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!
This was an image that started life as a speedpainting-collab session at STGCC 2010 between Daryl Tan([link]) and myself. The idea came about when I brought my rough sketch of some space marines to be used as a starting point for my live demo, only to find out that he was painting a similar piece, albeit at a slightly different angle. So feeling adventurous, I mentioned to him how I thought it would be cool to see how our 2 different images could be amalgamated into one and ended up compositing my sketches around his marines, and going from there. It was a very interesting challenge and I learnt a great deal from the process, because it was more of an art-conversation between us and a practice in simply making use of what's there to begin with while melding 2 separate styles into 1.
By the end of the session we saved the file and agreed to continue from that point in our own time. I'm really looking forward to his rendition!
My final version turned out very different from what I was going for initially (desert scheme marines with a tacti-cool twist) because I learnt he was collecting a Space Marine army of his own, one with a Blood Angel style scheme, and decided to homage it in this image here Hope you like it dudel!
~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
-Talos Valcoran also known as the Soul Hunter, is a member of First Claw, 10th Company, Night Lords Legion. He is somewhat of a prophet among his warband, for he, like his gene-father Konrad Curze before him, bears the curse of foreknowledge.
Talos was recruited into the Legion relatively late in the Great Crusade, after Night Haunter had left Nostramo and after it had begun to slip back into its degenerate ways. Throughout the Crusade and the Horus Heresy he was an Apothecary of the same company. He is noted to have been within the Primarch's inner circle, conversing with him many times in private.
Following Konrad Curze's death, Talos was the first to hunt the assassin M'Shen in the name of vengeance, even though this disobeyed his Primarch's last order. The rest of the legion tried to dissuade him from the hunt, but he was committed. The rest of his Legion only joined the hunt when they realised that the assassin had also stolen several of the Legion's relics (including the Corona Nox), which many captains believed were theirs to inherit. Talos didn't care for such trinkets, only for vengeance in his father's name. M'Shen was eventually killed by the Soul Hunter after the Night Lords' fleet gave chase to her vessel and after the subsequent Eldar ambush.
Talos' relentless pursuit of his fathers assassin is the reason for his namesake Soul Hunter, "One soul. You will hunt one shining soul while all others turn their backs on vengeance" 1 Hence meaning that whilst all other Night Lords will weep for their father and not engage as ordered, Talos will ignore orders and launch into relentless pursit of M'Shen in the name of vengeance for his dead father-
Did this after one of my viewer from the other pieces asked me to try. Been fun working on it, starting out using it as a demo piece during one of the local events. It took me quite a while to finish it while I juggle work in between, and only get to work on it in between jobs as a method of relaxation.
But it's finally done now hahah... shall try a tank or something else next.....
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'