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Chapter Master Navassa Daspletus, leader to my DIY chapter, the Saurians.

They are a Salamander successor Chapter from the 8th Founding.

Long story "short", they hail from Triasic, a death world covered in tall, dense jungle, heavily populated by reptiles exactly alike the saurians of old Terra. Humans had lived in Triasic for almost 2 millenia, survivors from the first colonization attempt, but had experianced little in the way of development until the arrival of the Salamander fleet, mostly because some of the carnivorous Sauros, as they were named, seem to possess an evil cunning not unlike that of the orks, although much more basic, and mounted ambushes and attacks on human settlements as soon as they reached a significant size. This forced the human tribes to scatter, although they never lost contact between each other. The adoption of Triasic as a recruitment world by the Salamanders and, later, as the homeworld of the Saurians provided the humans with means of defense, and the population grew significantly, although the Chapters have always opted to maintain a constant air of threat to each individuals very existence, so as to breed tougher recruits.

Due to this grueling existence, the Saurians don't revere the great reptiles, as so many chapters do with their homeworlds' great beasts. Rather, they aim to become the top predators on Triasic, and each function on the chapter requires recruits to compete (in direct combat) with different types of Sauros and, finally, to prove their success in the same "fields" as the beasts. The Chapter Master position, specifically, has the aspirant hunt one of the giant herbivores that feed on the canopies, enter direct combat with a "rival" Dasptletusauros, a massive bipedal carnivore, many times the size of the biggest known theropods of Terra, survive a hunt by fellow brothers of the Chapter and, finally, if they've challenged the current Chapter Master for the place, engage him in close combat, to the death.

Navassa Daspletus was Chapter Master at the time of the Saurians' end, the most inspirational leader in the history of a Chapter in which leadership is conquered and settled by battle-prowess. A killing machine who took on champions and heavy tanks with the same sense of hunt, always emerging victorious until the Chapter's tragic demise, in the 38th millenium.
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Eightfold-Prince Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Oh Lord Khorne that's awesome! truly an awesome backstory and an amazing piece to go with it! He is HUUUGE! its sad that the chapter died really :( they would have been a truly brilliant asset to Khorne!
totally stealing that Chain Fist design! You do seem to have a skill at making awesome Lightning Claws and Chain Fists
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nesiwabisi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. 
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SPARTAN-WOLF Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Awesome and kickass how this Chapter is based of dinosaurs and a shame they no longer hunt in the Emperor's in life. Also what did they specialize in?
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Greyall Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Tracking (so much so that they didn't need specialized scouts), taking down large enemies and close-quarters fighting, mainly with melee weapons, but also with flamers/meltas.

Thanks, mate, have to draw another of the Chapter, someday.
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SPARTAN-WOLF Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
First thanks. Second your welcome and third hope to see one soon in the near future.
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ArmamentDawg Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013

"Until the Chapter's tragic demise..."

 

Tragic indeed- the Saurians seem interesting- more so than Matt Ward's copy-and-paste garbage, anyways. Unless Triasic was subjected to Exterminatus at approximately the same time the Saurians were destroyed, I'm assuming the Marines present on the fortress-monastery survived, but judged their numbers too few to rebuild the Chapter, and chose to join the Salamanders.

 

Who or what killed the Saurians? A warp storm that consumed the Chapter fleet? A last stand on a world subjected to Exterminatus? A Chaos war band? Inquisitorial intrigue?

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SynysterRadec Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Honestly, looks more like a Chaos Lord than Chapter Master IMO Also, great work
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
He's had a rough upbringing, that's all. =p
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SynysterRadec Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Nah, he should have turned to chaos, would have been easy for him xD (at least as looks go, tho Salamanders and their successors are sadly quite loyal and if not that, extremly nice to citizens -.-")
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
With Salamanders going rogue, I think the Heresy could've gone way different. Vulkan would be one of the last sane men there.
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RedQueenXXX Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He gives big a new meaning...
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fatbeardC34 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Is that the skin of a Daspletosauros on the leg in the foreground?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Yep =)
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fatbeardC34 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Awesome. Incidentally, do you do commissions?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Nah, mate, this is a hobby for me. Still, send me a message with your idea, I may draw it if I like it, although my own projects get priority and, right now, drawing these Raptors is being ultra-fun.

No hard feelings, I hope. Thank you, once again. =)
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fatbeardC34 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Damn straight! The fastest way to lose interest in a hobby is to turn it into a job. Do it for yourself. No hard feelings at all. :)
When I have a cool idea, I'll send you a private note.
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Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Oh wow... He is scary, I would be very wary of him. In fact I reckon even the Traitor Legions would be as well.

What happened to the Chapter?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Well, they got lost in their martial pride and challenged the Emperor's Children to their planet for a duel-battle. As expected, they went in blindly, got betrayed by some of their own, who turned off the planet's defenses and so prevented the Chapter from knowing that a second EP fleet was coming to attack the Saurian (I now call them Devourers) from the rear. They got butchered, Eidolon killing Daspletus to end the thing.
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Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Massive ouch...
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whispering-destiny Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
woah! thats fucking raw! i love it!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Glad you do, mate. Thanks =)
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whispering-destiny Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:haha no Problem big bro!
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thats a nice fluff! and what a savage looking termi!
really mind blowing mate!!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Arigato, good sir.
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JackAllenArt Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
awesome piece, great composition and pose, the detail is so intricate and the story great.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Many, many thanks. =)
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faustdk Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good concept! :wow:
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Thank you. =)
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Alejo-AWES Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic character, fit for a epic backstory!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Thanks, I'll make some progress on the Chapter's story as I create more artwork.
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Alejo-AWES Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im looking forward to it. Have you ever drawn a Salamander space marine? It would look wicked with your style and details.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Actually, no, but Vulkan has been in my thoughts for a while.
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Iwilo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
I love the tiny details and the head.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Pretty proud of the head too.
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GeorgesConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
OMFG! great job
thought of coloring it?

Chaos... meet your nightmares!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Not right now, but I sure think this one's worth a try.

Aye, I aimed for maximum grim factor a loyalist marine could have, kind of like a reptilian Carcharodon.

Thanks, mate. =)
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GeorgesConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
lol np :)
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Daeouse Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply incredible!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Thanks =)
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gazzz477 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
hiz hed'll look good on da top ov ma boss pole
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Greenskin filth ;)
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gazzz477 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
guard actually, and a son of fenris
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
=)
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gazzz477 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
what army are you?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Not a player, but I'm a fan of power armour, so Chaos and Space Marines it is.
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gazzz477 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
and space wolves, think space marines but vikings and great big bushy beards
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Adrian-Drake Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing! great detail. Story is also captivating :) How was the chapter destroyed?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Still finishing the details on that, but the current version is that they issued a challenge to the Emperor's Children, their sore enemies, to an all-out battle in Triasic and, while expecting a "clean" fight in the open, were betrayed by corrupted brethren, who "opened the doors" for other warbands to ambush the Chapter. You don't make deals with Chaos. Although, even if they had survived, they would probably have been wiped by the Inquisition for inviting a traitor Legion to their doorstep.
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CadianConcript Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Awesome story! Also, that guy scares the s#!t out chaos marines in their dreams =)
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Thanks, mate, that was my goal.

Ah, I forgot a detail. His chainswords are supposed to sound like the roar of a Daspletosauros, and actually hurt the concentration of enemy units. Don't know how this would translate to tabletop, but I'm not a player, so...
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