Sunday, April 3, 2011
I've been thinking again, as I do every few months, about Western RPGs, and so I've been perusing my collection of Boot Hill stuff, among others. That's when I came across the 1983 module Burned Bush Wells, written by Jeff Grubb, and entirely illustrated by Larry Elmore. I'd completely forgotten about its existence, let alone its artwork, so I was surprised when I read it.
The module itself is no great shakes but I found myself appreciating the illustrations far more than I would have imagined I might. I've previously remarked that I think Elmore's style works far better for science fiction than it does for fantasy. Having now seen his Western art again, I may need to revise my estimation of his artistic range. Mind you, I've long felt Elmore's color landscapes were among his finest works, so perhaps it's no surprise that he's so well suited to Western scenes, which, to my mind anyway, depend heavily on a sense of place for their effectiveness.
Just an idle thought on a Sunday evening. I'll likely have more to say about Western RPGs in the days to come.