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Iron Hands by vijil Iron Hands by vijil
finally got around to finishing this one off, spent a few hours on the shading with a clutch pencil - slipped through a few photoshop filters and woila. Credit to Games Workshop for the universe.

Please love me, pwease? :|

[EDIT] Wow I just noticed a HUGE perspective error on the Thunderhawk... crazy I never saw that before... see if you can spot it :)
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cwadeh76 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Excellent Art!
stalker9292 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I love Iron Hands! Mega hi-tech warrior-sientists...SO awesome!
Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Oh my god, I've been long for this artwork for ages. Epic job, mate. Just epic.
Sarenaph Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
IH do have Librarians, its the Chaplain that is usually an Iron Father.

Great artwork (although for scale, the Predator cannot fit in a T-Hawk).
MisterScourge Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing artwork but I was wondering does thunderhawks have big weaponary like plasma cannons on it?
vijil Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not normally, but I don't know what the official fluff says. I don't see why not.
DiGitaLambert Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
The Guy standing on the thunderhawk may not be a librarian, as per iron hands codex they do not use one instead has the Iron Father, Clan Commander or a Veteran Wearing Tactical Dreadnaught.

Very well detailed. a fave.
veil-coil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
aww -sends love!-

I know I should give a good artistic critique, but to be honest, I love the verse so much - and you really do an excellent portrayal - that all I've got to say is awesome job.
xXMnMXx Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Student Digital Artist
my dream would be to model that amazing gun.
amazing sketch.
Majestatis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007   Photographer
Okay. I've never played Warhammer 40k. But this. This is a terrific piece of artwork.
gracefool Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Nice *saves to 40k folder*
kajiceconrad Featured By Owner May 2, 2007

I'm not quite sure why this pic didn't recieve more attention, but its absolutely fantastic. It's right up there with the official selections for the 40k codex images.
fourth-heir Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
Stunning! :)

It's been years since I've played 40K (I think the Eldar's Viper jetbike was the newest model release when I drifted away) - perhaps I'll stick photos of some of my miniatures in my gallery someday...
MalikaChevack Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
Im working on a project called the Anargo Sector Project in which we try to create an entire Imperial Sector in full detail. First of all we deal with the background however we mix sources from the older editions and the new editions, and besides that we also give somewhat of our own interpretation to certain concepts in the background GW has been ignoring somewhat.

Besides the background of all the worlds, races, economies, factions, politics etc etc etc we are also trying to create a dedicated artwork, the artwork section is where we are looking more artists for since we could always use more skilled people. Now if you are interested to join up and see a challenging interpretation of the 40k background you should check out the following links:

Wiki Page: [link]

Forum: [link]

Just join up if you like!



PS. I'll let you already know that we are a fan project and not a professional undertaking. Because of this we are not able to pay for our artists, we simply work together because we are fans of the 40k hobby.

PSS. I think I might have asked you to join up a few months (or is it years already) but since it was such a long time ago I kinda forgot if Ive already tried or not.
vijil Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply: go ahead and use anything I do for the project. I actually orignally did the priest dude (see scraps I think) with you in mind.

Long as you link to my DA page every time you post my work if that's cool.
Ninja-raVen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
I love you! Incredible stuff, it was always these kinds of smooth dark realistic works in the 40k book that grabbed me... 40k is a huge inspiration to me (though it doesn't show in my work D:), and you've totally done the universe justice :D kudos!
vijil Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cheers :)
galleryum Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
Nice job!
Jaen-ni-rin Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006
Don't know why, but left side has got less perspective than rest.
But the rest makes it for the left ;)

Anyway, it's a very nice drawing.
I wonder where you got all this patience to shade like that.
Auger-Affect Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We love you vigil, fine work, although I must admit that marine near the center foreground looks awefuly familiar :hmm: it's well put toghether eithe rway.
Auger-Affect Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, my appologies, I figured as much, but sort of flaked about it. Still a beutifuly shaded sketch anyway.
vijil Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well yeah... it's the same picture as the old marine, I just finished off the background. Thought I'd made that clear sorry.
AngerOfSouls Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006   Traditional Artist
Warhammer 40k is the best depiction of what I love most of Sci-Fi... Good job with this. The background must have been a real bitch to do. It paid off though.
mindflenzing Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good old space marines, I haven't seen any in a while. Great pencil work.
behemothNZ Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
nice pencil drawings
tiamat9 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
I love the details and design. Excellent perspective and depth. The shading and structure are gorgeous.
Jachra Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006

I MIGHT love you. Maybe. You may have to be a bit more lovable. :D
Vladimiravich Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
Wohh :omg: Absolutly amazeing detail and perspective, you must have the patients of a saint to pull of some thing like this. Now this is one bad ass pic thats definently worth a fave. :w00t:
CurseReaper Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
Oh my GOSH!! Dude, this is amazing! The detail and shading on everything is amazing! And may I also point out that that is one bad-ASS plasma cannon!
vijil Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe... yeah, I'm pretty much the best drawer I know.

(I even look like napoleon)
heeeeman Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Professional Photographer
Stunning attention to detail, loving it. Adore the librarian (?) at the top of the walkway.
botchiball Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
sweet image, awesome perspective on the ship (which i can't remember the name of) and the shading is great : ).
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