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CORVUS by NicolasRGiacondino CORVUS by NicolasRGiacondino
Good evening, distinguished watchers and watcherettes...

As someone mentioned over at the B&C (the Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine forum, for those of you not in the service of The Emperor [link] ), it's been almost two months since my last addition to the Libris Primaris. Of course, that last addition was made way back in June and there was the *ahem* baby affair in the middle. So, you know how it is...

But, for those loyal to the Emperor's finest, here is the latest favoured son in the ever thinning list of mighty legends I'm illustrating: Corax, Primarch of the Raven Guard Legion.

I really enjoyed working on this Primarch even though I often overlookd him in the fluff and his legion as a whole. They always struck me as a successor chapter, which was not the case at all. Funny, because I've always loved E.A. Poe, and there's lots of references in this legion's theme from that great horror author; the last words of Corax nonwithstanding: 'Nevermore'.

With this Primarch I tried to think of a darker version of Sanguinius of the Blood Angels, and I was happy to see that in the final version these two and my illustrations clearly underline their heritage, but accentuating's each brother's defining characteristics. Corax is much more of a predator, his features hard and crow-like. His wings are of hard metal and engineering and his raven's talons made to instill fear into his enemies and a sense of swift death, rather than the amazement and overwhelming feeling that Sanguinius must've projected, being much more radiant and gracious.

One other detail I loved painting was the background Forge World of Lycaeus, Corax's homeworld. It seems to me that these industralised, gritty, smoke and fog filled amospheres are what best represent the gothic foundations of the Dark Millenium.

But enough patting myself on the back. I hope you enjoy this legend of The early Imperium and let me know yout thoughts/comments/critiques as usual!

See you all soon!


Games Workshop Ltd. 2010
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Helghastslayah1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2019
I swear, best part of the Horus Heresy series for me is in the First Heretic as the Dropsite Massacre ensues. Just as it seems like the Raven Guard is about to be destroyed Corvus shows up and starts carving up traitors like there's no tomorrow. Pure awesome.
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2019  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed 100%! :nod:

Billus88 Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
My favorite Primarch. And one of the most underused by GW. I'm glad to see someone doing him justice.

The bone white armor is very elegant. Looks like it's a negative image of the regular Raven Guard livery; I find it a nice way to set him apart from the regular Space Marine without really setting him apart. It also points out both Corax's confidence and skill: he is so good at being sneaky that he doesn't even need to wear all black. And if someone can spot him, then it's time for the claws and not camouflage. It may not be the most professional suit for him, but I really like it.

Now that you make me think about it, there indeed is some similarity between Corax and Sanguinius. Pity they never appear together.
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Pariahnecron Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
Kitten:,,Is that Corvus Corax?"
3892 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
Corvus: "Oh great, it's Magnus. Saved from my compact, environmentally friendly prison of misery by a traitor."
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Another splendid illustration of a paragon who makes Space Marines look small - but could he win in a sneak-off with Mkoll?
weirenlim Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Mkoll is a master of stealth. This dude... is MADE of stealth. :D
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
 Truly it would be a battle for the Ages … if anyone were actually able to follow the process of these two sneaky, sneaky gentlemen!
a2dmfk Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
My favorite primarch.  I wish I could Fave this multiple times.
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

didakya Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Awesome man, your style is awesomely awesome
thepoweroflogic Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He always struck me as somewhere between sanguinius in nobility and curze in predatory nature, but he was never as radiant as the former or sadistic as the latter, this sketch is perfect in my opinion for the Raven Guard's primarch, just awesome mate.
blackcore11 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
wow, nice job.
zibzero777 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Hit and Run Tactics! Awesome!
Morinki Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
his Face combined with those lightning claws.......damm!! very well done
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
wellis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
I've been looking at all your 40K artwork, especially the Primarchs, and they are cool! Will you be doing the Ultramarines Primarch, Roboute Guilliman, anytime soon?
Sytho Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this Picture! Corax is my favorite primarch by far i love his story and even though its sad it has such an impact on the heart and drive a spacemarine should always have for his emperor.
RavenGrant Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Saw your work briefly in the Vigilia Mortis forums , then i saw this Guard are my favourite chapter and this is just stunning...truly stunning...bravo
Kalthrop Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Absolutely amazing! I've been waiting for you to do Corax for a loong looong time, and now that you've finally done it. It's gone beyond what i imagined. Good job!
follege Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
I4nR132 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
you're missing 2 primarchs (Roboute Guilliman and Lorgar) jus sayin....BUT I LOVE ALL OF YOU ART!!!!!!!!! IT'S AMAZING!!!!!!!
PhoenixWarFather Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
I think he's missing 3 yet.
Night Haunter - Night Lords
Roboute Guilliman - Ultramarines
Lorgar - Word Bearers
I4nR132 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
AngaelWings Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student General Artist
great pose! was wondering where you put the sword given to him by the emperor? great work, fave!
ghostwulf Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
amazing as always! love it... keep it up man!
Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'll have to admit that while I absolutely love the lineart... the black/white contrast is a little.... too strong... My mind has a very hard time figuring out what is what, especially at a glance. Could use a little more "perspective shading" as in the frontmost arm be lighter, the body/head middletoned, and the far arm a little more darkened.

After a while the image starts to make perfect sense, but at a glance it hurts a bit
Lazar-wolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
excellant work, but doesn't he use a heavy bolter and a whip as weapons. he only made claws after the istvaan massacre in the horus heresy books
BrotherCain Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
It's a minor detail. I think people would be more confused if they saw him without his iconic "Raven's Talons" lightning claws. (Though you're correct on the timeline in that being post drop site massacre.) I'm not sure if many people picked up the Raven's Flight, so Corax wielding a power whip would seem odd to them.
fredrikslicer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
isn't shriek the owner of the Raven's talons these days?
BrotherCain Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Well, the Raven's Talons belong to the chapter, but Shrike is the current Raven Guard awarded their use. When he falls the claws will return to the chapter to be awarded to someone new who exemplifies Corax and all that he stands for.
fredrikslicer Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Yes someone who has the same taste for good poetry and an undying hate for the Iron Warriors... I mean gureilla warfare.....ehm
ElementOfChaos Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Great rendition, as always! Yet another wonderful piece.
BrotherCain Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Stunning as ever! I'm not sure I could have asked for anything better of my favorite primarch :D The subtle details that you picked out in him are great: his avian facial features, the small raven shapes in the background, the shading around his eyes. I agree with ~MajesticChicken that the cream color works perfectly to contrast the the black accents in his armor and hair without being too stark. I even liked the simple belt pouches, giving him a more tactical/practical feel, less of a parade ready/pomp and circumstance sort of primarch like Dorn or Guilliman.

It is sad that the Raven Guard have been left more or less by the wayside as far as fluff goes- they are such a compelling and unique founding chapter that it would have been nice to see them play a bigger role than "one of the three portrayed at the drop site massacre." Given that develops the chapter even more into who they are today. That said, they have been getting some love recently with the Horus Heresy book "Raven's Flight" and the book "Hunt for Voldorius". The first following Corax during the massacre, the latter Shrike working alongside the White Scars, another limited-fluff founding chapter. Both highly recommended!

Keep up the good work, Nic!
KurtMetz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Simply sweet.
Thebuild Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Great work Nic, love the idea of having him with a jump pack and duel lighting claws, fits him perfectly.
Wargur Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
It vile be intresting to see the dark primarch Konrad Curze of The Night Lord in the future.
Intelliraptor Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Great. Is this markers? I would have thought so but you mention painting. It's great nevertheless, I love his and your style : P The feathers, raven skulls, colour of his armour, and the (aztec?) designing on his shoulderpads. Great Work! :D
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is markers indeed, m'lady. I do use some oil pastels for glow effects and gel pens for the added light sparks, so that's why I consider this more of a painting, than a drawing.

Thank you for the compliments!

Rhunespire Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Oustanding work.
damonx99 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Man, I just cant say bad things about your work man. Its a treat as always to check out your awesome style man. You rock it and do it justice to its roots.

Keep it up amigo, and best wishes to the Fam too.
CaylexTimewise Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad that you cut down on the weird light-emitting circles on this one, sorry for always latching onto that... >.<

But I love the way you do whites, they're always interesting to look at and seem to take more work rather than less to do. The bird skulls aren't too much but they're there, and you managed to squeeze in both businesslike and ornate in his design. I'm really impressed with this one.
tcraigen Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
very cool, Im loving the white armour and black trim he has. The feathers are a great touch
llMonstersll Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
Only three left. Konrad Curze, Roboute Guilliman, and Lorgar.

I'm tickled pink about all of these, especially Lorgar. He is so under defined and kind of blah in appearance in 30k, and you basically have to try to make him as badass and imposing (or diametric) as he is now as the epitome of a chaos daemon prince, all the while conveying his deep and unshakable belief and power as an enigmatic spiritual beacon.

I don't envy you, but man I'm psyched :)
ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice concept for Corax.

I like how you made his armor more bone white then black. It would really set him apart from the rest of his Chapter. Though, I'm a little surprised you didn't work some red onto the armor somewhere. Aside from the purity seals.

And I agree. They DO seem more like a successor chapter. In fact, until you said otherwise, I had always assumed just that. Very odd...

But anyway, another fine Primarch. :)
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i always love crows and ravens. so naturally raven guard is one of my fav legion. eventhough i not a mahreen player. lol
Son-of-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
That's pimp...
Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You know, it is interesting. I have never knew that much about the Raven Guard and after reading about them, realised how undeserved their obscurity is. They are a really cool chapter! As for your rendition, well... It is Corvus, and you have certainly made him look like Edgar Allen Poe while somehow managing give the Primarch his own identity. Maybe it is the lack of moustache.
fredrikslicer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
moustaches makes everything better
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