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40K Heavy Raptor Concept by ukitakumuki 40K Heavy Raptor Concept by ukitakumuki
Both a personal concept piece and tribute to the Night Lords. (I hope to build a character as close as I can to this once Eternal Crusade comes out :) )

The idea for a 'heavy' fast mover always intrigued me, given my stun throwing and knife spamming playstyle in COD back in the day which I hope to bring to EC in the form of a Raptor class.

Here I was inspired by the idea of a 'balanced/non-imba' "Heavy Raptor" character that operates on a literal "fight-or-flight" mechanic, with little room to change or combine tactics once engaged in full-on combat, and favours positioning and reflex oriented playstyle.

The core mechanics:
1) Replace the standard armour value with a quick recharging shield.
2) The shield value also shares the same energy as the flightpack.
3) Mobility on foot is increased due to reduction in armour mass.

So by design, Nostos is essentially a "lightweight" armourless Raptor in nature, but given the electro-reactive armour /ERA mechanic, uses flightpack energy to create a rehargeable shield that replaces conventional armour, theoretically making him "heavy" by compounded armour values over time. On the "lightweight" hand, he is much faster to kill under accurate, sustained fire than your standard raptor. On the "heavy" hand, allow him to escape, and he comes back fresh as before you opened fire.

If he is hit, the suit energy drain dramatically reduces his ability to utilise his flightpack or psycho-warfare systems. Once he absorbs enough oncoming fire, his flight pack is 'grounded' and while waiting for it to recharge, has to fight tooth and nail to regain a tactical advantage. If he takes off, with whatever juice he has, accurate fire will drop him from the sky as well.

The ideal playstyle is to be nimble, mindful of positioning, picking fights and taking calculated risks in full-on assaults, being aware to manage electro armour/flightpack drain. The safest (cowardly) play is a combination of loitering while avoiding AA fire, picking out targets, then diving in for high speed DFAs, and taking off, factoring a few hits here and there.

The most fun play, I imagine, is dropping straight in and letting the energy go into absorbing damage, exploiting foot mobility and short bursts, vectoring around hostiles and going for melee takedowns, like the Night Raptors of lore :D

Fluff wise, I thought having his superconducting bolters creates a random 'microstun' effect on targets that are hit would be quite fun and annoying too, allowing him to play a loiter-support role if need be. :)
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Jonup Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Epic armor
PatataHot Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad boy! :happybounce: 
Private-Funny-Man Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Great work here. I like how you took your time with the details. This needs to be in a video game where Night Lords are the protagonists. Final boss, right here, I'm calling it. Or at least mid game mooks.
KingOfCopper16 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
damn! well i now know how the exalted looks
Private-Funny-Man Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
I think exactly the Exalted was more Possessed Marine with less bat. There's a picture of him somewhere that's pretty spot on.
dArhengel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
This is the true Daemon Batman!!!!
gumbo821 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
it's like the manbat to most nightlords' batman
DavideBoratto Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
FlorianDraws Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great design
Yokaiou Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Looks a lot better than the Dreadknight and better than most raptors I've seen
J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant, outstanding.
MitGas Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Lovely work as always! :)
qjs83 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
chrisrevis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
simply amazing.
thanatos1988 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
really amazing!
VoodooHammer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Incredible x infinity!!!
Omsk-Camill Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Damn, you are so awesome! I used to draw when I was in school - and I would always draw concept arts for games I imagined, with all the gadgets/armor/magic described and laid out like you do. Now looking at you, I wish I'd never stopped drawing.
galvorbak99 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
I like how you replaced the Night Lords bat wing helmets with something much more terrifying- bat ears!
Fumb Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Great one!
toht981 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Bat ears are interesting for Night Lords.
Alejandro-Mirabal Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
uuuhhh that helmet!
FirstKeeper Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is gold
Mongoose9634 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First of all I love everything about this design its all pretty awesome, I was was curious on your hopes and expectations for the eternal crusade. I'm a little worried about how theres about 0 screenshot content of anything near finished but a full cash market for goodies
juggalette57 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
that is very F**king cool.
dawn-giant-dragon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
some one took there scary pills today :faint:
big0bear Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
toms-mark Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Very cool! Awesome job!
Daeouse Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably the most stunning thing I've seen for WH40K in a very long time indeed! Magnificent job!
Zankaze1 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Just... Stunning.
RealREDTiGER Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, batma... batmarine. : D
NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Damn man, I always amazed!
Wonder how huge the Obliterators looks like with big wings and all of that demonic enhancement stuff. ;)
MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
More please :XD:
noideaifor Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Very nice work. I like the explanations and how you "think when you draw" this character !
DocWolph Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
"Cowardly? Bah! Let these fools die for their emperor. They are dead and we live to take what is left behind. Be smart and be cautious my brethren. Cowards do not act. Victors prevail."
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Delightful.  ;}  A formidable design, and seemingly well thought-out rules.

I've been reading Aaron Dembski-Bowden's Night Lords books, so this is just in the right headspace.  :devilish:
DBH-Chaos Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I always loved this legion, their lore always made them more badass and devoted to the mission then any of the others.  Love the artwork you did here, I hope to see more of the Night Lords from you, you did a great job with this.

And yes, I was excited when I learned they were going to be one of the factions for Chaos in Eternal Crusade.  Looking forward to dropping from the skies with my own raptor.
Darklarik Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Very nice. It is a shame tho that all the really talented artists only make art of the Space marines or Chaos or Guys-in-fat-armor, and jaw dropping and imagination inducing creatures like the Tyranids are just left out :(
SleepyFoxes Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
It looks really cool, kudos on that! But. The Night Lords weren't corrupted.
Commander-Burn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Holy sh*t your a great artist!
loverofcarnage Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Dracula meets Warhammer 40k!CURSE YOU! CURSE YOU! 
CuriouslyAlone Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
BLOOD RAVENS! I kid I kid I know this is chaos :D! My god so good! The people that make the custom figures should really take a look at these ^_^
JaxFenrile Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DUDE! This looks freaking bad ass! I might have to make this armor. With your permission that is. :)
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
that would be an honour! :D
Cuanwei Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Good lord, m8.
Pure beast; love how much thought went into this to truly optimize the systems within.
Due to most of the VIII Legion being fairly uncorrupted by The Warp, seeing something like this is more than a bit terrifying.
Imagine if ALL of the Legion went this far.
No world would be safe.
Not like they are now, anyways.
Anyway, I love the bat vibe; very Nosferatu sorta thing.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! The battiness came from all the bat winged motifs i see adorning their gear.. one thing led to another..
Kroxco Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
now in my favorites :) this looks really cool!
MaroonMaverick Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
awesome its cool to make drawings off of animals
Jack-the-hedgehog15 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
When I first saw this, it reminded me of war hammer
Vanhir Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
...You realize this is Warhammer, right? Warhammer 40k?
Jack-the-hedgehog15 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
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