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Archon's Fall by NicolasRGiacondino Archon's Fall by NicolasRGiacondino
Hello again, watchers and watcherettes...

This is an odd bit from me. Not because it is Warhammer 40,000 related, but because of the races involved in this terrible slaughter aboard a dying Dark Eldar ship.
I usually get a lot of commissions involving Imperial forces, so when this challenge came along, I was glad that I'd be stepping out of my comfort zone.
I've drawn Dark Eldar before, but I've never drawn many troops or an Archon himself, nor one of their ships' architecture. And, for that matter, I've never drawn many Traitor Marines either or Daemons from the Warp harvesting the souls of the living.

Thus, you get this piece, which is packed full of details, many of them mentioned above. I personally love the way it's turned out, considering my inexperience with these type of races. I'm particularly fond of the ship's brooding, Clive Barker-esque atmosphere, contrasted by the brightness of the Slannesh daemons and The Flawless Host Chaos Space Marines. The Daemonettes about to jump onto the Archon to deliver a killing strike.
There's a sense of total mayhem and impending doom as well as a close-up on a Daemon sucking the soul out of an Incubus. Everything part of this setting I'm proud to have produced.

I hope you enjoy this one, as many have asked me if I'd ever render more races in the Dark Millenium; here's your answer.

Let me know what you think, as usual and I hope to see you soon with more updates!

Nic.-

Games Workshop Ltd. 2010
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EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Awesome picture! Cool style!
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DEATHSPACE2 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Karma at its finest.
Raid an entire world, get killed by Slaanesh-following Chaos space marines.
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RayMax90 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Brutal. I love it!
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Legionsoffire101 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
yay dead eldar, fav part of this picture is the chaos marine about to crush the skull of the dark eldar on the right
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AkaiAkumu Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Great details as always! It always made me wonder though why would those two factions fight. I mean they both follow the same god... I mean i know he's a dick and finds Eldar souls yummy but come on!
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cannibaljim Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think a landscape layout might have served better in this piece. This tall format feels very restrictive in viewing the scene and initially made it hard to make out what is going on. Of course that might be what you were going for.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It was actually the intention to make the scene 'messy'. Whenever I think of battle, I do not think of it in terms of 'Wow, how shiny that spear looks against the sunset!'. I try to go for a much more involved scene, one in which the viewer will feel as overwhelmed and dizzy as the actual combatant. I feel there's much more 'veracity' in such a work than one where everything looks stiff and posed.

Nic.-
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Awesome epic feel to this piece!
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Squigzog Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Damn that looks nice man
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Beckjann Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AaaaAAAaaa LOVE this PIC!!!
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DJamesBrett Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Damn it, man! After waiting four years for GW to update the Dark Eldar and having my enthusiastic optimism ("They've released another Space Marines update! Surely Dark Eldar must be next!") being greeted with nothing but silence and rumors, I finally managed to accept that I won't be seeing them reworked for a long time, if ever.

But now you come in with your fancy, pancy, stylish art and now my feelings for the Dark Eldar have returned, and there is still no update in sight.

Damn you and your artistic skill, you vile tormentor!

...

In all seriousness, great work. I really like what you've done.
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vipertaja Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
I really like the fact that you chose to use the flawless host chapter. Nice to see the more peripheral and slightly obscure chaos marine chapters in artwork.
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wheresmytea Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wooooooow. :D I think you covered all the points I was going to mention, so I'll just stare and let the sheer awesomness of this piece sink in. :)
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Thebuild Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
A different piece but very nice, I really liek seeing more variety to the races especially when you have two dark races facing off agaisnt each other.
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Bryce-Lee Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully put together buddy, one of your best.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
such a rare treat to see evil vs evil.:D
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imric1251 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
oh wow this is awesome, i love all the details and there is stuff happening everywhere on it carrying the eye around the whole image
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Ragathol Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is really nice, I think the designs work fine.
Not related to the art, but somehow I can never save your pictures by the name, it's always just the internal image code. And it's only for your pictures. It doesn't really affect anything, but it's pretty odd.
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Turain Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
This looks awesome =D
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DaveP773 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Holy balls of Zeus! This is amazing, Nic. Total surprise to see! You know I'm a big DE fan.

Fantastic piece.

DP
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Steelwool Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Kind of took me a second to figure out what was going on but amazing work as usual, Flawless Host FTW
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Anggul Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Nicely done, some very different looking designs, although I'd like to see a bit more of the Incubi hacking through marines and daemons before they get swamped down. (:
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Montross Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Damn, dude. This is really cool. :thumbsup:
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Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Filmographer
OM NOM NOM DELICIOUS ELDAR SOULS
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fieldy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I love it, there's so much going on!

*drools*
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OH DARN IT! You beat me to the punch XD
I was just debating doing a DE picture with some fellow artist :heart: What a magnificent co-incidence this is!
(apparently September-November is Eldar/Dark Eldar months, lol)
By the by, I have finished a VERY good book called 'Path of the Warrior' and I must say that Gav did a fantastic job, I never had much particular interest in the Eldar but his writing made me a fan.
When I get a collection of books to send out to you I'll be sure to add it to the list ;D

And the art rocks my socks :thumbsup::meow:
Hopefully my little nephew and his momma are in good health :heart:!
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inneryoung Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
the detail! amazing!
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Vlaskiyov Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I do love me the sight of some xenos about to get owned. Remarkable work here, something new is always a welcome sight from your forge of art.
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duck-of-the-void Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
The csm will win. Fo' deffs'
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Arkharoth Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
A fantastic pic, it has action and demons, and CSM... and that's my weakness on a WH picture xD
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PsychicHobo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Dark Eldar! YES! Pity they're the ones getting killed... oh wells.
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wooow.. So detailed and emotionally strong!
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ghostwulf Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Love it! as always you do amazing work.. can't wait for the rest of the Primarchs, especially Night Haunter.. :)

oh, and i still want that Red Riding Hood piece.. if my finances will ever straighten out enough for me to get it.. :P
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
This is probably one of the most frantically action-packed pieces I've seen from you. Brilliant work!
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Ritualist Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really awesome. like concept art for dark millennium online. you can only hope that ship raids as awesome as this one will be included.
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MajesticChicken Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Awesome! I'm really diggin the Slaanesh flavored Fury jumpin out, about to wreak some havoc!
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King-Robert-XII Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
It's good to have non-Imperial pictures - it's nice for poor beleaguered humanity to catch a bit of a breather when everyone's not ganging up on it. :)

It's a lovely picture as always, Nic, and actually very timely - the Fear the Alien anthology that was published recently has a couple of really rather good Dark Eldar-perspective stories in them (Archons in love!), to which this is good accompaniment.
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Archon's gonna get surprise sex from those Daemonettes, he is. Sick fuck will probably enjoy it and then rip their faces off. Or something.

Messy and mayhem, like you aimed for. An unusual colour palette. There's enough yellow for the purple and red for the green though, so nothing really sticks out to me as messy in terms of colour. The muted darkness pretty cool, working well with the CSM's bright armour and the white-hot explosions.

You manage to get more space into your art than me, Nic, despite drawing cramped environs. So jealous ;)
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KoniraThax Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I finally figured out that all Eldar are female. A friend of mine told me. The Eldar are cool, though.

But damn, this is cool. My friend would appreciate this, he's Chaos Marines all the way. XD

Have you ever planned to draw Tyranids? I'd love you if you did. XD
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfacepalmplz: No they're not. They just look very feminine to human eyes. Eldar have male and females like humans and Tau.
I can only think of two all-female species in Wh40k, and even that is kinda stretching things: Orks and Tyranids. But that's just my Biology-fagging.
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King-Robert-XII Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
"I can only think of two all-female species in Wh40k, and even that is kinda stretching things: Orks and Tyranids."

*A passing Boyz-laden and gun-bristling Trukk abruptly jerks into a turn and screeches to a smoky halt before Belazikkal*

"OI! YOU! Iz youz sayin' that we'z gay?"

( ;) )
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: No, lesbian, or rather: parthogenic.

GW's current stance on Orkses is that they're an algae/fungus/animal hybrid of some sort. Gene-splice by some ancient horror that even Necron's feared. IIRC Xenology correctly.

And as Orks are said to spread by spores... well, what I'm getting at, without giving a Biology lesson, is that anything that can reproduce is by default female. Of course, in asexual parthenogenic species male/female don't really matter. I'd still rather call them female than male. Or just Orks with the personal pronoun "it". ;)
Sorry for the rant, but I love crypto-biology in Wh40k. There's so much room for mindfuckery!
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Ritualist Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lmao: lesbians. :XD:
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Never heard of the entire species of lesbian lizards? [link]
It can occur in all male species, though. But I don't really want to call something that essentially produces egg cells, even if it is fungoid spores, male. It produces eggs, it's female.

...

Then again, Orks ARE part fungoid. And fungi have fucking retarded reproductive paths. I know of 5 different paths, there are probably more.
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uchuujinx Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Just being a little bit xenobiology-nit-picky on my side, but if Orks spread from spores or they are all parthogenetic, wouldn't that made 'em hermaphrodites? I agree on called them "it" rather than he/she.

May the Ordo Xenos spare us from such alien heresy!
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good point, that. I've also been considering if Orks are all clones or if there is some form of genetic recombination going on? With the parthogenetic lizards, it's a case of a species of all female clones. There is practically no genetic recombination (though they still have to "mate" to lay eggs).

Alien heresy? Most of this weird stuff takes place on Earth already! :lol:
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KoniraThax Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not stupid, I know that. Most of them are female is what he says, he plays table top 40k.

And Tyranids are disgusting alien bug monsters that eat skin and bones, I don't think they need male or female.

Orks are plants like in LotR, LOL.
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I weren't inferring anything like that, mind. Just visualizing my reaction, is all.
Most Eldar models are male, from my knowledge, though Dark Eldar has something closer to a 50/50 split.

Tyranids still need gene recombination at some point. Unless they do it the bacterial way, or some other utterly alien way, they will need eggs and sperm some point. Genetic recombination, albeit highly driven, is the whole gist with 'Nids.
Now, I have no idea what the 'Nid crypto-zoological reproductive ecology is, but I'd guess the GW based them off hive-living so-called eusocial insects. Like bees. And they have genders.
Basically, I'm talking definitions, not concepts.

Are Orcs plants in LotR? I was under the idea that they were Elves captured, maimed and brainwashed by Morgoth, originally. Then again, Professor Tolkien was hardly consistent with his stories some times.
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KoniraThax Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, sorry. I'll have to correct him, then. For you see, his mind is in the armour of Chaos Marines. LOL.

I don't like to think about mating Tyranids... they're nasty enough as it is but they probably reproduce through some form of asexual breeding with eggs. Liked like a Yoshi.

I have a friend who basically lives off LotR and he said what was in the movie was added and not the actual story of how orcs came to be.
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"Everything with breast bulges is female!" :lol: Know that mentality. Then again, Wraith Guard are completely asexual in design... Anyway, I won't go Wh40k nerd on you ;)

I don't like to think about mating 'Nids either. But as they have no chest-busters like the Aliens in the movie Alien, well :shrug: Who knows?

I think the Morgoth creating Orcs from Elves bit was in Silmarillion. It was freaking AGES since I read that, so, yeah. Your friend must know more than me, then.
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