting. Some of the fluff for the maletek stalker, for example.

But it will not be, it seems. At least, it is still "at printers, RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK".

Published: 9/24/2009 5:11:07 PM

Got my copy ordered. Six days to wait, if Amazon can be believed!

Published: 9/24/2009 5:03:38 PM

@ Aureus:

No, the sister is cultist of Khorne. And I know this because this story has very intresting origins...

Published: 9/24/2009 2:06:16 PM

Eh, that Sister's not exactly false... though she's an extreme and bizarre Radical.  Check the DotDG, that's the Sororitas Sorcerer of the obscure faction that believes they must "damn themselves to save the rest".  Weird puritan/radical hybrids.  O_o

Can't remember the name, I don't have my book on me at the moment.

Alluvian Est-Endrati
Published: 9/24/2009 12:07:20 PM

I have really loved the art used thus far for Dark Heresy, definately looking forward to seeing what all this book will have in it as well. Really looking forward to this book as it will be nice to have more official informaiton & rules for unning PCs who serve or who may become Radical members of the Inquisition.

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