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Soooo... Here's something quick that came to me after one of Dark Heresy sessions.
I made it look like old photo to hide the messy sketchy drawing ;]


Imperial Commissar Jastillus Quintus Nihillus and his little daughter, Flavia. Some 30 years before our recent campaign timeline.
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evilhippo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
I love fluff like this :D
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NZuev Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014   Writer
Stunning, I've never felt so much emotion for a drawing. Thank you :)
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Alchiriel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
 Awesome... Absolutely awesome....
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Neshi-Farfarer Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Ave Imperator.

This, I believe, is one of your classics. A story of family and of duty, of tragedy and history, drawn in one picture. 

Keep up the good work.
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CommissarStein Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
That reminds me of a shot from Valkyrie.  Have you seen the movie?  I'm not accusing you of intellectual property theft btw... I think the film and shots of kids playing war and wearing their parents military gear is something you see across our culture, and it seems to hit a strong mark every time.

Great picture.  I love it. 
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Hedkrakka Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Oh, that's sweet. Nicely done image as well.
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TheCheekyGeek Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
I love a picture with an implied story :).
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YuriPRIMEpl Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
I like how the hardest and most cruel of Imperial servants have their own soft-spots here and there. Commissar shooting people for insubordination day by day just to come back home and cheer his lil' girl. Makes you really feel how corrupted and bitter this awesome universe is. Thanks a lot! Great Art!
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Shunkarion Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
None of the WH40k sourcebooks I read deal with the subject of family in the imperial society... Only noble dynasties get a few mentions here and there...
It'd be a really interesting topic for exploration, considering how totalitarian regimes often put great importance on traditional patriarchal values.
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Hedkrakka Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
The Black Library has been getting somewhat better at looking beyond the endless battlefields. One of the books recently put out (Titanicus, by Dan Abnett) took place on a Forge World, of all places. Granted, yes, the world is under attack, and as such there's a lot taking place on the battlefield. But there's also dealings between Mechanicus civilians, an Imperial man and his wife and their struggles when she gets sent to the front, and (my personal favourite) a running story following a toy maker manufacturing and selling toy titans during this whole debacle.

Hell, the Mechanicus even tell jokes. I didn't even know they had something like a sense of humour.
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LordZarov Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Makes me rethink my hatred for the emperor... but then Tzeentch bitch slaps me back to reality.

"First, the Grey Knights shall fall... "

-Me, Myself and I.

AKA Me and my Paired Daemon Force Talons. (Do you really want to know?)


But seriously enough gamer mode

Amazing pic, it takes talent to make something like this.
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thepoweroflogic Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's easy to make violence in warhammer, but to make an image that illustrates humanity? Almost unheard of, you found a way to make me sympathize with a guardsmen-a comissar no less! A man who's job is to execute cowards and turn cloaks. Amazing work once again.
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chopkins1026 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I borrowed your pic for a scene that I wrote from our game. I hope you don't mind.
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A6A7 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Wow. Of course I don't mind! I'm honourd actually ^^
Thank you for sharing - I'd like to know more about Calamity :)
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chopkins1026 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Well, humor me here, as I am still getting the hang of the game. :)

Calamity Dakkar is the youngest (surviving) child of Commisar Marcialas Dakkar and his Ladywyfe Aufidia. Aufidia died in childbirth after Calamity was born, giving premature birth to twin boys who died shortly after as well. Calamity (whose real name is Martyria) has 2 siblings. An older brother Malachus and an older sister Minerva. The Commisar died in the line of duty (an honorable death that brought thanks to the family) when Calamity was 10. There was only money enough to secure a marriage for one daughter, and that would be Minerva. Malchus was given a commission in the Legion and Martyria was declared and orphan and sent to Schola at Holy Might. Too feisty to be sent to the Administratum stacks and not wanting to become a Bride of the Emperor, as a woman they balked at her application for Cadet status and instead she was admitted into the ranks of the Adeptus Arbites. She was one of the unfortunate Arbites to encounter the Empty Men and is plagued with the nightmares of that xeno/tech-heresy to this day.
Always a faithful woman, the rest of her squads often found her too rigid and demanding for their comfort. It was this discipline that attracted the attention of Inquisitor Mar, (whose Ordos has yet to be discovered) who arranged to have her transported from her assignment into His care. While attached to Mar she has encountered a Black Ship, a Space Hulk, a Grey Knight (shhh we don't talk about them), a lost city of the dead where ancient Space Marines were buried, a woman whose sorcerous skills in omniscience terrified her to no end, she has inadvertently upset the political balance of a feudal planet when one of her team killed the reigning Monarch for heresy,narrowly avoided being captured by Dark Eldar, been told that the Emperor is dying (HERESY!)and they must save him... and is currently wondering why her Inquisitor is tracking down ancient bloodlines of noble houses.
And that brings us to the current scene. :)
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brodkil6 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Wow...just...wow.
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nihilogist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
This is just fabulous. :)
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Selesto91 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
You deserve a medal for that :)
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A6A7 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Thanks :)
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wadders995 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Commisars soft spot now youll be telling me they execute
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A6A7 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
When someone discover their soft spot ;P
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mk456 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
daww they do have a soft spot those old commisars
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A6A7 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
:D
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mk456 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
excellent x3
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LordSia Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
"Remember, always, why we fight. Every day, a thousand worlds burn in the fires of war; some we manage to save, others we are forced to scourge of all life, and a few are forever lost. But for every world upon which we fight, another thousand worlds are at peace. For every man and woman who are mercilessly cut down before their time, a million more die old and content, surrounded by family and friends. For every child sacrificed in unholy rituals or torn apart by ravenous monsters, a million more will be allowed to grow up, to find love and to have children of their own.
That is why we fight."
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A6A7 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Brilliant, my friend. Simply brilliant. Can I use it sometime during our 40K session?
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:iconlordsia:
LordSia Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Of course. We are all servants of the Emperor - anything you can use to serve Him, I shall give freely and gladly.
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imrail Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
That speech is very moving and touching. That reminds me of something, Dan Abnett the writter of many W40K in my opinion sum it all in one sentence

"In the grim darkness of the far future there is more than war, there are real people there too."

Somehow those anonymous Imperial Guards are the true heroes of the Imperium.
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:iconlordsia:
LordSia Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Don't forget the PDFs either - who do you think must hold the line until the Guard shows up?
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V1lian Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"The universe is a big place and, whatever happens, you will not be missed"
I'm sure this particular commissar will be missed quite a lot.
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viciousjaws Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Forgot a moment of happiness could exist in all the Grimdark.
Well done!:thumbsup:
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Imperator-Zor Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Relentless Grimdarkness gets grating after a while. A scene of genuine Tenderness every once and a while goes a long way to make Warhammer 40,000 more palitable and engaging.
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mandomasta Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
i'm thinking both "Aaaww!" "?" and "that's to bad" at the same time
looks great.
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Luckmann Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
So absolutely amazing.
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Icewolf53 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Writer
that's incredibly sweet.
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh God the daaaaw :heart:
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dForrest Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's a tenderness to this that is never seen in 40K artwork. Yet it remains grim and foreboding thanks to the bloody thumb print. Good job.
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LordSia Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
The raw emotion actually made my eyes tear up, as I imagine every "Commissar's Last Word" quote and then apply this image as motivation for their dedication.
I don't know if that says more about the image or me, but utterly splendid in any case.
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doma22 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. co prawda nie znam tej historii, ale sam rysunek jakoś łapie za serce, jakby po zrobieniu tego zdjęcia dziewczynka miała już więcej nie zobaczyć ojca.
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imafiringmylaser Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This looks like a photo of either a luftwaffe or a wehrmacht officer with his son... This looks almost identical! I'm guessing papa didn't come back home?
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A6A7 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Nope, he didn't. Just like mom - and the girl was given to Shola Progenium. But it's another story :)
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imafiringmylaser Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Judging from the blood stains and the bloody fingerprint on the photo this is a picture Flavia keeps close to her at all times, also are photos still used in the 41st millenium?
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A6A7 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Sure, why not? There's huge technical diversity on the imperial worlds - some of them are very cyberpunk-ish, some other more fantasy-like ;] So I assume photos aren't anything that unusual :)
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imafiringmylaser Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wait, u said mommy didn't come back home too, was she in the army too?
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A6A7 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Yes, she was an Imperial Guard officer.
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Navarion Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
It looks awesome. So Flavia is currently around 35?
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A6A7 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Indeed :) So for the Imperial/Sororitas standards she's still very young and unexperienced ;]
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Darcad Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
It's an amazing work. I envy your skill at painting and how you are able to make character come alive.
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A6A7 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I'm honoured, thank you :)
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Okadvent Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Lovely pic, amazing really.
On a side note, I tought imperial Commisars had no familly.
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