In Memoriam

I meant to post this back in December but I was caught with the festive madness. The illustration above is my personal favourite fanart of the many I did for Warhammer Online a few years ago. It depicts the Skaven Factions, as if illustrated on a long forgotten journal. The drawing is ball-point pen as usual, scanned and illustrated digitally.

Back in 2009, a few months after the release of Warhammer Online (a.k.a. WAR), I was motivated by the incredibly supportive blogging community from WAR to start a blog myself. I created then Portraits of War. A place where I could share with like-minded people my drawings and illustrations inspired on Warhammer’s grim universe.

I went to Warhammer Online attracted by two things: It was developed by Mythic so I thought it was going to be the spiritual successor of Dark Age of Camelot; and I so wanted to play a MMO based on Warhammer Fantasy.

WAR did many things right. Until this day I haven’t played more entertaining classes in any MMO, and believe me, I have played many of them. I favoured the dwarfs and I even was a member of a dawi-only clan, I was particularly fond of the Engineer and the Ironbreaker. I kept playing for many months but two things were critical and killed the game for me: 1- it was extremely laggy (a no, no for massive battles); and 2- it only matched 2 factions against each other rather than 3 like on Dark Age of Camelot.

The last December, on the 18th, the Warhammer Online servers were shutdown.

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Manuel Mesones is a Peruvian graphic designer and illustrator. Running away from the sun, he moved to Yorkshire, England, over a decade ago. His weapon of choice is a ballpoint pen but he is also very keen on digital illustration.


  1. ¡Extraordinario! me parece una muy buena ilistración y un buen trabajo gráfico Manuel. Cada parte, composición, color, tipografía, etc. No podía esperar nada menos de ti compadre. Me hiciste el día. ja
    Espero ver más ilustraciones y pronto.

    (Ps) ¡Ah! por cierto: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo comparito!

    1. ¡Muchas gracias Ricardo! Sabes que la carrera practicamente la hice “in situ” así que la recordada 0110 fue mi escuela; y tanto tú como Gustavo mis profesores. Por lo que tu comentario para mí es bastante especial 🙂

      Un fuerte abrazo.

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