Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pete Knifton, An Appreciation.

Of all of the many talented artists that have worked for Games Workshop/Citadel Miniatures, Pete Knifton is one of my all time favorites. During his time at GW, he was simply the most prolific artist in the pages of White Dwarf. His drawings were full of character and action, his style could shift from tight comic book inking to looser brush-work, and he maintained a sense of playfulness that was infectious and fun.

I've always responded to Pete's sense of action and movement, something based in his obvious love of comic art, and his ability to capture the "feel" of a piece in his illustrations.

In the same way that H's blueprint artwork made the technology of 40K more real for me, Pete's art gave it life and told exciting, fun stories without any words. He was the soul of early 40K to me and one of the strongest reasons why I still love this era of Games Workshop. 

The following collection of images represents a pairing down of all of the artwork PEte created for White Dwarf. The man was a machine.

Thanks for the wonder Mr. Knifton!


From White Dwarf #113 The Pacification of Flotis III.

From White Dwarf #102 "Illuminations" 

From White Dwarf #102 "Illuminations" 

From White Dwarf #102 "Illuminations" 


From White Dwarf #101 

From White Dwarf #101

From White Dwarf #105

From White Dwarf #106


From White Dwarf #114
From White Dwarf #114
From White Dwarf #114
From White Dwarf #114
Distortion Cannon from White Dwarf #100

Dreadnought from White Dwarf #100
Harlequin Jet-bike from White Dwarf #107
Ogryn from White Dwarf #110
Robots from White Dwarf #104
From White Dwarf #104. Pete has said that The Desert Lions Chapter mentioned in this article are colored "desert color with sky blue highlights". R.A.W. is Robot Attack Warrior and Zarbi are ant-like creatures from early Dr. Who episodes.
From White Dwarf #98
From White Dwarf #98
From White Dwarf #111
From White Dwarf #109. "REVENEBO" is Imperial Gothic for "I'll Be Back."
From White Dwarf #109
From White Dwarf #110

5 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more with this.

    Kniftons work was a formative influence for me, particularly his Blood Bowl related work.

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  2. Superb, I have to say this made me discover a few amongst which the Gladius Vs Khorne champion I didn't know about. Pete's distinctive style was very "straight to the point" with a very wild and spontaneous touch (don't know if it came from the way he drew or if it was more conscious).
    Thanks a lot for this Brian.

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  3. I would also add my appreciation. But for the fantastic Flintloque, Slaughterloo and other AA game artwork.

    Tony

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  4. Yeah, I loved his illustrations as well. I wasn't aware of his Warhammer stuff to tell you the truth. But I knew of his kick arse RT and BB work, for sure!

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane Brian :)

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  5. Mate that Chaos Sorcerer with scythe is so great!

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