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Vulkan by Noldofinve Vulkan by Noldofinve
A new version of the primarch of the Salamanders. Old drawing:…

It was quite hard to bring Vulkan into correlation with any Earth culture. It seems there are some African influence but this connection between the Salamanders aand African cultures isn't so clear. So I took an ancient Nubian guard as a "prototype" of Vulkan as my husband suggested. Several artwork of Ludwig Deutsch were very helpful in this my small research:…
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Damir12 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
A:Вулкан не негр у него кожа цвета обсидиана
B:У него европеоидные черты лица
C:У него нет капюшона 
Вот Минька…
Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
А: Благодарю за "консультацию"
B: эта работа не претендует на каноничность. Читайте описание. Если не знаете английского, воспользуйтесь гугл-переводчиком.
C: Вот каноничные арты:……

С уважением,
я. :)
zerry Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
THANK YOU so much for giving him proper ethnicity instead of that bad joke by GW. Fun fact: the story of Saint George and the Dragon is huge in Ethiopia, which had a great many Christian converts in the Middle Ages. Fire-breathing lizards and saving people in distress? Sounds a lot like the Salamanders to me =D
Noldofinve Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Do you mean the story is popular in Ethiopia? Is there any details typical only for this region?
zerry Featured By Owner May 31, 2014… <--- Wikipedia entry summarizing George's following in Ethiopia. Locals tend to have festivals related to him, and it's likely the actual dragon was really a local crocodile.
Noldofinve Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot for pointing to such inetersting facts. It'll be a great help in a future.
Wyzilla Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
I do really prefer the Salamanders looking like a normal "black" person, with a deep brown skin pigmentation as opposed to onyx. While I do like Nick Kyme's work, it's just weird how so many chapters and legions represent specific cultures, and yet the Salamanders look nothing like theirs at all. Death Guard (loyalist) were Croatian, Space Wolves are Celtic/Scandinavian, Crimson Fists are Spanish, Ultramarines are Roman/Italian, etc. But then the Salamanders are supposed to have some African culture traits... but look like an incredibly racist comical appearance. I get that it's old fluff, it just looks, weird. Like you could never go out in public with it as a costume without somebody punching you kind of weird. I do get that in fluff they're supposed to look the most frightening but be the kindest of all Astartes, but this just looks far better.

And as for the art, fantastic.
V-for-Vienna Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
I sometimes wonder if Salamanders having "African" traits is mostly just an assumption fans make based on their being "black"... In fact, I'd argue that the Salamanders are actually Scandinavian-themed, as the dragon/smithing aspects of their characterisation, combined with their inhumanly pigmented dark skin and red eyes, make them seem far more like the dark elves (dwarfs) of Norse mythology by way of D&D's Drow than anything recognisably sub-Saharan.
Noldofinve Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for sharing such interesting thoughts!
Wyzilla Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Thanks. Keep up the fantastic primarch bust paintings.
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