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Games Workshop Codex: Black Legion by ukitakumuki Games Workshop Codex: Black Legion by ukitakumuki
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This was my first Codex Supplement done for GW, under the art direction of Darius Hinks! The brief was to create a companion cover to the formidable Raymond Swanland's Chaos codex. Although the initial brief seemed pretty straightforward, I wanted to offer to the fans of said codex faction(s) at least some kind of visual narrative that represents the faction; and the idea of him standing in the rain, not just holding, but slowly crushing the helmet of a fallen Ultramarine seemed to be a decent idea to go with, one that also answered the other creative parameters of the brief. In an attempt to give some context to the background, an earlier version sported purple lightning coming down from the warp storm behind the Legion CSM as a nod to their 'roots', but it proved to be too distracting.

Other bits for my inner fanboyy:
-Folding grip on living bolter, trigger also demonically fused with trigger finger... because CHAOS THATS WHY! :D
-Reverse melee blade bolted to pistol grip.
-I was working off reference sent to me, and those featured pretty heavily corrupted Legionnaires. But after doing some more reading, I felt it might be also interesting to only partially corrupt him to show er, more facets of this marine's personality, (after all they embody chaos undivided doctrine) in this case mainly his upper body and firing arm, leaving the other parts relatively clean for contrast. I chose to give him base armour trim that to me felt kind of proud enough to be from the sons of Horus, and not overly gruesome, not too frilly and nutty since the corrupted bits literally had trim folding into itself, like on the living right pauldron. Then again maybe all this is lost on you chaos fans out there that might think its still 200 demonic tendrils short of being worthy of chaos... :D Let me know! Actually.. don't :D

"-Some people just want to see the... galaxy...burn."
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VikingWarband Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is my all-time favorite piece of Warhammer 40k artwork. Amazing job.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm most honoured by your 3D rendition of  this character!!! Lovely attention to detail, great  imaginative filling in of the blanks and melding with your own taste where required!
ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That is wicked awesome
J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This rocks!!!! Beast Black Legion!! Super!
Real185Darkorder Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Can i use this pic for my youtube channel?
and nice pic ;) (Wink)
Greetings Darkorder
DrewK27 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Wow superb art! I really like the details in this piece!
galvorbak99 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Good to see he has trigger discipline!
Wyzilla Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Easily among the best paintings of a Chaos Space Marine, if not all of Warhammer 40k.
RaymondMinnaar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awesome stuff    
donizohar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
amazing :D
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