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Braianel, The Blessed by Greyall Braianel, The Blessed by Greyall
Most heretics have a way of altering their personalities once they become traitors to the Imperium. Not that we can blame them, really, hearing constant whispers by more or less insidious evil, larger-than-life entities tends to do that to a guy. Not to Braianel, though. In his mind, he's still the same knight he was on Caliban. The veteran. The example. The swordsman. The boastful friend. The one every calibanite loved.

He witnessed the Lion's rise through The Order. He accompanied him on every engagement, be it against man or beast. And when the Emperor's Angels arrived on his planet, the Primarch had him undergo extensive surgery and bionics implantation so that Braianel could accompany him on the Great Crusade...only to send him back to Caliban to "speed up recruitment". For more than any other Dark Angel, Braianel had made his life a constant crusade and, in spite of his great pride and experience, he'd taken the Lion to be an avatar of knighthood.

But no true knight would condemn his brethren to a life with no glory, though. No great leader would leave his most trusted comrades behind. All this finally sunk into Braianel as the Warp Storm engulfed Caliban and dragged him into the abyss of the Empyrean. When he emerged, a new crusade began. One that, for 10.000 years, has showed the Imperium what true glory is. Where Braianel goes, revolt, fanaticism and heresy spread through the population.

Yet Braianel fights alone, and on his own has he earned every one of the many black pearls he sports, each an Interrogator Chaplain slain . For his victories, he's been granted many gifts by the Gods of Chaos, to him no more than just rewards.

From his early days in The Order, throughout every field of battle in the Great Crusade, to every son of the Lion he vanquishes, Braianel has been what he has always sought to be. The champion. The legend. The swordsman. The raucous victor to every fight.

The one every Unforgiven dreads most.

This guy is an hommage to Brian Blessed, an actor that has only become known to me a few years ago, yet one of those greats that leaves me missing older days. It was easy enough to keep his armour true to his time as a loyalist, a true knight's wargear - only with a jetpack. The helmet was the hardest piece to come up with. The final result, I think, combines knight and raptorhood quite well. Still, while the concept wasn't hard, he was a veritable pain to execute.

So let us feast. Chiswick!!! Fresh horses!

Oh, yeah, Khorne is next.

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:iconwill-of-the-spurr:
Will-of-the-spurr Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
the horse is...alive?...................................................................no.
:icondeadhorseplz:
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gellvar Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
BRIAN BLESSED DOES NOT SERVE THE PUNY GODS OF CHAOS!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
THAT HE DOES. THEY SERVE FRESH HORSES!
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Will-of-the-spurr Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
AND THEY DO NOT CAMP BELOW THE FRENCH!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Lol :)
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Will-of-the-spurr Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
XD
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist
fallen angels!!!! and that helm oh that helm so unique. oh one thing bewilders me though, is that a terminator armor?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Nope, that's artificer power armour with a jump pack, mate.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist
i see...
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GLAD0Sisaspy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Writer
Soooo Cool
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Thanks, matey.
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Hade13 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
DIS IS TRULY BLESSED -sprinkles holy water onto him. It just burns away.- TRULY BLESSED!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Ahah, thanks, mate =)
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Hade13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Your welcome
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Excelsior-Emeritus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Very nice clean lineart, I live this.
Except for one thing: His head is too small, but that's excusable, since it's a common mistake with 40k.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Thank you very much, mate.

While I recognize I've exaggerated in a few of my works, I honestly don't see it as a mistake, necessarily. To me, power armour is not a second skin, but a mechanical suit. A bit like the marine's armour in Starcraft 2's 'Hell, it's about time' trailer.

Only, not clumsy. =)

That being said, I'm toning down on the normal space marines, right now only Primarchs retain these ginormous proportions.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Purge the heretic! Great character you have there, as a long time Dark Angels player, he would be a valued addition to the book...gonna need a lot of marines to take that one done... Awesome job!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Thanks, mate. He's a heretic himself, though, so the only way for the Dark Angels to have him back on their ranks would be for him to plunge right into a squad and start hacking. =D
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
sick!!:D
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks. =D
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73XV Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
brutal! :wow:
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Greyall Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Thank you. =)
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scorpionridge Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
nice design, and the writeup adds just that more to it. :+fav:!!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Thanks, mate =)
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Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Magnificent!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Thanks, mate. =)
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wash-away Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks amazing, I can't get over his left arm though it looks way to small for some reason.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
I think the gun-arm's length is anatomically correct, but I agree with you, it gets lost in the jetpack turbine.

Thank you.
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wash-away Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the hands usually go down to the thighs, I think thats why they look tiny.
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
That's intentional, I like to go with the bulky armour for my marines, so their hands will reach their belt, give or take.
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wash-away Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that's kind of confusing anatomically but okay.
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
It is, I know. But bow down to the god of disbelief suspension. =)
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RedQueenXXX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He is both sad and awesome... sawdsome?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Well, his whole motivation is to both prove someone wrong and to show that same person how to do it right - knighthood, that is. Problem is, that someone is apparently gone. Which means his crusade doesn't have a predictable end.

Very nice observation, thank you. =)
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RedQueenXXX Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Who did it wrong(so I can compare these)?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
He feels the Lion defiled everything a knight should be by sending his own (and oldest) brethren home.
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RedQueenXXX Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i derped. I wouldn't mind being in the same unit as he is, except that I'd probably be a drooling nutcase with horrible people skills... wait a second... :iconlightbulbplz:
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
He doesn't have a unit, this guy fights alone. And the way I see it, he's probably in the top 3 of the most dangerous of all the Raptors in this series. In skill at arms, he certainly is. He's survived alone for 10 thousand years.

He's just so good a questing knight that chaos has amplified his ability as an inspirator. So, whenever he touches down on a planet, people go nuts.
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RedQueenXXX Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
fuck shit... :iconspeechlessplz:
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precinctomega Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
My favourite raptor yet, both for execution and background. I think the helmet is perfect: it summons to my mind the blind hood that hawks wear before they are released. One (very minor) point: "Interrogator Chaplain", not "Inquisitor Chaplain".
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Damn, how the hell did I make that mistake? I knew it sounded strange. Thanks, mate, very much.
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MisterScourge Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So the great crusade begins again.... in the name of KAOS?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Indeed =)
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Augustarus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Awesome, you brought in so much detail with this drawing.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Thank you, it's one of my favourite pieces.
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Dreaminator Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011   Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!! He is great! Fantastic idea to bring up one of the Fallen Angels in ur series! Some Dark Angels fans will be pissed about it hahah xD
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
It was actually a suggestion, but I liked it immediately.
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Nomad55 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so bad ass :) Great work
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Thanks =)
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Nomad55 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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