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Sagittar Phract - First of the Devourers by Greyall Sagittar Phract - First of the Devourers by Greyall
He found the Ultramarine Captain after eight hundred meters of pure walking. He wouldn't have noticed he was part of the battle if not for a few bolter rounds with no effect but chipping paint off his armour and his Contemptor bodyguards keeping what few daring Ultramarines came at him. He had no one but himself to blame for this, of course, it had been his choice to battle nothing but enemy leaders and champions.

"Straight ahead", Rafater rumbled, lifting his autocannon in the Ultramarine Command Squad's direction.

"Keep the others off", he answered. The Dreadnoughts were already charging when he finished the sentence.

He stopped a few meters from the enemy Captain, who was busy cleaning his sword of blood with a cloth. No doubt he was expecting him.

"Coronus", he called, faking gentlemanship .

"Phract", the other answered, but his voice carried only hate. Understandably, Sagittar Phract thought.

Both commanders came closer, the World Eater Terminator dwarfing the power-armoured Ultramarine.

"No need to lecture you on your Legion's acts, I assume", Coronus said, spitefully.

Phract nodded, but his opponent was already charging. He wondered for a moment if he was speaking too slowly.

Coronus was as accomplished a warrior as he was a commander. If this was a duel held in the Conqueror's pits a few years ago, Sagittar would've feared defeat. But now he could see the Ultramarine's mind was too clouded with rage for him to be at his best. The irony of this was not lost on Phract.

As if to prove his point, Coronus opened with a beginner's error, a piercing strike aimed at his head. He batted the sword aside with his Chaingladius and struck the Ultramarines twice with his shield, as if slapping him for his mistake. He caved Coronus' helm in, though his intention was just to bring the Ultramarine to attention. Had that strike been meant for a Night Lord and Coronus would already have been dead.

It seemed to work. They traded blows for a while, but the first, second and third blood was Coronus'. The next one too, when Phract suddendly closed the distance between them and jammed his chainblade in Coronus' abdomen. The gladius, Warsage, obliterated the Ultramarine's entrails, but Sagittar stopped before reaching the spine and pulled out the weapon. Coronus fell on his back, gurgling blood and grunting in frustration.

He brought his shield down, smashing Coronus' spine and severing him in half. Every warrior in proximity stood frozen. In fact, the only one moving was the Ultramarine Captain clawing at his shield. Now Phract was truly impressed. In the most merciful act he had performed in years, he decapitated the Ultramarine Captain in one strike.

"Rafater, what other targets are present?", he asked the Dreadnought, bringing his vox online. His answer was a burst of static and the sound of the Contemptor's chassis hitting the ground.

"Well", Sagittar Phract said, turning to the Ultramarine Champion approaching, "I guess that makes you a hero".

--

Seeing his Captain severed in half was the most horrific imagem Dresant had ever seen in his years of service. The effortlessness with which the gigantic World Eater beat him was close behind. All the while, he and the rest of the squad had had to deal with the two crazed Dreadnoughts. The first fell to a melta blast from Valetus. The second to Dresant's Thunder Hammer, a blow which had come too late to save Valetus from the ripping embrace of the monster's claw.

Now he had Phract all to himself. He charged at the World Eater, once again noticing, as if his mind was having trouble processing, that the Devourer's armour didn't have a single cut on it from the duel with Coronus. He ran as fast as he could and raised his hammer. Phract was looking at him, but stood motionless, granting him the first strike. He'd regret the arrogance.

Dresant was roaring, though he didn't remember willing it. He summoned all the strength he could, directed his armour's power to the arms and swung the Thunder Hammer. The last thing he saw before the explosion was Phract taking a step forward and raising his shield. Everything when white, after that.

When his vision returned, a second later, Dresant knew his eardrums were ruptured. Somehow, he still held the hammer, though his arms shook furiosly. He was stumbling backwards uncontrollably, his legs not responding to his brain. Warning runes flashed but he silenced them. All around him, warriors were picking themselves up, looking at...no, not the scene. They were looking at Phract.

The Devourer stood firm, his shield now reduced to splinters and his left arm's armour cracked like glass. He was breathing so hard not even the bulk of his Terminator armour could hide it. But Phract stood...he stood for dreadful seconds before coming at him. Dresant tried, as hard as he could, wishing that any and all accounts of this battle would tell of his effort to swing his Hammer once again. He was no coward and had never fled from a fight. Let the stories at least speak of Dresant's courage in the face of death.

--

To all those watching the fight, Cirio Dresant simply stood, all hope abandoned, all defiance lost, as Sagittar Phract opened his armour from abdomen to neck with his chainblade. His screams were proof enough of his despair.
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:icondarkyautja:
darkyautja Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn man i really like you're artworks , keep going !
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ArmamentDawg Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
If Coronus drew blood during his duel with Phract, wouldn't his armor be cut? Or has the World Eater already mutated and fused with his armor, meaning the damage to his armor was healed?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I write the fluff pieces after I draw the art pieces, the former does not influence the latter, mate.

But no, Phract was simply a Marine on the dark side, at this time.
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FiannaMyke Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Really like how you've worked the Legion's badge into the shield.
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Thank you =)
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BlooDrunk666 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
TOTALY EPIC !!!
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:iconlord-faesight:
Lord-Faesight Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
The back stories you make are just so epic, they give a whole new dimension to the drawing
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thanks, mate =)
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anaknangfilipina Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Two questions: 1. Is all the tubes protuding from Phract's neck a sign that he has fallen to Chaos? I ask since most of the Terminators of Chaos seem to have many tubes surrounding their head. 2. Why did Phract recover faster than Dresant? Did the Terminator armour help Phract or was it just that his martial prowess is greater than Dresant?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hmm, not exactly. First, he's a World Eater, so the tubes sort of symbolize his implants. Second, I love 40K tubes =)

2. He actually got pretty badly injured, his shield vanished, his left arm's bones were shattered (as was the armour), and he was breathing heavily, indicating that the impact probably ruptured organs and sent his biological repair functions into overdrive, straining his body.

Of course, his size, martial prowess and the fact that he's able to keep his wits even with the Butcher's Nails counted for a lot in that duel. Being in Terminator Armour, he knew he couldn't evade a Thunder Hammer or counter its reach. So his only chance was to absorb a strike and ripost decisively. It worked. Dresant wasn't injured, not as badly. His muscles were spasming, but he would've been able to keep fighting (and in better condition than Phract) if he hadn't despaired. It's just that he expected the World Eater to have been half-dead after the blow. Instead, try as it might, Dresant's mind couldn't cope with Sagittar's resistance and stoicism.
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anaknangfilipina Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thanks for answering all my questions. It helps to flesh out Phract even more.
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:iconanaknangfilipina:
anaknangfilipina Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
While I love everything about this drawing, what I really like most is Phract's eyes. They show the viewer that, despite Phract's obvious ferocity, he still retains a very sharp mind.
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anaknangfilipina Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Oops. I figured that it wasn't his eyes. But, it still did an awesome job of making Phract look awesome either way.
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:iconanaknangfilipina:
anaknangfilipina Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
While I love everything about this drawing, what I love most is Phract's eyes. The inclusion of those two little eyes shows the viewer that despite the ferocious look of Phract, he still has a very sharp mind.
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Those aren't little eyes, mate, those are the lenses reflections =)

Thanks a bunch for the support.
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Oh my Emperor! Every single one World Eater space marine that you have drawn looks just badass! I wish they were on the side of loyal legions ... But for pity the history doesnt like moods. But, anyway, i love this art! And yet again your design is flawless. If only in the games i saw your gorgeous armours this would be my favorite game in the entire universe.
Thank you! For the Emperor and Imperium!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Cheers, mate, thank you very much. =)
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
For the Emperor!
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh man!! love that sheild design!:D
world eaters!! nom nom nom!!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks, man =)
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VladLylyk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Dude, your work as always on top! I look and I can not get enough of. But at the same time, I want to cry! I promised myself that I would make a model on your Art ... BUT WHAT IS ART?! And here is another chic art ... I hate you ... and love ... and hate ... but the more I love)))
P.S. Please, do the art of the Iron Warriors( If you want, I'll bloody sacrifice Khorne! Or Tzeentch! Or You! Just do(((
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Oh, right, I've yet to draw the Pre-Heresy Iron Warrior...can do, mate, though I have two drawings to produce before that.

And, of course, thanks a bunch. =)
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:iconvladlylyk:
VladLylyk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks buddy) You can't imagine how much I appreciate your work. Once again, thank you)))
P.S. If I may ask, what army you collect?
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Oh, I don't, I did paint some minis for a while (all of them Marines or Chaos Marines), but I'm a better concept artist than painter. By far.
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:iconvladlylyk:
VladLylyk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Why? With your imagination you could build a beautiful and amazing army! I personally, first and foremost think about the exterior of my models, and then transforms all this chaos in the army))) Why do not you do it?
P.S. My advice to you, pick up the army. I'm sure if you have any difficulties, any of your friends or fans (yours truly among them) will help you! Such talent can't be lost. It's so beautiful little army ... And you have a chance to change that ;) Good luck brother, let luck to you in all your endeavors ;) And remember! We look forward to new artifacts at)))
P.P.S. And someone is still waiting for the army;)
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Two factors stop me from making an army: lack of time and love of drawing, mate. Truth be told, it's not something I'm even considering, right now I can't think of occupying my free time with any other thing but artwork. Thanks for the support thought =)
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:iconvladlylyk:
VladLylyk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Well, all right) then good luck with the new arts;) And remember! We - Fan Guard Warhammer 40,000 heart and soul with you;)
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:icongago-sama:
Gago-sama Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :D
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thank you =)
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Alejo-AWES Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The story is so damn good mate! Also, Phract looks quite clean for being a towring, bloodletter Juggernaut
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Aye, I'm cutting on damage and stuff, lately. Thanks, man
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:iconshe-who-thrist:
She-who-thrist Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
One of your best work
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Methinks so, too. Thanks =)
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She-who-thrist Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
no problem.
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DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
man, your inks are pretty cool
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
No inks, mate, done by pencil and darkened on the most basic programs.
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DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Alchemy!
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UglyPete Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I'm really impressed by your ability to put terminator-armoured character, who are usually very static-looking becouse of that, into actually very dynamic composition. Well done!

Best wishes for 2013!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
To you too, mate, thank you very much.
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saresk34 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
"Had that strike been meant for a Night Lord and Coronus would already have been dead."

I sense a future story here.
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Hmm, not really, I just thought it would be cool to make a reference to the Night Lords' unforgiving nature.
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:iconsaresk34:
saresk34 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Still cool either way. :D
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precinctomega Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
One day - in that mystical and possibly mythical time when I find myself with more time on my hands than I have jobs to do - I will pick one of your concepts and sculpt it. This one will definitely be in the top five possibles. Your fiction is also excellent.
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thanks a bunch, mate. That'd be an honour =)
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Clayman8 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
do you ever post WIP pics of your marines?
Your art always looks well epic,but i cant fathom how you manage to get the proportions right :S I'd love to see how you work up to your final inks when posing the caracters
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I have a WIP folder in my gallery, mate.

Thanks =)
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WarmasterWinterfall Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Artist
nice!

i love it
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thank you
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lobo297 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Another great work mate, good job :D.
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thanks a bunch, man.
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