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An Unending Crusade by Luches An Unending Crusade by Luches
"Even till death I will serve, for the honour of the Emperor"

The Battle for Drakkarge Hive had dragged for months since Orkish reinforcements swept the Imperial Guards
regiments off the Plains of Pelida, in response the Imperium commander held back 4 Black Templars Fighting
Companies till the Orkish momentum was broken after Orkish invaders battled the entrenched Imperial Guards
forces amongst the streets of Drakkarge.

Over the skies the Imperial Navy vessels kept the Orks pinned when the great gates that lead into the
inner hive open as Black Templars lead by the Venerable Brother Hildebrand came charging out.

"No Pity! No Remorse! No Fear!"

-Brother Hildebrand-

Brother Hildebrand had been in the service of Black Templars since the early days of the Chapter, best known
for his preference for close combat, he rises through the ranks and during the desperate Siege of Khadon he
become the Emperor's Champion after receiving the vision of the Emperor.

Amidst the chaos of battle, he managed to seek out and cut down the Ork warboss, Grim Ironmaw Argok in a duel,
after which he continue to hack his way through the green horde, only falling from his many wounds when Imperium
victory was assured. Despite the severity of his wound, death is not an excuse from service for this Champion, he
cling on to life as his battle brothers retrieved his broken body and was immediately interred into the cold
sarcophagus of a Dreadnought.

Even as a Dreadnought, his righteous zeal and his preference for close combat never ceased, while years of services
had brought him wisdom in battle, he will not hesitate to charge into battle with his Great-sword leading his
battle brothers.

~Artist note~
I do not have a live stream because I am just not too used to painting before people, and I really took my time to
paint personal stuffs, so it can get very boring ^^;

But here's a time lapse video instead, basically, I tried saving every a couple hours (maybe even lesser) into the painting


So enjoy it :)
(P.S please take a while and let youtube process it ^^;, and don't mind my lousy video making skills.

Cheers +fav if you like :p
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Lovely image
Vesuvius-Dragon Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :) if only Dreadnaughts can have swords :( 
Packmaster Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought its "Even in death I still serve"? :)
DezMarth Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It has been a labor of love, but I have an update for you, my friend.…

"Fear not, for even though your muscles may tear, and the bones in your body might break... the Emperor shall provide you the strength to continue your mission. Even death itself cannot lay hold to those with a strong enough will to purge the enemy from his lands, and Brother Hildebrand should be a shining example to you all!" - Marshall Vigilus
Luches Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Woho this is great!
DezMarth Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We do what we do, my friend, we do what we do.
I don't know why I just want that Dreadnought to fire his fist like a rocket it just kinda feels like anime that is just me

Pretty good art :D
This is some bloody awesome artwork but I can't help but point out the Space Marine colours used here are that of the Crimson Fists, not the Black Templars ^^;.
Luches Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, it's not the crimson fist... the crimson fist will be blue with red fist. 

Black templars colors are black, white and red

And just something interesting

From 40k wikia
"The Declates Crusade (Date Unknown.M41) - The Declates Crusade was a joint Imperial Crusade against the Ork WAAAGH! Gitzmott carried out by both the Crimson Fists and Black Templars Space Marine Chapters in the heavily-populated Declates System. As a symbol of solidarity against what seemed to be an innumerable foe, Astartes from both Chapters "exchanged" iconography and often fought in mixed squads. Black Templars painted their left hands red, and Crimson Fists painted a Templar Cross onto their right knee. This unusual gesture of unity helped establish a tight bond that steeled the resolve of the brave warriors involved in the ultimately successful cleansing of the system from the Greenskins' taint."
Yeah I know that (along with the Declates Crusade lore, some cool stuff there) but either I'm colour blind or that Dreadnought and Land Raider are dull blue all over with red fists!

Although I do have trouble with telling apart very dark colours....
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