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Warhammer: Blood Ravens by mikkow Warhammer: Blood Ravens by mikkow
A commission for Sabertooth Games' Warhammer 40,000 Collectible Card Game "Dark Millenium".

It portrays an advancing Blood Ravens [Space Marines] Landraider Tank in a desert battle scene.

The foreground desert with the metal piece is not going to be seen in the actual print, so I didn't give it much attention.

15-20 hours.
Photoshop CS.
No direct references.

Copyright 2005 Games Workshop.

Edit 1: Finished polishing the marine getting sand-blasted. Added some details on the side. Added red half-logo thing on the white side door. Added radar dish on top. Tweaked colours on marine on top. Lowered saturation on the sand in the foreground. Fixed the shadow cast by the tank. Added purity seal above the white door.

Edit 2: Fixed some logo perspective issues. Replaced the right shoulder logo on the sandblasted soldier. Fixed some colour issues + minor wear and tear on both soldiers. Minor cleanup on the grenade launchers. The sand/dust whipped up was 1 pixel from the left border, now it extends fully to the border.

Edit 3: Did some colour/saturation/hue/brightness correction. I've come to discover that my monitor was set too dark when painting this back in the day, and as a result this and many others were too bright on a correctly setup monitor. The tank colour should be a very dark deep red, and the shadowed areas of the tank should be just baarely readable. Added a neat border as well. To see how this looks like in print, click [link] --- to see it featured on the news section, click [link] -- and to see it as a featured downloadable desktop (unfortunately their version is not as properly prepared as my own) click [link]
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:iconthevikingengebret:
TheVikingEngebret Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
METAL BAWKS
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:iconrobot-electro-jones:
Robot-Electro-Jones Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
"TOODEH WEH SHAHL STEEHL THE ENEMEIH!"
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:iconprivate-funny-man:
Private-Funny-Man Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
I see a thieving Blood Magpie hiding inside a metal box.
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:iconwnter06:
wnter06 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Blood Ravens cool
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:icongiovanni-palumbo:
GIOVANNI-PALUMBO Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
fantastci scene here
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:iconmasterflagg:
MasterFlagg Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student General Artist
holy cow man. Thats amazing. needs more grimdark things though. dead nids, chaos. Not lieing i'd buy this
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:iconmasterofthardus:
masterofThardus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Man I love the Blood Ravens, and this is an absolutely awesome portrayal of them.
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:iconhantakira:
Hantakira Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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:iconmarine85:
Marine85 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
I can only imagine how large that Landraider is, the Space marines are easily 7-8 feet tall and it is dwarfing them :D
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:iconkaptainswitch:
Kaptainswitch Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Land Raiders are that much more cool now.
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:iconluke624:
luke624 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
cool picture on a land raider
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:icondarksykkurai:
darksykkurai Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010   Photographer
wow this is awesome! i use to play a few years ago but blood raven was who i played with :)
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:icongorkensgork:
gorkensgork Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
nice work.. quite accurate and I like the softness effect somehow :)
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:icongmg5000:
GMG5000 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
AWESOME WORK, Warhammer 40,000 RULES!!!!
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:iconsebaselciclon:
sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man... its simply AWESOME! I cant believe it... you say that you did the background without paying too much attention to it? its great. And obviously the tank and the space marine soldiers are great.
If I have to critique... make the blue piece that is on the soldier that is up the tank a little darker, its too brighter in my opinion it dosent fix with the drawing (man its a so minor detail, I dunno what else to critique... cause this is awesome!)
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:iconhidden-amadeus:
Hidden-Amadeus Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Epic.
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:iconjackalswarlock:
JackalsWarlock Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
Strike with righteous fury in manifested form.
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:iconwilldrawson:
WillDrawson Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Afterwards;

"Brother Proteus, you're all... smooth... and shiny... what happened?"
"I got sandblasted by the cheeky b*st*rds in that Land Raider."

XD nicely done piece, mikkow.
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:iconresidentscribe:
ResidentScribe Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"caugh cagh what the, you damn kids your ran over my foot"
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:icongargumshalk:
Gargumshalk Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
EPIC.
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:iconsoftendo:
softendo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
cool marine landrider ;)
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:iconmax-cccp:
Max-CCCP Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Cool
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
this one's very nice, you should apply for some more work for 40k, send me a note if you want me to send you the contact infos.
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:icondisturbed334:
disturbed334 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
dat is well good
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:iconpotanek:
Potanek Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Really nice
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:iconpassacaglia28:
Passacaglia28 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice. Sorry for not having an advanced critique. It is hard to critique something this nifty! :D
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:iconbuhtope3:
BuHTOPE3 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Great !!
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:iconebag5:
ebag5 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Filmographer
awesome man, u really get a sense of speed
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:iconmikkow:
mikkow Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Thanks! I agree with you about that sense of speed. It makes it so much more interesting to watch than most others I've made. Finding that little extra thing to make it interesting can be very difficult.
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:iconprosephone:
Prosephone Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Baneblade is better that ol landraider BTW nice picture
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:iconmikkow:
mikkow Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Thanks. :) I don't know what a Baneblade is. I never got a chance to play the tabletop and such. I have read tons of stuff about W40k online that I've been able to find, but never bought anything W40k. I haven't even gotten my hands on any of the collectible game cards I've illustrated :(
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Wolfxero Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
true at sometimes, but i beat a baneblade in a battle i had with my friend, the one thing i have trouble with is the necron monolith, i beat it then the nightbringer brings the onslaught. Very cool picture
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:icongenshiyimoru:
genshiyimoru Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
whatr they fighting? ^_^
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:iconmikkow:
mikkow Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
They are fighting whatever your opponent is using. ;) It's for a collectible game card, and people ';play' this card against other people's armies/cards. That's why the illustration can't show what they are fighting specifically.
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:icongenshiyimoru:
genshiyimoru Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
gotcha. i know i know :D
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:iconxiaoski:
xiaoski Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
wow....
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:iconskullzero1:
SkullZero1 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
great work... really great work. just absolutely stunning...
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:iconmikkow:
mikkow Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I'm glad you're stunned, that's a good sign. :) Thanks.
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:iconslaxyie:
Slaxyie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing Work

:+fav:
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:iconmdj86:
MDJ86 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008   Photographer
That's fantastic. Very well done! :D
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:iconkrigian:
Krigian Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Всегда восхищался вашими работами с техникой по W40k. Ну а этот лендрейдер просто восхитителен!
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:iconmikkow:
mikkow Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Вы! Я главным образом покрасил машинное оборудование. То единственная вещь они дали меня. Возможно они don' t доверяет мне с больше вещей. Я надеюсь что этот плохой переводчик все еще постижим для вас. : D
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:iconkrigian:
Krigian Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Ok, i'am understand you)
Sorry for my english)
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:icontindomeril:
Tindomeril Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Awesome O_O

I remember this picture, I must say it was one of my absolute favorite Space marine pictures.
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:iconmikkow:
mikkow Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Thanks, that's some high praise.

You remember it from where? And what was it your favourite out of (compared to which others)? I've myself been unable to get my hands on the actual cards printed by Sabertooth Games/Games Workshop.
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:iconjmaczek:
Jmaczek Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
This is Great!
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:iconboldmarauder:
boldmarauder Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
Very nice XD. A perfect screenshot.

Considering how well you draw, you should consider branching out into more sci-fi tech themes.
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:iconmikkow:
mikkow Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Thanks. :) Btw,it's not a 'screenshot', a screenshot is a capture of what goes on at the computer screen. Usually froma game or movie. The proper term would be 'illustration', painting, rendering or similar.

I love sci-fi very much. Especially mechanical things, but also architecture, technology and the theme as a whole. You can be sure that there'll be much sci-fi to come that is not W40k.
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:iconboldmarauder:
boldmarauder Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Given how well it's drawn, I never would have guessed it was an illustration ;)
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:iconz-u:
z-u Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
land raider owns... but why blood ravens? they have no special abilitys at all, should have made a denomination of the blood angels... personal preferance aside it rocks!
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