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Games Workshop Codex: Crimson Slaughter by ukitakumuki Games Workshop Codex: Crimson Slaughter by ukitakumuki
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Illustration Games Workshop
Art director/producer: Darius Hinks


This was done about a year back, the challenge was to portray a world on its knees having been steamrolled by the Crimson Slaughter and their chaos auxiliaries.
Burning flags and corpse-mounds and demons picking apart stragglers mid-flight! When asked what other ideas he'd like to see, Darius Hinks requested a foot to be placed on the head of a fallen marine and so on it went onto the face of a Dark Angel. :)
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Stuart-Dillon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy shit !!!!!! this is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!
FlorianDraws Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
Love it!
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Amontron Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2014
there is a artistic graphic designer proverb that says "Keep it simple Stupid" and u make it simple, beautifully and u r not stupid at all hehe. but please leave the asian references away when u are making warhammer 40k.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this is very insightful, thanks for the crit. I'll have to ask u to be more specific to help me though... what asian references do you speak of? The design is vetted by GW so I think I would have been 'on brand' for the most part? Please share! Thanks :)
Amontron Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
oh i dont wanna alarm u and maybe i was to rude i want to apologize.
your art is one of the best around, i love it, and GW is for sure most proudly of it i bet. not everyone can make art for GW so be proud :) 
so no concerns about the asian details that nonetheless i think it makes your art so specific and unique compared to others. what i meant is the symmetry of the head with the body, head very smaller compared to the body, long legs too. the eyes of the space marines (chaos marines) are close to the cat eyes like the asian paint their old demons u see. some of the details u paint on their armor are close to be like of the ornaments of the chinese battle armors of their movies from hong kong hehe, i never saw it on GW paintings, so its new to me and im a big old fan of GW :)
nonetheless let me say is what i see, probably not what u see and its fine. but, dont listen to me, please just keep your work like u produce that is Fantastic!!!
sorry my bad english im not english.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
ooohh, no worries! I really appreciate the in-depth description. I think its very important for an artist to be aware of who they are and how their personal taste affects the work they do, especially that done for others. Its always a sensitive balance between what 'we' would prefer and what we know the client needs/wants. I think this image is seen from a low angle (though not perfectly drawn since compositionally its hard to recreate), so the head will seem smaller compared to the body, and the legs seem longer as a result. If you see my other paintings of marines from higher angle (looking down or straight at them) you will notice the proportions are more human like, 7-8 heads even.. (very much like me hahaha.. I actualy don't like overly long legs on marines, makes them look like ostritches and not like sprinters, but sometimes I have to exaggerate, and so on.. its very much my way of giving the individual characters more personality.. some are taller and leaner.. some are shorter with bigger arms.. etc.. :p ).

As for the cat eye, yes, I decided to change the old helmet which is like 3 layers, into 2 layers.. as though the facemask is a snap-on option. The ear 'muffs' are separate as well, and then the helmet covers them both, just like modern day systems. I think it gives the 'comfiest' look and suggests that the marine has a larger head, and more room to put their face :) The eye slits, I admit, are tweaked image to image, to lend again, different excuse for 'personality' :) With chaos... I guess I take the most liberty seeing how they have corrupted their armour, so the eyes no longer need to match the original lenses? So yes, good observation!

Lastly, I think what perhaps made you feel this was more 'chinese' was the colours, crimson and gold.. not to mention the armour trim.. which I also feel look asian. But here's the funny part... this was the ref :… ... I can see what you mean though, perhaps with the "D hooks" and stuff... evocative of the bangles on chinese weaponry and armour... !

Thanks very much for the time and observation, I will put more effort into staying within a more 'gothic' sensibility as much as I can :)
Amontron Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
so nice of you, thanks for your reply aswell :)

yeah its your way of doing your work and as i said its fantastic, love all of your work. you are very very talented artist, very well known in the digital artistic community across the internet. 
its not bad or wrong what u did with the marine etc and so on, the end result is perfect! you are so good with lights and shadows, textures and colors, even the forms and angles, composition too so well mastered. what can i say, you have nothing to worry about hehe
i see what you said about my analyzes, i see what u meant with "but sometimes I have to exaggerate" about the proportions. its very obvious u did very well, its a trick to give movement and life to the character, every art company like Marvel or DC its artists do that very well too, so its good! comics was an example but u have many more like this :) at least by you doing that your are its not boring and linear. 
about the references ive mentioned the chinese armory stuff etc, i see  now what u said about the colours and yeh it was that. i see it now :P
well u are so good, please keep do what u love, and be happy.

thanks for your art man! :D
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My thanks again :) But you surely bring up some good points, points that I have had in my mind for a long time, and I'm glad someone like yourself mentions it to confirm my suspicions. There is always room for improvement, and more importantly to represent 40K in a way that fans both old and new may appreciate. :) Cheers
Amontron Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
indeed ur so right in that. i tried my best hehe
thx too for your art and to be so kind :D cheers
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