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Iron Warriors - Travon Lacantides by Greyall Iron Warriors - Travon Lacantides by Greyall
"Into our graves" Warcry of the Cavador squad

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"I didn't know Astartes could die like that!"
Gurthen wanted to slap the Guardsman for speaking such a thing, and on the presence of Space Marines no less, but now was not the time to risk creating panic among the mortal defenders of the Palace. His real reason not to exact discipline was a darker one, though. He'd shared the thought with the impertinent soldier. In centuries of warfare, against gargantuan monsters, colossal war machines and Primarchs, Veteran Sergeant Gurthen had never seen an Astartes simply explode in shreds of meat and ceramites. He knew it was a matter of coincidence, a Primarch could do that. An artillery shell could, as well. But to see it happen was disheartening enough for him. Now that he thought it through, the Guardsmen defending the room alongside the Imperial Fists were being nothing if not brave.

Gurthen had heard of the Cavador squad, the Iron Warriors' secretive breaching unit but, again, to see them in action was something else entirely. They had almost litteraly exploded into the room. One second the Imperial Fists Scouts on the ramparts were warning the defenders inside that a trio of Perturabo's Fellblades were aiming at the wall, the next a tremendous explosion blew the colossal walls apart and he saw traitor Astartes entering the room alongside the still-falling debris. Two of them were actually killed by the very explosion. What kind of suicidal men were these? The Iron Warriors were know to display ferocity on the battlefield, but this kind of behaviour had more to do with Angron's Berserkers.

One of them, his anthracite and silver armour spiked and riveted from head to toe, only the bone-coloured faceguard breaking the metallic tone, stood atop a pile of debris...was he posturing in the middle of a breaching action? Shells flew past him for less than a second, thundering on his armour the next. Gurthen had to admit, whatever the general though about MkV armour was, the rivets and spikes were efficient, deflecting the bolter shells. He saw Thoroff charging the Iron Warrior, powersword in hand. The traitor slowly turned his attention to the Iron Fist, but his reaction was much faster. The butt of his enormous maul broke Thoroff's sword hand, the loyalist grunting and reaching for his combat blade. He had barely taken hold of the hilt when an upwards strike shredded him to pieces with the sound of a crashing Rhino.

Gurthen blinked with the thought. He was not a man given to metaphors or eloquence, known even among the stern Imperial Fists are a straightforward one. Hence why the similarity of sounds troubled him. It wasn't a metaphor or a trick of his mind. The wrenching sound of Thoroff being rent by the power maul had been exactly like that of a Rhino crashing against ceramite. The thought would've stayed on Gurthen's mind if the sight of the other Iron Warriors traitors hadn't taken prevalence. Even has he brought his bolter up, Craius Gurthen knew his fate was sealed.

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During the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy, reports on the Iron Warriors venting their rage on the battlefield with unbridled ferocity were commonplace, yet they all paled when compared with the breaching actions of the Cavador Breacher Squad of the 17th Great Company. At every time comprised of exactly 20 Marines, all of them armed with a wrist-mounted Melta Gun and either a Thunder Hammer or a Power Maul, each manufactured by its very owner. Inclusion into the Cavador squad was therefore tremendously hard to accomplish, its warriors being experts in both creating masterpieces and killing with them, yet there rarely was any lack of aspirants. Or, truth be told, openings, seeing as the average life expectancy among the squad was of 3.2 battles, with a good deal of deaths being caused by friendly fire, not out of negligence, but because the Cavadors had the habit of timing their charge with the artillery strikes that broke the walls. Still, most squad members died of the massed enemy fire that welcomed them from inside the invaded bastions. Before the inclusion of Veteran Sergeant Lacantides, the longest-lived Cavador breacher had been Techmarine Artamartes, with a staggering record of 8 battles. At the time of his death at the start of the Horus Heresy, all of Artamartes' limbs had been replaced by cybernetics. Lacantides surpassed this record and more, living through the whole Heresy and the ten thousand years that passed since. This he achieved by means of his supreme tactical genius, being able to perceive and predict every aspect of the battle surrounding him and acting with the right mix of fury, tremendous close-combat skills and wits to both throw his enemies off-balance and survive their counter-strikes. This innate inteligence was made evident at the time of the Iron Cage incident, after which Lacantides was elevated to a Daemon Prince of Tzeentch (albeit one unusually adept at melee combat, and with a mace no less).

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Happy with Lacantides I am, young Padawan. Both his concept and execution. Hope you like him, guys. Dark Angels next. Cheers.
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Empty-Hand Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
I love the simplicity of this, the stock armour, but what really puts the icing on the cake is the power maul and wrist mounted meltagun. Not only is it wonderful to see someone giving love to power mauls, which really should do the same damage as a thunder hammer in my view, but the practicality of adding the wrist mounted meltagun illustrates the fact that the Iron Warriors would rather have a sidearm they can use immediately rather than have to reach to unholster one. You portray their utilitarian yet brutal nature very well here. 
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I like this guy, conceptually, but I find that he's too blocky. Will avenge that in a future Iron Warrior.
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SFaccountant Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013

Man, apparently the Gods were just handing out daemonhood left and right during Iron Cage.

Yet it still amazes me that there were still enough Imperial Fists left at the time of the Cage to even make a push into it after getting their ceramite asses handed to them over and over by the Iron Warriors all the way to Terra.

 

From iron cometh strength. From strength cometh will. From will cometh faith. From faith cometh honor. From honor cometh iron.

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jamiewilly Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
I never get bored of browsing through your vast imagination stockpiles. Yet again, another creation to ensure that I remain the apprentice to your never-ending genius. Well bloody done mate.
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Skargull Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
I like it. Love the background of the character as well.
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Greyall Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Glad you do, mate. Cheers
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Rovien Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Where or how did you learn to write like this, and come up with these names? It's really quite awesome stuff!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Well, I always had a reasonably easy time with writing. Also, I work in Marketing & PR, so I do practice a fair bit.

Thank you very much =)
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The-Myster-Man Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I have to say, you really ought to do traitor astartes more.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Agreed.

Though it won't happen in the near future, got my hands full with those loyalists.
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The-Myster-Man Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
You seem to take a unique approach with the Iron Warriors, and I'd love to see you tackle a true challenge. Obliterators!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Oh man, you're right about the challenge part, fusing metal and meat is hard as hell...
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The-Myster-Man Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Isn't it? I don't doubt your capabilities. Look at how well you did the First Possessed, Argel Tal of the Word Bearers Legion.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Aye, it came out pretty well, but an Obliterator is another scale entirely. Still, it does offer a wiiiide range of possibilites.
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The-Myster-Man Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Only time will tell what you design. Lol.
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
MASTERPIECE!

p.s. Sometimes i feel bad about Iron Warriors...They were badass even in Pre-Heresy Era.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Iron Warriors are still one of the most dangerous Chaos Legions, even though they might be separated in warbands. They remain very focused and generally don't give a rat's ass about the Chaos Gods. Like the Night Lords, only successful.
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Because they are not so brain washed as Tzeentch worshipers, not so slow and rotten as Nurgle servants and not crazed as Khorne berserkers or the Slaanesh cultists. They have a very advanced tech and cold logic. So if to be honest this is my favorite chaos warband. On the second place are Night Lords.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I tend to be a fan of the more martial forces, so World Eaters for me. I dislike the iron Warriors, but with a great deal of respect.
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Only one thing i actually dislike in Iron Warriors: dirty fight tactics (remember Iron Cage Incident). In this way i respect night lords more as warriors. Iron Warriors just because they not such a puppets of the Chaos Gods as other warbands are.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I don't know, Night Lords are pretty cheap fighters themselves, mate.
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Oh, lol sorry i mistook all warbands in my head. And forgot even their tactics...What a shame. SO my conclusion is that World Eaters and Iron Warriors are the best among them and the most respectful from all warbands.

p.s. That happens every time when you are working too much: forget lot of stuff. I need a little rest.
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sworddancer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Another Masterwork! I really hope some of the authors over Black Library are aware of your drawings and ideas. I would absolutely love to see many of your characters and ideas find their way into the Horus Heresy novels!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Thank you very much. I have to (re)try to get in touch with GW =) Cheers
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da-fucker Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
That is a magnificently, grimly designed weapon. 'Excellent job at executing the detail all over this guy. He's got a powerful appeal.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Thanks a lot, mate =)
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
very nice indeed! love his maul! love the fluff!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks, mate =)
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VladLylyk Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! At last! At last! At last, came the time when I saw it! Iron Warrior! Gante, you have no idea how much I'm grateful! When I complete model of Travon, you first see him. Thank you so much! I hope that the more I see the art of the Iron Warriors.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
No doubt I'll get back to them, they're a very interesting Legion, even though I'm not a fan of them. Cheers, man, glad you like Travon. =)
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VladLylyk Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
A huge thank you my friend ;) I'll be looking forward to new Iron Warriors and more))) Thank you again and good luck ;)
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BlooDrunk666 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
GREAT
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks =)
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superthrowdown Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Dude your epicness is too much! is epicness a word?.....meh it is now
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks, mate =)
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Ratibor31 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here comes the true type of Iron Warrior/
Essentially, I don't much like this Legion of breachers and besiegers, but this Legionnaire has a bunch a traits, which attract end instill fear in equal measure.
BTW, the powermaul - which I would call breacher-mace - somehow similat to Horus' own mace and - quite oddly - to Lorgar's Illuminarium.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
The Maul is based on that of the Space Marine videogame.

I'm not a fan of Iron Warriors either, but breachers and heavy assault troops are a fav for me.

Thank you =)
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Ratibor31 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Emperor protects!
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misty130 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
wait is this pre-horrus heresy?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
The story (and the character's look) is set during the Siege of the Emperor's Palace. More Heresy than Pre-Heresy. Notice the Eye of Horus on his belt.
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Daeouse Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just. . . so. . . cool! Simple, yet well-defined, with an awesome back-story!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks a bunch, man =)
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DarknessIsComming Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
"Hello Little Thing, And Goodbye!"
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
That's probably what Lacantides said to the Imperial Fist who charged him. =)
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lobo297 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Nice, that mace will kick ass. But my creation is more cooler :D [link] ( though there is so much detail that should be :/ ).
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SirRinge Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Blame GW for not making their SM cool enough xD But yea, another great drawing, looking forwards to the DA...Word of advice? Melta is a little bit too small... otherwise, everything else looks spot on :D
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lobo297 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
It looks cool enough to excited by such of great work :D. But yea, melta looks to small, i did not see that melta, really :p
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thanks, mate.
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