Friday, June 11, 2021

Paladin and War Horse

While flipping through The Rogues Gallery, I was struck by its artwork. I remembered most of its illustrations, but there were a couple I didn't recall. The piece above, by Darlene, is on the title page and bears the title "Paladin and War Horse." Though I'm sure I've seen it before, probably many times, for some reason it had simply slipped my memory. 

It's quite a striking image, with the paladin wearing what looks like jousting or parade armor, something for which I have a particular soft spot. I've mentioned before that I adore historical armor, preferring it over the fanciful, impractical, and "cool" armor types we tend to see nowadays in fantasy artwork. So, when I saw this piece, I smiled a little and boggled at the fact that I could have ever forgotten it. 


  1. Give him a shield and he looks like the rider on the front of the World of Greyhawk boxed set.

  2. Realistic armor in rpgs is hard to find. Kudos to Darlene.

  3. Thank you for sharing this image! Seeing it made me smile!
    If I ever owned Rogues Gallery, I have "misplaced" it.

  4. That is one of my favorite images too. I appreciate realistic armor and weapons.

  5. Agreed. RPG illustration nowadays are "too fanciful" and tend to focus only on the "coolness"... maybe to sell faster and cash a quick profit?
    I recently wrote an article about this in my blog (it's in Portuguese, but I believe google or other web translator might translate it quite well):