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Black Library: Plagues of Orath by ukitakumuki Black Library: Plagues of Orath by ukitakumuki
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Illustration © Games Workshop
Art director/producer: Karen Miksza

Hope everyone's been keeping well!

What can I say- this piece ate my weekends! The single greatest challenge behind this image were the requirements: The lead character (Centurion), Stormtalon and Hunter tank were to eventually be made separate as standalone subjects for their respective covers but still work cohesively when they come together as a single image. This meant balancing lighting and position for narrative as well as overall visual impact, and evaluating the compositing alone made me sweat buckets. Suffice to say it was an exciting piece to work on given the lack of artwork available (for reference) of the aforementioned characters/units. Risks had to be taken and subjects not often tackled all kind of came together (as they normally do in the masochistic world of 40k) to screw me over but I gained more from the process than I gave and put into practice principles I've not had the opportunity nor discipline to try before.

In that sense, I'm proud to be one of the first few artists to portray them in action and paint them
in... ah...the best possible light? ( •_•)>⌐■-■ 

Oh and Shaddy Safadi's dirt brush... :'D with some tweaks I think ive found a new favourite! Thanks for sharing!!
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zattik Featured By Owner 3 days ago
This had the potential to be such a masterpiece of the Warhammer setting, but there is such a glaring flaw, which goes against pretty much all the lore regarding space marines.

That one guy is reloading, that must be heresy, it demands too much common sense of us. Next thing you know, they are going to use cover, and from that it's one step to demand less invasive corrective brain conditioning, or battlefield anesthesia.

Madness, I tell you. ;)
ScorpioSymm Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Writer
I'm noticing a real lack of either of my favourite armies in your epic paintings... That's what I get for being a fan of the obscure, I suppose ;)
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Pray tell, Ivan..? ;)
ScorpioSymm Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Writer
Ah, well for Marines I'm a White Scar fan (with Grey Knight allies!), but my heart belongs to the Eldar - Craftworld Mymeara & Harlequins ;)
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cool!! I've done some striking scorpions in the past but never any Harleys i'm afraid ;p Warp spiders alone.. will make me jump(no weaksauce pun intended) to Eldar in a a heartbeat. You could say they were my first love!

In my first call with the EC team i recall sharing the idea of studying how Natural Selection pulled off the FPS blink/teleport function in their game to great effect... And i really look forward to seeing the warp function integrated into EC at some point :)
willm111 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
What I want to know is where are all the tit missile jokes about centurion armor?  
Thraggdrasil Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
..jesus man....
Thraggdrasil Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
( the best possible way)
devilskull555 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014   Digital Artist
cool art.
Qeztotz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i detest all the new models, but this is a great piece nonetheless
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