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Hammerhead Down 40K by ukitakumuki Hammerhead Down 40K by ukitakumuki
>>>EDIT: Added backstory and retouched image!<<<

For those who remember this piece of mine: [link] and left cool story ideas about the origins of such a "heretical" IG design, thank you! I've been considering different plots and the whole Tau engineering collaboration + Gue'vesa auxillary idea seemed the most plausible and exciting for me.

Here's an updated story on its origins:

The Phobos Pattern was originally designed by an eccentric, albeit well-meaning techpriest on a forgeworld along the dark fringes of Imperium space. It was built in memory of his son, who died on an icy moon while serving as a Imperial Guard conscript in some forgotten campaign against Tyranids.

His labour of love, the Phobos Pattern, a semi autonomous exo-suit, was designed for normal human proportions, and for deployment amongst the Imperial Guard. The suit was not intended to replace or even come close to an Astartes armour, but act as a 'force multiplier' to bolster IG ranks and to allow once disabled soldiers to fight as equals alongside their own. Once complete, the Phobos MK1 plans were presented to the Imperium, and deemed absolutely heretical. As a result, his Forgeworld was to be swept by Space Marine kill teams in a purge mission. The Older brother sent to kill the younger brother as ordered by their Father.

The small Astartes force that was sent to wipe them out realised the visionary aspect of the project during the mission briefing itself, but continued their mission without question for fear of being labelled traitors.

The IG test-pilot force that comprised of young and old, able-bodied and paraplegic, all suited up in Phobos Pattern armour and fought back bravely to preserve their project; as well as to prove their undying love for the Imperium's future.

Eventually, the Astartes force was reduced to the last Marine, a Sargeant who called down an orbital nuclear bombardment when the mission was deemed a failure.

In his final moments he looks on as a shuttle escapes the facility and into the warp, and with it, the construction template for the Phobos Pattern armour. That was his only act of defiance to the Emperor in his lifetime as a Space Marine, one that he hoped would help pave the way to a brighter future for the Imperium.

The shuttle emerged from the warp years later, and found itself in Tau space. The Tau, learning of its origins and potential, openly embraced the Phobos Pattern prototype and began additional R&D work to implement it into their Gue'vesa/Human Auxillary force.



In this scenario, the Tau combat systems research/construction facility that manufactures the Phobos Pattern armour itself, also maintains an actual Tyranid hatchery on location to be used in live combat trials. As such, they operate on a remote population-free moon due to security concerns.

A major security breach later, and the only surviving Tau (the facility commandant) and his trusted aide and Gue'vesa hold off the escaped Tyranid specimens till a rapid response lockdown crew arrives. The facility's personnel sacrificed themselves to buy him time to download the Pattern construction plan and hotfoot it to the extraction point, and he is clearly determined to see the mission(and their valiant sacrifice) through. The Tau force evacuating them are a special stealth-only anti-'Nid detachment sporting customised gear: XV25 suits and Super-Remora drones as well as a Longbow Heavy Sniper drone to neutralise hardened specimens.

"Bear with the pain, commandant! Hammerhead is inbound. The plans must survive for the greater good!"
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Seraphim27 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 26, 2015
Awesome! It'll be fun to watch them panic as they come across a group of these for the first time thinking 'Ah, fellow Battle-Brothers' only for them to turn around and start blasting them with Pulse Rifles. >: )
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Would be honoured! :)
Seraphim27 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
Hope you don't mind if I steal this idea for a one-shot mission for my Kill-Team's Deathwatch campaign.

"Find and destroy the prototype and its plans! Purge the heresy! For the Emperor!"
Angrislaug Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
tau are too naive for their own good. and they never fight in glorious close combat. if you get under their range they are but sand bags since even that they have big battle suits, they use them only to carry even bigger guns but not in close combat. they are pathetic weaklings.

eldar are ALL corrupted by slaanesh. there is only one very small part of them that is not. and those are Exodites (if compared to fantasy, exodites would be wood elfs if eldar are high elfs) they dont have same glory nor are they blinded by bride as their kin. their life is filled with hard work when they try to turn the ground into fields where they can grow their food. they have a lot in common with humans. even tho they are xenos, they still deserve alliance with humans. tho even that the Emperor seek out to destroy all eldars but he is not around anymore. I dont think that corpse really says anything and inquisition are just assholes.
ShaunMichaelJones Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
Looks glorious. The Tau, Eldar and Humans should really join forces for the short term just to sort the galaxy out.
antcow Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Sure, no problem ;)
Allsmiles98311 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
 (I understand, thank you for taking the time to indulge my curiosity.)
Strado22 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
What I love about Warhammer 40k, is that your urge to play an innovative/ heretical army list is as accepted, lore-plausible and encouraged as my urge to field a loyalist Imperial army to burn out the heresy you just spouted.

So long as the enemies of mankind draw breath, there can be no peace.
antcow Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
It was one of those two games, I don't remember to clearly.
But yeah, screw those passive-aggressive jerks.....
bowwing333 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this idea!    Tau are the best allies humans could ever ask for....they make better allies than fellow Imperial forces!    I wish there were more on the Gue'vesa...Would love playing a whole army of IG/Space Marine/(insert other race's defectors here).   The races must all stand united for the Greater Good!   
Allsmiles98311 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
 (No actually, haven't seen it in Soulstorm yet. Really behind in completing that game. I did however see the one for Dark Crusade... So you're mainly coming from the P.C. game lore in your hatred of them? Because I do remember them not coming across too well in Dark Crusade...)
antcow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
They are assholes!
"Oh, we do this for the greater good!" says anonymous Tau fire warrior
As in, the ethereal's greater good that is.

Ever see the Tau ending in soul storm? That's what the greater good looks like XO
Allsmiles98311 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
 (I believe this is the very first time I have ever heard someone call the Tau assholes. I feel compelled to comment because of this uniqueness. I'm kind of interested as to your reasoning why if you'd be keen to share it.)
Yokaiou Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
It's tainted by a unspeakable heresy to the Imperium = Innovation

Remember that the Space Yiffs almost got in trouble putting lasguns on one of their vehicles during a campaign.

Making a mockery of the Emperor's Sword?

That's Heresy
antcow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Man I dont like the Tau, such assholes...
But anyway, was there a Phobos armor in the actual canon of WH40K? They Imperium should have kept it.....
MagusBlack Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
LTDragoonIII Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
AWESOME!!!! 1000/1000!
Solufien Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
>Implying Space Marines do not fear failure.

chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well it wouldn't surprise me one bit to see the Tau Embrace what the Imperium rejects , looks like Phobos will be serving the greater good after all 
zen133 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
"but continued their mission without question for FEAR of being labelled traitors".

...just nitpicking a bit. we need to look for a word to replace FEAR because Astartes do not feel fear, unlike mortals.

would be awesome if black library were to write a novel about this story/
Unforgiven-Rage Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's moments like these that make it hard to serve in the Imperium.
Marcsampson Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fella22 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
try a librarian class
IronFrenzy12 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now thats a kick ass story.
Etheral117 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
MY guess is because it emulated the Space Marines too much, "Sons of the Emperor" and all that jazz.
Hi77iard Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This matches my army comp so hard! Tau Empire allied with Grey Knights :D
Wolfeh12 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Why was the armor deemed heretical?
freedomofpeace Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree with  ~TheEbonRaven I would read this until the pages turned to dust
TheEbonRaven Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This needs to be a book. RIGHT NOW!
MaxShields Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great concept and brilliant execution!
Burningplain Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I love the idea and the concept. :) Pity the Gue'Vesa aren't actually in the tau codex.
Eldardude1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Though the story is pretty epic, I'm afraid that it isn't canon. The 40K universe is huge though, so a clever conversion modeller could create one of these, and possibly use them as counts as space marines.
jeramyLNeeley Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is that a space marine with the tow??? like did he join them or what im confused on that part but still looks amazing
CatalanoMedia Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know much of 4k, so this question is gonna prolly piss a lot of people off....
Is the story canon?
MountyMike Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am genuinely blown away. This is amazing.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! I'm glad the image drew you in
LordSia Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Brilliant! I didn't like the initial concept, but you've sold me on it with the way you managed to integrate it with the greater picture in such a seamless fashion. Kudos!
DaLintyMan Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
That is an impressive piece of work.

Wouldn't it be better to use hotshot lasguns instead of bolters?
EthanStradley Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. Just... Wow. The idea itself, the story, the picture, wow. It's amazing.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
glad you dig it!
emprahsque23 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
I mean if the Imperium can't have human made technology(even if it was made by innovation) then no one can have it. Besides as for the replace the helmet thing its kind of like insulting the Space Marines for some mere guardsman to wear anything similar
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you kindly! I had alot of fun thinking it up!
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:) yes.
EuenMcMurry Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
emprahsque23 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
You know it would be funny if the IOM realizes its potential, takes it, kills all the people who know how to make it and say that a high ranking tech priest made it and after some controversy(civil war) they change the helmet to make it for the IG but give it only to IG who have gained a higher rank
striker11v4 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist
This art is incredible beyond words. Truly spectacular! And I love the depth of the story behind it as well. Excellent in every way.
K-OZ-Will Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Oh, and I thought my Gue'vesa Marines were a new idea :iconflanyoronplz: ...

Awesome work ^__^
Raiu1994 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013

I really like this. Makes me want to buy some tau and use my space marines with them, say that they are Gue'vesa wearing those suits.
andylc Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
whoah, that tyranid face is really cool. It's kinda strange but there's NO shark-faced tyranids at all from GW. Your background and experience would really shore up GW if they had you as a main artist (I don't like how the games workshop Tau actually look...)
jlta Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Artist
i like how that space marine's right arm is robotic. as usual glorious uki. your art is always the first for me in D.A
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