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Pax by DavidSondered Pax by DavidSondered
Pax is a Black Shield Deathwatch Marine.

The Deathwatch are Space Marines from various chapters in the Imperium that are joined together (on loan) to fight Xenos(Aliens) wherever they pose a threat to the Imperium of mankind.

The Black Shields are those Marines who do not wish to let anyone know what chapter they originate from, whether out of shame, because the Chapter is under suspicion of the Lords of Terra(or the Inquisition) or the chapter has turned heretic or rogue.


Private commission.

edit, fixed a stupid Typo /edit
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Rahma4 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Being as you've already let the cat out of the sack (regards to him being Night Lord), I considered if he might be a Carcharodon marine.. What with the dark eyes and pale skin, would fit the bill just as well.

(Though granted, I like the idea of a Black Shield Night Lord much better - that's a whole lot of conflicting drama there, love it! ;) )
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I do not know enough about the Carcharodon marines...

It might be a cool thing to paint (grey s cool to paint, difficult, but cool) but ultimately, I mostly paint what others want as I do it for aa living. ;)
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jayvt3 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
i'm puttin' on the hunch that he was a Nightlord, hence the former helmet, and the knobby helm is his new Black Shield issue.
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:iconwyzilla:
Wyzilla Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Night Lord agent or something? Taking trophies from Chaos Space Marines by loyalist Astartes isn't a thing considering the Chaos taint. With the black hair, pale white skin, and black eyes can only make him a Night Lord, especially with the helmet to the left.
(Which also looks awesome. MK IV Maximus with personal adornments?)
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zwartekraai Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013

interesting to see  space marine do something else than strike one of their typical battle poses for once.

 

That and the fact that he is a black shield and an aphoticary make him a very interesting character when you think about his relationship with the other deathwatch marines 

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ilsunh Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013

Is that  Night Lord in the background? xD awesome

 

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:iconlordofthememes:
Lordofthememes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
is he an apothecary?
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yes :D
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:iconlordofthememes:
Lordofthememes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
to be onest, i'm glad he ain't my doctor
don't care if he is not a sadistic chaos warrior
i don't want him to stick a black carapace and a second heart in me
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VossZero Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
He's a Night Lord...a loyalist Night Lord...damn...
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fanglish Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
This particular Black Shield looks like a son of Corax, pale, dark eyed and raven-black hair, though the slight ting around his mouth may suggest a different origin that might explain the reason behind his disgrace and the "vampiric" looks about him.

If he didn't wear that Inquisitorial symbol I would have pegged him for a Night Lord, what with the sinister helmet to his right.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The helmets are hints....
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:iconfanglish:
fanglish Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
My guess? A renegade among renegades. Though he has a lot to prove and his Shield would never be anything other than Black.

I'd love to hear/read stories about one such character. W40K is filled with those who fall (or rise?) to Chaos but this far there's only two who actually returned. One eldar character from "Oath of the Warrior" who was originally a Dark Eldar and Lt. "Last Chance " Kage from Last Chancers who was just too stubborn to allow the daemon who'd hijacked his body win.
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fanglish Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
... How can I mistake "Oath" for "Path" anyways?
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:iconnecrophadian:
necrophadian Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i love how he's got a necron souvenir on his pauldron :3
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
request by commissioner :)
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Kellkrull87 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Do the Black Shields still use their former chapter insignia or, as the name suggests, their shoulder pads are devoid of any symbols?
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:icontheironsnake:
TheIronSnake Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
The Black Shields give up all ties to their former chapters and paint their right shoulder plates black to reflect this, there's no out for these warriors.
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:iconcaptain-asparagus:
Captain-Asparagus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The latter, I'm sure.
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Devoid, as far as I know.
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:iconbenunay:
BenUnay Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
A loyalist Night Lord! Goodness me. I'm running a loyalist Night Lords army who came into the warp before the heresy and came out of it in the 41st millenium. Good to see someone also sees these guys in a good light. Thanks for this mate! this is awesome. :)
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:icontheironsnake:
TheIronSnake Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
At first I thought "what are you on abou-" and then I noticed the Mk 4 helmet to the marines right. Hot damn that's cool.
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:icondervulf:
DerVulf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Artist
Former Night Lord much?

Nice work mate.
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:iconmorithil:
Morithil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I fucking love that helm on the left.
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cuthalion-moonshade Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Blackshields are fun to play in Deathwatch.
Took my player group over a year to figure out he had been an Ultramarine captain.
Was my own fault, left my laptop with background story unattended.

Very nice art. Love the sinister red candles ^^
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anaknangfilipina Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
It is quite amazing how you managed to make a former Night Lords marine look quite devilishly handsome. Keep up the good work. Also, is there a significance of the bolter at the back right?
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's made to resemble the commissioner somewhat. Though he is not so beefed up (which affects the face somewhat) and has more curly hair (as well as a healthier complexion) it still is visible (based on the photo I got).


The bolter has a significance, but I believe that it is more for the commissioner then otherwise.

In fact, every detail except the candles have a significance in this image. The candles I added to get the right lighting for the mood (which has significance, but there you go.
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LordSektor Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Отличная работа!!! Не часто увидишь на столько качественную работу по Повелителям Ночи! Особенно нравится его лицо. Я надеюсь, что автор не остановится только на одном изображении моего любимого легиона) Творческих успехов!
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Я прошу прощения за Google Translate: Спасибо! Мне нравится Night Lords. Я напишу несколько из них.
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LordSektor Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist
Буду очень благодарен!!
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
[link]

Talos, Nightlord...
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MarkusVesper Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Ave Dominus Nox!
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Emo-Catboy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Such a small comment to add, but I friggin' LOVE that beaky helmet in this piece. I was thoroughly convinced a chaplain couldn't wear a beaky, thank you for proving me wrong.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers,
It is not intended to be a beaky-helmet though, it's supposed to be an MK4hemet, though with a bit of imaginative thinking it is easy to see how a beaky now works on a chaplain as well ;)
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Emo-Catboy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
and then I saw the bat wings and realized it's a night lord helmet. excuse me while I buy myself a ticket for the fail boat.
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LadyValcoran Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I'm hazarding a guess he's Nostraman, hence the pale skin and dark eyes. The winged helmet next to him made me think was was a NightLord. Love the idea of him being a Loyalist Night Lord though!
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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Lurkingkeen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Absolutely love it. Awesome lighting. Love the way everything is looming out of the gloom. Helmets. Always assumed the studs would be smaller, but well done Mark 5 helmet. Love the Mark 4. Wonderful job. Have you or would you consider doing a Salamander or Salamander Deathwatch marine with a more dragon style Mk 4 helmet? Too much detail to go into on the marine. Do love the power fist, and that it is right handed. Never made sense to always melee with a left handed weapon.
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viciousjaws Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Well, power fists would likely be equipped on the less-dominant hand, since a firearm would be aimed better in the dominant hand.
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Lurkingkeen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Well, I know I can shoot almost as well left-handed as right-handed. Fifty years of practice would improve that. Moreover, I know I can strike more quickly and accurately with my right hand. And as WarHammer 40K is about bashing things over shooting things, I'd take a righty fist. You are correct, however. And with a power fist quick isn't important or even possible. However, with a non-fist weapon, a knife/sword/ax/maul, I would definitely use it right-handed, as I know I am hopeless when it comes to using something like that left-handed.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
cheers,
Yes I have considered many different things, though I do not really hav the time to do so since I have to take time for paid commissions such as Pax above.

Thanks!
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:iconlurkingkeen:
Lurkingkeen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
More than welcome. :-)
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
love it!!!:D a loyalist nightlord? thats something new.:P
amazing work man. and his face does have that vampiric look to it.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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KA-Click-wirrrrr Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really awesome!

Of course if you were really that close to that particular Black Shield you would probably be due the Emperor's Peace pretty soon...
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
benefits of arts, you get to show what nobody could see..
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
is it some kind of fan fiction or was it based on some canon? I like the idea of the Black Shields very much. And your art is really nice.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The story of Pax Im not 100% sure what it goes like, but Black Shields are pretty canon since FFG need to check with GW before introducing something new...
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thak you very much. I read about them - story really interesting.
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cene801 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do believe Black Shields can be pretty much classed as canon now. Pax is from the heresy, he was a loyalist Night Lord. He was in cryo beneath Mars for 10,000 years, they pretty much forgot about him. They eventually woke him up and put him under strict scrutiny, he was eventually classed as pure and joined the Ordo Xenos as a Black Shield.
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