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Dark Angels Tacticals Redux by dForrest Dark Angels Tacticals Redux by dForrest
In 2011 I did this: Dark Angel Tacticals by dForrest

This is more or less a reboot of it. I think I've grown some as an artist and wanted to prove it to myself.
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Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Speaking as a massive 40k fanatic... Your work is more than impressive..  you have really captured the grim dark
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dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Praise the GodEmperor of Mankind!
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ElsaKroese Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
I agree with you that it's definitely among your best work, and that makes it  hard to critique. Since it's already pretty damn awesome! Especially if you compare it to the old version from 2011, that's some serious improvement right there.

I love the halftone texture, and the subdued palette that's so recognisable for your style :D. The brush work is really well done too.

If I had to give feedback on this, it would probably be that there's maybe a bit too much going on at once. I am a sucker for detail, don't get me wrong, but in this piece I sometimes find it a bit hard to find the focus because there's so much to see.

I think it'd be good to group important shapes together a bit more, either by dividing them by contrast or line weight, or with a bit of an outline perhaps.

Right now- especially if I look at it from a distance, both of the warriors and the rubble surrounding them, sorta blur together into one big segmented shape. I've been raving a lot about lack of depth in my critiques, but I think it's the case here too. For instance, the pillar of smoke behind the wall keeps drawing my attention, because it has a ton of detail and contrast - it feels closer to the camera/viewer, than it should be. The quickest way to fix it, I think, would be to decrease the intensity of the black in the lines from the background .

I also think the main focus point right now is the logo on the dude´s shoulder pad because of the extreme contrast, and I'm not sure if thats what you want. I think, if you shade that logo like you did the lion´s head behind it, the focus would be more on the guy´s face.

Finally, I'm not a huge fan of the 3 ships in the background. I find them a bit distracting, although the design is cool. This is really, me nitpicking though.

So, to sum it up (I've gone on a bit of a ramble), I love this image's style. Your technique is great, and clarity/readability is the only thing I can really comment on.

Keep doing great stuff :D
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dForrest Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All, wonderful feedback. Awesome. I've been playing with DOF a lot in my comic panels lately, can't wait to try and apply some of that to larger pieces. 
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Turulion Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah! Warhammer :D
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dForrest Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Nice, very nice, They look great! Specially that Battle Brother in Mark VI Armour.  
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dForrest Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fun-fact: I save all my beakies... when I have ten, I build a veteran squad.
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Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
cool I buy darkangel upgrade sprues just for the beaky helmets and the studded shoulder pads..  It would probably be cheaper to just order the forgeworld ones :XD:
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dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes you a wonderful person! Praise the Lion!
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DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Yowhza! Beakies are cool & I am a big fan of Raven Guard. 
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ilNether Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
very good!!
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Ulkreghz Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, thanks for the share on Reddit <3
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. I'm actually shocked at how quickly it upvoted. Didn't expect that.
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Ulkreghz Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Centurion6755 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Yes, I would certainly say that you have "grown."  This is really good and does an exceptional job of capturing the whole "grim dark" aesthetic of 40k.
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dForrest Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot.
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Rarmus Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Hoooooly shit. Well, how about that. I oughta get a commission from you when I have the time, Darkies are my favourite!
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For the Lion! What what!
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Rarmus Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Repent mothafucka!
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Stefmanovic Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014   General Artist
Awesome!
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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FranMR Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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RedLoki Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wesome art!
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dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks
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Imortis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Fuck the haters. Dark Angels are the coolest. And you do them great honour. Would you be angry if I made this my wallpaper?
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dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah! Wallpaper away!
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Imortis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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namezong Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Interesting stile
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dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankx
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Preatori0us Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
That's damn fine work, sir.
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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Preatori0us Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
You're welcome! :D
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GrayingMatter Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Stunning. Simply masterful.
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. super thanks.
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reallyruds Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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kkr682 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Wow!! Very cool!! 
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! :)
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome job!!
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:icondforrest:
dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
appreciate it!
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Really impressive work :)
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dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a lot!
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winterfluss Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
That's really cool. I like the compsition and the atmosphere of your drawing. Great!
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dForrest Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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