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Heroes Of The Imperium by NicklausofKrieg Heroes Of The Imperium by NicklausofKrieg
it's the crew of the Prying Dutchman! [link]

i just thought about seeing how they'd look like in my own IG renditions this is also the first time i've drawn a full design for a Tallarn desert raider in ages

plus it would be pretty damn cool f there was a game like 40Kart so i guess i thought i'd try my hand at some fake concept art as well
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Robot-Electro-Jones Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
I really love the contrast between all the IG guys here. =)
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flyingdextersart Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Who is the guy in the brown suit next to the Tallaren trooper? The one who looks like a US marine.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
the Cadian Kasrkin.
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herobrine67 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
the face of the Korps Guardsman is making think he is saying: "i lost my cat in a fire today...."
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
yeah i have noticed for the longest time that he looks quite sad

also, make sure to check out the newer portraits of these guys [link] i really don't think this piece does my idea justice.
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Cromagblack6 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Redshirts
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
these guys have fought their way above the title of redshifts of you ask me
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Cromagblack6 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
In that case then it's sad they die as often as Redshirts
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madness3200 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
The Death guardsmen is looking sad, what happened?
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Wafflewarrior7 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student General Artist
really like your cadian design, Very 'future' esque, and fittingly so.
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kriegerherz15 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
krieg is real honour and discipline.
i doint like those catachan gorillas.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
yeah i definitely like kriegers for their martial discipline, as for catachans, though they can be badass at time they're insubordination can be painfully annoying most of the times
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SawHeadSprinkles Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, but the Tallarn raider looks a bit too unprofessional and guerilla-ish. Why would desert warfare specialists wear such rag-tag equipment?
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
tallarn desert raiders are experts at GUERILLA warfare, so if he looks guerilla-ish then my plans have succeeded

and anyway i'd say the catachan looks pretty rag-tag as well
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SawHeadSprinkles Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, I dont know, it just seems a bit too terrorist-y for me. The rest look awesome, but I prefer GWs Lawrence of Arabia-type Tallarns.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
meh, too many IG armies based off of Europeans in my opinion

and anyway there are also professional arab armies that look like this, not just terrorists

which reminds me, there are also too many connections between arab soldiers and terrorists as well
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SawHeadSprinkles Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really now? To be fair ive seen very few Arabic militaries with that kind of getup other than Palestinian militants and Hamas radicals... but the few I have had a look at usually had tan BDU's, berets and the like, rather than just black t-shirts and headdresses. Then again, that analysis is pieced together from images of Libyan loyalists, Iranians and the OpFor from the original Modern Warfare.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
well anyway all i'm saying is, i prefer seeing tallarns as arabs rather than british desert troops, i mean when it comes to IG regiments we have 3 based off of germans, 2 based off of americans, 2 based off of biritsh, and 2 based off of russians, so in my opinion it's only reasonable that at least ONE regiment is based of a non western army

i mean currently the only non western based IG army we have are the attilans and all they got are rough riders

but in the end the IG's famed diversity is all about aesthetic preferences, so go stick with your lawrence of arabia tallarns if you like
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SawHeadSprinkles Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thing is you're not hearing me, these are clearly lifted directly from the look of guerillas and insurgents. Theyre obviously using scavenged equipment and regular clothes rather than actually sanctioned materials.

I mean, your Tallarn just looks like some bloke who got up, threw on the nearest black work shirt and combat pants he had, tied a shemagh around his head and threw on a chest rig he bought from an airsoft store. He literally does NOT look like a soldier.

I mean, take a page from actual Arab soldiers (in this case, the Iranians)
[link]
Their BDUs match. Their body armour looks like its actually a part of their uniform. Sure, they probably wear shemaghs in combat, but their uniform generally tends to actually BE a uniform.

Equally, you could also look at the Ottoman Empire;
[link]
They were one of the largest Middle-Eastern armies of the 20th century, and you dont see them running around in mismatched clothing, right?

You seem to be convinced that groups like the Taliban and Hamas getup is what all Arab militaries wear, and the truth is they usually have quite organised and neat uniforms. The drawings good, but I think the outfit itself is a bit too stereotypical and might even border on the offensive for some people. Just something to watch out for.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
we'll see where it goes :shrug:
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MajorMurray Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
The Cadian and the Krieger both look disinterested, while the Catachan and the Tallarn look like they are about to beat someone into a bloody plump. Actually the Krieger doesn't look disinterested he looks, depressed? That possible?
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
well that kasrkin is kinda glancing back at the men behind him feeling a sense of leadership amongst the crew, the desert raider i wanted to look kinda like he's bracing himself preparing to pounce at a moment's notice, you're right about the catachan, while the krieger is actually on a simliar pose as the catachan except you just can't see where his eyes are looking so it kinda looks like he's just looking down
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TrilbyApocalpysePro Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh god the krieg and Kaskrin look bad-ass!

And not wanting to nit pick, but aren't the Tallarn and Catachans skins suppose to be darker?
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
thanks :D

well on my old monitor they looked quite alright but now that i've got an LCD they do look at tad bit too fair
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randomeye713 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Maybe instead of just standing you could have them posing around something else
Like the prying ducthman
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
once i come up with a tweaked up design for the prying dutchman i'll probably get to that
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randomeye713 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
it looks like the tallarn is stabbing the krieg with his sword
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Shaodanis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Kriegers are ALWAYS chillin'. Like a baws.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
thanks :D
i'm glad i made him look cool
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Zachg56 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Might want to have the Tallarn's skin be a bit darker, sort of tan/olive-ish

Otherwise a damn fine job
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masonicon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Catachan is the most dangerous of the Prying Dutchman crews when they landed on your vehicles because once he landed in your vehicles, your vehicles will be inevitably destroyed
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
well it really depends on how long it takes that catachan to destroy a vehicle, i mean the krieger has a similar ability in the way of continuous health degrading damage
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viciousjaws Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
EMPEROR AKBAR!
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Atomikamikaze Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome job! :D Love the dude on the far right
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
thank you :D

you like the 'Nam look eh?
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10thdoctorwhooves Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
That Tallarn is especially awesome, I wish GW or Forgeworld would remake them.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
yeah that would be cool :D especially if they could define their look a lot more
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
[link] I wish they were more like this, more models with full face head-dresses!
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
i just wish games workshop would just make up their minds on whether Tallarn desert raiders are these guys [link] or these guys [link] i hope it's the second one 'cause in my opinion there are enough imperial guard regiments based off of European armies

and of course more full faced head-dresses :D
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
I prefer the second one as well (Mujahideen right?), there's already plenty of European Guard regiments-give us space Arabic militias GW!
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
yep Mujahideen :D

though i doubt GW will do it, after all Mujas are seen as terrorists and GW sees the imperium as the "good guys" so making a bunch of "terrorists" a part of the "good guy's" camp is just a no go with that mindset
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Non GW: "Can we have some more Arabic looking Tallarn in ethnicity and military equipment/uniforms?"

GW hears: "We want to be Taliban!"
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L33tBr33d Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always liked your rendition of the IG more than the ones the concept artists at GW come up with. Must be all the gear.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
yeah i kinda give them a more realistic feel since i pretty much base their gear off of real world stuff so it ends up looking for believable

hell, i've seen soldier from WW2 with more gear that 40k guardsmen! and by today's standards WW2 gear is already rather spartan
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L33tBr33d Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the main reason is because the artists try their best to portray the guardsmen the way that they look on the tabletop, and it would be a pain in the ass to make their gear like what we use. However, it does kinda make sense because guardsmen are typically seen as being expendable and therefore there wouldn't be a need to give them anything more than a canteen, 2 mag pouches, 2 grenades, and a bayonet. The Ruskies during WWII carried very little gear as well for the same reason.
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Thanatus-kun Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
This looks great! I like your art style.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
thanks :D it's much appreciated
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GravePunk Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
very nice... you could includ steel legion too... would look bad- ass
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human72 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
NIce pic.
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