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Only War: Hammer Of The Emperor by ukitakumuki Only War: Hammer Of The Emperor by ukitakumuki
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Hi all! This was a cover done last year for Fantasy Flight Games' Only War: Hammer Of The Emperor. [link]

Big shout out to Zoe Robinson and Andrew at FFG for helping to produce this :)

I hope I did the Kasrkin justice for the IG fans out there! I wanted to evoke a sense of courage amidst fear and uncertainty, the flamer lighting the way and the plasma gunner scanning warily from the shadows as their team leader steps into the darkness ahead.
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Vorbote Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
emperor! That picture is so awesome!:)
Ashofthewilliams Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Student General Artist
is that a dead karskin to the bottom left?

thatoneguy105 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
Just another day in the greatest job ever the imperial guard! Sure you might get eaten by tyranids, beaten to suicide by orks, eviscerated by eldar, get your head blown off by tau, and many other horrible, unimaginable deaths could happen to you especially if chaos gets involved, but hey! You got a cool laser gun, awesome space armor, friends that'll die and fight by your side, a sharpened shovel, and a great God Emperor looking out for you, and everyone else in the Galaxy, so I'd say it's a fair trade off bud! Let's go kick some ass everyone! FOR THE EMPEROR!
fanglish Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Guardsmen look (and ARE) badass. It's just that they are normal guys fighting off against vastly superior foes. The best part is not only they are holding up but more often than not they are winning too.
daftpunky Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
Great work sir!
alithking Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
They look great and badass, excellent art work, congratulations!
Black-Sweater Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kasrkin Squad...HELL YEAAAH!
SoveriegnofTruth Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Head:I need to scratch. Middle guy:The wind is going north!
Dewman94 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
By far my favorite Only War Cover. 
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist
The Emperor Protects!
Real185Darkorder Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Can i use this pic for my youtube channel?
and nice pic ;) (Wink)
Greetings Darkorder
SenInt Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't describe how awesome this is... >_<
Qalort06 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
It was this piece of artwork that got me interested in Only War. 
Hey1994 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Awesome :D
Talancir Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
IG Kill Team, go!
The-Harbinger-FA Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Kasrkin: "Problem, Astartes?"
thenotsowelltaught Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
the only thing I could say is,you manifested the very essence of warhammer 40k.very grim and frightening,just how war should's incredibly dramatic and the brilliance of it is just undescribable.
Mits-Giotix Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
As an IG fan, I have to say that this is awesome!
Tobiz0rs Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Holy shit amazing!
adam-brown Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great.  Love the colours.
thorpsy100 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
So what did this? Chaos?
Agarwaen-Mormegil Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Awesome work. Man, this is brilliant. Headbang! 
FoxForrester Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Imperial Guard... Because a true hero isn't the man in heavy armor, with super powers, the knight in shining armor who saves the day. A true hero is a man, like any other, who shows honor and valor. It's easy to be bold behind a castle gate, in a tank, or when you've been genetically modified to be a super soldier... but to also show such courage in combat despite the fact you're vulnerable... that's true courage, and that's true heroism.

I may not like the Empire for the heavy Christian overtones... but I can respect the Imperial Guard. :)
DarkStatic Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The imperial guard; mostly cannon fodder, but still awesome in their own right.
KurtMetz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
frikkin beautiful
Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
What I love most, are the bolter impacts first on the wall, and then on the chest of the guardsman. Those guys seems to be on the trail of some traitor astarte and that takes some guts!
A6A7 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
This, my friend, is one of the best IG pictures I've ever seen - and my faourite as I love Cadians :D
TomZanovich Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
It is my favorite picture ever...
killersteel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
...How the hell does someone draw this without months of time and the most extreme Photoshop work I've ever seen?
Firestorm851 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
incredible, do u ever try with the Tyranids??!!Clap
randomeye713 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Those are some interesting ships in the sky above the troopers
definitely human imperium, but I've never seen them before
jw24878 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
its likely a dropship that is a smaller version or same one of what you see on the cover art to the codex
narrva Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
If they're kasrkin, they should be wearing crapace armor.  Not flak armor.

Still, this is an incredible piece.  I especially like seeing the landers.  After all, canon has provided one lander (the wedge shaped one with two heavy las-cannons), the Space Marine game showed a blunt prowed rectangular one, now you've shown a third that makes perfect sense for the Guard to use.

I also like the kill mark son the side of the center man's lasgun.
mikethemadness Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also hellguns, not lasguns. But bugger me if this isn't an awesome picture of Cadians being badass.
AOGRAI Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Abso... Kool my fav too!
Kahote Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I'm a long time IG player and fan. You do us proud with this. Excellent job.
TONEKID Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Wow I can't stop looking at this.. Masterpiece!!
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
And they all died gloriously!  :dummy:
ezioauditore97 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
You did do them justice!
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist

I agree on both you point and the message under it

stargazer093 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
just sayin.. from the handle of that gun.. it seem to be hellgun used by kasrkins, yet kasrkin hellgun does not use energy magazine, they use outer power source instead :/
Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
This would make a badass recruitment poster. The tagline would be "We strutt for The Emperor."
andylc Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
I don't feel fear or uncertainty, I see the kasrkin struttin' around like they own the place, hahah. Faith in the Emperor is the strongest armor and the sharpest sword!
TheMonkeysUnkle Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Space Marines are only as good as they are because they are built and armoured like tanks. These guys are the real imperial badasses.
andylc Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
And instead of being built and armored like tanks, the IG just use lots and lots and lots of actual tanks.

... and a really cheesy helicopter with too many lascannons.
TheMonkeysUnkle Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Yeah, but actual tanks are BIG. As in BIG TARGETS. And with the number of weapons most armies field that can one shot a tank (in the fluff anyways), they are also often deathtraps.

Also, what's the helicopter you're talking about called?
13wishes Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Looking awesome bro~! :D
Melkor13 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
For the emperor!
kleinespartaan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
That's all i can think of when i see this work.
Karskin are my favorite IG elite unit and you good sir really make them look glorious.
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