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Games Workshop Codex: Black Legion by ukitakumuki Games Workshop Codex: Black Legion by ukitakumuki
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This was my first Codex Supplement done for GW, under the art direction of Darius Hinks! The brief was to create a companion cover to the formidable Raymond Swanland's Chaos codex. Although the initial brief seemed pretty straightforward, I wanted to offer to the fans of said codex faction(s) at least some kind of visual narrative that represents the faction; and the idea of him standing in the rain, not just holding, but slowly crushing the helmet of a fallen Ultramarine seemed to be a decent idea to go with, one that also answered the other creative parameters of the brief. In an attempt to give some context to the background, an earlier version sported purple lightning coming down from the warp storm behind the Legion CSM as a nod to their 'roots', but it proved to be too distracting.

Other bits for my inner fanboyy:
-Folding grip on living bolter, trigger also demonically fused with trigger finger... because CHAOS THATS WHY! :D
-Reverse melee blade bolted to pistol grip.
-I was working off reference sent to me, and those featured pretty heavily corrupted Legionnaires. But after doing some more reading, I felt it might be also interesting to only partially corrupt him to show er, more facets of this marine's personality, (after all they embody chaos undivided doctrine) in this case mainly his upper body and firing arm, leaving the other parts relatively clean for contrast. I chose to give him base armour trim that to me felt kind of proud enough to be from the sons of Horus, and not overly gruesome, not too frilly and nutty since the corrupted bits literally had trim folding into itself, like on the living right pauldron. Then again maybe all this is lost on you chaos fans out there that might think its still 200 demonic tendrils short of being worthy of chaos... :D Let me know! Actually.. don't :D

"-Some people just want to see the... galaxy...burn."
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AndreeaLupsaNL Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Good artwork
DeadKnight1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017
The Description... Are you an official artist for GW?
Epifairos Featured By Owner May 9, 2017
"To be, or not to be..." :D
But this guy seems to see it clear: "Not to be"
DarthMcBob Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
Why do the CSM insist on sticking horns and spikes on everything?
MasterRJ Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Because they are edgy I guess. Traitors who think that THEY themselves have been betrayed.
CaseyR1226 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student General Artist
would love a job at GW..  been on Warhammer, all my life.. I live it, I breath it.  It is my only wish in life..  40K All the way.. I played, I painted, I customized, I drew, and now I am doing digitally..  still working on the digital portion.  Dream of dreams.
alithking Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Awesome art work.
MrGreen37 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
Basically these guy's are the Grey knight's of chaos. 
Empyronaut Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
When I saw this on the cover of the codex for the first time, I instantly thought that this is the best pic of a CSM I´ve ever seen. And nothing changed that since then, no matter how much pictures I look at or whatever. Reading 
Whoever wants to draw the most epic and fear spreading CSM in the world, has to beat this picture IMO. You`ve set a new standard. Worship 
I have spoken... Stare 
SoveriegnofTruth Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
Omfg.That is the definition of intimidating
Sugarlog Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Nope; Intimidate - This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.
SoveriegnofTruth Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
That's nor WHAT I meant
VikingWarband Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is my all-time favorite piece of Warhammer 40k artwork. Amazing job.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm most honoured by your 3D rendition of  this character!!! Lovely attention to detail, great  imaginative filling in of the blanks and melding with your own taste where required!
ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That is wicked awesome
J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This rocks!!!! Beast Black Legion!! Super!
Real185Darkorder Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Can i use this pic for my youtube channel?
and nice pic ;) (Wink)
Greetings Darkorder
DrewK27 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Wow superb art! I really like the details in this piece!
galvorbak99 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Good to see he has trigger discipline!
Wyzilla Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Easily among the best paintings of a Chaos Space Marine, if not all of Warhammer 40k.
RaymondMinnaar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awesome stuff    
donizohar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
amazing :D
CapnNOMN Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013

Hi. You're amazing! If you could take a quick second to answer this, you would honestly change my life: What do I physically need to do during practice, each day, to eventually be able to create something like this?

Can you please break down exactly what one extremely motivated beginner student would need to do, each & every day when he or she sits down to practice, in order to create these incredible photorealistic 2d digital drawing/paintings from my imagination?

I've been trying some stuff, but I still suck!! 

Can you please make me, like, a list?!!!! So I can then go out and explore those topics? Or at least tell me what I need to physically be doing with my practice time? 

If there's any books/DVDs/tutorials, please share!

Thank you for trying to help!

tenpeoplez Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
you should begin with the very beginning of all things : fundamentals like construction drawing, perspective, anatomy, lighting, color, composition and stuff like that; Gnomon and CG Master Academy have some DVDs on fundamentals,  I can recommend watching FZD channel on youtube, it gives a good insight on the whole industry and techiques; start with drawing on paper everyday, don't switch to a graphic tablet until you're comfortable with drawing on paper, because drawing digitally is a lot harder to get used to, start with learning construction drawing, begin with simple stuff and gradually move to more complex stuff ... and GOOGLE is basically you're best friend, that's how I'm learninig it ... good luck
CapnNOMN Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Thanks dude. Still dying to hear from this guy, too!
Bhorren Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Freaking amazing :D!!!!!!
LaCabezaDelCastor Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Epic piece! Cheers!
The-Avatar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Argel-Tal/Raum.:)
Evill-Bob Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Okay... wow... so, there's that...
Pavel-Sokov Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013   General Artist
Liking this a lot. Your portrayal of metal is very satisfying. My only complaint is that you pierced his middle horn with a ring piercing which kinda got on the silly side for me and took me out of the painting a bit. The pistol design is great and I love the idea of fused trigger finger. 

Love seeing your Warhammer work. Hope to be working alongside you with GW one day.
DARTHTURDER12 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
die heretic
captureubuntu Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
SPARTN072 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is an incredible piece of work. I am a huge fan of the Warhammer 40K universe. I don't play the game but the mythology that is Warhammer 40K is just amazing. I could only dream of  having talent like this. You should do one of some Eldar Harlequins in combat with some Tau.
jaknife79 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
What's that? My power-armor is taking over my body? No, my body is taking over my power-armor  lol
"because Chaos that's why!"  very well put!  
I love how terrifying it is that they are being transformed in so many ways at the same time, and the path leading up to it for all of them started with one decision
Tr01ka Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student General Artist
So it's yours!
karichristensen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional
Nice man! Great armor:)
Zeta-Demon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i was reading on the wiki's about a renegade god, a chaos god that wants to kill the other chaos gods, and i just wonder if they will bring in any direct  pieces for this god because he seems pretty badass 
but for this cover art i like it alot, it just makes me want to convert to chaos even more
SirRinge Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
MMMmm....Hm...MMMMmmm....what was his name again? He disappeared in second edition though, didn't he?

Also, there's another one of unbelief. So the more worshipers he has, the weaker he gets. So consequently, he only has one worshiper who is overpowered xD
Vanhir Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
The renegade god is Malal, but he had to be removed due to legal reasons or... Something.
SirRinge Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, that's right. I remember that. Oh GW and it's constant legal issues with themselves and other people...
toht981 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You've given the classic image of an eternity of slaughter and the laughter of thirsting gods!
ilsunh Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Jeez are you doing all the codes supplement covers?
pierreloyvet Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hooo yes! You killed my eyes one more time! I love that! Thanks for your amazing and motivating artworks :)
nam3l3ss Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm diggin it...a demon who uses your twist..Kai.
Chaos it is.
gensanity Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Eruisar Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well this is awkward. Pressed the wrong button there.
p0p5 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
soo detail kai :D superb!!
XimonR Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Really awesome dude!
MarkReady Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional
White-Hellion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Really quite outstanding! The details you mentioned are all fantastic and make complete sense to me. :)  We all know artwork often sells the book... this should make the publishers very happy! :)
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