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The Plan by TD-Vice The Plan by TD-Vice
speedpaint for a sketch challenge.

dark eldar pirates.
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WaKelessREX Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love 40k interpretations, i have to say though this is perhaps my favorite DE piece to date. it's superb.
Nagneto Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, I can always count on you to create something horrifically beautiful.
Delcogen92 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Most badass dark eldar picture in the grimdark universe
nurgledisciple14 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   Writer
This is a good plan.
Kontagen Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really dig your use of colours here ha.
Trueborn15 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Awesome , just Awesome !
randomeye713 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
oh look! the imperium is gonna kill you
in your collective faces, dark eldar
mastermanchu Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Haxshizah carefully studied the expression on her former master's purpling features as the old archon impotently writhed in her venomous grip.

"Even now, as the toxins bleed searing pain throughout your withered veins, you still do not fear me?" Her question was rhetorical. The old master's visage plainly did not betray any hint of fear; rather, there was a certain bitter satisfaction. "Ah, pedantic unto the uttermost I see? And what tedious lesson am I to learn from your death?"

She heard a petulant anger in her own voice, spiting her triumph and echoing long centuries of frustration. Her erstwhile mentor had never really taken her seriously. There had been the requisite rewards, of course: grandiloquent titles, supple and obedient slaves, treasure houses brimming with what passed for wealth among their debased people. But he had never taken a a single precaution against this day, the day when she would seize all that he had ever won. She knew he had never been behind any of the assassination attempts, the poisonings, the long list of betrayals among her inner circle. Killing him had been insultingly easy so far.

It enraged her, robbed her of her rightful delight in this masterful coup. And yet, perhaps now she might teach him a lesson even if it came fatally late.

He underestimated her iniative, she thought and the thought calmed her somewhat. He had desperately underestimated her and as she slowly crushed his venerable windpipe with her needle-tipped fingers, impatient of the Agoniser's thousand and one exotic toxins, she felt fulfilled. She could both hear and feel the subtle snapping of cartilage, fine wraithbone augments, and Dark Muses knew what else within the rejuvenated flesh of his throat. Now she was truly the master. The sudden crook at the left corner of her mouth might have generously been called a smile.

Shockingly, her vile contentment was mirrored in the old archon's dying features and she instinctively loosened her deadly grip. What ultimate treachery did his amusement belie? What terrible trap had she sprung even as she closed her fingers around final victory? Strangely, this fear particularly thrilled her. Perhaps the master had cared, after all. Perhaps he had thought better of her ambitions and capability than she knew and now she might finally have earned his notorious wrath.

"What is it, you decepit fool?" she hissed. He was beyond speech, she knew. The Agoniser had utterly destroyed his mind by now. But, seeing the perverse light shining from his innermost core, she finally understood. The barbarous mon'keigh, in their brutal oversimplification, might have perceived what they stupidly called "love." She knew better; her people were too far advanced for "love." She recognized the glint in his millennia-old eyes for what it was: malevolent pride.

"What is it?" she pleaded, her voice suddenly ragged and wavering. "What is it . . . master?" But she already knew. It was his last act of dominance over her, his last imperious lesson. Of course he had planned for this moment; indeed, he had engineered it. In an act that was decadently self-indulgent even for the Dark Eldar, he had intentionally left himself open to her treason to impart this crucial precept to her, his chosen successor. "I see it, master, I understand."

He exhaled and a hundred centuries and more of scheming and murdering and conquering was suddenly and absolutely over. Her mind opened like a blossoming black rose against the impossible, forever twilight horizon of Commorragh. The master taught her thusly: power, duplicity, all carefully contrived deceptions and feints -- these things count for nothing in the end. Before She Who Thirsts all are but one thing: a fragile breath.
EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Well done!!!
Asparuh13 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
St2udent Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Please do some more dark eldar!
I really am finding myself loving your style !
Keep it up dood!
DaemonDoom Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010   Digital Artist
This was a dt once, nice to find the artist finally... nice work indeed
Erevis Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Please do more Dark Eldar, they haven't seen alot of love over the years.
EmperorBassexe Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Hmmm... I'm trying to remember, do Eldar even use Bionics? Or do they just regrow new limbs? :?
Taytonclait Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it may be old and a speedpaint, but seriously man, this is still my personal favorite piece
BlackHat0 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome :D I love it :D
Debb555 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Very well made
ThatsMrDoucheToyou Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
"....we kill the batman"
Pwnz0r Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010   Writer
Wow. Leave it to Torture Device to create a Dark Eldar piece that captures the dark essence of these truly Fekked up eldar. Good work man.
jorgeelmuerte Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Holographs on this pic have to be best I've seen around!

Respect ^^!
ND999 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yes, Dark Eldar making plans, I always like these Holographic images :)
nigellus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Student
Christ, this is probably one of the few brooding Dark Eldars out here in dA.Most of them are either sneering, smiling maniacally, or helmeted. This one however puts them in a calculating tactician light

fucking awesome overall
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Old work, but I'm happy you like) Thanks man)
Eclipse-of-Light Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Haven't noticed this... it's not foten you see some good DE art.
zealstarwind Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
I wish you would do more Dark Eldar works... you're style with them is insanely phenominal, I love this picture, became my perminant desktop tho your other works will get circled in as well! Great job! I love the detail, most people forget to do the little things that make pictures, art.. If yea ever are running out of ideas for art or pieces of work, just drop me a line!
StGene Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Blue-Eyed Xeno: "...Do you have any cocaine?"
Scowling Xeno: "Not now, dammit."
Blue-Eyed Xeno: "Just a pinch."
Scowling Xeno: "Kinda busy."
Blue-Eyed Xeno: "You're not using it now!"
Scowling Xeno: "..."
Blue-Eyed Xeno: "Right?"
Scowling Xeno: "..."
Blue-Eyed Xeno: "Fuck titties."
treystimpsonart Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Fuckin tight man!
DNecro Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional Filmographer
oh man never have i see dark eldar made look so sinister( that is a 9 year warhammer career ) you have pottered them as they should calmly sinister. Awesome work.
gesmana Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Speedpaint has new meaning now
ZahrDalsk Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
Games Workshop ought to look to this for inspiration when designing the 5e codex. It feels... far more like what Dark Eldar ought to look like.
T-H-E-Q651 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
This makes me think the Dark Eldar are awesome now!
Crazygoblin21 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
I don't think dark eldar have ever gotten enough depth or concept and the fact that they are planning<i/> instead of just have a dramatic pose or killing something, while looking dramatic as well, is for me the key feature that makes this so unique plus the colors!
Crazygoblin21 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
My keyboard, laptop icons and touchpad glow violet. This is my new desktop background and it matches so well I love you for it
Kryol Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Т.Э. самые злобные в Вархаммере... Даже хаоситы меркнут перед пытками тёмных эльдаров... Восхитительно!
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ну смотря кто... Думаю слаанешиты все же круче будут, ибо Темные Эльдары-то Слаанеша боятся.
Kryol Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Так ведь Слаанеша боятся, а не слаанешовиков. Он ведь души их ест )
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Speedpaint eh? :iconwthplz:
Andemius Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
The lot of details! That's awesome!
Xarxemas Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
That's an epic take on Dark Eldar dood XD
I particularly like the holographic effect
KrewL-RaiN Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
Dark elder be one race I actually fear in the 40K universe. Again amazing lines and the shading/lighting be crazy too.
Taytonclait Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hold up wait.

you mean Dark Eldar are more than Drow with spikey shuriken pistols? If you do more of this work, ie, focusing on the lesser known parts of 40k which must exist (ie more than landing on a planet, yelling, and running towards someone with guns blazing), this genre might be given more credit.

I could see this in a new Dark Eldar Codex. I could see you getting PAID for it.

and world wide recognition
Daemonologist Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
"you mean Dark Eldar are more than Drow with spikey shuriken pistols?"
At least until the Fifth Edition Codex

Though yeah, this looks like codex-quality art. Only potentially negative thing I can say is the ears look a bit far up, though that may just be the perspective / me seeing things. Other than that, no critique.
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oh crap! u make them so cool now!:O
Komodo-Cath Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009   Digital Artist
... So much pink :faint:
Petesamd Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
lot going on but looks fantastic. Do you think you'll draw more dark eldar?
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup surely, they're fun to do.
MisterScourge Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're planning a planet raid eh?

It's nice with the glow effects you have used.
However, it's hard to know these are Dark Eldar, probably they just look weird? (You could add a dark eldar helmet at the side to let your audience know these are dark eldar.)
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not a planet, they attack aircraft.

Why is it hard? I tried to use specificly designed armor and head structure, thought that'd be sufficient. Doesn't seem people have a problem getting these are darkies)
MisterScourge Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably people are to used in recognising space marines instead of these eldars.
igorvet Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
Темнюки, это что то новенькое от тебя!
очень круто! ;)
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