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FERRUS by NicolasRGiacondino FERRUS by NicolasRGiacondino

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!


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.
hvk Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An absolutely brilliant rendering of Ferrus; I love it!

Extremely fine work :D
Mantis502 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I thought it would be cool if you included the stormbreaker.
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.
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.
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
DavetheBlade Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favourite Primarch. Amazing work. Your style is excellent.
ferrus manus fought a c'tan? but he died in the Necron awakening.

(with that said i like this pic! you did him so well. though i think Sanguinius was still more epic =P)
slamdunc09 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
read it. must have missed the part bout him slugging it out with a c'tan
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