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The Sleeping Ancient by kingmong The Sleeping Ancient by kingmong
Hail Brethens!

This is a special cover for the "Damnation Crusades" Issue 3 comic. I suppose it's limited(I'm only guessing).

This is one of my more ambitious cover for the 40K series, because it has no action or war scene that many fans associate with. Glad I was given the chance to do something different.

Challenge is to show the Dreadnaught in a state of rest, yet not loosing the intimidation and strength of the Giant Machine.

I do hope it shows, the slumbering ancient. May he rest in eternal war.

Hail!
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:icontrollfeetwalker:
Trollfeetwalker Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Now wot oim gonna do iz sneak up real quiot loik, see...
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:iconmagnetoshelmet:
MagnetosHelmet Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
wolfenstein hint hint
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:iconzombiefx:
ZombieFX Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
this will be my new desktop for a long time *G*

hits the 2 best things ever:
space marines + mechanicum ;)
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:icondarthsithari:
DarthSithari Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
One can only imagine the deafening echo of those Behemoths... snoring.
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:iconarwestromen:
arwestromen Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
naaah....they look so peaceful whenthey are....on leave?
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:iconbantirat:
Bantirat Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont know why so many space marine is frightened of beeing a dreadnought...
It couldnt be wrong to be a mighty and giant, holy killermachine!
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:iconklinkhammer:
KlinkHammer Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
hey wait that sez tankre-

TANKRED ENDURES!!!
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:iconbiowolff:
BioWolff Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
AWESOME!!! :iconeeeeeplz:
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:icondwarfboy:
dwarfboy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
you are amazing
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:iconsquid4428:
squid4428 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010   Interface Designer
so what exactly is going on here? i love the picture, but i don't know any story.
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:iconninerskirata:
ninerskirata Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Nice man. Black templars all the way.
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:iconroach-lord:
roach-lord Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
a resting dreadnaught is hard. an un-intimidating one that isn't blown open? i can't see it. excellent piece!
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:iconsuzumeghost13:
SuzumeGhost13 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
DREADNOUGHT FUCKING ROCKS!!
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:iconnerv072:
nerv072 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
What an awesome job
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:icona-kwon118:
A-Kwon118 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
awesome man and dont dreadnoughts hold like half dead astartes in them that controls the machinery???
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:iconundyingnapalm:
undyingnapalm Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
yeah if a space marine battle brother is criticaly wounded they throw them in a dreadnought shell and they gain a killing machine
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:iconwillhellm:
Willhellm Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is only mostly true. Its not all battle brothers, just the greatest of them. Chapter Masters, Chaplains and the like. And I believe, although I could be wrong on this, but I believe there are only a certain amount of them, due to it being a technological dark age and the Mechanicus not knowing how to build these anymore.
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:icona-kwon118:
A-Kwon118 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
yea :D
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:icondfw-boy:
dfw-boy Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
I've always liked that idea of the dreadnought. Sure it's a powerful machine, getting it's stomp face on when it comes to engagements with the enemy, but I've always liked the idea that they were basically motorised coffins...and that one had to "awaken" them during certain times...

I think you've captured that remarkably! Well done!
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
brilliant!!! i fucking love dreadnought! +fav!
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:iconspiritualmonkey:
Spiritualmonkey Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
[MAKES THE SIGN OF THE AQUILA]

Ave Imperator!
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:icongundamrx79:
gundamrx79 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i love that series i ran all over the place to get all the issues cuz hardly anyone carries them
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Thaddeus-Swordthrow Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
holy crap, praise be to the emperor!

tha't the best thing of my life, and i'm pretty sure Black Templars win at life.

; )
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:iconxtermination:
Xtermination Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GOOOooooo Dreadnoughts! w00t
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:icongrey-fell:
Grey-Fell Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008   Interface Designer
Damn dude, just gets better and better - would love to see you hit up Ancient Rylanor from the Horus Heresy books...... seeing as we never know if he was returned to the emperors side!
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:iconpiotrasss:
piotrasss Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
f**king awesome!!!!
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:iconiwan13:
iwan13 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
For the Emperor!
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:iconsecretservicedentist:
Secretservicedentist Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Like the subdued colors.
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:icontindomeril:
Tindomeril Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
eew...

Even when sleeping that thing is nasty.

I lovehate dreads.

They are cool, they are big, but they hurt my poor Eldar army T__T
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:iconphobos-romulus:
Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Extremely cool and atmospheric. Well done.
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:iconmadottsel:
MadOttsel Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
It may be dormant but it still has a presence..
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:iconmisterscourge:
MisterScourge Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just great!
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:iconcaptain-varro:
Captain-Varro Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He could wake up any moment now... or remain there for decades or even centuries, ready to spring into action to fight for the Emperor. :+fav:
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:iconpainor:
painor Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
nice work!
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:iconzombiesatemyyoghurt:
Zombiesatemyyoghurt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Tankred endures.
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:iconp47thunderbolt:
p47thunderbolt Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Awesome picture! :)
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:iconthemasterpyro:
themasterpyro Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
very nice are you taking requests? i have a good one of a similar type
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:iconamanjets:
amanjets Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
that is AMAZING!!!!
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:iconbl-ok01:
bl-ok01 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Damn nice Dreadnaught like the battle damage:+fav:
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:iconradioblur:
radioblur Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning. Beautiful and menacing all at once. definitely one of the finest 40k pieces out there today.
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:iconmohdhm:
mohdhm Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007
may he REST? in ETERNAL? war!?

I loved the twisted irony there... he probably would rest in service of the emperor.
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Falcon- Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my favorites by you, top notch.
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:iconbotchiball:
botchiball Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
very nice - you totally achieved a menacing state of rest : ).
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:iconjailgurdnegative:
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm speechless
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:icondevilman13:
devilman13 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Even in Death I still serve!

Nice Work
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:icongrzala:
Grzala Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Great stuff

Now we just need to find where those imperials hide them and grant them... eternal sleep.

Death to the false Emperor!!!
Death to the weakImperium of man!!!
oh and my favourite XD :
Iron within. Iron without. <---monothone chant..
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:icongrzala:
Grzala Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Crap those net failures... I didnt. even aknowledged that previous was sent.....

TWICE!!! @_@
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:icongrzala:
Grzala Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Now all we gotta do is find out where are those imperials keeping them.... and grand them a really eternal sleep.
Death to the false Emperor!!!
Death o the weakling imperium of man!!

(great thing really!!! :D)
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:icongrzala:
Grzala Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Now all we gotta do is find out where are those imperials keeping them.... and grand them a really eternal sleep.
Death to the false Emperor!!!
Death o the weakling imperium of man!!

(great thing really!!! :D)
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joemighty16 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007
Intimidating is not the word....it is WAY intimidating - the sleeping giant....for now....
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