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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.


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.


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

© Games Workshop Ltd. 2011
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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...
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.

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...
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

Thanks, mate!

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.
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.

KidSapiens Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
This is amazing and you should feel like a king.
Robguil4774 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Everyone on the picture is a galactic-level badass!
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!
GABRIEL256 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Writer
the most epic scene i've never seen!
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