Visions of WAR: The Art of Wayne Reynolds Hardcover—Limited Edition

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For much of the last decade, Wayne Reynolds has been the definitive artist of fantasy gaming. From cover paintings for major games like Warhammer, Dungeons & Dragons, and Pathfinder to concept illustrations for popular Reaper Miniatures gaming figures, Reynolds’s work has stoked the imaginations of a generation of gamers and fantasy enthusiasts. Now, for the first time ever, comes a huge 256-page collection of Wayne Reynolds’s most treasured works from a variety of publishers. Take a glimpse into fantastic worlds through the eyes of a grand master of the craft with Visions of WAR!

This special paizo.com-exclusive edition of Visions of WAR is limited to only 500 copies, each individually hand-numbered and signed by Wayne Reynolds. The limited edition is bound in high-quality imitation leather, and features a ribbon bookmark.

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Low-Res Artbook: Cash-Grab Edition

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I have several issues with it above and beyond the pixelization / low-resolution images that other reviewers have covered:

1. The overuse of white space. As has been mentioned, none of the pictures have commentary or anything of those lines. So if you only have one picture on the page, there's no need for it to be shrunk down to only taking up about a quarter of the page. Yet this book consistently does just this...not just with the sketches, but with the fully finished pieces as well. This probably links back to the resolution problem, as the smaller they print the images on the page, the less likely that people are to notice the pixelization / blurring.

2. That Paizo may not have been able to get full-resolution images for some of the works he did for other companies (notably WotC) is understandable, if disappointing. But some of the problem images are for his work on Paizo products. How is it that, for example, the core rulebook cover printed full size on the Core Rulebook looks so much better than it does printed at a much smaller size in this artbook?

3. All in all, I would consider these to be minor issues if this was an RPG book. For example, the 3.5 Campaign Setting book has some pixelization on the cover, and that never really bothered me. But this is an art book. The point is the art. If you can't do the art justice in an art book, then there's no point to it.

4. And we come to the biggest issue: From some of the comments on the product discussion forum by (IIRC) Erik Mona, Paizo was aware of the fact that the low-resolution images existed. Yet they still published a cash-grab / limited edition of the artbook, and charged people an additional $20. That is, in my opinion, unconscionable. It's pretty much the thing that made me lose faith in Paizo as a company.


Still love this

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Honestly, I can see why someone would be disappointed by this one. Some of the pictures are not given justice in the space provided by the book. I own an awesome rare large lithograph of Reynolds, and it's amazing in comparison.

STILL, when a guest or someone comes over, it's more than enough to get them interested, and the work to present is still awesome. Some of my fav pictures are featured.

If you're a fan at all, I'd still say it's worth picking up.


Catalog of WAR: An Index of Where to Find the Art of Wayne Reynolds

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I am surprised and disappointed by this book, it isn't the content, which is what I expected, it was how the content was laid out. Wayne's art as always, is spectacular, that is why I ponied up the extra for the LE. In the end the book does not deliver on its promise, which should have been a showcase for Wayne's art.

So whats wrong with this book?

The images are poor reproductions, they are grainy or blurry, considering most if not all of these images have had high quality reproductions in other physical media this seems not an issue with the martial but how it was captured for use in this book.

Whitespace, holy cow is there white space, and it doesn't serve to frame the art, art which historically is printed edge to edge in mind blowing detail, all it does is consume space that the art could have occupied.

Layout: Too much of the art has been condensed to share with other art, perhaps a bigger book was required, or perhaps strong editorial control on what went in, but when the amazing wide format art is compressed and stacked, it loses detail and focus. The art would have been better served rotated 90˚ and given a dedicated page.

The overall impression is that this is a well manufactured art catalog, not an art book, I have a convenient place to skim the art and then find a product reference to go look at it properly in.


Extra-special version of an extra-good deal

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Do you love art? Do you love fantasy? Do you love Wayne Reynolds? If you answered yes to two of these questions just buy this book already. The special edition comes packaged in a handsome matte black cover with Wayne's signature inside (yes, the WAR is his signature) and a lovely little xxx/500 denoting how wonderful you are for buying the limited edition. There is also a black ribbon to keep your place and impress your poorer sillier friends who just bought the normal copy. And whose fingerprints you will not see on your matte cover.

As an art-book standing on the merits of its contents there is much to love here. Full-color prints, sketches, intermediate works, all the goodies and in profusion. No gobs of text to get in the way or take up the space where pretty pictures belong. Sure the colors seem a little off sometimes, and so much of Wayne's work is extra-wide that you will wished the book was a non-standard size, but do you have any idea how much the book would have cost otherwise?

No, wise heads made wise decisions and you could own this beautiful piece for a pittance. A pittance! Order now, operators are standing by.


Shadow Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Woot, first up. Preorder placed, I can not wait for this.


Ordered. Can't wait for this to arrive.


I really want to preorder this, but I have no idea where I'll be in august. Is it possible to change the shipping address between now and then?

EDIT: Some FAQing around has revealed that I can.

Grand Lodge

And I thought the regular version was going to make an excellent coffee table book...this is even better! Preordered in a flash.

Dark Archive

Pre-ordered my wife can give it to me for our anniversary, I just need to let her know.

Paizo Employee Customer Service Manager

If you originally preordered the standard edition and would like to upgrade to the Limited Edition, place the order for this book and then contact customer service (phone, email, messageboard) and we can cancel the standard version.


Sara Marie wrote:
contact customer service

Customer Service rules. :)


Sitting in my sidecart! Hurry up and take my money....


#70-something arrived the other day. For the life of me, I can't remember the number I got, but I was impressed at how low it was! This is a really pretty book!

I'm thinking that I will save up for an unlimited edition copy to set out on the coffee table for general public perusal.


Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I think i got number 45 I was super stoked to go with my orginal WAR art that is being framed

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Pawns Subscriber

I got #139. Was this book fulfilled in the order it was purchased? Meaning the number of the book correlates with the date and time the book was ordered?

Paizo Employee CEO

the Haunted Jester wrote:

I got #139. Was this book fulfilled in the order it was purchased? Meaning the number of the book correlates with the date and time the book was ordered?

Nope. The number everyone got is totally random. We took the first few low numbers and gave them to Wayne and the management team. The rest are stacked randomly and fulfilled randomly.

-Lisa

Shadow Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Still waiting. Can not wait though.

Shadow Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

By that I mean quite excited, by the way.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

There are so few words in this book, How is it that "gauranteed" made it through :(

Lovely art, love having this book.

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

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One of the first things I looked at once I opened the box:

#86 :)

So that's not bad. Now I have to figure out how to display it.


As an aside, I'm opening my box yesterday, with my son and girlfriend watching (and heckling):
girlfriend: "How much did that box cost us?"
me: "Uh ... I have to look."
girlfriend (insistently): "How much?"
me (after looking at sheet): Holds up 4 fingers and winces
girlfriend: "Four hundred dollars!! That's it, I'm going out tomorrow and buying $400 of clothes! You're going to have us living in a hovel filled with nothing but books and creepy figures!"
Son chimes in: "The hovel will be made of books."

Sheesh!

Shadow Lodge

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RE: The reproduction issues in this book. Copied from my post in the standard edition.

What pisses me off about this is the decision to make the limited edition. From Erik Mona's post, it seems clear to me that Paizo knew that quite a few of the images would be of a lesser quality. Yet they still advertised and sold what I can now only refer to as a cash-grab edition, at 50% higher of a price than the regular edition that people are expressing such disappointment over.

I was one of the stupid few who upgraded to the cash-grab edition. I feel really bad about it, because it was such a last minute decision...some of the books had already started to ship when I switched out.

Even the bad images are still pretty decent, but if I had it to do over again, I definitely would only get the standard edition...if that. After all, the point of the book is the art...if the best that some of reproduction of that art can live up to is "decent", then the book is rather a failure.

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