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Warhammer: The Gates Of Azyr by ukitakumuki Warhammer: The Gates Of Azyr by ukitakumuki
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Illustration © Games Workshop
Art director/producer: Darius Hinks

Hi all! Long time no post, life's been hectic lately as I'm working on a really fantastic project that is close to heart and that I will share very soon, but otherwise no complaints!

Anyways, this is a piece I did for GW back sometime September '14... long story short, it was supposedly the box art for a then-secretly titled project with another alias (as you do!). Thinking it was for 40K, I wet myself slightly from sheer honour and agreed on the spot only to find out when the brief arrived that it was for Warhammer Fantasy, and not only that, but a new rebirth of the franchise. Don't get me wrong, it is a big deal in most respects, but just struck me as strange given what I've been doing for GW for the years we've worked together to be entrusted with their new Fantasy IP, quite surprising really.

When I found out the subject matter and saw the Zbrush models of the finalised designs I knew it was going to be one heck of a challenge. Also, since I suck at worming my way out of epic gigs like this one and with my producer Darius pulling the almighty friendship card, and a bolter to the skull, I kinda had to do it. ;p

I put a lot of love into this, keeping as faithful to the models as required but stretching the aesthetic where I felt necessary. I was also entrusted with conceptualising/visualising the backdrop to the conflict, with a brief that was equal parts frightening and hilarious(in a holy shit thats batshit insane way). At the time, the working faction-name provided was that they were Stormcasts, and going by the idea that they would be deep striking in on bolts of lighting and had the ability to literally whip up a storm the image of a supercell came to mind, and that the commander with the cape of stars would be swinging his hammer almost sympathetically with the swirls of the raging storm, so it would almost look like he was "painting" a storm. The fact that it was also to be a world of fire and lava and chaos constructs, and also perfectly inspired by the trailer of 2014's Into The Storm... I thought it was a perfectly valid idea to have a vortex of fire being drawn up to add some contrast in the background and better frame the action :) Also, I figured a spikey lensflare would be a nice way to impart a pseudo-biblical feel (as was requested) and chosen to aesthetically match the "hardlight" shards on the flying Stormcasts and hopefully look like one that you can get with human eyesight, not your hollywood trendy anamorphic flares. Stuff like that keeps me going on pieces such as these!

Alas, this eventually made it onto the cover of Gates of Azyr instead of that box; I suspect it was due to the fact that it wasn't "epic scaled conflict" enough as is the expectation for all things Warhammer Fantasy, but I did my best and pulled out all the stops to to meet the brief and make this happen in the time given, so I have no regrets otherwise. :) 
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UrbanFrolof Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
Well, one has to make money on something I guess. Regardless it's a fantastic artpiece. But Age of Sigmar......
snapdragon12 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
I do not consider the end times OR the age of sigmar canon. But you painted this very well and I cannot in good conscious complain about the amount of love that was put into this piece.
Trojan117 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
I like to consider "Age of Sigmar"" as what would a Bright Wizard dreams of when he's high on shrooms.
ink5000 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
fantastic work. :thumbsup:
adardarnov Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
So shiny and chrome!!
alithking Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
I love this epic art work and epic battle very good and fine job my friend, congratulations!
Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
If THIS wasn´t epic enough, Games Workshop is up for something huge.
Seriously, all in all, how many hours have you worked on this one piece?
taumich Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow i love your work man! I can only dream of finding the time or patience to finish my artworks to such a degree! Yet, this inspires me to keep trying :)
Jacob-Macabre Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Of all the new artwork in Age of Sigmar, this one is my favourite. The composition, the detail, ugh, it's all so epic! May GW always use your stuff! It's too good not to! :D
TheWarpHunter Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
This is very well done
Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Wowsers! :wow:
kawaiku Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
I have always loved your work. Ever since stumbling upon it here on DeviantArt many moons ago however, I just loath what they did with Warhammer Fantasy! It was such a great setting :( Ah well, at least congratulations on being the lead artist for AoS.
Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you just gave me hope in the future of Warhammer Fantasy.

Because this... this is fucking amazing.
ifan80 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
omg you're sick
epic work as always
edsfox Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
So much happening here!
I love those armored wings on the flying warrior..
Awesome as always bro! :clap:
JohnByng Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
I have bought some of these figures because of the fantastic artwork! I love this one in particular. Nice to find you on DA and see your other stuff.
Elvenwyn Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So awesome!
Treasures-Of-Wisdom Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful!
alithking Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
Amazing art work my friend like all your work.

sharlin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
Amazing amazing amazing art!
XimonR Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
So cool man :D
I love the masks with blood all over them
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
outstanding work man!!!! 
just brillaint!
BloodAngelsCaptain1 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
AMAZING art here! :D

To bad the game of AoS sucks. :(
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'd think it's not so surprising when you look at it from their perspective. You're thinking of yourself as "the 40K guy", they're thinking of you as "the awesome paintings guy". Of course they want you on their new IP. :D

Looks pretty sharp, too. Nicely done!
vitrashark Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Gahhhhh MY EYES!!! too....much.... AWESOME jawdrop revamp 
BioVass Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
ROSEchang Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Amazing  :) (Smile) 
frokamen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
looks great
quiroz2 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
omega3456 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
No words can be put into this comment section that can describe how utterly, wholeheartedly impressive this is! Thumbs up, hats of and deep bows to you. This is simply stunning!
artofrussell Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Really amazing work! You never cease to inspire! =)
Tal-Elmar Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Really hate what they did to FB, but the art is outstanding
BioVass Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
+1 to this
samfisher117 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Spectacular, sir.  ;)
That billowing blue cloak @ center, and the 'lighting wings.'  :nod:
So many glorious details. Like the captured hero stabbing the chaos beastie in the hand.  ;p
Hollowman104 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Bloody nora...
gensanity Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Whoa :o
RUshN Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
very disappointed with new models, new art and new style of these guys... The worst designs... 
madman12222 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Ground Marines CHHHHHAAAARRRRRGGGEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dagorlad-Raider Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Might as well declare you an official artist for GW now, since you're practically doing all the artwork these days. ;) (Wink) 
Tiddilywinks32 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Damn put me on Stormcasts side, they look intense and ready to kick ass. This is gorgeous and hectic, a good combo I'd say
Encrypt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
How random*, I just flicked through the warhammer images (or whatever it is called) yesterday and saw the winged minatures, I though they should be in an Eldar army but oh well.

* I guess not random as I like the W40K models, and you are a W40K artist :)
ForgottenDemigod Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sigmarines are suprisingly cool.
BringerOfStorms Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

DeadCobra Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Hell so awesome OMG 
20334Survivor Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Epic beyond belief!
Antaria-Nova Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Whoah shit, it's like old-timey Space Marines. 
Looks awesome.
The good guy/bad guy division is pretty super clear, too. :D
Woodgnome01 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Fantastic work
Spritesensei Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a lot of fun with AoS. Me and an other had a dragon fight. We had Dark elves vs High elves against one another. I had Witch king as my lord with 4 Dreadlords on black dragons, vs Prince Imrik the Dragon lord and highelves princes on dragons, and a lot of other troops of course. 
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