When starting an illustration that requires more invention than simply reference material I like to do a model sheet with the costume and equipment the character has. Here is my initial design for a futuristic spy (in stealth armour) and her equipment (sniper rifle, mini-robots, shotgun and pistol). You may recognise her from previous SF sketches.
Here’s the inked (on paper) and coloured (digitally) version. I created the runic language from looking at Tolkien’s Angerthas (Dwarvish) runes and making them look a bit more technical.
I’ve some more ideas for these and some other human variants; I just felt that this page needed some colour.
This is still fan-art and not meant to infringe on GW’s copyright.
I always liked the Squats (Space Dwarfs) in WH40K and felt they’ve been unjustly maligned over the years so here are some of my ideas for them. First are a couple of heads and a hero with bionic hand and power-hammer, also some ideas for their runic language (so not to be too Nordic but also retain the geometric nature). Then there is a tunnel fighting armoured warrior with an axe-boltgun and combat shield (that expands from his armour) and a ‘Living Ancestor’ psychic.
More on this soon! (Hopefully).
This is fan-art and not meant to infringe on Games Workshop’s copyright.
These are three of my ideas for the lower ranks of demons but higher up than the rank-and-file demon soldiers. http://www.willbeck.com/artblog?p=262
They’re essentially bulkier soldier demons with exaggerated proportions. The female demon on the right serves a different demon lord; hence the symbol on her armour and colour of its metal (the demon in the centre also serves another lord).
Skaven Rat King
I’d never heard of Rat Kings until I was looking for pictures of rats on t’internet (see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_king_%28folklore%29 ) and thought it would make an interesting idea for a Skaven mutant; a master moulder perhaps. I added some digital paint to this to flesh him out some more.
Fan art, copyright Games Workshop etc.