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"Cleanse and Burn" by dukeleto "Cleanse and Burn" by dukeleto
Imperial Stormtroops descend on a Tau colony expecting a soft target, but as they fast-rope in, resistance quickly stiffens, For the Greater Good!

Having a hard time deciding whether it's finished, so please crit freely.

EDIT 09/12/08
I am REALLY fed up of 40K geeks saying that my art is "wrong" cos it doesn't meet their understanding of canon.

I have been into 40K since 1990, I've seen 5 editions, read most of the background in that time and been influenced by art from every era.

I put a lot of work and thought into my artwork, and while I'm happy to politely debate the philosophical choices behind it, I will not be flamed by people who don't paint themselves and have a 12 year old's understanding of the source material, and sci-fi in general. Any such posts will be deleted without reply, from now on.
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TheRyuOG Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The best thing about 40k/warhammer is that you can create your own stories, which you reflect in your work. When your playing the games, the rule book encourages you to make up stories and scenarios. The Galaxy is a big place and who is to say that what is happening in you pic is wrong? Great work man.
Takashi-Kurita Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
SpectraTaika Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing work o_O
kawaiku Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
The eyes of the Tau on the lower right are very well done. Awesome picture.
Chaplain89 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
It looks like Tau can't take the Ride of the Valkyries.
dukeleto Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the smell of promethium in the morning!
EternalCyborg Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
This is sweet, burn those xenos outta there holes!
Hiromoon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Love it! The soldiers dropping down into the tau village, the tau soldiers scrambling to defend while civilians either become collateral damage or do their best to huddle out of harms way. I love the aircraft, you did a really good job on them!
dukeleto Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, that's exactly the narrative I was going for, glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the +favs
Wuxiong Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks a lot like the Tau had just been caught off-guard in this battle not stiffened. And it doesn't clearly show that the Imperials are doing a bad job at assaulting the outpost either. It looks more like the Imperials would be the victors here, I think its the layout of the drawing that makes it look as if the Imperials are better equipped here with the Valkyries and Vendetta cutting them down. That's the way I see it.

Like its anyway, caz I play IG. =D
But Tau aren't bad either, am planning to paint an army of Tau to display them looking as if they're fighting my IG. =)
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