The First, Last and Only!

'I am a Commissar. I am empowered to deliver justice wher ever I see it lacking. I am empowered to punish cowardice. I am granted the gift of total authority to judge, in the name of the Emperor, on the field of combat.’

- Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt, Tanith First and Only.

Here is my last (I think) attempt at the Tanith badge worn by the Tanith First and Only, better known as Gaunt’s Ghosts:

If you follow my blog or my art, maybe both, you’ll be aware that I have had two previous attempts at the Tanith badge, and although all artistically are fine, the details were a bit hit and miss. It all comes down to where you are in the awesome Warhammer 40,000 book series, Gaunt’s Ghosts, by Dan Abnett. You see the badge changes as the story goes on. Currently, if I have understood a message from a mysterious Dan A. left on my blog, this is how the badge should look.

Artistically I’ve gone for a bit of a scuffed, dented and bashed look to the badge as I figured that the guys from the Tanith First and Only have seen a lot of action, and not only that. The Guardsmen themselves remove the points and hilts from two of the daggers that sit around the skull. In my mind I pictured this happening in transit between worlds with whatever tools came to hand – so it wasn’t a nice tidy job!

This is by no means the last of my WH40K art, I am taking a detour for the next few paintings. Rest-assured that I am far from finished with the brilliant, rich and grim dark grimness that is the Warhammer 40,000 universe and I have more than I will ever get painted ideas to come!


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