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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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HolyAquila Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Ave Imperator!

Nice to see some early Emprah art
Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Glad you liked it!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Noldofinve Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. Glad you liked it.
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.
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!
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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