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Dark Angel Tacticals by dForrest Dark Angel Tacticals by dForrest
Dark Angels tactical squad during some massive planetary enlightenment initiative.
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Krande Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
For some reason I imagine this gus as a rather complex character. (I never read any 40 books) Maybe it's just the eyes? Very well done.
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always thought it was jadedness.
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fmralchemist Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Amazing, Dark Angels are my favourite chapter.
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, For the Lion then!
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fmralchemist Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
yeah!!
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Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
"Planetary Enlightenment" - I love the language of 40k
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those whacky ministorum guys and their purty words.
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
very nice!
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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StugMeister Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great style! :)
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dForrest Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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McCoyPauley Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Ah wonderful. He looks relatively young but you can see that he has seen some things. I love when Space Marines look older, because it must take some stuff out of you if you see what they see and do what they do.
First I thought I could see a glimpse of mercy in his eyes, but now I thought about it and read it as callousness.

If I see a Space Marine without battle scars it must be a Blood Angel ;)

I'd like to see him with his Deathwatch-Team!
I'd like to see him 30 years from now and as neophyte! :D

Unfortunately, it has more views within 24 hours than your awesome Sister Cho in 3 weeks :/
Anyways, don't you dare to quit producing awesome stuff!
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dForrest Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well here's the first sketch I did of him: [link] it's a little inconsistent now since he's not nearly as scarred up. But as you can see it's post induction into Death Watch.

Poor Sister Cho :)
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome job :) Captured the 'feel' of the era
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. The Total War concept of 40K is fascinating to me. The monolithic scale of mass violence... it's an interesting aesthetic.
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is something compelling about the lack of hope and the necessity of the regime :) Sure makes us value democracy hehe. 'Purge the alien!' :)
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Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love the style!
It's so different from the usual 40k stuff, and works really well.
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dForrest Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :) I'm glad you like it. I actually started him out as an original concept for a medieval story I was working on but decided that I wasn't happy with my other Dark Angel Depth of Field experiment and decided to take another go at it. 40K is easily my most favorite intellectual property it's been a dream of mine since I was 14 to be a contributor for them. About once a month I send them 2 or 3 new drawings. I figure the practice will either eventually make them think I'm worthy, or they'll just get tired of not responding :)
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Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Aye, the market for 40k artists is pretty competitive. The 40k universe is so immensely well-written and well thought-out, along with being very stylish and ascetically pleasing that artists can't seem to keep their hands from drawing stuff from it.

Getting noticed by Games Workshop may seem a pretty daunting task, seeing as there are so many amazing artists all trying to get involved on more than just a fan-level, but here's a word of encouragement:

One thing that is absolutely important in any field of art is the ability to be eye-catching. The staff at Games Workshop probably go through dozens of amazing pieces of work every week without taking a second glance at many of them. Why? Because so many artists try to imitate the Gothic "Codex Book Style" of 40k work. While they're all individually good, few really stand out.

But when you draw in such a uniquely different style, people will stop and go: "Wait a minute, what what's this?". Then, now that it has their attention with your unique style, they can get a closer look and take time to actually appreciate some of the smaller details and little subtitles.

My point being: Keep at it. You have an eye-catching style that can seriously be used to your advantage. After all, of all the pictures of space marines that were in my deviantWatch inbox, yours was the one my eyes were immediately drawn to.

Here are some examples of other people who drew 40k in a different that usual style
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But I digress, I'll stop talking your ear off now :typerhappy:
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dForrest Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here's another [link]

Yeah. I'll keep at it. Thanks for the word of support :)
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:iconbrett-neufeld:
Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:salute:
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dForrest Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! Thanks.
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Nice one. He looks good :)
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dForrest Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for taking time to comment. And I'm glad you like him. He's a character I play in Death Watch... this obviously must have taken place prior to his induction.
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
I find the Deathwatch fascinating. As I said, excellent work. :)
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mrmao Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
That's some awful awful scars.
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Being a Space Marine is a hard-knock life :)
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