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Eldar Craftworld at war by arhicks Eldar Craftworld at war by arhicks
An Eldar craftworld preparing for war. Drawn using Adobe Photoshop CS3 and a Wacom Cintiq 12WX. Took a long time to finish and I used about 50 layers in the process!

I was inspired to create this piece after seeing the fantastic artwork in the Apocalypse rulebook showing hundreds of ranks of Space Marines.

Comments and critique very welcome!

(artwork is Andrew Hicks; Eldar and Warhammer 40,000 are related terms are registered trademarks of Games Workshop - no affiliation or endorsement is implied)
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:iconemeraldkeefe:
EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
This is a cool picture! Well done!
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:iconkrysnha:
Krysnha Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Very good work thanks for sharing
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:iconslayer1968:
slayer1968 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
That's too many Eldar to be real :D
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:iconvictortky:
victortky Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
This is why the eldar kicks ass. Very awesome...and shows how dangerous they are...when preparing for war!
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:icondin511:
din511 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Avatar of Khaine bitch
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:iconmr40k:
mr40k Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
super
i have nothing more to say
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:iconnamezong:
namezong Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
awesome drawing, but i think linear parade pattern looks too blnt for Eldar
imo, they should be arrayed in some complex pattern, reminiscent of theyr runes perhaps
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:iconloswodorotlenkos:
loswodorotlenkos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nice
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numbertwentyfour Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
*picks up jaw from floor* wow....just wow. ive seen alot of 40k art here and this is easily one of my most favorites, despite the fact that this has eldar and i swear loyalties to the Dark Gods. just the whole scale and detail of it and the feeling of that they are gonna open a whole can of hurt on some poor scrub is amazing. How long did this thing take by the way?
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LokiAndersdottir Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is a very impressive drawing! You perfectly caught the atmosphere of the situation, it's exactly how I would picture Eldar right before going into battle!
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:iconblackcore11:
blackcore11 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
awasom job.
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:iconariakor:
Ariakor Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
wow, this just looks fantastic! awesome stuff you did, i really like all the details you put in there
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:iconarcticshadowfox:
ArcticShadowFox Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
looks like something that should actually be in a codex or something
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:iconsirgodspeed:
SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
That's so cool it hurts the eyes. :D
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:iconaralaas:
Aralaas Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The awesomeness... lies beyond the tongues of mortals.
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:iconnelgund:
Nelgund Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
that looks epic
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:iconcolonelmarksman:
ColonelMarksman Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could I use this picture in my 5th Edition Codex?
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:iconarhicks:
arhicks Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, sure :)
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:iconcolonelmarksman:
ColonelMarksman Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I'll grant a link to the original of course.
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:iconasparuh13:
Asparuh13 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great!
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:iconbrotherostavia:
BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! No words can describe how inspiring this piece is! :)
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:iconthalzarr:
thalzarr Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
wow .. definitely a fav. One of the most impressive Eldar pics I've ever seen and propably more Eldar as there are in the universe :D This should be codex artwork.
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:iconreapergunlord:
ReaperGunlord Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Wow thats a lot of Eldar <3 Loves the Eldar! Nothing smarter than Space Elves
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:iconkupo-san:
Kupo-San Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
And you thought I was good? I BOW to your might good sir!
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:iconjailgurdnegative:
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist
wow.. goo eldar!! this is under appreciated.
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:iconajb-2k3:
ajb-2k3 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Very Nice piece of work, everytime I look at it I see a new detail.
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Enigma0216 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Looks really inspiring. I love it, but I must say that it doesn't really fit my idea of the Eldar att war. There's a bit too many of them... still. If it's the entire craftworld at war...

either way, truly epic!
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DarkfireGandora Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Wow just wow this is just amazing...
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:iconberidon:
beridon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Very nice. You caught the same atmosphere the space marine piece has. Maybe not as grand or as detailed. But thats made by a very professional artist.

You asked for critique and i will try to give some.

First off is the wraith lord heads. I Know how tedious they can be to get right. If you have the actual model you will notice the underside of the helmet is flat and oval shaped. and the top too is flat. If you get these areas right the rest will form naturally.

Try to blur things in the back a bit more to create more depth. The transition in this piece feels a little unnatural. What i mean is that all buildings up to the gate a in detail and then after that they drop dramatically in focus. Maybe 1 more layer of buildings to make the transition a little less hard would be nice.

other than that excellent job!
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MisterScourge Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The word beautiful is an understatement to describe this picture.
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Annihilator40k Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
that picture is so awesome !!
it could be in a new eldar codex (which i would really appreciate)
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TarathielLyris Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Oh, that's cool. Insta-Fav!
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i see what u did there! making a mockery of the spess mahreens version of their artwork. hahaha love it!!:XD:
and my god! must took u forever to do this master piece!!:D
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veetpl Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
I like how it looks similar to one of original Space Marines' artwork.

Which is not a bad thing, absolutely. Excellent work on it, mate.
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arhicks Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for all of your kind comments and feedback.

I agree that the Guardian helmets aren't quite shaped right and that the architecture could look more Eldar-ish; I certainly found it easier to detail the foreground than the background. I think that the Wave Serpents' size isn't too far off though, since you only need to seat 5 to a side and real-life APCs have pretty low ceilings, so it wouldn't be unheard of for the space inside to be a bit cramped.
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NashTrickster Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Looks great...

As far as critiques are concerned:
- the guardians helmets shape is indeed slightly wrong,
- the architecture is too "mechanical" and not "organic" enough IMHO... Looks more Tau-ish in some places than Eldar.

But a fine job anyway...
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StugMeister Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing piece of work!! :D
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Beta-is-my-Name Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
As you wrote a shameless conceptional rip of the artwork you mentioned, but hell it is fine made, even the background, all eldar design , double fine,tons of details, the only critique/flaw is an issue with the guardian helmets, too coneheaded in the shape (the forehead part is too fleeing, even by cosidering the perspective)
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commander-draco Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
excellent work, your detail especially is awesome.
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Asurael-Returns Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great, though I think I should comment that the wave serpents should be larger to make the 10 soldier transport capacity make sense, or the 5 wraithguard. The game alters the scale for the sake of gameplay, otherwise vehicle transports would be way too big.
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap, this is magnificent to say the least! :heart:
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:iconarhicks:
arhicks Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Why, thank you very much :-)
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh you are most welcome :3
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Sokil-Su Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's more than fantastic! Magnificent work!
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:iconarhicks:
arhicks Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - you're very kind. Thanks also for featuring this piece in your group :-)
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Sokil-Su Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, it's me who is grateful to you! This piece really spirited me up! Hope you will please us with some more Eldar art sometime in the future ;)
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bda56 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
dear lord that looks good. I think I will have to save that as my wallpaper =D

now do it in colour =)
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:iconarhicks:
arhicks Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha - I dread to think how long it would have taken in colour! I could chuck it back into Photoshop at some point and colour it I guess.

Thanks for your kind comments :-)
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bda56 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
lol if you can ever bring your self to do it in colour let me know I will love to see it =D

they where not kind words just honest ones =D
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GEV89 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Great!
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