Sunday, 22 December 2013






Terra was not created in order to disappear - Terra will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.
Ancient Terran War Chieftain. 

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A commissioned piece for a much larger force of Custodes that should arise in the new year. We decided that this Valdor should be present on Terra in the final moments of the Great Heresy. I wanted a stern posture, confident and unyielding. The gold was created using metallic air silver mixed with VMC Sepia ink and then glazed with GW washes. 

I decided to emblazon the cloak with Terra images - Eagles, wreaths and lightening bolts. There is no artifice of double meaning behind the imagery - he is a straightforward, honest guardian to the Emperor. 

Although during this project I couldn't help but feel that Valodr's place is amongst the Imperium is a little redundant. Anything capable of killing, of even wounding The Emperor would have little trouble over coming his guardians. Perhaps the creation of the Custodes was to put humanity and legions and Humanity at large at ease? By having guardians it implies he needs protecting and thus mortal. 

Myles

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