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Octavius Grim - Captain of the Ultramarines by Greyall Octavius Grim - Captain of the Ultramarines by Greyall
The premise...an Ultramarine Captain that looked both savage and as noble as only a son of Macragge can be.

It wasn't going to be easy. Ultramarines are pretty liberal as far as decorating their armour with skulls, so that wasn't the way.

But what about real skulls? All Chapters use them, but Ultramarines and their most faithful successors don't exactly think it's awesome to go around with a skull on themselves, they denounced the World Eaters for headtaking, during the Great Crusade. So there's a solution, but one-trick ponies don't cut it.

I could go for an Mk5 studded armour, but we've all seen hundreds of Ultramarines wearing those. They're awesome, but I wanted a real challenge, an UM captain should go around in richly detailed armour, with plenty of eagles and such. Also, using Low Gothic (English, for us viewers) instead of High Gothic (Latin) also makes Grim more "down-to-earth".

So enough of wearing bumper stickers stating how much of a bad boy you are. Octavius would have to show it by doing what Space Marines do best. And for all your doctrine-shattering purposes, there's no better tool than a chain-axe, available in every Frothing Sickos R'Us. And why not take two? As long as they're all decorated with inverted Omegas and eagles, everything should be fine...

The wolf-pelt cloak and the left shoulder pad (an adapted Dreadnought leg armour), as well as the crest, weren't my ideas.

Next...Typhus!
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Dark-Sinjid4 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was looking through the Codex, and one of the actual models pictured in it had the dreadnought shin plate as a shoulder guard! It looks really cool, but this is wayyyyy better! :D
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Thanks, man =)
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Dark-Sinjid4 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :D
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adragonknight Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
My lord, the guard stands ready to serve. Where do you need us the most?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Front lines, damn it =)
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Ultramarines: now with style.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Haha, damn straight
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mechaelite Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Fuck Calgar, I want to see this one in combat
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mattypoo5000 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The most epic Space Marine ever devised!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Thank you very much =)
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! :iconanimefaceplz:

Dreadnought leg armor in place of a shoulder pad? I may have to try that some time and see if it works. :)

Octavius here definitely looks good! I also like the design behind the chain-axe. The way the teeth of the chain blend into the eagles wings really works well.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Thank you =)

I'm kind of proud of the eagle-axe as well, even though the omega one ends up being more appealing.
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Very good. Maybe the best Ultramarine captain that i had ever seen. This is magnificent! God Emperor bless your artworks!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
So many thanks, bro.
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Hade13 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
._.) Dude. This is the best ultramarine I have Ever seen.. ( Though At first I thought hmmm.. Ultramarine embrasing khorne. I LOVE IT! ) I LOVE THE ULTRAMARINES... Cause they bring Ultra. In MARINES!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Lol. Glad you like it, mate. =)
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Hade13 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
._.) Ofcourse.. Even if you drew a stick figure ultramarine.. IT IS AN ULTRAMARINE!
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Daikaijuu-san Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Greyall does it again. I've loved your concepts since I discovered them on the B&C forums. Heck, I have a folder full of them, ready for the day when I'm skillful enough to reproduce them as miniatures. You should release an artbook full of these. I'm sure some of us are more than willing to pay through the nose to buy it.

I read on the B&C forums that you were willing to take requests as a respite from drawing the Primarchs. I don't have a B&C account, so I was wondering if you'd like to hear out my concept for an artwork here? You have no obligations to fulfill it, though I promise you that it would be something you've never done before...
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Hey, mate, thanks a bunch. I'm not exactly "taking" requests, I'm contacting some people and asking which power-armoured character they would like me to draw. That being said, I'm currently neck-deep in drawings, so at the moment I'm not taking any requests. Worry not, I'll remember you when I have more time, mate.

Cheers.
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Daikaijuu-san Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
That is understandable, considering your sheer talent and popularity. :) Though in all honesty, you really should consider publishing an artbook yourself on characters you've drawn, along with those short stories you used to attach to your work. I know I would buy it. :)
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Narric-SB0 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhm, I hate to say it, but with all the fine detail and scaring, and oddly how you've done the Chapter Iconography, makes this look a bit towards Chaos. I just don't see how an Ultramarine could let his armour become so scarred. Chain-Axes also seem a bit out of place ^^;:shrug:

But, thats just what I think. It is still an awesome piece of art, and I can't wait to see what you do next. :)
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Battle-damage plays a symbolic role in my drawings. Since I don't colour or texture my artwork, it not only gives volume and shape to the surfaces, but also serves to show how ruthless a character is. Which means I'd definitely include less scarring and chipped paint in some of my drawings if I coloured them.

Octavius Grim is supposed to be ruthless, even to the point of savagery. And things aren't so black-and-white that the Ultramarines wouldn't accept a brutal warrior if he adhered to the basic tenets of the Chapter. Take this as a battle scene, his pose is clearly one of combat readiness.

As for the axes, the way I see it, the Imperium is getting more and more narrow-minded as time passes, and that includes Space Marines. Less space for armour customization or personal taste and Chapter rites. In the old days (and Octavius was thought of as a post-Scouring Marine), weapon choice was wider, and a marine wishing to use a chainaxe could do so with virtually no problems. So Octavius isn't a common sight, the same way the Chapter Master in the SM Codex (who's wielding twin Thunder Hammers) isn't. They're just weapons. They're free of taint and do what a chainsword does, only better. I don't think he'd get more than a few sideway glances for using those.

Thank you for your interest, mate, nothing wrong with disagreeing, you're doin it rite. =D

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Narric-SB0 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for giving me a quick walkthrough of your decisions. Is this a character from the Horus Heresy books? if so, then chances are I haven't met him yet, as I've only read Horus Rising and about to start Flase Gods.

My GF kept telling me I'd look like a troll for my comment :roll:
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
No, mate, not at all, I'm perfectly fine with criticism, so long as it's polite, as yours was. I do have a tendency to stretch the rope too much with some "unconventional" solutions, so it's normal that I end up having to explain twin chainaxes on a son of Guilliman. ;)

Octavius Grim is not featured in any 40K fluff, he was created by a chap from Bolter & Chainsword.
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Olivier2302 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovelly, with a great amount of detail. The only thing that could be seen in the future, is the length of the arms.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Arms are definitely the weakest point of my marines. Thank you, mate.
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Olivier2302 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Do you know any tutos or excercises that I could use to go better in drawing?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Hmm...well, best way should be to start with anatomical drawings - or superheros, since they wear awesome costumes made of one-dimensional tissue. =)

Start with the basics - proportions, anatomy, movement, etc. Try to find a personal style you like, throughout the learning process. But above all...practice a lot, mate. And be demanding with your results. Even when they're awesome.
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Olivier2302 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, thank you. I tend tho to have great ideas, but my hand just cant cope with. I'll try these tho.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Put them on paper anyway and, in a few months/years, you can try to redo them. Sometimes I like to redo old drawings and see if I've overcome certain mistakes.
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StillStanding1st Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
i half to ask, no matter how hard i try, my erase lines always seem to linger to an extent. Is it that you sketch very lightly, or that you dont sketch at all. I ask, because I love how this peace turned out, and am trying to imitate such an effect. It looks great. I just wonder how you achived it so cleanly.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
I sketch a lot, and lately even more so (and I haven't erased the sketch lines enough), what I do is I darken the final lines a good deal and then tune up the lightning in Picture Manager.

Octavius was so badly cleaned that I had to leave it a little less dark than usual, or he would've been "dirty".
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StillStanding1st Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for the info, it is really well done none the less, and that it is so detailed and clean makes that statement two fold. How long did it take you to do this image?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Five or more hours, definitely. I was a little hesistant with this guy, he gave me a hard time, what with mixing savagery and noblesse.
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StillStanding1st Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Well im happy you put it up, his might iv quite present, but so is the purity that is so highly held in his chapter.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Thanks, matey.
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KnightInFlames Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
=)
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KnightInFlames Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i mean WOW!!! O.O
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MisterScourge Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Smurfs has just became more awesome.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
=) Thanks a bunch, mate.
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j3r3my-ultra Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I don't know what to say! I love Ultramarines, this is one of my favorite chapters. It's amazing! Good job! I look forward to seeing more space marines. Congratulations!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Thank you, mate. More Space Marines are inbound. Forever =p
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saresk34 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I want to steal this for a wallpaper on my phone. But my heretic heart is conflicting with this new found love for Loyalist Marines. And an Ultramarine at that. Great job and amazing piece. I know you hear those words a lot but it is all the English language has given us to describe it[link]
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Even though my responses may not vary much, that's more due to an incapacity and lack of time to do it properly, for which I apologize. I try to remember every person who takes an interest in my drawings, and I'm very thankful to them.

Cheers, mate. And thank you, of course. =)
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saresk34 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Well I meant us commenting on your drawings, not your responses to us. Of course there still might be a confusion of communication happening.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I know, mate, I meant to say that, no matter how many times the same word is used for commenting my artwork, it is different and special each time. =)
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saresk34 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
oh ok, gotcha. Good job on Akan too by the way.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Thank you =)
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DanBoldy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I particularly like the half-"U" omega-shaped chain axe! :D
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