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Richard III Portraits by Leopreston Richard III Portraits by Leopreston
These portraits were actually produced back in 2008, but the recent news that King Richard the Third's remains had been found under a Leicester car park reminded me that I've yet to show them here. Actually, the discovery has left me quite giddy, so any excuse to paint ol' Richard is fine by me! ;)

Nine portraits in total, these were produced for the player cards of Columbia Games' tabletop war game 'Richard III', originally titled 'The Wars of the Roses'. I was pretty darn ecstatic to have been asked to do these at the time, as The Wars of the Roses was, and still is, an interest of mine (Probably the only person overly excited about seeing an empty field when visiting Bosworth).

The game is exactly what you'd expect of the title; a prolonged and not-so-friendly tussle between the rival houses of Lancaster and York (split red and white roses respectively). The map in the background was designed (once again) by the ever talented game art designer & cartographer Mark Mahaffey ~west2 (drop by his page sometime, you won't regret it!). As I don't own a sample of this particular game myself (much to my chagrin), the remaining photo / card graphics are player uploads from the stash over on the BoardGameGeek forums.

Again, I enjoyed working on these as much as I did the Blackbeard portraits. If it's my forte, it's more fun! :)

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Ordering:

Richard III is still available to purchase from the order page, which can be reached via Columbia Games here: [link] with some previews of the graphics having been posted for viewing here: [link]

(‘Richard III’ © 2008 Columbia Games, INC, Game Design by Tom Dalgliesh & Jerry Taylor, Graphic Design by Mark Mahaffey, Portraits by Leona Preston – Posted with permission).

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:iconatanapotnia:
Atanapotnia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Amazing and wonderful!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconkerl-of-fox-county:
Kerl-of-Fox-County Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good work!
Mind if I submit this across to the 'One Leicester' group?
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Leicester? Leicester?! Why you Lancastrians you... sure! Please feel free, ha ha, and thank you for considering this for inclusion in the first place. ;)
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RedCyan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
Brilliant and beautiful!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh that is WAY to cool! At first I thought this was the work of :iconcolonelliamross:! So super chic these sketches. I just love all the variety in the faces and the style and the textures just auuugh!
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL `Leopreston pwns my socks off when it comes to drawing sexy historical guys so I'm immensely flattered. :blush:
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ha ha, I must admit that I wasn't at all surprised that Alison was the first to comment. She sniffs out anything historical like a bloodhound (no mean feat)! XD

And here, 'Auuugh!' shall be taken as an unusual compliment, but a welcome one at that! :)
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Sindah Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Saw the documentary they made after they found him. Interesting stuff. Great pictures too! Well done! :D
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
It certainly is, and thank you very much! :)
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Sindah Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
You're most welcome!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
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:iconpuppeteerz:
Puppeteerz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student General Artist
So cool that they found him....HOW DID THE LOSE HIM TO BEGIN WITH?!!!
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, this all goes back to Henry VIII and his dissolution of the monasteries. Many friaries, churches, monasteries and convents had their financial assets taken away. As a result, many fell to ruin, were demolished and lost to the sands of time, which is what happened to Greyfriars Church (Richard's resting place). Finding out where the old church would once have been would have taken some research.

The same thing has happened to several other monarchs over the centuries. It was never that unusual. :)
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Puppeteerz Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Well that's a shame. If I were royalty the least I'd expect is for my subjects to know what hole in the ground they stuck my body in. Oh well. I guess he can't really complain too much.....him being dead and all.:)
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ha ha, well, they didn't really care what happened to him at that stage. Their disrespect was pretty evident. And you're right, he's not going to complain now!
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Puppeteerz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Why wouldn't they care? Was he a jerk to the people or something?
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
He wasn't really a jerk to be honest (other than being accused of murder... hurr hurr). The people of York genuinely liked him and he did several good things, but the Lancastrians were not fans and they were the ones cheering 'hooray' on the battlefield that day. :(
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:iconpuppeteerz:
Puppeteerz Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
And we all know what Shakespeare thought of him.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, rudely stamp'd and unfinished! XD
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:iconnevadacoyotle:
NevadaCoyotle Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I went to one of the websites that showed the excavation of the skeleton.
One could say those Tudor soldiers were no fan of his!Was Richard III considered
that nefarious by future generations?Allso according to the Shakespeare play at
the battle of Bosworth did he actually call out "My kingdom for a horse!"
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ha ha, no, definitely not! ;)

Richard was only considered a tyrant because that was the picture that the Tudors wanted to paint of him. They had much to lose, primarily the throne itself, if Richard had been seen in a good light. However, we can't say for sure if Richard was all good or bad, because the evidence is so lacking. What we can say is that history is definitely written by the victors and every monarch throughout history has hardly been a saint.

"My kingdom for a horse!" is pure Shakespeare and uttered in a moment when Richard is seen desperately looking for a way out of his situation. In reality, even the Tudors confess that his died bravely and the noise of such a scuffle would have been so loud, it's a wonder if anyone could hear anyone shouting anything!
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NevadaCoyotle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Youre defintely right.
I went on the internet and looked up that period of
english history.I learned that the conflict was refered
to as the War of the Roses.The condition of Richard's
skeleton shows the effects of 10 major wounds!I allso
saw the forensic reconstruction of his face based on the
skull.He was rather handsome fellow!

Forgive me i forgot to leave a comment on your picture.
I love the detail you imparted into your portrait of Richard III
Your work brings history to life.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heh, that's right, and there are accounts that said he wasn't bad looking. Puts that Tudor portrait to shame really! XD

And thank you so much for the kind compliment! I was enjoying the historical discussion. :)
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NevadaCoyotle Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Youre very wellcome.
I really enjoy just about all things that envolve
history and archaeology.So when i read your text
and see your artwork....it all comes together for
me so beautifully!Thanks!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww, me too! It's all so fascinating. :)
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:iconnevadacoyotle:
NevadaCoyotle Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm looking forward to more historical discussions
and to seeing more of your facsinating artwork!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ha ha, let's wait to see who the next poor soul they dig up will be and renew our discussion. (Joking!) There's some serious snooping going on now!
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Gellyh Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oooh, really? I have not heard or read of this news. Definitely an article I have to dig up... Speaking of which, I am glad you dug this up and shared it with us! I had begun to miss seeing your lovely sketches, Chessypoo. <333
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Whaaaaaaat? Really? The media went completely crazy over this, internationally too. It's just insane to find a lost king after so long... really unlikely. Of course, now they'll have to get to finding the others too... and Joan of Arc's ashes. Ha ha. XD

Well now, you can't keep penguins in the fridge for too long, else they'll turn pink, you know?
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Gellyh Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, I just finished reading the articles. That's quite the catch! Really interesting and a good find, I say!
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And pink with a hint of butterscotch!! Those are the worst. They might turn their backs on you and cozy up in the wardrobe.
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I say! Indeed you are right! Those butterscotch thingies can't be trusted. XD
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Gellyh Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ha ha! Baldrick: "Oh no, Richard the Third..."
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
100% dibs on Richard Plantagenet! Looks like he's rocking an Order of the Golden Fleece get-up there. And Henry VII looks appropriately skeezy.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
By the way, you've just reminded me, have you ever read this?: [link] Beautiful artwork as well as an interesting read! ;)
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
OMGGGGG NO. Cue screaming and mad fumbling for credit cards.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's well worth the money, I can assure you! :D

Sorry for making you spend... well, a little sorry. Hee hee. :D
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
No prob! I had some gift cards left over from Xmas so they were put to VERY good use. XD
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Best way to spend! :D
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Alison! I should have known you'd be the first to comment on this, ha ha (and to steal Richard). XD Yeah, Medieval aloof dudes and their livery collars... they just love to show off all that *bling!* XD
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
HAHA. Yeah, you bet. The Wars of the Roses are just such a sexy time period. We really need a solid historical film about all that. I vote Ridley Scott directs. Or someone else British.
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
"The Wars of the Roses are just such a sexy time period."
[link]

Oooooh yeeeeah. XD And I'm all for a decent film too. It would be about time!
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Right, so this pretty much makes my year. NOT ENOUGH LAAAV IN THE WORLD.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ha ha ha, spread the laaav. :D

Well, if Richard didn't have a crick in the back before he does now. XD
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