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Kasrkin Designs by WordBearer Kasrkin Designs by WordBearer
Ok, its been a few days since my last post, and as page 3 is still half drawn (Its been a really busy week, but its now 50% done.) here is a teaser of things to come. Although they won't appear till page 5, here are the designs for two of the Cadian Kasrkin who will be characters in Chapter 1 of Blades of the Emperor. To see all the tiny details here is the really, really big version [link]

For those who don't know, the Kasrkin are the elite of the Cadian Imperial Guard regiments, which are themselves viewed to be the single most elite regiments of the Imperial Guard throughout the entire Imperium. Selected at a young age they are trained apart from their peers in the Kasrs, mighty fortresses on Cadia and surrounding worlds throughout the sector. Their training and skills are such that they actually outperform the elite Stormtrooper regiments of the Schola Progenium and fill the same role seemlessly that Stormtroopers normally do at odds with their patron units. Their armor and weaponry is some of the best available and their equipment is very high tech for the guard. All told they are just about the best soldiers in the Imperium save the mighty Space Marines.

Allow me to begin by mentioning just how incredibly difficult it is to actually draw their armor and wargear, there is just an absurd amount of really awesome details. Though I tried to make them look almost identical to the models I took some liberties with the designs and gave them some hybrid modern US Army gear (The chest holster and modular pouches, plus the straps, and a few others too.) as I want them to look very well equiped and elite. As for the weapons I again tried to keep them looking just like the pictures of said weapons, just with a few bits of my own style added in.

Oddly I used two completely different methods to draw them. Kasrkin 1 (On the left) was done in the usual way working from the skeleton up, adding flesh and then layering the armor onto it. It came out pretty bad to be honest, so I fixed it after I did Kasrkin 2 (Process of elimination says...). For Kasrkin 2 I originally just drew the helmet and from there just expanded the drawing from head to foot drawing the armor first and adding flesh beneath it. Despite the odd method #2 actually took less time for a much more detailed and realistic, and also far more naturally posed, picture than using my normal methods did for Kasrkin 1. As I said I fixed him later so you can't really tell the difference.

I would also like to draw attention to the Camo Patterns on the uniforms, I finally have gotten Camo Patterns down patt!!!

Oddly I was trying to come up with names for them all (there will only be about 6 or so.) and I decided on a whim to give them all the last names of those artists and writers who have inspired me to make this comic, here is the list:
Kopinski
McNeill
Blanche
Abnett
Dainton
Mitchell
King

The only problem is that most of them will get killed most likely, so in a sense I'll be killing my artistic heros!?!?!?!
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strongkobayashi85 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely awesome you did a very good job even if say its just a sketch

I love it^^
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MEfreak Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
really nice picture of kaskrins
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
ty
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97315 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
cool kasrkin droing,men.
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Zachg56 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Me liiiiike

nicely done with the Kasrkin on the right...and I believe thats a shotgun he's holding right?
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
yup, and a flamer!
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Zachg56 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
A flamer eh?

Does he like Killing it With Fire?
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
He's Imperial, of course he does!
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Zachg56 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
HUZZAH! now if only they would give us other stormtroopers ze flamethrower
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Prosephone Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
his head looks stupid(left guy)
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Prosephone Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
world is nothing without art!and i love your art man im big fan of guardsmen and marines.keep up the good work








when the enemies of the emperor still draw breath there can be no peace!
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
ty
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Auman-Jack Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
I know it isn't artistic citique but...KASRKIN FTW!!! lol ^^ greta picture
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
I know what WTF means, but what does FTW mean?
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Auman-Jack Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
"for the win" my friend xD
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
I know EXACTLY what you mean about the armour being a B*tch to draw! Been trying unsuccessfully for years to get them down ^_^
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sound-wave81 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
See I play an Imperial Guard Army and I don't like how the Cadians or the new Stormtroopers (Kasrkin) look, I enjoy the other Stormtroopers (which I have a unit of) and I like how the Vostrayians look.
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
I have some squads of the older ones too for an inquisitorial attachment to the army (I never get to use them though because most games aren't high enough in cost.).

Froma practical military perspective the cadians are not only AMAZINGLY well designed but also have some truly badass poses, I love the kasrkin with his weapon at the low ready looking for targets. The Vostroyans look arcaic and impractical, which was the theme for their look. Too each his own, so long as he is loyal to the Emperor.
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sound-wave81 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Well the idea for my Imperial Guard army was that they are made up from all other units and they took their best units to form a new army loyal only to the Emporer.
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
Hmm, well just so that you know logistically speaking there are a LOT of problems with that:
-Different worlds speak different dialects and even different languages, plus there is a cultural gap so there would likely be tensions if formations were made up of guardsmen from the same worlds.
-Organizing it would be a problem.
-Different worlds have vastly different doctrines, so combining them into an effective fighting force would be extremely challenging and would likely result in the army being able to do just about everything really poorly and nothing well.

Just my thoughts as a military man.
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sound-wave81 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
Ah but if you do read in the Imperial Guard Codex they do point out that some Imperial Guard armies are made up from different regiements (if I spelled that right) from other worlds. Also the story behind my army was that they are the best from their worlds who have been put together to form a special company.
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
Yes made from different regiments but that is refferring to formations of thousands of men being made up of combined Regiments, its called a Brigade.

Real World Military force organization table (Ascending order, for the US Army):

1. The individual soldier - 1 man
2. Fire team - 4-6 men
3. Squad - 2 Fireteams, 8-12 men
3.5 Section - 2 Squads, 16-30 men (A section is a temporary formation and so isn't really a part of the official Force Organization table.)
4. Platoon - 3-4 Squads, 16-40 men
5. Company/Troop/Battery - 2-6 Platoons, anywhere from 60 to 250 men
6. Battalion - 2-4 Companies, usually around a thousand men
6.5 REGIMENT - 2-4 Battalions, is only used for unit heritage and for training units. Between 1000 and 4000 men
7. Brigade - 3 Battalions, roughly 3000 men plus support troops
8. Division - 3-4 Brigades, roughly 10,000 men
9. Army - 3+ divisions, usually regional.

The Imperial Guard largely follows this but refers to everything above the company level as a regiment. Its actually a very confusing term as a result as it can refer to anything from 1000 to 10,000 men, all depending on the world of origin.

As for your army's theme, I'm not saying that it never happens just that there are a lot of logistical and practical problems inherent in creating such a unit.
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sound-wave81 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
meh, I still like my army cause they look good in my mind and its not the same looking units again and again
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
As long as it stays in your mind then it will be ok XD
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zaku0909 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
these are my favorite units
nice can you give me some tips on drawing these guys?
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
Sure, the Helmet and the shoulders are a total bitch, and its really challenging to do the chestplate without making it too small. Here is how I dealt with these problems:
1. First, draw the full body outline of them without the armor and flesh out the chest and shoulders fully.
2. Next draw the outlines of the helmet, chestplate, and shoulders. The chestplate is essentually a big rectangle, but try to break it up into smaller shaps and do the horizontal lines first so that it looks like it is OVER the chest and not a part of it. The Helmet is actually surprisingly tricky because its so round that its hard to judge depth with it. Solve this by drawing a circular line around the head just above the eyebrows, just like when you draw the crossed lines for the facial features. Be sure to do this so that its about 2 inches (To scale) off of the forehead and then just continue around the head and you have the line where the upward slope changes angle, look at the model and you'll know what I mean. The Shoulders are a bitch but do the same thing I just described above remembering that the sides are parrallel with the chest and shoulders, you could also try making a cube around them if you feel like it and then filling in the circle, thats a good trick for hard round shapes in perspective.
3. The helmet: Study the picture of the facemask and helmet in the IG Codex, its what I based mine on.
4. The rest of the gear: Again, check out the pictures from the codex. I've modernized a bit of the gear (The straps and pouches on mine are modular ones.), but the pics in the codex again are a great guide. Also look at your models.

Feel free to ask anything else your wondering about. Oh, and show me what you come up with!
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zaku0909 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
thanks will do
can i borrow your colored pic of the kasrkin i want to change the colors around
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
sure go ahead man
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zaku0909 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
alright sweet ill have done in bout an hour
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dersanger Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
i like it
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
sweet
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GamerJay Featured By Owner May 11, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome. The Kasrikin wipe out nearly everything thrown in thier way with their hell-lasers.

Keep up the good work.
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KimKhan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
Good work man! I like how the Trooper to the right has a flamer AND a shotgun. The level of detail is extreem, the armour plates and helmet are really well done. And those added pieces of equopment just make them look like they have been on an expended campaign and added some "customization", much like any other armymen would do.
I salute thou, for making awesome and inspirering others.
Now i gotta paint some of my own Imps :(
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
Thanks, I'll have my 40k webcomic up soon, look forward to more Kasrkin in that!
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KimKhan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
Ooh. I just, felt a sudden tingeling feeling all over my body. O_o
I'll look forward to that.
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Alpha-squad Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
Awesome Kasrkins. But when are you going to have Kasrkin 1 colored?
:confused: And does Kasrkin 2 have a flamer and a shotgun?
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
yep, flamer and shotgun. and I don't actually do my own coloring man, so if your volunteering go right ahead!!!
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NuBreed88 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
Did you used a rapidograph?
You must got a lot of tiring and patient during rapidographing but this....nicly
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
Rapidograph??!?!?!
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NuBreed88 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
Yes, rapidograph is a pen using in very precision works, like correct contours etc.

Effects of rapidograph looks like in you work.
But if you doesn't use this tool...
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
oh, right, nope didn't use a rapidograph pen, used a traditional feedless fountain pen. Takes a bit longer with a better end product.
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Megas-SF Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Woulnt mind if i could try photoshop? i know your Friend did it Allready but i would really appreciate it if you let me :D
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006
Go ahead man, I love to see people color my stuff!
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CrabTasterMan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006
I like how you draw your lovable stocky square-edged guns. they look like boxes of meticulous death-by-lead.
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006
Their designed to be more robust and heavier than modern guns, and a lot aren't conventional guns but energy weapons. But thanks.
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TehDarkPredator Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
Hey, another nice work of pure technical weapon drawing. Also good work on the face. Damn difficult to draw old people.
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
Yeah, I actually had to redo it once because the first time it looked really cheesy. The trick is to NOT show ALL of the lines of the face, only those parts of them that are in shadow, which needless to say is quite hard to get down. Thanks though, I try to make my weapons look feasible and realistic as I've always been annoyed by those artists who just draw a rectangle with some pipes and a grey banana sticking out at odd angles and call it a gun, stuff like that just really takes away from the genuine quality of the comic and makes it look cheap and fake.
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TehDarkPredator Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006
Should practice on old people too... I mean... Chicks and dudes with helmets aren't really realistic is it? I really like the guns in 40k, because they aren't drawn as a gun, but as a thing like a sword. Like military families keeping a special ceremony sword or what, only then with guns or equipment.
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MalikaChevack Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
hey there, your artwork looks really kick ass! Im looking for artists who are interested in making artwork for the Anargo sector project. We are basicly trying to create an entire Imperial Sector in full detail with lots of background and artwork. Im here to recruit skilled artists for the project. So if you are interested, please join up: [link]

We also have a wiki page: [link]
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
I accept your proposal. I've joined the site, my account is Inquisitor Silver. I'm going to charge people for my work, but I usually only charge aboiut $5 for a character design and the most I've ever charged was $20. How do I go about getting work?
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