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ULTRA by Aerion-the-Faithful ULTRA by Aerion-the-Faithful
Happy Monday, my fellow watchers and watcherettes!

Today is a joyous day of achievement and, at the same time, somewhat bittersweet too.

For four years, beginning on April 22, 2008, I've been researching and illustrating the mighty Primarchs, the genetically engineered champions and leaders of mankind's legions of Space Marines and The Emperor himself. I've explored their strengths and weaknesses and depicted their homeworlds and cultures, weapons and physical traits. Today, it ends.

Both the client and I always thought it would be fitting to have the Primarch of the XIII Legion be the one to end the series. Why? Because it is him who shaped much of what the Imperium would become in the fabled 41st Millenium. It is his contribution and penning of the Codex Astartes that would give the Space Marines purpose again. The strategist, the warrior, the leader: Roboute Guilliman of the Ultramarines.
There is in this image a deceivingly simple nature to his armour. I could've added a lot of bling and embellishment to it, but I preferred to focus on his stern features and his looking ahead into the future. I preferred to convey triumph and honor, rather than decorations for decorations' sake. It is thus, that with simple and straightforward details, this Primarch wears honors that I only illustrated on The Emperor himself: the halo, the double-headed eagle, the sword resembling the blade of the God-Emperor as well as the laurels. Everything makes us think of this man as a complete hero and saviour, creating the full circle back to mankind's first true saviour and guide.

It's been wonderful to hear all that you had to say about this project. You've seen me grow within these images and helped me carry on this titanic task. You have even graced me with your statements about preferring my vision to the official.

Thank you for your support and here's the living proof that no matter how long it takes me, I always deliver :D

See you soon!

Nic.-

Games Workshop Ltd. 2012
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
My farourite Primarch, done full justice by both Mr Dan Abnett and yourself Master Aerion (although I see that somewhat-tragically The Black Library has yet to retain your services; more fool them).
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Andr3w137 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Love your art style. You work on comics?
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Irish-Hellion Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Beautiful work!
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marconoel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I am currently reading Know No Fear... A masterpiece... Huge Thanks!!!
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lobukia Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I haven't checked in a while... then I see this. Incredible!
Absolutely love it. Legendary, Epic, Home run, perfect!
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tcraigen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Sad to see the series come to a close, one of my greatest art joys has been watching your creativity in their interpretations. Beautiful work, I can't wait to see what is next in the future.
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amjedigen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Congratulations, sir. You have turned someone whom half the fandom hates into a demigod we would all be happy to follow. Much the same for ALL your other primarchs: the spirit of their writing combined with excellent design interpretation adds up to the best representation we can find of these legendary super-men.
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foxtier Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Bravo! Great end to a great project.
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Armel Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What can I say. I log in today and find two primarchs finished and the whole series completed! They are so beautiful! I doubt anybody ever did them more justce than you did. I did feel a shiver down my spine.
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Estonius Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Awesome details and colours!
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