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MiniMasterpieces - The Wolf by NicolasRGiacondino MiniMasterpieces - The Wolf by NicolasRGiacondino
Hello dear watchers and watcherettes...

I bring you another Dark Millenium piece yet again. This time depicting a brother of one of the most played and respected chapters of the First Founding: Space Wolves.

The wolves always seemed a bit out of place to me, fluff-wise. I couldn't understand how something so barbaric would strap on a power armour suit and go battling throughout the galaxy to enlighten (?) stray planets.
But, having drawn wolves for some time, I've actually come to respect that savage nature indeed. Mostly because it is what sets them apart from the norm, making them interesting.
What I thought a fault at first has become the reason I see these guys working within the context of Warhammer 40,000. Plus, it's always a challenge to illustrate the scars and battle damage a warrior of the Chapter endures in his lifespan of service.

As usual, you'll have the last word. I hope to hear what you think!


PS.. By the way, if you want to see some fine sculpts of various characters, click here: [link] It's the client's own website and I promised him some pimpin', so come by and drop him a visit! Tell him Uncle Aerion sent ya'!

© Games Workshop Ltd. 2010
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lunarknight92 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
aye , thy might be barbarians ... but at least you can trust barbarians , i love the wolves for theyr philosophy i guess , i mean sure they kill and drink and shout , but they are honest about it , no secrets no b.s. no politics just warriors doing what they gotta do , gotta respect that
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree completely.

Auginator Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
the wolves are awesome.
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, mate!

fedupN Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Awesome pic! While the wolves never particularly interested me, this is a great picture.
TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I've come to understand from the GrimDark of the WH40K universe is that, regardless of their customs or agendas or cultures, all the Space marines Chapters and Legions believe in the same principle of protecting those unable to do so themselves.
Eyjo19 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
I don't know idf you heard this but in the Space Wolf Omnibus you'll find out that the Chapter is actually harvesting a special root (can't remeber it's name) that they put in their liquer so they can get drunk.
Also when one of the Space Wolfs challenged one to a drinking contest the loser had to stop drinking ale and drink milk insted, it ended with the loser going insane.
BioWolff Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
:iconfavwhoreplz: Absolutely awesome !!!

:iconswbassplz: :iconswtamtamplz: :iconswdrumsplz: :iconswsoloplz:
CroTrooper Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
astirio Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
For russ, and the emperor!!
ive been checkin out your art for some time, and ive got to say that its pretty freakin awesome.
Like this one especialy
KingUnderTheWoods Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
SPACE VIKINGS RULE!!!! great job, I've always liked what )ou've done with Space Wolves and as a 10 year veteran of the army I'm hard to impress. Great job
Bernard-Rieux Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
As it really get's winter in Berlin … that one is just in time! :]
maiwand85 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome as always. What medium did you use here?
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the compliments, mate! I used the same medium here as in all of my illustrations: god-blessed markers! :D

Zombiekman Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
SPACE VIKINGS! Love it love it love it!
jmqrz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
another great piece!
Ravenkeeper Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
well done Nic, you caught the viking'ish feel of the Space wolfs quite well here ^^d (my original chapter with my viking roots and everything) like the windblow feel of the drawing. gives it a great since of fierceness
Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Space vikings definitively have a place in 40k, heh
MrAverage Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Artist
It isn't often you see 40K stuff done with a heavy, stylized hand like this, and it works so well I wish you'd do it more often! WH40K is in the end kind of pulpy. Makes me wonder why the artists for it always play it so photo-realistic and dead serious - a really good high-style take on it like this is really convincing!
ghostwulf Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
as always man, amazing. I really love your color work... yet it makes me hate you all the more.. haha just kidding.
Rovien Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
This would make a very nice desktop!
Asurael-Returns Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By a matter of principle I hate Space Wolves, they always conflict with other of my favourite factions, and especially because they took down one of the coolest space marine chapters, Thousand Sons. If you read the black library book thousand sons you'll encounter and especially despicable rune priest or whatever they are called.

Anyway, banter aside, this image is as amazing as can expected from you, which is a lot. Love it ;)
RayMax90 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Very Bad-arse dudes indeed. I'm more of a Blood Angels fella m'self though.
Acre Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
The Space Wolves are the shiznit ofc! :D

Awesome piece of work there again my friend, loving the detail and feel of the piece.

deAnubis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
For Russ!

great work, not much more to say to that sadly.
Vlaskiyov Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
These guys consume enough alcohol to make everyone on Necromunda drunk.
TEV-Light Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
oh god this is crazy cool XD
i sooo wanna play DM but we still have to wait TT
SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Just awesome. Everything you need to know about this chapter can be taken in at a glance from this guy. They are hard, hairy, noble barbarian space-viking-knights. For The Emperor!
warp-zero Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Awesome! I also love how the scars on his head on deep enough to leave that slight indentation seen at the outer line of the top of his head.
Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Frankly, the reason I love the Space Wolves is simply because they are... no better word for it... Technovikings. It illustrates how flipping bad the Warhammer 40k world is, in which the barbarians are the most humane and noble people in the galaxy. They also serve to paint a brilliant illustration of what true nobility is. Other space marine chapters have this air of imperial nobility and grace, yet they are really indifferent about everything. They don't protect the galaxy because it is the right thing to do. They do it because they are told to. Space Wolves, it is different. The harsh world they have grown up in has made them appreciate their strength. Just because other people don't spend their whole lives fighting doesn't mean they don't count. To them, the purpose of strength is to help and protect those who don't have it. It is the perfect irony... the most superstitious, barbaric and 'beastly' group of space marines are the most noble and humane. Their world is all about "life is hard and everyone's got to help each other out". So yes, they seem out of place... because they are one of the few space marines that actually inspire hope and courage rather than fear and submission.
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist

Excellent comment, my friend.

DNecro Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I full heartily agree with this statement. I would rather have hair barbaric Viking on my back the sophisticated, artisan, emo, vampires.
terraluna5 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool! Even though I don't like the Wolves (barbaric and brutish), they're still fine warriors. If I were a Space Marine, though, I'd choose the Thousand Sons, pre-Heresy that is.

Again, great work!
BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Expresivo y con un fuerte sentido del movimiento. ĄPara no estar muy interesado en los Lobos Espaciales, los resuelves perfectamente!
Arkharoth Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Space vikings rule. (forgive me khorne!)
FlyingDevastator Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
because... space vikings
and every universe needs a beer chugging party
Gelgoog328 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think they enlighten, I think they just kill the enemy and leave the enlightening to someone else.
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