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Epic by NicolasRGiacondino Epic by NicolasRGiacondino
(...)For close to two hundred years, the Emperor, beloved by all, had led the Great Crusade from the front, fighting in the vanguard of humanityís second expansion to the edges of the galaxy.

Those days were over, for the Emperor had announced his withdrawal from the fighting, telling his faithful warriors that the time had come for him to relinquish control of the Crusade to another. The Astartes had wept to hear that their beloved master was leaving them, but as epochal as this separation was, it was more than matched by the Emperorís next pronouncement.

Before the gathered warriors, the Emperor removed the golden laurels that had been his most iconic accoutrement and bestowed them upon his brightest son. No longer would the Emperor command the armies of the Imperium. That honour, now fell to Horus Lupercal: The Warmaster.

It was an old title, revived from dusty antiquity, yet it was a natural fit and perfectly encapsulated the unique qualities of the Luna Wolves Primarch. From the millions of warriors gathered before the steel-sheened dais, adulation had mixed with sorrow, but Ahriman had felt the conflicting waves of powerful emotions as the other primarchs reacted to Horusí ascension. Perhaps they felt it should have been them, or perhaps they raged at having to take orders from one of their own.

Either way, it made little difference. The decision had been made, and the Emperor was unequivocal in its necessity. Many warriors had expected to renew old acquaintances or swear new bonds of brotherhood on Ullanor, but with the Emperorís pronouncements made, the garnering of Astartes broke up with almost unseemly haste.
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This is the fragment from Graham McNeill's Thousand Sons the client sent me as the basis of his requested illustration. You can imagine my surprise...

This is, without a doubt, the most complex, detailed, big and exhausting work I've ever done to date.
Featuring The Emperor, Horus and another eight of his brothers, all present for his crowning as Warmaster on the plains of Ullanor in this image was a daunting and time cosuming project. But I think I've made some justice to the scene. Or at least I hope so.

There are ltsof details that Ilike abut this illustration; but I think my favourite is the actual crowning of Horus by The Emperor. Even wih all those Legins and fellow Primarchs around them, they seem to be lost into each other's gaze, perhaps wondering what will come out of this mighty announcement.

I hope you enjoy this 5-days-of-work straight image and let me know what you think.

Nic.-

PS.. Hit dowload to get a better view of the details.

© Games Workshop Ltd. 2011
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MarineVasily Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Wow this is huge...I think I've fainted. 
The moment of coronation for Warmaster is astonishing moment.Oh Noes! 
I think you did a great job on this illustration, especially I like the emotions of Primarchs.
You can see how different Primarchs feel about this promotion, including Horus and his father.
And the background is so epic all those titans, Custodes,banners, Astartes I truly love this art!CURSE YOU! 
Used it as my desktop for year.:) (Smile) 
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lunarknight92 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
if only he would have been a better father... such a tragedy ... man this kind of art is amazing but ... i dont know it kind of gets me moody , to think that so many things have been lost in the warhammer universe... damn...
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
There's much that's been lost indeed! But I'd like to think that The Emperor did give to mankind something that will never truly die, which is unity. He reunited every human in the galaxy unto his rule and pitched them against the darkness, which they're still fighting. So some of those glory days passed on through to the 41st Millenium.

Nic.-
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thepoweroflogic Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With this many primarchs in one piece, your art has reached critical levels of awesomeness...
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D

Thanks, mate!

Nic.-
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
 Epic Indeed; when I read the Horus Heresy novels your vision is the one that most influences my own, Master Aerion.
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Vikojaver Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
this draw is when the emperor gave the tittle or warmaster to Horus and only 9 primarchs were at Ullanor at the time, Garviel Loken said it to Mersadie Oliton.

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:iconkidsapiens:
KidSapiens Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
This is amazing and you should feel like a king.
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:iconrobguil4774:
Robguil4774 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Everyone on the picture is a galactic-level badass!
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Khabal-reaper-278 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Live up to its title.

Just. Wow.

Your work has reanimated the old WH40K fan in me, and i thank you for that!
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GABRIEL256 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Writer
the most epic scene i've never seen!
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Delacroixhcm Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
There's a few primarchs missing, but the picture is EPIC!
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:iconzibzero777:
zibzero777 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Primarchs forever! I wish they were all alive and loyal.......
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:iconzibzero777:
zibzero777 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Hayzz... :) Brings back old times... I wish they were all alive and loyal...
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:iconzibzero777:
zibzero777 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Love your art sir! :)
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:iconwolfiuz:
wolfiuz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's...it's....Magnificent, truly something you should be proud of.
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:icondaemonlordpride:
DaemonLordPride Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
One of the greatest pieces of 40K art I have ever seen!
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Mike-Greenaway Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   General Artist
well, this is my desktop forever. No, Wait.... I need this PAINTED AS A MURAL ON MY CEILING!
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:iconmangexx:
Mangexx Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nice!:D
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Lorkar Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
where's horus, who's the winged one xd?
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citron11 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Horus is getting crowned by the Emprah. The winged Primarch is Sanguinius.
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Lorkar Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:D yes i read about that after i finished watching your art, pretty interesting story, i had never looked Warhammer that way, now i want to play it :D thanks for answering.
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DooM-TF Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
That is the best.
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Dragonshad Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Love the Image, all the small details are great, the expressions on the faces, the Armour, even the fact that the Emperor and Horus share the same skin tone (And Dorn's mutton chops with mustache made me laugh). I am also a big fan of the shadow of the Warlord Titan in the back. All I would say is that Sanguinius' wings are way too small for him, but the rest of him is awesome.
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maiwand85 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Freaking epic of epic! Awesome!
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daftpunky Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Very evocative! I love it!!
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here4pics Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
For a second i thought the Emperor was going for a high five then I saw he had something in his hand, my bad.
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HereticAscendant Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
The Finest Hour of The Great Crusade.
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ACS2805 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Fantastic. That planet looks a bit too close to Ullanor to be safe, but it helps communicate the scale of this. Epic. That's Angron with the tubes running out of his head, right?
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maxph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Artist
INDEED
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gumogumo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Simply epic!
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Boooosha Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Such an iconic moment! Really well done
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sk8er-guy123456 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
I dont see the Lion :/
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:iconadrassil:
Adrassil Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
he wasn't there at the time, I think
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:iconnemotgr:
nemotgr Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
How it should have ended.
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:iconjfriggin:
jfriggin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
btw, MOAR LORGAR PLZ :D
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:iconjfriggin:
jfriggin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
yearbook pic
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:icondreadhaven:
DreadHaven Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Awesome!
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:icondreadhaven:
DreadHaven Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Awesome!
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stitches-of-demise Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good heavens! Nico, this is superb! It is EPIC indeed! I sincerely wish to give a proper comment about this piece but words are not enough to comprehend how overwhelming this piece is.
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DarvenTravos Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
DUDE!!! Very nicely done. Warhammer 40k at its best.
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Youngsta1 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh wow
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dethdealer27 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Also hence my icon and avatar.
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dethdealer27 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
That is epic and awesome, but for me, WE ARE LEGION!, I am more in line with the Chaos Space Marines, I play Dawn of war 40K, Chaos Marines are on par with Infested Terrans, Deadly and Ferocious in Battle. To quote a Possessed Chaos Marine, " I feel the warp overtaking me, it is a good thing.."
Im gonna try to make up a scene of my own someday of the Forces of Chaos.
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Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Oh man that's pretty slick!
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Knightege Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
By the Emperor ... Epic İndeed.
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Manusaurusrex Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
This is Amazing! bravo sir, you're the ultimate king of remembrancer's :)
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Emperor14 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Which primarch is standing between Mortorian and Angron? I don't recognize him from any of your art work. Thanks great work!
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murtagh101 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Writer
lorgor, you can tell by the boltgun metal color scheme
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Emperor14 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Which primarch is standing between Mortorian and Angron? I don't recognize him from any of your art work. Thanks
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