Found this little gem hiding amongst the short stories over at the Black Library's blog. Very cool to see the Marines triumphant and the massed waves of ships overhead.

via the Black Library
We also caught up with Neil Roberts, the Horus Heresy series artist, who was a bit more forthcoming on details:

This was very much *my* ‘very-much-unofficial’ companion piece to Mark of Calth, what with the intense interplay of lighting and my whole approach to the painting. Where ‘Calth’ was all sombre and murky darkness, ‘Empire’ would be regal and filled with a dying light.

The main difference with this piece was that I could let my hair down and draw Space Marines in particular moods - joyous, triumphant, grumpy, annoyed and pensive - not the normal under-fire grimace. One trick was to let their body language do the talking, because I wanted the character of their Legion to be most evident in their poses.

Also, I had great fun playing on the happy Guilliman and uncertain Sanguinius – I don’t think things are going to go as they’d initially planned…

13 Comments:

  1. Look at how small those humans next to Sanguinius are...

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    1. If the foreground and background space marines are 8 feet tall then the primarchs are roughly 10 and those humans are.....5 feet tall? Short Ass humies.

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    2. Your thinking in terms of how tall people are now. People in this day and age would not be getting the same surplus of calcium and protein as well it would make sense that after thousands of years living in crowded hive cities and ships that people would be smaller then they are now. but hey, its a pretty icture.. so fuck scale and enjoy it

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    3. besides, all the marines are in full battle armour. I'm guessing this will add to their height quite a bit.

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  2. It reminds me of the end of the sixth Star Wars film when the Death Star has been destroyed and you see all the famous planets/ cities celebrating.

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    1. I don't remember that part. I thought the last scene of Return of the Jedi was a bunch of Ewoks singing and having a party.

      Stupid Ewok song...

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    2. Though then again, it has been a while since I last saw Return of the Jedi so I could be forgetting it. I think it's been like 10 years or so.

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    3. Special Edition added into ROTJ a montage of shots of celebrations breaking out all over the galaxy - yes, unfortunately that includes Naboo and a terrifying shriek "Weesa free!" - after Darth Vader's Viking burial. The very final scene is still the Ewok party (featuring another alteration - Hayden Christensen as the Force-ghost of Anakin Skywalker).

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    4. That sounds both terrible and nonsensical. Makes me glad that I've never seen the newer versions.

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  3. Hey, how about that true story you mentioned.

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  4. What I love about this artwork, aside from its quality in and of itself, is how it's got a lot of people excited and speculating on the various 40K forums as to what it's all about. A great teaser.

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  5. is there a higher res version?

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