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Vostroyan Firstborn by Tulikoura Vostroyan Firstborn by Tulikoura
Vostroyan regiment defending an icy factory planet against xenos invasion.

"Vostroya is a world in the Halo Zone beyond the Eye of Terror, which swore allegiance to Mars during the Age of Strife. During the Horus Heresy, Vostroya refused to provide regiments to the Emperor, preferring instead to reserve the population in the manufactorium blanketing the world. After the Heresy came to an end the Vostroyans have, for the last ten thousand standard years, given up the firstborn son of every family for service in the Imperial Guard to repay their dept to the Emperor.

Unlike other Imperial Guard regiments that are raised en-masse, the Firstborn get a steady flow of new recruits from their homeworld. As a result, the Firstborn regiments have existed unbroken since they were first created. This is not always easy to organize, but ensures that Vostroyan regiments maintain their highest potential, as well as ensuring there's a core of veteran warriors. One consequence of this method is that the Firstborn are considered a brotherhood of warriors and are proud to train the recruits according to their own exacting standards. They specialize in urban and winter style combat.

Being away from centralized control of the Imperium, Vostroyan soldiers and officers retain a very archaic appearance compared to the rest of the Imperial Guard. Their weapons are passed down from firstborn to firstborn and are usally worth more than the guardsmen who carry them."

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A quick work with Wacom tablet, took about 4 hours. Once again a Warhammer 40k illustration but damn that rich lore. Fascinating!
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conscript900 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student General Artist
there was a novel i read with valahallens on the defense and this here about comes up with a pretty good image what i saw when i read it.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What's the name of the book? I'm reading Andy Hoare's Commissar at the moment, and although it tells about 77th Vostroyans clearing a petty chaos-ridden prison complex and more focus is on the commissar appointed to the unit, it's quite enjoyable.
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conscript900 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student General Artist
hammer of the emperor omnibus, novel is ice guard. 
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gbindis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
It looks very dynamic! Good job!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Sketching with tablet is fun as it's so quick... and almost too easy as drawing inks have been dormant for too long now ^^;. I should so finish those battle of five armies sketches before summer comes...

God knows how many billion drawings like this I made when I was younger, it was almost irritating to select this kind of perspective...
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Luckmann Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I must say that Vostroyans are probably one of my all-time favourite regiments.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They really are cool, I love how every regiment carries certain unique (and often a bit bizarre) features. They have personality!
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Luckmann Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Yeah, it's a bit sad that it is mostly Cadia, Cadia, Cadia, Cadia, with a few Catachans thrown in for good measure once in a while - and once a in a blue moon, we sight the Death Korps of Krieg - while the fluff is filled to the brim with interesting regiments like Praetorian Guard, Maccabian Janissaries, Savlar Chem Dogs, Tallarn Desert Rangers, Valhallan Ice Warriors or Elysian Drop Troops.

Hopefully we'll see an increasing amount of exposition on the more interesting regiments (including Vostroyan Firstborn) now that FFG's Only War line is out.
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Grishend Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it. I always love the details on your pictures. Love how you portray the battlefield. All with the snow and everything. Great work!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! This is once again those works "darn difficult to do with drawing ink, easier to sketch with tablet". I especially liked planning and drawing background - I made tons of drawings like this when I was a kid :D. All kind of armies fighting in a similar manner but warhammer 40k is wayyy cooler nowadays, heh.

Sorry for the late reply - Christmas time and studies consumed my extra free time. I hope you had a nice holiday.
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