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I never thought I'd be so tired, fellow watchers and watcherettes... but I'm truly drained and exhausted beyonf words. Hopefully though, this image will be worth my investment in it.

This is a long overdue commission for a group of fine folks over at [link] . These fellows asked me if I could do an oversized image of their Deathwatch Squad, the Vigilia Mortis, whilst taking their vows of duty and devotion to the Emperor of Mankind.
To be honest, I hesitated at first, but I can't really refuse a challenge so I went for it and here's the result.

This illustration was rendered in A3 paper, with my usual markers and a bit of acrylic and whatnot here and there for effects and glows. This took me about five days, on and off in between my other deadlines (FREE MARS, for example!). There's 10 characters, all told; many Chapters and many facial features, special weapons/clothing and honours. The Inquisitor overseeing the ceremony was a plus for me, as I love the Inquisition!
There's a lot of details I'm proud of, but numbering them all would be quite tiring and I've already spent too long with these battle brothers.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this one; for all of those worried about my not illustrating the Dark Millenium since my last Journal, you'll be happy to see that's not quite the case. And I've got even more lined-up down the road.

Let me know what you think and have a great weekend!

Nic.-

Games Workshop Ltd. 2012
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:iconwilliamcll:
williamcll Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
Watch as almost all the marines go home only to find some of their gear are missing, including their whole armor.
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:D

Nic.-
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:iconauginator:
Auginator Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
which chapter is the guy with the black beard just behind the ultramarine from, I can't see enough of the armor.
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
He's a Black Templar, mate.

nic.-
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:iconauginator:
Auginator Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
nice wasn't sure cause you have the other black Templar there.
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:iconfellwolf22:
FellWolf22 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
what chapter is the marine in the silver armor near the Black Templar?
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a Charcharodon, if I'm not mistaken. Space Shark!

Nic.-
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:iconkingofcopper16:
KingOfCopper16 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
reclusiarch!
*bows*
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:bow: indeed!

Nic.-
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:iconcorporal-yakob:
Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
:iconawesomenessplz::iconsaysplz: Well this is simply awesome! Seriously staggering level of detail, ranging from individual purity seals and the background stars, to individual special equipment and various armour models. Incredibly cool stuff!
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It was quite a painful illustration to render because I had to pay very close attention to all of those details you mention, mate. These were actually players' characters, so I wanted to take them as seriously as they did and pay them proper respect.

Glad you liked it!

Nic.-
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:iconcorporal-yakob:
Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Yes, I can only imagine the hours upon hours of painstaking detail, and I can barely make a legible doodle sketch! 
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:iconwmdragonj:
WMdragonJ Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
welcome to death watch... bitch
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:salute:

Nic.-
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:iconrockhighlander:
RockHighlander Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Stop being so good at this, seriously now. ^^
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D 

I'll try to stop being so awesome for a couple of days, haha.

Nic.-
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:icong0atboy:
G0atboy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Is that Grimaldus?
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I believe it was, though the clients were never that specific, they did request this looks, so.

Nic.-
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:icong0atboy:
G0atboy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Hehe, everyone loves Grimaldus. Wait...now I'm picturing a really strange sitcom.
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:iconrovien:
Rovien Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
What sort of A3 material did you use? I'm trying to find some that can take a real beating!
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, usually here at my local art store there's really thick illustration paper that can take watercolors and other wet paint really well. It all depends on how thick the paper is really, but also bear in mind that the thicker it is, the easier it may be to lift up layers of it with paint so... Whatever you feel works best for you would be my advice, but always try to go for a medium thickness.

Nic.-
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:icongmat2257:
Gmat2257 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Grimaldus the hero of helsreach
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:iconflyingdextersart:
flyingdextersart Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Coooooooooolios picture!! :D
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:iconthe0demon:
The0Demon Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Hail the storm wardens! Keepers of the coming storm!
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:iconempty-hand:
Empty-Hand Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
I have to admit I am thoroughly satisfied to see an artist using traditional media, especially markers which is quite a hard thing to master. I have always wondered how artists such as yourself find the right brand of markers that blend so flawlessly. I can't even express in words how truly outstanding the artistic effort to create this must have been. Even though after eighteen years drawing I am only an ameteur it's people like you, who when I see images such as these, make me pick up the pen and keep on drawing when people put me down. Well done man, this is truly an incredible piece of art worthy of hanging on a wall.
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:iconnewguy13:
NewGuy13 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
This is the most dower family reunion ever!
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:iconcoboldos:
coboldos Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
The best 40K
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:icontheasorlinsstrike:
TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Man you never disappoint. Your stuff us always awesome.
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:iconjetike:
Jetike Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
You should do more like this!
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Bloody epic.
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:iconmacknightabcd:
MacKnightABCD Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Ey, where Dante? :D
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:iconsirgodspeed:
SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Absolutely mind-blowing. Love it.
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:iconpablocamargo:
pablocamargo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
holy shit
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:iconthelastironman:
TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, I find it humorous that a Smurf and at least one chapter off-shoot of the Imperial Fists are in the same room together and they are being completely professional about the whole ordeal. If you guys know the fluff, you'd get the funny.
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Cr1zza Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know pretty much of the fluff, but if you refer to the second founding and the fact that Rogal Dorn opposed it at first...we'll he agreed in the end, so none of the successors will have problems about that fact, it was their Primarchs drecree at last.
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:iconthelastironman:
TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I know. It's a 4chan joke. 
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:iconsmoke121:
Smoke121 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Well would you argue with that 3 Templars :P
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:iconthelastironman:
TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Templars? :iconpftplz: ALWAYS ANGRY, BITCH!
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:icondeathfromspace:
DeathfromSpace Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
that a space wolf or a space shark?
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:iconsmoke121:
Smoke121 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Space Shark.
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:iconmannpower:
MannPower Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My guess is a Carcharodon (Space Shark). Has the pale skin and the solid-black eyes that the elders tend to get.
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:icondeathfromspace:
DeathfromSpace Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah at first I was like oh its a Space Wolf... then I took a closer look and the black eyes + the swirling marks on the shoulder pad made me go - wait Space Sharks? SWEET
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:iconkingkaarle:
KingKaarle Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So much shiny stuff! So much lively, bright colours! My god this is awesome. Everything looks so alive!
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:iconwolvencheif:
Wolvencheif Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice. I see the space wolf in the back there, I think, with all those knives.
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:iconcody-andrew:
Cody-Andrew Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is one of my favorite pictures ever! Everything you do is golden and I thank you for great work.
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:iconultimatepoke:
UltimatePoke Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good!
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wsache007 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012   General Artist
The Wonders of Markers.........................................................................:faint:
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:icondeusimperator:
DeusImperator Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Oooh! Great picture!
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:iconthelearningcurv:
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
i will always love ambitious art like this
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toht981 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
One big happy family.
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