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Leman Russ by StoryKillinger Leman Russ by StoryKillinger
Well shit, more I worked on this more i felt bad about it.
Sure he wasn't stable in the sketch... i tried to fix that...
somehow, cant recall how(real good).
But oh well, can't say I learned much on this one. But I want to draw all them primarchs.. Biting more then I can chew kinda thing.

Anyways, behold Leman Russ, the Wolf King.
Biggest badass in the astrates.
Now that is arguable I know. BUT!
My opinion of the savage is faltering, lately I've been burning through some wh30k books, and currently im on Thousand Sons.
Must say, that I rather respect Magnus more.
For Wolves are the best in the field of slaying, and just that, they are an unstoppable genocidal machine but I rather prefer the Thousand Sons. For their search of knowledge suits me more then pure close minded genocide.
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As promised, I give you critique.

This is a really handsome picture. The color can be described as lush in spite of a fairly simple palette. You command light, shade and reflection here and .
Leman Russ looks very intimidating here. The pose is excellent and you've mastered -- shall we say -- Space Marine anatomy. He looks believable, and yet Russ is towering and imposing as he should be. The perspective contributes nicely to this.

Although I can see what you mean when you thought he "wasn't stable in the sketch" - if there was any problem with the body I can no longer see it, but his sword looks to be slowly warping. Each of the decorative sections connecting to the blade seem to be rotating in their own direction, meanwhile the blade itself is off tilt with the handle. What the hell is going with that thing? Seriously.

Additionally, the snow at his feet looks in places more like a fog. His heel doesn't exactly cut off in the snowdrift, so it feels somewhat incomplete there. I think that's the most disappointing part of the composition, strangely, but hey - at the least the way the picture's set up I'm not immediately drawn to the snow.

The most glaring problem here is that you've painted another Space Wolf.

Shockingly there were actually exactly enough pictures in your gallery to enable me to do that. But the problem is we've seen this from you a billion and a half times before. The subject matter is Leman Russ - Big Papa Wolf himself, but that makes no difference when just about damned every 40K pic you've done is Space Marines, who in themselves have been depicted in every possible pose, stance and situation imaginable. This image's subject matter is something of an exercise in rehash.

It even looks uncannily similar to Russ's figure in the cover of Prospero Burns. I venture a guess that you used that as reference for this, given he... well, he looks like a near-carbon copy of Russ's depiction there.

But, I think that you successfully give Russ a little more expression. The father and master of the Emperor's executioners ought to be a much scarier individual. You pulled that off.

But originality aside, your painting of Leman Russ is still an amazing one. This is easily one of your funnest pictures in my opinion, but for the love of your art draw some other 40K thing sometime!

But this picture kinda makes you one of my favorite 40K (and general) artists on deviantART, since it completes a profile that shows you are capable of a wide range of dynamics.

Well-done, SK.

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Jawolfadultishart Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
For Russ! For the Wolftime!
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:iconstorykillinger:
StoryKillinger Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the allfather!
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:iconjawolfadultishart:
Jawolfadultishart Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah!!
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Gaimar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Not beardy enough... but neverthless awesome ;-)
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Thrownik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
very good :D


FOR RUSS AND ALLFATHER!!!
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:iconstorykillinger:
StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Emperor guide you.
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:iconthrownik:
Thrownik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
And you.
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Dyceman88 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
not a bad design....but i'm afraid i have seen a far better artwork picture of Leman Russ and to date i haven't seen anything that beats it. factual points...Leman Russ had reddish brown hair, like a deep rust red, he wasn't blonde. he was always depicted as having red hair, i think it was even mentioned in the books. but i think that is the only major flaw...otherwise...it is ok
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually depends on what book you read.
Exactly as with THOR the norse god of thunder that he so deeply is connected with.
Some depicted as redheaded some as blonde. (Thousand Sons Omnibus he is blonde)
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Dyceman88 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
hmmm well i have The Horus Heresy Collected Visions artwork book and that has numerous artowkr images of varois primarchs, Russ included and it always shows him as a redhead and i have always seen other people portray him the same way. considering the Collected Visions is a collection of artwork from the rise of the emperor all the way up until the end of the horus heresy and all of which is considered canon by the makers of 40k...i'm going with the redhead image
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Matter of preference really.
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Lets agree to disagree and say he dyed his hair during the crusades.
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Dyceman88 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
LOL i can agree to disagree but i doubt he dyed his hair...that just sounds like something none of the Primarchs would do...it sounds more like an Eldar thing LOL. the first picture doesn't even look like a Primarch to me, he look to small and runty, the second one (my favourite n how i personally view him) hot only does he have red hair...but he is massively bulky, fierce looking and my god does he look like a true primarch. the third...better than the first certainly, but considering all the marines around him look similar in size...i can't believe it is Russ (blonde or not) i mean the primarch were sai to be like 9 to 10 feet tall (except alpharius n Omegon who were the same size as a marine)
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, altho those are sisters of silence next to him, which makes it all more ... weird. Why are they so tall.
Anyways, I agree the second one is the best...
To be frank i have no idea why i did him blonde. I guess it was just set in my head like that.
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Dyceman88 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
well hey it is still a great piece of work, i'm personally envious cause i can't draw at all, i'm a good writer (stories n stuff) but i can't draw at all...so hey i'd still be well proud of it if i was you
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers lad!
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Dyceman88 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
well hey it is still a great piece of work, i'm personally envious cause i can't draw at all, i'm a good writer (stories n stuff) but i can't draw at all...so hey i'd still be well proud of it if i was you
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razzminis Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
AAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:horns:
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Genobee Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell with as supremely badass as you have Russ looking I'd love to see what you could do with Vulkan. Anyway I love the way his armor looks, defiantly befitting one of the primarchs.
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some other time thou mate, kinda got unhooked from 40k.
Will come back to it eventually.
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pepea Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
killer of the Emperor hail the wolfking
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longdeadhero Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I respectfully request to add this to my slide show for my screen saver/ and or use as a desktop background... This is a fantastic representation of Leman Russ. The aspect i particularly like about this one is that he looks like one would think an adeptus astarte viking king would look like.
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:iconstorykillinger:
StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Words of flattery have melted my steel heart!!!
You can use it any way you want.
Sell or whatever ^^
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FP745A2001 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
It's a man that had tanks named after him that's all any noob needs to know
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:iconarmamentdawg:
ArmamentDawg Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Impressive... Most impressive.
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:iconstorykillinger:
StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
an honor!
Thank you.
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:iconmirageninja:
mirageninja Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you captured the wolf king well in this keep it up
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:iconstorykillinger:
StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will do
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, this is a step-up. Sheesh, my turn! ;p
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LordInutaisho Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
For the Allfather! And for Russ!
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:iconstorykillinger:
StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:horns:
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BattleHamsterReturns Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I agree with you , i prefer the Thousand Sons myself , they are my second favorite legion .

As far as the wolves go they may be though but they appear polite and orderly compared to the World Eaters . The wolves are not the best at close combat and neither is Leman Russ . Angron could kill Russ . I am criticizing the character in the fluff not the pic , the pic is great .
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Timemaster89 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
ludački odrađen primarh, svaka ti čast :D !
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hvala hvala :D
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protonefri Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Ahhh awesum!!!!! Ovo je upravo našlo mesto u mom pronz folderu....
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahahaha! <3
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Elven-Samurai Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Looks great! :)
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:horns:
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BuneTheBurtango Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're getting more pro and pro and pro and so.
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks dude!
One daaaaaaaay! I shall rule the wooooorld.
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Justlookingaround3 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
HE IS BEARDLESS!

Despair Space wolves, you are living a lie!
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:iconstorykillinger:
StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Literature depicts him as well shaved.
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:iconjustlookingaround3:
Justlookingaround3 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
I'm not saying your depiction is innacurate, I'm saying that the spess wolves might be shocked that their Dad's face is smooth
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:iconstorykillinger:
StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wondered fucking why as well...
Woobarus are usually grisly!
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ApolonDiomed Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
delicious armor, so detailed, so real!!
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:iconstorykillinger:
StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks dude!
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roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
great...
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:iconstorykillinger:
StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hvala! :horns:
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roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
nema na cemu...
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blaunagel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Dobro ti je ispao Limun :P
Neverovatno mi je kako si ti jedina osoba na svetu koja tom colorise lazer over b&w painting tehnikom uspe da dobije kvalitetne rezultate. u pogrešnim rukama izgleda katastrofalno.... a ni meni nikad nije išla... svaka čast. Jedino gde je ovde fejlovala je na njegovoj kosi, ne iygleda plavo.... yato što je plava kosa ustvari vrlo svetla. a ti si je osenčio u skladu sa svim ostalim elementima i onda ju je žuti colorise samo uprljao.... ne ynam, to mi malo smeta. sve ostalo je na mestu. armor izgleda neverovatno. buljim vec dva sata u njgov chestplate.... kako je prelep knotwork. kako si ga lepo osenčio... oh da i gledjući, uočavam sve vše i više detalja... svaka čast za snow u njegovoj kosi na krznu.. stvarno odiše mećava. neću mnogo da te hvalim.... sećam se nekada kad smo bili isti i pre toga kad sam bila bolja od tebe... a sad imaš legiju obožavatelja ovde... ustvari, oni obožavaju warhammer... ali tvoje slike poštuju. na ovom stupnju je vrlo teško napredovati. ali veruj mi, napredak je ponekad i ono nevidljivo... npr kad nešto sledeći put uradiš mnogo brže nego prethodni, a i ne izvališ. to je vrsta napretka. a ja vidim tvoj konstantni napredak.
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