I love the way the model is sculpted but this is certainly awesome. Seems to embody the true creepy vizier/prophet thing his character has going, whereas the model tries too hard to be a trade off between his two roles.
Its nice to see someone pay homage to the true visionary of Warhammer 40,000. There are a lot of people who draw things related to the grim darkness of the future, and then there are people with a grim and terrible vision of the future. There's a difference, and for all the splotchy 'what the heck is that quality' of Blanche's work, he is one of the few people who imbue the 40k universe with any sense of an alien quality, desperation, and most importantly dread.
How can you tell? The only place you can possibly see it distinctively is at the Warhammer World along with other necron concept arts; the illustration in the codex is really really really tiny and can only give a vague idea of what he intended it to look like.
If he's outdated, Warhammer is outdated. Doesn't mean it's bad either way. As for mentally grating, maybe you've had a talk with him to get that opinion, but it's irrelevant anyway, I'm talking about him as an artist, not as a person.
His work is outdated, in the same way Boris Vallejo's work on the Space marine scouts is from way-back-when, but...
I never said it was bad, as I said, it's appreciable. Mentally grating refers to the art style - Even though I can appreciate it, my brain is looking for shapes and constructions and proportions that are not there, or that have been skewed, and I'm left with a feeling none dissimilar to fingernails on a blackboard when I look at it. I understand that for some people that's what they like.
In the same reflection, I do not get that problem with Boris Vallejo's or Julie Bell's work, or that of some of the original 2000AD stuff.
I thought that no opinion was irrelevant? In my opinion, Your version is better than that of Blanche's.
I want to slap GW for letting Dave Thomas design (let alone sculpt) the new necron miniatures. The only cool things he's ever done were within the skaven range, where he could afford being imaginative and daring, but his newcrons look frustratingly bland compared to the few illustrations by John Blanche presented in the codex. Apart from the one based off Dave's necrons, of course, where Blanche had to cope with these boring designs.
More tomb kingish? Maybe, at least in a different way. Blanche's concepts also had a very decayed, sharp look about them, like on his vampire counts illustrations. Sometimes very technological-looking, sometimes more like skeletal monsters. It was a good compromise between every main influence the necrons have. But the miniatures look too gentle, even with rusty color schemes. Maybe they tried to exploit the Tron hype and ended up making them look intentionally like plastic toys with pretty light effects. I don't really care that much, at least they're easy to convert into something good-looking, but it pains me to see that half of their codex's illustrations could have been actually characterful, grimdark and inspiring. Now they just look like 2D renditions of the miniature range, it doesn't really bring anything interesting, even when they're well-done (and some, like Szeras, the deathmarks and the command barge, look really mediocre) and that's a waste.
Can't but agree! Yeah, the older frontcover on page 28, before The Army of Aeons Past... basically much better then any other piece, aaand 10 years old? Same goes on page 30 with old piece of Necron Lord, then on the next page about Destroyer lord. Just look way to sleek and static, an uninspiring photo.