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Friend or Foe by NicholasKay Friend or Foe by NicholasKay
Hey Guys!

Here's a recent piece I did for Fantasy Flight Games's Deathwatch series. I hope you like it!

Nick
Games Workshop under license to Fantasy Flight Games
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Cool
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DestroyerX5 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
LoL im seriously facepalming at those eldar fangirls....THATS A FUCKING DEATHWATCH MARINE.....i mean even a normal marine would 1 shot this guy....and this guy is a Pro xeno hunter even for super human standards...if he was an enemy....he would already be a corpse
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roman11777 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
All aliens are foes of the Emperor.

Suffer not the xeno to live.
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happycompany5 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But in the pursuit of Dark Heretics who's numbers are beyond the lone Marines capabilities, perhaps a temporary ally who's interest are indifferent may be acceptable, no matter the race one can appreciate a fellow warrior.
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roman11777 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Deathwatch are mainly xeno hunters, though, since they're a part of the Ordo Xenos.

Although it isn't rare to see them fighting chaos.
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Natealot Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Do note the pact between the Eldar and Ordo Xenos to have hidden councils and constantly aid the other. 
Eldar and Humans traditionally get along averagely. >.> Whatever that means.

Deathwatch also are used for more than killing, they are also diplomatic bodyguards, and Are sometimes sent by inquisitors to help abhumans or acceptable xenos.
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ShadowRaptor89 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Artist
being as the eldar are untrustworthy and cunning i predict the avenger is serving as a distraction as the scorpions move in for the kill.
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DARTHTURDER12 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
with the eldar you never know
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16BitHeros Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
As much as I love the eldar, there's no way he's winning this battle.
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xxty2425xx Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
There on a Space hulk mostly why the eldar is there is to recovery some lost artifact or to help the deathwatch and destroy something Evil.
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Perturabo93 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Seems like there's a highly uncomfortable alliance of circunstances here :) I can feel the marine holding his bolter more firmly and the eldar keeping both eyes on him constanly =D But hey, we've got a patrol to do...
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ZhaoYoon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
ALIEN! BURN IT! BURRRN IT! FOR TEH EMPERORZ0RS! >8U
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TripleKasha Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Friend :D
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SFaccountant Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013

Whelp.

That Eldar is f***ing dead.

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The-Nalkiahn Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Original design, quite nice.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Two mortal enemies stand at the precipice of conflict. Each will not back down. Each believe he is in the right. 

In the end... there could only be ONE. 
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DJP15 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Slowly becoming my favourite 40k pic of all time :'D
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Mandulis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Suffer not the alien to live. 
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1stleigon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I like the fact that even a male Eldar appears slightly feminine to our eyes
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narrva Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Right now, that Eldar is a friend.  Why?  Because in Brothers of the Snake ten thousand Dark Eldar fought a single squad of Iron Snake Astartes and were slaughtered to the last without the Astartes taking any casualties.

This is one Eldar against a Space Marine.  He/She/It sure as hell isn't going to piss the Marine off.
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Disembowell Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Space Marines aren't invincible; you should read up on Eldar wargear some time, they don't wield pea-shooters!
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DJP15 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The dark eldar are to irrational to make an effective attack, depending on who the main characters of the story is, they would come out on top,

But i think an equal sized amount of Marines VS Dire Avengers would be the fair fight, they each have their advantages
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narrva Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Which is why an under-strength Invaders Chapter single-handedly wiped out an entire Eldar Craftworld then massacred the counter attack from a combined war host of several Craftworlds.  Personally I think the Craftworlds deserved getting their asses kicked, since the whole reason the Invaders...invaded, was because that Craftworld attacked their homeworld and killed a bunch of their brothers and civilians.

You seem to be overlooking the difference between lore and tabletop.  Fluff-wise, a single space marine to a single squad is often sent to turn the tide of entire wars.  If a company is sent it's either to make up for a lack of guardsmen or because the situation has gone from bad to 4chan.
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Terenin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
On oct.4 I made a reply to this absurd claim of yours. Today, having been reminded of the state of Space Marines in 40K fluff I decided to check things out for myself. I find it quite interesting, to be fair:

Notable Campaigns
  • Craftworld Idharae (852.M41) - The Invaders' most notable engagement as a Chapter came in 852.M41 when they launched an all-out invasion of the Eldar Craftworld Idharae. Despite suffering casualties that included the loss of the majority of the Chapter's Astartes, the Invaders proved successful and left the once-grand Craftworld a ruined Space Hulk with its surviving Eldar population forced to flee into open space, where they eventually found sanctuary aboard the Craftworld Alaitoc.


  • Battle of Ogrys (895.M41) - The Invaders' brutal destruction of the Craftworld Idharae came home to roost some 43 standard years later when the Eldar survivors of the Invaders original assault, now with the full backing of the Alaitoc Craftworld, launched their own assault upon Ogrys, the Invaders' homeworld. Still recovering their numbers from the original attack upon Idharae, the Invaders were incapable of properly defending their fortress-monastery from the vengeance-minded xenos. The Invaders were quickly defeated by the Eldar and were reduced in size to a mere 3 companies of surviving Astartes, as well as losing most of their battle honours and much of their Chapter wargear and vehicles to the destruction of their fortress-monastery. The surviving Space Marines of the Invaders were forced to become a Fleet-based Chapter, moving their operations to the remnants of their Chapter fleet that survived the massacre on Ogrys. Still well understrength despite the century that has passed since the loss of their Chapter's homeworld, the Invaders were last reported serving as support for the Novamarines operating on the doomed world of Skyfall.

In short, if you want to be an insufferable SM fan-boy to the point of lying about events, you will have to try to not twist facts around as hard as you have. The Invaders chapter attacked first and suffered great losses, achieving victory only because the Eldar were severely weakened in previous engagements with the Tyranids. YEARS LATER the forces of ONE SINGLE group of Eldar, the Alaitoc Craftworld, enacted revenge, and nearly broke the Invaders chapter completely, leaving their world a ruin as they had left the attacked Craftworld a drifting space hulk. There was no 'combined warhost' to retaliate and there was no Eldar attack on the Invader's homeworld prior to their attack on the Eldar.

The only part of your lies that I am glad for is that the state of SM's in 40K lore is not early as bleak as I had assumed. Ofc, the Invaders did manage to run away and avoid destruction, but that's a minor detail.

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bibotot Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
The Invaders were destroyed by Chaos Space Marines of the Thousand Sons on Jollana. Only a handful are left (12 or so), and their restoration is ... uncertain.
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Terenin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
And personally, I would enjoy 40K infinitely much more if GW would just please stop over-hyping Space Marines to such an absurd degree. 1 (ONE FREAKING ONE) *under-strength* chapter of 1000 marines (who were, again, not to full strength) managed to not only find and BOARD an Eldar Craftworld of millions, but also kill everyone (IN THE ELDAR'S OWN HOMELAND) and destroy it. (!)

*HOW* can you possibly explain how they pull that off? Worse yet *several* other Craftworlds responded to this with a counter-attack and this COMBINED ATTACK was also defeated - again by the under-strength'ed Marine Chapter, and of course, without backup.

Yeah. Sure. This is simply put the worst offence I've heard of thus far in the GW-led "SM's can't be stopped and don't bother collecting any other army from 40K ever, they are all cannon-fodder, really" campaign they have been leading the last few years. While I keep wondering what they hope to achieve with this, when in the end people either only collect marines or stop playing 40K at all, the bigger question to me right now would be where you have this info from?

Where was this story written down or where is the source of this info? I would really like to see/read for myself how this scenario can even be excused.

@ Artist - apologies for the slight rant, this is a pet-peeve of mine. Your art is frankly awesome, and I have no critiques to offer as I can find nothing wrong with it. Keep up the awesome work <3

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Mishai Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i m not sure but i feel you messing some GW barely aproved autors of wh40k with seriously taked wh40k autors and writters...ye there are some shity bookss and stories with total op marines....but when you stick to seriouse things like dan abnett or king...or even codexes... they are not so immortal...
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bibotot Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
It's very weird. The numbers simply doesn't match. In Ciaphas Cain novel, a group of 5 Khorne Bezerkers killed 1000 cultists, suffering the loss of 3. There is FUCKING NO WAY a group of 100 SPACE MARINE can slaughter 1.000.000 Orks like we all know. And there is also no such thing as 100 Chaos Space Marines can conquer an entire world with many millions PDF.
A world of 5 billions should have at least 100 millions PDF, yet there are only thousands when it is invaded. Where are the FUCKING OTHERS? Authors can't be bothered to add them, of course.
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Mishai Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes exactly...100 marines cant coquer the planet....artilery, nuclear missels airforces tank divisions it will simply kill them...its impossible:) ye they can be deployed somewhere and make a big mess there no doubt, but conquer whole world....bullshit
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DJP15 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's all war stories, but space marines in lore are preposterously overpowered
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Marinealver Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
"If fate bring a common enemy and in times we are in both dire need then friend I will be. If you dare to cross into our unforeseen boundaries, or set to obstruct the path which is laid out before us by our wise seers knowingly or unintentionally, then foe I will be. Yet still the best answer to offer a Mon Kieg who would be foolish enough to ask such a question shall be neither."

"Never ask an Elder a question for he will not give you one answer but three, each of them horrifying to know."
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narrva Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
In my opinion, the main reason I view the Eldar as pathetic is because they just allow chance to dictate to them.  Humans make their own fate, the Eldar are slaves to theirs.
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DJP15 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
on the contrary, they made their own fate before the great fall which is what caused said 'fall', now they are hoping fate will set their mistakes right
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narrva Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
No they didn't.  Before the fall they just used exactly what the Old Ones had left for them and nothing else.  They never advanced, they never questioned or investigated.  They didn't do anything at all until DAoT humanity showed up and curbstomped the hell out of them.  Heck, the Eldar think they own the galaxy when in reality they only controlled that tiny patch of space called the Eye of Terror and a few scattered terraformed worlds elsewhere.  They're arrogant without earning the right to be, they think they own everything without what they claim having ever been theirs or anywhere near their territory in the first place, and they are too proud/stupid to warn of coming problems like Tyranid invasions and awakening Necron Tomb Worlds until it, by all rights, should be too late but the Imperium manages to crush it all.

Let me put this in perspective.  The Eldar during their Golden Age would have been considered ridiculously primitive both technologically and magically compared to the Old Ones.  Which makes sense seeing as the Old Ones made the Eldar and gave them all of their technology and magic as-is, hence the reason the Eldar have not rebuilt their knowledge from before the Fall.  They never had any knowledge to rebuild in the first place.  Anyway, the Old Ones were wiped out by the Enslavers.  The Enslavers, canonically, have been launching periodic invasions of the Imperium, who proceeds to crush them.

Pretty sure the Eldar should figure out how to make fire without tech or magic before they start acting all high and mighty.  Because, yes, they never learned that since everything was given to them.  Kinda like the Tau, thanks to Eldar dickery.
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AnonymousONIagent Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
*sigh* Another Ward-lover making a mockery of Space Marine fans everywhere. Lovely.

A Space Marine would be ashamed of you for so grossly underestimating an opponent.

Space Marines are not invincible. Not even close. Need I remind you that Necrons can quite easily rape entire Companies of Space Marines? Or that Orks nearly wiped out the Crimson Fists on Rynn's World? How about the Drop Site Massacre, where three LEGIONS were nearly decimated? Or that the Blood Ravens lost HALF OF THEIR CHAPTER during the Kronus Campaign?

I think you have Space Marines mixed up with Primarchs.
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Terenin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Yes yes sure.

All I see here is a collection of ignorance from a SM fan-boy who really don't know what he/she speak of. Unless you have a quotable source you are prepared to show to me pretty much everything you just shared here is completely wrong.

Originally my post here included several pointers you got horribly wrong, but having read your comments going below it's completely clear that my suspicion of blind SM fan-boyism is completely on the money. At this point it's like that anything I say will be completely wasted on you, and as such I will not waste my time beyond hoping for a source-dump from you regarding the source of your claims.

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Arteaus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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fanglish Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Neither! Allies out of necessity. Otherwise there was a new eldar-piece wall paint there.

Good job.
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victortky Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
A nice standoff, it now boils down to who can aim and squeeze their triggers at the correct weak points.

nice design on the eldar's armor and weaponry, as well as the details on the space marine's bolter and power armor!
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Allsmiles98311 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Foe... definitely foe. And very cool artwork by the way, like the viewpoint.
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Toastaddict1992 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
After looking at the picture for a while I noticed a small error. The error being that the xeno scum isn't dead yet.
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Altazzar Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol)
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Sebistara Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think it would be really fun, if the Imperium, the Eldar and the Tau make an alliance to fight their enemys... oOo
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HERESY!
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Sebistara Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i can hardly blaspheme against something that isnt divine. :E Fuck the Kodex!
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How dare you?! How dare you besmirch the word of our beloved Emperor?!
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Sebistara Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, i just did it. :3 the question isnt who allowed me, but who will stop me. :3 You? .... nah. ^w^
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're lucky we're not really in Warhammer, I could have you tortured for blaspheming against His Most Holy and Benevolent Self.
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Sebistara Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in warhammer 40k you would be executed for just being there, to raise morale for the imperial guard. :3
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Only if you're int he guard.
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