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Space Marine Proportions by WordBearer Space Marine Proportions by WordBearer
The bain of my early attempts at drawing Space Marines was that I did not know that what the right proportions were for them. I looked at the work of Karl Kopinski (Look at the picture in the front of the 4th edition rulebook of the Ravenguard making planetfall.) I figured them out. Not only did I work out their proportions, but I also figured out what the right proportions for their weapons are. I will porbably refine this later on. All of the Space Marine pics so far posted by me have been done using these proportions. The key is that you base the proportions off of the Space Marine's head, not his helmet.
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Name-Changer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Could you draw a timeline process? Like first steps to drawing the marine without armour, then applying the armour, then proportions for the helmet?
andythemarine Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student Writer
could you also put propotions on the helmets that always screws me up
icemonkeyjr Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! the different mediums that 40k is portrayed ina ll have different proportions, the tabletop is just crazy, dow 1 and 2's is different yet more realistic, relics CGI movies/trailers are perfect but its not easy to use as reference, its difficult to figure out but youve nailed in imo, if i complete the piece in which i used this as reference your getting massive amounts of praise :D
WordBearer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Oh thanks man, its really amazing just how many people have really liked this piece, never would have expected it at the time I drew it. Hope it helps you out.
ShadowShogun50 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool this is going to help me a lot with my drawings :D
vichingo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
great... i'm having to make 3d versions of space marines for a client.. and I could not find anything on measurements and proportions.. but I still need sideview info.. know any resources??
WordBearer Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Hmm, no I don't but I suppose I could try sketching some. The thing to keep in mind is that while still largely human in proportion space marines are far broader and more massive, with an upper body more akin to a gorilla's in its layout, just upright and humanized. Here is a really great site that went in depth about EVERYTHING involving space marines physiology, check it out [link]

If you were wondering philip sibbering is the artist who does just about all of the cover art for everything ever made by Black Library (GW's book publisher) for the last 15 years. He know's his stuff.

The stuff on reproduction is there too but its hard to find.
jorgeelmuerte Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Nice picture, I haven't found many pics with proper measurements for Space Marines on Deviantart such as this, the weapons on this pic look simply realistic and professionally made.

Great pic, that's all have to say really!
skania Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
U rock, thats a piece of nice work, it will be very helpful for me. I ve got a question for u, could u maybe post a normal human proportions and muscles/bones schemes? I would be very thankful
belakorgod Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fantastic! I have always wanted to draw space marines but never had the knack! This is going to be incredibly helpful, thankyou so much! Great Job!
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