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Emperor's Shields' Terminator by NicholasKay Emperor's Shields' Terminator by NicholasKay
**UPDATE, AGAIN!**
Tutorial video is up!
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**UPDATE**
Speed paint with music is now up:
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VIDEO!
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Hey everyone,

More Warhammer 40,000 commissions, hurray! But seriously, I should have some non 40k stuff coming up soon.

This image features a terminator of the Emperor's Shields space marine chapter as he stands before a demon-infested plinth to the Chaos god Slaanesh.

You can read more about this painting here:[link]

-Nick
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:iconceddl:
Ceddl Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, that perspective! Nice work!
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:iconbladeholdin:
bladeholdin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow...This is amazing! Do you do commissions?
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:iconnicholaskay:
NicholasKay Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I do, but I can't do pieces featuring GW IP.
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:iconbladeholdin:
bladeholdin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Damn, that's right...They're clever about concealing loopholes, too...Well, that's a pity; I really like your work!
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:iconfanglish:
fanglish Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
The Terminator armor looks like the Heresy era, which either makes this piece before w40k, or the wearer a mighty hero of the Emperor's Shields.

What's up with the highly decorated aircraft?
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:iconblackescaflowne:
BlackEscaflowne Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
epic
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:iconfinkfebruary:
FinkFebruary Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
beautiful work
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:icondarylchin:
DarylChin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Space Marine: You believe in god?
Tau: No.
Space Marine: *shoots* Yes!
*turns*
Space Marine: You believe in god?
C. Space Marine: Yes.
Space Marine: You believe in my god?
C. Space Marine: No.
Space Marine: *shoots* Yes! My god has a bigger dick than your god.
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:iconibnadiya:
Ibnadiya Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
It's funny since Space Marines do not believe in Gods...
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:icondarylchin:
DarylChin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Now that you mention it, I actually hardly recall them saying, "God-Emperor of Mankind"

But it makes good humor. 
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:iconsavagehenry89:
savagehenry89 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Epic stuff
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:iconxirexor:
Xirexor Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool
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:iconhammer326:
hammer326 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Beautiful job, I like the hammer and helmet especially.
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A formidable warrior indeed! Something about the helmet makes him look mournful, which I find altogether appropriate. ;)
Especially nice detailing in the shield and hammer.
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:iconmandulis:
Mandulis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
That's incredible. The tentacles-ground is a stunning concept, and the way the terminator is streading through it in all his contemptful glory makes it even more awesome.
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
:wave:
Your amazing work has been featured in my journal [link]
:iconhappydayplz:
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:iconnicholaskay:
NicholasKay Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:icondameodessastock:
DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
You're welcome :hug:
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:iconpeterkat:
Peterkat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool colors!
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:iconchaosaurion:
ChaosAurion Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
in his fuckin name
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:iconcursive-spill:
Cursive-Spill Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bringing a Thunder Hammer to a Deamon fight. Praise the Emperor. Great detail for both background and Termie. Amazing work.
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:iconmalicethemad:
MalicetheMad Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, Im mind blown. i like the speed painting.
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:iconrobintherude:
RobinTheRude Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Incredible. Loving your work on the armour, especially the Maximus helmet.
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:iconnicholaskay:
NicholasKay Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! it's actually Tartaros pattern terminator armor [link]
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:iconhakimbo:
hakimbo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
HEeey
nice work

and I want to ask you

if I took the gray pic ..

can I color it like this ..?
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:iconstalker9292:
stalker9292 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
He is ******* gorgeous! He a little looks like contemptor pattern dreadnought...But it makes he much cooler than standard terminator armor. Well done!

P.S. Also nice perspective, proportions and coloring. Very good sense of WH40k.
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:icondelinquit:
delinquit Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
chaos is fucked now..
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:iconseukonnen:
Seukonnen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tartaros armor is effin' badass, but to date I haven't seen any artwork of it beyond the GW models.

Thank you!
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:iconabsolutejackass:
absolutejackass Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
nice one.
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:iconbugfacegard:
bugfacegard Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Very comprehensive and i like the color and detail and design all over.
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:iconawesum192113:
awesum192113 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woahh amazing
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ScotlandTom Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You mentioned your colors being too "brown" in a previous video you did. This piece succeeds in overcoming that. You've got some strong, distinct colors here that don't stray into the muddy and murky realms where they all start to look the same. The whole piece looks really amazing and is wonderfully detailed as usual.

I am curious about some of the lighting though. It feels a bit more arbitrary than your usual work. Were you imagining a strong light source behind and to the right of the viewer? Because that's the only way I can explain the lighting on the face of the shield (which appears to be turned away from your primary light source in the sky), the lighting on the front of the terminator's legs, and the lighting on the lower face of the building.
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good points- the light on the skull centered on the shield is a bit extraneous, but that could be hashed up to whatever. Also, it's an important detail and what the client wants, the client gets.

As far the light on the leg and building, a lot of that is bounce, representing the reflected light from the ground.
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KRA-ART Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
awesome!
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:iconleon-fox-clark:
Leon-FOX-Clark Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn dude that is amazing
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
NO THANKS
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:iconrerrede:
RErrede Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh my glob this is amazing. @_@
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:iconrandomeye713:
randomeye713 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Beautiful angles on this one
the tentacles, the purity seals, the everything is good here
I was thinking that if we got a closer look at those bodies left to hang, I bet they would some creepy smiles on them.
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gurlsluvchocolate Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jesus the details on this are sick! Nick, why you so awesome? :iconmotherofgod2plz:
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:icondicemasterom3g4:
DiceMasterOM3G4 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Man this is awesome. I loves me some Mk. IV marine helmets
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:iconevohunter7:
Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Really, non 40k. Do you do that?
Just kidding, great work again mate.
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:iconeldracm:
eldracm Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
cool.
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:iconvthorrus:
vthorrus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Gosh, your video is good, what a pic !
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Nnnnnnnnn-ice!
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:iconnightbringer24:
Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I'm somewhat more interested in what that huge thing in the background is.
But still a stunning peace nonetheless.
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MisterScourge Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quote: "The double aquila ship is likely a starship, as its structure does not appear to be suited for atmosperic flight. To appear that big from the surface... gigantic. Only ship I know of, that would match that description, is the ancient mobile star fortress the Fire Hawks chapter took with them when they vanished.
The Legion of the Damned is reported to have used a derelict-looking ship of this description above the cemetery world of Certus Minor. It destroyed the Keeler comet and the remains of the Cholercaust armada in orbit while the Legion butchered the Cholercaust on the surface.
The ship above Certus Minor shot the comet with giant torpedo. The description of its launch matches that launch tube between the aquila heads."
Hope that helps.
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:iconnightbringer24:
Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Somewhat.
Thank you.
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:iconlazzyx:
lazzyX Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
i remember reading somewhere( i think on the person who commissioned this's profile on FA) that it is a legion of the damned ship
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:iconavarus-lux:
Avarus-Lux Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the 4 headed/winged thing/one? me to looks incredibly interesting XD
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