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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
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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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Distance880 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015   Digital Artist
Omg, that red helmet. 
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orlandito92 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
thats amazing
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malgrumm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
that the Ultramarine chapter by chance?
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Honeybadger33 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Now this is what I call ART!! This is awesome stuff! I'd do almost anything if I could draw like this. I'd never stop if I could do this
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Forheksed Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish one day I'll draw like you.. or maybe never Waaaah! 
You did a really good job, epic! :heart:~~
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zattik Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
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. ;)
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Vertigheist Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really know much about Warhammer, but I was always a bit interested in it. Why don't they reload when they run out of ammo?
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zattik Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Oh, I was joking. Sometimes they do, but they have hollywood ammo most of the time. I was just poking at the lack of common sense, perhaps any sense, in this GLORIOUS and CRAZY setting.

The gun he's reloading? That's a bolter, they fire GRENADES, the barrel actually has to be that big. And the magazine couldn't hold many of those, but usually they spray a lot of those all over the place before reloading, if the author bothers.

And oficially, a bolter holds at least 20 "bolts"(rounds) in the magazine:
vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/w…
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Blitzgob Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Bolter got a magazine of 24 ammo, which are bolts, bolts does explode at contact with the target.
maaan, I got more problems with those new stupid pseudo-terminatro armors and those fucking thunderhawk-like midget spaceships, Games Workshop really fucked up Warhammer 40 000...
long live Warhammer 40,000 V2 and V3.
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zattik Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
My problem is that LordLucan hasn't posted a new chapter yet.

Long live the Age of Dusk!
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Blitzgob Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
LordLucan? Age of dusk what are these?
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:iconzattik:
zattik Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
LordLucan is writing a 60k fanfic called "Age of Dusk":

www.thebolthole.org/viewtopic.…

www.thebolthole.org/viewtopic.…

Which follows his 50k fic:

1d4chan.org/wiki/Story:The_Sha…
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Vertigheist Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, haha thanks for clarifying. I thought it was some kind of Code for the Space Marine to go on without ammo, and charge in to kill as many of the enemies as they can.
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zattik Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Believe me when I say they don't need a code for "charge", they do it anyways, even when it's quite troublesome to do so. Last stands, charges, if it is suicidal, they'll do it.

(Mind you, they are indoctrinated and brainwashed to be like that)
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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 ;)
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Pray tell, Ivan..? ;)
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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 ;)
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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 :)
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willm111 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
What I want to know is where are all the tit missile jokes about centurion armor?  
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Thraggdrasil Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
..jesus man....
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Thraggdrasil Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
(...in the best possible way)
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devilskull555 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014   Digital Artist
cool art.
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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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Backup4 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
armpit missiles lol
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JWright-3D-Graphics Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student General Artist
amazing 
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PhantomPheonix8 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
PLEASE DO SOME ELDAR ART :D
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LTDragoonIII Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
A battle of pure legendary in every way shape and form many battle brothers died that day but even more heretics, mutants and xeno! FOR THE EMPEROR, FOR THE IMPERIUM, FOR MANKIND!!!
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shimamori Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
but challenges are what makes this sort of thing fun!  :D You solved the problems and I'm digging the colour scheme of this piece a lot!
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FeysalAnthonyNair Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
intense...awesome
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hirowolf Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I love it! You should of made the The man in mk 8 armor a stern guard, then it would of been my fav look for a space marine. He is still fine as he is though. Mind if I use that for avatars? :D
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Exphrasis Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
stop being so good ! 
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SirRinge Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is like a showcase of all the new SM hardware xD Awesome man. Just a bit of feedback, you might want to make your bolters a bit taller. They look a bit then as of now.

And yea, the lighting is crazy :D
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i've grown to like the centurions. sure its stupid. but it works. 
another amazing piece mate!! i love that stormtalon. 
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
nice
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sickoleman Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
so cool
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Vesuvius-Dragon Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yet the Enemies of Mankind fear the Angels of Death. For these are those of Guilliman's finest Warriors. The Greatest defenders and shock force of the Emperor. WE MARCH FOR MACRAGGE, AND WE SHALL KNOW NO FEAR!
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earltheartist Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
You actually drew a Centurion in a proportionate way! :) You sir are "the MAN" cuz i rarely see people draw good renditions of a astartes as a centurion.
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HomeOfCadaver Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
gasp 
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dawn-giant-dragon Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student General Artist
dito
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noideaifor Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Very nice artwork
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GMG5000 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
COOL!!! =D
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MyrkSuki Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Wow, too bad GW is pretty shit on their customer treatment. Friends are dropping 40K from their lists. Heck, local GW shop isn't getting enough support to stay open. 
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Stop making Ultramarines look cool, I can't stand the idea of them being cool. xD

But honestly, simply stunning composition. I'm so glad I found your dA here to ogle this artwork!
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edsfox Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing bro!!
I saw the image in facebook shared by Dan Luvisi and thought "Yep, this is from my m8 Ukitakumuki.."
And man! I love every part of it!
Would be great to have that dirt brush on a brush pack..
Do you have a brush pack that you can share with us? Would love to try it! :D

Cheers bro!
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mad-jojo Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome as usual!!
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shadowwulf82 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent rendition of my favorite 40k army!!

well done!!
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TripleThreeTwo Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FOR TEH EMPRAAHHH!
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dmastermanga Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I-is that a rocket mounted Spacemarine Chest armour? MEEEEEEEEEETAAAAAAAAAAAAL
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Alcoholication Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It's one of those new centurion things.
They're adorable!
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destrakon Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
reminds me of this one game my friend had on his gameboy
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