Happy Monday, my fellow watchers and watcherettes!
Today is a joyous day of achievement and, at the same time, somewhat bittersweet too.
For four years, beginning on April 22, 2008, I've been researching and illustrating the mighty Primarchs
, the genetically engineered champions and leaders of mankind's legions of Space Marines and The Emperor
himself. I've explored their strengths and weaknesses and depicted their homeworlds and cultures, weapons and physical traits. Today, it ends.
Both the client and I always thought it would be fitting to have the Primarch of the XIII Legion be the one to end the series. Why? Because it is him who shaped much of what the Imperium would become in the fabled 41st Millenium. It is his contribution and penning of the Codex Astartes
that would give the Space Marines purpose again. The strategist, the warrior, the leader: Roboute Guilliman
of the Ultramarines
There is in this image a deceivingly simple nature to his armour. I could've added a lot of bling and embellishment to it, but I preferred to focus on his stern features and his looking ahead into the future. I preferred to convey triumph and honor, rather than decorations for decorations' sake. It is thus, that with simple and straightforward details, this Primarch wears honors that I only illustrated on The Emperor himself: the halo, the double-headed eagle, the sword resembling the blade of the God-Emperor as well as the laurels. Everything makes us think of this man as a complete hero and saviour, creating the full circle back to mankind's first true saviour and guide.
It's been wonderful to hear all that you had to say about this project. You've seen me grow within these images and helped me carry on this titanic task. You have even graced me with your statements about preferring my vision to the official.
Thank you for your support and here's the living proof that no matter how long it takes me, I always deliver
See you soon!
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