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Kashmir by NicolasRGiacondino Kashmir by NicolasRGiacondino
Two updates close to each other? And Dark Millenium related...? You can't say I'm not spoiling you :D

This is an illustration requested by ~Turain, which I had a lot of fun rendering. Most of all because all of the elements involved in it are trademarks in my style: giant sand worms (resembling those of Herbert's greatest work, Thousand Sons, Pre-Heresy times and desertic landscapes... if you've watched my gallery for a while, you know those things appear every now and then.
There's lots of details that I enjoy about this piece; the egyptian theme of the Thousand Sons librarian, his vague resemblance in armour to his Primarch Magnus (one of my favourite Libris Primaris renditions), and the muted, weird palette amongst other bits. I think it's this last item that's made me most proud.
I usually am wary with colours, but this time I tried to use a combination like the old masters did. Like Frazetta, for example. And I didn't went over the top with them either. The subdued sky, the purple/yellowish/greenish hues of the worm, all conspite with the older armour on the Space Marine to tint this illustration with a bit of a retro-vibe. As if it was a pulp cover.

So, I hope you enjoy this one and hit that :+fav: button if you do!

See you all soon.


PS.. For some unknown reason to me, Led Zeppelin's Kashmir fits this image perfectly well. Listen to it, if you can, whilst viewing it and you'll know what I mean.
I think it's the desert references in the lyrics and that oriental atmosphere in the sounds... or maybe it's just my lack of sleep :P

Games Workshop Ltd. 2010
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NewGuy13 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Thousand Son: Aw crap. I'm in the wrong franchise. I'm in Dune!!
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The good thing about the Dark Millenium is that the galaxy is so wide and populated, that the Space Marines could even encounter a proper xenomorph one day :D

NewGuy13 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
You mean the tyronids? They already have the terminators, and Sauron's reach is large if he can put orks in space.
flyingwaffles14 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Morinki Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Pre-Heresy Thousands Sons= Amazing just amazing[link]
DrMGrowth Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Let me think,.... dune ? or space marine invade arrakis ?
AllintheTrousers Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
I really liked your work up until now.

Now...I want to bear your children...
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Sandworm pit, Desert Plains, , Galactic Padishah Empire, Dune Universe.

"What am I doing here? I am a Space Marine of the Thousand Sons in the service of Magnus and the God Emperor of Mankind! WHY AM I ON ARRAKIS STANDING NEXT TO A GIGANTIC SANDWORM?!"
jfriggin Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Smexy scimitar marine > Gigantic penis
AMSindridge Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
diego2528 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
genial. tanto por el gusano como por el mil hijo(y me encanta los mil hijos. lo cual lo hace 1000 veces mejor)
OMEGAdane Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
I think theres a bit of that at the end of Tales of Heresy, but it was World Eaters vs mudworms...
Thanks for the awesomeness!
Belazikkal Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've featured this here: [link]
AkaiAkumu Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Hail to you for this one! Great choice of song, theme and colour. Definitely a fav! It only lacks chins.
ZeroMKII Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
wheresmytea Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fabulous armour & AWESOME SANDWORM!! :D And that sky... it pulls the whole picture together. I like how you can use a variety of styles in one piece and get a coherent feel from it.
Battlehamstergg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Superb .
Thebuild Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Great work Nic, really like the reds and the highlights you've put on the armour.
Mykar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
haha, I'm noticing a distinct Led Zep inspired naming system coming to life
Son-of-Fire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Dune + Warhammer = Unbridled Awesome...
Armel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love Kashmir, love the 1000 Sons, love Dune, love u... what else is there to say.
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
quite like the red color scheme.:D
dukeleto Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol it's crazy, but I like it :+fav:
DeadBilly27 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
(Knows nothing of WH40K) A Space Marine vs. Shai-Hulud? The mighty sandworm wins everytime!
SgtScrap Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
A truly magnificent piece. :)

Although, a very tiny bit of criticism: Shouldn't pre-Heresy Power Armour have the beaked helmets? I always thought that the grilled helmets only came along with Mark VI or Mark VII Power Armour which appeared well into the late end of the 35rd millennium.
NashTrickster Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Beaked Helmet is Mk6! And the grilled helmet (although with studs on the top of the helmet) first appeared in Mk5.

But, true enough, helmet should be either MK2, Mk3 or Mk4.
NashTrickster Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
(Aaargh pressed "send" before finishing my sentence... It should have read: )

But, true enough, since the thousand sons is in pre-heresy colors he should be wearing Mk2, Mk3 or Mk4.

However, the helmet design is coherent with the rest of the armour. The studded part pointing to a Mk5, the helmet design is right.
Gameman87 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Actually I find that Kashmir fits better for the Tomb Kings.
Hendrick Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Student General Artist
the color work is top notch. Kashmir is one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs and while I do think it fits for this, another one that this also evokes is Blue Oyster Cult's Golden Age of Leather -- especially the line about the wind whipped the desert with a giant hand and the humans and the horrors fight the shifting sands. Amazing stuff from you as usual.
NashTrickster Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Looks great as usual.

I'd have a slight perspective critique though:
We can see the bottom of the sickle magazine and of the handhold, but not of the flat part below the muzzle... That makes it look like the bolter is "twisted" somehow...
AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic work, Nic.
Horacus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Un marine de los mil hijos, magnifico trabajo :D
Arkharoth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
You've done it again: a fascinating illustration.

And for desert themed songs i recommend you to hear Home, of Dream Theater:


12 minutes of music, but good music (at least that's my oppinion xD)
Ravenkeeper Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
excellent work, I really like your thousand sons design, particular your Kopesh sword (if I recall the name correctly) turned out really nice and your egyptian theme works well ^^d
The sandword is a splendied touch ^^
terraluna5 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! Mainly cause the Thousand Sons are my favorite. You ought to see my gallery (I do traditional art), it too incorporates several Thousand Son designs of mine. Well done, mi amigo. Well done.
Vlaskiyov Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Loving this picture, and your subtle references to great Led Zeppelin songs. Which Librarian is this btw?
Cornuthaum Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
"SKULLS FOR THE SKULL... What? What?! In the name of Khorne's burning brass testicles, they have no skulls!? What crime against existence is that!"
- Oft heard complaint of the World Eaters during the extermination of desert planet Dyoone, 117.M37
Ravenburg Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
fantastic mate, one of my favorite dark millenium pieces that you've done. can't wait to see what's next.
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
this kinda reminds me of Dune
chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Oh Hell yeah! 40K dudes all strung out on spice, that's a horrifying combination!
Turain Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thank you. It's... wow :o

The armour looks great, the silver and the green and the red give it an awesome look, and the worm...

the Worm o0

I can't wait for the rest of the commissions =D
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinating and ironic, considering I watched 'Dune' for the second time. (this time around the extended version so I understood better what was going on, lol)

I could see the reason behind the Thousand Sons being such potent psykers due to 'Spice' :giggle: Well done Nic ;)
facundo-lopez Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Qué genialidad, en especial los detalles, como el de la saliva.
EmperorBassexe Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Very well done! :clap: The only fluke I can see is that the hilt of the kopesh isn't too well defined where it meets the actual edge of the blade. ^^;
Belazikkal Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, the songs fits.

For some reason, the sand-worm is my fave in this image, even if the 1k Son Librarian is very nice too.
JackAllenArt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i was going to say a great combination of Herberts Dune Worms and Space Marine but you that and it is great.
IADM Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Lo estoy escuchando ahora a ver que onda...
Besos a los tres.
Pronto voy a pasar, lo prometo.:hug:
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