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Feast of Blades by DavidSondered Feast of Blades by DavidSondered
I was approached by a representative of [link] a couple of weeks ago and asked if I could do a commission for them. Naturally I took it on.

This is the final illustration- A Raven Guard standing triumphant over an Iron Knight after the final fight has been decided. Watched by Space Marines (behind them, on the balconies and in front of them).

When the painting was commissioned there was not definite info on Feast of Blades being exclusive to IF + successors. Very shortly before the illustration was done, "Legion of the Damned" came out, nailing the feast as something exclusively IF.


Also, a new blogpost to be found here:
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:iconwyzilla:
Wyzilla Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
And then the Raven Guard swept in, and dammit, the rat bastard took the trophy.
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KKylimos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Digital Artist
I thought the feast of blades was an event held between the succesors of Dorn to strengthen their bonds and remind them of their common past. Nevertheless amazing pic , i rly like the triumph on the victor's pose
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
see previous comments..
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KKylimos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
dont u think its smarter to add it in the description over saying "see previous comments" again and again..
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Its kind of weird, because I have edited the description three times now, and the text keep vanishing...
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KKylimos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh , in this case i understand your frustation...i havent heard of a simiral problem. If i were u id ask some staff member for help cause its a pitty , its kinda disorienting and instead of ur deserved compliments u get the same question again and again. Good luck fixing it mate , cheers.
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Impguy101 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
An overall excellent picture i must say. It does depict the Trail of Blades in the best way ive seen. I do have to say one thing (Sorry if I sound like an ass): The Feast of Blades is a competition between the Iperial Fists Chapter and all successor chapters (like the Iron Knights, Crimson Fists, eg.). The Raven Guard are from an origal Founders Legion and as such are not allowed to partake in the competition. Repaint maybe?
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Read previous comments. When the painting was commissioned there was not definite info on Feast of Blades being exclusive to IF + successors. Very shortly before the ilustration ws done, "Legion of the Damned" came out, nailing the feast as something exclusively IF.

You do not sound like an ass at all, there was just no info on the topic preventing the commissioners wishes for Raven Guard winner.

Since this is a commissioned piece, I will also not repaint it.


But thank you for taking the time to comment :D
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Impguy101 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thanks for your feedback too! Didn't see all the comments on that piece ill admit! Still an excellent piece of artwork cencerning the 40K universe. Have you done work for Games Workshop before? If not do contact them. They are using more artwork these days for books than ever before, and your art will be seen as some of the best around! Keep up the good work (i cant paint or draw to save my life lol).
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Very cool.
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Tensiu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Great, but isn't Feast of Blades competition between Imperial Fists and their Successor Chapters?
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm going to refer you to previous comments on this illustration as they take that up.
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XxWinterwolfxX Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is incredible! Easily one of the best 40k art pieces I've ever seen.
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I am glad you like it, I hope to show you some more work you will like in the future.
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TheSGC Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
GOD YOU SUCK THERE ARE NO OTHER CHAPTERS AT THE FEAST OF BLADES RAWR RAWR RAWR RWAR
lol. I kid. I love this piece. The Gothic architecture is perfect, we've got the other Marines around. +100000000 dude.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks,

For future reference, I usually glance over all comments first. If I see a sentence like your first one, I have a tendency to believe the rest will be much the same... I know a lot of people who will immediately just hide/report such a comment.

Just saying ;)
But thank you for the comment!
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TheSGC Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Haha. Welcome
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sergeyshpagin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
hmm... If I correct, Feast of Blades it is "Imperial Fists and their succesors only" party...
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
See previous comments, this has been covered more then enough...
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:iconjfriggin:
jfriggin Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Huh.
I thought the Feast was for Dorn's sons.
Oh well.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, this was painted to completion before the arrival of Legion of the Damned from Black Library, which was the first place where it stated that it was Dorns ONLY. Before the Legion of the Damned it has apparently been hinted that there are others invited on occasion.

I wish I would have known, because I pride myself at making things correct according to fluff when it comes to commissions for 40k settings. But to be honest, with the amount of ret-conning the past years, it is getting difficult to follow with everything, and at those points I need to trust the person who commission me.
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jfriggin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh well, as long as it's badass.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
"ppfffttsss... show off! i bet i can take him." is what that ultra would say.:P

fantastic work again dude. iron knight? never heard of em. i though it was a grey knight.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Neither had I, but they apparently have been around in mentioning before, enough to have a blurb about them being 'the only chapter to have won three successive Feast of Blades-tournaments' o_O :D

Cheers.
(oh, and it's a crimson fist down in the corner :p )
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh yes right. i can never remember them.:P
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is glorious! :clap:

Fantastic work on the lighting.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
OH, WOW! Just WOW, man! My jaw fell down to the floor when i saw it!

P.S. What the Iron Knight have done for Raven? It is like duel or what? Sorry for question, battle brother =)
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, it's a duel.
Thank you :)
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Thanks for answer. I will wait for your next artworks. They are really cool...
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BrotherCaptainRamon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Great work enough said.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Airgid Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So has the ego been inflated enough? ;) I am starting to wonder whether you are in it for the ego-boost of for the "expressing myself" bit.
In any case you will feel so guilty now that you will finish my brief and finally go get me that canvas so I can finish my triptych :p
I am still convinced that even though you are good at 40K stuff, you need to diversify more. <warning blasphemic comment coming> there is more than 40K in the world...even though you live in a house where 75 % is pro GW and the other 25 % knows all the chapters, legions, species, fractions and weaponry just by proxy to the other 75%.
Go back to your Kult roots once and a while? They are nice and dark...and offer you beer and cookies. Otherwise I might be tempted to commission you for a fluffy pink unicorn and dolphins in the background. And then the first seal will be broken and the first sign of the apocalypse will have arrived, you DO NOT want that on your conscience now though? Or do you?
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I already know of the pink "unicorned" end of the world...I welcome it!

You are right, of course, and I need to diversify my personal portfolio and get some other good stuff out there... Dusting off a minotaurpainting, a comicbook-hero painting and committing to painting a chick riding a huge cat!
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:iconairgid:
Airgid Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
at least you got the subliminal message about the minotaur painting :)
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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GeorgesConcepts Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Kick-ass work right here. Fine work, brother.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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GeorgesConcepts Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Not a problem.
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lastduo337 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Except a Raven Guard would never be allowed to win the Feast of Blades because only descendants of Dorn are allowed to join the tournament and duel.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
To paraphrase the commissioner:
The full scope of that information was not known before the release of "Legion of the Damned" which neither I nor the commissioner had access to at the time of commission. Before that book, what was known was=
'Mostly Dorn-successors, though they cannot always fill the feast up hence sometimes other chapters must be present to make it a full 12 chapters present for it'


In such cases, there is pittle I can do about it. It's like if I had to paint a portret of a baby that got born yesterday that isn't related to me, that I don't know about the existance of but are asked to paint anyway.
Getting angry comments about it once the painting is done because I painted it the wrong gender...

Hardly fair to me... I'm only human.

:)
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CubeRootRotheo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, guess this is when the Iron Knights lost their consecutive victory streak
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Something like that :)
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TrilbyApocalpysePro Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
gorgeous...
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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abrahell Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
good
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Planken Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
He dont look as dead as he looks like. For he got no blood. So i guess he is beaten but still alive.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Alive but beaten. I asked which the client wanted and "no blood, he is alive but beaten" was the reply, so you are correct.

Cheers!
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Planken Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aye then. Em tincanmen are rather strong i say.But how does em not kill whit their swords?
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