EDIT: Thanks so much to those who pointed out the crazy "cat-assisted" typo Edited some of the other details too while I was at it. I haven't gotten round to reading all your comments but so far I love reading all your ideas and your 40k fan feedback (and some wicked story ideas to boot)! Thanks especially to the fans for tolerating and even encouraging my heretical ideas ----------------------------------------------------------------------
I've always wondered what it would be like if the Imperial Guard managed to develop a relatively cheaper, weaker but still highly effective multi-role version of the Space Marine armour, and mass produced it.
Within this fantasy of mine, I thought that maybe on the further reaches of Imperium space, a different prototype pattern of power armour would be developed to
a) vastly boost the current performance and survivability levels of conventional IG frontline troops, with a focus on armour/gear modularity, especially commonality between parts so cannibalising for repairs while in the field is easy, and requisitioning spare parts out of field are also cost effective and hassle free.
b) Offer an extended lifetime of service to the Emperor for troops that have been crippled in battle. The IG Tactica armour would be able to accomodate amputees via a electronic gel interface membrane, without need to surgically graft the user to the armour. The armour can also switch to an autonomous combat mode should the wearer be killed, and the onboard tactical AI still functioning, in order to continue the fight.
Another feature of the armour pattern is an integrated second AI and servitor arm system inbuilt into the backpack. This both helps with load-bearing, combat multitasking and construction labour. Each soldier could thus effectively perform the role of a combat engineer, medic and stormtrooper all in one.
And no need for commissars to keep the troops in line, when you have an onboard AI that would gladly take over the reins!
Also for fun, I redesigned the Bolter somewhat so it would have, to my mind, a more straightforward layout and construction. At least the chamber, ejection port and barrel line up (That's been bugging me for years.)
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Breaking the radio silence! Finally got approval to release some screen friendlier versions of the Soul Drinker's covers I did for Black Library back in December; also a big shout out to Darius Hinks at Black Library/GW for being a great producer/art director on this!
"Semi glossy Purple in battle" was quite the challenge to work with for me, and I hope I did the Soul Drinkers justice to all you SD fans out there!
The general brief for the 3 covers was to have a tactical space marine, a captain, and lastly a dreadnought (being awoken). I thought it would be a neat idea to compose all the covers from a similar worms eye angle, not just for theatrics but rather to literally show the life cycle of a Space Marine as he fights and rises through the ranks, leading his brethren and eventually being entombed within a dreadnought to continue his tireless fight. I was told not to reference any notable characters of the SD lore and come up with my own designs. As such, a mini easter egg I had going just for shits and giggles was instead of the main character on each cover becoming the character in the subsequent cover, it was the background marine that made the evolution, implying that maybe the 'cover' characters never survived the cut. Whatevs. I hope you enjoy them regardless!
Hi all! Just got cleared by the wonderful Karen Miksza of the Black Library to post a piece of cover art I did for them at the start of this year. I cannot wait to get my hands on the actual book just from reading the artwork brief alone.
This is my rendition of Grimaldus of the Black Templars alongside a Celestial Lion champion, locked in a desparate last stand against waves of orcs, literally down to the last bolter round. I wanted to explore that idea of 'battle brothers' by making them look like they are fighting for each other, reacting to each others actions and truly fighting as one; the Lion unsheathing his knife mid-tactical reload, as an Ork lunges from behind some rubble at Grimaldus, who is in his zone, keeping the waves at bay. I also thought it was more intimate to position the camera as though we were one of the orks so we might also feel that maybe that uphill charge wasn't the best idea of the day.
For me, the single most terrifying thing about working for a property like 40K is trying to not piss off the hardcore fans at the very least . And because I keep receiving art briefs that involve multiple, often colourful chapters that I clearly don't know enough about, as an illustrator its often hard to balance the research/lore, storytelling and the idealised 'poster pic impact' that a cover artwork often represents. Long story short, this one was waaaay out of my comfort zone, yet somehow I was inspired to just push even farther out of my comfort zone (since I was in the deep end anyway) and paint a non-grimdark 40k piece. Broad daylight, gold, bright paint and fabrics, dark metal, ork skin, blood and sand, gore on the lens, bittersweet heroic atmosphere, focusing on balancing the sea of colours and story. It turned out to be one of my favourite images that I've done, forcing me to be more mindful of the many fundamental aspects of rendering that I take for granted and getting me to evolve my painting process along the way. For that I'm thankful And I sincerely hope the 40K fans amongst you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
Other bucketlist items I had to do for my inner 40K fan: -Give the Lion's modified Stalker pattern bolter a forward grip. Also give it plausible techno gothic rail system. The fact no one said anything makes me giddy with happiness. -As a tribute to Kevin Chin , former IFS colleague and now badass artist at Games Workshop itself, I styled Grimaldus' filter to a more boxy variety, the way he seems to like to when he draws most of his marines. I remember vaguely heated debates on whether triangle or boxy looked better back in the day... [link]
~Nothing shall evade our cleansing fire, not Daemon or Spawn or Renegade. Fore we are Man's Divine Blade!~
I had always wanted to try a painting on the mighty Space marines of the Warhammer 40k universe since I was first introduce to them when I started work in IFS. How else but to start with the mightiest amongst them, the Grey Knights.
I had the most fun during the research and studies of the chapter, and it really lifted my mood during the the entire period.
Hope I did them justice, no pun intended
P.S Forgot to add, 666 is the Chapter number of the Grey Knights for those who don't know Forgot to mention it, half assuming everyone is into 40k here
A spiritu dominatus, Domine, libra nos, From the lighting and the tempest, Our Emperor, deliver us. From plague, temptation and war, Our Emperor, deliver us, From the scourge of the Kraken, Our Emperor, deliver us.
From the blasphemy of the Fallen, Our Emperor, deliver us, From the begetting of daemons, Our Emperor, deliver us, From the curse of the mutant, Our Emperor, deliver us, A morte perpetua, Domine, libra nos. That thou wouldst bring them only death, That thou shouldst spare none, That thou shouldst pardon none We beseech the, destroy them.
Quite a number of watchers and supporters had been asking for the sisters when I started painting some 40K fanarts. I did tried some new techniques for this, so it probably look different from my usual work
Took me some time though, gonna juggle it between some work and national service duties. Thus I wasn't able to form a narrative for it, although the general idea was the Sisters cleansing a holy convent of it's Tyranid infestation.
And if you like a print, feel free to drop me a note
Still on my Warhammer 40k fever, this time a more common scene from Space Hulk. And this time painted while recovering from a bout of illness, which haven't subside....
I decided to change the lightning claws to something similar to a Zaku's heated axe blade with lightning properties.
Feel free to offer narrative
Narrative provided by
"Brother Donovan's boots clanged against the admantium floor, echoing across the surfaces before quieting. He scowled underneath his helmet, glaring at his auspex as if he could change it by glaring at it. But so far, no luck, It was still showing nothing save his own signal with none of his brother's signals appearing. He had fallen into a shaft several hours ago and had been walking continuously since then. Turning into a vast empty space, which appeared to be the terminus of several different paths, he halted a moment, looking at each one and tried to gauge the likelihood that one of them would take him back to his brothers. A scuttling sound broke into his thoughts, causing him to flick out his lightning claws in response. Gazing at his auspex, he noted that it had registered several faint signatures that it had dismissed as errors. Donovan however had fought on Space Hulks before and knew that most likely he was about to be attacked by genestealers. Grinning, he activated the power cells of his lightning claws, glad to be able to take out his anger on something. Besides he noted, if any of his brothers were down the corridors they would hear the fighting. His thoughts were interrupted by the screaming of a genestealer as it leaped at him from an alcove, bearing down on him with fangs bared and claws raised. He stabbed it in the abdomen, sticking the thing on their like a trophy. Before he could get it off however, more came and soon his boots were splashed with their ichor as he hacked and smashed them aside with his claw and the first corpse."
A fan art I created for the GW Games Day back in 2010 (or was it 2011?). I spent soooo much with this little bastard, which ended up not looking specially good, but made me learn a lot from my mistakes.
Welcome back friends, the saga of my Black Templar painting finally comes to a close here! After what seems like an eternity of leaning against my Cintiq, the Black Templar (and a few friends) are now ready to strike force and burn a holy path through the forces of darkness.
This piece took a super long time to do... I honestly can't gauge it accurately but it's somewhere in the ballpark of 14+ hours, possibly even 18 or 20.
Everything was done in Adobe Photoshop and (if you are kind enough to wait) you can view the PROCESS VIDEO for this piece tomorrow once I edit my screen recordings and begin narration. When the video is ready, I'll make sure to make a big, ugly update at the top of this painting's description so that everyone can see. :-D
Thanks for checking out my piece, I really hope you like it. Once again, don't forget to check out my blog... there's good stuff there, I promise.
EDIT: I finally took time to go in and make their heads smaller, like they should be. They looked too much like the miniatures before
the Blood Angels Death Company are about to get this party started! I'm going to try and make a couple of 40k pieces... got to decide what to do on the next one... hmmm Orks? Tau?.. both? It needs to be more chaotic though! I want blood and movement! Hell yeeaw
I've had this lying around half finished for a while so I decided to give it some time and wrap it up! Was challenging nailing all the planes of the XV8 Crisis Battlesuit. Thankfully games workshop have 360degree images of their miniatures, and they really came in handy and helped me out a lot. Thanks for lookin'