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FERRUS by NicolasRGiacondino FERRUS by NicolasRGiacondino
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It seems my updates are coming scarcely these days, but you'll read all about that in my Journal. The short story is: on top of being swamped with work, I've also had the annoyance of experiencing a week-long Internet crash, so...

However, all that time I could've spent surfing the web has bore some interesting fruit, with my finishing some things I was quite behind on. This latest Primarch being a perfect example.

Ferrus Manus was always - and ever since I got into the Dark Millenium - my favourite Primarch. There was something about him, his strength, resilience and overall essence that (to me) represented the 41st Millenium perfectly. Perhaps it was his metal hands, crafted in the fires of a volcano whilst he fought a C'Tan; or the rust and decay of Medusa, in constant strife for survival; or his Legion's allegiance to the Adeptus Mechanicus and its dark technology... everything conspired to make Ferrus a very important figure for me.

Thus, this image is one of my favourites in this project. As you'll notice, the armour on this Primarch is much less ornate than his brothers's, much more 'utilitarian' and blocky, because I wanted to keep Ferrus true to his essence; it being his faith in his own strength above all things. That also led me to render his arms in such a way as to make them a pivotal part of his design. I also kept the decoration very crude and tribal, as a nod to Medusa.

I think this one is a worthy succesor to my first depiction of this great legend of the Imperium and a huge improvement on it as well: [link]

I hope you enjoy it!

Nic.-

PS.. It's my first time using this new Critique feature here on dA, so feel free to add yours!

© Games Workshop Ltd. 2009
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
 Poor old Ferrus; the first Primarch to be felled by his brother's hand, but not the last, I fear.
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hvk Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An absolutely brilliant rendering of Ferrus; I love it!

Extremely fine work :D
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Mantis502 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I thought it would be cool if you included the stormbreaker.
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morqwal Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
it really means something when an artist falls in love with the subject.

this is one of your greatest. your shading is mood setting, the lines powerful yet subtle enough.
your colors are your most impressively minimalistic.
you have given Ferrus the breadth of character he deserves and left him with his dignity.
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AngaelWings Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Correct. in the HH novel Fulgrim, all his warriors never decorated any of their ships, it just had iron plates and none of the ornamental stuff. or whatever Mars gives to them. Ferrus' forge however is decorated with ton's of weapons.
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Cerberus-02 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Oh, if only you'd gone with a more reflective/mercury-like surface for his arms! Still awesome nonetheless. :D
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DavetheBlade Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favourite Primarch. Amazing work. Your style is excellent.
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ferrus manus fought a c'tan? but he died in the heresy...post Necron awakening.

(with that said i like this pic! you did him so well. though i think Sanguinius was still more epic =P)
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slamdunc09 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
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:iconnarakubeforhewentbad:
read it. must have missed the part bout him slugging it out with a c'tan
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ZS3 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
THE FLESH IS WEAK!!
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Steelwool Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Bueller?... Bueller?.... Bueller?
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bratyi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
awesome work... my fav primarch Ferrus :)
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ElementOfChaos Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Great Ferrus rendition!
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Supremehydra Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
wow.. are those dreadnought exhausts behind him?
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NightHerald Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Now here's a Primarch I'm not very knowledgeable about, and thus not one of my favorites (Although what I know about his backstory is interesting, and I like the IH legion as well).

That said, you've done a terribly good job on this as always. I like how he stands out a lot from some of your other Primarchs, with utilitarian armor like you said. There's a lot of 'square' shapes on his armor, which I think fits nicely. The skulls, chains and leather helps bring out the great 'badassery' no doubt present in this Primarch.

As I said before, I love the relative simplicity of his armor, it conveys the image of a strong, dedicated warrior with little taste for 'fanciness'.

Beyond that, I can't do much more than complement you on a piece well done.


I'll be checking out/commenting on the rest of your stuff later. Wouldn't want to flood your inbox with additional spam ;)
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so hapy that you think I've done such a good job of this Primarch, even if you don't know much about him. One of the things most important in an illustrator's career is to be able to catch the attention of the viewers, whether it be a shelf, or a screen, or a sidewalk banner.

I've always envisioned Ferrus as being the kind of military leader to be right there on the field with their soldiers, fixing tank problems and leading the first charge against the Enemy. That's why he's one of my favourite Primarchs.
By all means, read a bit more about him and his Legion, because I think they're one of the most representative of the grim dark future of Warhammer 40,000.

Nic.-
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NightHerald Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
This caught my attention, no doubt about that.

I think I'll do just that. I'm intrigued by the Iron Hands legion, I like their harsh worldview and cybernetic enhancements. Do you know if there's any of the HH novels about this legion/primarch, or heavily featuring them?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't know of any novels of the HH focusing on the Iron hands, mate, but if you surf the Black Library website, there might be some more information there. I do know that the novel FULGRIM by Graham McNeill does feature the downfall of the said Primarch and it certainly has to do with Ferrus Manus, his brother...

Nic.-
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NightHerald Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
I didn't think there was one about the Iron Hands yet, but I'll give it a check.

That sounds great, I'll definately get a hold of Fulgrim then. Graham Mcneill is a fairly good writer, and I'll get a healthy dose of Emperors Children along with more info on Ferrus. Thanks.
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SkeeNLangly Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Epic
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:bow:

Nic.-
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Lord-Melvin Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Once again, Aerion, you amaze me. You captured his essence well, although I never really figured out WHY the Iron Hands are called such until now...

Is it true he fought a C'Tan? Did he win? Which one was it?
I have so much lore to discover, and so little time to do so.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad I was able to ellucidate some of the fluff for you, my friend! Yes, the Iron hands is not a casual name and the story of Ferrus fighting a C'Tan is well-known in their Index Astartes, though, of course it is never said is was an actual C'Tan.
It is told that he fought a giant steel worm in a volcano in Medusa, which was stalking its people. Ferrus sunk the worm into the volcano's lava, thus destroying it; but in a final act, the alien creature embedded his arms of the metal liquid it was made of, thus giving the Primarch his fabled Hands. Wether it was a C'Tan or not, it's up to the fans, but I like to believe that (based on all the information out there about C'Tans and liquis metal, etc) it was.

Nic.-
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TheMethodMan Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
probably that's why they say Necrons are made of "living metal" :salute: mostly if it was a C'tan he absorbed some of that "living metal" for himself
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Havoc4ever Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
I always loved the Iron hands Chapter for their unique dark gothic technological style that very well define the Warhammer 40k universe.

And this image of the primarch does it wonderfully justice I invisioned him almost the same (not as detailed of course) as you have drawn him. Well done and keep up the great work!
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree with you that the Iron Hands are very appealing because they combine that gothic-ness and arcane technology that Warhammer 40,000 is all about, Nathan.
I'm glad I could sort of get into people's heads and come up with a rendition that satisfies the hardcore fans, because it is after all, whom I'm aiming to please. The client (who's a big fluff nut) is very helpful with data and such, so I'm never at a loss finding the essence of each character.

Thank you!

Nic.-
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VrRyoko Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't believe I missed this in my inbox. *Remedies this by adding it as a fave.* Mmm. Ferrus. x3
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha... a favourite is always the best way to tackle those missed works! I do it all the time myself :paranoid:...

Thank you, m'lady!

Nic.-
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VrRyoko Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! And yes, yes, it is. Now I'm going to dive into your gallery again.. see if I've missed anything else.. >D
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Horacus Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Sweet work here too. I prefer Magnus over the other primarchs for my part. He was killed by Fulgrim wasn't he?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Magnus was actually ascended to daemonhood, but Ferrus here was indeed killed by Fulgrim and presented his head as a trophy for Horus. A sad finale for such a great character, but I don't think it could've ended any other way with the Heresy at its peak.

Nic.-
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Ragathol Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Primarch IRON HAND of the IRON HANDS. He's got IRON HANDS. And a fantastic chin.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That chin can cut metal like cheese, mate :D...

Nic.-
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damonx99 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Hands down ,(two living metal ones), my top fav peice from you yet.

I totally agree with you on Ferrus. He is indeed , imo, a teir above on many of his brothers.

Absolute 100% great job on this one. He now resides as my background.

Emperor be proud!!!
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Desktops ahoy! It's remarkable how many folks are starting to view my Primarchs as somewhat 'official', or at least as a starting point for their own imaginings. It's a true blessing and also a great reponsibility for me.

I'm happy that Ferrus turned out so well and I'll make sure to revisit Medusa and his Chapter the first chance I got after this project is finished ;)...

Nic.-
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very awe inspiring.... as usual.

I meant to leave a comment for all of the Primarch's you've made so far but I don't want to burden you with a ton of messages when I know you have other things to do.

Anyway, all of your Primarchs are incredible to see. You pack so much detail into each and every one, from their armor to the vivid colors, that I could spend all night picking out what I like. As if that wasn't enough, you always make sure to give background info on each one. More information about them then I ever was able to find out.

Ferrus looks amazing. Especially his hands. You outdid yourself with them, I think. I could tell there was something special about them when I saw this the first time. But it took your description for me to get the full impact. (I'm surprised. Health care isn't all that great in the 41st millennium.;p Must be one of the perks of being a Primarch.) They stand out admirably. I'm looking forward to seeing how you will depict the rest.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Chris! I'm glad you didn't leave a reply on every single Primarch I have done... not because I wouldn't have apreciated them but because I would've had trouble replying on all of them, like you said! So, I thank you doubly for your consideration towards my schedule (and my Editor and clients will as well :D )

I'm extremely happy of the response I've gathered on this project, mainly with the fans, but also with the people that know nothing about these characters. I've managed to do what (in my opinion) every good illustrator does, which is to work with the essence of the characters and try and make it the most recognisable bit in the image.

I'm also glad that my reseraching has helped in improving the pieces further and (most of all) bring both fans and the regular folk some more bits that they might've not known or an entirely new background they can go check themselves ;)... more power to The Emperor's ranks!

I hope you enjoy the rest, and hopefully my work on the Pre-Heresy times won't end just there...

Until soon!

Nic.-
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docwholigan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Oh, and I must have forgotten to ask... The circular light sources dotted over the Primarch's armour. They're not a subtle nod to Iron Man, by any chance? ;) Seems like they could be a fun link to the two.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's always a true pleasure to read your insightful comments, Troy; really, they have such flavour (and they're written in a very nice english as well). Truly great.

I'm glad that you approve of this piece as you have others before it, but most of all because you're an IH player. That means that you know these guys and what they represent and who their Primarch was. I'm happy that my love of Ferrus has shone brightly enough for everyone to notice!

As for the small diods and light beams coming out of the Primarchs's armours, I have to say I really didn't think about the Iron Man connection until it was pointed out to me. I guess at some unconscious level, I imagine these artificer armours to be powered by energy like the one Tony Stark uses in his own technology (arc-reactor and all)... it's what I think everyone calls 'bling' :D...

Nic.-
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docwholigan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
In every line, every subtle nuance in the shading of his arms, each play of the light on the Primarch's invincible armour, there's a massive amount of your trademark style in Ferrus Manus. What helps immensely is that you've got such a clear vision of the Iron Hands' Primarch and that, with your unique method of bringing us visions of the Dark Millenium, you've managed to inject that square-jawed tenacity and indomitable spirit into a character usually viewed with the same warmth by players and fans of the universe usually reserved for a toaster.

I adore the lack of colour, here. It's a simple choice that I think many other artists would have skipped using purity seals, gold chasing and other brighter details; 'utilitarian' is the right word. There isn't a rivet out of place that doesn't look like it has a purpose on Ferrus Manus' armour, and that makes the fact they all seem so perfectly crafted all the more poignant. It also serves to draw attention to his arms, which just work somehow! It's the humanising element in the Primarch's design. Despite being the master craftsman, flawless and impeccable in every design, his 'gifts' are in mimicry - or homage - of the perfect human physique.

It might help that I collect an Iron Hands army, myself, but this is certainly one of my favourites from your recent uploads. A definitive, slick and tightly presented vision of Ferrus Manus and an instant classic that's going to grace the inside of my army case - if you don't mind me printing it out, of course! :D
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The-Captain-Jack Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Now I now its already been mentioned but I would just like to say that the armour has a lot more references to a dreadnought than just the power plant. Almost like the two things were developed from a similar style or design if that makes sense.

i thinks its a good nod towards an existing imagery and can imply that the design of the dread was derived from the forms of Ferrus's armour
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Jack! I think you raise a valid point regarding the Dreadnought similarities and though I hadn't thought about it, it was pointed out to me and now I start to see some sort of unconscious work in my image.

I also like how the Dreadnought could've been, indeed, something worked up from Ferrus's armour design or the two could've been prepared from the same STC blueprints.

Nic.-
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basler2 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favourite primarch too.I love how you achieved to make his armour look archaic(love the backpack).Love the contrast of the armour and the skuls on the chain and the background collors(black/gold).The scrolls are one ofthebest I have ever seen. Your work inspired me to draw my own primarchs.Please take a look at [link] and tell me what you think.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad that you like my work so much, mate! The contrasts are something I'm slowly incorporating into my work and I'm glad to see that they're making my illustrations much more interesting and complete.

Your rendering of Lorgar is quite imposing and I must confess I hadn't thought of a definitive design for him so far, but I'll certainly look at your image for inspiration!

Nic.-
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Longscope Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Once again, great work.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Mike!

Nic.-
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Son-of-Fire Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Badassery...
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive:

Thank you, George!

Nic.-
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Son-of-Fire Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Not a problem man...
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