The art for the 1988 board game endures, but creating it wasn’t a straightforward experience for Les “I probably get more enquiries about this painting than any other. I’m sure I could have sold it ten times over. Unfortunately, the client bought all the artwork for this game as part of the deal so I no longer have it. Now that fans of the game are grown up they often get in touch wanting more information. Apart from making me feel ancient, it’s quite a boost to realise that something I painted is remembered with such affection by a lot of people.
This wasn’t a particularly easy job as the client was very demanding. It was chiefly concerned that the background characters should accurately reflect the miniatures in the game, which had already been designed. My main concern was dealing with what was, for someone used to painting book covers, an unusual shape. Fitting the central figure into the landscape shape of the box was something of a problem, as I wanted him to be large enough to dominate the composition so his pose is a bit more crouched than I’d like. On the other hand it was great to be let loose on something like this and I really got my teeth into painting it.”