View Full Version : What's your favourite piece of 40K artwork?

24-01-2011, 07:38
I was bimbling around on Facebook and an advert for a canvas printing firm popped up and it took all of 2 seconds for me to think of G33king it up and getting an awesome piece of 40K artwork printed up.

Disclaimers: I don't have two brass farthings to rub together at the moment so I ain't doing it any time soon.
I don't really care about GW IP issues so no need to point out the legal implications of doing something like this, if there are any*.

*If you were going to tell me that there are/aren't legal implications...don't:p

So what's your favourite piece? Official or Fanart, whatever.

24-01-2011, 07:57
I always found the Emperor vs Horus scene on the bridge of the Vengeful Spirit to be an excellent piece of 40K art.



Dr Zoidberg
24-01-2011, 08:28
I've always liked those grand scale battle scenes, such as this one: Laden with action and movement with so much going on. You can look anywhere and see something going on.

24-01-2011, 08:34
I really like 40k art. There is a lot of drawings I love like the 2ed black and white Mephiston artwork or the classic Asmodai with his gigantic sword but my favorite has to be the black templars standard bearer.

24-01-2011, 09:25
Anything by MG. Particularly the avatar and Kharn.

Lots of dynamism in his work. I wish he was still working for GW today.

Born Again
24-01-2011, 09:36
Agreed, just about anything by Mark Gibbons. The Avatar, Kharn, Bloodthirster... all great.

A lot of John Blanche's stuff too, I'd find it hard to pick just one piece.

24-01-2011, 09:40
MG was selling off his originals a while back on his page. and og when GW went off water street in vancouver they sold off all thier art including like a 6x10 foot (iirc) horus vs emp art. I was of course like 16 and poor so no go on buying it. hope whom ever go it treasures it now.

24-01-2011, 10:03
My all time favorite is the one of the Crimson Fist.
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_4bmNDokY_iE/TPwVrtwBeQI/AAAAAAAAAB4/YEk7dhyjPpM/s1600/crimson_fist.jpg&imgrefurl=http://psybilliah.blogspot.com/&usg=__b5_BJqAvco4DmigZkjkiQxxpv6Y=&h=450&w=315&sz=59&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=DmLmClM37qxU8M:&tbnh=191&tbnw=134&ei=QU49TZmCJcyAhQfs7oiZCg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcrimson%2Bfist%2Bimage%26hl%3Den%26sa %3DX%26biw%3D1366%26bih%3D653%26tbs%3Disch:1%26prm d%3Divns&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=141&vpy=71&dur=140&hovh=268&hovw=188&tx=90&ty=102&oei=QU49TZmCJcyAhQfs7oiZCg&page=1&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0

Captain Idaho
24-01-2011, 11:34


By a landslide!

24-01-2011, 11:43
MG and for those long time gamers the space orks by Pat Bonner

Sergeant Uriel Ventris
24-01-2011, 11:52
That Sanguinius picture is amazing! I love it!

24-01-2011, 11:53
More or less anything by Mark Gibbons. His Eldar Aspects are great, and Mephiston is just damn spot on.

24-01-2011, 12:00
The Aspect Warrior sketches Jes did for their creation, showing the reasons for the designs and the totally excessive hair crest.

Captain Idaho
24-01-2011, 12:27
That Sanguinius picture is amazing! I love it!

Yeah it speaks volumes for what was going on in at the time the picture was set and of the charcater of Sanguinius!

If you was a Traitor Marine on the front line, would you be the first to take him on?!

24-01-2011, 12:29
I might have mentioned this in another thread, but one of mine is pg. 51 of the 5th ed. rulebook, the Tyranids Vs. Daemons one. Not so much about the quality of it but the puzzle it creates. Theres plenty of 40k artwork where you can easily identify the protagonists and antagonists of the scene, but this isn't one of them! Two of the biggest horrors in the universe fighting over what exactly? Whatever the case it probably isn't for the good of the planet or inhabitants they are trampling over! :p

24-01-2011, 13:02


Sergeant Uriel Ventris
24-01-2011, 13:14


It is forbidden.

For me to see, at least.

24-01-2011, 13:39
There's an extraordinary piece of work that annoyingly I can't find a copy of online right now. It was made for the last Tyranid Codex and depicts a human explorator/monk type figure, stumbling over some collapsing gothic landscape wearing robes and reliquaries, his rotten, scarred face grimacing in a bubble helmet as he turns to witness some horrendous vision behind him, of which we can only see some barbed tentacles swooping in to hook into his back.

It pretty much has everything that makes 40k so appealing - body horror, medieval references, 1950s Sci-Fi references, the gothic and an ever-present sense of nameless, awful doom. It's deliberately anti-heroic and clouded in mystery, which puts you at the centre of the Imperial mindset in ways that other more celebratory pieces (like the typical Space Marine depictions) can't do. It's so brilliant. The later 3rd edition Codeciis were a goldmine of amazing art-work, really.

24-01-2011, 14:30
This one, Just a brilliant piece of art demonstrating the Night Lords awesomosity (so cool they get their own word!!)

24-01-2011, 16:19
John Blanche's cover for the first Sisters of Battle codex...

24-01-2011, 17:04
This one...

24-01-2011, 17:56
Definitely enjoy the spread in the rulebook (5th ed.) with Calgar and Coteaz and what not.

24-01-2011, 17:59
I especially enjoy the rogue trader cover of the crimson fists last stand.
the rehashed version on the 3rd edition codex is very poor in comparison.

24-01-2011, 18:12
there's so much personality in the Rogue Trader ork books

24-01-2011, 18:19
I love the art work for Sanguinius , BUT why does he have Lionís helm, Did he forgot his own on BAAL and borrowed one 

Lord Damocles
24-01-2011, 19:24

24-01-2011, 23:16
It is forbidden.

For me to see, at least.

Ah. Probably forbids direct linking. :o


25-01-2011, 00:08
blood gorgons

25-01-2011, 00:09
this one its awesome

25-01-2011, 01:23
The picture of the Imperial Fists Legion. Whoever drew was extremely talented.