Again from the Black Library we get some new artwork, and this time its for Tau. I believe that Commissar is in for a world of hurt.

Now that summer for me is about over, its time to head on over to the Black Library and get a reading list going. If your like me, here is the link.
http://www.blacklibrary.com/

via the Black Library 
Hardy Fowler’s eerie cover for ‘Fire Caste’ (due for release in 2013) shows an Imperial Guard Commissar looking distinctly battle-weary as two huge tau battlesuits approach. Hardy has really captured the menace of these tau warriors and shows just how fragile a mere human is when faced with such advanced xenos technology.

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  1. Awesome I prefer this style of art to say that of Jon Blanche...I've never been a huge fan of his artistic style

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    1. I agree Lokken infact I think anything is better than JB.

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    2. I to never cared a bit for JB art work. And his conversion style for that matter.

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    3. As Grimdark concept art, I love JB's stuff but it does look a little sloppy for main rulebooks. Saying that, I really like the stuff he did for Vampire Counts, but then they are probably perfect for him style-wise, rotting and hideous (that's meant to be a compliment, believe it or not!)
      Dreadfleet stuff I liked also, but I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who liked it anyway xD Actually thinking about it, that was more Vampires and undead...

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    4. I thought I was the only one who hated JBs work, it just isnt very good. Probably just his style but proportions, scrappiness and faces in general were just odd.

      Now goin back a few years, there was a bloke, worked mainly in black n white ( his colors awesome though) called Paul bonner. Couldn't get enough of his orks, so much character in all his artwork. And a fella named Mark Gibbons, brilliant artist also.

      Now, no offence you digital artists, (I appreciate your skill too) but I don't think you can beat a well done hand drawn/painted piece of art. Somehow I think you just get more out of it.

      Anyway it's 4.24am here in oz n I'm goin.

      Cheers, LinZ


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    5. The problem with Mark Gibbons was he derived some of his concepts from other sources. For example, in teh old Undead rule book there was a picture of a ghoul and a picture of a vampire which had been lifted straight of the covers of the comic book Spawn. While the artwork was good, it felt a little cheating to me. His black and white artwork was still excellent, and far better than I could ever do (stick men being my highlight).

      As for John Blanche, I am not a great fan of his art, but the point about it was it was stylistic, and gave a sense of discord or uncomfortable looking at it, which suits the crumbling and messy imperium I feel. But as I say, im not a fan, and dont much like the artwork, but I appreciate it for what it is, and of course art as well as taste in art is subjective.

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    6. I lov eJohn BLanches work, his sisters of battle piece is one of my fave artworks of any genre. Its the little details, the flow and feel he puts in that gets me in.

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    7. With respect to my above post, here is a comparison of Mark Gibbons vampire and Ghoul pictures from the 1994 Warhammer Armies: Undead book and the covers of the Image Comics book Spawn (issue 3 and 16 published in August 1992 and December 1993).

      http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc263/jmcaneney/GibbonsSpawn.jpg

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  2. I know they wouldnt release artwork of a crisis suit that looks different from the ones we know and love(?), but the fact that this is supposed to be released right around the same time as the new Tau codex is rumored to hit might suggest that they're planning on staying with the same suit design or just a slightly modified version in the next codex. In other words, any new crisis suits might not look radically different than current ones. That said, this doesnt discourage any hopes of a new, sleek design for any suits of other functionality (e.g. close combat) that we might see.

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    1. Oh they will prob change ist slightly & Price it up. ;) i bet Tau will also get a Mega battlesuit like the Goldendemon scratchbuild. People would buy!

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    2. They are slightly altered, the legs are more realistic in that they look like they would actually support the weight of the suit. And the head looks squatter. And the edges seem more rounded, there's a slight curve to everything although I could accept that just being down to artistic interpretation, heck I suppose all of that could... Still, I like them as they seem more threatening than the actual boxy models with their rabbit ears. Leave the bunny ears to Khorne! xD

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  3. If he just assaults them he will win

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    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I bet your right :-)

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    2. Too damn right:D He's within range for sure.

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    3. Lol they might kill him in overwatch :P

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    4. Lol, I was going to post that!
      All he has to do is get into cc and those crisis suits are toast.

      But the artwork is cool!

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    5. In 5th edition he is sure in range, but with 6th random charge you never know! Hence the look on his face, he is thinking what teh probability of him being able to cover that distance before getting shot to bits

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    6. Yeah but in 6th, even if he makes the charge he still has to face overwatch! :P

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  4. The suits look cool but that commissar has all sorts of wrong anatomy.

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    1. Well spotted

      The arm looks....odd

      That's what I noticed, after reading your comment and taking a closer look.

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    2. Yeah his arm is really off.

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    3. thanks guys, now thats all I see in the pic.

      Still love it though, but it does give the appearance of being possibly dislocated and hanging there. I think that commissar is in trouble.

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    4. Damn, you're right... Oh well, who's looking at the Commisar for that long anyway? xD

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    5. Its like if Slender was a commissar

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  5. Is it just me or do the right arms of the closest two battlesuits look a bit like tau-fashion powerfists? The actual fist seems relatively huge compared to those in the models.

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    1. I was JUST scrolling through to see if anyone else noticed it! Also, the gun arm is unlike any gun that comes with a crisis suit. I know there was rumors of an "assault suit" so maybe there is something to the oversized fist?

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  6. Its like stretch Armstrong the commisar, or mr fantastic from the fantastic 4. Rubber arms ftw!

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  7. hello ?!? propably a young version of ciaphas cain, he will eat them up for breakfast and then stop a whole genestealer incursion in the process... alone (guess Jurgen is around somewhere :-) )
    haha not a chance for those suits.

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  8. That Crisis suit does look badass. So much more menacing than the models.

    A Tau novel would be great!

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  9. If the commissar would be Ibram Gaunt, then the death of those tau suits were all but assured :)

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    1. He does have a cape, Ghost style... :D They're fethed!

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  10. Mark Gibbons was the man, whatever happened to him?

    - Igor

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    1. Gibbons signed on to the company Blizzard as a design artist for video games such as Diablo and World of Warcraft. His personal website his here http://www.redknuckle.com/

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  11. Don't worry, the suits are just arriving to invite him politely to come and join the Greater Good! (tongue firmly in cheek)

    Left arm XV8 weapon looks like a burst cannon with a bit of artistic licence. The human's arm isn't dislocated, just...curved??

    BTW nice to see suits with legs that work!

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