Back before I engaged Dejan Mandic to help define the look of ZWEIHÄNDER, I hired a local outfit called Outland Entertainment out of Lawrence, Kansas. This was three years before I had released the ZWEIHÄNDER ‘GRIMDARK’ Beta to the public. The early designs were done by Ger Curti, drawing upon The Riddle of Steel as its source of inspiration. Early feedback was somewhat positive, but it just didn’t look or feel right. See the early concepts from Ger Curti here
Although I ended the relationship with Outland Entertainment on a positive note, it helped draw into focus where the art direction of ZWEIHÄNDER should go to. Dejan Mandic, whom I had contracted to do some miscellaneous artwork earlier on in the process, came onboard shortly thereafter. His artistic vision brought everything into focus, and called back to John Blanche’s artwork from “The Enemy Within”. It certainly helped that Dejan was also a huge Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay fan! Dejan and I struck a deal shortly thereafter to have him become sole interior artist for ZWEIHÄNDER core book. We’re very lucky to have him on the team, and as our art director, he continues to shape the vision of the ZWEIHÄNDER line.
But Dejan is much more than a RPG artist. He has a wonderful portfolio of work in traditional art and other media. Check it out here!