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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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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).

Please remember to respect my Copyrights!
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Kerl-of-Fox-County Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good work!
Mind if I submit this across to the 'One Leicester' group?
Leopreston 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. ;)
RedCyan Feb 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
Brilliant and beautiful!
Leopreston Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
DarthWill3 Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Leopreston Feb 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
DarthWill3 Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob!
Leopreston Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fyuvix 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!
ColonelLiamRoss 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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