Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
EMPEROR'S TAROT - The Space Marine by NicolasRGiacondino EMPEROR'S TAROT - The Space Marine by NicolasRGiacondino
THE SPACE MARINE

Self-control – Being solid

Composure – Stability – Perseverance

Discipline – Inner strength


The Space Marine stresses discipline and control. The xenos creature represents the primal or id-like part of the mind, and the Astartes, the 'higher' or more elevated parts of the mind. The card tells the querent to be wary of base emotions and impulse.

This is one of the most iconic cards I've drawn. Space Marines are, to all intents and purposes, the representation of the Imperium of Man. Its defenders and most revered warriors. And, as such, I wanted this card to really evoke the relentlessness of the Adeptus Astartes and their famous "know no fear" trait. I, of course, chose the Ultramarines as they're (as I've mentioned before) the finest example of a Codex adherent Chapter.
In keeping with the symbolism of the Tarot deck, I replaced the traditional Lion with a Tyranid, which made this quite awesome, I think.

I hope you like this one and as usual, let me know what you think!

Nic.-

© Games Workshop Ltd. 2013
Add a Comment:
 
:iconbersekers1:
Bersekers1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Let's see that smile~
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:D

Nic.-
Reply
:iconkingofcopper16:
KingOfCopper16 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
to quote the great Terminator (no, not the ones from here or the movies) "i've been enhanced"
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed!

Nic.-
Reply
:icon1nconceivable:
1nconceivable Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
"Have you been flossing regularly?" 
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D

Nic.-
Reply
:iconchaosaurion:
ChaosAurion Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
awwwww, space mehreens started dentistry plans for 'nids finally!
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D

Well, if you're going to fight an engulfing mass of 'nids, you better get their best smile aimed at you!

Nic.-
Reply
:iconsfaccountant:
SFaccountant Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
"I think I see a cavity! I told you to cut down on your sugar intake! Tsk!"
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D

Nic.-
Reply
:iconnightcorerulz:
Nightcorerulz Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

"Show me them pearly whits" *revs up chainsword* "This might sting a bit!"

Worst. Dentist. visit. Ever.
Reply
:iconcorporal-yakob:
Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
"Learn self-control by TEARING A FUCKING TYRANID'S HEAD APART WITH YOUR BARE HANDS! WARNING: self-control should not be attempted by mortals at home."
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D

Awesome.

Nic.-
Reply
:iconcorporal-yakob:
Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
:iconimhappyplz: :iconsaysplz: Space Marines are the ultimate guidance counselors. 
Reply
:iconratibor31:
Ratibor31 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hercules and the Nemean Lion...
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed!

Nic.-
Reply
:iconciypher:
CIYPHER Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
I have viewed all of your images and have to say, your one of the most original artists as well as my favorite period, and its an added bonus your a 40k fan as well, P.S  please do more Garviel Loken stuff, at least the final duel between him and Abaddon on Isstvan 3. Thanks for reading.
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for such kind words, my friend!

Back when I started illustrating the Dark Millenium, i did out of the love for the universe and didn't think the hardcore fans would accept it and embrace it so much. But I'm thankful that it happened!

I'll certainly revisit Garviel as soon as I'm able!

Nic.-
Reply
:iconciypher:
CIYPHER Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
I just got this reply, haven't been on Deviant art in a while. But you have made my day with the reply and your Exterminatus stuff is mindblowing thanks for reading :)
Reply
:iconsallar47:
Sallar47 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your descriptions are as good as your art, man! I love it! ALL OF IT!
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, my friend!

Nic.-
Reply
:iconlyciphur:
lyciphur Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Yay! more of your great tarot <3
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, my friend!

Nic.-
Reply
:iconspectorknight:
SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013

I don't think I could come up with a better way to get across solidity and stability then by showing a marine ripping open a termagaunts head with his hands. :P

 

Excellent work as always Nic. This series is fascinating and I hope to see more of it in the near future. :)

Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Joseph!

I think the 'strength' bit in the symbolism is well represented indeed :D I have another batch of these coming up soon, so keep your eyes open!

Nic.-
Reply
:iconpittbull44:
pittbull44 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
That sir that is a bad ass pose. Well done
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, good fellow!

Nic.-
Reply
:iconpittbull44:
pittbull44 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Also on a side note I would like to congratulate you on your work with the web comic "Free Mars". I enjoy how both the characters and the story seem to evolve right before me in perfect harmony at that speed. And the music chosen for each page compliments them flawlessly. Well done sir. Well done indeed.
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you again, Vincent! 

I love the FREE MARS universe I helped develop and I certainly evolved quite a bit through the years. I'm glad it shows!

Nic.-
Reply
:iconrarmus:
Rarmus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Adeptus Orthodontist!
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:rofl:

Nic.-
Reply
:iconsallar47:
Sallar47 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahahaha lool!
Reply
:iconthe-avatar:
The-Avatar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SPESS MEHREEN!:D
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
FOR TEH EMPRAAHHH!

Nic.-
Reply
:iconthe-avatar:
The-Avatar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reply
:iconsxgodzilla:
SXGodzilla Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

SPACE MARINE DENTIST!!! In the grim darkness of the far future... there is only plaque! ;)

 

my kidding and silliness aside, frikkin' awesome work.

Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D

To be honest, there's no way to make the visor of Space Marines to convey emotion, so in their emotion-less look they sometimes act as a deadpan humor act :P

Nic.-
Reply
:iconsxgodzilla:
SXGodzilla Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I know ;p

Reply
:icondukeleto:
dukeleto Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's my thought too, there's something very casual about the apparent expression on his visor :-p
Reply
:iconsxgodzilla:
SXGodzilla Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hard to have expressions on expressionless helmets ;p
Reply
:iconarachnid-x:
Arachnid-X Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Yup! there's your problem right there...
Reply
:iconsxgodzilla:
SXGodzilla Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Tyranid: "give it to me straight doc... is something wrong?"

Space Marine Dentist: "Yes... a distinct lack of... CHAINSAW TO THE FACE!!!" *splorch*

Tyranid: x.x blargh!!!

Reply
:icontheasorlinsstrike:
TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
FUCK YES! BREAK IT"S JAW AND RIP IT"S HEAD IN HALF! I DON"T CARE IF YOU ARE AN ULTRAMARINE JUST DO IT!
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha!

Nic.-
Reply
:icontheasorlinsstrike:
TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great work Aerion. You do us proud.
Reply
:iconrealaraita:
RealAraita Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
"I see no pearls here..."
Great drawing as always, hoping to see the whole tarot soon!
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, my friend!

I have more stuff from the Tarot coming up, so hopefully you'll get to see more very soon.

Nic.-
Reply
:iconvictortky:
victortky Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
You know you are a badass when you are a huge space marine carrying a what amounts to a portable grenade launcher with explosive bolts, and clad in enough armor to build a tank.

nice details on the space marine, love the armor plating and the design, and nice cameo of Guilliman's sons! Breaking open a Xenos face with bare hands? wow.
Reply
:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I certainly wanted to get the 'Know no Fear' bit accross :D

Nic.-
Reply
:iconvictortky:
victortky Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
hehe, you did get it across, although would be awesome if he destroyed a hive tyrant
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
October 23, 2013
Image Size
79.5 KB
Resolution
340×647
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
7,499 (6 today)
Favourites
231 (who?)
Comments
60
×