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Shield of Baal: Tyranids vs Flesh Tearers

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Illustration for Shield of Baal: Exterminatus campaign supplement.

The book is filled with stunning art so you may want to check it out: www.games-workshop.com/en-WW/S…
or get a digital version: www.blacklibrary.com/all-produ…

That piece was pretty fun to paint. I mean sometimes you struggle to get the things work and sometimes it flows to you effortlessly. I'm eager for cinematic lighting, look and feel as well as for action packed scenery so I'm happy I was able to pull it out here.

© 2014 Games Workshop
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DarthMcBob's avatar
So... they're choosing to stand out in the open, right in front of fortress walls?

At least they'll look cool for the few seconds before they're surrounded and made into snack food.
Lancer787's avatar
Common sense is non existant in the grimdarkness of the 41st millenium.
agnidevi's avatar
agnidevi Digital Artist
...and these suits and guns are totally impractical against the swarm. They should use tactical nukes or at least multiple rocket launchers with thermobaric warheads.
BULLETPROOFCHEETAH's avatar
This is gorgeous!
Ashoof's avatar
impressive.. isnt even enough of a word to describe your work.
agnidevi's avatar
agnidevi Digital Artist
Thank you!
Jaquio's avatar
wonderful so much detail!
do you have the process to share? how do you start??
agnidevi's avatar
agnidevi Digital Artist
Thank you!

Regarding the process, sorry I don't have one. It's a ton of work and not much fun to watch.
Jaquio's avatar
oh I see.. but the technique has a name ? seems something related to displacement maps.. but I can´t figure out how to search for more info
thank you :)
agnidevi's avatar
agnidevi Digital Artist
No, it's not a 3d image so there is no displacement maps. Basically I use the same approach as artists at VFX houses - the image is a comp of layers (background, sky, fortress, dust, mud, fire, tyranids, marines etc.). Check out ILM channel on youtube for some ideas: www.youtube.com/user/ILMVisual…
Jaquio's avatar
very cool!
thank you :)
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kjarnold Digital Artist
The atmosphere is very cinematic.
ROUKXI's avatar
sooooooEPIC
Deathwingpls's avatar
So this is the game where starcraft was ripped off from or reverse?
DaveWitchit's avatar
Starcraft was originally going to be a 40k game but they decided to go in a different direction.
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ShadowRaptor89Student Artist
reverse
TheMonkeysUnkle's avatar
Are you saying Warhammer 40k ripped off Starcraft?
ShadowRaptor89's avatar
ShadowRaptor89Student Artist
no. I was saying that starcraft took inspiration off of warhammer 40k.
canniart's avatar
canniartHobbyist Photographer
wow so cool4
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spitfire-pandaHobbyist Writer
Fantastic!  Tyrannids are one of the more interesting WH40K races imo.  You did a great job with this battle scene :)
TheMonkeysUnkle's avatar
It's just too bad they aren't very good as a playable army right now.
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thevampiredioProfessional Digital Artist
oh my... this is glorious!!:D
why are the marines exploding thou? 
EbolaSparkleBear's avatar
Because they're too awesome and thus have to explode
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thevampiredioProfessional Digital Artist
i dont mind that. keep exploding!
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