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The Raven by NicolasRGiacondino The Raven by NicolasRGiacondino
Happy Friday, dear watchers and watcherettes...

Well, keeping t my vow of updating more regularly, I bring you here my latest finished commission; a LONG overdue commission.

The brief for this one was simple: "His name is Azrael Corvus, Captain of the Blood Ravens 3rd Company after the former Captain, Gabriel Angelos, became the new Chapter Master (in the wake of the Dawn of War II: Retribution game). He's more about speed than absolute brute strength, handsome and lean, with short black hair and piercing blue eyes. He favors a power sword and bolt pistol over other weapons.

With this in mind I set out to create this piece, much in the vein of my Primarch busts (as requested too).
I like to think I made a very interesting character out of the brief description and that it is that simplicity that makes this image be a really good one. It's not overly detailed with bling or baroque elements. It cuts to the chase and shows a proud Brother Marine in his Chapter insignia. Straightforward and because of it, more powerful.
Let it be known that, for some reason, I love the Blood ravens' colour scheme, even though I know there's a lot of others like it (the Blood Angels nonwithstanding). It's great to colour it!

I hope you enjoy and see you (hopefully!) Monday.

Nic.-

Games Workshop Ltd. 2012
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:iconnakedsnake1862:
NakedSnake1862 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
I suppose this guy's the original Blood Raven?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Could very well be.

Nic.-
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MarineVasily Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
This is very cool in all ways.B-) (Cool) 
All those purity seals and other ornamentation looks awesome.Clap 
Including those special shoulder pad frame I like them a lot.:) (Smile) 
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, mate!

Nic.-
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:iconskr1329:
sKR1329 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
Einfach nur Hammer und super.
🍀 🌻 💪👍
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:iconfarcrykiller225:
farcrykiller225 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
ever thought of making the blood raven primarch?
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:iconjontun-davidro:
jontun-davidro Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Will he have a story?
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I believe he does in the client's fluff ;)

Nic.-
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:iconwyzilla:
Wyzilla Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
BLUHD REHVENS! TODEH WE WILL STEHL THE ENEMEH!

The DOW series is priceless simply for those wonderful voice actors.
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:iconfanglish:
fanglish Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
He is named after MKVI Power Armor "Corvus", which rather fittingly is favored by assault marines for its mobility and light weight compared to MKVII Aquilla. A swift Man and a Swift armor.

 I like to see this guy with those Assassins from your other series.
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BlackTemplar124 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Are you sure he's not named after the Primarch who the armour is named after? XD
Corvus Corax, the Primarch of Space Marine Legion XI, Raven Guard.
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:iconfanglish:
fanglish Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Good point.
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:icondeathfromspace:
DeathfromSpace Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I actually decided to do Blood Ravens on tabletop. I had always thought about one of the big legions but ended up with Blood Ravens after a friends suggestion. I legit like them. Great artwork btw, all your stuff is awesome man.
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Delacroixhcm Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Blood Ravens!!!!!!! WOOOOOOhOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
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:iconikeos12:
Ikeos12 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Praise the Emporer, a picture of the Blood Ravens, and none to shabby a picture at that. Thow hast the Emporers blessing my man :)
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:iconadrassil:
Adrassil Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Sounds like my own Dark Angel Company Master Remiel, actually.
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Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I like this a lot. Very clean. He seems quite powerful without having imposing size, and looks like he'd put a bolter round through your eyes before you even realised you got on his bad side.
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TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
None shall find him wanting.
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Seukonnen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this piece quite a bit ("trim swordsman" type marines are always a refreshing break from "He must be MOST HUEG" marines), but I've noticed there's some issues with perspective and foreshortening on the bolt pistol and accompanying hand. The magazine and magazine well appear distorted into a different angle than the bolt pistol's body, and his hand appears to be too far forwards, as if it were noclipping into the magazine rather than holding a pistol stock.
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tcraigen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I love the raven heads on the shoulder pad, great work. Nice simple, clean, and not in your face detailed. His face is wonderful, eyes are stunning
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:icononfyre:
onFyre Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Oh shoot, Magpies! Everyone hide your relics!
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strikerwingblade Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Funny you should mention that. I have a sergeant in my 3rd company Blood Ravens who's name is Azrael.

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Knowledge is Power, guard it well.
Commander Striker Wingblade of the Blood Ravens Space Marines
[link]
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hnnnnnnn.....blue eyes, my weakness~ :heart:
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:iconferperalta:
FerPeralta Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
excelentes todos tus trabajos,la verdad imprecinante.
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alchemius07 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012   Photographer
Great art as always (especially the eyes and armor) but he seems terribly young to be a commander due to his lack of service studs on his cranium. (as with the nameless commander in DoW2 vanilla and Chaos Rising)
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Nargo-Dahn Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Very nice and glorious Space Marine. Good Work.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
very nice!!:D
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:iconorkronos:
Orkronos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Nice relic you have there. It would be a shame of something happened to it.
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:iconkatherinaeva:
katherinaeva Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the traditional shading. It looks real even in Marker.
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dancercotillion Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The perspective on the sword feels really off. I can't put my finger on what's up with it.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to see things are going better for you, Aerion. I can see it, or else something else really good, is having a great impact on your work. Something about this most recent piece from you just really blows me away. More so then usual. :D

There's just something really popping about Corvus' face and armor. Both in colors and in the design. Keep up the fantastic work!
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MajesticChicken Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
I like whatever your doing with your marker work, it seems brighter and more focused.
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:iconsamuel-havana:
Samuel-Havana Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
So he also replaces Captain Vanilla Ice?
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:icongromitooth:
Gromitooth Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And that's why I hated the Imperial Guard Ending.
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:iconparanoidhal:
PARANOIDHAL Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOD
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:iconlost-egg:
Lost-Egg Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
The colours are beautifully rich, I love it.

OS
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dmastermanga Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dare you to make a piece on Indrick Boreale next
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:iconsmoke121:
Smoke121 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing stuff mate, simply amazing!

Your buddy, Valrak :)
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loardik Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
sexy spid [link]
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Cracked-Egg Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Woah, Woah, Woah...W40k on the front page...THE FUCK IS THIS?!?!
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:iconkatarjin:
katarjin Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Must be Eldar witchcraft FIND THE XENO SCUM
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4minutesart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Interface Designer
wooooowww
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Conclave81 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey spase marine on front page.
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LunarSwordsman Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Damn bloodravens. Overdoooone. Great picture anyways.
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Aimee1999 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
cool :D
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Dante551 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
im watching now nice job
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:iconskipshot:
skipshot Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like a Judge uniform hehe, I thinks I like it.
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nmfrter Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For the emperor!
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:icondreaminator:
Dreaminator Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Amazing! Im not a fan of the Blood Ravens but this character is very very interesting! His face is captivating , wonderful eyes and shading!
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