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Apocalypse Now by NicolasRGiacondino Apocalypse Now by NicolasRGiacondino
The Emperor Protects! or so they say...

The Emperor certainly keeps me busy :) fellow watchers and watcherettes.

This is a personal milestone, because I finished this illustration in a record time of four days (with many other deadlines in-between). And, this being an A4 canvas, that's quite fast!

The brief for this one was simple, which is always the best kind of description. I had to render an epic, apocalyptic battle of Imperium vs. Chaos/everyone else, showing as many troops as I could.
Of course, the brief was simple, but the task was actually a bit titanic; and so not all of the troops I wanted to get into it did make the final cut. The main ones did, though: The Silver Skulls, The Death Korps of Krieg guardsmen, tanks, a titan, a Bloodthirster, ships in orbit, a doomed Moon and the Alpha Legion. Not everything I would've wanted, but most of it, I reckon...

As usual, you'll be the judges of the final product, so if you have any thoughts, please share.

Thanks for watching and encouraging me and I hope to see you very soon again!

Nic.-

© Games Workshop Ltd. 2011
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:iconthewatcherofdeath:
Thewatcherofdeath Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
And to think, this is just an average battle in Warhammer.
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:iconvenerabledread:
venerabledread Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I will want one like this... soon! Its awesome
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:iconanother-spacemarine:
Another-Spacemarine Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
It's just AWESOME. Like all of your works btw...
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ELECTRICPENGUINS Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student General Artist
hey i have an idea. if you do pictures of the primarchs then why dont you to some of the primarchs AFTER they felll to chaos? :D it would be awesome and i really would like to see your interpretation of angron as a deamon prince :)
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SpindleWinter Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconawesomesauceplz:
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:iconbincola:
bincola Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
ahhh hells yeah
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:iconlordmilitantsolarmac:
That's a great piece of work. Simply awesome, the more I look at it, the more stuff I discover. You should try doing one showing the Death Korps doing their thing - brutal trench warfare.
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
awwwyeahhh!!:D
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tencrowns-studio Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Loving the greens and blues in the sky and the way they tie back in with the Chaos forces' armor! The composition being divided by that swath warms and neutrals is interesting.
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OEVRLORD Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's brilliant. Silver Skulls and Death Korps! Not much more to say. There is heaps of stuff going on and it's all interesting.
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FellWolf22 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Damn thats cool.
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:iconalchemius07:
alchemius07 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011   Photographer
SO you have finally answered the challenge I posed to you when you made your Imperial Guard pic to commemorate your 100k page views. I salute you good sir!

This is a most awesome and inspiring piece worthy of an armybook. Thank you very much.
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:iconarkharoth:
Arkharoth Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
oh hell, khorne daemon rules! the first in your gallery, maybe?
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:iconamsindridge:
AMSindridge Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
FOR CHAOS!
Amazing work <3
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:iconhentousglory:
HentousGLORY Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Words... they do not come.
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samuswolf407 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
just fantastic!
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:iconthetempegrouch:
thetempegrouch Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Wow...just wow. I'm surprised there isn't a Baneblade anywhere. Those things are mandatory in an apocalypse battle. Nonetheless, it is exactly like what a full-scale 40k battle should be! Chaotic scenes of war with no lines of boundaries, everyone engaging into an orgy of bloodshed and shooting!
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Ravenkeeper Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
and the grox dung has truely hit the ventilator shaft as Cain said XD
epic piece Nic. personally I'd say the Bloodthirster has gotten too big, it's almost the size of a titan compared to the troops around it's legs. but that's just me being... nitpicking XD
love the color work on the doomed moon ^^d
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:iconaurenian:
Aurenian Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
If you look at the guys in the daemon's right hand you'll see he's supposed to be that big.
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:iconravenkeeper:
Ravenkeeper Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
eeerh I think you missed what I was trying to say. A greater daemon of chaos averages 10 meters in height.
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TrilbyApocalpysePro Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well that is one huge battle.
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:iconzombiekman:
Zombiekman Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011   Traditional Artist
Pure epicness!
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:iconn500:
n500 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
puta madre che, que buen laburo, muy bueno
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:iconfacundo-lopez:
facundo-lopez Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
¡Espectacular! Cuánta acción en esta escena.
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:iconlost-egg:
Lost-Egg Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Lovely work as always. I especially like the Guardsmen whose head is being crushed by a power fist!

OS
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:iconfreshccs:
freshccs Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
i love the colour work
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:iconfreshccs:
freshccs Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
this cute
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GeorgesConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
O.O mind blown! epic work! but i see no KRIEG!!!! RAGE
but the bloodthirster, titan, GK are all awesome :D
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MajesticChicken Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
They're right in the middle, one of em is getting his head crushed.
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GeorgesConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
wut? how can krieg fail? that would require beyond tactical geniu-GODLIKE CREEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
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Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Ah man you'll hate me for this... but that bloodthirster... his left arm is really stumpy D:

Really digging the shading.
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Design-Ministries Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Hi Mate, great Work!

I am the graphic designer that has the pleasure to work with this great artwork :)
I was so excited when I had the TIF file e-mailed to me just today. I dont use DA much these days... but I just to jump on and give you a plug.
Looking forward to having more warhammer projects with you involved and I promise to do my absolute best to preserve the quality of your work.

-Wade
www.designministries.com.au
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stitches-of-demise Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This seems to be a bloodlust. Great work, Nico
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great googaly moogaly! :jawdrop:
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SPQR-FR Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Really lovely apocalyptic !!! ;)
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blackjak189 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
nice, I particularly like the marine squishing the guardsmans head. Very cool
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:iconnoss91:
Noss91 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
Awesome!
It's really impressive that you did it all with markers ;)
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:iconvooku:
vooku Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Brilliant!
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:iconvlaskiyov:
Vlaskiyov Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
There's alot of details to take in, but I'd say you did one hell of a job in this one.
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:icongaston25:
Gaston25 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Wow! Great job Nic
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Coxy-the-RedBeard Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a whole lot of awesome!
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:iconteddybearwithsexhair:
Ahh... Nothin' like the smell of Promethium in the mornin'!
Great job Aerion, it's just awesome.
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imric1251 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
this is awesome stuff. all the details you have going on, my eye just moves all about the page
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raypettit74 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!!!
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MathiasTemplar Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Woooow, this picture has it all! :D Amazing stuff!
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:iconmuady:
Muady Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Oh krieg guardsmen. The hands down coolest guardsmen in my oppinion, visiualy atlest.
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:iconsheason:
Sheason Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This reminds me of the kind of stuff they put in the codexes. Except much, much better put together and you can actually tell what's going on.
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:iconmattokenzi:
Mattokenzi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Nic, your 40K pictures are the best!
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:iconmihoshik:
MihoshiK Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Needs more napalm in the morning :D
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Clayman8 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
the 'head-crush' Krieger has to be my favorite micro-scene in the pic...
It reminds me of an actual illustration from a codex or maybe the rulebooks,which points only that you really manage to capture the 40k art style,but in your own way.The contrast of the 2 armors and the red 'thirster also splits the image in segments,all of which tell their own little story :D

its a hard thing to do in a large piece like that,good one mate !
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