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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!


Games Workshop Ltd. 2010
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EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Awesome picture! Cool style!
DEATHSPACE2 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Karma at its finest.
Raid an entire world, get killed by Slaanesh-following Chaos space marines.
RayMax90 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Brutal. I love it!
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
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!
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.
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.

EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Awesome epic feel to this piece!
Squigzog Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Damn that looks nice man
Beckjann Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AaaaAAAaaa LOVE this PIC!!!
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