Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Paladin In Hell From The Players Handbook


Most of us are already familiar with this old-school classic, but here it is again: A Paladin In Hell, by David C. Sutherland, a black and white illustration appearing on page 23 of the 1978 Advanced Dungeons And Dragons Players Handbook (thank you, Akrasia, for the correction). This illustration ranks up there, with Emirikol The Chaotic and a few others, as my all-time favorite D&D artwork.

10 comments:

Daddy Grognard said...

It's certainly one of my favourite illustrations. I did a Saturday Night Fight Club on this very picture - here's the link to the post.

http://daddygrognard.blogspot.com/2009/11/saturday-night-fight-club-paladin-in.html

George said...

Actually, I’d have guessed that it’s on your favorites list. After all, a fragment of it, seat’s atop your blog ;)

Trey said...

Like George, I am shocked--shocked!--that its one of your favorites. ;)

But I think its one of most right-thinking people's favorites.

Matt Conlon said...

I remember that picture... I'd always thought the hilt of the paladin's sword was just a little crooked... doesn't seem to be exactly in line with the blade. Always bothered me.

Dave said...

Man oh man--- this picture is *engraved* in my memory, forever.

Thanks for posting it.

Matt said...

I'd like to think that Emrikol is responsible for the paladin being there ...

steelcaress said...

Who did the color version, I wonder?

It appears to be a virtual clone of the original b&w (which is what I'm familiar with).

Word verification: bulsial...a Bull with a spiny fan on its back. The fan changes colors when the Bull is frightened.

Jon Hendry said...

I'd give a kidney to get a new Trampier illustration of this paladin fighting Emirikol.

John Harper Brinegar said...

I'd give a kidney to get any new Trampier illustration...

Brian Lujan said...

Great illustration...crap module