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White Scars - Arslan Namdai by Greyall White Scars - Arslan Namdai by Greyall
"Every librarium-borne swordsman will tell you the greatest warriors make their weapons an extension of themselves...Yet arm themselves with unyieldy slabs of metal or mauls whose biggest purpose is to be better at killing than all the other banner standards.

As ever, the answer is to be found in our instincts. For if my very blood burns for me to vanquish every traitor of Man with my hands and finish their life with the purest contempt, then those shall be my weapons."

Arslan Namdai, The Granite Lion, The Khan's Scribe

My first character in the Champions of the Heresy series, a grizzled White Scar veteran.

The powerfist is called The Paw, in keeping with Arslan's leonine theme ('Arslan' is mongolian for 'Lion'). I also tried to make the fingers look like thunderbolts.

Namdai's other weapon is the Spiteful Gaze, a ceremonial blade used in the sacrifice of deserters and dishonored warriors. It is not a power weapon, but its blade is made of an extremely dense metal, which means that, even against power-armoured opponents, it excels in its duty: delivering pulverizing finishing blows.

Loved drawing this fellow. Hope you like watching him, as well. Next...here be dragons.

Update: ShadowEngine has done a good job in bringing this old coot to life. Behold: [link]
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happypred Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Oh my word, amazing!
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Lord-Faesight Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
One word : awesome.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Two: Thank you =)
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Lord-Faesight Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
=D
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist
wow, that weapon sure look like it could do damage. White Scars ftw, great job sir.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Appreciated, mate
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist
:D
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torment6 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh wow he looks epic i like his blade alot :) cant wait to see more from your new series :) as always your work is epic great job !!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
/bow =)
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randomeye713 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I just learned recently that Mongolians back in the day considered the Leopard, not the Lion, to be king of the animals. Lions were really a european thing... but it's a small detail and I don't think anyone is going to notice.

I really like the idea of the white scar in a campaign being able to drive just about any vehicle in the galaxy.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
I honestly loved to read that info on the Leopard, it's those small differences among cultures that make History so damn interesting. Thanks, mate.
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randomeye713 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
You are welcome, and I love the detail in this picture. Such as that horse skull in arslan's chest plate which i am going to imagine was his first steed.
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Yamina20 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the expression you gave him. I like that the arm on the right side looks foreshortened. Very nice. :)
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thanks, glad you like it.
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Yamina20 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome. It's a good piece. :)
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
It just becomes better and better...And i am very happy about this fact! SO you are damn good at this. Maybe close to a godlike level of lineart. Thank you, Greyall!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I'm not deserving of such compliments, mate, at least not yet. Thank you so much.
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
My friend, you deserved it. But there is no limits to perfection. So godlike can become godlike-godlike level. And this will be very cool!
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Daeouse Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again, superb!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thanks, matey
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ASteriFegari Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Artist
LOOKS FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thank you =)
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Alejo-AWES Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work in the picture balance mate! and the Paw? It have just became my personal favorite weapon from your characters right now
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Same here, I can imagine Namdai here wading through the enemy ranks at the sound of ACDC's 'Thunder'.
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Alejo-AWES Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Righteous...righteous to the maximum
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Shamblin85 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Great job mate!
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thanks, bud =)
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Shamblin85 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Anytime mate ^^
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Blacktemplar777 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Great Work! I like the proportion of warriors on your pictures.
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Glad you do. Thank you =)
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Ratibor31 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exremely brutal but noble warrior!
True "bator"! (this mongolian word means "hero")
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thank you, mate. =)
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Ratibor31 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no problems!

and you should change the title of this pis - the new one should be "Arslan Namdai-bator"
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igorvet Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
cool one!
I see you used some horse skulls and heads on armor, very good choice!
Don't know about the weapon nut it's still looks cool ;)
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thank you =)

You mean the sword? It's deliberately crude an unlikeable, it's ceremonial.
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RecklessCharge Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Most certainly like that weapon, very good.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thanks =)
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Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
This is great mate, good to see you back and active too.
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
It's good to be active. Thank you.
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Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Looking forward to more
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