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Salamander and Sister by DavidSondered Salamander and Sister by DavidSondered
A Private commission.
A Salamanders Space Marine and a Sister of Battle fighting it out with genestealers.

Also, keep checking out the blog for updates. Sometimes I post things there that don't end up on deviantart-> [link]
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:iconbibotot:
bibotot Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
That Salamander looks so cool.
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ArcanumTwilight Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Fuck yeah!
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:icontonybennett3:
TonyBennett3 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Perfect. Now I just have to talk my wife into cosplaying with me at the New York ComicCon!
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
well, the commissioner had his girlfriend and himself as models for this piece. If you indeed DO go dressed like this I'd love to see it :)
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:icontarik94:
Tarik94 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Looks awesome.
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TheNightbringer343 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
This is amazing. However, I though Salamanders had an even darker skin color, closer to onyx.
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is a commission.
The client wished for the salamander to have his likeness. He is considerably more fair-skinned then the salamander turned out.

That aside, I personally dislike the retconned notion that salamanders have onyx skin.
From the beginning, they had dark skin and faint glowing eyes. What made them special in the eyes of the imperium was not their complexion but rather their eyes.

So you actually had a chapter that weren't all white/Caucasian.

Why change that?

That seems wrong on so many levels.


So yes, I make Salamanders Dark skinned. West-Indian, Afro-American or straight out African.
I find that not only nicer, more true to how the world of warhammer 40k would look (considering dark skin is actually a dominant genetic trait, whereas fair skin is regressive. So it would be more likely that no Caucasians would be in space, some +30000 years into the future...

But yeah, if I get commissioned to paint a salamander with onyx skin, that's what I do. In this case I wasn't :)
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depolarization81 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
bravo!
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:iconthenightbringer343:
TheNightbringer343 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
While Games Workshop does try admirably, I still think they could bring in a bit more variety in terms of the cultures in the Imperium. However, since the 40k universe is so gigantic, any writer could do it, as long as it fits in with the general theme of 40k. Dan Abnett, for example, has the Tanith. He brought in a culture different from the generic ones of the Imperium, and in the process created one of the coolest Guard regiments in existence. I'm sure future Black Library books will bring in more diversity as time goes on. Keep up the good work.
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viliboy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Such an awesome pic!
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:iconnarrva:
narrva Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
The Emperor should have made all Space Marines have glowing, golden eyes.  Like when a Warrior-Priest of Sigmar really gets his game on.
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That was actually one of my inspirations...
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:iconnumbertwentyfour:
numbertwentyfour Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
The Salamander kind of looks like Ulysses from New Vegas...
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
but is actually basd on the commissioners face...he sent photos of himself... unles Ullysses in New Vegas is modeled after a French 20-year-old, It's going to be a coincidence ;)
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numbertwentyfour Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Depends...has he been asking questions about your history and what symbols you follow??
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:icongamefreakjl:
Gamefreakjl Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Holy shit man, that's pretty badass! Hahah gonna have to give you a watch for sure, love me some kick ass 40k art XD.
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Merci
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zombiepunisher Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I like the lighting really makes the piece look truly epic like the flare from the guns are a lot cooler and the nids look a lot more ominous.
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:iconthedude009:
thedude009 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
ahh the salamanders. the only black guys in the whole 40k universe and probably the most compassionate chapter in the imperium.
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:iconarklyte84826:
Arklyte84826 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
there are also blood ravens(and partially space wolfs). Maybe not very compassionate, but practical and logical enough to listen to others.
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:iconthedude009:
thedude009 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
2 words. BAD A$$!!!!
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:iconveteseruslupus:
VeteserusLupus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Great job))) very high-quality art
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Keller48 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
This picture is Awesome... great work mate :) keep up the good work :D and i respect that you painted the salamander space marine to be African and not Caucasian with pitch black skin !!!! They should be look African like the White Scars look Mongolian and etc....
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I agree, cheers!
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saint-max Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome Job @_@
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:iconraypettit74:
raypettit74 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool, just read the 1st 2 Salamanders books :)
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:icongrenacid:
GrenAcid Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Good one, in a sea of crap...thx mate I stil have hope.
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:icontarvitiz:
tarvitiz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Fuuuff, You're so good men
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fanglish Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Salamander looks great, glowing red eyes and all, especially with that drake head on his chestplate.

It kinda makes the sister look a bit generic in comparison.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah..well. Siser was described as 'sister o battle' in brief, whereas Salamander was described as 'Firedrake in tactical armour'....
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duketheman Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Salamanders and the people of Nocturne have coal Black Skin and red Eyes, their gene-seed reacted with the radiation from Nocturne (their home planet) so yes it's a salamander with dreadlocks and it looks awesome :), Salamanders are one of my favourite chapters in War 40k along with Night Lords and Deathguard

Great work! keep them coming!
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I will.
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:icondressydung:
DressyDung Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
awesome combination however there isnt enough fire
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know, but with more fire so many of the desired details would have vanished....
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:icondominichautmann:
DominicHautmann Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
BADASS!!! Love it!
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Reclusiarch Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome painting, no doubt! Love the lightning, the scale and the pure epicness! However, shouldn't the Salamander's skin be pitch black, and not brown? Or perhaps that's just the lightning playing tricks on me. :)
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wish of the client. Originally the skin was lot lighter then this even.

To be honest I personally do not like the 'charcoal/pitch black skin" thing. There are Caucasian Astartes and Asian Astartes, don't understand why GW went and removed the African Astartes (originally they where just darkskinned. The oddity of the chapter was not their skintone, but their glowing eyes).
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MisterScourge Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing rendition of the Astartes and the Soritas.
Love the details you inserted into this work.
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:iconrhapsodius93:
Rhapsodius93 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
KILL THE XENO!!!
Ps: Great Job*-*
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent. Esp liking the design of the Salamander, and the details of his armor.
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconhvk:
hvk Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm. Two of my very favorite Imperial factions fighting against my favorite-for-fighting Xeno faction; PERFECT!
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i wonder why salamander didnt get their own codex.
awesome work dude! first marine to have a dreadlock!:D
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
apparently the Dark Heresy book "book of judgement" has a Dark Angel scout with dreads in it :) made by Matt Bradbury

:D
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well he's a scout. so that doesn't count.:P
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:icondavidsondered:
DavidSondered Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Half marine, he should only have half-dreads :p
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ha! why not?:D
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:iconvegarblack:
vegarBlack Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Artist
This painting is wonderful! Ive featured it in my most recent journal entry of some of my favourite scifi on DA :)
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