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Fuegan, The Burning Lance by Greyall Fuegan, The Burning Lance by Greyall
Howling Banshees were the most beautiful sight the battlefield had to offer. Though more than one initiate had mistaken them for running blindly at the enemy, that lasted only until the lithe swordswomen began their dance of death.

Lessya watched Exarch Kalhida lead her squad into the tide of Hormagaunts, disrupting the creatures' already fragile concentration with their piercing screams, before slashing through them in a flash of gore and bestial screeches. Lessya and her Guardians took the lead, carving a path across the deadly green sea. She could see other squads advancing behind the melee units, forcing back the Tyranids, and Avandros, the great Wraithlord, slaughtering Warriors by the dozen, further breaking the Tyranids' cohesion.

Though it took less than three seconds to survey the battlefield, that was enough for Lessya to miss the wall of chemical flame coming at her until the heat made her head turn out of pure instinct. She threw herself to the side just as the Pyrovore's attack engulfed three of her Guardians. Lessya could not afford to spare them a look. She knew they were now little more than cinders and, if any doubt was left, the sight in front of her dispelled them. The Pyrovore responsible for her kinsmen's deaths was devouring Kalhida and her Banshees, now reduced to molten sculptures, nothing left of their yellow and blue armours.

She fired on the frantic beast, but its massive cannon was already spewing a new torrent of fire, forcing her to dive again. More of her brethren died, and Lessya could sense the Hormagaunts closing on them like a terrifying, large-scale representation of their own mandibles. Meanwhile, the Pyrovore's hunger had taken hold, and it now came at her, drooling acid and firing its cannon furiously. Despair took hold of her, and Lessya again missed the flaming blast coming at her until the heat forced her to.

It was nothing like the wild flames of a Pyrovore. This was a focused beam, brighter than anything she had seen, striking more than thirty metres away from Lessya, yet still making her flinch. Two dozen Hormagaunts and the Warriors leading them were vaporized in the most literal sense Lessya had ever witnessed. Reduced to fine dust. Though Lessya knew it was not in their nature, she swore she saw the Tyranids pause for a second, puzzled, but by that time Fuegan was already among them.

He rescued Avandros first, relieving him of several Warriors assaulting the ancient hero. Then he came carved a path to her. The Phoenix Lord actually came to her rescue. To untrained eyes, it might seem as if Fuegan was merely spinning blindly, and even for a veteran such as Lessya the full scope of the Phoenix Lord's intricate fighting style was impossible to grasp. In little more than a minute the great figure stood at her side. He nodded to her, then looked at the Eldar troops around and behind Lessya. A second later, a roar like that of the Dragon of myth rallied the host and Fuegan the order to advance came with a blast from his Fire Pike. Lessya saw the flame-shaped holes on the weapon's tip come alive like a sun and, an instant later, a focused sun struck the Pyrovore ahead. The beast's mandibles simply disappeared and the volatile gases and fluids inside the beast exploded, ejecting its hollow head.

Fuegan stepped on the grisly remains, surveying the enemy while the Eldar host charged. As she left the great Lord behind, Lessya thought she heard laughter, like the rumble of a great beast about to unleash death on its prey.
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:iconthe-lord-marshal:
The-Lord-Marshal Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i do love Eldaar
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stickrazor Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
i do love this =D
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Thanks =)
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AzraelDarkAngel540 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
This is just awesome! :D Would love to see your version of Maugan Ra :)
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
I like Maugan, I'm sure the day will come when I draw him.
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BattleLizard Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what would be awesome, if you did the rest of the Phoenix Lords as well.
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Who knows. It might take a long time to do them all, though =)
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Lord-Faesight Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Just ... Awesome
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thank you
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
and then she falls in love.:3
gotta admit you surprise me. never though you would draw eldars.

btw. awesome tale dude! you wrote this up? i love it!!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Aye. I actually dislike Eldar a lot, if I didn't need to make Fuegan look so good, I would've had them all killed.

Thanks, mate.
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah all marines hate xenos.:P

but why suddently eldar?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Fuegan, along with the Bloodthirster, Lord of Change and Biovore, was part of an attempt to diversify my theme in drawing GW's creations. In case I ever want to send them a portfolio of sorts.

Plus, truth be told, Fuegan does rock.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you know who rocks harder? MAUGAN fuckin RA!!!! :XD:

eldars ain't bad bro. you'll learn to love em.:D
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Well, with the amount of times they kick human ass in the 40K Rulebook fluff, I can't see that happening. I do respect them a lot, though =)
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
amount if time they kick human ass? wut like 3? 0_o
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
It's not the number of times it's mentioned, it's the fact that most of the encounters between Eldar and Humanity told in the Book show the xenos performing awesome technological feats (like "turning off" a number of suns)or just outright pulverizing Human worlds/forces.
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MalicetheMad Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow man, this really is a piece of detailed work my friend. your love for the eldar is shown, the emperor approves.
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sworddancer Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I have to say, as much as I admire your artwork, I absolutely love your writing. By time you really should write some short stories!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Not sure how to feel about someone preferring my writing to my drawings, lol. Thanks, mate, I'll at least keep enriching my artwork with some background.
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Crooked-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe sir, the expression 'holy shit that's fucking awesome' is appropriate.
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Why thank you, good sir. =)
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Crooked-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, quite.
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mandomasta Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
EEEEK AWESOME!!!!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Thanks =)
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mandomasta Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
fire dragons are one of my fav aspect warriors. thank YOU!
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist
Seems like you're making all sorts of warhammer peepz now. :D Yay!!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I do miss me Astartes...but I'll do one more piece. Daemons, once again. The greater guys just need good remaking.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist
Ohh. I see. I thought you would draw one out of every race.
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precinctomega Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Excellent as ever. This really captures the "fantasy hero" character of the Phoenix Lord without compromising his futuristic style. Why has GW not hired you on as a concept artist yet??
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Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I'm trying, drawing something other than Space Marines will hopefully help...=)
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Master-of-Onion Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Now that is awesome work, nicely done :)
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Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Thank you, mate.
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Ratibor31 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Majestic, royal, with some ageless grandeur and seemingly effortless self-control, with immaculate controlled inner fury and hatred, great Phoenix-Lord walk his dangerous and lonely war-path again.

True Eldar, true Phoenix-Lord! Not the vile and honourless Dark Eldar, no - this is TRUE Eldar of ancient days, Hero of Ages Past...

BTW, the battle between Fuegan and Bray'arth the Ashmantle (Venerable Dreadnought, the Elder-Priest of Promethean Creed of the Salamanders Chapter) will be epic...
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Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
That would be a Firestorm, if either of them get a shot on the right spot and boom goes the loser.
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Ratibor31 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hahahaaaa... Let's all consume by fire!
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SalvaCubero Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
Fuegan is my favourite Fenix Lord :3
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Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Same here, mate. Thanks
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lobo297 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Another awesome work, how you do that man :D?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I don't really know, these non-Astartes have been easier than I antecipated. Well, not the Lord of Change, he's been a pain in the arse.
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lobo297 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Astartes are better in general, but for me the most difficult to create a pose and frame it. But sometimes we'll be able to create such a character, with difficulty. :D
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Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Amen, Power Armour is a pain to pose.
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mirageninja Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful and elegant this is one of your best works I looked forward to see more eldar from you the only neg I have is I would of liked to see him fireing his lance and what you could of done with it but all and perfect.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I'm afraid I'm no good at drawing fire and energy effects, plus I wanted to give him a sense of superiority, so I made him in a more relaxed pose.
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mirageninja Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm well its still good but when ever I hear fire dragons I picture lots of energy. Well keep it up hope you become better at drawing fire and such.Still love your work.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Thanks, mate, I'll be trying. Cheers.
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dukeleto Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome man! Do more Eldar!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I will, eventually. They freak me out a bit, what with their superiority and their helping/obliterating nature...
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SirRinge Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
He actually looks a little bit like a Dark Reaper/ Fire Dragon... So like a really angry Fire Dragon?

Anyway, nice work as usual :dummy:
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Greyall Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
The other Phoenix Lords' helmets' crests all match those of their warriors'/exarchs. Not Fuegan, he has those double horns. That's ok, of course, but I do think he strays a bit from the Fire Dragons' design, so I tried to do it my way, hope that helps explain.

Cheers, man, thanks.
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