Word is that Angus McBride has left us. Angus was a phenomenal artist, illustrating dozens of military history books for Osprey as well as many of the covers for Iron Crown‘s Middle-earth Roleplaying Game. I had the honor of having his artwork grace Cities of Middle-earth: Minas Tirith, to which I contributed some small bits.
Angus was always a professional, and his art made even the most fantastic things seem grounded and real. He created some of the best artwork ever seen for The Lord of the Rings, and he leaves behind a stunning body of work.