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Black Library: Damocles by ukitakumuki Black Library: Damocles by ukitakumuki
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Illustration Games Workshop
Art director/producer: Karen Miksza

The brief for this one was a three-way melee between Kor'sarro Khan of the White Scars, Tau Commander Shadowsun, and Captain Kayvaan Shrike of the Raven Guard, amidst a mixed-force battle of White Scars, Raven Guard, and Cadian IG versus the Tau fighting atop a rocky promontory with jungle.

The main focus of the show is Shadowsun, whom according to the reference and specs sent to me, often fields two shield drones. I thought that could be a perfect excuse to not end up in an awkward "2 on 1" prong attack. So that resulted in our assault marine captain Shrike pulling off a DFA and Kor'sarro timing a strike to take out her shield on one side.

Given the hardback template/format I decided early on to have two back to back crisis suits behind the main trinary to visually frame the action and hopefully some narrative link to what was going on in the background. While sketching in comp ideas I was thinking of World in Conflict FMVs (yeah I watched a compilation vid of the different sequences but set to just Audioslave's Shadow on the Sun... how apt for our Tau commander :p) which inspired that jungle crossfire for the back cover (left of image), along with some physics logic I thought should be observed such as "if plasma based weaponry gets spammed in the general direction of a forest, there should be a moderate to high chance of a forest fire occurring" which kinda explains why we see the charred dirt and branches and hints of trees on fire in the back.

Other favourite points of interest that I recall from half a year back:

-Singed/scorched Imperial armour versus cracked/gouged tau armour
-Drones buzzing a tree (near the sun)
-Devastator Raven going head on with the battlesuit turned away from us, armour in the process of being seared off chunk by chunk.
-White Scar reading poetry on the lawn in an admirable last stand
-Unfortunate IG, now literally half the man he used to be. Courtesy of being in the open when Tau heavy artillery drops.

Check back soon for The Shape of The Hunt!!!
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guterrez Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
your work is amazing! the dynamic action puts you right in the middle of it.
any chance to see wip shots?
AngaelWings Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
more raven guard plzzz
qjs83 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
I love it look like Tau got sandwich
Ravenkeeper Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
that tau commander is a gonner ^^; rocking action picture =)
Jase3gt Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
These are so awesome!
Chickendude Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Writer
Incredibly gorgeous work, but as a Tau player I'm simmering with contempt for you portraying Shadowsun getting pwnd. On the tabletop each of her 2 S8 AP1 BS5 fusion blasters can insta-kill Kor'sarro Khan and Kayvaan Shrike at the same time.
Disembowell Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Just assume the Crisis suit casting a glance at Shrike is actually about to explode his side wide open with a salvo from its Fusion Blaster, allowing Shadowsun time to swing round and slug a reeling Khan in his exposed face!

(...or not, everyone has to die but not everyone dies in such epic fashion)
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Don't shoot the messenger! :fear: Such was the brief

Thank you for the kind words nontheless! :)
ArtisOneofThem Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning work!

Davy-Art Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Love it!
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