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Ashur-kai 40k fanart by DavidSondered Ashur-kai 40k fanart by DavidSondered

Did a bit of Fanart of Aaron Dembski-Bowden's Ashur-Kai from 'Talon of Horus'. 
Painted him in Black Legion colours rather than with his Thousand Sons outfit.

Hopefully this will make some people happy, as I have seen the name float around on the ethernets...


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:icongam3b0y:
Gam3B0y Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
wooow !! such an awesome depiction
The White Seer! (Is there third Black Legion book on it's way? )
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I do not know.
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KingOfCopper16 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
i tought he was bald.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I never really picked up on that.. funny how that goes...
I talked to Aaron about it (knowing the author has it's perks), and showed him throughout making it, but he never tol me I should skip the hair so I just went with it... weird...
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KingOfCopper16 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
no problem, i just imaginated him bald and older looking, your art is great.
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Dionysos87 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
Loving it. How about Nefertari?
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Texasdeadpool Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Incredible!  
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Buxom-Bunny Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect! bunny 
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic!!:D he looks abit skinny for a marine.

anyways. did u pain over another picture? i sort of see something fade in this.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, the thing up in the corner is where I painted over the reds I first intended to have there, but it became something esoteric over it, so I decided to keep the faint underlaying things.

I often do kitbashing when I make art these days, but for this I think I only used two images.. plus the original ink-sketch.

A raven
And a Raven logo (for the blue part of his belt).

For the rest, whilst relying heavily on reference for the style, I painted it completely from scratch.

The top background, the lights and the cords stretching from the ceiling, where made with hard-edged selections. Then I dropped the opacity of that layer (it was the last layer I put on the image, apart from the signature).

I have been gravitating towards the artistic style of Ruan Jia, Wei Feng, and Yang Qi, for a long while. And I am starting to get it :)
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
man all those chinese artist are insane!!! 
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
they are. Why do you think I'm aiming for that? :p
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
dont forget the russians and koreans... omg... so many of em.
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Xhalax Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Still utterly in love with this piece. 
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)

(I didn't know you had a Devart account :p )
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Xhalax Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
Yeah. I get everywhere these days. Like bad penny. I keep turning up. 😀
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
there is no such thing as bad penny. Only no penny and penny. It's all good ;) (I know, I know, it's an expression. :p)
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NickNightshade Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Rereading that book right now actually.  Aaron Dembski-Bowden is a master of his craft.  Excellent work!
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Professor-Sponge Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
Haven't read that one. How is it?
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NickNightshade Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent.  It's about the beginning of the Black Legion, and basically what the other Traitor Legions were doing after the Heresy.
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Ah, an endorsement. I'll add it to my list. I'm still working my way through Legion. A shame there aren't more Alpha Legion books. Hell, I'd love one for the Sons of Malice trying to take back their homeworld but I know that'll never happen.
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NickNightshade Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I think the allure of the Alpha Legion thrives on them remaining an unknown.  They appear in some of the later Horus Heresy books though, so keep reading!
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Fall under the service of the one who had your planet destroyed, that makes sense.
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StugMeister Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant work David. I think this is the best 40K piece I've seen from you. :D :+fav:
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d1sarmon1a Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
oh lol, i just started my drawing of him earlier today and now you post this! so cool, your style is phenomenal!
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Now finish yours and show it off! :D
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d1sarmon1a Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
will do!
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Looking forward to it.
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Skrumpgoblin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm loving this.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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DexterKong Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Evil Albino!  Awesome.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed. Not sure if I'd necessarily call him (or any of the chaosy  SM's) evil though ;)
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Xhalax Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Not evil. He just strives for efficiency and respect from his slaves. It matters to him. It matters to him a lot! :D (Big Grin) 
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
indeed.
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