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You Listen to Supergrass? by NicklausofKrieg You Listen to Supergrass? by NicklausofKrieg
let's just say i'm not a big fan of the Judge Dredd design direction of the Adeptus Arbites, something about looking like a comic book hero kinda displeases me when it comes to realistic police work
no offense of course to Judge Dredd fans or fans of the Arbites' design, this is just my opinion on how they should look

they're deigns were inspired by Russian FSB troops as seen in video games and real world depictions, i thought that they're heavily armed look is very fitting for the Adeptus Arbites

the one to the left is a member of an Arbites fire support squad, he's equipped with load bearing gear for a variety of firearms like shotguns, autoguns, heavy stubbers, and in some rare cases bolters. they're also equipped with a carapace armor to withstand simple small arms fire, so that they can easily step into a gunfight and bring they superior firepower to bear in support of their lighter units

the one to the right is a member of an Arbites melee combat squad he's equipped with lighter flak armor for extra movement speed and flexibility. they're also equipped with a variety of grenades like frags for room clearing and flash grenades, stun grenades, gas grenades, flares, and smoke grenades to cover their approach and disorient their enemies making it much harder for their opponents to fight in CQC, other than their iconic power mauls and riot shields they're also armed with sidearms such as autopistols, laspistols, and the rarer boltpistol
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
While the fire support/riot gear Arbites looks very awesome with his segmented body armour and face plate, I think it's the tie on the right hand Arbites (Detective? Officer? I don't know Arbites ranks :P) that really makes this picture: just makes him look so much more realistic and human. Together, they ARE THE LAW!
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pro12011 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
No one expects the Imperium Inquisition!
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V-for-Vienna Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Well, the Aduptus Arbites are supposed to be more akin to the FBI (to use a very American example, and as opposed to the Inquisition's CIA, I suppose), so, as far as realistic police work goes, I'd assume that, given the nature of the game, most of the Arbiter minis would be more representative of something like the CIRG than field agents/investigators.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
yes i do know not all of them look like this. but i based these guys particularly on the heavy armored arbites ie the ones who look more like riot cops than investigators
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V-for-Vienna Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Pay no heed to the mis-spelling of "Adeptus" above.
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DisturbiaWolf13 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Heh, I bet you'd have Space Marines in camo if you could ;)
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
i tried that once. Ultramarines get blue urban camo, while black templars get night ops camo, Blood Angels and Blood Ravens get red woodland.

i didn't go on with it ever sine i realized that it REALLY isn't their thing.
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Gear-2557 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Nice, I always thought the Judge Dredd look was a bit excessive. But I have to ask what would your take on the appearance of an Arbites Judge?
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viciousjaws Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Diggin' it. The original designs were always too flashy and bright for practical work.
Then again, this is the same world where tanks are painted bright red and yellow and everybody yells.
Great work as usual!:thumbsup:
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Thurgrimm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
This is the same world where cover is for pussies and the guns shoot exploding rockets full of mutagenic acid.
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viciousjaws Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Isn't it glorious?
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
thanks :D
that'es exactly the point the original design was way too flashy for my tastes
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viciousjaws Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
However, the local police force on a planet may resemble this more, since they enforce the laws of the planet, where as the Adeptus Arbites only makes sure people follow the Lex Imperia.
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jarms48a Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Excellent, I never really like the Judge Dredd look.
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randomeye713 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
The guy with the tie looks a little more distinct that the dude behind the face mask.
In fact they kind of remind me of the MNU from District 9
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Layllowggann Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Artist
Hey dude, as always, nice stuff, but why is the title 'you listen to supergrass'?
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
thanks :D

[link] that song inspired me to finally draw these designs that i've had in my head for a year or so not only that but i was listening to it throughout the making of this drawing
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Layllowggann Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Artist
hell yeaaaaaah! :D
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ArcherTacticalOps Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What paint system do you use and is this traced over? pencil drawings
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
it's just a pencil drawing that's been through a couple of filters on photoshop and then colored :D
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GeorgesConcepts Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
That's an Inquisitorial stormtrooper on the left, according to the I on his helmet.
Otherwise nice work :)
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
thanks :D
well actually that's the Adeptus Arbites symbol thought it does look similar to the inquisition's
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GeorgesConcepts Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
no probs :)
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
But what about the Arbite Shield, Basil? They're not Arbites unless they have their three signature weapons, Arbite Combat Shotgun, Shocking Maul (not power, they're "peacekeepers" not space marine, not to mention power weapons are rare and expensive, prohibitively so.), and their Arbite Riot Shield (also shocking as shocking is it the poor man's "power" weapon, I say that because a shocking weapon cannot easily be destroyed by a true power weapon due to the similar but different electrical field).
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
well i guess i did forget to mention the riot shields but in most of my info sources and most major wikis about WH40k they all say that they use Power Mauls not only that but i've never heard of a shocking maul in all my time looking into 40k weapons
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Funny, most of the wikis I know that do mention Power Mauls also mention Shock Mauls, regardless the Shock Maul was the cheap mass production version of the Power Maul used by the lowest ranking Arbites and other planetary security forces after GW saw fit to make power weapons and by extension Power Mauls ridiculously rare in canon. The two weapons are very similar but also quite different, I could list all their similarities and differences according to Dark Heresy, as that's the only source that I know that goes in depth about them the most, but it comes down to two things:

The type of field/current generated and the rarity of such technology, obviously power mauls are rarer than shock mauls.

Power Mauls have a variable power field generator that can be set to any desired strength from a painful electric shock to being able to blow a hole through a wall or being able to defeat power armor, and while active the weapon continues to produces this field at the set strength until turned off thus making even touching the energized portions of the weapon dangerous. Where as the Shock Maul, while also having variable settings they aren't nearly as strong, but are capable of producing effects from stunning up to dismemberment of unarmored limbs, additionally the weapon only releases it's electrical jolt on impact which makes the weapon safer to wield over all.
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MajorMurray Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
This is just awesome man. You really show that you have devotion to making 40k look more modern. I find it odd though, because we have no idea how the future may look like at all. We take what is familiar to us, and we make it look, more advanced. It's like, "Look at this, but it has a better budget." Most times this isn't the case. Look at the 80's outlook on the year 2,000. Now look how it actually turned out.

But, it's ridiculous to think we'll know what the hell anything looks like in thirty eight thousand years. So, I enjoy just having fun with it. This definately makes way more sense than the current look of Arbites.
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TrilbyApocalpysePro Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
they look pretty cool, but i prefer the original arbites design.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
fair enough :D
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Sanguine-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is officially one of the coolest pictures of the Arbites I've seen.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
thank you :D
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SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
MM. While I don't mind the Judge Dredd design, I do like the vibe you have here, even if these guys look too much SWAT and not enough peacekeeper.

Also, love the heavy's helmet.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
thanks :D
well this is just the initial redesign, i might come up with more military looking designs

glad you like the helmet i based it off of real russian riot gear
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wightpower Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think I've ever liked the Judge Dredd design for Arbites either, but I think I usually pushed it aside with the idea that different planets had different police designs and Games Workshop just happened to extenuate the most "80s" design they could at the time.

Like your take on them, though. They actually look like real cops instead of superhero death squads.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
yeah the idea of superhero death squad never really sounded good to me

i might come up with more design for different planets if not segmentums now that you mention it :D
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wightpower Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, my favorite quality of the Imperium is that no matter how fascist and "catholic space nazi" it seems, it's so impossibly huge that every segmentum or sector has its own unique culture, design, personality, etc.
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10thdoctorwhooves Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
attention rioters this is what the imperial guard means when we have to bring out the big guns.
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human72 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Nice pic.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
thank you :D
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human72 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
No problem.
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