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MiniMasterpieces - 40,000 by NicolasRGiacondino MiniMasterpieces - 40,000 by NicolasRGiacondino
So...

I've neglected the Dark Millenium long enough, methinks! And having recently been featured in Mr. Abnett's blog with my famous Eisenhorn image ( [link] ), I thought it is due time I paid my respects to The Emperor for all his help in my career :D

These two MiniMasterpieces were completed a while ago, but I've been given permission to post them up just recently as they were for an exclusive client setting up a big wargaming event.
As you'll all appreciate there's no Space Marines in them which is why I'm so proud of the lil' pieces! I was really challenged to bring Catachans, Tyranids, Tau and Eldar to life in so small a space, but I think I did all the races justice.
Catachans were never an Imperial Guard option I liked, but I must admit that making them manly men look bad ass was terribly fun! As for Tau, well, it's been LONG since many of you hardcore fans have mentioned they'd look good in my style and they apparently do. Eldar I had tackled before, but never using vehicles, so that was a good kick in the butt to get to improving my skills with machinery.

So, I hope you enjoy these and let me know what you think! I know many of you Warhammer 40,000 fans will be excited so let's hear your thoughts.

Until soon!

Nic.-

PS.. These are slightly bigger in size than the MINIMiniMasterpieces I've been putting up recently. That's how I managed to fit more characters in them...

PS2.. The Emperor Protects! :worship:

Games Workshop Ltd. 2010
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:iconjesseearlswift:
Jesseearlswift Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Catachans, in a jungle you can find no better, but in mainline conventional combat id prefere an army that respects obediance.
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:iconalbanianstyle:
albanianstyle Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Them Tau are in for a surprise vs those Catachans
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:iconusdreadnaught92:
USdreadnaught92 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Catachans are gonna mess us that Lictor.

American soldiers were the inspiration for the Catachan Jungle Fighters, so I have to support my troops!

fav!
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Shadow123455 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
eldar and tau should work together if only the eldar weren't so darn arrogant!!
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:iconbibotot:
bibotot Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I spot a Lictor.
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:icondcassen:
dcassen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Awesome, completely awesome!
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:iconmilitant-jester:
Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   General Artist
I like your rendering style. What materials do you use?
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:iconnewguy13:
NewGuy13 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
The Eldar then pulls the Taus over for speeding and a DUI
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:iconcuberootrotheo:
CubeRootRotheo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Shouldn't it be the other way around?

Eldar with zippy racer jetbikes; Tau with patrol cars
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:iconmandomasta:
mandomasta Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
why eldar fight tau i thought dey wuld be fewends awe... lol that was my attempt at a childs voice on the internet. lolz great job. i hate to see the two "nicest" races fight eachother
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:iconshadow123455:
Shadow123455 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
AGREED :icontrollrollplz:
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:iconangaelwings:
AngaelWings Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Student General Artist
is this ps? looks freakinly awesome color penciled to me. gratis!
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:iconstalkan:
Stalkan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Is that a jungle Cthulhu?
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:iconkingunderthewoods:
KingUnderTheWoods Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Another great non Astartes piece especially since you've included Tau. I may be (contacting you about a Tau commision).

That being said honesty breeds improvment (not that you need to improve) but I do see a problem. It's simply a nit pick from a fan but the wing of the Pirhana is wrong. They aren't circular they're rectangular with a slight curve as it nears the body. Just for future referance :)
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:iconravenwolf87:
RavenWolf87 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
I would love to see some more Tyranids in your style! Very nicely done!
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:iconfieldy:
fieldy Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I absolutely love your artwork. Especially your Warhammer and Marvel stuff.

Simply Amazing.
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:iconsoulfreeze:
soulfreeze Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
The hive mind is pleased.
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
eldar drive-by bitches!!XD
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:iconjmqrz:
jmqrz Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this totally rocks!
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:iconsebbythefreak:
Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I came.
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:iconalteser23:
Alteser23 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Eldar drive by?
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I know it's a lictor, for some odd reason a part of my brain immediately went "Oh crap, Cthulu"
XD lol

Lovely work Nic, yes vehicles are a pain.
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:iconturain:
Turain Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
The Catachan-Tyranid part keeps making me remind myself of the "Predator" movie =P

The Tau do look great =D and the Eldar bikes to =)
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:icondnecro:
DNecro Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
After looking at this piece I what to joint the ranks of Catachans jungle fighters( so I can look hardcore like that). That lector is so screwed. I look awesome and I like the varies color you have use to make a over all appealing composer, keep it coming
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
well deserved attention Nic.
Good show!
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:iconarmel:
Armel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like them, and I'd be very interested in seeing how other alien scum (scum? wait, I play Eldar!) look in your style. I love your space marines and sororitas, but there's much more to the Dark Millenium ^^
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:icongoat89:
goat89 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
The Catachans looks amazing!
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:iconshiverz:
shiverz Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You've drawn TAU! Oh my, oh my! They look absolutely amazing ^__^ Viewing this makes me even more excited to view my commission!
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:iconravenkeeper:
Ravenkeeper Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
awesome IG ^^d
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:iconimperial32:
Imperial32 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
only one word woww
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:iconkrewl-rain:
KrewL-RaiN Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
lictor wants noms!
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:iconzarim:
Zarim Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Normally with that 'nid in the shadows I'd be all, "Yeah, they're screwed." but those guys almost look like they're expecting it. Righteous.

I dig the Tau, but if you don't mind a critique, I think you made them a little too long, angle-wise. Those helmets look a little too elongated for my taste.

But all around, a good show! Bravo, sir!
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:iconhoracus:
Horacus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Ese Lictor cenara catachanes hoy...
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:iconkonirathax:
KoniraThax Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cthulhu's in tha trees!
Nah, jk, I've got no idea what that is. XD
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:icondraggah-n:
Draggah-N Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
These are both great! I wonder what "Oh crap!" sounds like in the Tau language?
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
'living armor happens'.
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:iconvino89:
Vino89 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
id love to see more of these! your mini masterpieces are something very special.
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:iconrippersplitter:
RipperSplitter Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The Catachans are Manly... so manly that if they went to Pandora, Avatar would have ended very differently.

...

I never liked 'em Blue-people...
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:iconthegunner:
thegunner Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol eldar gangsta driveby
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:iconcorporal-yakob:
Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
The Catachans lie in wait, ready to crush the Lictor's face with their mighty muscles!

Seriously, excellent and highly detailed stuff as usual :D
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:iconflyingdevastator:
FlyingDevastator Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Tokyo drift 40k lol I can so see that happening in the bottom pic
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:iconpenguinofmoon:
PenguinOfMoon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
The Tau guys broke the speed limit and the Eldars were acting like police.......That's what I think when I first saw the pivture:P
TBH, I didn't reconize the lictor in shadow in the upper image.
Great work as usual :)
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:iconzombiekman:
Zombiekman Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
Congrats on the recognition from Mr.Abnett :thumbsup:
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:icongyro5:
gyro5 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
I love your style. Yes, you do bring warhammer 40k justice. For the greater good my friend!
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:iconderbene:
derBene Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hahaha, Tau look like some average people driving on a highway harassed by Eldar rockers :D
"Do you think they'll go away if we just ignore them?"
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:iconpaperjack93:
PaperJack93 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
is that chtulhu in the background
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:icondrakesavaan:
DrakeSavaan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
i thought it was too when i first saw it hahahaha
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:iconderbene:
derBene Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Probably a liktor, that's the Tyranid part of the pic he's talking of :)
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:iconpaperjack93:
PaperJack93 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it is most certainly chtulhu.
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:iconderbene:
derBene Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
You know what? You're right. It's the usual, Cthulhu projecting himself into the dreams of an artist :)
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