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Mars will be ours by Noldofinve Mars will be ours by Noldofinve
... The Emperor's gaze turned to a red star - Mars...

"I stood on the tallest peak of the Oympus Mons and watched as the Emperor set foot on Martian soil, the first Terran to do so in five thousand years... I remember it well, the Emperor kneeling before the Fabricator General. As they exchanged greetings, I recognised a kindred spirit in the Emperor... A union of Terra and Mars, the head of the Emperor's eagle gaining a twin in his heraldry" (from G. McNeill "The Kaban Project").

The sword design was taken from magnificent Dan Scott's art "The Emperor's Wisdom", the uniform is based on ceremonial uniforms of kings and later emperor's and uniforms of Napoleon's army officers. And one of my main inspirators - music: H. Zimmer's "Gladiator", two songs of "Within Temptation" - "Towards the End" and "The Truth Beneath the Rose" (from the very first listening these songs have been associating with Horus Heresy in my mind) and soundtracks of "Dawn of War 1 and 2".

I want to say thank you all of you, guys, who come here, watch, comment and share opinions and arts with me. It's really nice that you are. :)
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:iconemilion-3:
Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
impressive, i  have sought this piece.
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:iconnoldofinve:
Noldofinve Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconemilion-3:
Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome.
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HolyAquila Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Ave Imperator!

Nice to see some early Emprah art
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:iconnoldofinve:
Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Glad you liked it!
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:icon2kor517:
2kor517 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student General Artist
WOW! I've never considered the Emperor without armor before, he still looks incredibly powerful and strong in that meagre outfit.
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I thought there are many arts of the Emperor in armour but no pictures of him without his armour. May be in an uniform or unofficial clothes. This is very interesting theme for me. And there is a large range for imagination.
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2kor517 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Indeed, i've never thought of him without the armor and you made the first impression amazing.
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Marcusdarkstar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow.... simply amazing.... a different vission of one of the most featued icons of 40... good, not.. Amazing job!
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:iconnoldofinve:
Noldofinve Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. Glad you liked it.
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
So this is where this picture comes from! I've seen it other places before, and I just love it! I love it even more than the most glorious golden power armour. This is perfect!

Although, it's too bad that the Emperor is too often put into the Horus Heresy series as an explanation for anything. The Mechanicum on Mars? How about a complex history of gradual veneration of technology and loss of understanding of the scientific process, coupled with increased reliance on advanced technical systems for keeping the Martian society viable and safe from the deadly atmosphere and lack of native food? No no, apparently, "the Emperor did it." Pity.
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Malicean Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great piece of work!
Ten thousand years of iconography have made the Emperor a larger-than-life and therefore halfway imaginary figure; you, on the other hand, managed to give Him a very human aspect while STILL keeping him commanding enough to make PRIMARCHS jump to his call, when he says, "Boys, follow me!"
That's more impressive (to me, leastways) than some mythological creature doing the same!
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
I didn't want to portrait him in armour - there are many such arts. Meanwhile my purpose was to show not only a god and a warleader, but also a strong, wise and imperious human.
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
I just realized the emperor looks way more manry in Black and White. ♥
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nigellus Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student
It's rather refreshing to see the Emperor out of his Gold Plate. I mean, like anyone wearing armour for battle, one doesn't wear it all day 24/7.

You should do Primarchs out of their armour too :)
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think about the other primarchs' series just out of armour but also based on extracts from Horus Heresy novels. It could something like a series of illustrations.
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kicja Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
чуть не задохнулась от восторга, трепета и уважения
а еще, с первого вгляда мне по глупости показалось, что это Снейп
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Да не совсем по глупости.. Я сейчас сравнила - какое-то сходство есть. Случайность, думаю, потому что к Снейпу я ровно дышу. )) Меня больше впечатлила Минерва МакГонагол.
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kicja Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
да, она сильная женщина
а случайности не случайны)
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VeteserusLupus Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Единственный в своем роде человек, который сам же сковал себе погибель, в лице своих сыновей... печально...
А рисунок прямо таки вдохновляет уцепиться зубами в планшет и не вставать из-за компьютера, пока что-либо путное не выйдет))) Работа, достойная аплодисментов)))
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Так он и вцепился.. Одна из тех работ, которые рисуются на одном дыхании, порой с игнорированием даже приемов пищи (пока желудок не начинает скандалить), и которые населяют собой мозг и не ходят оттуда, пока картинка не закончена. )
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VeteserusLupus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Увы, пока у меня так не было (мой желудок порой сильнее, чем мои личные желания))))
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R-ql Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Теперь она в основном кодексе...
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:iconnoldofinve:
Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Хто?
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R-ql Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Изначально подразумевалось: "эта работа";
Но, боюсь, ошибка вышла. :) Просто кто-то мне раньше показывал, вот только не могу вспомнить, где это было. Помню только, что это было лучшее изображение Императора (во всяком случае, одно из лучших), которое мне довелось видеть.
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Спасибо. :) Возможно, работа попадалась на просторах вконтактика. Хотя ее растащили уже повсюду.
Император - один из моих любимых персонажей в Вархаммере. Я не преклоняюсь перед ним, не раскачиваюсь в позе "зю" с мантой "Омммммм", нет. Он меня привлекает именно как неоднозначная и понемногу ставшая объемной благодаря книгам личность. Противоречивая и ни разу не воплощение Христа. Наоборот - жесткий, властный, четко знающий, что ему надо, и идущий к этой цели как советский танк к Рейхстагу.
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Robguil4774 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Император - не Христос однозначно. Скорее он - собирательный образ ряда исторических фигур, таких как Александр Македонский, Наполеон, Адольф Гитлер, Ленин, Сталин и т.д. Он - совершенный диктатор.

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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Что не Христос - соглашусь, хотя мордально чем-то с ним совпадает. Насчет диктатора - да, скорее, соглашусь. Ибо действительно был суров и деспотичен в чем-то. При этом не лишен человеческих черт.
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Robguil4774 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Да, он человек.
Он хотел спасти людей во многом не только от алиенов и демонья, но и от самих себя.
Он вел людей к счастью насильно, не спрашивая, хотят они или нет.
В чем-то он даже похож на коммунистов-революционеров. Сломать старый мир и построить на его месте новый. Заменить религию научным мировоззрением.
Чем-то - на "человека эпохи возрождения", невероятно всестороннего, невероятно образованного и с чертами "сумасшедшего ученого"/"анимешного суперзлодея".
Много намешано и многое из этого возведено в абсолют, до каких-то даже не "мэрисьюшных", а просто гротескных значений. Хотя может в этом-то и весь смысл, т.к. он больше, чем просто лидер у власти. Он - живая персонификация всего человечества как такового и живое воплощение всей его силы и мощи (военной, научной и т.д.).

Отношение, на самом деле, довольно двоякое. С одной стороны сволочь, по-сути, еще та. С другой, при виде всех ужасов мира Вахи понимаешь, что он - самое меньшее зло из всех.
Как ни странно, при всей своей невъебичности он выглядит правдоподобнее марвелловских супергероев из американских комиксов (довольно наивно изображенных).
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professiovenator Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
really good work, you captured a magnificent king :)
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I enjoyed work process very much. The Emperor is a good model. ))
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fedupN Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Most Awesome!

Very, very fine work.

As others have said, Ave Imperator!
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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fedupN Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
So its been over a year since I first praised this work but I feel it bears repeating...This is amazing! Thank you for sharing this and other great artwork with us on Deviantart.
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow. ))) I'm very grateful to you for these kind words. It's e great reward for me. ))
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kopokopo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
хаха, он мне напоминает Петра I

взгляд, манера держать себя)
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ElementOfChaos Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Wonderful depiction, love the shading in this inspirational piece.
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Truly inspiring! I can see this portrait in a wall over the heads of hundreds of pilgrims.

I finished reading "The Kaban Project" yesterday and thought. "Damm, I have to draw this techpriest-confesor right now!".
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!

"The Kaban Project" is very nice story though I'm quite indifferent towards the Mechanicums. But there is one scene which impressed me very much - the old techpriest's story about the Emperor's visit on Mars. The first thought was, "That would be cool picture". But.. I still haven't done any sketches. ))Shame on me.
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DeusImperator Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Epic, although he seems a bit thin.
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IvanTih Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Sorry for the next comment,but I have forgot to say that his rune sword looks good.
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you. )) That's ok. )
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IvanTih Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
An excellent regal outfit for the Emperor,it's look reminds me of an usual Imperial Navy's officer.On the other hand I've always thought that Emperor would wear something lavishly decorated with stuff like a force field generator or something like that.
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
May be you're right about a field generator. But this generator could be very small and hidden somewhere on his belt.
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IvanTih Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Sorry for the late reply,but you're right it could be in the belt or it could be located on some ring.On the other hand the Emperor had god like psychic powers so he could defend himself without the device.
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DarkChaplain Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
I still can't find any words worthy to describe this picture...
thank you so much!
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Glad you liked it. :)
By the way, you did nice bookmarks. ;)
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MajesticChicken Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Most impressive!
I particularly like the partial aquila on his shoulder, reminds me of the Emperor's Children.
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Noldofinve Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
I thought this element will be quite suitable because Fulgrim had been trying to look like his father, the Emperor. So it's possible he borrowed several elements of the Emperor's outfit.
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