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Orikan by Technorakel Orikan by Technorakel
Based off John Blanche's tiny little illustration.

I edited it.
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Anomnomnomymus Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
I love the way the model is sculpted but this is certainly awesome. Seems to embody the true creepy vizier/prophet thing his character has going, whereas the model tries too hard to be a trade off between his two roles.
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Neoillumini Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Has Blanche seen this? Your work is high caliber indeed.
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:icontechnorakel:
Technorakel Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Nah, of course not. To get in touch with John Blanche you have to, like, meet him directly and he already got his share of fanboys begging him to take a look at their works not to bother with mine.
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tacticangel Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Its nice to see someone pay homage to the true visionary of Warhammer 40,000. There are a lot of people who draw things related to the grim darkness of the future, and then there are people with a grim and terrible vision of the future. There's a difference, and for all the splotchy 'what the heck is that quality' of Blanche's work, he is one of the few people who imbue the 40k universe with any sense of an alien quality, desperation, and most importantly dread.
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SpaceOrochi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my God!!! Wonderful!
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soulfreeze Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
it's better than his, that's for sure.
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:icontechnorakel:
Technorakel Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
How can you tell? The only place you can possibly see it distinctively is at the Warhammer World along with other necron concept arts; the illustration in the codex is really really really tiny and can only give a vague idea of what he intended it to look like.
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soulfreeze Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'm talking about Blanche's style in general. He's appreciable, but outdated and mentally grating.
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:icontechnorakel:
Technorakel Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
If he's outdated, Warhammer is outdated. Doesn't mean it's bad either way. As for mentally grating, maybe you've had a talk with him to get that opinion, but it's irrelevant anyway, I'm talking about him as an artist, not as a person.
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soulfreeze Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
His work is outdated, in the same way Boris Vallejo's work on the Space marine scouts is from way-back-when, but...

I never said it was bad, as I said, it's appreciable. Mentally grating refers to the art style - Even though I can appreciate it, my brain is looking for shapes and constructions and proportions that are not there, or that have been skewed, and I'm left with a feeling none dissimilar to fingernails on a blackboard when I look at it. I understand that for some people that's what they like.

In the same reflection, I do not get that problem with Boris Vallejo's or Julie Bell's work, or that of some of the original 2000AD stuff.

I thought that no opinion was irrelevant? In my opinion, Your version is better than that of Blanche's.
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Technorakel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Then, if you don't get that "nails on, a blackboard" feeling from mine, (for me, it's more of a "large shot of rum" feeling) I failed.
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soulfreeze Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Then you did. And I like it because of the lack of that feeling. Well done.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thats dope!!!!:D
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MisterScourge Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work, like the way you illustrated him.
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shadowthehedgehog377 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nice! :D
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Ranisath Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Time Lord + Necron = Extra fancy robes.
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:icontechnorakel:
Technorakel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Hey, I hadn't noticed that! That's not really surprising, there were already Doctor Who references in early 40k material.
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GregMustache Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Digging the staff, that's awesome.
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ThePoeticPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I... Really need to get into 40k.

Is it possible to get into 40k without actually, you know, playing it? Because I love the art and fluff, but damn if the game itself doesn't seem... Unfun.
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Technorakel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
I've been into it without playing for 8 years, man. Sure you can.
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ThePoeticPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fuck yeah.
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SoylentRobot Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
he's not mumm-ra, honest
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Koowanchee Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really like the transition between the character and lightsource/fog, but like :icondaemon-patriarch: put it, the tendrils tend to distract the viewer a bit from the intricate details centered there.

Also, I couldn't help but notice a newer technique on cloth tatters. Nice.
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Technorakel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
the tentacles are actually the most detailed part.
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Koowanchee Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
As individual pieces yes, but the centerpiece in my opinion is the chestplate region of the character, the way it blends with all the neat elements.
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Thorheim Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Utterly sexy man, John Blanche is tze old school
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Technorakel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
I want to slap GW for letting Dave Thomas design (let alone sculpt) the new necron miniatures. The only cool things he's ever done were within the skaven range, where he could afford being imaginative and daring, but his newcrons look frustratingly bland compared to the few illustrations by John Blanche presented in the codex. Apart from the one based off Dave's necrons, of course, where Blanche had to cope with these boring designs.
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:iconthorheim:
Thorheim Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, they could have used more Tomb Kingish looks on their stuff, they look way to sleek and their paint... very plastic?
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Technorakel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
More tomb kingish? Maybe, at least in a different way. Blanche's concepts also had a very decayed, sharp look about them, like on his vampire counts illustrations. Sometimes very technological-looking, sometimes more like skeletal monsters. It was a good compromise between every main influence the necrons have. But the miniatures look too gentle, even with rusty color schemes.
Maybe they tried to exploit the Tron hype and ended up making them look intentionally like plastic toys with pretty light effects.
I don't really care that much, at least they're easy to convert into something good-looking, but it pains me to see that half of their codex's illustrations could have been actually characterful, grimdark and inspiring. Now they just look like 2D renditions of the miniature range, it doesn't really bring anything interesting, even when they're well-done (and some, like Szeras, the deathmarks and the command barge, look really mediocre) and that's a waste.
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Thorheim Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't but agree!
Yeah, the older frontcover on page 28, before The Army of Aeons Past... basically much better then any other piece, aaand 10 years old? Same goes on page 30 with old piece of Necron Lord, then on the next page about Destroyer lord. Just look way to sleek and static, an uninspiring photo.

urgh
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RogueSaint Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Well, that is sufficiently badass and terrifying.
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OEVRLORD Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks really 'smooth,' or something. It's a shame that the 'tendrils' are unrefined, because my eyes are drawn to them, based on their contrast with the background.
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Technorakel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
yeah, those on the left should get a bit of highlight, but damn, hand is hurting and I don't care enough.
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OEVRLORD Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a good enough reason for me.
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danb13 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this looks good!

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