Russ Nicholson is a British illustrator, who did extensive work for the Fighting Fantasy series, perhaps most notably being the interior illustrator of the first book, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.


Early LifeEdit

Nicholson was born in Glasgow, Scotland and lived most of his childhood life in the village of Dunning. After college he moved to England to pursue his career.[1]



Interior Illustrator

Fighting Fantasy GamebooksEdit

Fighting Fantasy NovelsEdit

Advanced Fighting FantasyEdit

Fighting Fantasy - Adventures of GoldhawkEdit

Other Fighting FantasyEdit

Warlock MagazineEdit

Outside of Fighting FantasyEdit

Nicholson's work outside of Fighting Fantasy remained firmly within the Fantasy genre. He worked on numerous Games Workshop products, including Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Warhammer 40,000 and on the magazine White Dwarf.

He imaginatively illustrated the published "episodes" of the Fabled Lands series, which was originally planned as an interactive "gamebook" to be published in 12 parts, created by Dave Morris and Jamie Thomson.

He also illustrated many creatures in the original Fiend Folio, along with a fellow Fighting Fantasy artist to be, Emmanuel. This was a UK contribution to the first edition of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons game. Noted mostly for his own distinct black and white style, he has also done several colour pieces as well.

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External LinksEdit


  1. Interview with Russ Nicholson on the Official Fighting Fantasy website