Please welcome to Farsight Blogger guest blogger Richard Williams, a fellow gamer, weird stuff enthusiast, writer and a really good friend of mine. Richard has a passion for art books and for a few weeks he'll be sharing his thoughts on some of his favourites.
The Emperor’s Will (Agents of the Imperium) is a great book and definitely worth it (because you know what Games Workshop/Black Library publications are like when it comes to pricing).
My only gripes with this book are:
1: No descriptions with the pictures. Publishers, please, when making an art book there should always be something to explain the picture/artists thoughts/processes/something. Not so much writing that it gets in the way, but enough that it's interesting and useful.
2: There's not enough! It's a good size and, like I said, well worth the money but you know there must be more artwork back at GWHQ. Maybe there'll be a volume 2, who knows.
What is great about this book is that it's A4 format and the pictures are all full page, so you don't have to squint at any tiny pictures slipped in. I personally would love to see them produce a book like this for all the different sections of the Imperium as well as for the alien races.
On that note I should mention that there are no space marines or pictures of anything else from the WH40K universe, these are just pictures of the agents of the Imperium (so Ordo Xenos/Malleus/inquisitors/etc).
So, to recap, great price, great pictures at a good size, and it will leave you wanting more.
Inquisitors, assassins, astropaths, navigators – these and many other agents of the Imperium are celebrated in this glorious full-colour art book.
Packed with previously unseen illustrations from John Blanche and David Gallagher as well as a host of classic images, The Emperor’s Will provides an unparalleled glimpse into the inner workings of the Imperium of man.