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Black Library: Pandorax by ukitakumuki Black Library: Pandorax by ukitakumuki
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Illustration Games Workshop
Art director/producer: Karen Miksza
Special thanks to Michael Haugen Wieske, German Language Production Editor for his reference help :)
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This piece was done in April this year before I flew to attend the amazing Middle East Film and Comiccon, and I suppose at the time, was the most complex and stressful image that I had been commissioned by the Black Library to illustrate. :) The variety of colourful and famous characters, interpretive detail (based on the minis) and 'wrap around' composition made it quite a doozy to put together. Nonetheless I learnt a lot from it and had a really fun time 'reconfiguring/retweaking' their power armour and trying out various treatments, both aesthetic and textural, to make it more practical for me to produce this image on time and in the same breath try to bring out each character's 'essence' a bit clearer.

Here's a interesting side story of mine to go with this image and why Azrael in particular was pretty 'stressful' for me to illustrate: 
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Getting Azrael feeling right had me looking through so many artists' interpretations of him, one of my favourite being a Paul Dainton?s and a cool detail on a Raymond Swanland image that had an imperial eagle tattooed on the side of his head - in a long winding creative converging of ideas which resulted in the claw marks you see now :) 

Hope the Grey Knight fans out there like Lord Draigo shiny!

Also... dual feed bolter gauntlet for Abbadon. FCK YEA CHAOS


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:iconramrodmc:
RamrodMC Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful piece, I picked myself up a print of this work at WHfest in Birmingham in early October.
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TheImperialFist Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
You quite literally do some of the most amazing 40k ever. Thank you so much.
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adistalker Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Grey Knights, most badass space marines out there, but not as famous as the Blood Angels or Ultramarines. They do the dirty jobs other Space marine chapters cant do. And they do it fine!! Since they are the best anti-demon weapon the imperium has ( all of the grey knights being psykers and whatnot ).Sweet piece ukitakumuki but i have to ask: whats with the chaos hounds? those are dark eldar summons, not chaos space marine. As in, Abbadon and them dont fit well toghether in any picture ( not that your drawing is not good or anything, its awesome ) :P  Just saying, u know? :D
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:icontheimperialfist:
TheImperialFist Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Those hounds are from Khorne. Originally a Chaos mini, and army choice.
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:iconalanj67:
alanj67 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
I know nothing about the subject matter, just love your artworks.
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koora8 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I missed this year ME comicon , i was back in my home in egypt , hope to see u next time .
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Fenrir37 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Abaddon is my hero and he looks especially bad ass in this picture.

Well done on the whole piece.
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:icondragonlord104:
Dragonlord104 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Excellent piece!
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HELLGATEMARINE Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist

NICE!


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:iconthe-harbinger-fa:
The-Harbinger-FA Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
If these are Matt Ward Gay-Knights then I hope they die, if their are Pre-Wardian Heresy, then Failbadon is gonna get his ass kicked. AGAIN.
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d715 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Get over it Draigo was great in the book

Also talk like that resulted in 6th edition tyranids
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:iconthe-harbinger-fa:
The-Harbinger-FA Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
You probably play Ultramarines I assume...
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:icond715:
d715 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
How did you guess 

also Necrons 
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:iconthe-harbinger-fa:
The-Harbinger-FA Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
You defended Matt Ward. That's how.
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:icond715:
d715 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Times have changed 
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:iconthe-harbinger-fa:
The-Harbinger-FA Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
For the worse.
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:icond715:
d715 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
well if you're a Chaos, Black Templar, Tyranid, Oldcron fan/player then yes everyone else the fluff is great


Cato is now a bro who bitch slaps Inquisitors for fucking with the Ultramarines, and kills C'tan
Calgar picks up a Necron pylon and fire it at Tomb Complexs
Dante getting too old for this bullshit

Grey Knights all cry when Geronitan died (yes you heard that right) all the long Mortarion just laughs his ass off
Darlek Grey Knights
Dragio trolls the Dark Angels

Eldar getting shit down

Khan being a super smart dude (and stoic) with a Prussian accent 


Legion of the Damned might really be time travelers (or Daemons of the Emperor)
the Legion burning Nurgle's garden 

A Necron overlord chasing a Chapter Master around his throne room before throwing his dishonorable ass out an air lock
Farsight is an hotblood anime hero with a vampire sword
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Hokunin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Holy Sh*%! I want to scream like a little fangirl seeing all this mad awesomness!!! ...even though I'm dude.

Words cannot express my feelings seeing this picture. Respect!
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Goldwyrm13 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
One word, wow!
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freejimmy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Epic! So glad Black Library has commissioned you for their covers.
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memoryus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
awesome!!!
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Unforgiven-Rage Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As amazing as this stunning art work is, this will not be a good day for those Grey Knights. It pains me to say it, but alas... Abaddon does not fall easily. The Emperor Protects
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40kwarlord Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
A truly mindblowing art! Keep it up!
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:iconmercenary-artist:
Mercenary-Artist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
"Warp dusk is one hell of a drug"
-Draigo
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:icondemacrado-ensueno:
demacrado-ensueno Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Impressive!
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice job on the steel! Those polished pauldrons are excellent!
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:iconpatricknegro:
PatrickNegro Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
You've done a great service to the Grey Knights by making Lord Draigo shiny!
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:iconvilson-sin:
Vilson-Sin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Holly sh*t this is aweosme!
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Outof4mmo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah man this is epic!
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:iconblackcore11:
blackcore11 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
i love your work, you give 40k so much respect.
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:iconspoox:
spoox Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Crazy amazing work!! Love
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Artist
Fabulous work!
Cheers!
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:icontr01ka:
Tr01ka Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Abaddon? Alone?
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:icontherealhabib:
TheRealHabib Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Abbadon doesn't NEED help against a bunch of shiny toy soldiers!
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:icontr01ka:
Tr01ka Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student General Artist
They could at least stand there, watch and clap their hands in excitement. 
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Impressive
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:iconxeronecross:
XeroNecross Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
EPIC!!! As soon as I saw Abbadon I almost wet myself :O
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fansjaguar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
its incredible
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:iconximonr:
XimonR Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is really awesome, great work and lots of movement :)
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:iconwolfguard007:
wolfguard007 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
nice action scene
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drbrBr Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh damn this is great. Again.
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:iconlifeintervention:
LifeIntervention Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
I kinda miss when your page wasn't full of Warhammer art.
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:iconlordacoustico:
LordAcoustico Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
I absolutely love it :)
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Antaria-Nova Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
As far as I've seen, your Warhammer 40 000 art is just the most awesome.

Not that I keep actively looking at such art 24/7, but I've seen my fair share. :P
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:iconmmkh:
MMKH Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks so epic. Great job :)
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:iconjackdrask:
JackDrask Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
impressive!
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:iconifan80:
ifan80 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
crazy skill you got there
:D
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:iconasderuki:
Asderuki Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like. I actually wouldn't mind if all space marine armors would shine. Even a little... Just to show that not all things are so dirty... sometimes metal shines when it is not painted... wait most are painted. Damn.
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xalanthas Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
STOP MAKING SUCH AWESOME PICTURES!
There is only so much awesome this universe has to give!!!! STOPPIT! XDXDXD
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Taraakian Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sick
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